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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Xiaomi Mi 11 vs Huawei Mate 40 Pro vs OnePlus 8T



The Samsung Galaxy S21 are official. They are the benchmark in the high-end of Samsung for this year, waiting for folding, a possible Note 21 and other surprises. From the Samsung Galaxy S21 trio, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the top model. The high end of the high end.



The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is one of the first powerful mobiles of the year and, just like every time we have a powerful mobile, we can't help but wonder how it is compared to the rest of the high-end To find out, we pit it against other recent mobiles such as the Xiaomi Mi 11, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro +, the OnePlus 8T, the Realme X50 Pro, the Sony Xperia 1 II and the OPPO Find X2 Pro.








OLED and 120 Hz: the new standard



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It seems that it was yesterday when all mobile screens worked at 60 Hz of a lifetime, but since 2019 the highest refresh rates began to be imposed. First, the 90 Hz entered our lives timidly and today the standard, at least in the high range, is a 120 Hz soda. This is the case for the panel of the Galaxy S21 Ultra, in addition to the Xiaomi Mi 11, OnePlus 8T and the OPPO Find X2 Pro.



The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the only one in its series that retains the QHD + resolution, thanks to which it equates the resolution of the rest of the mobiles in our comparison. The only ones that retain the FHD + resolution are those with a somewhat smaller screen, such as the OnePlus 8T, with its 6.55 inches, or the Realme X50 Pro, with 6.44 inches.



It can not be missing in the high range: OLED screen, QHD + at 120 Hz and perforated



If all high-end mobiles agree on something, it is to mount an OLED screen and include perforated front camera. The notch is officially a thing of the past among the high-end, and the only terminal that does not pierce the screen is the Sony Xperia 1 II, which mounts the camera on the upper frame.



Snapdragon, Exynos 2100 and a Kirin



In the high-end, Qualcomm's most powerful processor of the moment is still the most common choice. This is exactly what happens in the bets of OPPO, Sony, Realme and OnePlus, with Snapdragon 865, and Xiaomi Mi 11, the first to include the new Snapdragon 888. Huawei, veto in between, juggles to mount its own Kirin 9000 in the Mate 40 Pro + and Samsung announces the return of Exynos with its Exynos 2100.



The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra reaches 16 GB of RAM, while the rest stay at 12 GB



It will be the benchmarks who have the last word on the real performance of the Exynos 2100, although on paper it seems to be quite even to the Snapdragon 888. As for RAM, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is well served, with 12 or 16 GB of RAM to choose. No other mobile in our comparison reaches 16 GB of RAM.



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The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is a strong mobile, with 165 mm wide, 8.9 mm thick and 228 grams of weight. Only the Huawei Mate 40 Pro + comes close, a little smaller but heavier. The good news is that this larger size comes hand in hand with a larger battery, 5,000 mAh capacity, which is relatively common in the mid-range and entry-level, but not among the most powerful mobiles.



Fast charging at 25W and wireless at 15W know little when others are riding loads at 65W and 50W respectively



This battery includes 25W fast charging and 15W wireless. They are somewhat short figures when compared to the competition, where OPPO, OnePlus, Realme and Huawei are already including charging at 65W. With wireless charging at 15W, three-quarters of the same: it knows little when compared to the 50W wireless charging of the Xiaomi Mi 11.



108 megapixels and spatial zoom



One of the main of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra with the rest of the models in its series is in the cameras. Same design, but a lens, a ToF, and a handful of megapixels more. There is a sensor for all tastes: 108 megapixel main, two 10 and 12 MP telephoto and a 12 megapixel wide angle. Putting them together, the "spatial zoom" of 100x is achieved.



The Xiaomi Mi 11 also has a 108 megapixel camera, but triple instead of quad.



Being a sensor created in collaboration with Xiaomi, it is not surprising that the Xiaomi Mi 11 also includes it, although in a triple and not a quad camera. The rest of the mobiles in our comparison bet on 64 or 48 MP triple or quad camerasAlthough the case of the Huawei Mate 40 Pro + is noteworthy, which has a 50 + 12 + 8 + 20 + ToF five-fold camera.



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Ahead, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra takes the award for resolution thanks to its 40 megapixel sensor for selfies. Well above the 8 MP of the Sony Xperia 1 II, although with a lens, unlike the Realme X50 Pro and the Huawei Mate 40 Pro +.







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In connectivity, and to no one's surprise, all terminals are 5G, although the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra scores some points in other connectivity technologies by incorporating UWB and Wi-Fi 6E, not present in the others.



Comparison table



As always, we leave you with the comparison table with all the main specifications of the terminals. In this way, you can see at a glance what has and what is missing from the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra compared to its direct rivals.



Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Xiaomi Mi 11

Huawei Mate 40 Pro +

OnePlus 8T

Realme X50 Pro

Sony Xperia 1 II

OPPO Find X2 Pro

screen

AMOLED 6.8 "
WQHD +
120 Hz

AMOLED 6.81 "
QHD +
120 Hz
Panel at 480 Hz

OLED 6.76 "
QHD +
90 Hz

AMOLED 6.55 "
FHD +
120 Hz

AMOLED 6.44 "
FHD +
90Hz

OLED 6.5 "
4K

AMOLED 6.7 "
QHD +
120 Hz

Dimensions and weight

165.1 x 75.6 x 8.9 mm
228 g.

164.3 x 74.6 x 8.06 mm
194 g.

162.9 x 75.5 x 8.8 mm
230 g.

160.7 x 74.1 x 8.4 mm
188 g

158.96 x 74.24 x 8.9 mm
205 g

166 x 72 x 7.9 mm
181 g

165.2 x 74.4 x 8.8 mm
207 g

Processor

Exynos 2100

Snapdragon 888

Kirin 9000

Snapdragon 865

Snapdragon 865

Snapdragon 865

Snapdragon 865

RAM

12/16 GB

8/12 GB

12 GB

8/12 GB

8/12 GB

8 GB

12 GB

Storage

128/256/512 GB

128/256 GB

256 GB

128/256 GB

128/256 GB

256 GB

512 GB

Frontal camera

40 MP f / 2.2

20 MP

13 MP
TOF 3D

16 MP

32 MP
8 MP UGA

8 MP

32 MP

Rear camera

108 MP
10 MP tele
12 MP tele
12 MP UGA
ToF

108 MP
13 MP UGA
5 MP macro

50 MP
12 MP tele
8 MP tele
20 MP UGA TOF Sensor

48 MP
16 MP UGA
5 MP macro
2 MP mono

64 MP
8 MP UGA
13 MP tele
2 MP mono

12 MP
12 MP tele
12 MP UGA
ToF

48 MP
48 MP UGA
13 MP tele

Drums

5,000 mAh
25W fast charge
15W wireless charging
Reverse charge

4,600 mAh
55W fast charge
50W wireless charging
10W reverse charge

4400 mAh
66W fast charge
Fast wireless charging 50W
Reverse charge

4,500 mAh
Fast charge 65W

4,200 mAh
Fast charge 65W

4,000 mAh
Fast charge 21W
Wireless charging

4,260 mAh
Fast charge 65W

Others

IP68
UWB
Wi-Fi 6E
Samsung Dex
S Pen support
Ultrasonic reader under the screen
Stereo speakers

Infrared
On-screen fingerprint reader
Stereo speakers

Infrared
Stereo speakers
Facial rec.
Fingerprint reader under the screen

Fingerprint reader under the screen
Stereo speakers

Facial rec.
Fingerprint reader under the screen
Stereo speakers

IP65 / 68
Fingerprint reader on the side
Stereo speakers

IP68
Fingerprint reader under the screen
Stereo speakers

Starting price

1249 euros

500 euros to change

1,399 euros

599 euros

599 euros

1,199 euros

1,199 euros