Samsung Galaxy S21+

Samsung Galaxy S21+

Samsung Galaxy S21+

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BEST RATING
Battery Life:
4.4
CAMERA: Good7.2/10
SIZE: Large Android
BATTERY: Very Good8.0/10

The Samsung Galaxy S21+ is a budget-friendly phone with a glass body and released in January 2021. It operates on Android, featuring a sizable 6.7-inch OLED display with a high refresh rate of 120Hz for smooth visuals, though it doesn't have a curved screen edge. With a battery capacity that allows for around 8 hours of battery life, it should last most users a full day on a single charge. Photographers will appreciate its good-quality triple camera setup including a 12MP main, 64MP telephoto, and a 12MP ultrawide lens; it also supports HDR10+ video, captures still photos well, and can record video at high resolutions, including 8K at 24fps. The phone offers solid performance with the Snapdragon 888 processor and 8GB RAM, ensuring apps and games run smoothly. It does not have a headphone jack, but it supports NFC, 5G connectivity, and wireless charging, including reverse wireless charging. Lastly, while it does not support SD cards, the internal storage of 128GB should be adequate for most users. Give Feedback

this description is based on the product variant with some specs. At the time of writing, the variant with some specs cost some dollars.




Evaluation

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Pros
  • High-quality OLED display
  • Strong overall camera performance
  • 5G connectivity for rapid data
  • Robust processor for smooth performance
  • IP68 water and dust resistance
Cons
  • No headphone jack
  • Average battery life
  • Lacks microSD card slot
  • No charger included in the box

Ratings by Category

Battery Life:
4.4
The Battery Life rating is based on overall actual measured battery life during typical usage.
Performance:
4.2
The Performance rating is based on GeekBench performance benchmark scores, combined with PerfectRec’s assessment of real-life typical use cases.
Overall Camera:
4.1
The Samsung Galaxy S21+ boasts solid performance across various aspects of photography, offering a very good software experience that complements its camera hardware. Specifically, it has capabilities such as good dynamic range which captures detail in both bright and dark areas, as well as good low light performance for better pictures in dim situations.
Photos:
4.0
The Samsung Galaxy S21+ captures high-quality photos thanks to its efficient photo processing software and dynamic range handling, leading to well-detailed and vivid pictures even in varying lighting conditions. Moreover, the phone's strong selfie capabilities ensure that front-facing photos are clear and well-rendered, adding to the overall excellent photography experience.
Videos:
3.6
The Samsung Galaxy S21+ takes good videos because it has a well-rated video software experience for capturing footage and provides effective video stabilization to keep recordings smooth. Additionally, it delivers excellent dynamic range and strong low light performance, enhancing video quality in various lighting conditions.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$258
Brand
Samsung
Operating System
Android
Release Date
January 29, 2021

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.7"
Resolution
2400 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
No
Pixels Per Inch
394
Display Type
OLED

INTERNAL

Processor
SD888
Internal Storage
128 gb
RAM
8 gb

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
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7.2/10
Photos Score
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7/10
Videos Score
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6.6/10
Rear Cameras
Main, Ultrawide, Telephoto
Main Camera
12 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
8 hours
Battery Capacity
4800 mah
Wireless Charging
Yes
Wireless charging Speed
15 w
Reverse wireless charging
Yes (4.5 watts)

PHYSICAL

Size
6.36" x 2.98"
Weight
7.05 oz
Back Material
Glass
Stereo Speakers
No

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
Yes
Bluetooth Version
5.0
A2DP
Yes
WiFi Version
6
NFC
Yes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)2, 5, 25, 41, 66, 71, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 77, 78

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under Display
Unlockable Bootloader
No
Color
Phantom Black, Phantom Silver, Phantom Violet, Phantom Pink, Phantom Gold, Phantom Red
Stock Android
No
SD Card
No

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Tom's Guide

Jordan Palmer | May 2022
"All told, Samsung nailed it with the Galaxy S21 Plus. It has most of the strengths of the smaller S21 in a bigger package. It’s got a lot going for it. If you’re coming from an older device, like the Galaxy S10 series, this is a solid upgrade."

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