To complete our Galaxy S21 lineup, we finally got our hands on the Galaxy S21+ and we’ve started working on its analysis. But let’s size it up to its peers in the meantime.
Here’s a quick unboxing before we get side-by-side – you get your phone, a SIM tool, and a USB-C to USB-C cable. You’ll need to pay an extra €20 for it if you want the recommended 25W charger.
The middle-size choice in the Galaxy S21 series is the Galaxy S21+. Its monitor is 0.5 inches larger than that of the Galaxy S21 and its 800 mAh battery is larger. We can confirm that we’ve seen the Galaxy S21impressive +’s battery life so far – around 19 hours of video playback, for example. That’s a lot more than the Galaxy S21 and, with its higher-res display, much better than the Galaxy S21 Ultra.
The latter’s dual-glass architecture is another key difference between the Galaxy S21 and the Galaxy S21+. The Galaxy S21 has a plastic screen, while the Galaxy S21+ uses Gorilla Glass Victus on both ends – a visible difference, like using a touchpad for a plastic laptop and touching a glass one immediately.
We see a less stark distinction when the Plus gets sized up against the Ultra. The screen of the Galaxy S21 Ultra is only 0.1 inch wider, but the display is curved and can run at a higher resolution of 1440p. The Ultra panel also provides a more advanced adaptive refresh rate, where the Galaxy S21 can only drop down to 48Hz at 120Hz, but also as low as 10Hz.
There is also a more powerful camera array in the Galaxy S21 Ultra, but the Galaxy S21+ should be more than capable on its own.
The original reactions to this year’s Samsung Galaxy S lineup were that the vanilla S21 will go for those after a lightweight and or cheap handset, while those who must have the absolute best will get the Ultra, leaving the S21+ in the land of no man.
Another way to look at it, however, is that the Galaxy S21+ is probably the most sensible option – without breaking the bank, giving you all the required flagship features.