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- 6.8″ LTPO curved with S Pen support vs 6.7″ flat display
- Dynamic [email protected] vs [email protected] refresh rates
- 5000mAh vs 4800mAh battery
- 16GB/12GB vs 8GB RAM
- 512GB vs 256GB maximum storage
- 108MP vs 12MP main, 10MP periscope vs 64MP crop zoom, 12MP utrawide cameras
- 6.50 x 2.98 x 0.35 vs 6.37 x 2.90 x 0.31 inches
Samsung Galaxy S21+ vs Galaxy S21 Ultra price, colors and storage
- $999 vs $1199
- Silver, Black, Purple, Red, Pink vs Silver, Black, Brown, Navy, Titanium
- 128GB/256GB vs 128GB/256GB/512G storage options (depending on the region and chipset model)
The Ultra is only slightly larger than the S20+ yet they are both very big phones so you shouldn’t look for compactness any way you choose. Besides larger and heftier, the Ultra is also a bit more sombre in its choice of colors as it doesn’t have Samsung’s violet color novelty of the 2021 S-line season, and is only available in silver and black at launch. The S21 Ultra, however, will be available in more colors in the spring, as is Samsung’s tradition, with brown, blue, and even titanium finishes lined up for April release.
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Galaxy S21+ vs Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra specs and display size
- 6.7″ 1080p flat 48Hz-120Hz vs 6.8″ 1440p LTPO curved 10Hz-120Hz Dynamic AMOLED 2x displays
- 5nm Snapdragon 888/Exynos 2100 chipsets with integrated 5G modems
- 8GB vs 12GB/16GB RAM
Check out the S21 Ultra (SM-G998B) vs S21+ (SM-G996B) benchmark scores below. As you can see, they are pretty similar, given that the Exynos 2100 is clocked at the same 2.2GHz, while the big difference is in RAM amounts – 8GB RAM for the Galaxy S21+ vs 12GB RAM in the Galaxy S21 Ultra which would reflect on other benchmarks that measure memory performance.
In any case, the graphics performance over the 6.7″ 1080p screen of the S21+ or the 6.8″ 1440p display of the S21 Ultra is outstanding given the boosted Adreno or Mali-G78 GPUs in the two chipsets.
Samsung Galaxy S21+ vs Galaxy S21 Ultra camera
- 12 MP vs 108MP main sensors
- 64MP crop vs 10 MP 10x periscope and 3x telephoto zoom cameras
- 12MP ultrawide-angle cameras
It simply crops from the high-res 64MP secondary sensor, and Samsung itself admits that what it calls a “telephoto camera” actually sports a lens that is very much wide-angle, almost as wide as the lens on the main camera. The “telephoto” lens only provides a 1.06 zoom compared to the regular camera, so all the zooming is actually almost entirely based on software – cropping and merging with the information from the main and/or ultrawide sensors.
And when it comes to video recording quality, the difference is centered around the zoom capabilities of the Ultra that blow pretty much every other phone out of the water. Even in lower light, as you can see in the video below, the Ultra manages to stand out from the S21 and S21 Plus, just try zooming in 10 times or more on those phones and the footage comes out barely usable. For all else, however, the main camera, the ultra-wide and footage from those cameras the differences are few if any.
Take a look at a direct comparison below:
Galaxy S21+ vs Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra battery life and charging speeds
- 4800mAh vs 5000mAh
- up to 45W wired charging
- 15W wireless charging
The 4800mAh battery of the S21+ is bigger than the S20+ unit but still no match for the S21 Ultra’s 5000mAh piece
Well, not really, as this time around, its QHD display will be of the more frugal LPTO variety, not the LTPS panel with static 120Hz refresh found in the S20 Ultra. That alone would amount to a 15-20% diminished power draw. When we add the dynamic refresh rate that LTPO allows which only uses 120Hz when it matters – i.e. when browsing and scrolling, or during interface animations – the battery savings may be as significant as having a lower-res display.