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Galaxy S21 Ultra iFixit teardown reveals refinement and disappointment

Samsung’s top-of-the-line smartphone this half the year has so far been better received than last year’s Galaxy S model. That may be partly thanks to interest in the S Pen functionality but also thanks to the evolutionary, not revolutionary, improvements that the Galaxy S21 Ultra offers. iFixit unsurprisingly took that phone apart to take a closer look inside and while it does show Samsung’s trying to perfect its art, it also reveals some unfortunate decisions the manufacturer took this year.

The Galaxy S21 series introduced a new back design that is both eye-catching and potentially more pleasing than large camera bumps. Unfortunately, that comes at the price of making it harder to pry the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s glass back off, as if the inordinate amount of glue weren’t bad enough. The contours of the camera bump, which ironically is also just glued to the rest of the back, make opening the phone already more difficult right from the start.

Inside, the phone tells a mostly positive story, with modular components that are fortunately easier to replace. It also shows places where Samsung changed things to improve the overall experience. That includes not only a larger fingerprint scanner but also mixing the cameras up a bit.

Unfortunately, Samsung also made an odd step back compared even to the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+. The display cable is unfortunately not modular in the top-end model, which means screen replacement will be riskier and more costly.

All in all, the Galaxy S21 Ultra gets a 3 out of 10 from iFixit, a grade lower than the cheaper Galaxy S21. That’s not really surprising, though, and shows that even upgrades can be downgrades in some aspects as well.

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Samsung’s new Galaxy S21 lineup chooses refinement over reinvention

Last year’s Galaxy S20 lineup was such a massive change that Samsung introduced a new naming scheme to hammer home how consequential the upgrade was. This year, the Galaxy S21 series refines that vision at much lower prices.

Samsung has launched three Galaxy S21 models in very similar sizes. The S21 and S21+ have 6.2-inch and 6.7-inch screens like their S20 predecessors, while the S21 Ultra is slightly smaller, 6.8 inches versus the S20 Ultra’s 6.9-inch screen. The top and bottom bezels are a bit slimmer as well to create a near-all-screen look, but all three models are essentially the same size as last year’s:

Galaxy S21

S21: 151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9mm

S21+: 161.5 x 75.6 x 7.8mm

S21 Ultra: 165.1 x 75.6 x 8.9mm

Galaxy S20

S20: 151.7 x 69.1 x 7.9mm

S20+: 161.9 x 73.7 x 7.8mm

S20 Ultra: 166.9 x 76.0 x 8.8mm

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