Samsung Galaxy S21 vs Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra – 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 Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra also has interesting features. The comparison for both models with new specs are detailed next.

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Specifications

Feature Samsung Galaxy S21 Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Phones specifications
Screen Display 6.2 in (inches) 6.9 in (inches)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
Operating System One UI 3.1 One UI 3.1
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels 1440 x 3200 pixels
RAM 8 GB (gigabytes) 12 GB (gigabytes) or 16 GB (gigabytes)
Storage 128 GB (gigabytes),256 GB (gigabytes) 128 GB (gigabytes),256 GB (gigabytes),512 GB (gigabytes)
Camera 64/12/12 MP 108/48/12/TOF MP
Front Camera 10 MP 40 MP
Battery 4000 mAh 5000 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 865.

Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 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 is carrying a Adreno 660 gpu in the interior and the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra has the Qualcomm Adreno 650,Antutu gpu – 217015 graphics processor.

Battery

The Samsung Galaxy S21 battery capacity is 4000 mAh which is a 25% (percent) less powerful than the 5000 mAh offered by the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. 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 Ultra 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 1080 x 2400 pixels and a screen size of 6.2 in (inches).

Meanwhile the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is featuring a Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with 1440 x 3200 pixels and a screen size of 6.9 in (inches).

As we can see here, the Samsung Galaxy S21 is a 11.2% smaller than Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra screen.
The main display features of both phones are detailed next:

Samsung Galaxy S21 Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
120Hz refresh rate (adaptive) 120Hz refresh rate
1300 cd/m² peak brightness Always-On Display
Always-On Display Capacitive
Capacitive Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Corning 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 is carrying a ram memory of 8 GB (gigabytes) with some features like 2750 MHz (megahertz), LPDDR5 and Double channel.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is coming with a 12 GB (gigabytes) or 16 GB (gigabytes) and it has some features like 2750 MHz (megahertz) and LPDDR5.
In the basic edition, the Samsung Galaxy S21 gives a 50% more ram memory capacity than Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.

The maximum ram capacity offered by the Samsung Galaxy S21 is 8 gigabytes ,which is a 100% smaller than the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra with 16 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 maximum storage capacity offered by the Samsung Galaxy S21 is 256 gigabytes ,which is a 100% less than the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra with 512 gigabytes

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 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 Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra rear camera comes with 4 lenses of 108/48/12/TOF MP , the flash type is Dual LED , a focal length (35 mm) of 26 mm , a pixel size of 0.8 µm (micrometers) and aperture lens of f/1.8 f/3.5 f/2.2 f/1.0 respectively.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
1080p @ 240 fps 100x digital zoom (Space Zoom) (#3)
2160p @ 60 fps 1080p @ 240 fps
3x hybrid optical zoom (#3) 10x optical zoom (#3)
720p @ 960 fps 2160p @ 60 fps
Angle of view – 120° (#2) 30x hybrid zoom (#3)
Angle of view – 76° (#3) 720p @ 960 fps
Aperture size – f/2.0 (#3) Angle of view – 120° (#2)
Aperture size – f/2.2 (#2) Angle of view – 24° (#3)
Autofocus Aperture size – f/2.2 (#2)
Continuous shooting Aperture size – f/3.5 (#3)
Digital zoom Autofocus
Dual OIS Continuous shooting
Exposure compensation Digital zoom
Face detection Exposure compensation
Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 13 mm (#2) Face detection
Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 28 mm (#3) Fourth rear camera – DepthVision
Geotagging Geotagging
HDR HDR
HDR10+ video recording HDR10+ video recording
ISO settings ISO settings
Object tracking AF Nonacell pixel size – 2.4 m (9-in-1 pixel binning)
OIS (#3) Object tracking AF
Optical image stabilization OIS (#3)
Optical zoom Optical image stabilization
Panorama Optical zoom
Phase detection autofocus (PDAF) Panorama
Phase detection with Dual Pixel Phase detection autofocus (PDAF)
Pixel size – 0.8 µm (#3) Scene mode
Pixel size – 1.4 µm (#2) Secondary rear camera – 12 MP (ultra-wide angle)
Scene mode Self-timer
Secondary rear camera – 12 MP (ultra-wide-angle) Sensor type – ISOCELL Bright
Self-timer Super Phase detection
Sensor version – Sony IMX563 (#2) Third rear camera – 48 MP (periscope telephoto)
Sensor size – 1/1.76″ (#3) Touch focus
Sensor size – 1/2.55″ (#2) White balance settings
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 Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra has a 40 MP as a main front-camera.

Some other front camera features are detailed next:

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

Price

The Samsung Galaxy S21 price is $900 and the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra price tag is $1399

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