Back in the last month, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S21 family composed of three handsets: Galaxy S21, S21, and S21 Ultra. All three devices bring cutting-edge specifications, however, the Galaxy S21 Ultra is miles beyond the other two. Just like the last year, the Ultra variant is a beast with the best hardware available in the market. Today, the folks at DxOMark announced the screen and audio review results of the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Exynos). The device is the new leader of screen performance, but it is on eleventh placement when it comes to audio.
DxOMark’s review is usually associated with the camera performance. However, they also benchmark other individual aspects of a smartphone. It’s curious to see why the Display and Audio reviews are coming before the expected camera results. Anyway, the screen of the Galaxy S21 Ultra is still the industry’s first-class level. However, the audio quality does not seem to leave a particularly good impression on DxO.
For those unaware, the Galaxy S21 Ultra comes with a 6.8-inch AMOLED 2x screen. It has Corning Gorilla Glass 6 coating and a QHD+ resolution with 3,200 x 1,440 pixels. The panel has an aspect ratio of 20:9, a refresh rate of 120Hz, and 515 pixels per inch. Interestingly, it has two AKG speakers on top and bottom sides and offers support for Dolby Atmos technology. The device is equipped with three microphones.
Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G leaves the Note20 Ultra behind to become the new king of displays
DxOMark states that due to the legibility and video playback testing, the Galaxy S21 Ultra deserves first place in DxOMark Display with a 91 score. Interestingly, the former leader was no other device than the Galaxy Note20 Ultra, Samsung’s top-notch device before the S21 Ultra. The audio playback is remarkable but has some flaws. It scored 71 points in audio recording and 70 points in playback. As far as the display is concerned, DxO believes that the legibility, color accuracy, and video playback of the S21 Ultra surpass the previous S20 Ultra.
However, due to touch and aliasing issues, the S21 Ultra will not be the best choice for gamers. However, the screen of this flagship is more than enough to meet other needs. “More than enough” surely is something good to say when we are talking about a super-expensive smartphone. Besides the high-tier display, the audio performance will not be so satisfactory and for that reason, the handset is placed in the eleventh position with many other handsets above it.
We are curious to see the actual results provided by the Galaxy S21 Ultra camera setup. Which is, in fact, another of this flagship’s selling points. Moreover, the last year’s model suffered from a poor auto-focus. We are curious to see if Samsung addressed this issue once and for all.