Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Galaxy S20 Ultra: Here’s what’s new

Samsung’s new Galaxy S21 series is here. Here is a quick comparison between the Galaxy S21 Ultra and S20 Ultra.
| Updated on Jan 14 2021, 10:02 PM IST
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra goes official. 
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra goes official. 

Samsung’s new flagship smartphones are here. The new lineup features Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus, and Galaxy S21 Ultra. As the names imply, the S21 Ultra is the top-end model in the new smartphone series. Let’s compare the latest handset with its predecessor, check what is new.

Design and display

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra measures 75.6×165.1×8.9mm. It comes with a 6.8-inch Edge QHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2x Infinity-O display. The screen offers 515ppi, HDR 10+ certification, and adaptive 120Hz refresh rate. It is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra measured 166.9 x 76.0 x 8.8mm. It offered a slightly a larger 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2x Infinity-O display. It also offered up to 120Hz refresh rate and HDR 10+ certification. The display was protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra comes with a quad-camera setup. The configuration features a 108-megapixel sensor coupled with 12-megapixel and dual 10-megapixel sensors. On the front, it has a 40-megapixel selfie camera.

Beyond specs, Samsung’s new phone offers the ability to shoot 4K videos at 60fps across all lenses including front and rear camera sensors. It also has a 12-bit RAW file option. The smartphone also offers 100X Super Zoom, which runs on the company’s “first-ever Dual-tele lens system – one optical 3x and one optical 10x both equipped Dual Pixel(2PD) AF.”

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra top features
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra top features (Samsung)

The Galaxy S20 Ultra was the first time Samsung introduced a 108-megapixel camera on its phones. The smartphone offered 108-megapixel camera sensor with an f/1.8 aperture alongside a 48-megapixel telephoto sensor with f/3.5 aperture, 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor with f/2.2 aperture and a ToF VGA camera. On the front, it also had a 40-megapixel selfie camera.

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Samsung’s new phone comes with a 5nm 64-bit octa-core processor (Exynos 2100). The phone comes in 12GB RAM (LPDDR5) with 128GB / 256GB internal storage and 16GB RAM (LPDDR5) with 512GB internal storage options. A 5,000mAh battery powers the phone.

Galaxy S21 Ultra has a new camera module
Galaxy S21 Ultra has a new camera module (Samsung)

Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Ultra ran a 7nm octa-core Exynos 990 processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 in select markets) with up to 16GB RAM and up to 512GB built-in storage. It also came with a microSD card slot to support expandable storage up to 1TB. A 5,000mAh battery powered the phone.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. (HT Tech)

S Pen and other new features

As rumoured earlier, Samsung’s new top-end model Galaxy S21 Ultra comes with support for S Pen.

“From drawing to note-taking to editing photos and signing documents, now you can unlock the power of the S Pen on the Galaxy S21 Ultra. Use an existing S Pen from a Galaxy Note or Galaxy Tab or purchase an S Pen separately on its own or with a compatible case,” said Samsung on its website.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is also the company’s one of the first phones to offer Wi-Fi 6E technology.

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First Published Date: 14 Jan, 10:02 PM IST