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Samsung's leaked Galaxy S21 teasers reveal a two-tone design

There's even a hint of a possible Samsung Unpacked date.

Published onDecember 8, 2020

samsung galaxy s21 plus teaser
Samsung / Android Police
  • Teasers for Samsung’s Galaxy S21 phone family have leaked.
  • The clips show a two-tone design on some models and a curved screen on the S21 Ultra.
  • Samsung might introduce the phones at an Unpacked event January 14.

You might not have to lean on unofficial renders and photos to get a feel for what the Galaxy S21 will look like. Android Police says it has obtained teaser videos for the Galaxy S21 family, and the leak appears to shed more light on Samsung’s 2021 flagship design in addition to confirming the branding.

Most notably, the teaser leak suggests at least the Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus will come in two-tone color options where the camera bump and frame contrast sharply with the body. You’d get bronze accents with the Phantom Violet models you see here, for example. The S21 Ultra teaser only shows a black model, though that doesn’t necessarily rule out more colorful versions.

samsung galaxy s21 plus animated leak
Samsung / Android Police

The clips also suggest the S21 and S21 Plus will have flat screens, while the S21 Ultra will curve at the edges.

Samsung’s teaser video leak otherwise supports the camera claims you’ve seen in earlier Galaxy S21 scoops. Both the base S21 and S21 Plus would have three rear cameras that are expected to include 12MP regular and ultra-wide sensors as well as a 64MP “telephoto” cam. The S21 Ultra, meanwhile, would include a second-generation 108MP main sensor, a 12MP ultra-wide and two 10MP telephoto sensors with 3X and 10X optical zoom. The Note 20 Ultra’s quicker laser autofocus would replace the time-of-flight sensor from the S20 Ultra.

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Beyond this, many expect the S21 series to represent a subtle evolution of Samsung’s formula with an upgrade to the speedier Snapdragon 888 processor (and a comparable Exynos in many markets). You might see S Pen support on the S21 Ultra, but you might not get a charger in the box for any of these models.

The company hasn’t outlined just when you can expect to see the Galaxy S21 family. However, AP sources claim Samsung will hold an Unpacked event on January 14, with a release on January 29. The phones may be less expensive, too. While we’d take any release talk with caution until Samsung makes things official, this corroborates earlier rumors. Samsung might not be willing to wait until the usual February or March time frame to make an impact, and it’s hard to blame the company given fierce Chinese competition and a turbulent pandemic-era phone market.

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