Samsung Galaxy S30 (aka S21) Price, Release Date, Specs, News, & Rumors

The next Samsung phone is on the way; what you need to know

Samsung Galaxy S30 concept designs.
Samsung Galaxy S30 concept designs.

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The Galaxy S30 is Samsung's latest flagship series of smartphones, though it's sometimes called the Galaxy S21. Rumors about the follow up to the Galaxy S10 speculated about a Galaxy S11, but that turned out to be the S20. Will Samsung continue this pattern? We'll find out eventually.

When Will the Samsung Galaxy S30 (aka S21) Be Available?

Samsung usually drops its new smartphones early in the year, so we'll likely get the S30 announcement in February 2021, and it should ship by March.

Samsung Galaxy S30 (S21) Pricing and Models

Based on the pricing structure for the Galaxy S20, the cost of the S30 (or S21) series will range from $1000 to $1500. There will likely be three models: the S30, S30 Plus, and S30 Ultra. The Ultra model will be the most high-end with the best specs, including a fancy display and a camera with all the bells and whistles. The Plus version sits in the middle—it's a bit smaller than the Ultra, with a smaller battery to match, and slightly less advanced camera. The base model is about the same size or a bit smaller than the Plus and is the cheapest of the bunch.

Pre-Order Information

Pre-orders usually start a couple of weeks after the announcement. Based on the S20's rollout, Samsung will start taking orders in late February and ship the smartphones in early March.

The Latest News about the Samsung Galaxy S30 (S21)

You can get all the latest news about Samsung smartphones from Lifewire; here are more ways to learn about the new Galaxy phones.

Samsung Galaxy S30 (S21) Key Features

The most intriguing rumor is that the S30 will have six rear cameras. In mid-2020, a Samsung patent surfaced of a camera design with six lenses: five wide-angle and one telephoto. The patent images also show they each one is tiltable, which can enable more artistic photos with the bokeh effect and making it easier to take photos in low light.

Samsung patent drawings.
LEFT: example architecture of a camera module. RIGHT: an example panoramic ("pano") mode.

The S20 Plus smartphone has four lenses, so six isn't as far fetched as it might seem. However, not all patents turn into products, so it's no guarantee we'll see anything like this anytime soon.

Rumors also say that the Samsung S30 smartphones will have:

  • An in-screen camera. The company was the first to add an in-screen fingerprint sensor to its phones, so this is a natural follow-up.
  • A 150MP sensor for the primary camera. Various rumors have circulated about this, but it's not clear how far along Samsung is in the process.
  • No charging cable. Since so many consumers already have the proper cables, the company might stop including them to reduce waste. Android phones have been using USB-C for quite a while, so this makes sense.

Samsung Galaxy S30 (S21) Specs and Hardware

The following specs are the minimum expected in the Samsung Galaxy S30. We'll update this after Samsung unveils it in February.

Display 6.2-inch, Quad HD+ AMOLED
Resolution 3,200 x 1,440 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 or Exynos 2100 chipset
Storage 128GB; microSD slot
Main Camera Ultra-wide 12MP, 120-degree; Wide-angle 12MP; Telephoto 64MP
Selfie Camera 10MP
Bluetooth 5.0
USB USB-C
Colors Cosmic gray, cloud blue, and cloud pink

What Version of Android Will the Galaxy S30 (S21) Have?

The Galaxy S30 will likely ship with Android 11 pre-installed along with Samsung's One UI overlay.