Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus hands-on: price drop

Samsung’s two new entry-level flagships, the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Plus feature the new Snapdragon 888 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a triple camera array. But the most significant change this year is the $200 lower starting price. Chaim Gartenberg takes an early look at the new phones and compares both models. They will be available for preorder on January 14th with prices starting at $799 and will start shipping on January 29th.
**Correction: At 2:14 the back of the S21 Plus is glass, not aluminum. The S21 (non Plus) has a polycarbonate back.
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  1. The Verge

    The Verge3 months ago

    **Correction: At 2:14 the back of the S21 Plus is glass, not aluminum. The S21 (non Plus) has a polycarbonate back.

  2. emileo naicker

    emileo naicker2 months ago

    @PuertoRican Pie Yes its exactly what they are doing in an attempt to force us to buy the ultra. Last year people enjoyed the s20 and s20 plus better than the ultra. I think that's the reason for them trying to force the ultra on us

  3. Grey Man

    Grey Man2 months ago

    @emileo naicker But its the cheapest model, they are catering for the lower end, maybe you would prefer they made it £100 more and it has a glass back, but maybe 99% of people put a case on it anyway and would rather save that £100.. and say thank you very much. My point being, People complain phones are too expensive, they bring the price down to cater to that crowd, and people complain that its not as premium "feeling" as the more expensive models, 🤣 it makes no sense, the only thing I can derive is that... people just love to find fault in everything 😐

  4. Aku

    Aku2 months ago

    @Sean Burns When apple used polycarbonate no-one complained.

  5. J

    J3 months ago

    What a poor video 1:57 "predecessors"

  6. emileo naicker

    emileo naicker3 months ago

    @Sean Burns I think people are just angry because its a premium phone with a plastic back, it kinda seems like they taking a step backwards. I know plastic is better and you would put a cover on it but honestly the phone needs to have glass on it to be a premium phone


    SMRUTI SNIGDHA4 days ago

    Should I buy s21+ if I'm getting the 128gb variant in 60k after exchange? Or go for some other options like OnePlus 9 pro?

  8. Preston

    Preston6 days ago

    According to Samsung the backs of the S21 plus and ultra are glass. Also I own all three it's true. The plastic my wife has and I must say the size is perfect even though though I love large phones and own the Ultra. Great Review.

  9. Saw Boaz

    Saw BoazMonth ago

    Plastic back doesn't matter at all bec everyone use phone cover cases plus you won't always try to feel the plastic back anyway.

  10. Gold Formation

    Gold FormationMonth ago


  11. robertsgaming21

    robertsgaming21Month ago

    I got the s21 though it will be big enough for me but it's to small for me

  12. Yashwant Chaudhari

    Yashwant ChaudhariMonth ago

    Price is not less than previous generation in India.

  13. ost Feb

    ost FebMonth ago

    Heir cut the same like Samsung camera bump

  14. Vishwa Perla

    Vishwa PerlaMonth ago


  15. RKGSD

    RKGSDMonth ago

    I've always said anything higher than 1080p on these little phone screens is an overkill marketing gimmick that causes faster battery drain.

  16. Bogomil Boev

    Bogomil BoevMonth ago

    btw the base s21 have more screen than the S8+

  17. Terry Bunch

    Terry BunchMonth ago

    Anyone defending the plastic backs is a Samsung shill or coping. Plastic is brittle and worse at dissipating heat than metal/glass. For their "flagship" series, Samsung decided to cut costs to improve their markup value. Pure and simple.

  18. E Wright

    E WrightMonth ago

    Way are there no real tech people doing tech videos? This guy could just read the specs, that's all your getting , well and the fact that he likes purple and gold.

  19. mango juice

    mango juice2 months ago

    The s21 still starts at 965 us dollars here in india


    WHITE LION2 months ago

    Dear (me), We confirmed order # for your customized Galaxy S21+ 5G 256GB (Unlocked) and have started building it for delivery within five weeks. Look for an email with your shipment tracking number. We will reach out if there are any issues with your delivery. Your Galaxy S21+ 5G 256GB (Unlocked) will ship in five weeks.

  21. P S

    P S2 months ago


  22. C Desclay

    C Desclay2 months ago

    Is it just me of the s20+ chin size is abit smaller than the one on the s20

  23. Alex McCaffrey

    Alex McCaffrey2 months ago

    Can there be a comparison between the Plus and Ultra. They're almost the same size but no one has done this.

  24. Ben Hdz

    Ben Hdz2 months ago

    It would've been a victory for Samsung to sell these phones for less ,,with the epidemic still hovering over the country and so many out of work the right thing would've been to give its customers a break.... they would've owned the industry and beat apple and all others clear out if the water..... maybe Apple will read this and make it happen ....

  25. F P

    F P2 months ago

    No sd card 🤔 R.I.P Samsung 😎 hello Sony experia ..the future belongs to sony experia 🤓

  26. Mark1Mach2

    Mark1Mach22 months ago

    @The Verge - what camera are you guys using to shoot this video? Also, isn't Samsung using the Exynos processor and not the Snapdragons this year?

  27. johnpark219

    johnpark2192 months ago

    just what i noticed...all the people who reviews phones have terrible finger nails lol

  28. Douglas Smith

    Douglas Smith2 months ago

    S10's still a better value per what was NOT taken away per screen, storage, jack, and more...just not the 120 hZ thing...Still a great screen. OH...AND NO camera bump like these, yet all the cameras one would need. No wobble.

  29. Roman Kr

    Roman Kr2 months ago

    People complaining about 1080p 120hz LTpO display but typing on their iPhone 6S from 2016 or iPhone 12 with same grid icons from 2014 😂

  30. Victor Lanced

    Victor Lanced2 months ago

    How does battery saving mode affect the adaptive refresh feature?

  31. Plump Cat

    Plump Cat2 months ago

    5:46 nice Note 20 😂

  32. Gene Au

    Gene Au2 months ago


  33. UrbanSipfly

    UrbanSipfly2 months ago

    Horrible made video!!

  34. UrbanSipfly

    UrbanSipfly2 months ago

    Less resolution S21 vs S20 (The idea that one can see anything at all for the average person won't be recognized). The plastic back cover will likely be tucked in a case - so, who is there to impress?

  35. Alexander Sokolov

    Alexander Sokolov2 months ago

    Last time I saw this guy he wasn’t blinking, now he blinks like a clock. What did verge do to him??????

  36. Jonas Biemond

    Jonas Biemond2 months ago

    Wow the music tho

  37. iLoveSkinCare

    iLoveSkinCare2 months ago

    I love the way the verge's video team set up their videos. Would love to get a tech channel started instead of skin 😡

  38. Anthony

    Anthony2 months ago

    You forgot to mention they don't come w/ earphones and charger. It's like buying an new electric car without charging cable so that you have to spend unnecessary time to shop around for a charger after you bought your car. Of course you have to take a taxi since the car needs charging first - it's as stupid as it can get.

  39. DiaMonD FaLcoN

    DiaMonD FaLcoN2 months ago

    Quite disappointing

  40. NAGAbaba2288

    NAGAbaba22882 months ago

    I hate the no headphone jack concept just as much as a tablet sticking out on a car dashboard 🤦‍♂️😒

  41. Live Excellently

    Live Excellently2 months ago

    You know what's a great gadget? A comb!

  42. Jeypee Liz

    Jeypee Liz2 months ago

    Watching on my Samsung Z Fold 2. 🙄 I was like, nahh, same old rectangular phone, just like all other phone, and phones before that, and before that.....

  43. Tony Bone

    Tony Bone2 months ago

    im glad they got rid of that bixby button i have no interest in it

  44. Mike 10452

    Mike 104522 months ago

    cheap. I have a note 10 + and see these as cheap. My note 10 + is better

  45. avicohen2k

    avicohen2k2 months ago

    And exinoshit processors outside the US...

  46. Anubhav Solankey

    Anubhav Solankey2 months ago

    In India they start at 900$ that too for an Exynos version. I wonder why Samsung along with Apple are losing the top-end smartphone market to OnePlus!!

  47. Anthony Thompson

    Anthony Thompson2 months ago

    Apologies. I see your correction about the back

  48. Anthony Thompson

    Anthony Thompson2 months ago

    The s21 plus does have glass on the back..


    SUKHDEEP KAUR2 months ago

    Hi Sir please if you can tell, using the non pro or non Bluetooth Spen that is coming out with S21 Ultta, can we start or stop recording or swap Camera as I can do with my Note 10 Plus.

  50. James Smith

    James Smith2 months ago

    $800 f/ plastic? Miss me.


    MR REDDICK2 months ago

    Why is there a price difference between the two??? They are identical in specs.

  52. Itz An Opinion

    Itz An Opinion2 months ago

    Personally...I wish Samsung kept the volume buttons (Up/down) on the LEFT SIDE..I find it much easier to use my thumb on my current S6 model than either my index finger or middle finger on the new ones, which I use at my job!

  53. Izabela Maria

    Izabela Maria2 months ago

    Affordable? No charger, no dual sim card option. I think I will pass...

  54. wilson ndebay

    wilson ndebay2 months ago

    New chepset is not actually an upgrade this time. If you put last year's chipset in the S21 Ultra and price it 1000 I'll gladly accept it.

  55. ItsJustTech

    ItsJustTech2 months ago

    Can the plastic backed s21 wirelessly charge?

  56. Iván Gil Ibañez

    Iván Gil IbañezMonth ago


  57. Muhammad Asghar

    Muhammad Asghar2 months ago

    Nice looking pik

  58. Maidendg

    Maidendg2 months ago

    Looking for confirmation Samsung giving S21 4 years of Android updates instead of 3, rumors are out but nothing concrete.

  59. Maidendg

    Maidendg2 months ago

    I verified directly from Samsung by 2 different people that the S21 is doing 4 years.

  60. Sasank Viyyapu

    Sasank Viyyapu2 months ago

    I just hope all mobile companies release phone once in two years atleast..

  61. Sasank Viyyapu

    Sasank Viyyapu2 months ago

    Like we care about the material it was made of..almost everyone uses a that’s a good choice imo

  62. rajanmithra u

    rajanmithra u2 months ago

    I like the movement in the background. So many vans got parked there

  63. Anderson Silverio

    Anderson Silverio2 months ago

    About instagram stories was improved?

  64. themadkiller101

    themadkiller1012 months ago

    Price drop is a scam

  65. moblue 289

    moblue 2892 months ago

    paid by samsung

  66. Deki-Dex Man

    Deki-Dex Man2 months ago

    Downgrade.. eaven to my s10.. 🤮

  67. Paul YOON

    Paul YOON2 months ago

    Really looks nice ^^

  68. Tony in The Kitchen and The Grill

    Tony in The Kitchen and The Grill2 months ago

    I just want to say I'm not interested in Samsung products The Galaxy s21 it's better than last year's model but I'm not going to spend the money for that at all. I'd rather keep my Samsung Galaxy S10 which works well and is a great model because the 20 sucked. But if I was going to get a new phone I would get the ultra 21 No doubt or get the note 20 ultra that's it.

  69. KillaSin515

    KillaSin5152 months ago

    No SD card and no Headphone jack??? NOPE.

  70. JironM

    JironM2 months ago

    There's no price drop for us tho, AND THEY TOOK OUT THE CHARGER.

  71. spoly 813

    spoly 8132 months ago

    So did Apple...nothing new about that.

  72. bxlegend Deemoney

    bxlegend Deemoney2 months ago

    No SD card no thank you

  73. Harry Drake

    Harry Drake2 months ago

    $800 for a plastic phone, no charger or SD slot 😂 If you buy this you deserve to be ripped off

  74. Alvar Lagerlöf

    Alvar Lagerlöf2 months ago

    Old camera bump was better

  75. Paul Sadlier

    Paul Sadlier2 months ago

    Much is fedex paying u mate

  76. Safi Abdul

    Safi Abdul2 months ago

    S21 shows we do not need to upgrade our phones every year or may be a couple of years too. Happy with my S10 everything i can ask for, headphone jack, sd card, good cameras, 3 years upgrade etc. Then only thing it's missing is 5G which is fine cuz its not here yet anyway.

  77. eenayeah

    eenayeah2 months ago

    Did this guy really need to be outside

  78. RedwoodGeorge

    RedwoodGeorge2 months ago

    You can't argue with Becca - she knows her stuff! (Sorry, Chaim, if I have to take sides...)

  79. A Jar of Jam

    A Jar of Jam2 months ago

    What are we supposed to do when wired headphones are no longer usable??

  80. Ronald Bardalez

    Ronald Bardalez2 months ago

    Becca is always right.

  81. Andrew Feng

    Andrew Feng2 months ago

    "Affordable" -- plastic back, no sd card option, no charger. Remember when phones are affordable and come with charger and headphones and headphone jacks and a glass back?

  82. Pete Clemenza

    Pete Clemenza2 months ago

    @JM A. they didn't offer me that option

  83. JM A.

    JM A.2 months ago

    if u can pre-order you can get the buds live and with a coupon, you'll get a wireless charger. but if it's late, yeah you'll have to buy it on your own. But keep in mind even if some got removed what I think you're paying now are the specs right?

  84. Raamit T.V.

    Raamit T.V.2 months ago

    If Thanos was a phone

  85. Cookie Tranquilo

    Cookie Tranquilo2 months ago

    Samsung pushing too hard less features ugliest phone ever , no SD Card no dual sim , no charger no quad HD , WTF ...

  86. Ashraf Wahid

    Ashraf Wahid2 months ago

    Nice to see The Verge getting a homeless person to present 👍

  87. Curve Ahead

    Curve Ahead2 months ago

    "That's a big change" No, it's not... You Tech reviewers have just lost all common sense, that's all.

  88. Shant H

    Shant H2 months ago

    Where is dieter bohn ??????

  89. Scott

    Scott3 months ago

    no headphone jack!!!! How am I supposed to plug my phone in my truck radio to listen to it. It only has aux input.. 🤬

  90. Sweden721127

    Sweden7211272 months ago

    @Scott I understand. However you can get a phone car holdet with wireless charger. It works great and there are even new holders with fast wireless charging.

  91. Scott

    Scott2 months ago

    @Sweden721127 Then how do I plug it in to charge if I did that? Currently I have my phone plugged in charging while aux is plugged in.

  92. Sweden721127

    Sweden7211272 months ago

    You can use the included USB-C to 3.5 mm adapter or get one if it's not included..

  93. AlecS

    AlecS3 months ago

    since nobody’s said it - where’s Dieter at?

  94. J

    J3 months ago

    1:57 uh did you mean predecessors? What was that.

  95. Tristan petersen

    Tristan petersen3 months ago

    Samsung really needs to come out with something to blow us away this new design looks just like an iPhone which I'm starting to want to convert to iPhone at least they keep it simple in the same!

  96. Aku

    Aku3 months ago

    Doesn't mention the lack of SD card. Amateur hour.

  97. Joseph Stalin

    Joseph Stalin2 months ago

    @Aku lmao you can probably download an app for hiding it

  98. Aku

    Aku2 months ago

    @Joseph Stalin Where am I going to hide my naughty videos though?

  99. Master

    Master2 months ago

    @Joseph Stalin even 128 GB for most.

  100. Joseph Stalin

    Joseph Stalin2 months ago

    @Aleksandar Petrović I think if the phone has at least 256g of storage most people won't need an SD card

  101. Aleksandar Petrović

    Aleksandar Petrović2 months ago

    @Joseph Stalin It depends on the model, but basically it's the same range like the last few years... Except, until now you could have upgraded the storage, so if you'd buy a model with max storage, you could've still upgraded it and get 1TB... That might be an overkill for a phone, but taken in account that this option as many other features were skipped now, the prices should be much, much lower then they are... Edit: When writing the comment I wasn't aware they completely ditched the support for the memory cards even in the top model...

  102. CrimsonSlayer7

    CrimsonSlayer73 months ago

    the sim card is at the bottom......? huh

  103. zibbyzib

    zibbyzib3 months ago

    Why does the phone look like a prototype?!?

  104. Jake Hall

    Jake Hall3 months ago

    Curved Screens are for idiots

  105. Mister Pringles

    Mister Pringles3 months ago

    what you think about battery life on s21 ?

  106. Mister Pringles

    Mister Pringles3 months ago

    s21 you think have better battery over S20 fe 5g?

  107. R L

    R L3 months ago

    You conveniently left out there's no SD card expandable memory on these S21 models...

  108. Joseph Stalin

    Joseph Stalin2 months ago

    @Mark1Mach2 256 is enough for most people

  109. Mark1Mach2

    Mark1Mach22 months ago

    @Joseph Stalin 128 gigs and 256gs. Ultra can go up to 512,

  110. Joseph Stalin

    Joseph Stalin2 months ago

    @DarkKnight Sky I think that would be enough for most ppl

  111. DarkKnight Sky

    DarkKnight Sky2 months ago

    @Joseph Stalin it has 250g of storage

  112. Joseph Stalin

    Joseph Stalin2 months ago

    Whats the base storage

  113. Moeka Kiryu

    Moeka Kiryu3 months ago

    gotta say I'm with Becca, the white/silver phone is clearly the best (seriously, it's gorgeous)

  114. WesternUranus

    WesternUranus3 months ago

    Aaand I'll wait for the S22 thx

  115. Pratik Khairnar

    Pratik Khairnar3 months ago

    I understand why people are hating on Samsung but I do believe the base S21 is a good phone at a good price. I genuinely find plastic backs better, they don't shatter, that's a pro. 1080p isn't visibly worse, so the battery savings are a pro. No curved screen, serious pro! It's a bad upgrade from S20 but is still a great phone S21 objectively for its price.

  116. paul kim

    paul kim3 months ago


  117. Hu David

    Hu David3 months ago

    As a user that used both Samsung and iPhone in the past few years, Samsung's new lineup appeals to me more than Apple's new iPhone 12 lineup.

  118. Shah Kiro

    Shah Kiro3 months ago

    *The price drop because of expensive powerbrick charger and earphone*

  119. Caio Henrique Francisco

    Caio Henrique Francisco3 months ago

    Where is your mask ?

  120. Brandon

    Brandon3 months ago

    Apple: No adapter & earphone Samsung: I'm in

  121. Richard Crossley

    Richard Crossley3 months ago

    Worse ‘upgrade’ since the S8!

  122. Vô Thường

    Vô Thường3 months ago

    Cách bố trí Camera xấu quá, như là gồng một bên

  123. Joseph Schowski

    Joseph Schowski3 months ago


  124. Unexpected Item

    Unexpected Item3 months ago

    Sorry but both these reviews are LITTERED with errors. Why did you let them even get published in this state?