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Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, Galaxy S21 Ultra With 120Hz Displays Launched: Price, Specifications

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Samsung Galaxy S21 series is now official. After a plethora of leaks, rumours, and teasers, the new flagship range of smartphones have finally been launched by the South Korean giant at its Galaxy Unpacked 2021 event. The new series continues the company’s tradition of bringing three distinct models in its flagship smartphone series — just like the Galaxy S20 series launched last year. The Galaxy S21 family consists of the regular Galaxy S21 as well as the Galaxy S21+ and the Galaxy S21 Ultra. All three models come with an adaptive 120Hz refresh rate and flaunt an all-new camera housing that Samsung calls “Contour Cut Camera”. The Galaxy S21 and the Galaxy S21+ in the series share an identical triple rear camera setup, while the Galaxy S21 Ultra houses a superior, quad rear camera setup with a 108-megapixel primary sensor. The Galaxy S21 Ultra also comes with S Pen support. The entire Galaxy S21 series includes an IP68-rated for dust and water resistance. 

Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra price, availability details

In the US, the Samsung Galaxy S21 starts at $799 (roughly Rs. 58,500), whereas the Samsung Galaxy S21+ and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra come with a starting price of $999 (roughly Rs. 73,100) and $1,199 (roughly Rs. 87,700), respectively. The phones will go up for pre-orders from January 14, and on sale from January 29.

The Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ both come in a new signature colour option called Phantom Violet, whereas the Galaxy S21 Ultra gets Phantom Titanium, Phantom Navy, and Phantom Brown colour options that will be exclusive to Samsung.com. Launched alongside the new smartphones were the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro TWS earbuds and the Galaxy SmartTag.

Samsung Galaxy S21 specifications

The Samsung Galaxy S21 runs on Android 11 with One UI on top and features a 6.2-inch Flat full-HD+ (1,080×2,400 pixels) Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O Display with a 20:9 aspect ratio and a 421ppi pixel density. The display also comes with HDR10+ certification, Samsung’s Eye Comfort Shield, and an adaptive 120Hz refresh rate that can drop to as low as 48Hz. Under the hood, the Galaxy S21 has an octa-core Exynos 2100 SoC in all markets (except in US where it comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888), along with 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM.

In terms of optics, the Samsung Galaxy S21 houses a triple rear camera setup that includes a 12-megapixel sensor with an ultra-wide-angle f/2.2 lens with a field-of-view (FoV) of 120 degrees. The camera setup also comes with a 12-megapixel primary Dual Pixel sensor with an f/1.8 lens that comes with autofocus support. Additionally, there is a 64-megapixel sensor with phase detection autofocus, hybrid optic 3x zoom, and FoV of 76 degrees through an f/2.0 lens. The tertiary sensor is also equipped with optical image stabilisation (OIS).

The Samsung Galaxy S21 features a 10-megapixel camera sensor at the front for selfies and video chats. The front-facing sensor is coupled with an f/2.2 lens that has FoV of 80 degrees.

Samsung has provided an upgraded camera app on the Galaxy S21 that supports features including 8K Snap, Director’s View, Super Steady Video, and Single Take. When paired with the new Galaxy Buds Pro, the phone is also capable of recording ambient sounds and your voice simultaneously using a pre-loaded multiple mic recording functionality. There is also an improved Space Zoom feature to let you digitally zoom an object or subject 30 times.

On the storage part, the Samsung Galaxy S21 has 128GB or 256GB of onboard storage options. Connectivity options include 5G (NSA and SA both), 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, and USB Type-C port (with DisplayPort support). Sensors on board include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, geomagnetic sensor, gyroscope, and proximity sensor. The phone also comes with an all-new ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 packs a 4,000mAh battery that supports USB PD 3.0 fast charging. There is also Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 at 10W as well as Wireless PowerShare for reverse wireless charging. The phone measures 151.7×71.2×7.9mm and weighs 171 grams (mmWave) and 169 grams (Sub6).

Samsung Galaxy S21+ specifications

The Samsung Galaxy S21+ runs on One UI based on Android 11 and comes with a 6.7-inch Flat full-HD+ (1,080×2,400 pixels) Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O Display with a 20:9 aspect ratio and a 394ppi pixel density. The display also includes HDR10+ support as well as a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate and Eye Comfort Shield. There is the Exynos 2100 SoC on the global Galaxy S21+ version (Snapdragon 888 in the US), along with 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM. The triple rear camera setup of the Galaxy S21+ includes a 12-megapixel Dual Pixel primary sensor with an f/1.8 lens, 12-megapixel ultra-wide shooter, and a 64-megapixel telephoto shooter with OIS support. There is also a 10-megapixel selfie camera sensor.

The preloaded camera features on the Samsung Galaxy S21+ are identical to those available on the Galaxy S21. This means you’ll get the same Super Zoom, 8K Snap, and Director’s View, among other options.

The Samsung Galaxy S21+ comes in 128GB and 256GB of onboard storage options. Connectivity options include 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, and USB Type-C port. There is also Ultra Wideband (UWB) support.

Sensors on board include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, geomagnetic sensor, gyroscope, and proximity sensor. The phone also includes an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.

Samsung has provided a 4,800mAh battery on the Galaxy S21+ that supports both fast wired and wireless charging, just like the Galaxy S21. Besides, the phone measures 161.5×75.6×7.8mm and weighs 202 grams (mmWave) and 200 grams (Sub6).

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra specifications

Just like the other two models in the series, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra also runs on Android 11 with One UI on top. It, however, features an advanced 6.8-inch Edge QHD+ (1,440×3,200 pixels) Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O Display with HDR10+ support and a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate that can go down to 10Hz. The display of the Galaxy S21 Ultra is also equipped with Wacom’s technology to support S Pen. Users can get the note-taking experience by using an existing S Pen from their Galaxy Note or Galaxy Tab or can purchase an S Pen meant for the Galaxy S21 Ultra with a compatible case. The phone is powered by an octa-core Exynos 2100 SoC in global markets (Snapdragon 888 in the US), paired with 12GB and 16GB LPDDR5 RAM options.

On the camera part, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra flaunts a quad rear camera setup that includes a 108-megapixel sensor with an f/1.8 lens and OIS support. The camera also carries a 12-megapixel Dual Pixel sensor with an f/2.2 lens, a 10-megapixel sensor with an f/2.4 telephoto lens and OIS support, and another 10-megapixel sensor with an f/4.9 telephoto lens and OIS support. The former telephoto lens supports 3x optical zoom, while the latter one has 10x optical zoom. There is also a laser autofocus sensor for enhanced results. Further, the camera supports 100X Space Zoom.

For selfies and video chats, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has a 40-megapixel camera sensor at the front, with an f/2.2 lens.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra support the S Pen stylus normally reserved for the Galaxy Note series

 

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra comes in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage options. Connectivity options include 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, and USB Type-C port. You’ll also get UWB support. Sensors on board include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, geomagnetic, gyro scope, hall, and a proximity sensor. There is also an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.

Samsung has offered a 5,000mAh battery on the Galaxy S21 Ultra that supports USB PD 3.0 and Wireless Charging 2.0 for fast wired and wireless charging. The phone measures 165.1×75.6×8.9mm and weighs 229 grams (mmWave) or 227 grams (Sub6).


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Apple Ramping Up iPhone Production in India to Reduce Dependency on China: Report

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Apple is ramping up the production of iPhone models in India as it plans to reduce its reliance on China, according to a report. The Cupertino giant is also said to start producing the iPhone 12 series locally. Alongside India, Apple is said to be increasing the production capacity of its iPhone and iPad lineups in Vietnam. The report claims that Apple will also be increasing the production of smart speakers, headphones, and computers in Southeast Asia.

Citing people familiar with the development, Nikkei Asia reports that Apple is increasing iPhone production in India with plans to start producing the latest iPhone 12 series locally as early as this quarter. The company was earlier said to start producing the iPhone 12 in the country sometime in the middle of next year. The production could take place at Wistron’s Karnataka facility.

In addition to India, Apple is said to shift iPad manufacturing from China to Vietnam, with the production planned to begin from the middle of this year. The company is also reportedly mobilising its suppliers to expand production of the HomePod mini in the Vietnamese market. Apple has already increased the local production of AirPods models, according to the report.

Apple is also said to have relocated some production of the Mac mini to Malaysia. It is said to move a part of the MacBook production to Vietnam later this year.

Late last year, Apple supplier Foxconn invested $270 million (approximately Rs. 1,969 crores) in Vietnam to set up a subsidiary in the country. Dongguan, Guangdong-based Luxshare Precision Industry is also reportedly ramping up its existing capacity in Vietnam for the HomePod mini. The company is already a key supplier for AirPods and is one of the new assemblers of the iPhone.

Apple didn’t comment on the reported details.

In the recent past, Apple took several steps to reduce its dependency on China and diversify its production. The company started manufacturing the iPhone 11 in India in July last year. Supplier Wistron had also reportedly started manufacturing the iPhone SE (2020) in the country.

Alongside Wistron, Foxconn and Pegatron — two key suppliers of Apple devices — have showed interest in producing the iPhone in the Indian market. All three of them had applied for a $6.64 billion (roughly Rs. 48,409 crores) scheme under the government’s product-linked incentive (PLI) plan.


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Amazon Set to Launch in Poland for Local Shoppers to Switch Over From German Site

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Online shopping platform Amazon is preparing to set up a Polish based website so local shoppers will no longer have to order via its German site, it said on Wednesday, sending shares in top local rival Allegro down by over 7 percent.

Amazon has been present in Poland since 2014 with nine logistics centres but customers have had to order via its international websites, adding to costs. Local media have reported for months that the group was preparing to launch a local online shopping platform.

“Amazon has been supporting Polish customers for many years and helping to sell products of Polish entrepreneurs in our European stores. The next stage is the introduction of a full retail offer for consumers in Poland and it is now time to take this step,” Alex Ootes, vice president for EU Expansion at Amazon, said in a statement.

Amazon’s expansion increases competition for Polish Allegro, which is the dominant e-commerce platform in the country.

“Allegro will be forced to offer a wider range of free delivery options, which will increase logistics costs,” mBank analyst Pawel Szpigiel said in a note.

Allegro made its debut on the Warsaw Stock Exchange in October with one of the biggest initial public offerings in Europe in 2020.

By 10:12 GMT (3:42pm IST) shares in Allegro fell by over 7 percent.

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Mozilla Firefox 85 Ends Support for Adobe Flash Player, Cracks Down on Supercookies

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Mozilla Firefox 85 has been released, which ends support for Adobe Flash Player plugin and “protects” users from supercookies. Firefox 85 does not support Adobe Flash or have a setting to re-enable it – a pre-decided move that was first announced back in 2017. Besides that, the biggest change in the latest version of Firefox is the crackdown on supercookies, which are trackers that can stay hidden in the browser and track you online even after you clear cookies.

Firefox 85 does not have Adobe Flash support, which the company claims will improve performance and security. Adobe had announced the retirement of Flash Player back in 2017. Mozilla had confirmed that Firefox version 84.0 would be the last release to support Adobe Flash.

Calling it a “fundamental’ change,” Mozilla explained in a blog post that Firefox 85 would partition network connections and caches by the website being visited. Firefox 85 stable release aims to isolate supercookies to prevent them from tracking users’ Web browsing from one site to the next.

Supercookies can be used in place of ordinary cookies to store user identifiers, but are harder to delete and block, making it difficult for users to protect their privacy while browsing. Mozilla claims that the changes made in Firefox 85 will greatly reduce the effectiveness of cache-based suppercookies and would eliminate a tracker’s ability to use them across website.

Firefox 85 uses a different image cache for every website a user visits, according to Mozilla. This means that while cached images will still load when a user revisits the same site, those caches won’t be shared by the browser across sites.

Mozilla claims that Firefox 85 partitions all of the following caches by the top-level site being visited: Alt-Svc cache, DNS cache, favicon cache, font cache, HSTS cache, HTTP Authentication cache, HTTP cache, image cache, OCSP cache, style sheet cache, and TLS certificate cache.

The latest version of Firefox partitions pooled connections, prefetch connections, preconnect connections, speculative connections, and TLS session identifiers, in order to protect users from connection-based tracking. The partitioning applies to all third-party resources embedded on a website.

Mozilla’s release notes also said that Firefox 85 would make it easier to save and access bookmarks. The browser remembers your preferred location for saved bookmarks, displays the bookmark toolbar by default on the new tabs, and gives easy access to the bookmarks via a toolbar folder. The password manager in Firefox 85 also allows users to remove all saved logins with one click.


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