Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G SM-G998B 12GB 256GB Reviews

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Samsung Galaxy S21 ULTRA (512GB) 5G Phantom Black SM-G998BZKHXNZ review

★★★★★ 5.0
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the phone that the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra should of been. Last year's phone was a massively powerful handset that, in some areas, was coarse around the edges – and as such fell from grace in terms of receiving a perfect score.
Pros: 
  • Stunning 6.8-inch 120Hz WQHD+ screen
  • Powerful flagship-grade hardware spec
  • Feature packed camera system
  • S Pen Digital Stylus support
  • Large
  • long-lasting 5,000mAh battery
  • 5G network compatible
Cons: 
  • Expensive
  • despite a price drop
  • Doesn't come with S Pen Digital Stylus
3 months ago

Samsung Galaxy S21 ULTRA (512GB) 5G Phantom Black SM-G998BZKHXNZ review

★★★★★
Surprise, the Galaxy S21 Ultra is launching a month earlier than anticipated, and that’s good news if you’re eager to own the very best of what Samsung can pack into a smartphone. It wowed us with a huge screen, five cameras and the best zoom on any readily available Android phone.
Pros: 
  • The best camera zoom
  • Mesmerizing design
  • S Pen support
Cons: 
  • Expensive at any level
  • No microSD card slot
  • Just 128GB of storage to start
2 months ago

Samsung Galaxy S21 ULTRA (512GB) 5G Phantom Black SM-G998BZKHXNZ review

★★★★★ 4.5
The clear flagship in the S21 family - and a better performer than the smaller S21 and S21+ models, thanks to its better cameras - the Ultra is the pick for those who want all the best that Samsung offers.
Pros: 
  • Great new finish and improved design
  • Powerful internal hardware
  • Adaptive refresh rate
  • S Pen stylus support
  • Camera performance
  • Stands apart from rest of S21 range
Cons: 
  • No microSD card slot
  • Undeniably expensive
  • Camera setup more confusing than it needs to be
  • Battery life isn't great under pressure
2 months ago

Samsung Galaxy S21 ULTRA (512GB) 5G Phantom Black SM-G998BZKHXNZ review

★★★★ 4.0
An Android that earns its “ultra” title with an incredible camera array allowing you to capture moments other phones will simply miss
Pros: 
  • Awesome camera zoom capability
  • Smooth
  • ultra-bright screen
  • Supports the S-Pen like a Galaxy Note
Cons: 
  • No charger: a cheap move
  • Some alternatives last longer between charges
  • UK Exynos version not as powerful as upcoming Snapdragon phones
3 months ago

Samsung Galaxy S21 ULTRA (512GB) 5G Phantom Black SM-G998BZKHXNZ review

★★★★★
The Galaxy S21 Ultra is Samsung’s latest big, heavy and expensive superphone that makes meaningful improvements to both the camera and general usability. All the usual top-quality elements are there.
Pros: 
  • big 120Hz screen
  • 5G
  • great and flexible camera
  • 3x and 10x optical zoom
  • dual sim
  • One UI
  • wireless charging and powershare
  • good performance
  • long battery
  • fast fingerprint scanner.
Cons: 
  • huge
  • heavy
  • very expensive
  • no headphone socket
  • only three-plus years of software updates.
2 months ago

Samsung Galaxy S21 ULTRA (512GB) 5G Phantom Black SM-G998BZKHXNZ review

★★★★★
Pockets beware, the giant smartphone is back with a sleeker camera and a super processor...
3 months ago

Samsung Galaxy S21 ULTRA (512GB) 5G Phantom Black SM-G998BZKHXNZ review

★★★★ 4.2
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is a well-made evolution of its predecessor with a great design refresh. The new OLED display is capable of supporting a high resolution and a high adaptive 120 Hz refresh rate at the same time, and it is also the brightest display that we have ever seen in a smartphone.
Pros: 
  • extremely bright OLED display
  • 120 Hz and WQHD+
  • high system performance
  • good camera setup
  • Wi-Fi 6E
  • dual SIM with 5G and eSIM
  • good call quality
  • S Pen support
Cons: 
  • storage not expandable
  • VHT160 Wi-Fi not particularly fast or stable
  • games are FPS-bound
  • missing Bluetooth audio codecs
  • 5G without mmWave
2 months ago

Samsung Galaxy S21 ULTRA (512GB) 5G Phantom Black SM-G998BZKHXNZ review

★★★★ 4.0
Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra is more affordable than last year’s flagship, has more cameras, and adds an S Pen: on paper, at least, what’s not to love? Setting the bar for smartphones in 2021, the daddy of the currently three-strong Galaxy S21 family promises more of that monstrously effective Samsung...
Pros: 
  • Fantastic 120Hz display makes no resolution compromise
  • 108MP camera is capable of great photos
  • More affordable than last year's flagship phone
  • Potent performance and long battery life
  • S Pen functionality is a welcome addition from Galaxy Note
Cons: 
  • No microSD
  • no Samsung Pay MST
  • and slower charging than the S20 Ultra
  • 100x Space Zoom still feels like a gimmick
  • S Pen implementation feels half-hearted
2 months ago

Samsung Galaxy S21 ULTRA (512GB) 5G Phantom Black SM-G998BZKHXNZ review

★★★★ 4.0
The Galaxy S21 Ultra delivers a high-quality superzoom camera that truly works, supports Samsung's excellent S Pen, and sets the bar for smartphone features in 2021.
Pros: 
  • Beautiful design and solid build
  • Excellent photo quality at up to 10x zoom
  • Equipped for next-gen C-band and Wi-Fi 6E connectivity
Cons: 
  • Heavy
  • Expensive
  • Some of those next-gen networks don't exist yet
3 months ago

Samsung Galaxy S21 ULTRA (512GB) 5G Phantom Black SM-G998BZKHXNZ review

★★★★★ 4.9
Samsung shifted its annual Galaxy S series launch about a month to the left this year, and given the challenges we all faced in 2020, it is nice to see 2021 start off with some fresh phones from Samsung with a significant price drop.
Pros: 
  • Lovely design with matte finish back
  • 5G support for all bands
  • Advanced multiple cameras
  • S Pen support
  • Competive pricing
  • High end internal specifications
Cons: 
  • No MST support
3 months ago

Samsung Galaxy S21 ULTRA (512GB) 5G Phantom Black SM-G998BZKHXNZ review

★★★★ 4.3
Samsung’s “Ultra” phones are meant to be the absolute pinnacle of the company’s (non-folding) mobile technology. And so the Galaxy S21 Ultra — the third Ultra phone after the S20 and Note 20 Ultras — spares very few expenses.
Pros: 
  • Excellent camera system
  • Beautiful screen with high refresh rate
  • Great battery life
Cons: 
  • Ads in Samsung software
  • No expandable storage
  • Bixby
2 months ago

Samsung Galaxy S21 ULTRA (512GB) 5G Phantom Black SM-G998BZKHXNZ review

★★★★★
The Galaxy S21 Ultra is priced at PHP 69,990 for the 12GB + 256GB variant, and PHP 79,990 for the 16GB + 512GB option. Compared to its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra holds note-worthy upgrades that are perfect for creatives or users with demanding lifestyles—or you just have the budget...
2 months ago

Samsung Galaxy S21 ULTRA (512GB) 5G Phantom Black SM-G998BZKHXNZ review

★★★★★ 4.5
This is the Snapdragon 888 edition of Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G. Like it counterpart , it comes in a 6.8-inches Quad-HD+ display with 1440 x 3200 pixels. Some of the display technology includes HDR10+, 120Hz refresh, Gorilla Glass Vectus protection as well as a dot notch housing the frontal...
2 months ago

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Samsung Galaxy S21 ULTRA (512GB) 5G Phantom Black SM-G998BZKHXNZ review

★★★★★ 4.5
The S21 Ultra takes the Note 20 Ultra's best features and builds on them in meaningful ways
Pros: 
  • Camera bump design is vastly improved
  • An absolute photography powerhouse
  • An all-around solid high-end smartphone
Cons: 
  • Expensive
  • No charger or headphones in the box
  • No microSD port
3 months ago

Samsung Galaxy S21 ULTRA (512GB) 5G Phantom Black SM-G998BZKHXNZ review

★★★★★ 4.5
“2021's only true flagship Galaxy S Series phone is the Galaxy S21 Ultra, which has extraordinary ability, particularly from the camera.”
Pros: 
  • Highly capable
  • versatile camera
  • Beautiful AMOLED screen
  • Elegant new design
  • Long battery life
  • Latest software from Google and Samsung
  • Price is down from last year
Cons: 
  • Shaky Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Intermittent charging problems
  • Top-heavy design affects balance
  • No MicroSD card slot
3 months ago

Samsung Galaxy S21 ULTRA (512GB) 5G Phantom Black SM-G998BZKHXNZ review

★★★★★ 4.5
Samsung's Galaxy S21 Ultra is a powerhouse smartphone, but can it fix the legacy burdened by its predecessor?...
Pros: 
  • Big
  • bright
  • 120Hz display Great battery life Versatile camera system Super-fast processor
Cons: 
  • Expensive No expandable storage No charger in the box
3 months ago

Samsung Galaxy S21 ULTRA (512GB) 5G Phantom Black SM-G998BZKHXNZ review

★★★★★ 4.6
Check out Samsung's Galaxy S21 Ultra flagship specs, performance, camera and battery life review, what's in two zooms?
Pros: 
  • The longest
  • cleanest zoom on a phone
  • and most versatile camera set
  • The best battery life in its class
  • Brightest display with the most granular adaptive refresh rate
  • Stylish Contour Cut design and richer variety of colors
  • Unique 12-bit color RAW capture at 108MP
  • S Pen stylus support
  • Next-gen...
Cons: 
  • Still big and bulky to carry and use
  • especially with an S Pen case on
  • $1200 gets you just 128GB
  • no charger
  • earbuds
  • or memory card slot
  • The new ultrasonic finger scanner is still comparatively slow
  • Softness in the main camera sample edges
2 months ago

Samsung Galaxy S21 ULTRA (512GB) 5G Phantom Black SM-G998BZKHXNZ review

★★★★★
We’re a tad late to the party (thanks, Samsung!), but our Galaxy S21 Ultra has arrived. As you know, we like to kick it old school and do a good ol’ fashioned unboxing, so let’s not waste any more time and get straight to it. In the below video, we’ll unbox the device, go over the box’s lack of...
2 months ago

Samsung Galaxy S21 ULTRA (512GB) 5G Phantom Black SM-G998BZKHXNZ review

★★★★★
This is the "Ultra" smartphone you've been looking for!
Pros: 
  • Big
  • bright & beautiful display
  • Camera bump is no longer obtrusive
  • Camera has seen huge improvements year-over-year
  • Space Zoom is less of a gimmick
  • 120Hz at Quad HD+ resolution
  • Battery life is very impressive
  • $200 cheaper than its predecessor
  • Much improved fingerprint sensor
Cons: 
  • Large phone is large
  • not suitable for everyone
  • No charger in the box
  • Doesn't support fast charging (25W max)
  • S Pen supported
  • but not included in box
  • No MST with Samsung Pay
  • No micro SD card slot
3 months ago

Samsung Galaxy S21 ULTRA (512GB) 5G Phantom Black SM-G998BZKHXNZ review

★★★★★
It was always going to be tough for the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra to follow the fantastic phone that is the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, at least as far as the experience is concerned. Yet, Samsung clearly has taken pains to find those specific points on the spec sheet, which needed an upgrade.
3 months ago

Samsung Galaxy S21 ULTRA (512GB) 5G Phantom Black SM-G998BZKHXNZ review

★★★★★
Samsung has addressed many of the pain points that last year’s S series Ultra model had and made key improvements to the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G to refine the overall experience. There are also a ton of value-added features that make it a more well-rounded device.
3 months ago

Samsung Galaxy S21 ULTRA (512GB) 5G Phantom Black SM-G998BZKHXNZ review

★★★★★
At $1,199 / £1,149, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra needs to be excellent, and it is. Powerful internals, a class-leading 10x zoom and a number of fun value adds, not least of all S Pen support give it some standout charm.
3 months ago

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Samsung Galaxy S21 ULTRA (512GB) 5G Phantom Black SM-G998BZKHXNZ review

★★★★★
The Galaxy S21 is a tank. It’s a big, heavy (8.04 ounces versus its predecessor’s 7.7), blunt instrument of a phone. It’s quintessential Samsung, really — the handset you purchase when too much isn’t quite enough.
3 months ago

Samsung Galaxy S21 ULTRA (512GB) 5G Phantom Black SM-G998BZKHXNZ review

★★★★★ 4.5
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is definitely one of the most expensive non-foldable flagships on the market. It is €100 cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra and €50 cheaper than the iPhone 12 Pro Max when those were released.
Pros: 
  • Daring
  • bold design
  • AMOLED WQHD+ 120 Hz screen is sublime
  • Improved Exynos 2100 chipset
  • Versatile camera module
  • Fantastic 10x zoom
  • Great battery life and performance
  • Fluid OneUI 3.1 interface is feature-rich
Cons: 
  • Exynos 2100 does not outperform the Snapdragon 888 SoC
  • No charger included
  • No microSD slot
  • 25-watt fast charging only
  • S-Pen is nearly redundant
  • Expensive (although cheaper than the S20 Ultra)
2 months ago

Samsung Galaxy S21 ULTRA (512GB) 5G Phantom Black SM-G998BZKHXNZ review

★★★★★ 5.0
The S21 Ultra is a good phone for those who want an Android flagship that does everything and does everything better than everyone else. It is also a phone for those who need a camera that can capture those great selfies as well as the tiger in the bush during a Ranthambore safari.
3 months ago

Samsung Galaxy S21 ULTRA (512GB) 5G Phantom Black SM-G998BZKHXNZ review

★★★★★
In many ways, the Galaxy S21 Ultra is a by-the-book upgrade — it’s faster, its cameras are more polished, and its software is a little cleaner. Calling it a thrill would be a stretch.
3 months ago

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review

★★★★★ 4.5
Verdict: Surprise, the Galaxy S21 Ultra is launching a month earlier than anticipated, and that’s good news if you’re eager to own the very best of what Samsung can pack into a smartphone. It wowed us with a huge screen, five cameras and the best zoom on any readily available Android phone. Caution: while it's cheaper than last year’s ‘Ultra’ phone, it remains pricey for average consumers, and it doesn’t come with a microSD card slot nor does it include a charger.
Pros: 
  • The best camera zoom
  • Mesmerizing design
  • S Pen support
Cons: 
  • Expensive at any level
  • No microSD card slot
  • Just 128GB of storage to start
2 months ago

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G review: 2021’s true S Series phone, and the best yet

★★★★ 4.0
However sweet the new design is, the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G and S21+ 5G don’t have the spec sheet highlights we’ve come to expect from Samsung’s top S Series phones. To get that true S Series experience, you have to buy the Galaxy S21 Ultra, which goes all-out on power, screen, camera, and battery tech to satisfy hardcore fans. But at $1,200, the Galaxy S21 Ultra is a considerable investment, certainly when compared to the $800 Galaxy S21 that we’ve already reviewed. Plus, it faces serious competition from both outside — the iPhone 12 Pro Max, for example — and inside (the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and the Galaxy Z Fold 2). I’m a week into living with the S21 Ultra, so consider this a very detailed early look rather than our definitive review at this stage. Both I and Mobile Editor Andrew Martonik will be adding our continued thoughts about the phone to this article over the coming weeks, building out our final review. But even after seven days, the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s extraordinary abilities...
Pros: 
  • Highly capable, versatile camera
  • Beautiful AMOLED screen
  • Elegant new design
  • Long battery life
  • Latest software from Google and Samsung
  • Price is down from last year
Cons: 
  • Shaky Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Intermittent charging problems
  • Top-heavy design affects balance
  • No MicroSD card slot
3 months ago

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G review

★★★★ 4.0
Pros: 
  • Awesome camera zoom capability
  • Smooth, ultra-bright screen
  • Supports the S-Pen like a Galaxy Note
Cons: 
  • No charger: a cheap move
  • Some alternatives last longer between charges
  • UK Exynos version not as powerful as upcoming Snapdragon phones
3 months ago

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Review

★★★★★ 4.5
Verdict: It's big, powerful and very capable. If you're after the very best Samsung Galaxy S21 model and money is no object, the Ultra is the one for you. It's a big upgrade over the S20 Ultra, fixing the focus issues and improving battery life. It is very pricey though, especially when the regular S21 has become more affordable.
Pros: 
  • Great screen thanks to WQHD+ and 120Hz
  • Much-improved design with an attractive finish
  • Far more versatile camera than the iPhone 12 Pro Max
Cons: 
  • Expensive, with many cheaper phones offering the same features
  • Big and heavy
  • No charger included
3 months ago

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review

★★★★★ 4.5
Verdict: The Galaxy S21 Ultra is a no-holds-barred uber-flagship with sizeable proportions and a high price, but for your money, you get the most uncompromisingly capable smartphone on the market right now
Pros: 
  • Best camera phone to date
  • Excellent performance
  • Lighter than expected
  • Great battery life
  • Beautiful display
Cons: 
  • No charger may irk some
  • Loss of microSD slot
  • It's big
  • Price
1 month ago

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review: The top dog?

★★★★★
Verdict: The clear flagship in the S21 family - and a better performer than the smaller S21 and S21+ models, thanks to its better cameras - the Ultra is the pick for those who want all the best that Samsung offers. Its great display, stacks of power and performance, is only tempered slightly by battery life that's quick to drain when put under pressure.
Pros: 
  • Great new finish and improved design
  • Powerful internal hardware
  • Adaptive refresh rate
  • S Pen stylus support
  • Camera performance
  • Stands apart from rest of S21 range
Cons: 
  • No microSD card slot
  • Undeniably expensive
  • Camera setup more confusing than it needs to be
  • Battery life isn't great under pressure
2 months ago

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