Samsung Galaxy S21 vs Samsung Galaxy S20

Samsung Galaxy S21 vs Samsung Galaxy S20

Samsung’s Flagship Galaxy S21 recently landed on our shores and it comes with a unique camera set-up that really sets itself apart. Aside from the aesthetics, there are also plenty of hardware changes. Let’s take a look at them.


If you have been following the Samsung Flagship, you’ll notice that the launch price of the S21 is actually lower than the S20. This makes sense in the current climate as most of the world is combating the financial impact of the COVID19 pandemic. The look of both devices are not too different, with the main difference being the rear camera set-up. Replacing the subtle rectangular set-up is a more distinctive triple camera strip. The range of colours available for the S21 series lean towards a more pastel centric palette. 


The S21 replaces its glass backing with a high-quality plastic which doesn’t seem obvious. In terms of dimensions, it is only slightly thicker than the S20 but is otherwise similar. The sides of the screen in the S21 no longer has the waterfall effect which also means a slightly reduced screen to body ratio (about 2%) less.


Both phones are using the Dynamic AMOLED 2X which has a 120Hz refresh rate and looks brilliant.

The pixel density on the S21 however, is slightly lower than the S20 but the difference is hardly noticeable as they both provide viewing experiences that are vivid and enjoyable.

Processing power

The S21 houses the much anticipated qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 and as expected outperforms the S20, but only slightly. In terms of RAM, the S20 has an edge with 12GB available, while the S21 only comes with 8GB. This is however more than enough and you can still expect flagship level performance on both phones. 


In terms of camera the two are the same with a 64-megapixel telephoto camera, a 12 megapixel wide-angle camera and a third 12 megapixel ultra wide camera. While the f-stop may be a little higher when compared to other cameras out in the market at f/1.8, low light images are very appealing when captured. Noise is well taken care of in night mode and visibility is excellent.

Ultimately, the results from both cameras are beautiful and accurate.


In terms of battery, both phones have 4000 mAh to boot and support fast charging of up to 25W. Both also support wireless charging of up to 15W. The S21 outperforms the S20 when it comes to battery life. This is probably thanks to the better efficiency with processing power on the S21.


As a whole, the Samsung Galaxy S21 doesn’t differ too much from the S20. A major standout is the reduced pricing and aesthetics. The pricing may be a huge draw for those considering to switch over to the Samsung bandwagon to test its capabilities without breaking the bank.

If you’d like to get your hands on the new S21 without having to fork out too much, you could always trade-in your old device to fund your new one. Simply get the InstaCash app for consistent valuations and trade-ins.

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