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iPhone 12 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S21+: Specs Comparison

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Samsung released its flagship lineup for 2021: the Galaxy S21 series. That is the reason why it is time to compare the new Samsung phones with the latest iPhones. Does it still make sense to spend a lot of money for an Apple flagship or Samsung offers better features with its Android phones? This comparison will help you to find out depending on your actual needs. In this article, we compared the intermediate variants of each series: the iPhone 12 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S21+. If you do not want to spend a huge amount of money but you still want amazing flagship-class specifications, these are among the most advanced devices you can get. Let’s discover the differences.

Apple iPhone 12 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4 mm, 189 g 161.5 x 75.6 x 7.8 mm, 200 g
DISPLAY 6.1 inches, 1170 x 2532p (Full HD+), Super Retina XDR OLED 6.7 inches, 1080 x 2400p (Full HD+), Dynamic AMOLED 2X
PROCESSOR Apple A14 Bionic, hexa-core 3.1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, octa-core 2.84 GHz or Samsung Exynos 2100, octa-core 2.9 GHz
MEMORY 6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 6 GB RAM, 256 GB – 6 GB RAM, 512 GB 8 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 256 GB
SOFTWARE iOS 14 Android 11, One UI
CONNECTIVITY Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5, GPS Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS
CAMERA Triple 12 + 12 + 12 MP, f/1.6 + f/2.0 + f/2.4
Dual 12 MP + SL 3D front camera
Triple 12 + 64 + 12 MP, f/1.8 + f/2.0 + f/2.2
10 MP f/2.2 front camera
BATTERY 2815 mAh, fast charging 20W, wireless charging 15W 4800 mAh, fast charging 25W and wireless charging 15W
ADDITIONAL FEATURES Dual SIM slot, 5G, Face ID Dual SIM slot, 5G, water resistant (IP68)

Design

The design of the iPhone 12 Pro by Apple is definitely more raffinate than the Samsung Galaxy S21+. Its frame is made of stainless steel instead of classic aluminum and the rear side comes with the Ceramic Shield protection. Further, the iPhone 12 Pro has better water resistance as it is waterproof up to 6 meters deep. The iPhone 12 Pro has a very high screen-to-body ratio with symmetric bezels on three sides and it is way more compact than the Samsung Galaxy S21+. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy S21+’s front panel looks more elegant because it has just a punch hole instead of that big notch you can see on the iPhone 12 Pro.

Display

The display of the iPhone 12 Pro offers an amazing color accuracy with its Super Retina XDR OLED technology, as well as a very high peak brightness and perfect contrast. But the Samsung Galaxy S21+ has a more versatile panel: unlike the iPhone 12 Pro, it comes with a very high 120 Hz refresh rate, while iPhone 12 Pro has a 60 Hz display. It even sports a higher peak brightness (up to 1200 nits). Even the color accuracy is awesome: it is one of the best AMOLED displays out there, despite not the best ever. Samsung Galaxy S21+ relies on an in-display fingerprint reader for authentication, while iPhone 12 Pro has 3D facial recognition (Face ID).

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Specs & Software

Both iPhone 12 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S21+ guarantee astonishing and flagship-class performance thanks to incredible hardware departments. Thanks to the power of the Apple A14 Bionic and the amazing software optimization of the iOS operating system, you should get a faster user experience with the iPhone 12 Pro. But we are only talking about marginal differences. The Samsung Galaxy S21+ is based on Android 11 and it will get three years of major updates thanks to the updated support policies by Samsung.

Camera

The iPhone 12 Pro can guarantee higher-end camera performance if compared to the Samsung Galaxy S21+, especially when it comes to video recording. Even the front camera is simply amazing. While the iPhone 12 Pro has the same camera department as the iPhone 12 Pro Max (including the LiDAR scanner), the Samsung Galaxy S21+ has inferior cameras to the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

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Battery

The iPhone 12 Pro loses the battery comparison due to its small 2815 mAh battery. Besides having a longer battery life, the Samsung Galaxy S21+ supports reverse wireless charging, unlike the iPhone 12 Pro.

Price

The Galaxy S21+ and the iPhone 12 Pro hitten the shelves with similar prices: around $1000/€1100 (prices vary depending on the market). If the battery life is not your main priority and you are ok with iOS, then iPhone 12 Pro is a better deal for that price, no matter if Galaxy S21+ has a higher refresh rate. The iPhone 12 Pro is a more compact phone, it has a better build quality, an amazing camera department, MagSafe, and more. The Galaxy S21+ has a higher refresh rate and a longer battery life: not enough to be better than the latest iPhone. But the price of the Galaxy S21+ will drop a lot faster and the phone will offer a higher value for money.

Apple iPhone 12 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S21+: PRO and CONS

Apple iPhone 12 Pro

PRO

  • Compact
  • Amazing performance
  • Better water resistance
  • Amazing cameras
  • MagSafe

CONS

  • Smaller battery
  • Price

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus

PRO

  • Wider display
  • Bigger battery
  • 120 Hz refresh rate
  • Reverse wireless charging

CONS

  • Nothing particular

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