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Samsung’s new

Galaxy S21 household is right here and it mimics the 2020 line completely. We have the totally decked-out

Galaxy S21 Ultra and its smaller siblings,

the Galaxy S21 and S21+. As all the time, there’s loads of buzz round these telephones as they will be a number of the finest Android telephones of 2021 regardless of being among the many first to return out. 

Naturally, persons are questioning what’s new about them and is it value shopping for them. Well, to assist with that, we have created a sequence of 1-vs-1 comparisons that pair every cellphone with one in all its closest opponents. The hyperlinks for a few of them are beneath, however on this article we’re specializing in the center baby of the Galaxy S21 household, the 

Galaxy S21+ and the way it compares to its predecessor, the 

Galaxy S20+.

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Galaxy S21+ vs Galaxy S20+ design comparability

As all the time, we’re beginning with the appears to be like. Size-wise, the 2 telephones are virtually equivalent, with a millimeter or two distinction that you’re going to hardly discover. The Galaxy S21+ weighs 14g lower than its predecessor, nevertheless, which we think about a plus.

Although the telephones look like virtually equivalent at first look, there are some key variations between them. Let’s take a more in-depth look:

The greatest change is undoubtedly the redesigned digital camera bump. Samsung calls the brand new model Contour Cut, with the digital camera module flowing seamlessly over the facet of the cellphone. Now, design will be subjective, however in our books, the Galaxy S21+ is an enormous enchancment over the Galaxy S20+. The previous design just isn’t solely boring nevertheless it was additionally just about equivalent to what you bought with cheaper Samsung telephones and the S20+ was $1,200 at launch. The Galaxy S21+ appears to be like refined and splendid, particularly together with Samsung’s new colours, which go a good distance in highlighting this new design factor. We hope Samsung retains the Countour Cut design solely on the Galaxy S sequence for that additional little bit of exclusivity.

Onto the second massive distinction, the show. As you possibly can see from the pictures above, the Galaxy S21+ seems to have barely thicker facet bezels. That’s as a result of it has a flat show, in contrast to that on the Galaxy S20+, which nonetheless had some curvature across the facet edges. That’s one other win for the S21+ so far as we’re involved.

But there’s extra to be stated concerning the shows, this is a fast rundown of their specs:


Galaxy S21+ Galaxy S20+
Size 6.7″ 6.7″
Resolution 2400 x 1080 3200 x 1440
Type Dynamic AMOLED Dynamic AMOLED
Refresh price 48-120Hz 120Hz
Shape Flat Curved
Glass Gorilla Glass Victus Gorilla Glass 6

Let’s begin with the apparent one: no Quad-HD decision on the S21+. While that is actually a bummer for some, we should always remind you that on the Galaxy S20+, the 120Hz refresh price was solely obtainable together with the 1080p decision, which many customers most popular. Now, Samsung is making issues simpler by going for a 1080p panel.

That new panel on the Galaxy S21+ additionally has adaptive refresh price, which implies it can mechanically decrease the frequency when you do not want it, saving energy within the course of. The new show additionally has larger brightness for higher HDR expertise and improved expertise in vibrant daylight.

And lastly, the show of the Galaxy S21+ is protected by Corning’s strongest glass but. Overall, within the design and show division, we’re seeing solely optimistic adjustments.

Galaxy S21+ vs Galaxy S20+ specs comparability

Time to dive deeper into the 2 Galaxies, the place their elements are hiding. Here are the primary specs of the Galaxy S21+ and S20+:


Galaxy S21+ Galaxy S20+

Snapdragon 888

Snapdragon 865


not expandable


Battery 4,800mAh 4,500mAh
Wirelss charging Yes Yes
5G Yes Yes
IP68 rated Yes Yes

As all the time, the primary improve is the chipset. The Galaxy S21+ will include the Snapdragon 888 within the US and Exynos 2100 in different areas. Both chips use the 5nm course of and will supply comparable efficiency. According to Samsung, this implies about 20% higher CPU efficiency and a 35% enchancment in GPU efficiency. The new chips are additionally extra power-efficient, which in each day use may be the most important differentiator. 

The reminiscence sees a discount, nevertheless, is one thing we’re not used to seeing. Still, 8GB is lots already, so it isn’t an enormous downside, particularly contemplating the cheaper price of the Galaxy S21+. 

A nice shock is the elevated battery capability. Despite having primarily the identical physique, Samsung has managed to place a much bigger battery contained in the S21+, doubtless because of the scale discount of the opposite elements. Combined with the opposite adjustments we have talked about already, the brand new Galaxy ought to have a considerably higher battery life in comparison with the Galaxy S20+, however we’ll have to check it ourselves earlier than the decision is out.

It’s additionally value noting that the Galaxy S21+ has a second era ultrasonic fingerprint reader. It’s greater and considerably sooner than the one on the Galaxy S20+, hopefully bringing person frustration to a minimal.

Galaxy S21+ vs Galaxy S20+ digital camera comparability

Unfortunately, we will not discuss a lot about upgrades in the case of the digital camera {hardware}. Here are the cameras you may discover on the 2 telephones:

Camera specs

Galaxy S21+ Galaxy S20+
Second 12MP Ultra huge, PDAF 12MP Ultra huge, AF
Third 64MP Telephoto, OIS, PDAF 64MP Telephoto, OIS, PDAF
Front 10MP, PDAF 10MP, PDAF

The the telephones share primarily the identical digital camera programs. There are slight variations, such because the extremely huge digital camera on the Galaxy S21+ getting Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) and smaller aperture (F1.8 vs F2.2 on the S20+). The telephoto nonetheless makes use of a big sensor and software program slightly than lenses for optical zoom.

However, that does not imply the 2 telephones will carry out the identical method. The Galaxy S21+ has some new digital camera options that had been enabled by its extra highly effective chip. Single Take permits you to take an image with all cameras without delay and Director’s View reveals you a feed from all cameras whereas recording a video, so to seamlessly change between them to make a professional-looking video. Those are just a few examples, we’ll go extra in-depth as soon as we’ve got the chance to check the brand new options ourselves.

Galaxy S21+ vs Galaxy S20+ software program comparability

The software program comparability is maybe the best to make. The Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S20+ might be operating the identical software program more often than not. Of course, we’re speaking about

Samsung’s One UI. The greatest distinction might be that the S21+ will obtain updates forward of the S20+. Also, the Galaxy S21+ being a yr newer means it can obtain one main Android replace that the S20+ will miss out on. If that might be Android 13 or Android 14 relies upon completely on Samsung’s future plans relating to software program updates, so it is too early to say. 

Samsung is unquestionably shifting its software program expertise in the proper path, refining the design and including new options.  However, One UI tends to be on the heavy facet, so after a whilst you would possibly discover some lag right here and there. This might be extra noticeable on the Galaxy S20+, particularly in a yr or so, regardless of it having a top-notch chipset as properly.

Galaxy S21+ vs Galaxy S20+ worth comparability

We talked about the Galaxy S21+ being cheaper than its predecessor a number of occasions already, however how less expensive precisely? Well, listed here are the costs of the 2 telephones on launch day:

Samsung Galaxy S21+ worth: from $999

Samsung Galaxy S20+ worth: from $1,199

Undoubtedly, the newer cellphone being cheaper is nice information. Especially after we’re speaking a few $200 discount. But we also needs to remember the fact that the Galaxy S20+ was thought-about overpriced and that is as a result of it was. At $999, the Galaxy S21+ is priced on par with the

iPhone 12 Pro, as earlier than it was $100 greater than even the Pro Max. And whereas $1,000 is not low-cost, not less than it is a extra affordable worth. 

As for the options that Samsung needed to reduce to hit that worth, we predict they’re fairly insignificant when it comes to person expertise. For the overwhelming majority of customers, 1080p appears to be like simply as good as 1440p on a smartphone show and the 4GB of additional RAM matter even much less.


If you already personal the Galaxy S20+, you possibly can just about ignore the existence of the S21+. It’s extra like a Galaxy S20S+, if we will steal Apple’s nomenclature for a second. You’re not likely lacking out on something vital. But that is simply how it’s with smartphones lately. You have to attend not less than two-three years to get that feeling of next-generation tech once you improve. Yes, we’re but to check the Galaxy S21+, however except it in some way blows us away with its digital camera options, we doubt our conclusion will change. Still, we’ll go away the door barely ajar till we get to expertise it ourselves.

And if you do not have the Galaxy S20+, properly, it is greater than apparent it’s best to go for the Galaxy S21+. Even for those who want the Galaxy S20+ for some purpose, it is turning into more and more onerous to seek out. If you come upon a deal that has the Galaxy S20+ right down to $900 or beneath, it may be value contemplating. But remember the fact that

offers for the Galaxy S21+ are already stay and those for the unlocked model of the cellphone aren’t far into the longer term.