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Compare the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra to the S21 Plus

In January 2021, Samsung presented its Galaxy S21 series. The Samsung S21 Plus is the middle device in the series, the S21 Ultra is the top device. This is mainly reflected in the screen and the cameras. The Samsung S21 Ultra performs considerably better in these areas. In this article, we'll tell you more about the differences and similarities between these smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

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128GB storage capacity | 6.8-inch Quad HD screen | Android 11
Retail price 1.259,- 1.169,-
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  • With the telephoto lens, you can zoom in up to 10 times without losing quality.
  • You operate the device accurately with the S Pen stylus (sold separately). .
  • With the large 5000mAh battery, your smartphone won't run out quickly.
  • It's difficult to operate the large 6.8-inch screen with one hand.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus

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128GB storage capacity | 6.7-inch Full HD screen | Android 11
Retail price 1.049,- 949,-
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  • With the large 4800mAh battery, your smartphone won't run out quickly.
  • You use this powerful device for the most demanding apps and 3D games.
  • The screen refreshes 120 times per second, making animations look smooth.
  • It's difficult to operate the large 6.7-inch screen with one hand.
  • The screen is less sharp than that of other top devices.

Comparison Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus
Camera quality Excellent Excellent
Optical zoom 10 times 3 times
Screen 6.8-inch Quad HD 6.7-inch Full HD
Screen quality Excellent Very good
Speed class Excellent Excellent
Battery capacity 5,000 mAh 4800mAh

Camera

Samsung S21 Ultra vs S21 Plus camera

S21 Ultra: dual telephoto lens with 10x optical zoom, ToF sensor

The 108-megapixel standard lens of the Samsung S21 Ultra has a large image sensor. You can take razor-sharp photos during the day and at night. Thanks to the large viewing angle of the 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, large buildings fit completely into the frame. The S21 Ultra is the first smartphone with dual 10-megapixel telephoto lenses. Together, these lenses ensure that you zoom in up to 10 times without your photo becoming less sharp. The Time-of-Flight sensor measures the depth, allowing you to take portrait photos with a better depth of field effect.

Compare camera Samsung S21 Plus and S21 Ultra

S21 Plus: single telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom

You can also take excellent photos with the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus, but the cameras are less advanced and versatile than those of the S21 Ultra. For example, you can see less details on the 12-megapixel standard lens, especially in low light. The 12-megapixel wide-angle lens is the same as that of the Ultra version. The S21 Plus also has a 64-megapixel telephoto lens, so you can zoom in 3 times without loss of quality. When you zoom in 4 times or more, your photos are less sharp. Just like with the S21 Ultra, you can make videos in high 8K quality.

Screen and size

Size Samsung S21 Ultra vs S21 Plus

S21 Ultra: 6.8-inch Quad HD screen, suitable for S Pen

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has a large and razor-sharp 6.8-inch Quad HD screen. Due to its size, you can't really operate this smartphone with one hand. The screen refreshes up to 120 times per second. This makes animations in games, for example, look smooth. When you use the S21 Ultra less intensively, the refresh rate automatically switches back to a battery-saving 10 times per second. You can operate the S21 Ultra more accurately with an S Pen. That is useful when editing photos and videos. You can purchase this stylus separately or in the Samsung Ultra Clear View Book Case with S Pen bundle.

Compare size Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and S21 Plus

S21 Plus: less sharp 6.7-inch Full HD screen, no S Pen

The 6.7-inch screen of the Samsung S21 Plus is also quite large. It's difficult to operate the device with one hand. In addition, the smartphone doesn't fit in every pocket. The Full HD screen is less sharp than that of the S21 Ultra. You'll see less details of your photos, games, films, and series. This screen also refreshes 120 times per second, so animations look smooth. The low, battery-saving refresh rate is missing on this device. Unlike the S21 Plus, the Ultra isn't suitable for the S Pen stylus.

Performance

Performance S21 Ultra vs Samsung S21 Plus

S21 Ultra: suitable for the most demanding tasks, 3 storage options

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has a powerful Samsung Exynos 2100 processor. This makes demanding apps and games no problem at all. You can use photoshop or game without any issues. The S21 Ultra is available in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage. The first 2 versions have 12GB RAM, while the last model has 16GB RAM. This allows you to switch smoothly between different apps with all devices. The storage memory isn't expandable. Choose 256GB or 512GB storage if you store a lot of media on your smartphone.

Compare computing power Samsung S21 Ultra and S21

S21 Plus: the same processor, less RAM

The Samsung S21 Plus has the same, powerful Samsung Exynos 2100 processor. You can also use this device for demanding tasks such as 3D games and image editing. The 8GB RAM is smaller than that of the Ultra, but large enough for smooth multitasking. In terms of storage, you can choose from 128GB and 256GB. For the average user, 128GB is more than enough. Do you keep a lot of movies, music, and photos on your device? Choose the device with 256GB storage. It can't be expanded afterwards.

Battery

Compare battery Samsung S21 Plus and S21 Ultra

S21 Ultra: 5000mAh battery, fast charging

Thanks to the large 5000mAh battery of the S21 Ultra, you can easily get through the day with average use. With a 25-watt fast charger, you can also charge the device very quickly. After half an hour, the S21 Ultra is halfway charged. For the first time, Samsung doesn't include this charger. You can purchase this separately if you don't have a Samsung charger with a USB-C connector. The Samsung S21 Ultra can be charged wirelessly at a maximum of 15 watts. This is one and a half times as fast compared to other Samsung smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus vs S21 Ultra charge battery

S21 Plus: smaller 4800mAh battery, charge just as fast

The 4800mAh battery of the Samsung S21 Plus is smaller, but large enough to get through the day with average use. You can also charge this device halfway within half an hour with a 25-watt Samsung charger. You have to buy this separately, because it's not included in the box. Just like the Ultra, you can also use the wirelessly rechargeable S21 Plus to charge other small devices wirelessly. For example, your smartwatch or Bluetooth earbuds.

Conclusion

In terms of camera and screen, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is clearly better than the S21 Plus. With the larger image sensor, the extra telephoto lens, and the Time-of-Flight sensor, the S21 Ultra offers more options and quality. In addition, the S21 Ultra screen is sharper, more efficient, and can be operated precisely with the S Pen. The Ultra is also better in terms of battery and computing power, but you hardly notice those differences during use.



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