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Samsung Galaxy S21 series to launch on January 14, India sale from January 29

Sushant Talwar     December 11, 2020

By now it's become a poorly kept secret that Samsung plans to launch its next flagship, the Galaxy S21 series in January 2021. While the company has kept mum on such reports till now, new reports claim the company's stores in India and even high ranking officials have started to confirm this information.

As per a report by Android Authority, Samsung's Opera House retail store in Bengaluru has confirmed to the publication that the Galaxy S21 series will be launched officially on January 14. Further, it has confirmed that the phone will come to India shortly after, with the device going on sale in the country from January 29.

Ahead of the launch, the exclusive store has started taking pre-orders for the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus, and Galaxy S21 Ultra in India. These can now be pre-booked by paying Rs 2,000 after which the store will keep the buyers in the loop about the phone's availability and delivery details via WhatsApp. Interestingly, the pre-booking appears open for all three devices, as the buyers can select any of the three models after their launch.

The report from the publication also claims to have gotten its hands on the information about the colour options for the phones. The report adds that the Samsung Galaxy S21 will be available in gray, pink, purple, and white colorways, while the Galaxy S21 Plus will be made available in pink, purple, silver, and black. The Galaxy S21 Ultra on the other hand comes in black and silver colours.

While the report does not confirm any design details, a set of high-quality renders leaked earlier had completely revealed the design of the three phones. Coming courtesy of LetsGoDigital, the new Galaxy S21 series renders are claimed to be based on information acquired from sources close to Samsung and are said to be identical to the final products that will be released next month.

The renders show the phone will come with volume rockers and a power button will on the right side, while the USB Type-C port, speaker grille, and primary microphone will all be at the bottom. The left of the phone appears to have been left empty by Samsung.

According to the renders, the Galaxy S21 series phones will come with a design that will see the SIM tray located at the bottom, instead of the top. Further, they will also house a distinct camera array design. The Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ appear to be coming with an identical triple camera setup, while the Galaxy S21 Ultra looks likely to sport a quad-camera setup.

In terms of specifications, previous leaks have suggested that the S21 Ultra will come with a curved WQHD+ LTPO AMOLED display with a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate with additional support for the S Pen. On the other hand, the other two devices will include a flat FHD+ LTPS AMOLED display with a regular 120Hz refresh rate. All three phones are expected to get the Snapdragon 888/Exynos 2100 chipsets and run the Android 11-based One UI 3.1 operating system.

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