Samsung Galaxy S21 vs Sony Xperia 5 II – Review, specifications and prices

The new Samsung Galaxy S21 device 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 Sony Xperia 5 II also has awesome features. The comparison for both models with new specs are detailed next.

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Specifications

Feature Samsung Galaxy S21 Sony Xperia 5 II
Phones specifications
Screen Display 6.2 in (inches) 6.1 in (inches)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
Operating System One UI 3.1 One UI 3.1
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels 1080 x 2520 pixels
RAM 8 GB (gigabytes) 8 GB (gigabytes)
Storage 128 GB (gigabytes),256 GB (gigabytes) 128 GB (gigabytes)
Camera 64/12/12 MP 12/12/12 MP
Front Camera 10 MP 8 MP
Battery 4000 mAh 4000 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 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 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 battery capacity is 4000 mAh, which is the same as 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 1080 x 2400 pixels and a screen size of 6.2 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 is a 1.6% bigger than Sony Xperia 5 II screen.
The main display features of both phones are detailed next:

Samsung Galaxy S21 Sony Xperia 5 II
120Hz refresh rate (adaptive) 100% DCI-P3
1300 cd/m² peak brightness 120 Hz refresh rate
Always-On Display 240 Hz touch sampling rate
Capacitive 400 cd/m²
Corning 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 is carrying a ram memory of 8 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, 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 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 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 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 Sony Xperia 5 II
1080p @ 240 fps 1080p @ 960 fps
2160p @ 60 fps 3x optical zoom (#2)
3x hybrid optical zoom (#3) 5-axis stabilization
720p @ 960 fps 720p @ 960 fps
Angle of view – 120° (#2) Angle of view – 124° (#3)
Angle of view – 76° (#3) Angle of view – 34° (#2)
Aperture size – f/2.0 (#3) Aperture size- f/2.2 (#3)
Aperture size – f/2.2 (#2) Aperture size- f/2.4 (#2)
Autofocus Autofocus
Continuous shooting Cinematography Pro
Digital zoom Continuous shooting
Dual OIS Digital image stabilization
Exposure compensation Digital zoom
Face detection Dual Pixel PDAF
Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 13 mm (#2) Dual Pixel PDAF (#3)
Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 28 mm (#3) Exposure compensation
Geotagging Face detection
HDR Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 16 mm (#3)
HDR10+ video recording Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 70 mm (#2)
ISO settings Geotagging
Object tracking AF HDR
OIS (#3) ISO settings
Optical image stabilization OIS / EIS video stabilization (#2)
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) Pixel size – 1.0 m (#2)
Pixel size – 1.4 µm (#2) Pixel size – 1.4 m (#2)
Scene mode Real-Time Eye AF for Humans and Animals
Secondary rear camera – 12 MP (ultra-wide-angle) Scene mode
Self-timer Secondary rear camera – 12 MP (telephoto)
Sensor version – Sony IMX563 (#2) Self-timer
Sensor size – 1/1.76″ (#3) Sensor version – Samsung S5K3T2 (#2)
Sensor size – 1/2.55″ (#2) Sensor version – Sony IMX363 (#3)
Third rear camera – 64 MP (telephoto) Sensor size – 1/2.55″ (#3)
Touch focus Sensor size – 1/3.4″ (#2)
White balance settings Third rear camera – 12 MP (ultra-wide angle)
TOF (Time Of Flight) 3D camera
Touch focus
White balance settings
Zeiss lens
Zeizz T Coating

Front Camera – Selfie

The Samsung Galaxy S21 comes with a 10 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 Sony Xperia 5 II
10 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: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 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 price is $900 and the Sony Xperia 5 II price tag is $950

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