Differences between the Samsung Galaxy S21, S21 + and S21 Ultra

This article will explain the differences between the Samsung Galaxy S21, S21 + and S21 Ultra in detail so you can choose which variant is better for you.

Samsung will have the Galaxy S21 series in January presented. The new series consists of three different devices. Are you unsure which model is right for you? In this article, we’ll tell you about the differences between the Samsung Galaxy S21, S21 + and the S21 Ultra.

The launch of the new Galaxy S21 series is good news for those who think smartphones are way too expensive these days. The regular Galaxy S21 has a retail price of 849 euros and that is 150 euros cheaper than the 5g version of the Galaxy S20. And that while you hardly have to compromise on functionalities. This time there is no distinction between lte and 5g. All new devices in the series have support for 5g and also run on Android 11.

We start with the design, because the new devices have the so-called ‘Contour Cut Camera housing’. This means that the housing is completely absorbed in the metal frame of the smartphone. In addition, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus ensures that your smartphone can take a beating. At least with the Plus and Ultra then. The housing of the regular model has a slightly cheaper finish. The three smartphones do differ in terms of dimensions. The Ultra is the largest with 6.8 inches, closely followed by the S21 + with 6.7 inches. With a 6.2-inch display, the regular Galaxy S21 is still fairly compact compared to the violence of the large smartphones of recent times.

Many specifications can also be called identical. For example, there is an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor under the screen, you can charge wirelessly and in all cases no charger is included. You have to buy it separately. The idea behind it is that everyone nowadays has a charger at home, so we can call this environmentally friendly. That charging itself can also be done with a maximum of 25 watts.

Differences Galaxy S21 and S21 +

The Samsung Galaxy S21 and the S21 + are most similar. In terms of hardware, both devices are identical with the same Exynos processor, RAM (8 GB), storage memory (128 GB or 256 GB) and cameras. Both devices have a main camera of twelve megapixels, an ultra-wide angle lens of twelve megapixels and a telephoto lens with 64 megapixels. The front camera has 10 megapixels.

There are two major differences between the two devices. For example, the S21 + has a larger display (6.7-inch) compared to the S21 (6.2-inch). The resolution of the screen is identical with 2,400 by 1,080 pixels, which means that the pixel density of the S21 + is lower than that of the regular model. However, all devices offer a maximum refresh rate of 120 Hz. In addition, the Galaxy S21 + is equipped with a larger battery, namely 4,800 mAh versus 4,000 mAh. If you decide between these devices, then you mainly have to choose between the larger screen and the battery. Something to keep in mind is support for ultra wideband. We find it on the two most expensive models, but not on the regular model. The regular model is also available in more color variations than the slightly more business-like S21 +.

The Ultra as a camera monster

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra differs more from the other two devices. Not only does this 6.8-inch model have the largest screen, the 3,200 x 1,440 resolution is also the highest. This device also has curved screen edges, where the screen is flat on the other two devices. The processor is identical, but here you can choose from 12 GB or 16 GB of RAM and the storage memory is also the highest here, with a maximum of 512 GB. With the cameras, it goes a step further and an extra camera has even been added.

The main camera of this model has 108 megapixels and the ultra-wide angle lens has 12 megapixels. Unique, however, are the dual zoom lenses of both ten megapixels that can work together to achieve a whopping 100x digital zoom. This is indicated by the South Korean manufacturer Called 100x Space Zoom. The emphasis of this device is therefore mainly on the cameras. So if you really are a photo enthusiast and you don’t always want to lug around with an SLR camera, then the S21 Ultra offers a versatile camera setup that you can use in all directions. Incidentally, the S-Pen from Samsung is also supported and the battery with 5,000 mAh is the largest of the three devices.

Specifications Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra

Specifications Galaxy S21 Galaxy S21+ Galaxy S21 Ultra
Display 6.2 inch, amoled 6.7 inch, amoled 6.8 inch, amoled
Resolution 2,400 x 1,080 2,400 x 1,080, 3,200 x 1,440
Refresh rate 120 Hz 120 Hz 120 Hz
Processor 5nm 64-bit Octa-Core Processor 5nm 64-bit Octa-Core Processor 5nm 64-bit Octa-Core Processor
Random access memory 8GB 8GB 12GB/16GB
Storage Memory 128GB/256GB 128GB/256GB 128GB/256GB/512GB
Storage memory expandable No No No
Battery 4,000mAh 4,800 mAh 5,000 mAh
Fingerprint sensor In the screen In the screen In the screen
OS Android 11 Android 11 Android 11
Main camera 12 megapixels (f/1.8) 12 megapixels (f/1.8) 108 megapixels (f/1.8)
Ultra wide angle lens 12 megapixels (f/2.2) 12 megapixels (f/2.2) 12 megapixels (f/2.2)
Zoom lens 1 64 megapixels (hybrid optical 3x, f/2.0) 64 megapixels (hybrid optical 3x, f/2.0) 10 megapixels (optical 3x, f/2.4)
Zoom lens 2 N/A N/A 10 megapixels (optical 10x, f/4.9)
Front camera 10 megapixels 10 megapixels 40 megapixels
Other 30x Space Zoom, ip-68 30x Space Zoom, ip-68 100x Space Zoom, Laser AF, ip-68
5G Yes Yes Yes
Dimensions 71.2 x 151.7 x 7.9mm 75.6 x 161.5 x 7.8mm 75.6 x 165.1 x 8.9mm
Weight 171 grams 202 grams 229 grams
From price 849 euros 1,049 euros 1,249 euros


Which device should you choose?

For most people, the regular S21 is the best choice. For a fairly affordable amount of 849 euros, especially compared to flagships from other manufacturers, you get a great device that offers enough options for most people. Do you think a 6.2-inch display is just a bit too small? Then take a look at the S21+ with a starting price of 1,049 euros. This device has a larger 6.7-inch display. The battery is also a bit larger, but because the display is larger, you will notice little difference on paper.

Do you really want to get the most out of your new smartphone and are you a fan of versatile camera options? Then take a look at the Galaxy S21 Ultra. This monster smartphone with double zoom lenses offers many possibilities, but with a starting price of 1,249 euros it is also by far the most expensive device.