When will Galaxy S21 (Ultra) get One UI 6 (Android 14)?

Samsung Galaxy S21 Series is one of the most popular and feature-packed smartphones. The first variant of the S21 Lineup was launched on January 2021. Now it includes three variants- Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra.

Samsung Electronics these models come with 5G connectivity and dynamic AMOLED Display with a high refresh rate. The S21 Lineup has a stunning display, powerful processor, and impressive camera setup.

The company regularly updates its devices to enhance performance and add new features. The next major update to the Galaxy S21 series will be One UI 6 based on Android 14.

Samsung has been working on the One UI 6 firmware update, and a leak of firmware development news spread all over the internet.

Yes, you heard it correctly, Samsung’s One UI 6 will soon roll out with the Android 14 base in 2023. Nothing less is expected from Samsung, but Whats New in One UI 6? Wait, we will discuss the exciting new features of UI 6 soon in this article.

Update August 11:

Samsung has started rolling out the One UI 6 beta program for the Galaxy S23 series, including the Galaxy S23, S23 Plus, and S23 Ultra. The updated software is based on Android 14 and brings new features and improvements to the devices.

The beta is initially launching in the United States, Germany, and South Korea. Users in those countries can enroll to participate through the Samsung Members app.

Recap of the Galaxy S21 Lineup

Samsung seriously wires itself to its tagline- “Your Galaxy, Your Way.”, which is why it delivered a high-end lineup of Smartphones with advanced features and capabilities. One such series we are familiar with is the Galaxy S21 lineup.

With their powerful specifications and regular updates, the Galaxy S21 Series devices remain top contenders in the smartphone industry. Let’s go through the specs of this impressive set of devices once more.

  • Quick Overview¬† of Galaxy S21

    • Display: The Galaxy S21 features a 6.2-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate.
    • Camera: It features a triple rear camera setup with a 12 MP Primary sensor, a 12 MP Ultra-wide lens, and a 64 MP telephoto sensor with 3 X hybrid zoom. At the same time, the front-facing camera is 10 MP.
    • Battery: A 4000 mAh battery powered this impressive phone.
    • Processor & Memory: Galaxy S21 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 or Exynos 2100 processor (depending on the region ) and comes with either 8GB or 12GB of RAM and 128 GB or 256 GB of storage.
  • Quick overview of Galaxy S21+

    • Display: The Galaxy S21+ features a 6.7-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The display is larger than the Galaxy S21, making it better suited for streaming videos and playing games.
    • Camera: It also features a triple rear camera setup like the Galaxy S21 but includes an additional depth sensor for improved portrait shots. At the same time, the front-facing camera is 10 MP.
    • Battery: Galaxy S21+ has a larger 4800 mAh battery than Galaxy S21.
    • Processor & Memory: It has the same processor and storage options as the Galaxy S21.
  • Quick Overview of Galaxy S21 Ultra

    • Display: The Galaxy S21 ultra has the series’s largest and highest resolution display, measuring 6.8 inches with a WQHD+AMOLED panel and a 120 Hz refresh rate. It is also the only model supporting S pen input, making it an excellent choice for those who prefer a stylus.
    • Camera: Unlike the other two variants S21 Ultra featured a quad camera system. It includes a 108 MP primary sensor, a 12 MP ultrawide camera, and two telephoto sensors (10MP each), each featuring a 3x optical zoom and the other a 10X optical zoom. The front-facing camera is equipped with a 40 MP Camera. The camera setup is more advanced than the other two variants, making Galaxy S21 Ultra capable of capturing stunning photos and videos in any lighting condition.
    • Battery: With an adaptive power saving feature Galaxy S21 Ultra has the large 5000 mAh battery in the series.
    • Processor & Memory: It has similar processor and storage options as the other models but comes with either 12 GB or 16 GB of RAM and up to 512 GB of storage.

The Galaxy S21 lineup of devices is available in various colors, including phantom black, phantom silver, phantom violet, and phantom pink. Overall the S21 is a high-end lineup of smartphones with advanced features and capabilities to fulfill user requirements.

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Software Update History of Galaxy S21 Lineup

All three variant of the Galaxy S21 Series was initially launched on the base Android 11 with skin One UI 3.1 on top. The devices are running on the current version of Android 13 and One UI 5.1 firmware update.

The Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra went through several updates soon after their launch; one such early update was released in Feb 2021, including security updates and camera system improvements.

Soon after that, it receives the following major updates of Android 12 base One UI 4.0. Interestingly the update was launched in November 2021. Following the same time frame, Samsung Electronics again rolled out its current major update Android 13 base One UI 5.1 firmware update, in November 2022.

Apart from the major updates, the devices regularly receive security updates and bug fixes. Such an update in April 2021 improved the quality with night mode and zoom function for S21 Ultra and added new features for Galaxy S21 and S21+ devices.

Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra will get One UI 6 (Android 14)

Breaking the suspense to you, let’s discuss the release date of One UI 6 to S21 Line up. As we saw above how Samsung has a beautiful track record following its timeline of launching devices. If you are one of the S21 Line Up users, then you are well aware of the last launch of One UI 5. Galaxy S21 and all its variants received the stable One UI 5 update on November 2022.

One UI 6 is a major update that promises to bring several new features and improvements to the Galaxy world of Samsung. However, the company is yet to release the official date. However, we all know that Samsung is famous for following its commitment on time.

There have been many rumors, predictions, and leaks about the One UI 6 update to the S21 series. Tech experts from every corner made one such most exciting prediction for the One UI 6 launch. It was expected to launch in the same time frame on November 2023. This update is expected to bring lots of new improvements to Galaxy users.

Samsung’s One UI 6 Expected features

  • Enhanced Customization options: One UI 6 will allow users to customize their devices to a greater extent. They are glorifying its tagline again! Users will have more control options to make their interface more personalized.
  • Material You Design Language: The latest update is also expected to support Google’s Material you design language. This will give an extra boost to users in customizing with a wide range of colors and designs.
  • Improve Security Features: One of the critical highlights of One UI 6 is the improved security features. Samsung is known for its robust security features on its devices, and the new update will take it to the next level. It will provide a secure folder for storing sensitive files, improved biometric authentication, and more.
  • Performance Optimization: The update will make the device faster and more responsive, with smoother animations and transitions. This will enhance the overall user experience and make the device more enjoyable.

Conclusion

We can end this article with the conclusion that Samsung with One UI 6 and the Android 14 will make the Galaxy 21 Series even more compelling. However, Samsung has not revealed the One UI 6 Launching Date yet. But according to the previous track record and prediction, it is going to come soon, on November 2023.

With a passion for technology and a keen eye for detail in Samsung Products, Manajit's writing is always well-researched and easy to understand. When Manajit is not busy writing, he can be found sketching cartoons. Email: manajit8@gmail.com (Follow on X/Twitter)

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