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A couple of days ago, at its Galaxy Unpacked online, Samsung took of the wraps off the Galaxy S21 series – comprising the standard Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus and the Galaxy S21 Ultra. All the devices supports 5G connectivity as we might not be getting the 4G version this time around. Now, that everything about the trio is official, let us checkout the major differences between the S20 series from last year and the S21 series.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Series 1

The Galaxy S21 series features Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O Displays with 1-120Hz variable refresh rate. The Galaxy S21 is the third smartphone to be powered by Snapdragon 888 / exynos 2100by 5nm 5G SoCs since its release. Though, that depends on the market.

Without much ado, let us look at what the S21 series brought that we don’t have in the S20 series and otherwise.

Galaxy S20 Vs S21 Series

Device Name Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S21 Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus
Display 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED 3,200 x 1,440 20:9 ratio 120Hz refresh rate at 1080p 60Hz refresh rate at 1440p HDR10+ certified 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED Flat FHD+ 2,400 x 1,080 at 421ppi Adaptive 120Hz refresh rate HDR10+ certified 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED 3,200 x 1,440 20:9 ratio 120Hz refresh rate at 1080p 60Hz refresh rate at 1440p HDR10+ certified 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED Flat FHD+ 2,400 x 1,080 at 394ppi Adaptive 120Hz refresh rate HDR10+ certified
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 or Samsung Exynos 990 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 or Samsung Exynos 2100 Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 or Samsung Exynos 990 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 or Samsung Exynos 2100
RAM 12GB 8GB 12GB 8GB
Storage 128GB 128 or 256GB 128 or 512GB 128 or 256GB
MicroSD Yes, up to 1TB No Yes, up to 1TB No
Battery 4,000mAh Fast wired and wireless charging 4,000mAh Fast wired and wireless charging Reverse wireless charging 4,500mAh Fast wired and wireless charging 4,800mAh Fast wired and wireless charging Reverse wireless charging
Cameras Rear: – Wide-angle: 12MP, 1/1.76″, ƒ/1.8, 1.8µm – Telephoto: 64MP, ƒ/2.0, .8µm – Ultra-wide: 12MP, ƒ/2.2, 1.4µm
3x hybrid optical/digital zoom, Super Resolution Zoom up to 30x
Front: – 10MP, ƒ/2.2, 1.22µm, AF
Rear: – Wide-angle: 12MP, ƒ/1.8, 1.8µm with OIS and dual-pixel AF – Telephoto: 64MP, ƒ/2.0, 0.8µm with OIS and phase-detection AF – Ultra-wide: 12MP, ƒ/2.2, 1.4µm with 120-degree FoV
3x hybrid optical/digital zoom 30x “Space Zoom”
Front:  – 10MP, ƒ/2.2, 1.22µm, with dual-pixel AF
Rear: – Wide-angle: 12MP, 1/1.76″, ƒ/1.8, 1.8µm – Telephoto: 64MP, ƒ/2.0, .8µm – Ultra-wide: 12MP, ƒ/2.2, 1.4µm – VGA time-of-flight sensor
3x hybrid optical/digital zoom, Super Resolution Zoom up to 30x
Front: – 10MP, ƒ/2.2, 1.22µm, AF
Rear: – Wide-angle: 12MP, ƒ/1.8, 1.8µm with OIS and dual-pixel AF – Telephoto: 64MP, ƒ/2.0, 0.8µm with OIS and phase-detection AF – Ultra-wide: 12MP, ƒ/2.2, 1.4µm with 120-degree FoV
3x hybrid optical/digital zoom 30x “Space Zoom”
Front:  – 10MP, ƒ/2.2, 1.22µm, with dual-pixel AF
Connectivity 4G LTE support 5G (sub-6GHz, DSS, TDD/FDD, SA and NSA, no mmWave) 4G LTE support 5G (sub-6GHz, SA and NSA, mmWave) Wi-Fi 6E support 4G LTE support 5G (sub-6GHz, DSS, TDD/FDD, SA and NSA, mmWave) 4G LTE support 5G (sub-6GHz, SA and NSA, mmWave) Wi-Fi 6E support
S Pen support No No No No
Operating System One UI 3.0 Android 11 One UI 3.1 Android 11 One UI 3.0 Android 11 One UI 3.1 Android 11
Water resistance IP68 IP68 IP68 IP68
Security Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, face unlock Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, face unlock Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, face unlock Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, face unlock
Color Cosmic Grey, Cloud Blue, Cloud Pink 128GB in Phantom Violet, Phantom Gray, Phantom Pink, and Phantom White
256GB only in Phantom Gray
Future colors: Phantom Gold and Phantom Red
Cosmic Grey, Cosmic Black, Cloud Blue, Aura Blue. 128GB in Phantom Violet, Phantom Silver, and Phantom Black
256GB only in Phantom Black
Future colors: Phantom Gold and Phantom Red
Dimensions and weight 69.1×151.7×7.9mm 163g 71.2 x 151.7 x 7.9mm 171g 73.8×161.9×7.8mm 186g 75.6 x 161.5 x 7.8mm 202g

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra VS Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Device Name Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Display 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED 3,200 x 1,440 20:9 ratio 120Hz refresh rate at 1080p 60Hz refresh rate at 1440p HDR10+ certified 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED Curved WQHD+ 3,200 x 1,440 at 515ppi Adaptive 120Hz refresh rate HDR10+ certified
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 or Samsung Exynos 990 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 or Samsung Exynos 2100
RAM 12 or 16GB 12 or 16GB
Storage 128 or 512GB 128, 256, or 512GB
MicroSD Yes, up to 1TB No
Battery 5,000mAh Fast wired and wireless charging 5,000mAh Fast wired and wireless charging Reverse wireless charging
Cameras Rear: – Wide-angle: 108MP, 1/1.33″, ƒ/1.8, .8µm – Telephoto: 48MP, ƒ/3.5, .8µm – Ultra-wide: 12MP, ƒ/2.2, 1.4µm – VGA time-of-flight sensor
Hybrid optical/digital zoom at 10x Super Resolution at 100x
Front – 40MP sensor, ƒ/2.2, .7µm, AF
Rear: – Wide-angle: 108MP, ƒ/1.8, 0.8µm with OIS and phase-detection AF – Telephoto: 10MP, ƒ/2.4, 1.22µm with OIS, dual-pixel AF, and 3x optical zoom – Telephoto: 10MP, ƒ/4.9, 1.22µm with OIS, dual-pixel AF, and 10x optical zoom – Ultra-wide: 12MP, ƒ/2.2, 1.4µm with dual-pixel AF and a 120-degree FoV – Laser AF sensor
10x optical zoom 100x “Space Zoom”
Front:  – 40MP, ƒ/2.2, 0.7µm, with phase-detection AF
Connectivity 4G LTE support 5G (sub-6GHz, DSS, TDD/FDD, SA and NSA, mmWave) 4G LTE support 5G (sub-6GHz, SA and NSA, mmWave) Wi-Fi 6E support
S Pen support No Yes
Operating System One UI 3.0 Android 11 One UI 3.1 Android 11
Water resistance IP68 IP68
Security Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, face unlock Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, face unlock
Color Cosmic Grey and Cosmic Black 128 GB in Phantom Silver and Phantom Black
256 and 512GB in Phantom Black
Future colors: Phantom Titanium, Phantom Navy, and Phantom Brown
Dimensions and weight 76×166.9x8mm 220g 75.6 x 165.1 x 8.9mm 229
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