Review Samsung Galaxy S21 | Galaxy S21+ 5G – The Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 + are more affordable alternatives. But even so, both of them come with specifications that are no less interesting than what the Galaxy S21 Ultra has to offer.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 + share the same specifications, including in terms of design. Where both of them carry a 2X Dynamic AMOLED flat screen that offers Full HD Plus resolution.
One thing that makes them easy to distinguish is their size. On the Galaxy S21 we get a 6.2-inch diagonal screen, while the Galaxy S21 + is a larger 6.7 inches.
Both screens have been coated with Gorilla Glass Victus guarding the screen coupled with Adjustable Refresh Rate support to help reduce power consumption by automatically adjusting the refresh rate according to the content on the screen from 48Hz to 120Hz.
The ultrasonic fingerprint sensor is another addition that hides behind the screen to unlock that is 70% larger than its predecessor. While at the top of the screen there is still a punch hole, aka Infinity-O, to accommodate a 10 megapixel selfie camera.
The back is the more interesting one, the Galaxy S21 + uses a glass panel whereas the standard model comes with a “glasstic” body which we will also see a lot of in the Galaxy A-Series lineup coupled with a two-tone paint job for the camera module which makes it stand out.
For photography, the two smartphones still retain their triple-camera setup with a detailed 12 megapixel main camera (f / 1.8 aperture) which has large 1.8µm pixels plus OIS and Dual Pixel AF.
Next there is a 12 megapixel ultrawide-angle camera with a 120 ° FoV and finally a 64 megapixel telephoto lens which offers 3x lossless zoom and up to 30x Space Zoom. The Camera setup on both phones is still the same as last year, but the big improvement is in hardware thanks to the new chip.
This features an enhancement to portrait mode that takes advantage of better 3D analysis to more accurately separate the subject from the background. What’s even more interesting are new features like Director View which let you view, switch and select the best shot.
There are also options for virtual studio lighting and AI background effects to ensure subjects pop out of the frame. Get more complete with video recording support in 8K resolution at 30fps and 4K video at 60fps.
The Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 + are powered by the Exynos 2100 which Samsung also recently released as their premium chipsets built on a 5nm process and equipped with an integrated 5G modem.
In some markets like US or China, they will get Snapdragon 888 which is also a 5nm chipset from Qualcomm. Meanwhile, to help the processor, there is 8GB RAM and up to 256GB of original storage which cannot be expanded because Samsung has removed the microSD slot.
Meanwhile, to make it usable all day long, the Galaxy S21 is powered by a battery with a capacity of 4,000 mAh and 4,800 mAh for the Galaxy S21 +. Although they are different, the two are both equipped with support for 25W wired fast-charging technology that comes with 15W wireless charging and 9W reverse charging.