The best Samsung Galaxy S21 deals for December 2023

This week's best Galaxy S21 deals can cut the price of this awesome Android device significantly - especially if you're looking to trade in. As you'll know, these aren't the latest devices in the Samsung range anymore, so those looking for the latest should consider our Galaxy S23 deals page. It's also worth noting that availability is getting low now on the old Galaxy S21 standard device, although plenty of stores still stock newer Galaxy S21 FE deals

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The Samsung Galaxy S21 comes in at a baseline price of $799 for the 128GB variant - a marked discount from the $999 we originally saw on its predecessor, the Galaxy S20. We reckon this is mostly a response to similar moves by the likes of Google to offer a 5G flagship for a more reasonable price point.

Interestingly, however, it doesn't quite reflect the recent pricing on the iPhone 12 - the Galaxy S21's initial rival, which debuted at a more expensive introductory price than previous generations. Hey, we're not complaining, especially because you're looking to get a huge amount of phone for the money here, and, of course, it's still very much a flagship device.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 features a 6.2-inch AMOLED display, new Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, and a triple rear-camera array that's mostly an iterative improvement over that featured on the Galaxy S20. Currently, you've got the choice of either 128GB or 256GB of internal storage. So far, we're still getting to grips with this new handset over at TechRadar, although so far it is indeed looking like that new chip should give these new flagships a nice little boost performance-wise over the older devices.

Just below you'll find our top picks of Samsung Galaxy S21 deals to buy alongside a more detailed deep dive into this brand-new flagship. You'll also find a handy specs sheet, just in case you wanted to contrast and compare it against the iPhone 12 or other leading devices.

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Samsung Galaxy S21: specs

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OS: Android 11 | Screen size: 6.2-inch AMOLED, 120Hz| Resolution: 1080 x 2400 | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 | Memory: 8GB | Weight: 172g |Storage: 128 / 256| Battery: 4,000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP dual wide/ultrawide/telephoto| Front camera: 10MP 

So, the new Samsung Galaxy S21 is here, and a whole 2-months earlier in the year than what we normally see from the South Korean phone giants launches. What does the Samsung Galaxy S21 offer? Primarily, a more reasonable introductory price over the absolutely eye-watering previous generation ($799 vs $999), and a host of iterative, albeit welcome internal and design upgrades.

All new Galaxy S21 phones (including the more premium S21+ and S21 Ultra devices) come with the latest chip from Qualcomm for 2021 - the Snapdragon 888. Benchmarking and initial tests seem to indicate around a 25% increase in performance over the previous 865 chip featured in the S20 series, as well as around a 25% increase in power efficiency. That power efficiency boost is especially welcome here since the S21 features the same 4,000mAh capacity battery as the S20, meaning you could be looking at getting a significant amount of extra juice out of your device over those long days.

So far so good, however, there are indeed a few design compromises Samsung had to make to bring this new 5G flagship in at a reasonable price. Unfortunately, the main sacrifice has been the screen - which is locked back down to 1080p now, not the 1440p the S20 could manage, although it is now fully 120Hz refresh rate. You're also dropping down to 8GB of RAM on the Galaxy S21, although that cut is significantly offset by the new processor. Finally, the S21 also now features a new plastic-backed chassis - a feature that's retained on the Plus, with only the Ultra being full metal. 

See our Samsung Galaxy S21 review for more information.

You might also want to check out the Samsung Galaxy S21 vs Samsung Galaxy S20 comparison.

Alex Whitelock
Deals Editor

Alex is deals editor at TechRadar. With over three years of experience on-site and eight years working in e-commerce, Alex has made it his personal mission to share all his favorite tips, bargains, and deals with our readers here at TechRadar. At work, he specializes in computing, phones, and covering huge sales events like Black Friday and Amazon Prime Day. Outside of work, you'll find him indulging his keen love of photography and PC gaming, or down at the local climbing gym hanging off boulders far too difficult for his abilities. His editorial bylines also include contributions to T3 and GamesRadar.