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iPhone 12 mini vs Google Pixel 5: Which Is the Best

With the iPhone 12 mini and the Pixel 5, Apple and Google are delighting avid users of compact smartphones that have become so rare on the market. Here is a point-by-point comparison of these two models to find out which one suits you best.

Apple and Google are two of the most iconic companies in the tech world. We’re going to compare the iPhone 12 mini and the Pixel 5.

Today’s two opponents go against the trend of ever-higher smartphones. The iPhone 12 mini and the Google Pixel 5 want to please your little hands with a compact size. The table is set, it would now be a question of which one is the most suitable for you. Here is our point by point comparison.

Key Specification

iPhone 12 miniGoogle Pixel 5
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ChipsetApple A14 Bionic (5 nm)Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
Display Size5.4 inch6.0 inch
Memory4 GB8 GB
Storage512 GB128-512 GB
Camera12 +12 MP12.2 MP + 16 MP
Fingerprint Sensor PositionFace IDRear

The phones we’re looking at today don’t care about the trend that has been around for a very long time in the market. Gone are the formats that are difficult to use with one hand, heavy, difficult to store in a tight pocket, the iPhone 12 mini and the Google Pixel 5 sign the return of the adjective “compact”. We hadn’t come across this term much since Sony abandoned this format.

Judge for yourself, with the iPhone 12 mini first. Apple’s baby has not stolen its suffix, it is indeed rickety with a height of only 131.5 mm. Same story for its featherweight of 133 grams. Opposite, Pixel 5 is considerably larger, reaching 144.7mm. In comparison, it would seem almost excessive, but understand that this smartphone is still very easy to use with one hand. Its weight is also quite contained with 151 grams when the vast majority of devices today vary from 180 to 210 grams.

In short, Pixel 5 is a small smartphone, the iPhone 12 mini is a VERY small smartphone.

Aesthetically, the two smartphones do not have the same approach. Like the other versions of its series, the iPhone 12 mini adopts a design very inspired by the iPhone 5 with flat edges that can surprise during the first manipulations, but you get used to it quite quickly. The writing of Frandroid considers it a real crush. However, do not expect to escape the large notch at the top of the screen.

The Google Pixel 5, for its part, has more rounded edges to better fit the palm of the hand. On the front, he opts for a hole in the screen housing the front photosensor. At the rear too, the differences are obvious.

When the iPhone 12 mini is adorned with a glass back “Ceramic Shield” – very resistant to shocks, fewer scratches – the Pixel 5 makes the choice of a very successful matte recycled aluminium coating. In addition, the slightly grainy feel is out of the ordinary.

Design

iPhone 12 miniGoogle Pixel 5
Dimensions131.5 x 64.2 x 7.4 mm144.7 x 70.4 x 8 mm
Weight135 grams151 grams
Screen Resolution1080 x 2340 pixels1080 x 2340 pixels
Pixel Density476 ppi432 ppi
ColorBlack, White, Red, Green, BlueGreen, Black
Display TypeXDR OLEDOLED Display

Performance

iPhone 12 miniGoogle Pixel 5
ProcessorHexa-core 2×3.1 GHzQualcomm Snapdragon 765G
GPUApple GPUAdreno 620
RAM4 GB8 GB
Internal storage64 / 1258 GB128-512 GB
Storage expansionNoNo
OSIOS 14Android v10 (Q)

In terms of performance, Google Pixel 5 is doing very well on everyday tasks and almost without problems on a game like Fortnite, its Snapdragon 765G remains behind compared to the Apple A14 Bionic which the iPhone 12 mini is adorned with.

The apple chip is indeed particularly powerful which makes the device ultra-responsive and fast to run. However, it is impossible to see what that gives on Fortnite because the game from Epic Games is currently banned from the App Store.

Remember also that at this level of performance, the differences between the two smartphones will not be obvious to the user at the slightest opportunity.

iOS 14 vs Android 11. The two operating systems have been compared, confronted, opposed since the dawn of time. Overall, on iOS, Apple still strongly regulates the user experience to offer great ecosystem cohesion, enhanced security and very long software monitoring.

For its part, Android rather highlights its open side and conducive to many customizations. In addition, for Google-branded devices, you can also count on regular updates and quite spread out over time.

Although: we can highlight the fact that the iPhone 12 mini, in its basic version, only offers 64 GB of storage, against 128 GB for the Pixel 5.

Camera

iPhone 12 miniGoogle Pixel 5
Rear12 MP + 12 MP12.2 MP + 16 MP
Front12 MP8 MP
Video recording4K@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps,
HDR, Dolby Vision HDR (up to 30fps)
4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps

For the photo, the iPhone 12 mini and the Google Pixel 5 each have a main sensor of 12 megapixels and an ultra-wide angle of 12 and 16 megapixels respectively. No overbidding, no superfluous multiplication of sensors and that has something refreshing.

The battle on the field of the photo is really interesting. Indeed, the Pixel 5 lives up to its lineage and has already established itself as one of the benchmarks in the field, but it cannot really claim the title of king of photography this year as the competition has refined its weapons. And as much to say that the iPhone 12 mini has enough to oppose it a beautiful competition.

The two smartphones thus offer excellent images when the light conditions are good, including well-balanced colors. At night, they lose quality – less fine details, less well-managed light sources – but the overall rendering is still very effective and pleasant.

Multimedia

iPhone 12 miniGoogle Pixel 5
Headphone jackNoYes 3.5 mm
LoudspeakerYesYes
Audio FeaturesDolby Atmos
FM RadioNoNo

Battery Life

iPhone 12 miniGoogle Pixel 5
Capacity2227 mAh4080 mAh
TypeLi-ionLi-ion
Quick ChargingUp to 50% charge in 30 MinYes
Wireless ChargingYesYes
User ReplaceableNoNo

Without being an incredible champion in the matter, Google Pixel 5 manages to easily last a day and a half, or even two full days, with just a little care. In other words, it’s a pretty serene device at this level, but don’t expect incredible stamina either. In itself, we especially appreciate the progress made in this area compared to the previous generation, really weak at this level. The arrival of Android 11 has also helped a lot.

Battery life is the main weakness of the iPhone 12 mini, however. The latter, however, is not up for grabs either. Let’s say it will be more difficult to exceed 24 hours on battery, but a full day with heavy use is still very much within reach. To put it another way, we don’t buy this small smartphone for its autonomy, far from it, but for the intended users – who only have moderate use of their phone – it should not be a prohibitive element.

Don’t rely on super-fast charging on both smartphones. The iPhone 12 mini needs 1h 15 to reach 100% with a 20 W charger (no AC adapter is supplied with the product). Considering the size of the smartphone, it is quite long. The Pixel 5’s 18W charger is also very slow: 1h 40 to recover a full battery.

Connectivity

iPhone 12 miniGoogle Pixel 5
SIMDual SIM (1 sim slot + 1 esim)Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
Network Support5G, 4G, 3G, 2G5G, 4G, 3G, 2G
Bluetooth5.0, A2DP, LEv5.0
WifiWi-Fi 6E (802.11ax)Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, hotspot
GPSYes with A-GPS, GlonassYes with A-GPS, Glonass
NFCYesYes
SensorsFace ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometerLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer,
Barometer, Compass, Gyroscope

Both devices are IP68 certified. Among the common points, let’s also mention the lack of jack and microSD drawer. On the other hand, when the Pixel 5 makes the choice of universal USB-C, the iPhone 12 mini remains faithful to the proprietary Lightning connection.

Conclusion!

Whatever your choice, if you like small smartphones, you will be perfectly served with these two models. Easy to the pocket with their cute size, they are perfect for one-handed use. Granted, the iPhone 12 mini is definitely the more compact and lightweight of the two, but the grip of the Pixel 5 is clearly worth its weight in peanuts.

You will especially have to ask yourself which operating system you want to turn to. iOS or Android? Beyond that, the difference is mainly in small details. For a fluid screen and a fairly solid battery life, prefer the Pixel 5. For high performance (but not Fortnite), choose the iPhone 12 mini instead. Also, Google’s smartphone has a fingerprint reader, Apple’s has the Face ID solution.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs iPhone 12 Pro Max: Premium Comparison

Would you like to treat yourself to the ultimate in cellphone, but you are hesitating between the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max? Here are some elements that should help you make your choice according to your needs.

The Galaxy S21 slew has just arrived and it’s time for everyone to play the game of comparisons. For this, the two most powerful smartphones from Samsung and Apple, the Galaxy S21 Ultra and the iPhone 12 Pro Max were chosen. Let’s take a tour of the media to see everyone’s opinions.

Pros and Cons

Galaxy S21 UltraiPhone 12 Pro Max
6.8-inch AMOLED displayBig and bold screen
S Pen supportA14 Bionic processor
Great Battery LifeLong battery life
Heavy and big phoneLarge camera bump
No charger or earphones in the boxWay too big for some

Key Specification

Galaxy S21 UltraiPhone 12 Pro Max
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ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 888Apple A14 Bionic (5 nm)
Display Size6.8 inch6.7 inch
Memory16 GB6 GB
Storage512 GB128-512 GB
Camera108 + 12 + 10 + 10 MP12 + 12 + 12 MP
Fingerprint Sensor PositionOn ScreenFace ID

In addition, the update rate is yet another aspect that differentiates the two phones. The Galaxy S21 Ultra comes with variable technology ranging from 10 to 120 Hz, in order to adjust according to demand without consuming a lot of battery. The iPhone 12 Pro Max brings only the 60 Hz option.

However, the Apple smartphone took the title of the best screen in the world by the specialized website DisplayMate in November 2020. The device also comes with Ceramic Shield (ceramic shield, in Portuguese), which promises to be the toughest glass on the market against falls and scratches.

Design

Galaxy S21 UltraiPhone 12 Pro Max
Dimensions165.1x 75.6 x 8.9 mm160.8 x 78.1 x 7.4 mm
Weight229 grams228 grams
Screen Resolution3200 x 1440 pixels1284 x 2778 pixels
Pixel Density515 ppi458 ppi
ColorPhantom Black, Grey, Pink, Silver, Violet, WhiteSilver, Graphite, Gold, Pacific Blue
Display TypeOLEDOLED, HDR10

When it comes to design, the Samsung offers more rounded lines than those of the iPhone 12 Pro Max which is part of a more rectilinear format. The Galaxy S21 Ultra measures 165.1×75.6×8.9 mm for a weight of 227 grams which is not anything in a pocket against 160.8×78.1×7.4 mm and 226 grams for the iPhone 12 Pro Max which remains the world’s thinnest 5G mobile. It is available in black, white, gold or blue while the South Korean mobile is offered in different colors: black, silver and, exclusively on the manufacturer’s website, in titanium, navy and brown.

The screen of the S21 Ultra measures 6.8 inches in curved mode compared to 6.7 inches for the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Both benefit from an HDR-compatible AMOLED panel, but that of the Samsung offers a refresh rate of 120 Hz against half for the American mobile which would therefore offer less fluidity when scrolling pages, for example. The screen definition of the S21 Ultra is 1440×3200 pixels against 1284×2778 pixels at Apple.

Performance

Galaxy S21 UltraiPhone 12 Pro Max
ProcessorOcta core 2.2 GHzHexa-core 2×3.1 GHz
GPUAdreno 660Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
RAM16 GB6 GB
Internal storage512 GB128-512 GB
Storage expansionYesNo
OSAndroid 11iOS 14.1

Both benefit from the latest SoC platform, namely an Exynos 2100 for Samsung and an A14 Bionic for Apple. The Galaxy S21 Ultra has 12 or 16 GB of RAM compared to only 6 GB for the iPhone 12 Pro Max. The latter has a battery with a capacity of 3687 mAh against 5000 mAh for the S21 Ultra with the possibility of charging at 25 Watts. On paper, it offers greater autonomy, it remains to be seen whether this holds true in reality.

Camera

Galaxy S21 UltraiPhone 12 Pro Max
Rear108 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide)
12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide)
10 MP f/4.9, 240mm(telephoto)
10 MP f/2.4, 70mm(telephoto)
12 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide)
12 MP, f/2.4, 13mm (ultrawide)
12 MP f/2.2, 65mm(telephoto)
Front40 MP, f/2.2, 26mm(wide)12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm (wide), 1/3.6″
Video recording4K@24/30/60fps,
1080p@30/60/120/240fps
4K@24/30/60fps,
1080p@30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS

For the camera section, the iPhone 12 Pro Max relies on three 12-megapixel sensors with, particularly powerful image processing. For its part, the Galaxy S21 Ultra uses the main module of 108 megapixels, the third generation, accompanied by a 12-megapixel lens for the wide-angle and two other 10 megapixel sensors. The mobile can film with a maximum definition of 8K at 24 frames per second against Ultra HD (4K) at 60 frames per second for the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Both are waterproof. They get 5G and Wi-Fi 6 even though the Galaxy S21 Ultra is already Wi-Fi 6E ready.

Multimedia

Galaxy S21 UltraiPhone 12 Pro Max
Headphone jackYes 3.5 mmLightning
LoudspeakerYesYes
Audio FeaturesDolby AtmosDolby Atmos
FM RadioNoNo

Battery Life

Galaxy S21 UltraiPhone 12 Pro Max
Capacity5000 mAh3687 mAh
TypeLi-ionLi-ion
Quick ChargingYesYes
Wireless ChargingYesYes
User ReplaceableNoNo

On paper, the 3,689mAh battery of the iPhone 12 Pro Max seems to lag far behind the 5,000mAh of that of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra . But that is without counting on the formidable optimization signed Apple which can boast of an autonomy in normal use of 20 hours where Samsung is limited to 14 hours . The situation is the same for streaming videos, but the reverse is true for a phone call.

There remains the question of the charging time, which is close to two hours for the iPhone 12 (with a normal charger) against 1:09 for the S21 . Apple advantage, unless you spend your life on the phone.

Note that no charger is sold with these phones which additionally support wireless charging. Finally, only the S21 Ultra can charge other devices.

Connectivity

Galaxy S21 UltraiPhone 12 Pro Max
SIMDual SIM, GSM+GSMDual SIM, GSM+GSM
Network Support5G, 4G, 3G, 2G5G, 4G, 3G, 2G
Bluetoothv5.2 + LE v5.0
Water ResistanceYesNo
WifiWi-Fi 6E (802.11ax)Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, hotspot
GPSYes with A-GPS, GlonassYes with A-GPS, Glonass
NFCYesYes
SensorsAccelerometer, Barometer (Altimeter), Compass, Fingerprint, Gyroscope, ProximityFace ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

Overall Performance

 

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Compare: iPhone 12 Mini vs iPhone 12 Pro Max

We compare the largest to the smallest of Apple’s iPhone 12 family at the camera level. Is there so much difference in photos from iPhone 12 mini to 12 Pro Max? In this post, we will show you a series of examples with which you can compare with your own eyes if there is a big difference between them. We understand that they are two models that, far from being contradictory, give rise to doubts because they are the two extremes of this generation. Therefore, your doubts will be resolved shortly.

It should be noted that in order to offer a better loading speed for this page, we have had to compress the photographs shown in the following sections. In any case, the same percentage of compression has been used and the least possible quality has been lost. Therefore, the results presented and the differences can be seen in all cases. On the other hand, none of the photographs has been retouched in any of its aspects, so that the results that these iPhones are capable of the showing are seen as naturally as possible.

Key Specification

iPhone 12 miniiPhone 12 Pro Max
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ReleasedNov 2020Oct 2020
ChipsetApple A14 Bionic (5 nm) Apple A14 Bionic (5 nm)
Display Size5.4 inch6.7 inch
Memory4 GB6 GB
Storage128-512 GB128-512 GB
Camera12MP + 12MP12MP + 12MP + 12MP
Fingerprint Sensor PositionFace IDFace ID

Design

iPhone 12 miniiPhone 12 Pro Max
Dimensions131.5 x 64.2 x 7.4 mm160.8 x 78.1 x 7.4 mm
Weight135 grams228 grams
Screen Resolution1080 x 2340 pixels1284 x 2778 pixels
Pixel Density476 ppi458 ppi
ColorBlack, White, Red, Green, BlueSilver, Graphite, Gold, Pacific Blue
Display TypeXDR OLED, HDR10OLED, HDR10

Performance

iPhone 12 miniiPhone 12 Pro Max
ProcessorHexa core 2×3.1 GHzHexa-core 2×3.1 GHz
GPUApple GPU (4-core graphics)Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
RAM4 GB6 GB
Internal storage128-512 GB128-512 GB
Storage expansionNoNo
OSiOS 14.1, upgradable to iOS 14.4iOS 14.1, upgradable to iOS 14.4

Camera

iPhone 12 miniiPhone 12 Pro Max
Rear12 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide)
12 MP, f/2.4, 13mm (ultrawide)
12 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide)
12 MP, f/2.4, 13mm (ultrawide)
12 MP f/2.2, 65mm(telephoto)
Front12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm(wide)12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm (wide), 1/3.6″
Video recording4K@24/30/60fps,
1080p@30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS
4K@24/30/60fps,
1080p@30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS

We believe that talking about technical data on many occasions is somewhat confusing, since with this sometimes the real perception of what the devices offer is lost. That is why in the next sections we are going to see the differences that we find in practice, but we believe that it is equally important to know what differences exist between the iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 12 Pro Max when it comes to cameras.

Something very important to take into account is the Apple ProRAW format that incorporates the ‘Pro Max’ model and not the ‘mini’. This is a new format added by Apple in this generation and that gives more quality the photographs taken both with this equipment and with the 6.1-inch ’12 Pro ‘model.

In practically all devices, the front or front camera is the one with the lowest quality, or at least if we compare it with what is found on the back. In these iPhone, it was not going to be an exception and we also found a lower quality than the rear, although they are not bad cameras for that. In fact, if you look at the following photograph, you will see that the fact that both terminals have identical specifications on their front is also reflected in the results, finding identical points.

Multimedia

iPhone 12 miniiPhone 12 Pro Max
Headphone jackLightningLightning
LoudspeakerYesYes
Audio FeaturesDolby AtmosDolby Atmos
FM RadioNoNo

Battery Life

iPhone 12 miniiPhone 12 Pro Max
Capacity2227 mAh3687 mAh
TypeLi-ionLi-ion
Quick ChargingYesYes
Wireless ChargingYesYes
User ReplaceableNoNo

Connectivity

iPhone 12 miniiPhone 12 Pro Max
SIMDual SIM, GSM+GSMDual SIM, GSM+GSM
Network Support5G, 4G, 3G, 2G5G, 4G, 3G, 2G
Bluetoothv5.0v5.0
WifiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, hotspotWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, hotspot
GPSYes with A-GPS, GlonassYes with A-GPS, Glonass
NFCYesYes
SensorsFace ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometerFace ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

Conclusion!

The main point by which someone can hesitate between buying an iPhone 12 mini and a 12 Pro Max is fundamentally the size and the battery, since there is a very palpable difference between the two. If, on the other hand, you find yourself at a point where both extremes attract your attention and you think that the camera can be a definitive point, obviously we have to tell you the large model is superior.

It is a big difference? Well, as you may have seen yourself, in some points they share results, but in others, such as Night Portrait or zoom photographs, the ‘mini’ is far behind. If you think these differences can be bridged, the iPhone 12 mini is a great call in the photographic aspect as well.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 vs S21 +: What’s the Difference

Released on February 14, the Samsung Galaxy S21 range succeeds the S20, and is in direct competition with Apple’s iPhone 12. In addition to our test of the S21 Ultra, which stands out as an almost perfect solution on a daily basis, the editorial staff also had the opportunity to test the Samsung Galaxy S21, and its improved version, the S21 +. No big noticeable differences you will see, but a very high-end experience for the two iterations of the range, which is the first to get rid of its charger unit to offer thinner boxes.

Key Specification

Samsung Galaxy S21Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus
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ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 888Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Display Size6.2 inch6.7 inch
Memory8 GB8 GB
Storage256 GB128-512 GB
Camera64 + 12 + 12 MP64 + 12 + 12 MP
Fingerprint Sensor PositionOn ScreenOn Screen

Design

Samsung Galaxy S21Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus
Dimensions151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9 mm161.5 x 75.6 x 7.8 mm
Weight171 grams202 grams
Screen Resolution2400 x 1080 Pixels2400 x 1080 Pixels
Pixel Density424 ppi394 ppi
ColorPhantom Violet, Phantom Pink, Phantom Gray, Phantom WhitePhantom Black, Phantom Violet, Phantom Silver, Phantom Red, Phantom Gold, Phantom Pink
Display TypeAMOLED 2X Infinity-OAMOLED 2X Infinity-O

This year, the Galaxy S21 range offers itself an identity of its own, with an imposing photo unit, which has the particularity of being integrated into the borders of smartphones. A risk-taking that will not please everyone in terms of design, but which has the merit of being original, and which allows the S21 to immediately stand out from the rest of the models currently on the market, and in particular its great rival the iPhone 12. Concerning the S21 +, there is a frosted glass back as on the S21 Ultra, in black, silver, and purple. A slight increase in range compared to the first S21 of the name, which is satisfied with a matt plastic back, a little less prestigious. Another notable difference is that the S21 + has a 6.7-inch screen, compared to only 6.2 inches for the classic S21. Something to suit fans of XXL screens, even if we still do not go beyond the Ultra iteration of the range, with its 6.8 inches diagonal.

On the side of the S21, we do not benefit from the glass at the back, but plastic. However, it is a very good quality plastic and the sensitive difference between the S21 and the S21 + is ultimately not very noticeable. It will therefore not be an argument against the Galaxy S21, which will have its more compact size, much more practical in the context of one-handed use. As for the Galaxy S21 +, after several days of testing, its handling is particularly pleasant. Aside from the case’s tendency to catch fingerprints, the feel of the frosted glass is a safe bet, and the smartphone is surprisingly balanced despite its 202 grams when weighed. On the security side, the S21 and S21 + are equipped with Qualcomm’s new ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. faster and more reliable than in the previous range. Finally, concerning its connections, the S21 and S21 + take the recipe of the S20, with a blank left slice, and a right equipped with the power button and the volume. The SIM drawer, on the other hand, has migrated to the bottom of smartphones, right next to the USB-C socket.

We will not venture to say that the S21 is the most beautiful terminal ever imagined by Samsung. On the other hand, the Korean giant succeeds here in imagining an object with an assertive design, recognizable at first glance. A risk-taking that can only be welcomed.

It’s no secret that Samsung is a master when it comes to screens. the manufacturer continues its momentum with the S21, which offers a 6.2-inch Super AMOLED panel, and the S21 + and its large 6.7-inch super AMOLED panel in 2400 * 1080 px resolution. Real happiness on a daily basis, which allows both intense displays, even in direct sunlight, but also controlled colorimetry. With the icing on the cake, the smartphone carries with it an adaptive refresh rate of 120 Hz. Concretely, in addition to ensuring perfect fluidity on your mobile FPS games and on your Tiktok feed, the S21 and S21 + can also adapt and revise their refreshing downwards depending on the situation. A good way to save a little battery during the day, while enjoying one of the best tiles on the market.

Performance

Samsung Galaxy S21Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus
ProcessorKryo 680 2.84 GHzKryo 680 2.84 GHz
GPUAdreno 660Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
RAM8 GB8 GB
Internal storage256 Gb256 GB
Storage expansionYesYes
OSAndroid 11Android 11

Under the hood, the Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21 + benefit from a particularly attractive technical sheet. In addition to their very high-flying screen, the terminals have an Exynos 2100 processor designed by Samsung, and 8 GB of RAM. Obviously, we would have preferred to find a Snapdragon 888, still reserved for the American market, but on a daily basis, the SoC has nothing to envy the competition. We have also been able to launch several recently released games deemed to be very energy-intensive, like Genshin Impact or Call of Duty Mobile, and we must admit that the result is perfect: fluid, without overheating, and very well optimized. The benchmark results also speak for themselves on the S21 and S21 +, it’s flawless.

Delivered with two storage possibilities – 128 and 256 GB, both models offer a similar technical sheet, from their components to their Android 11 OS, overlaid with Samsung One UI 3.1. Even if the S21 range is only a small evolution compared to the S20, it still loses its premium status. Obviously, both models are 5G compatible. If Samsung had chosen not to equip the entire S20 range with the new mobile standard released last year, the shooting is now corrected.

Camera

Samsung Galaxy S21Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus
Rear64 MP f/2.0, 28mm(telephoto)
12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide)
12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide)
64 MP f/2.0, 28mm(telephoto)
12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide)
12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide)
Front10 MP, f/2.2, 26mm(Standard)10 MP, f/2.2, 26mm(Standard)
Video recording4K@24/30/60fps,
1080p@30/60/120/240fps
4K@24/30/60fps,
1080p@30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS

Despite a good effort to melt its photo block at the level of its borders, Samsung retains a bulky appendix, which could annoy users already inconvenienced by the size of the S20 block. On the other hand, if the S21 Ultra has a photo block similar to the Note 20 Ultra, the S21 and S21 + carry the same artillery on their side. We thus find at the front, a unique front sensor of 10 Mpx in f / 2.2, housed in a single central punch. At the rear, the terminals have a 12 Mpx (f / 1.8) main sensor, a 3x 64 Mpx telephoto lens, and a 12 Mpx ultra-wide-angle.

In use, the rendering is very successful. Samsung regulars will recognize a contrast that is a little more extensive than necessary, but which allows details to be accentuated, especially in night mode. The brand is continuing its momentum, also improving its AI on scene recognition, and simplifying its general interface. The Single Take mode is also back in a very pleasant revised and corrected version.

Regarding video shooting, the terminals allow 8K capture at 24 fps. A promising possibility, but which requires optimal conditions to meet our expectations. In 4K and 60 fps, on the other hand, the rendering is easier to access. Rather practical, there is also the possibility of filming in slow motion up to 960 fps in 1080p. It is also possible to pause the video directly during the shooting, a feature that Samsung is currently the only manufacturer to offer.

Multimedia

Samsung Galaxy S21Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus
Headphone jackYes 3.5 mmLightning
LoudspeakerYesYes
Audio FeaturesDolby AtmosDolby Atmos
FM RadioNoNo

Sound side, the rendering is unsurprisingly a little less brilliant. Samsung offers stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support throughout its S21 range. What to listen to music at moderate volume, or watch a movie in your bed. For the rest, we recommend that you invest in a speaker worthy of the name. As on the majority of smartphones released after 2019, there is no 3.5 jack, Samsung preferring to bet on its Bluetooth headphones. For French users, smartphones comply with the law, and always carry a pair of AKG USB-C wired headphones. Nothing fancy, but always useful when needed.

Battery Life

Samsung Galaxy S21Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus
Capacity4000 mAh4800 mAh
TypeLi-ionLi-ion
Quick ChargingYesYes
Wireless ChargingYesYes
User ReplaceableNoNo

Regarding its battery life, the Samsung Galaxy S21 has a 4000 mAh battery, while the S21 + is granted a slight increase, with 4800 mAh. For the two iterations of the range, the autonomy is more than adequate and allows use all day, even intensive. In either case, we appreciate the presence of 25W wired fast charging (which requires a charger unit not included in the box), compatibility with fast wireless charging, and Powershare.

Connectivity

Samsung Galaxy S21Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus
SIMDual SIM, GSM+GSMDual SIM, GSM+GSM
Network Support5G, 4G, 3G, 2G5G, 4G, 3G, 2G
Bluetoothv5.1v5.1
Water ResistanceYesNo
WifiWi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n/n 5GHzWi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n/n 5GHz
GPSYes with A-GPS, GlonassYes with A-GPS, Glonass
NFCYesYes
SensorsAccelerometer, Barometer, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, Proximity sensor, Ambient Light SensorAccelerometer, Barometer, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, Proximity sensor, Ambient Light Sensor

Conclusion!

If the Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21 + logically do not surpass the S21 Ultra model, they are nonetheless excellent premium smartphones, true flagships of the Korean brand. Despite the absence of the Snapdragon 888, the Exynos 2100 seems to have managed to catch up, and definitely does not have to be ashamed of the competition. In all areas, the S21 borders on perfection. At that price, we expected no less.

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