The new year may have only just started, but we’re already getting the first big flagship phone of 2021. And just after CES finished too. The internet was awash with leaks and speculation about the Samsung Galaxy S21 over towards the end of 2020, and now the all-important launch event is just hours away.
“Galaxy Unpacked: Welcome to the Everyday Epic” kicks off later today (January 14) at 7 a.m. PT/10 a.m. ET/ 3 p.m. GMT, and will see Samsung finally lift the curtain on this highly anticipated phone. Here’s everything you need to know so you can tune in and watch it live.
How to watch the Galaxy S21 launch event
Samsung Galaxy Unpacked: Welcome to the Everyday Epic will be streamed on Samsung’s website and YouTube channel, with everything kicking off at 7 a.m. PT/10 a.m. ET/ 3 p.m. GMT later today. The live stream is also embedded below, so you can tune in right here:
Samsung Galaxy S21: What to expect
Leaks have already spilled the beans on most of what Samsung has to offer, and there should be three different Galaxy S21 on show: The Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra, with 6.2-inch, 6.7-inch, and 6.8-inch displays, respectively. The S21 and S21 Plus will pack in Full HD resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate, though the Ultra will pack in a superior QHD resolution and adaptive 102Hz refresh rate.
All three phones will run on Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 888 chipset in the U.S, though elsewhere they’ll come with Samsung’s own Exynos 2100. Camera wise we’re expecting a triple lens array on both the S21 and S21 Plus, while the S21 Ultra will pack in four rear lenses — including two telephoto lenses for better long-range photography.
In terms of design the S21 shouldn’t be that much different from past Samsung devices, though it will have a redesigned camera module that wraps around the edge of the device. The front will be totally unchanged, however, with the now-standard Infinity-O display that includes a central hole-punch camera.
We’re still unsure about pricing, though all three devices should be cheaper than their Galaxy S20 counterparts, whose prices started at $999, $1,199, and $1,399 for the S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra, respectively. Competitive pricing should certainly help Samsung better compete with the competition, especially Apple’s iPhone 12.
We’re also expecting to hear about the new Galaxy Buds Pro, an updated version of the Galaxy Buds Plus that sets to take on the AirPods Pro with active noise cancelation and other improvements. Samsung is also expected to launch the SmartTag tracker, which will help you locate any important items in the event they go missing.