Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Google Pixel 5 – Review, specifications and prices

The new Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra device has a 4 camera setup with a main lens of 108 MP, Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor chipset and a battery of 5000 mAh. On other side, the Google Pixel 5 also has interesting features. The comparison for both models with new specs are detailed next.

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Specifications

Feature Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Google Pixel 5
Phones specifications
Screen Display 6.8 in (inches) 6 in (inches)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
Operating System One UI 3.1 One UI 3.1
Resolution 1440 x 3200 pixels 1080 x 2340 pixels
RAM 12 GB (gigabytes) or 16 GB (gigabytes) 8 GB (gigabytes)
Storage 128 GB (gigabytes),256 GB (gigabytes),512 GB (gigabytes) 128 GB (gigabytes)
Camera 108/12/10/10 MP 12/16 MP
Front Camera 40 MP 8 MP
Battery 5000 mAh 4080 mAh

Processor and Operating System

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset and the processor has a total of 8 cores composed by 1 core of 2.84 GHz Cortex-A78, 3 cores of 2.42 GHz Cortex-A78 and 3 cores of 1.8GHz Cortex-A55. It has a maximum CPU frequency of 2840 MHz (megahertz). Some other special features include 64 bit architecture. Running on One UI 3.1 operating system.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 is a better chipset processor than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G.

Meanwhile, the Google Pixel 5 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, the second processor has a total of 8 cores composed by 1 core of 2.4 GHz Kryo 475, 1 core of 2.2 GHz Kryo 475 and 6 cores of 1.8 GHz Kryo 475. It has a maximum CPU frequency of 2400 MHz (megahertz). Some other special features include 64 bit architecture and Titan M security module. And it’s running on One UI 3.1 OS system.

Graphics Processor (GPU)

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is carrying a Adreno 660 gpu in the interior and the Google Pixel 5 has the Qualcomm Adreno 620 graphics processor.

Battery

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra battery capacity is 5000 mAh which is a 22.5% (percent) more powerful than the 4080 mAh offered by the Google Pixel 5. Some features include Wireless charging, Fast charging, Non-removable, Qi/PMA wireless charging – 15 W, Wireless reverse charging – 9 W, Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 and USB Power Delivery 3.0.
The Google Pixel 5 battery include Wireless charging, Fast charging, Non-removable, Qi wireless charging and Wireless reverse charging.

Screen

The device is using a Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with 1440 x 3200 pixels and a screen size of 6.8 in (inches).

Meanwhile the Google Pixel 5 is featuring a OLED display with 1080 x 2340 pixels and a screen size of 6 in (inches).

As we can see here, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is a 13.3% bigger than Google Pixel 5 screen.
The main display features of both phones are detailed next:

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Google Pixel 5
120Hz refresh rate 90 Hz refresh rate
1600 cd/m² peak brightness Always-on Display
Always-On Display Capacitive
Capacitive Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Gorilla Glass Victus Multi-touch
HDR10+ Scratch resistant
Infinity-O Display
Multi-touch
Scratch resistant

RAM Memory and storage

On the memory hardware side, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is carrying a ram memory of 12 GB (gigabytes) or 16 GB (gigabytes) with some features like 2750 MHz (megahertz), LPDDR5 and Double channel.

The Google Pixel 5 is coming with a 8 GB (gigabytes) and it has some features like 2133 MHz (megahertz), LPDDR4X and Double channel.
In the basic edition, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra gives a 50% more ram memory capacity than Google Pixel 5.

The maximum capacity offered by the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is 16 gigabytes ,which is a 100% bigger than the Google Pixel 5 with 8 gigabytes.

How much built-in storage space you can get for apps and saving photos, files and video? The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra comes with or 128 GB (gigabytes) or 256 GB (gigabytes) or 512 GB (gigabytes). In the basic edition, both phones have the same storage capacity of 128 gigabytes.

The max storage capacity offered by the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is 512 gigabytes ,which is a 300% more than the Google Pixel 5 with 128 gigabytes.

Google Pixel 5 gets you or 128 GB (gigabytes) of internal storage.

Rear Camera

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra rear camera setup is composed by 4 lenses of 108/12/10/10 MP , the flash type is Dual LED , a focal length 35 mm:24 mm , carrying a sensor like Samsung S5KHM3 Camera sensor size:8.17 x 10.82 mm , a pixel size of 0.8 µm (micrometers) and aperture lens of f/1.8 f/2.2 f/2.4 f/4.9 respectively.

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Meanwhile the Google Pixel 5 rear camera comes with 2 lenses of 12/16 MP , the flash type is Dual LED , a focal length 35:28 mm , a pixel size of 1.4 µm (micrometers) and aperture lens of f/1.7 f/2.2 respectively.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Google Pixel 5
1080p @ 240 fps 1080p @ 120 fps
10x hybrid optical zoom (#4) 720p @ 240 fps
10x optical zoom (#3) Angle of view – 107° (#2)
2160p @ 60 fps Aperture – f/2.2 (#2)
3x optical zoom (#4) Autofocus
720p @ 960 fps Continuous shooting
Angle of view – 10° (#4) Digital image stabilization
Angle of view – 120° (#2) Digital zoom
Angle of view – 35° (#3) Exposure compensation
Aperture size – f/2.2 (#2) Face detection
Aperture size – f/2.4 (#3) Geotagging
Aperture size – f/4.9 (#4) HDR
Autofocus ISO settings
Continuous shooting Optical image stabilization
Digital zoom Optical zoom
Dual Phase Detection (#2) Panorama
Dual Phase Detection (#3) Phase detection autofocus (PDAF)
Dual Phase Detection (#4) Phase detection with Dual Pixel
Exposure compensation Pixel size – 1.0 m (#2)
Face detection Scene mode
Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 13 mm (#2) Secondary rear camera – 16 MP (ultra-wide-angle)
Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 240 mm (#4) Self-timer
Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 72 mm (#3) Touch focus
Fourth rear camera – 10 MP (telephoto) White balance settings
Geotagging
HDR
HDR10+ video recording
ISO settings
Laser autofocus (LAF)
Nona Super Phase Detection
Nonacell pixel size – 2.4 m (9-in-1 pixel binning)
Object tracking AF
OIS (#3)
OIS (#4)
Optical image stabilization
Optical zoom
Panorama
Phase detection autofocus (PDAF)
Pixel size – 1.22 µm (#3)
Pixel size – 1.22 µm (#4)
Pixel size – 1.4 µm (#2)
Scene mode
Secondary rear camera – 12 MP (ultra-wide angle)
Self-timer
Sensor version – Samsung ISOCELL 3J1 (#3)
Sensor version – Samsung ISOCELL 3J1 (#4)
Sensor version – Sony IMX563 (#2)
Sensor size – 1/2.55″ (#2)
Sensor size – 1/3.24″ (#3)
Sensor size – 1/3.24″ (#4)
Sensor type – ISOCELL Bright
Third rear camera – 10 MP (periscope telephoto)
Touch focus
White balance settings

Front Camera – Selfie

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra comes with a 40 MP in the front.

The Google Pixel 5 has a 8 MP as a main front-camera.

Some other front camera features are detailed next:

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Google Pixel 5
40 MP 8 MP
Aperture:f/2.2 Aperture:f/2.0
Auto HDR Face unlock
Autofocus HDR
HDR Pixel size:1.12 µm /0.112000 mm
Phase detection autofocus (PDAF)
Phase detection with Dual Pixel
Pixel size:0.7 µm /0.000700 mm
Sensor model:Samsung S5KGH1
Sensor size:5.13 x 6.51 mm /0.33 in
Sensor type – ISOCELL Plus
Sensor type:CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor)
TetraCell RGB Bayer Pattern

Data network and speed connectivity/bandwidth

The mobile networks technologies improve the communication between devices, connectivity speed and files download/upload bandwidth depending of the place.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Google Pixel 5
5G NSA 5CA
5G SA 5G NSA
Built-in 5G modem 5G SA
EDGE Built-in 5G modem
GPRS EDGE
HSPA+(5.76/ 42 Mbit/s) EV-DO Rev. A(1.8/3.1 Mbit/s)
LTE Cat 20 GPRS
UMTS(384 kbit/s) HSPA+(42.2/ 5.76 Mbit/s)
LTE Cat 13(UL)
LTE Cat 18(DL)
UMTS(384 kbit/s)

Price

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra price is 1200 (12 GB + 128 GB) or $1250 (12 GB + 256 GB) or $1380 (16 GB + 512 GB) and the Google Pixel 5 price tag is $700

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