Samsung has started the work on its next Galaxy S flagships. There will reportedly be three different models of the Galaxy S21, which isn't surprising at all. The company started offering the Galaxy S flagships in three sizes starting with the Galaxy S10 last year. The Galaxy S20 series also arrived in three different models this year and Samsung looks set to stick with the same strategy for its successor as well.
The company is developing the 5G variants of the Galaxy S21 with model numbers SM-G991, SM-G996, and SM-G998, SamMobile reports citing some "ever-reliable" sources. Unless Samsung changes the naming scheme for the second year running, these devices should launch as the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra, respectively.
Samsung will most likely launch the three Galaxy S21 flagships in LTE-only models as well. However, there's no evidence of their existence yet.
Galaxy S21 development started with 128GB and 256GB storage
The latest report also adds that Samsung is developing the 5G variants of the three Galaxy S21 phones with 128GB and 256GB of storage. It's unclear if there will be a 512GB version as well. Samsung has already stopped offering its flagship phones with 1TB storage – Galaxy S10+ was the last.
The company may now do away with the 512GB variant as well, at least for its next Galaxy S flagship as the global economy has gone into a recession because of the COVID-19 pandemic. These are just speculations, though. Samsung may still have plans for a 512GB Galaxy S21. Just that there's no concrete evidence of it as yet.
There's not much else information available currently about the Samsung Galaxy S21 series. Noted tipster Ice Universe recently claimed that the devices are in development with the codename 'Galaxy U'. More interestingly, the source said Samsung is mulling extreme cost-cutting measures to reduce the Galaxy S21 prices. That may include an FHD+ screen with a 60Hz refresh rate on the smallest model, i.e. the Galaxy S21.
Other reports are that Samsung may not use a Qualcomm chipset on the Galaxy S21 in any market, not even the US and China. Instead, every single Galaxy S21 unit will use the company's upcoming Exynos 1000 SoC. Perhaps, another big trade-off to lower the prices.
These are all unconfirmed reports, though. There's still a long way to go before the Galaxy S21 starts taking shape and a lot can change by then. As for now, we have the Galaxy Note 20 series and the Galaxy Z Fold 2 to look forward to. The new Samsung flagships launch on August 5.