Samsung Galaxy S21 vs Apple iPhone 12 Pro – Review, specifications and prices

The new Samsung Galaxy S21 handset has a 3 camera setup with a main lens of 64 MP, Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor chipset and a battery of 4000 mAh. On other side, the Apple iPhone 12 Pro also has interesting features. The comparison for both models with new specs are detailed next.

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Specifications

Feature Samsung Galaxy S21 Apple iPhone 12 Pro
Phones specifications
Screen Display 6.2 in (inches) 6.1 in (inches)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Apple A14 Bionic
Operating System One UI 3.1 One UI 3.1
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels 1170 x 2532 pixels
RAM 8 GB (gigabytes) 6 GB (gigabytes)
Storage 128 GB (gigabytes),256 GB (gigabytes) 128 GB (gigabytes),256 GB (gigabytes),512 GB (gigabytes)
Camera 64/12/12 MP 12/12/12/TOF MP
Front Camera 10 MP 12 MP
Battery 4000 mAh 2815 mAh

Processor and Operating System

The Samsung Galaxy S21 runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset and the processor has a total of 8 cores composed by 1 core of 2.84 GHz Kryo 680, 3 cores of 2.42 GHz Kryo 680 and 4 cores of 1.8 GHz Kryo. It has a maximum CPU frequency of 2800 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 Apple A14 Bionic.

Meanwhile, the Apple iPhone 12 Pro has a Apple A14 Bionic, the second processor has a total of 6 cores composed by 2 cores of 2.65 GHz Firestorm and 4 cores of 1.8 GHz Icestorm. It has a maximum CPU frequency of . Some other special features include 64 bit architecture and Next-generation Neural Engine. And it’s running on One UI 3.1 OS system.

Graphics Processor (GPU)

The Samsung Galaxy S21 is carrying a Adreno 660 gpu in the interior and the Apple iPhone 12 Pro has the Apple GPU,4 cores graphics processor.

Battery

The Samsung Galaxy S21 battery capacity is 4000 mAh which is a 42% (percent) more powerful than the 2815 mAh offered by the Apple iPhone 12 Pro. 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 Apple iPhone 12 Pro battery include Wireless charging, Fast charging, Non-removable, MagSafe wireless charging – 15W, Qi wireless charging – 7.5W and USB Power Delivery 3.0.

Screen

The handset is using a Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with 1080 x 2400 pixels and a screen size of 6.2 in (inches).

Meanwhile the Apple iPhone 12 Pro is featuring a OLED display with 1170 x 2532 pixels and a screen size of 6.1 in (inches).

As we can see here, the Samsung Galaxy S21 is a 1.6% bigger than Apple iPhone 12 Pro screen.
The main display features of both phones are detailed next:

Samsung Galaxy S21 Apple iPhone 12 Pro
120Hz refresh rate (adaptive) 1200 cd/m² peak brightness
1300 cd/m² peak brightness 2000000:1
Always-On Display 800 cd/m² typical brightness
Capacitive Capacitive
Corning Gorilla Glass Victus Ceramic Shield
HDR10+ Dolby Vision
Infinity-O Display Haptic Touch
Multi-touch HDR10
Scratch resistant Multi-touch
Oleophobic (lipophobic) coating
Scratch resistant
Super Retina XDR
True tone display
Wide color display (P3)
Wide color gamut

RAM Memory and storage

On the memory hardware side, the Samsung Galaxy S21 is carrying a ram memory of 8 GB (gigabytes) with some features like 2750 MHz (megahertz), LPDDR5 and Double channel.

The Apple iPhone 12 Pro is coming with a 6 GB (gigabytes) and it has some features like 2750 MHz (megahertz), LPDDR5 and Double channel.
In the basic edition, the Samsung Galaxy S21 gives a 33.3% more ram memory capacity than Apple iPhone 12 Pro.

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

The maximum storage capacity offered by the Samsung Galaxy S21 is 256 gigabytes ,which is a 100% less than the Apple iPhone 12 Pro with 512 gigabytes

Apple iPhone 12 Pro gets you or 128 GB (gigabytes) or 256 GB (gigabytes) or 512 GB (gigabytes) of internal storage.

Rear Camera

The Samsung Galaxy S21 rear camera setup is composed by 3 lenses of 64/12/12 MP , the flash type is LED , a focal length 35 mm:26 mm Sensor version – Sony IMX563 (#2) , a pixel size of 0.8 µm (micrometers) and aperture lens of f/2.0 f/1.8 f/2.2 respectively.

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Meanwhile the Apple iPhone 12 Pro rear camera comes with 4 lenses of 12/12/12/TOF MP , the flash type is LED , a pixel size of 1.7 µm (micrometers) and aperture lens of f/1.6 f/2.4 f/2.2 respectively.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Apple iPhone 12 Pro
1080p @ 240 fps 1080p @ 240 fps
2160p @ 60 fps 10x digital zoom (#2)
3x hybrid optical zoom (#3) 2x optical zoom (#3)
720p @ 960 fps 4x optical zoom range (#3)
Angle of view – 120° (#2) 5-element lens (#2)
Angle of view – 76° (#3) 6-element lens (#3)
Aperture size – f/2.0 (#3) Angle of view – 120° (#2)
Aperture size – f/2.2 (#2) Aperture size – f/2.2 (#3)
Autofocus Aperture size – f/2.4 (#2)
Continuous shooting Autofocus
Digital zoom Cinematic video stabilization
Dual OIS Continuous autofocus
Exposure compensation Continuous shooting
Face detection Digital zoom
Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 13 mm (#2) Dolby Vision HDR video recording
Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 28 mm (#3) Exposure compensation
Geotagging Face detection
HDR Geotagging
HDR10+ video recording HDR
ISO settings ISO settings
Object tracking AF LiDAR scanner
OIS (#3) Macro mode
Optical image stabilization Night Mode
Optical zoom OIS (#3)
Panorama Optical image stabilization
Phase detection autofocus (PDAF) Optical zoom
Phase detection with Dual Pixel Panorama
Pixel size – 0.8 µm (#3) Phase detection autofocus (PDAF)
Pixel size – 1.4 µm (#2) RAW
Scene mode Sapphire crystal lens cover
Secondary rear camera – 12 MP (ultra-wide-angle) Scene mode
Self-timer Secondary rear camera – 12 MP (ultra-wide-angle)
Sensor version – Sony IMX563 (#2) Self-timer
Sensor size – 1/1.76″ (#3) Third rear camera – 12 MP (telephoto)
Sensor size – 1/2.55″ (#2) Touch focus
Third rear camera – 64 MP (telephoto) White balance settings
Touch focus
White balance settings

Front Camera – Selfie

The Samsung Galaxy S21 comes with a 10 MP in the front.

The Apple iPhone 12 Pro has a 12 MP as a main front-camera.

Some other front camera features are detailed next:

Samsung Galaxy S21 Apple iPhone 12 Pro
10 MP 1080p @ 120 fps
Aperture:f/2.2 12 MP
Auto HDR Aperture:f/2.0.2
Autofocus Cinematic video stabilization
HDR Deep Fusion
Phase detection autofocus (PDAF) Digital image stabilization
Phase detection with Dual Pixel Face detection
Pixel size:1.22 µm /0.001220 mm Face unlock
Sensor type:CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) HDR
Night Mode
Sensor type:CMOS BSI (backside illumination)

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 Apple iPhone 12 Pro
5G NSA 5G NSA
5G SA 5G SA
Built-in 5G modem EDGE
EDGE EV-DO Rev. A(1.8/3.1 Mbit/s)
GPRS Gigabit-class LTE with 2×2 MIMO and LAA
HSPA+(5.76/ 42 Mbit/s) GPRS
LTE Cat 20 HSPA+(5.76/ 42.2 Mbit/s)
UMTS(384 kbit/s) LTE
LTE-A(500/1 Gbit/s)
TD-
TD-SCDMA
UMTS(384 kbit/s)

Price

The Samsung Galaxy S21 price is $900 and the Apple iPhone 12 Pro price tag is $999

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