Galaxy S21 launch today: Watch Samsung’s Unpacked event livestream here
The new model is all metal and tougher glass for better durability, with a screen that supports adaptive refresh between 48 and 120Hz and improved low blue light protection. And naturally, a trio of better cameras, and new photo processing hardware with AI. Better bokeh! Pet-specific mode! It adds multishot processing and skin-optimized white balance to your selfie options.
For video, you’ll be able to pull 8K photos from videos and shoot photos and videos simultaneously, plus a best shot mode. It adds a multicamera view for video as well, with quick switching among them — that sounds very cool.
The phone has an updated processor for faster processing, too.
Samsung’s brings its IoT technology to Galaxy SmartTag and SmartTag Plus (with ultra-wideband wireless),a small portable device for tracking anything (or anyone) you can put it on with a SmartThings Find app on your phone.
It’s not just phones, though. The company debuted its Galaxy Buds Pro as well, with improved sound; they add a tiny woofer for better bass. They have motion tracking sensors and Dolby audio for 360 surround, as well as active noise cancelling. And they look very different.
The mic has been improved as well to be more directional and has a more closed fit with tweaks to minimize wind noise.
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Samsung, in its invite from early January, touted “Welcome to the Everyday Epic” as the theme for its event. It’s Samsung has plenty of news coming. The South Korean electronics giant will broadcast its virtual Unpacked event at 7 a.m. PT this morning, the last day of CES. You can watch it on Samsung’s YouTube page or its , and CNET will host a live show that begins 30 minutes before the event., as well as some possible accessories. . Here’s hoping you aren’t worn out by — it’s the last day of the show but
“Over the past year, mobile technology has taken center stage in everyday life as people are working remotely and spending more time at home,” Samsung said. “The accelerated transition to a mobile-first world brings with it the need for devices that can transform everyday life into an extraordinary experience.”
A Jan. 14 date for Unpacked comes earlier than normal for Samsung. In the past, the company has typically unveiled its newest flagship phone in February, either slightly before or during the Mobile World Congress trade show, and then released the device in March or even April.
Samsung likely will unveil three different models of its flagship phone at Thursday’s event: the 6.2-inch S21, the 6.7-inch S21 Plus and the 6.8-inch S21 Ultra. The devices are expected to look largely the same but have, boosting their photo and video capabilities.
The company may also discontinue its Galaxy Note line this year and replace it with S Pen support on its Galaxy S21 Ultra. Early renders don’t show a visible location for a stylus, which may mean it has to be housed separately from the phone when not in use. On Samsung’s popular — but niche — Note lineup, the stylus slides into the device for storage.
Along with the Galaxy S21 lineup could be some other announcements from Samsung. The company is expected to unveil new physical Tile-style smart trackers, possibly called Galaxy Smart Tags, to help people keep track of their possessions using BlueTooth. Apple has long been rumored to be working on its own AirTags, but it hasn’t yet unveiled anything in that arena.and
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