Samsung Galaxy S21 launch live blog: the big Unpacked phone event as it happens Samsung Galaxy S21 launch event

The Samsung Galaxy S21 is almost official, and the company is hosting its own event later today to unveil its rumored handsets alongside a variety of other gadgets.

Leaks and rumors heavily suggest the Samsung Galaxy S21 is paired with a Galaxy S21 Plus and a Galaxy S21 Ultra handset. Other sources have also suggested we’ll be hearing about the Samsung Galaxy SmartTags and Galaxy Buds Pro headphones.

The keynote starts at 10am EST / 7am PST / 3pm GMT (or Friday, January 15 at 3am AEDT). This year it’s a virtual event, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, but you can tune in live and we’ve put together this live blog to give you all the latest information as it happens.

Samsung Galaxy S21 launch live blog

All times in Pacific Standard Time (PST)

04:55 – We’re going to take a quick look at the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and the rumors we’ve seen so far. As Samsung did in 2020, we’re expecting the Galaxy S21 Ultra to be the company’s top-end handset.

The rumors so far suggest you’ll even be able to use an S Pen stylus on the phone’s display, which until now has been an exclusive feature to the Galaxy Note series of smartphones.

The Galaxy S20 Ultra was a solid smartphone, but it was remarkably expensive. The rumors suggest the Galaxy S21 Ultra will be a touch cheaper, but it still looks expensive with that price leak we saw today suggesting it’ll be £1,200 in the UK. It’s not long until we know for certain though as we hope to hear about prices alongside specs and features at Samsung’s big event.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra leak

A leaked GIF on the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (Image credit: Android Police)

03:50 – So what else can we expect today alongside the new smartphones? Samsung is likely to reveal its new Galaxy Buds Pro headphones that have leaked multiple times from a variety of different sources.

We’ve also seen lots of rumors about Samsung making its own rival to Tile trackers that you can attach to your car keys and other belongings so you can track them down when you can’t find them.

They’re rumored to be called Samsung Galaxy SmartTags, and if you press on that link you’ll find everything we know about them so far ahead of the launch.

02:55 – Leaks of the Samsung Galaxy S21 don’t stop just because it’s launch day. Even Samsung has leaked the products itself today with the company posting a press release on one of its websites.

You can read about the three final big Samsung Galaxy S21 leaks here.

02:12 Want to watch Samsung’s big launch as it happens? You can do so, and the good news is that it’s easy to tune into the event this year. It’s being hosted on YouTube below:

01:44 – Launch day is almost always the most exciting day for leaks. One of the few things we hadn’t heard for the Samsung Galaxy S21 series – the UK price – has now leaked ahead of the big launch.

What do you think about the pricing below? If this leak is correct, that means the Galaxy S21 will be much cheaper than the Galaxy S20. It’s a similar situation through the entire series of devices, actually.

01:30 – The Samsung Galaxy S21 isn’t the only phone Samsung will have unveiled this week; it also has a brand new cheap phone called the Samsung A32 5G. It arrived on Wednesday, January 13, just before the big launch event day.

Will it be for you? The specs aren’t as impressive as what we’re expecting for the S21 series, but it’s also likely to be much cheaper. It features a MediaTek Dimensity 700 chipset, starts with 4GB of RAM, and there’s a 6.5-inch 720p display.

Samsung Galaxy A32 5G

The new Samsung Galaxy A32 5G (Image credit: Samsung)

01:02 – It’s Samsung Galaxy S21 reveal day, and welcome to the start of our coverage for the big event. Leaks suggest we’ve got a lot to see from Samsung, which only just unveiled a whole bunch of new technology and gadgets at CES 2021.

Now it’s the mobile division of the company’s turn with the Galaxy S21 series set to be unveiled at 10am EST / 7am PST / 3pm GMT (that’s 3am AEDT on Friday for those in Australia).

Stay with us here throughout the day while we run you through all the last minute rumors as they come in, and when the event officially starts we’ll be talking you through everything here.

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