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Best of CES 2021: The Top 20 PCs, Mobile Devices And Wearables

Kyle Alspach

Our Best of CES roundup includes our picks for the top 20 laptops, desktop PCs, smartphones, 2-in-1 tablets and wearable devices that were unveiled at CES 2021.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

In a break from past years, Samsung timed its annual Galaxy S smartphone announcement to coincide with CES. The flagship model in the new series is the Galaxy S21 Ultra, a 6.8-inch device that expands to a quad-camera system (from three cameras on the predecessor model from last year) and works with Samsung’s S Pen stylus—the first time that a Galaxy S series device has featured S Pen support. Other key features include improved resolution (of 515 pixels per inch) on the display with up to 1,500 nits of brightness; automatic adjustment for the refresh rate (between 10Hz and 120Hz) to optimize both viewing quality and battery life; up to 100X zoom on the camera along with a new zoom lock feature for clearer photos; and support for both types of 5G connectivity—sub-6GHz and higher-speed, mmWave 5G.

In terms of design, Samsung has redesigned the camera housing on the back of the phone in what the company is calling its “Contour Cut Camera” housing design. The idea is to blend the camera housing more seamlessly into the phone’s metal frame, Samsung said.

The Galaxy S21 Ultra will be powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 888, an eight-core chip with a clock speed of up to 2.8GHz, and will offer up to a massive 16 GB of RAM. Meanwhile, key business features on the Galaxy S21 Ultra include improved support for the DeX Android desktop. The device will now support wireless connectivity to DeX on PCs and Macs, in addition to wireless connectivity to displays that support Miracast. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is available to order now with the device shipping on Jan. 29.

 
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