Samsung Galaxy S21 vs Apple iPhone SE (2020) – Review, specifications and prices

The new Samsung Galaxy S21 phone 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 SE (2020) 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 SE (2020)
Phones specifications
Screen Display 6.2 in (inches) 4.7 in (inches)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Apple A13 Bionic APL1W85
Operating System One UI 3.1 One UI 3.1
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels 750 x 1334 pixels
RAM 8 GB (gigabytes) 3 GB (gigabytes)
Storage 128 GB (gigabytes),256 GB (gigabytes) 64 GB (gigabytes),128 GB (gigabytes),256 GB (gigabytes)
Camera 64/12/12 MP 12 MP
Front Camera 10 MP 7 MP
Battery 4000 mAh 1821 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 A13 Bionic APL1W85.

Meanwhile, the Apple iPhone SE (2020) has a Apple A13 Bionic APL1W85, the second processor has a total of 6 cores composed by 2 cores of 2.65 GHz Lightning and 4 cores of 1.8 GHz Thunder. It has a maximum CPU frequency of 2650 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 is carrying a Adreno 660 gpu in the interior and the Apple iPhone SE (2020) has the Apple GPU,4 cores,Antutu gpu – 186079 graphics processor.

Battery

The Samsung Galaxy S21 battery capacity is 4000 mAh which is a 119.6% (percent) more powerful than the 1821 mAh offered by the Apple iPhone SE (2020). 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 SE (2020) battery include Wireless charging, Fast charging, Non-removable, Qi wireless charging and USB Power delivery 2.0.

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 SE (2020) is featuring a IPS display with 750 x 1334 pixels and a screen size of 4.7 in (inches).

As we can see here, the Samsung Galaxy S21 is a 31.9% bigger than Apple iPhone SE (2020) screen.
The main display features of both phones are detailed next:

Samsung Galaxy S21 Apple iPhone SE (2020)
120Hz refresh rate (adaptive) 1400:1 contrast ratio
1300 cd/m² peak brightness 625 cd/m²
Always-On Display Capacitive
Capacitive Haptic Touch
Corning Gorilla Glass Victus Ion-strengthtened glass
HDR10+ LED-backlit
Infinity-O Display Multi-touch
Multi-touch Oleophobic (lipophobic) coating
Scratch resistant Retina HD display
Scratch resistant
Wide Color display (P3)

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 SE (2020) is coming with a 3 GB (gigabytes) and it has some features like LPDDR4.
In the basic edition, the Samsung Galaxy S21 gives a 166.6% more ram memory capacity than Apple iPhone SE (2020).

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, the Samsung Galaxy S21 gives a 100% more storage memory capacity than Apple iPhone SE (2020).

At the more expensive edition, both smartphones present the same built-in storage capacity:256 gigabytes.

Apple iPhone SE (2020) gets you or 64 GB (gigabytes) or 128 GB (gigabytes) or 256 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 edition – 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 SE (2020) rear camera comes with 1 lenses of 12 MP , the flash type is Quad LED , a focal length(35 mm) of 28 mm , carrying sensor like Sony Exmor RS , a pixel size of 1.22 µm (micrometers) and aperture lens of f/1.8 respectively.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Apple iPhone SE (2020)
1080p @ 240 fps 1080p @ 240 fps
2160p @ 60 fps Autofocus
3x hybrid optical zoom (#3) Continuous shooting
720p @ 960 fps Digital zoom
Angle of view – 120° (#2) Exposure compensation
Angle of view – 76° (#3) Face detection
Aperture size – f/2.0 (#3) Flash type – Quad LED
Aperture size – f/2.2 (#2) Geotagging
Autofocus HDR
Continuous shooting Hybrid IR filter
Digital zoom ISO settings
Dual OIS Macro mode
Exposure compensation Noise reduction
Face detection Optical image stabilization
Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 13 mm (#2) Panorama
Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 28 mm (#3) RAW
Geotagging Sapphire crystal glass lens cover
HDR Scene mode
HDR10+ video recording Self-timer
ISO settings Touch focus
Object tracking AF White balance settings
OIS (#3)
Optical image stabilization
Optical zoom
Panorama
Phase detection autofocus (PDAF)
Phase detection with Dual Pixel
Pixel size – 0.8 µm (#3)
Pixel size – 1.4 µm (#2)
Scene mode
Secondary rear camera – 12 MP (ultra-wide-angle)
Self-timer
Sensor edition – Sony IMX563 (#2)
Sensor size – 1/1.76″ (#3)
Sensor size – 1/2.55″ (#2)
Third rear camera – 64 MP (telephoto)
Touch focus
White balance settings

Front Camera – Selfie

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

The Apple iPhone SE (2020) has a 7 MP as a main front-camera.

Some other front camera features are detailed next:

Samsung Galaxy S21 Apple iPhone SE (2020)
10 MP 7 MP
Aperture:f/2.2 720p @ 240 fps
Auto HDR Aperture:f/2.2
Autofocus Face detection
HDR HDR
Phase detection autofocus (PDAF) Panorama
Phase detection with Dual Pixel Pixel size:1 µm /0.001000 mm
Pixel size:1.22 µm /0.001220 mm Sensor type:CMOS BSI (backside illumination)
Sensor type:CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor)

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 SE (2020)
5G NSA EDGE
5G SA EV-DO Rev. A(1.8/3.1 Mbit/s)
Built-in 5G modem GPRS
EDGE HSPA+(5.76/ 42 Mbit/s)
GPRS LTE Cat 16(150/1 Gbit/s)
HSPA+(5.76/ 42 Mbit/s) LTE-A(500/1 Gbit/s)
LTE Cat 20 TD-
UMTS(384 kbit/s) TD-SCDMA
UMTS(384 kbit/s)

Price

The Samsung Galaxy S21 price is $900 and the Apple iPhone SE (2020) price tag is $550

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