Samsung Galaxy S21 5G and Galaxy S21 Plus 5G are two lesser armed siblings of the mighty ‘Ultra’, a pricier option starting at $1,199 (PKR 229,999).
If you are a Samsung lover and have been waiting for the latest S series, you might find S21 and S21 Plus falling short of expectations in many ways. Other than a few distinctive features that tell them apart, both the phones are similar in every way. It was even astounding for us not to find them grabbing a place in our list of smartphones with the highest screen-to-body ratio.
Dynamic AMOLED display that refreshes at 120Hz max and protected by Gorilla Glass Victus, Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 (only in few regions), and 64MP telephoto lens are some of the attractive features, but how far you can go to empty your pockets for your dream phone?
Let’s first see what the highlighting features both of them offer.
|Galaxy S21 5G||Galaxy S21 Plus 5G|
|6.2 inches, 1080 x 2400px, 421 ppi||6.7 inches, 1080 x 2400px, 394ppi|
|Snapdragon 888/Exynos 2100||Snapdragon 888/Exynos 2100|
|Rear Cam (12MP + 64MP + 12MP)||Rear Cam (12MP + 64MP + 12MP)|
|Front Cam 10MP||Front Cam 10MP|
|4000 mAh (25W charger)||4800 mAh (25W charger)|
|$800 (PKR 169,999)||$1000 (PKR 194,999)|
|Complete specs||Complete specs|
Here is a more affordable option that you might consider as a real alternative.
Xiaomi Mi 11
If you are desperate for the powerhouse Snapdragon 888, Galaxy S21 5G will undoubtedly disappoint you since the international edition that you might find in your local market would feature Exynos 2100. But here comes the base variant as an immediate competitor, Xiaomi Mi 11, that easily outperforms in the specs sheet.
6.81 inches AMOLED display with 1B colors and 120 Hz medium refresh rate that might possibly crank up to 144 Hz by the time global variant hit the stores, and 1500 nits peak brightness that comfortably 1300 nits of Galaxy S21 and variant look like a compelling device.
Unlike the Samsung’s, Snapdragon 888 is likely available on Xiaomi Mi 11 globally in assistance with 8GB and 12GB RAM.
Xiaomi’s triple camera once again outshines here with 108MP main lens PDAF OIS, 13MP ultrawide, and 5MP macro lens. All three of these phones can shoot 8K videos.
The front camera is 20MP on Mi 11, whereas it is 10MP on Samsung Galaxy S21 5G and S21 Plus 5G.
Although the 4600 mAh battery on Mi 11 is a little behind Galaxy S21 Plus’s 4800 mAh, it exceeds the 4000 mAh of Galaxy S21 5G. You might not get hold of Qualcomm chipset on Samsung, but Xiaomi’s contender will surely benefit from the 888 chipset’s low power consumption algorithm.
Samsung allows you only a 25W charger – not to mention, it’s not available out of the box, and so is Xiaomi’s – Mi 11’s 55W charging brick, 50W wireless charging, and 10W reverse wireless charging is definitely miles ahead.
|Galaxy S21 5G||Galaxy S21 Plus 5G||Xiaomi Mi 11|
|6.2 inches, 1080 x 2400px, 421 ppi||6.7 inches, 1080 x 2400px, 394ppi||6.81 inches, 1440 x 3200px, 515ppi|
|Snapdragon 888/Exynos 2100||Snapdragon 888/Exynos 2100||Snapdragon 888|
|Rear Cam (12MP + 64MP + 12MP)||Rear Cam (12MP + 64MP + 12MP)||Rear Cam (108MP + 13MP + 5MP)|
|Front Cam 10MP||Front Cam 10MP||Front Cam 20MP|
|4000 mAh (25W charger)||4800 mAh (25W charger)||4600 mAh (55W charger)|
|$800 (PKR 169,999)||$1000 (PKR 194,999)||$725(PKR 116,000) approx|
Regarding the price, we are still waiting for the global launch of the Xiaomi Mi 11, the phone is already available in the Chinese market, where the local price equates to $725 (approx.).
And don’t forget, it’s just the lighter version; Mi 11 is undoubtedly going to be aided by Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Pro Plus featuring much higher specs.
If Xiaomi Mi 11 doesn’t isn’t your favorite choice, don’t forget to consider another upcoming option, Oppo Find X3 Pro. Though Oppo hasn’t been able to successfully charm us with its flagships on a more consistent basis, this quad-camera phone might be a game-changer for them.