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Samsung Galaxy S21 vs. Galaxy S21 Plus vs. Galaxy S21 Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy S21 series is here with different flavors. With the difference of $500 between the top and bottom handsets, this series offers incredible performance and more attractive features. In this article, we will briefly discuss the differences between all three handsets of this series.

The standard Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Plus are almost the same, except for the display and battery size. The Galaxy S21 Ultra, however, sits at the top with the best features and specs.

Price

The basic Galaxy S21 is a budget phone that you can buy for $799. If you want to step up and have a premium phone, you can consider getting a Galaxy S21 Plus. Its price begins at $1299. You will have to pay more if you want extra storage. There are three storage options to choose from in Galaxy S21 phones.

If you want to get a Galaxy S21 Ultra with 512GB of internal storage, you will have to pay $1379, which is still $20 less than the launch price of the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

Specs

Design

All of the Galaxy S21 models come with a contoured camera bump on the rear side. There is a punch-hole on the top of the screen to house the front camera. The main difference between all the variants of the S21 series is the size. The Galaxy S21 comes with a 6.2-inch screen, the Galaxy S21 Plus with 6.7 inches, and the Galaxy S21 ultra with 6.8 inches. The S21 Ultra comes with a wider camera bump on the rear side to accommodate an extra sensor.

The Galaxy S21 Ultra’s display is also different from that of the S21 and S21 Plus. It uses Gorilla Glass Victus, which is the most durable glass used on smartphones. It comes with curved edges, contrary to the flat ones on the Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus. The Galaxy S21 comes with a polycarbonate back instead of glass.

Display

The screen sizes of all the phones are mentioned above in the design section. The S21 and S21 Plus come with FHD displays, while the S21 Ultra has the Quad-HD screen. It means that you will be able to see better details on the S21 Ultra.

All these phones come with 120Hz screens, meaning that the scrolling and movement of content across the display will be smoother than ever. All these phones change the screen refresh rate depending on what you are viewing.

Camera

Both the Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus have three rear cameras each. These cameras include a 12MP main camera, a 12MP ultra-wide lens, and a 64MP telephoto camera. On the front is a 10MP selfie cam.

The S21 Ultra is more potent from the perspective of camera hardware. The camera pack on the rear side of this phone includes a 108MP main camera, a 12MMP ultra-wide lens, and two 10 MP telephoto lenses, one with 3x zoom and the other with 10x zoom capability. The laser autofocus helps the phone track objects for your photos. On the front of this phone is a 40MP camera sensor instead of a 10MP lens. All these phones record 8K videos, have image stabilization and take shots in low light.

Performance

Each of the Galaxy S21 phones has a Snapdragon 888 chipset, which is the most powerful processor chip used in Android phones. Outside the US, the Galaxy S21 phones are equipped with Exynos 2100 chipset.

The Snapdragon 888 offers an increase in the CRU power by 20% and GPU by 30% over the Snapdragon 865, which is the chipset powering the S20 series. All these phones are 5G compatible, meaning that you can connect to the fastest network in the world using these phones.

Battery performance

Given the higher specs, all these phones come with more potent battery units. The Galaxy S21 has a 4000mAh battery unit, the Galaxy S21 Plus has a 4800mAh battery unit, and the Galaxy S21 Ultra comes with a 5000mAh battery.

All these phones support fast charging at 25W using a wired connection and 15W over a wireless connection. These phones can reverse charge other phones at 4.5W. Since there is no charger in the box, you will need to buy one yourself.