Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G vs iPhone 13

Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
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iPhone 13
iPhone 13
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Galaxy S21 Ultra 5GiPhone 13


Galaxy S21 Ultra 5GiPhone 13
Width75.6 mm71.5 mm
Height165.1 mm146.7 mm
Weight229 g174 g
Thickness8.9 mm7.6 mm
Volume111.09 cm³79.72 cm³


Galaxy S21 Ultra 5GiPhone 13
Resolution1440 x 3200 px1170 x 2532 px
Density515 ppi460 ppi
Size6.8 inches6.1 inches


Galaxy S21 Ultra 5GiPhone 13
Battery capacity5000 mAh3240 mAh
Removable batteryNoNo
Wireless chargingYesYes
Fast chargingYesYes
Ultra power saving modeNoNo
Battery life35.5 h19 h

*Refurbished devices sold on Back Market offer at least 85% of this maximum charge capacity.


Galaxy S21 Ultra 5GiPhone 13
Maximum storage512 GB512 GB
CPU frequency2.9 GHz3.2 GHz
External memory slotNoNo
RAM capacity16 GB4 GB
5G supportYesYes
LTE supportYesYes


Galaxy S21 Ultra 5GiPhone 13
Front camera resolution40 MP12 MP
Main camera resolution108 MP12 MP
Multi lensYesYes
Optical zoomYesYes
Optical stabilizationYesYes
Slow motion videoYesYes
Main camera video resolution4320 px2160 px


Galaxy S21 Ultra 5GiPhone 13
Stereo speakersYesYes
3.5mm jack socketNoNo
Number of microphones22

Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G vs iPhone 13 Comparison

Let's put two of the most popular smartphone models in 2021 between Apple and Samsung head to head. The Galaxy S21 Ultra is the top-tier model in the S21 series that Samsung introduced in January 2021. Later that year, Apple responded with the iPhone 13 in September 2021. Which phone can you expect to get the most bang for your buck?


Truthfully, iPhones normally tend to outperform Galaxy phones in camera quality, but Samsung went big with the Galaxy S21 Ultra. The S21 Ultra offers a 3 lens rear camera system consisting of a 108MP main, 10MP telephoto and 12MP ultra-wide lens. The iPhone 13 has just 2 lenses: a 12MP main and 12MP ultra-wide.

The image resolution in the S21 Ultra is also astoundingly almost 3x more than the iPhone 13 at 12000 x 9000 px compared to 4032 x 3024 meaning you'll get more detail and sharper imagery on bigger photos. You'll also find more zoom capabilities on the Galaxy S21 Ultra and 8K video support compared to just 4K on the iPhone 13.


The Galaxy S21 Ultra also has a bigger battery capacity at 5000 mAH compared to the iPhone 13's 3227 mAH battery. However, the iPhone 13 on average outlasts the S21 Ultra on a single charge for low usage tasks like web browsing, likely thanks to more efficient processing software.


If you prefer bigger phones, you'll like the Galaxy S21 Ultra which boasts a 6.8-inch AMOLED screen with a 1440 x 3200 px resolution. The smaller iPhone 13 still has a competitive OLED display measuring 6.1 inches with a 1170 x 2532 px resolution, but due to the greater pixel density, you're going to notice better image quality and detail on the Galaxy.


Both the iPhone 13 and Galaxy S21 Ultra offer the same internal storage options at 128, 256 and 512 GB, but neither offer support for external storage.


Comparing the processing chips is where things get a little more difficult. The iPhone 13 comes equipped with Apple's A15 Bionic chip, while the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 875. In general, the iPhone 13 comes out ahead in processing speeds and gaming performance, but the Galaxy S21 Ultra comes standard with significantly more RAM with options for 12 or 16 GB compared to just 4 GB. That means you'll get a much smoother experience if you're used to multitasking and switching between several apps at one time.

Overall, you'll find very capable phones in both the iPhone 13 and the Galaxy S21 Ultra. The S21 Ultra is the better choice if you value streaming media in higher quality or taking more detailed photos and videos. On the other hand, Apple's smoother processing, clean interface and efficient software might make it the better option for most average users.

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