We called Samsung’s Galaxy S21 “the best Android phone for the money” thanks to the attractive new design, brilliant display and versatile cameras. The lower prices help a lot too, but $800 for the base model is still a lot for most folks. Now, Amazon is making them more interesting with a new deal, with prices of $700 for the Galaxy S21, the S21 Plus for $800 and $1,000 for the flagship S21 Ultra — discounts of $100, $200 and $200, respectively.
The retailer is also offering a 50 percent discount on Samsung’s newest AirPods rival, the excellent Galaxy Buds Pro, when purchasing one of Samsung’s latest flagship models. Simply add the Galaxy Buds Pro in Black — which normally retail for $200 — to your basket alongside a Samsung phone and it’ll automatically apply the $100 saving.
The Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus are largely similar 5G phones with high-end specs including beautiful 6.2-inch AMOLED displays with up to 120 Hz refresh rates, the latest Snapdragon 888 processors, 8GB of RAM and 4,000 mAh batteries that delivered 15 hours on a charge in our video rundown tests. You also get a versatile four-camera setup with a 64-megapixel telephoto sensor, a 12-megapixel primary camera and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor. If you prefer large screens, the S21 Plus has a 6.7-inch display, compared to the 6.2-inch display on the S21.
The Galaxy S21 Ultra, meanwhile, is Samsung’s top-flight 5G smartphone that we called “capable but costly.” It comes with a 6.8-inch AMOLED 2X 1,440 x 3,200 display, 108-megapixel main camera, 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, 10-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom and a 10-megpixel f/4.9 camera with 10x optical zoom and laser autofocus. Naturally, you get a Snapdragon 888 processor and 12GB of RAM as well, along with a huge 5,000 mAh battery.
There are few downsides to any of the models, though the S21 has less resolution than the S20 and can deliver lower quality zoomed-in photos. The Galaxy S21 Ultra’s main issue is the lack of expandable storage and $1,200 price tag. However, it’s a lot more palatable at $1,000 if you’re looking for the ultimate Android smartphone experience.
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