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Compare the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus to the S21

In January 2021, Samsung released the Galaxy S21 series. The S21 is the smallest model of the series and the S21 Plus the middle one. The S21 Plus has a larger screen and a better battery. The devices are the same in terms of cameras and computing power. In this article, we'll tell you more about the similarities and differences between these smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus

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128GB storage capacity | 6.7-inch Full HD screen | Android 11
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  • Thanks to the large 4800mAh battery, your smartphone won't run out quickly.
  • The screen refreshes 120 times per second, so animations look smooth.
  • You can take sharp photos with the various cameras in this device.
  • It's difficult to operate the large 6.7-inch screen with one hand.

Samsung Galaxy S21

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128GB storage capacity | 6.2-inch Full HD screen | Android 11
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  • You can take sharp photos with the various cameras in this device.
  • The screen refreshes 120 times per second, so animations look smooth.
  • You can use this powerful device for the most demanding apps and 3D games.
  • The 4000mAh battery lasts less than that of the S21 Plus.

Comparison Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus and S21

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus Samsung Galaxy S21
Screen 6.7-inch Full HD 6.2-inch Full HD
Screen quality Very good Very good
Battery capacity 4800mAh 4000mAh
Camera quality Excellent Excellent
Speed class Excellent Excellent

Screen and size

Samsung S21 vs Samsung S21 Plus screen

S21 Plus: large 6.7-inch Full HD screen

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus has a large 6.7-inch screen. The advantage of such a large screen is that you have a lot of space for movies, games, and multitasking. Due to the large size, it's difficult to operate the device with one hand. In addition, it's difficult to fit in your pocket. You can watch movies and series in high quality on the Full HD screen. The screen has a high refresh rate of 120 times per second. This makes animations, for example during gaming, look smooth.

Samsung S21 Samsung S21 Plus compare size

S21: compact 6.2-inch Full HD screen

The 6.2-inch screen of the Samsung S21 is a lot smaller. Thanks to this compact size, you can operate the device with one hand. The S21 also fits easily in your bag or pocket. A smaller screen is less comfortable if you watch a lot of series and play games. The screen of the S21 has the same resolution and high refresh rate as that of the S21 Plus. The screen edges of the S21 are slightly thicker, making the smartphone look less luxurious.

Battery

Samsung S21 Samsung S21 Plus compare battery

S21 Plus: 4800mAh battery lasts a whole day

The Samsung S21 Plus has a large 4800mAh battery. With average use, you can easily get through the day. Keep in mind that some settings can reduce the battery life. Do you set the highest screen brightness and refresh rate? The battery will drain faster. You can fast charge the device with a Samsung 25W charger. Samsung doesn't include an adapter, so you have to purchase it separately if you don't have a USB-C charger yet. The S21 Plus itself can be charged wirelessly but can also charge other small devices wirelessly by placing them on the back of the device.

S21 vs S21 Plus charge battery

S21: smaller 4000mAh battery

The 4000mAh battery of the Samsung Galaxy S21 is considerably smaller. Although the smaller screen uses less energy, you don't always get to the end of the day without charging. Just like the S21 Plus, you can fast charge the S21 quickly with a Samsung 25W charger. You have to purchase this separately, because Samsung doesn't include it with the S21. Just like the Plus version, you can charge the S21 wirelessly with a power of 15 watts. You can also charge other small devices such as your smartwatch or earbuds wirelessly with the S21.

Camera

Samsung S21 vs S21 Plus battery

S21 Plus: complete camera setup, film in 4K

With the 3 cameras on the back of the Samsung S21 Plus, you can take sharp photos. In addition to a 12-megapixel standard lens, the device has a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens and a 64-megapixel telephoto lens. With the last one, you can zoom in up to 3 times without your photo becoming less sharp. You can use the wide-angle lens to photograph large buildings and sweeping landscapes. You can also record razor-sharp and smooth videos in 4K quality. In addition, you can take selfies with the 10-megapixel camera on the front of the device.

Samsung S21 Samsung S21 Plus compare camera

S21: same cameras and functions

The Samsung S21 has exactly the same cameras as the Plus version. You can take photos and videos of the same high quality. The S21 also has the same functions as the S21 Plus. This way, you can take photos and videos simultaneously with both the front and rear cameras. This is useful if you're vlogging or recording a holiday video. Thanks to the night mode, you can take clear photos even in poor or low light.

Performance

Samsung S21 Plus vs S21 computing power

S21 Plus: suitable for the most demanding tasks

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus has a powerful Samsung Exynos 2100 processor. This makes the device powerful enough for the most demanding apps and 3D games. Thanks to the 8GB RAM, you can switch smoothly between different apps. You choose an S21 Plus with 128GB or 256GB storage. If you choose 256GB, you can be sure that you have enough space for all your movies, series, and music. The storage can't be expanded with a memory card.

Samsung S21 Samsung S21 Plus compare speed

S21: the same processor and the same RAM

The Samsung S21 has the same Samsung Exynos 2100 processor. You can also use this device for the most demanding tasks. Are you a multitasker who switches between apps frequently and quickly? The S21 is a good choice. Thanks to the 8GB RAM, this is very fast. Just like with the Plus version, you can choose 128GB or 256GB storage. Decide if you want to store apps or your entire movie and music collection on your smartphone, because the memory can't be expanded.

Conclusion

The differences between the Samsung S21 and S21 Plus are in the screen and the battery. The S21 Plus has a larger screen. You can comfortably watch movies and see all the details of your game, but it's difficult to operate the device with one hand. The S21 is a lot more compact, but less suitable for watching movies and series and playing games. Where the battery of the S21 Plus lasts all day, you sometimes have to charge your S21. In terms of cameras and computing power, the smartphones are equal.



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