Samsung Galaxy S21 vs Google Pixel 5 – 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 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 Google Pixel 5
Phones specifications
Screen Display 6.2 in (inches) 6 in (inches)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
Operating System One UI 3.1 One UI 3.1
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels 1080 x 2340 pixels
RAM 8 GB (gigabytes) 8 GB (gigabytes)
Storage 128 GB (gigabytes),256 GB (gigabytes) 128 GB (gigabytes)
Camera 64/12/12 MP 12/16 MP
Front Camera 10 MP 8 MP
Battery 4000 mAh 4080 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 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 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 battery capacity is 4000 mAh which is a 2% (percent) less 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 handset is using a Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with 1080 x 2400 pixels and a screen size of 6.2 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 is a 3.3% bigger than Google Pixel 5 screen.
The main display features of both phones are detailed next:

Samsung Galaxy S21 Google Pixel 5
120Hz refresh rate (adaptive) 90 Hz refresh rate
1300 cd/m² peak brightness Always-on Display
Always-On Display Capacitive
Capacitive Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Corning 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 is carrying a ram memory of 8 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, both phones have the same ram capacity of 8 gigabytes.

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 max storage capacity offered by the Samsung Galaxy S21 is 256 gigabytes ,which is a 100% 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 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 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 Google Pixel 5
1080p @ 240 fps 1080p @ 120 fps
2160p @ 60 fps 720p @ 240 fps
3x hybrid optical zoom (#3) Angle of view – 107° (#2)
720p @ 960 fps Aperture – f/2.2 (#2)
Angle of view – 120° (#2) Autofocus
Angle of view – 76° (#3) Continuous shooting
Aperture size – f/2.0 (#3) Digital image stabilization
Aperture size – f/2.2 (#2) Digital zoom
Autofocus Exposure compensation
Continuous shooting Face detection
Digital zoom Geotagging
Dual OIS HDR
Exposure compensation ISO settings
Face detection Optical image stabilization
Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 13 mm (#2) Optical zoom
Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 28 mm (#3) Panorama
Geotagging Phase detection autofocus (PDAF)
HDR Phase detection with Dual Pixel
HDR10+ video recording Pixel size – 1.0 m (#2)
ISO settings Scene mode
Object tracking AF Secondary rear camera – 16 MP (ultra-wide-angle)
OIS (#3) Self-timer
Optical image stabilization Touch focus
Optical zoom White balance settings
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 version – 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 Google Pixel 5 has a 8 MP as a main front-camera.

Some other front camera features are detailed next:

Samsung Galaxy S21 Google Pixel 5
10 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:1.22 µm /0.001220 mm
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 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 price is $900 and the Google Pixel 5 price tag is $700

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