Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Samsung Galaxy S20 5G – Review, specifications and prices

The new Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra handset 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 Samsung Galaxy S20 5G 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 Samsung Galaxy S20 5G
Phones specifications
Screen Display 6.8 in (inches) 6.2 in (inches)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
Operating System One UI 3.1 One UI 3.1
Resolution 1440 x 3200 pixels 1440 x 3200 pixels
RAM 12 GB (gigabytes) or 16 GB (gigabytes) 12 GB (gigabytes)
Storage 128 GB (gigabytes),256 GB (gigabytes),512 GB (gigabytes) 128 GB (gigabytes)
Camera 108/12/10/10 MP 64/12/12 MP
Front Camera 40 MP 10 MP
Battery 5000 mAh 4000 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 865.

Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, the second processor has a total of 8 cores composed by 1 core of 2.84 GHz Kryo 585, 3 cores of 2.42 GHz Kryo 585 and 4 cores of 1.8 GHz Kryo 585. It has a maximum CPU frequency of 2840 MHz (megahertz). Some other special features include 64 bit architecture. 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 Samsung Galaxy S20 5G has the Qualcomm Adreno 650 graphics processor.

Battery

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra battery capacity is 5000 mAh which is a 25% (percent) more powerful than the 4000 mAh offered by the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G. 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 Samsung Galaxy S20 5G battery 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.

Screen

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

Meanwhile the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G is featuring a Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with 1440 x 3200 pixels and a screen size of 6.2 in (inches).

As we can see here, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is a 9.6% bigger than Samsung Galaxy S20 5G screen.
The main display features of both phones are detailed next:

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Samsung Galaxy S20 5G
120Hz refresh rate 120Hz refresh rate
1600 cd/m² peak brightness Always-On Display
Always-On Display Capacitive
Capacitive Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Gorilla Glass Victus HDR10+
HDR10+ Infinity-O Display
Infinity-O Display Multi-touch
Multi-touch Scratch resistant
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 Samsung Galaxy S20 5G is coming with a 12 GB (gigabytes) and it has some features like 2750 MHz (megahertz) and LPDDR5.
In the basic edition, both phones have the same ram capacity of 12 gigabytes.

The maximum capacity offered by the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is 16 gigabytes ,which is a 33.33% bigger than the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G with 12 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 Samsung Galaxy S20 5G with 128 gigabytes.

Samsung Galaxy S20 5G 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 Samsung Galaxy S20 5G rear camera comes with 3 lenses of 64/12/12 MP , the flash type is Dual LED , a focal length (35 mm) of 26 mm , carrying sensor like Sony IMX374 , a pixel size of 0.8 µm (micrometers) and aperture lens of f/2.0 f/1.8 f/2.2 respectively.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Samsung Galaxy S20 5G
1080p @ 240 fps 1080p @ 240 fps
10x hybrid optical zoom (#4) 2160p @ 60 fps
10x optical zoom (#3) 3x optical zoom (#3)
2160p @ 60 fps 720p @ 960 fps
3x optical zoom (#4) Angle of view – 120° (#2)
720p @ 960 fps Angle of view – 76° (#3)
Angle of view – 10° (#4) Aperture size – f/2.0 (#3)
Angle of view – 120° (#2) Aperture size – f/2.2 (#2)
Angle of view – 35° (#3) Autofocus
Aperture size – f/2.2 (#2) Continuous shooting
Aperture size – f/2.4 (#3) Digital zoom
Aperture size – f/4.9 (#4) Dual OIS
Autofocus Exposure compensation
Continuous shooting Face detection
Digital zoom Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 22 mm (#2)
Dual Phase Detection (#2) Geotagging
Dual Phase Detection (#3) HDR
Dual Phase Detection (#4) HDR10+ video recording
Exposure compensation ISO settings
Face detection Object tracking AF
Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 13 mm (#2) Optical image stabilization
Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 240 mm (#4) Optical zoom
Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 72 mm (#3) Panorama
Fourth rear camera – 10 MP (telephoto) PDAF (#3)
Geotagging Phase detection autofocus (PDAF)
HDR Phase detection with Dual Pixel
HDR10+ video recording Scene mode
ISO settings Secondary rear camera – 12 MP (ultra-wide angle)
Laser autofocus (LAF) Self-timer
Nona Super Phase Detection Third rear camera – 64 MP (telephoto)
Nonacell pixel size – 2.4 m (9-in-1 pixel binning) Touch focus
Object tracking AF White balance settings
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 Samsung Galaxy S20 5G has a 10 MP as a main front-camera.

Some other front camera features are detailed next:

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Samsung Galaxy S20 5G
40 MP 10 MP
Aperture:f/2.2 Aperture:f/2.2
Auto HDR Auto HDR
Autofocus Phase detection with Dual Pixel
HDR Sensor model:Sony IMX374
Phase detection autofocus (PDAF) Sensor type:CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor)
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 Samsung Galaxy S20 5G
5G NSA 5G NSA
5G SA 5G SA
Built-in 5G modem EDGE
EDGE Enhanced 4×4 MIMO
GPRS GPRS
HSPA+(5.76/ 42 Mbit/s) HSPA+(5.76/ 42 Mbit/s)
LTE Cat 20 LAA (US only)
UMTS(384 kbit/s) LTE Cat 20
Snapdragon X55 modem
UMTS(384 kbit/s)
Up to 7CA

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 Samsung Galaxy S20 5G price tag is $999

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