Galaxy S21 vs Galaxy S21 Plus 5G

Galaxy S21
Galaxy S21 Starting from $199.00
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Galaxy S21 Plus 5G
Galaxy S21 Plus 5G Starting from $240.00
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Galaxy S21 Galaxy S21 Plus 5G


Galaxy S21 Galaxy S21 Plus 5G
Width 71.2 mm 73.7 mm
Height 151.7 mm 161.9 mm
Weight 171 g 188 g
Thickness 7.9 mm 7.8 mm
Volume 85.33 cm³ 93.07 cm³


Galaxy S21 Galaxy S21 Plus 5G
Resolution 1080 x 2400 px 1080 x 2400 px
Density 421 ppi 394 ppi
Size 6.2 inches 6.7 inches


Galaxy S21 Galaxy S21 Plus 5G
Battery capacity 4000 mAh* 4800 mAh*
Removable battery No No
Wireless charging Yes Yes
Fast charging Yes Yes
Ultra power saving mode No No

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


Galaxy S21 Galaxy S21 Plus 5G
Maximum storage 256 GB 256 GB
CPU frequency 2.9 GHz 2.9 GHz
External memory slot No No
RAM capacity 8 GB 8 GB
5G support Yes Yes
LTE support Yes Yes


Galaxy S21 Galaxy S21 Plus 5G
Front camera resolution 10 MP 10 MP
Main camera resolution 64 MP 64 MP
Multi lens Yes Yes
Optical zoom Yes Yes
Flash Yes Yes
Optical stabilization Yes Yes
Slow motion video Yes Yes
Main camera video resolution 3240 px 4320 px


Galaxy S21 Galaxy S21 Plus 5G
Stereo speakers Yes Yes
3.5mm jack socket No No
Radio No No
Number of microphones 2 2

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Galaxy S21 vs Galaxy S21 Plus 5G Comparison

In January 2021, Samsung released the Galaxy S21 series. Let's breakdown the differences between the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Plus to help you understand how to choose between these two models.


Both the Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus have the same rear camera system hardware with 3 lenses: 12MP main, 12MP ultrawide, and 64MP telephoto. You'll find the same features and modes on both models including 8K video recording, portrait mode, and night mode.


Battery is where we'll start to see some differences between the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+. The S21 has a 4000 mAh battery that can last up to 11 hours when web browsing or streaming video. The larger 4800 mAh battery on the Galaxy S21 Plus 5G can last up to 13 hours when performing the same tasks. Both phones support up to 25W fast charging.


You'll also find a bigger screen on the Galaxy S21+, which measures 6.7-inches diagonally compared to the Galaxy S21, which is smaller at 6.2-inches. The screen performance and quality will be the same, however, as both phones offer an FHD display with a max refresh rate of 120Hz.


Both phones come with 8 GB RAM and options for 128 GB or 256 GB internal storage capacity.



Every model in the Galaxy S21 series comes with the same Snapdragon 888 chipset, so you likely won't notice much of a difference in performance between the Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus.

There's not much to consider between deciding on buying the Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus. The upgraded S21+ was released at a $200 higher price point, but you'll only want to consider it as a better option than the Galaxy S21 if you need more battery life and a bigger display screen.

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