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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Galaxy S20 Ultra, everything that has changed


The most important Samsung phones of 2021 and 2020, respectively, come face to face to see how they have changed.

Samsung has already unveiled the flagship of its flagship searches, that is, the jewel in the crown of its brand new Galaxy S21 series. We speak, of course, of Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, a terminal that has the clear objective of being that smartphone that everyone wants to look like during 2021.

Leaving aside the particularities of the new Samsung SUV, which you can consult in this link in great detail, we are going to focus on the aspects that distinguish him from his little brother. And no, we are not referring to the other two members of the S21 range, but to the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, the most cutting-edge phone of the Samsung flagships of 2020.

The first impression, without a doubt, is that they both share many similarities, although also great changes that will make a difference and justify a renovation for those who are thinking make the leap from one to another.

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Galaxy S21 Ultra and Galaxy S20 Ultra, in detail

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs. Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
specsSamsung Galaxy S21 UltraSamsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Dimensions165.1 x 75.6 x 8.9 mm167 x 76 x 8.8 mm
Weight228 grams221 grams
screen6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X
Adaptive refresh rate (11-120 Hz)
Gorilla Glass Victus
6.9-inch Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED
120 Hz refresh rate
ResolutionWQHD + (3200 × 1440 pixels) 515 ppiWQHD + (3,200 x 1,440 pixels) 511 ppi
ProcessorSamsung Exynos 2100Samsung Exynos 990 5G
RAM12/16 GB LPDDR512/16 GB LPDDR5
OSOne UI 3.1 based on Android 11One UI 2.0 based on Android 10
Storage128/256/512 GB UFS 3.1128/512 GB UFS 3.0 expandable by micro SD up to 1 TB
CamerasRear: 10 MP telephoto f / 2.4, 35 °, 72mm, OIS + 12 MP Ultra-Wide f / 2.2, 120 °, 13mm + 108 MP Wide-Angle f / 1.8, 79 °, 24mm, OIS + 10 MP telephoto f / 4.9, 10 °, 240mm, OIS.
Frontal: 50 MP f / 2.2, 80 °, 25mm
Rear: 108 MP (main) ƒ / 1.8, OIS. 12 MP (wide angle) ƒ / 2.2. 48 MP (telephoto) ƒ / 3.5, 10X hybrid 4X optical zoom, 100X digital, OIS. DepthVision Sensor.
Frontal: 40 MP ƒ / 2.2
Drums5,000 mAh with fast charging, fast wireless charging and reverse wireless charging5,000 mAh with 45W fast charge (25W charger included)
Wireless charging
Reverse wireless charging Wireless PowerShare
OthersUltrasonic on-screen fingerprint reader, IP68 protection, UWP, Wi-Fi 6E, S-Pen compatibility, AKG stereo speakers, Samsung DeXIP68 protection, 5G, Dolby Atmos Stereo Speaker by AKG stereo speakers, on-screen ultrasonic fingerprint reader
Starting priceFrom 1,249 eurosFrom 1,359 euros

What are the most noticeable changes

samsung galaxy s21 ultra and samasung galaxy s20 ultra

The Galaxy S21 Ultra, on the left, and the Galaxy S20 Ultra, on the right: two terminals created to succeed.

The great evidence between one and the other is already obvious with design. Aesthetically the evolution is clear, especially in the back where the Galaxy S21 bets on a huge block of cameras in perfect harmony in color and style with the entire phone. In fact, if you look at the S21 Ultra sideways you could say that it is quite reminiscent of the aesthetic bet that the Korean company made in the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Speaking precisely of photographic section, This is another of the more notorious variants between the two phones, choosing Samsung in the newer model for a Quadruple rear camera to which double telephoto is added. The double telephoto is formed by two sensors of 10 megapixels each that give the possibility of capturing images with optical zoom of 3 or 10x, something that could not happen in the previous generation model.

galaxy s21 ultra vs s20 ultra cameras

On the left, the Galaxy S21 Ultra camera block. On the right, the cameras of the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

Going further into the matter, the most substantial change in its operation will be noticed in the focus, because Samsung has provided the S21 with a laser focusing system and an optical stabilizer. Likewise, the Korean company has also improved the lighting, so the overall result of the photographs should be clearly better.

Likewise, we cannot ignore the "new friend" who may to play with the S21 and that he couldn't with the S20, the S-Pen. And it is that, as we all know, the flagship of flagships, as we have previously cataloged, new compatibility with the Samsung pencil. This will also bring you a little closer to the Note series.

Finally and how could it be otherwise, there is also processor and base operating system upgrade, as well as a slight clipping of screen size. Therefore, the RAM and ROM sizes and the battery capacity are maintained, but is lost an aspect that will make many uncomfortable: memory expansion via microSD card.

Is it worth the jump from one to the other? If what we are looking for in a mobile is, above all, photography, definitely yes. If, in addition, we use it to work and we believe that we will take advantage of the S-Pen, as well. On the other hand, if neither of these two aspects is decisive, it may be best to hold our “old” Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra a little longer.