Samsung last week launched its much-awaited Galaxy S21 series of flagship smartphones including Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and the Galaxy S21 Ultra. The three smartphones have been launched in India as well, with the pre-orders for the three smartphones already live in the country and the sales set to begin on beginning on January 29, and the pre-ordered units shipping to customers on January 25. The Galaxy S21 and the Galaxy S21+ are very similar devices, with the main difference being the screen size
The Galaxy S21 has been priced in India at Rs 69,999 onwards and the Galaxy S21+ prices start at Rs 81,999 onwards. Both the smartphones come with a single 8GB RAM option and two storage options - 128GB and 256GB of internal storage.
Both the Samsung Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ are powered by the same Samsung Exynos 2100 SoC (Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 for US market) paired with 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage.
Both the Samsung Galaxy S21 (vanilla) and Galaxy S21+ come with Android 11-based One UI 3.0 out of the box. While the Galaxy S21 features a 6.2-inch full-HD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with an Infinity-O hole-punch cutout and a 20:9 aspect ratio, the Galaxy S21+ comes with a 6.7-inch full-HD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with the same 20:9 aspect ratio and a 394ppi pixel density. Both the displays comes with HDR10+ certification, along with Samsung Eye Comfort Shield, and an adaptive 120Hz refresh rate that can drop to as low as 48Hz.
Both smartphones come with the same triple rear camera setup that includes a 12-megapixel ultra-wide angel lens with a f/2.2 aperture, a 12-megapixel primary Dual Pixel sensor with an f/1.8 lens, and a 64-megapixel sensor with phase detection autofocus, hybrid optic 3x zoom and optical image stabilisation (OIS). Up front, the Samsung Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ feature a 10-megapixel front camera for selfies and video chats. Other camera features include 8K Snap, Director's View, Super Steady Video, and Single Take.
In terms of battery, the Galaxy S21 get the smaller unit among the two, with a 4,000mAh battery. The Galaxy S21+, on the other hand, comes with a 4,800mAh battery. Both smartphones come with sensors like accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, geomagnetic sensor, gyroscope, and proximity sensor, and an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ come as competitors for the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro. The iPhone 12 offers a 6.1-inch display and comes powered with Apple's A14 Bionic chip and has a dual rear camera setup. The Apple iPhone 12 Pro also comes with the same screen size and chip, but has a triple rear camera that also includes a LiDAR sensor.