Yes, were in the middle of CES 2021, but were likewise on the eve of the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S21. Let us be truthful with ourselves, the increasing frustration from a disgruntled reporter at not being able to physically participate in a significant tech program frequently leads to a moody post and ramblings which will most likely be of little interest to you readers.
And the idea of composing yet another short article on the response of the tech giants exhibiting at CES 2021 in the post-Covid “brand-new regular” age makes my hair stand on end as I seem like Ive been harping about this theme for months. No, today, there will be no introspection, no journal excerpt. Instead, Im returning to what interests me: innovation.
On Thursday, January 14th, Samsung will unveil its brand-new high-end mobile phone, the Galaxy S21. Whatever people state across the whole fanboy spectrum, the Samsung Galaxy S21 is the very first flagship of 2021 and most likely the most eagerly awaited Android smart device in the technosphere as of right now. Thats the case every year. “Come on, Antoine, a little originality please”, you believe, and the tapping of keyboards has actually currently begun. Hold your horses, Im getting there!
I dont desire any more boring, generic Samsung flagships
The factor Im beating around the bush a lot is to illustrate how tiring the high-end mobile phone market has actually been to me. I do not have another word for it. And the smart device that has epitomized this boring-ness, by not being impressive in any method is the Samsung Galaxy Note 20.
You currently understand the song, youve most likely been able to check out through much of my posts what I consider this gadget. “Lack of ambition/20” or “Galaxy Nothankyou 20”, thats how I entitled review test at the release of its pedecessors
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 represents almost whatever the Samsung Galaxy S21 should not be/ © NextPit
Whatever individuals say throughout the entire fanboy spectrum, the Samsung Galaxy S21 is the first flagship of 2021 and most likely the most excitedly waited for Android smartphone in the technosphere as of right now. For the Samsung Galaxy S21, I dont desire the base model to attempt to reveal off an ugly plastic back. For the Samsung Galaxy S21, I desire the S-Pen to be a default option on all versions, and not just the possible Plus, Ultra or GigaProMax versions. Speaking of smartphones in its standard format, when it comes to the Samsung Galaxy S21, I do not want the most innovative gadget maker on the market for years now to bend to the naive and unbearably self-righteous position of Apple by offering its charger individually. For the Samsung Galaxy S21, I do not desire to feel like Im being fooled with my European variation of the Exynos compared to the Americans and their Snapdragon variation.
For the Samsung Galaxy S21, I do not want the base design to attempt to show off an unsightly plastic back. And the style teased by the leakers and Samsung itself has actually so far made me positive.
For the Samsung Galaxy S21, I want the S-Pen to be a default option on all variations, and not simply the possible Plus, Ultra or GigaProMax variations. If I desire to take advantage of a crucial feature, please dont blackmail me into choosing the most costly designs. If the Galaxy S lineup is going to absorb the Note in the future, I desire the Galaxy S21 to make a tidy break and not a peaceful transition. Samsung cant do things in halves, particularly not this year.
Mentioning smartphones in its basic format, when it pertains to the Samsung Galaxy S21, I do not desire the most innovative gadget producer on the marketplace for several years now to flex to the naive and unbearably self-righteous position of Apple by offering its battery charger independently. This is not a sincere effort or an ethical option to conserve the planet. Its a dishonest and perilous marketing strategy to increase ones margins by using the customers emotions and blackmailing them at the cost of ones carbon footprint.
Lastly, for the Samsung Galaxy S21, I do not desire to feel like Im being tricked with my European version of the Exynos compared to the Americans and their Snapdragon version. I understand Samsungs insistence on its proprietary chip and I respect it. In reality, the manufacturer has listened well (in a way, at least based upon dripped benchmark outcomes) to the grievances of testers and users.
Samsung knows that it can not continue to market two various versions with different performance levels but at the very same rate. When again mark a undeniable and clear development, the Samsung Galaxy S21 need to. The Exynos vs Snapdragon dispute must no longer exist and Samsung has no option however to reverse the trend and develop a surprise.
Even if all of these needs, which I present in the manner of a spoiled kid, come real by some miracle, they will be in vain if the Samsung Galaxy S21 remains unaffordable.
I desire a Samsung Galaxy S21 that makes all of my dreams come real and is available.
Ive been bitching about it a lot in this article, as usual. However I would also like to advise you that the smartphone that made me dream the most this year and even rekindled a hint of hope in my now-numb heart is also a Samsung model: the Galaxy Z Fold 2.
As lovely as the few weeks I invested with this gem in my hands were, I constantly knew full well that this was an above-ground item, one that was not made for me, which was even created so that I might not afford to own one.
With the Samsung Galaxy S21, I want a REAL flagship. What I indicate by that is, I dont want an unattainable technological display that holds out the prospect of a trickle-down of a development that will take 5 years to become commonplace.
Nor do I want a flagship that slaps a EUR2,000 cost in my face so that I can wish to feel even a little emotion, enjoyment and question a product. Dont get me wrong, Im not hoping for a cost effective flagship, the lockdown and self-quarantine steps have not made me go totally out of my mind. But I desire a flagship that makes me dream while being available to the typical consumer.
Im not going to spend the equivalent of two months minimum wage to buy a high-end smart device. On the other hand, I do not desire to completely lose sight of this market segment either. Im not opposed on principle to the idea of a smart device being more pricey than others merely because it is in a various class.
Seriously, I cant see myself staying sane if the only smartphones available to the average person are the 25 mid-range versions of Realme and some other rebranded Redmi handsets. No, I still want to have an interest in flagships, however only if theyre intriguing enough. Why focus everything on one product, make it the foundation of its yearly balance sheet, the basic bearer of its knowledge, if it is reserved for just 1% of customers?
A smart device is not a high-end product. It is even considered as an important excellent today. I tolerate the traditional gold-plated or diamond-encrusted versions that retail for an overwhelming EUR10,000 (Vertu, anybody?) simply since they do not pretend to be more than what they are: bling-bling toys for rich customers.
However a flagship needs to have a philosophy of being accessible to everyone. Not a populist agenda, but popular by choice and is by no means elitist. And, regardless of the track record of being anti-Samsung that Ive reaped because I signed up with NextPit, I remain optimistic and think in Samsung to break the regimen of the high-end or flagship market.
The Galaxy S21 might not just mark a revival at Samsung, however it might likewise resurrect the very idea of a flagship smartphone. At least, I hope so.
EUR2020: Thats the price I would have had to invest to own the only smartphone that actually impressed me this year/ © NextPit.
Its nearly here. Stay tuned for the #ExynosOn. #Exynos _ is_back https://t.co/bEfaV2qxWv pic.twitter.com/kqJGxNy4MN– Samsung Exynos (@SamsungExynos).
January 12, 2021.