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Samsung Galaxy S21 Series: Which one is for you?




Samsung has officially unveiled its latest smartphones for 2021, the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and the Galaxy S21 Ultra. While all three are powerful smartphones, they have differences that you might want to consider before getting one. And if you need help in picking the right device, let us help you with that.

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 specs:Samsung Galaxy S21+ specs:Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra specs:
6.2-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display6.7-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display6.8-inch Edge QHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display
48~120Hz Dynamic refresh rate48~120Hz Dynamic refresh rate10~120Hz Dynamic refresh rate
Gorilla Glass VictusGorilla Glass VictusGorilla Glass Victus
Samsung Exynos 2100Samsung Exynos 2100Samsung Exynos 2100
8GB RAM8GB RAM12GB, 16GB RAM
256GB storage256GB storage128GB, 256GB, 512GB storage
Triple-rear cameras:
• 12MP Dual Pixel F1.8 (wide)
• 12MP FF F2.2 (ultrawide)
• 64MP Phase Detection F2.0 (3x tele, 30x Space Zoom)
Triple-rear cameras:
• 12MP Dual Pixel F1.8 (wide)
• 12MP FF F2.2 (ultrawide)
• 64MP Phase Detection F2.0 (3x tele, 30x Space Zoom)
Quad-rear cameras:
• 108MP Phase Detection F1.8 (wide)
• 12MP Dual Pixel F2.2 (ultrawide)
• 10MP Dual Pixel F4.9 (10x tele, 100x Space Zoom)
• 10MP Dual Pixel F2.4 (3x tele)
10MP Dual Pixel F2.2 front camera10MP Dual Pixel F2.2 front camera40MP Dual Pixel F2.2 front camera
Dual-SIMDual-SIMDual-SIM
5G, 4G LTE5G, 4G LTE5G, 4G LTE
WiFi 6EWiFi 6EWiFi 6E
Bluetooth 5.1Bluetooth 5.1Bluetooth 5.1
NFCNFCNFC
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GalileoGPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GalileoGPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, Galileo
USB Type-CUSB Type-CUSB Type-C
Fingerprint scanner (in-display)Fingerprint scanner (in-display)Fingerprint scanner (in-display)
Face UnlockFace UnlockFace Unlock
AKG Stereo SpeakersAKG Stereo SpeakersAKG Stereo Speakers
IP68 water and dust resistanceIP68 water and dust resistanceIP68 water and dust resistance
S-Pen support
OneUI 3.1 (Android 11)OneUI 3.1 (Android 11)OneUI 3.1 (Android 11)
4,000mAh battery w/ 25W fast charging, wireless charging, reverse wireless charging4,800mAh battery w/ 25W fast charging, wireless charging, reverse wireless charging5,000mAh battery w/ 25W fast charging, wireless charging, reverse wireless charging

Display

All three phones have the same Dynamic AMOLED 2X screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, which means you can expect great contrast with punchy colors as well as smooth animations and transitions. If that’s what you’re looking for in a smartphone, you can’t go wrong with any of them. What it comes down to, though, is the resolution and screen size. The S21 and S21+ both sport Full HD+ resolution, while the S21 Ultra has Quad HD+. If you like the smallest possible, the S21 is your best bet. The S21+ and S21 Ultra have bigger screens but only have a 0.1-inch difference, so you can go with either one if you want a larger screen.

Chipset, Memory, Storage

The same Exynos 2100 chip powers all three phones, so expect the same level of performance. When it comes to RAM, the S21 and S21+ have the same 8GB memory, whereas the S21 Ultra is at 12GB and 16GB. 8GB is good enough for most users and applications. But let’s say you’re the type who wants to run plenty of resource-heavy applications, the S21 Ultra will serve you well.

Storage-wise, the S21, and S21+ are offered with 256GB, which is more than enough for most users. But if you want a lower or higher storage capacity, better go with the S21 Ultra as it is offered in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB.

Cameras


 

The S21 and S21+ have the same rear and front camera specs, so if you’re just a casual shooter, these two phones will be enough for most cases. However, if you’re serious about mobile photography and videography, the S21 Ultra boasts more camera sensors, higher resolutions, and more powerful zoom. It even has a whopping 40MP front camera if you really need those high-res selfies.

Connectivity and Features

All three phones are almost identical when it comes to connectivity features. All have 5G connectivity, new WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.1, in-display fingerprint scanner, AKG stereo speakers, and IP68 certification. What would make you go for the S21 Ultra, though, is its support for the S-Pen. If you want the latest Samsung smartphone with a stylus, you don’t have to wait for the Galaxy Note, go with the S21 Ultra instead.

Battery

For the batteries, all three support 25W fast charging, wireless charging, and reverse wireless charging. What’s different, though, are the capacities. The S21 has the lowest capacity at 4,000mAh, but still a decent capacity for a flagship phone. The S21+ comes second at 4,800mAh, while the S21 Ultra has the largest at 5,000mAh.

Price

The Samsung Galaxy S21 is priced at PHP 47,990, the Galaxy S21+ is priced at PHP 57,990, while the Galaxy S21 Ultra is at PHP 69,990 for the 12GB + 256GB and PHP 79,990 for the 16GB + 512GB.

Which one to get?

If your budget won’t go above PHP 50K, the S21 is your best bet. If you want a bigger screen and battery capacity and willing to spend an additional PHP 10K for the extra 0.5-inch and 800mAh capacity, you can go with the S21+. If budget is not a problem and you want the best phone that Samsung can provide at the moment, including a better screen, bigger memory, powerful cameras, S-Pen, and large battery, then go for the S21 Ultra.



This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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