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Samsung Galaxy S21 vs Galaxy S21+ vs Galaxy S21 Ultra: Specs Comparison

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Samsung released its 2021 flagship series all around the world and brought a lot of exciting new features for the S series to the market. Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus, and Galaxy S21 Ultra are on the shelves, all with amazing specifications, but with a lot of important differences, especially if we look at the Ultra variant. This comparison will highlight the main differences between their specifications in order to let you understand which one is the best for your actual needs.

Samsung Galaxy S21 vs Samsung Galaxy S21+ vs Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy S21 Samsung Galaxy S21+ Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT 151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9 mm, 169 g 161.5 x 75.6 x 7.8 mm, 200 grams 165.1 x 75.6 x 8.9 mm, 227 g
DISPLAY 6.2 inches, 1080 x 2400p (Full HD+), Dynamic AMOLED 2X 6.7 inches, 1080 x 2400p (Full HD+), 394 ppi, Dynamic AMOLED 2X 6.8 inches, 1440 x 3200p (Quad HD+), Dynamic AMOLED 2X
PROCESSOR Samsung Exynos 2100, octa-core 2.9 GHz
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, octa-core 2.84 GHz
Samsung Exynos 2100, octa-core 2.9 GHz
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, octa-core 2.84 GHz
Samsung Exynos 2100, octa-core 2.9 GHz
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, octa-core 2.84 GHz
MEMORY 8 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 256 GB 8 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 256 GB 12 GB RAM, 128 GB – 12 GB RAM, 256 GB – 16 GB RAM, 512 GB
SOFTWARE Android 11, One UI Android 11, One UI Android 11, One UI
CONNECTIVITY Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS
CAMERA Triple 12 + 64 + 12 MP, f/1.8 + f/2.0 + f/2.2
10 MP f/2.2 front camera
Triple 12 + 64 + 12 MP, f/1.8 + f/2.0 + f/2.2
10 MP f/2.2 front camera
Quad 108 + 10 + 10 + 12 MP, f/1.8 + f/4.9 + f/2.4 + f/2.2
40 MP f/2.2 front camera
BATTERY 4000 mAh, fast charging 25W, Fast wireless charging 15W 4800 mAh
Fast charging 25W and wireless charging 15W
5000 mAh, fast charging 25W, Fast wireless charging 15W
ADDITIONAL FEATURES Hybrid Dual SIM slot, reverse wireless charging 4.5W, waterproof IP68, 5G Hybrid Dual SIM slot, IP68 waterproof, reverse wireless charging 4.5W, 5G Hybrid Dual SIM slot, reverse wireless charging 4.5W, waterproof IP68, 5G

Design

Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21+ have the same design, with the only difference being their dimensions and the screen-to-body ratio (slightly higher on the S21 Plus). They both come with flat displays and a camera module with a triple camera inside. Instead, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is different due to the presence of a curved screen and a bigger camera module. While the camera module is definitely more invasive and the phone sports bigger dimensions, the front panel is undoubtedly more attractive due to the curved edges and the highest screen-to-body ratio.

Display

This year, Samsung opted for a Full HD+ resolution in regards to the vanilla version and the Plus variant of its latest flagship lineup. That is one of the reasons why the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the winner of the display comparison. It has a higher Quad HD+ resolution, and it is not all: the Galaxy S21 Ultra is also the only one to support the S Pen just like the Galaxy Note lineup. It is the first time in Samsung’s history that a phone from the S series supports the S Pen.

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Hardware/Software

Samsung Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra come with exactly the same processors: either a Samsung Exynos 2100 or a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 depending on the reason. What makes the differences is the memory configuration: with the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, you can get up to 16 GB of RAM and up to 512 GB of internal stor age, while Galaxy S21 and S21+ are only available with 8 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of native storage. All of the phones are based on the same Android 11 customization.

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Camera

Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21+ also come with the same camera department, which is inferior to the one found on the Galaxy S21 Ultra. The Ultra variant has a better main camera and even better secondary sensors, as well as a higher-end selfie camera.

Battery

The battery is actually different on each of the devices. Samsung Galaxy S21 is pretty disappointing with its 4000 mAh battery. Despite it has a smaller 4800 mAh battery than the S21 Ultra (which offers 5000 mAh), the Plus variant is the best in terms of battery life in a lot of scenarios because it has a smaller and more efficient 1080p display.

Price

Samsung Galaxy S21 is priced €849/$799 in its base variant, S21+ starts from €1049/$999, and S21 Ultra starts at €1249/€1199. Due to the presence of the S Pen support, a better display, and better cameras, the S21 Ultra is the most interesting device of the comparison despite its higher price tag. Unless you want a compact phone, you should not opt for the vanilla S21 due to its small battery: we believe you should spend $200 more and go for the S21+ instead.

Samsung Galaxy S21 vs Samsung Galaxy S21+ vs Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra: PRO and CONS

Samsung Galaxy S21

PROS

  • More compact
  • More affordable
  • Thinner and lighter

CONS

  • Smallest battery

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus

PROS

  • Good quality price ratio
  • More compact than S20 Ultra
  • Bigger battery than S20

CONS

  • Nothing particular

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

PROS

  • Best cameras
  • Better display
  • Wider panel
  • Biggest battery
  • S Pen

CONS

  • Price
  • Dimensions

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