Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Sony Xperia 5 II – 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 Sony Xperia 5 II 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 Sony Xperia 5 II
Phones specifications
Screen Display 6.8 in (inches) 6.1 in (inches)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
Operating System One UI 3.1 One UI 3.1
Resolution 1440 x 3200 pixels 1080 x 2520 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 12/12/12 MP
Front Camera 40 MP 8 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 Sony Xperia 5 II 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,Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite Gaming and Game Enhancer. 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 Sony Xperia 5 II has the Qualcomm Adreno 650,587 MHz (megahertz) 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 Sony Xperia 5 II. 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 Sony Xperia 5 II battery include Fast charging, Non-removable, Xperia Adaptive Charging, Battery Care, STAMINA Mode, Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ 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 Sony Xperia 5 II is featuring a OLED display with 1080 x 2520 pixels and a screen size of 6.1 in (inches).

As we can see here, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is a 11.4% bigger than Sony Xperia 5 II screen.
The main display features of both phones are detailed next:

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Sony Xperia 5 II
120Hz refresh rate 100% DCI-P3
1600 cd/m² peak brightness 120 Hz refresh rate
Always-On Display 240 Hz touch sampling rate
Capacitive 400 cd/m²
Gorilla Glass Victus 8-bit+FRC color bit depth
HDR10+ Capacitive
Infinity-O Display CinemaWide display
Multi-touch Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Scratch resistant Dynamic contrast enhancement
Dynamic Vibration system
HDR
ITU-R BT.2020 (REC.2020)
Multi-touch
Peak brightness – 650 cd/m²
Scratch resistant
Triluminos display for mobile
X1 for mobile
X-Reality display

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 Sony Xperia 5 II is coming with a 8 GB (gigabytes) and it has some features like 2750 MHz (megahertz), LPDDR5 and Double channel.
In the basic edition, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra gives a 50% more ram memory capacity than Sony Xperia 5 II.

The maximum capacity offered by the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is 16 gigabytes ,which is a 100% bigger than the Sony Xperia 5 II 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 Sony Xperia 5 II with 128 gigabytes.

Sony Xperia 5 II 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 Sony Xperia 5 II rear camera comes with 3 lenses of 12/12/12 MP , the flash type is LED , a focal length (35 equivalent):24 mm , carrying sensor like Sony IMX557 , a pixel size of 1.8 µm (micrometers) and aperture lens of f/1.7 f/2.4 f/2.2 respectively.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Sony Xperia 5 II
1080p @ 240 fps 1080p @ 960 fps
10x hybrid optical zoom (#4) 3x optical zoom (#2)
10x optical zoom (#3) 5-axis stabilization
2160p @ 60 fps 720p @ 960 fps
3x optical zoom (#4) Angle of view – 124° (#3)
720p @ 960 fps Angle of view – 34° (#2)
Angle of view – 10° (#4) Aperture size- f/2.2 (#3)
Angle of view – 120° (#2) Aperture size- f/2.4 (#2)
Angle of view – 35° (#3) Autofocus
Aperture size – f/2.2 (#2) Cinematography Pro
Aperture size – f/2.4 (#3) Continuous shooting
Aperture size – f/4.9 (#4) Digital image stabilization
Autofocus Digital zoom
Continuous shooting Dual Pixel PDAF
Digital zoom Dual Pixel PDAF (#3)
Dual Phase Detection (#2) Exposure compensation
Dual Phase Detection (#3) Face detection
Dual Phase Detection (#4) Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 16 mm (#3)
Exposure compensation Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 70 mm (#2)
Face detection Geotagging
Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 13 mm (#2) HDR
Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 240 mm (#4) ISO settings
Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 72 mm (#3) OIS / EIS video stabilization (#2)
Fourth rear camera – 10 MP (telephoto) Optical image stabilization
Geotagging Optical zoom
HDR Panorama
HDR10+ video recording Phase detection autofocus (PDAF)
ISO settings Pixel size – 1.0 m (#2)
Laser autofocus (LAF) Pixel size – 1.4 m (#2)
Nona Super Phase Detection Real-Time Eye AF for Humans and Animals
Nonacell pixel size – 2.4 m (9-in-1 pixel binning) Scene mode
Object tracking AF Secondary rear camera – 12 MP (telephoto)
OIS (#3) Self-timer
OIS (#4) Sensor version – Samsung S5K3T2 (#2)
Optical image stabilization Sensor version – Sony IMX363 (#3)
Optical zoom Sensor size – 1/2.55″ (#3)
Panorama Sensor size – 1/3.4″ (#2)
Phase detection autofocus (PDAF) Third rear camera – 12 MP (ultra-wide angle)
Pixel size – 1.22 µm (#3) TOF (Time Of Flight) 3D camera
Pixel size – 1.22 µm (#4) Touch focus
Pixel size – 1.4 µm (#2) White balance settings
Scene mode Zeiss lens
Secondary rear camera – 12 MP (ultra-wide angle) Zeizz T Coating
Self-timer
Sensor version – Samsung ISOCELL 3J1 (#3)
Sensor edition – Samsung ISOCELL 3J1 (#4)
Sensor edition – 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 Sony Xperia 5 II has a 8 MP as a main front-camera.

Some other front camera features are detailed next:

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Sony Xperia 5 II
40 MP 8 MP
Aperture:f/2.2 Aperture:f/2.0
Auto HDR HDR
Autofocus Pixel size:1.12 µm /0.001120 mm
HDR Sensor model:Samsung S5K4H7
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 Sony Xperia 5 II
5G NSA 5G is market-dependent
5G SA 5G NSA
Built-in 5G modem 5G SA
EDGE EDGE
GPRS GPRS
HSPA+(5.76/ 42 Mbit/s) HSPA+(5.76/ 42 Mbit/s)
LTE Cat 20 LTE Cat 19
UMTS(384 kbit/s) 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 Sony Xperia 5 II price tag is $950

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