Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G review
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Almost as big as Ultra, but not quite as camera-centered. Almost identical to the vanilla, but with a plus-size screen, extra battery and a more premium touch. Yes, we are talking about the middle option in the 2021 Samsung S series list, Galaxy S21 +.
Plus stands for ‘more of it’, and the S21 + has a larger screen – at 6.7 inches diagonally, it’s much closer to the Ultra’s 6.8 inches than it is to the S21’s proper 6.2. In addition to the size, however, it’s more vanilla than it is Ultra – the resolution is 1080p, and the adaptive refresh rate management is half of that, but it’s adaptive nonetheless.
There is ‘more of it’ when it comes to battery capacity, and here too Plus is aiming for Ultra – at 4,800 mAh, it is so close to 5,000 mAh in the top model. More importantly, perhaps, the middle option is the only one that has gotten a battery upgrade this year.
The third area where the Galaxy S21 + differs from the S21 is the building. And here, from the vantage point of the S21 +, the choice of plastic for the S21 back makes sense – in this way, Plus has one more thing. Maybe.
A family of galaxies: S21, S21 +, S21 Ultra
We touched on the differences between S21 and S21 +, two out of three of these quantitative, the other – yes, qualitative. Here’s a reminder of the other bits that make up S21 +.
Overview of Samsung Galaxy S21 + 5G:
- Body: 161.5×75.6×7.8mm, 200g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass Victus), glass back (Gorilla Glass Victus), aluminum frame; IP68 dust / water repellent (up to 1.5 m in 30 minutes).
- Screen: 6.70 “Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, HDR10 +, 1300 nit (peak), 1080x2400px resolution, 20: 9 aspect ratio, 394ppi; Always on display.
- Chipset (International): Exynos 2100: Octa-core (1×2.9 GHz Cortex-X1 & 3×2.80 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4×2.2 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G78 MP14.
- Chipset (USA / China): Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 (5 nm): Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4x 0.80 GHz Kryo 680; Adreno 660.
- Memory: 128 GB 8 GB RAM, 256 GB 8 GB RAM; UFS 3.1.
- OS / software: Android 11, a user interface 3.1.
- Rear camera: Wide (head): 12 MP, f / 1.8, 26 mm, 1 / 1.76 “, 1.8 ,m, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS; Ultra wide angle: 12 MP, f / 2.2, 13 mm, 120 °, 1 / 2.55 “1.4 ,m, super stable video; Telephoto: 64 MP, f / 2.0, 29 mm, 1 / 1.72 “, 0.8 ,m, PDAF, OIS, 1.1x optical zoom, 3x hybrid zoom.
- Front camera: 10 MP, f / 2.2, 26 mm, 1 / 3.24 “, 1.22 µm, Dual Pixel PDAF.
- Video recording: Rear camera: 8K @ 24fps, 4K @ 30 / 60fps, 1080p @ 30/60 / 240fps, 720p @ 960fps, HDR10 +, stereo sound recording, gyro-EIS; Front camera: 4K @ 30/60 fps, 1080p @ 30 fps.
- Battery: 4800mAh; Fast charging 25W, USB Power Delivery 3.0, fast Qi / PMA wireless charging 15W, reverse wireless charging 4.5W.
- Various: Fingerprint reader (during display, ultrasound); NFC; FM radio (Snapdragon model only; depending on market / operator); Samsung DeX, Samsung Wireless DeX (desktop experience support), Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified), ANT +, Bixby natural language commands and dictation.
Samsung Galaxy S21 + unboxing
Galaxy S21 + arrives at the same half-height as the other advanced galaxies in 2021 and probably from here. When you are not packing a charger and headphones, there is no point in wasting cardboard, is it?
We are not strictly against the disappearing charging trend. There are charging stations in the office with QuickCharge 3.0 outputs and they have served us well for several years now and will continue to do so. In addition, we have purchased among ourselves a selection of USB power supply adapters for personal use, and the majority of us probably fall into the group of people who do not need new chargers at their next phone purchase. So there may ultimately be actual benefits to this. Perhaps the way the marketing teams have sugar coated the process is what has been most annoying. At least on to the design.