Apple and Samsung are the two leading smartphone brands in the world, and the Samsung Galaxy S21 and iPhone 12 represent their most powerful offerings. Both have a range of devices going to ultra-premium, but which one gets the nod in a head-to-head comparison?
Apart from the plain choice between Android and iOS, picking a winner is not that easy. Here’s everything you need to know about the Galaxy S21 vs iPhone 12, from the features to the specifications.
Below are the differences between Samsung S21 Ultra and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
SAMSUNG S21 ULTRA VS IPHONE 12 PRO MAX
|IPHONE 12 PRO MAX||SAMSUNG S21 ULTRA|
|Weight and Dimension||160.8 x 78.1 x 7.4 mm (6.33 x 3.07 x 0.29 in)
228 g (8.04 oz.)
|165.1 x 75.6 x 8.9 mm (6.5 x 2.98 x 0.35 in)
227 g (Sub6), 229 g (mm Wave) (8.01 oz.)
|Build||It has a Glass front (Gorilla Glass), glass back (Gorilla Glass), stainless steel frame||Front and back built with Glass (Gorilla Glass Victus) Victus) but an aluminium frame|
|Security||Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer||Fingerprint (under display, ultrasonic), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer|
|Sound||Yes, with stereo speakers||Yes, with stereo speakers
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, hotspot||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE||5.0, A2DP, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS|
|USB||Lightning, USB 2.0||USB Type-C 3.2, USB On-The-Go|
|RAM||It has a 6GB RAM||12 to 16 GB|
|Storage||The storage is from 128 to 512GB.||
128 / 256 / 512GB
|Main Camera-Module||12 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide), 1.7µm, dual pixel PDAF, sensor-shift stabilization (IBIS)
12 MP, f/2.2, 65mm (telephoto), 1/3.4″, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 2.5x optical zoom
12 MP, f/2.4, 120˚, 13mm (ultra wide), 1/3.6″
TOF 3D LiDAR scanner (depth)
|108 MP, f/1.8, 24mm (wide), 1/1.33″, 0.8µm, PDAF, Laser AF, OIS
10 MP, f/4.9, 240mm (periscope telephoto), 1/3.24″, 1.22µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS, 10x optical zoom
10 MP, f/2.4, 70mm (telephoto), 1/3.24″, 1.22µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom
12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultra wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, Super Steady video
|Video||4K@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, 10‑bit HDR, Dolby Vision HDR (up to 60fps), stereo sound rec.||8K@24fps, 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR10+, stereo sound rec., gyro-EIS|
|Selfie Camera||Modules: 12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm (wide), 1/3.6″
SL 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)Video: 4K@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS
|40 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.7µm, PDAF
Dual video call, Auto-HDR
|Battery||It has a non-removable battery of Li-ion 3687mAh(14.13Wh)
Fast charging 20W. Qi magnetic fast wireless charging 15W
|Li-Ion 5000 mAh, non-removable.
Fast charging 25W. Reverse wireless charging 4.5W
|Protection||They made it with scratch-resistant ceramic glass, oleophobic coating wide colour gamut True-tone||Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
|iOS 14.1, upgradable to iOS 14.6
CPU Hexa-core (2×3.1 GHz Firestorm + 4×1.8 GHz Ice-storm)
|Android 11, One UI 3.1
Octa-core (1×2.9 GHz Cortex-X1 & 3×2.80 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4×2.2 GHz Cortex-A55)–International
Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 680) – USA/China
|GPU||Apple GPU (4-core graphics)||Mali-G78 MP14 – International
Adreno 660 – USA/China
It is a tight battle but the Samsung s21 ultra won the debate because it has more features and specifications like a higher definition camera, high refresh rate, RAM, battery capacity, larger screen, and many more you can ever imagine.
This post doesn’t mean the iPhone 12 pro max is an impressive device, but the Samsung s21 ultra just seems better.