By Jon Swartz
Samsung Electronics Co. introduced its latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S21, Thursday at a streaming event tied to the CES 2021 tech show.
The company /zigman2/quotes/209800866/delayed KR:005930 +0.36% announced three new smartphones, including a pair of matching Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ phones priced at $799 and $999, respectively. The 6.2- and 6.7-inch 5G-compatible phones come with faster chips and a better camera that allows the editing of objects from photos via artificial intelligence. Samsung is taking preorders for the phones, which ship Jan. 29.
A higher-end Galaxy S21 Ultra has enhanced pen stylus specs and cameras. The 6.8-inch phone is priced at $1,199 and available Jan. 29.
The streaming event also marked the launch of Galaxy Buds Pro, new wireless headphones, and Galaxy SmartTags, a Bluetooth tracker similar to Tile.
Additionally, Samsung said it was expanding its mobile partnership with Alphabet Inc.’s /zigman2/quotes/202490156/composite GOOGL -0.25% /zigman2/quotes/205453964/composite GOOG -0.27% Google to improve communications apps for cars and the home such as Android Auto, Google Nest and SmartThings.
The news comes nearly three months after Apple Inc. /zigman2/quotes/202934861/composite AAPL -2.09% unveiled four new iPhone 12 devices with 5G capabilities. The quartet range in price from $699 to $1,099.