- S21 Ultra is Samsung’s first non-Note smartphone to support the S Pen
- The S Pen will be sold as a separate accessory
- Samsung plans to bring the S Pen experience to multiple categories in the future
Samsung just announced the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra, its latest range of flagship smartphones. The Galaxy S21 Ultra is the company’s first smartphone outside of the Note line-up to support the S Pen stylus. The S Pen will be sold as a separate accessory and the smartphone does not have a silo to store the S Pen internally. Customers will have to buy a separate case to which the S Pen will attach. Samsung has now also confirmed that it plans to expand the S pen experience across additional device categories in the future. There have been rumours about the next generation Galaxy Fold supporting the S Pen.
The Galaxy S21 Ultra’s S Pen will not have the same feature set as the one that ships with the Note line-up of smartphones. It does not feature Bluetooth control, nor does it support Air Actions. In fact, the S21 Ultra is compatible with any Wacom stylus, which means Any S Pen from past Note smartphones or Samsung tablets will also work with the smartphone. According to a SamMobile report, this is what Samsung had to say about S Pen support on future Galaxy phones:
We are committed to innovating new mobile experiences that flow seamlessly and continuously to make our consumers’ lives easier and better. We’ve made the bold decision to expand the S Pen experience to Galaxy S21 Ultra, and plan to expand the S Pen experience across additional device categories in the future.
Samsung Galaxy S21 series specifications and features
Samsung Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, S21 Ultra are powered by Samsung’s latest Exynos 2100 chipset and feature up to 12 GB RAM and up to 256GB storage. The Galaxy S21 features a 6.2-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, the Galaxy S21+ has a 6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED display and the Galaxy S21 Ultra features a bigger 6.8-inch WQHD+ AMOLED display. Connectivity options include 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, and a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer.
On the imaging front, the Galaxy S21 Ultra features a quad-camera setup at the back, comprising of a 108MP wide camera with OIS, a 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens, and two 10MP telephoto lenses. There is a 40MP selfie snapper housed in a punch-hole at the front. The Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus on the other have triple sensors at the back with a 12MP primary camera with OIS, a 64MP telephoto lens with 3X hybrid optical zoom, and a 12MP ultra-wide angle sensor. For selfies, the two smartphones have a 10MP snapper. All three smartphones run Android 11 with Samsung’s OneUI 3.0 custom skin on top.