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Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Snapdragon) Battery review: Good efficiency

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Snapdragon) Battery review: Good efficiency

Coming to market in January 2021, the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Snapdragon)’s launch price puts it into the Premium ($600-$799) segment. Like its Exynos twin, it comes with a number of attractive features, including a triple-camera setup. Our team of battery experts recently put it through our DXOMARK testing protocol; what follows is a summary of the results.

Key specifications:

  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • 25W (charger not included)
  • 6.2-inch, 1080 x 2400, 120 Hz OLED display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm) chipset
  • Tested RAM / storage combination: 8 GB + 128 GB

About DXOMARK Battery tests: For scoring and analysis in our smartphone battery reviews, DXOMARK engineers perform a variety of objective tests over a week-long period both indoors and outdoors. This article highlights the most important results of our testing. (See our introductory and how we test articles for more details about our smartphone Battery protocol.)

Test summary

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Pros

  • Good efficiency both during charge up and when in use
  • Charger has very low residual power drain both during trickle charging and when phone is not connected
  • Wireless charging is convenient

Cons

  • Below-average charging speed
  • Above-average battery drain when screen is off in idle, music streaming and calls

The Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Snapdragon) racks up an above-average overall score in its segment, beating its Exynos sibling and doing largely better than the two competitor devices in this review, the Apple iPhone 12 mini and the Google Pixel 5, due primarily to better performance in our autonomy tests. The table below shows the battery capacity, charger, display type and resolution, and processor specifications for the Snapdragon version of the S21 5G and for the Apple and Google devices.

 Samsung Galaxy S21 (Snapdragon)

Apple iPhone 12 miniGoogle Pixel 5
Battery capacity (mAh)

4000

22274080
Charger

25W

20W18W
Wireless charging

15W

12W

12W

Display type, max Hz

OLEDOLED

OLED

Display resolution

1080 x 24001080 x 2340

1080 x 2340

Chipset

Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5GA14 Bionic

Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 5G

Autonomy (55)

How long a battery charge lasts depends not only on battery capacity, but also other aspects of the phone’s hardware and software. The DXOMARK Battery autonomy score is composed of three performance sub-scores: (1) Stationary, (2) On the go, and (3) Calibrated use cases. Each sub-score comprises the results of a comprehensive range of tests for measuring autonomy in all kinds of real-life scenarios.

Light Usage

71h

Light

Active: 2h30/day

Moderate Usage

50h

Moderate

Active: 4h/day

Intense Usage

31h

Intense

Active: 7h/day

Among its competitors, the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Snapdragon) puts in a good performance, with a score that is above average for its segment, but just under the average for the entire Battery protocol database.

In terms of linearity, the battery percentage indicator on the Samsung S21 5G (Snapdragon) is very accurate and reliable.

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Stationary

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Snapdragon)

57

104

Vivo Y72 5G

Best: Vivo Y72 5G (104)

A robot housed in a Faraday cage performs a set of touch-based user actions during what we call our “typical usage scenario” (TUS) — making calls, video streaming, etc. — 4 hours of active use over the course of a 16-hour period, plus 8 hours of “sleep.” The robot repeats this set of actions every day until the device runs out of power. 

In our TUS tests, the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Snapdragon) lasts more than 56 hours, which is both above average for its segment and longer than its rivals, with the Apple iPhone12 mini coming in at 43 hours 22 minutes and the Google Pixel 5 lasting for 47 hours 30 minutes. However, the Samsung’s results are around four hours less than the average for all tested devices in our database.

Typical Usage Scenario discharge curves

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On the go

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Snapdragon)

55

96

Samsung Galaxy M51

Best: Samsung Galaxy M51 (96)

Using a smartphone on the go takes a toll on autonomy because of extra “hidden” demands, such as the continuous signaling associated with cellphone network selection, for example. DXOMARK Battery experts take the phone outside and perform a precisely defined set of activities while following the same three-hour travel itinerary for each device.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Snapdragon)’s performance is very close to that of its rivals except for calling, where it did noticeably better than the Apple and Google devices (though only around the average for other devices in its price range).

Estimated autonomy for on the go use cases (full charge)

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Calibrated

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Snapdragon)

58

100

Samsung Galaxy M51

Best: Samsung Galaxy M51 (100)

For this series of tests, the smartphone returns to the Faraday cage and our robots repeatedly perform actions linked to one specific use case (such as gaming, video streaming, etc.) at a time. Starting from an 80% charge, all devices are tested until they have expended at least 5% of their battery power.

Both the Samsung and Google devices beat the Apple iPhone12 mini across the board, and while the Samsung takes the lead in 4G streaming and gaming tests, the Google Pixel 5 is ahead of the Samsung for 3G calling and video playback.

Estimated autonomy for calibrated use cases (full charge)

Charging (73)

The DXOMARK Battery charging score is composed of two sub-scores, Full charge and Quick boost. Full charge tests assess the reliability of the battery power gauge; measure how long it takes to charge a battery from 0% to 80% capacity and from 80% to 100%; and measure how long and how much power the battery takes to go from an indicated 100% to an actual full charge. With the phone at different charge levels (20%, 40%, 60%, 80%), Quick boost tests measure the amount of charge the battery receives after being plugged in for 5 minutes. 

Wired

Wired

Wireless

Wireless

Power consumption and battery level during full charge

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Full charge

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Snapdragon)

78

106

OnePlus 9

Best: OnePlus 9 (106)

The Samsung Galaxy S21 5G went from 0 to an 80% in 48 minutes 34 seconds, which is better than its rivals, but it needed more than 45 minutes to charge from 80% to full capacity. Our engineers note that its charger never reached its maximum power of 25W.

While it takes the Snapdragon version of the S21 5G one hour longer to achieve a 100% charge via wireless charging, it is still a convenient option.

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Quick boost

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Snapdragon)

67

108

Oppo Reno6 5G

Best: Oppo Reno6 5G (108)

The Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Snapdragon) provides more than two hours of autonomy when charged at 20%, 40%, 60%, and 80%, beating both the Apple and Google devices for longevity following a 5-minute charge. Even so, the Samsung’s performance is below average for its segment.

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Snapdragon)Apple iPhone 12 miniGoogle Pixel 5
Autonomy boost (hh:mm)20%2:382:432:16
40%2:452:312:16
60%2:091:531:46
80%1:571:201:13
Percentage boost20%7.4 %9.5 %6.9 %
40%7.7 %8.8 %6.9 %
60%6 %6.6 %5.4 %
80%5.5 %4.7 %3.7 %
Energy consumed20%1466 mWh1205 mWh1654 mWh
40%1528 mWh1119 mWh1656 mWh
60%1195 mWh838 mWh1294 mWh
80%1088 mWh591 mWh894 mWh

Efficiency (89)

Our Efficiency score comprises two sub-scores, Charge up and Discharge. Charge up is the efficiency of a full charge (how much energy is drained from the wall outlet vs the energy capacity of the battery, as well as the efficiency of the charger and its residual consumption). Discharge is how much current the smartphone drains from the battery when in use (the ratio of battery capacity to autonomy). Better autonomy with a smaller battery means better efficiency.

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Charge up

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Snapdragon)

78

84

OnePlus 9

Best: OnePlus 9 (84)

Compared to its rivals, the S21 5G (Snapdragon) charging system is well designed, providing better charge and adapter efficiency, and better management of residual power drain.

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Discharge

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Snapdragon)

90

121

Apple iPhone 13

Best: Apple iPhone 13 (121)

The Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Snapdragon) had good efficiency in all screen-on tests (gaming, video streaming, video playback), though the iPhone 12 mini is much more efficient, and can last almost as long with a much smaller 2227 mAh battery.

Conclusion

The Samsung S21 5G (Snapdragon) achieves decent autonomy overall, but it would have been nice to pair that with faster charging, which is quite common at this price range.

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Scientists Use Hubble’s Photo of a ‘Molten Ring’ Galaxy for New Research

Scientists Use Hubble's Photo of a 'Molten Ring' Galaxy for New Research

In December of last year, Hubble captured a photo of a distant galaxy that, thanks to gravitational lensing, appeared almost as a perfect “Einstein Ring.” A year later, astronomers revealed what they learned from examining the photo.

NASA dubbed the image a “molten ring” galaxy because of how it looks due to the effects of gravitational lensing. More accurately, the phenomenon shown in the image below is called an “Einstein ring.” An Einstein Ring is created when light from a galaxy, group of galaxies, or star passes by a massive object as it moves in line with Earth. Due to what is called gravitational lensing, the light is diverted thanks to gravity, which makes it seem as though it is coming from two different places. If the object, gravity, and observation device are perfectly aligned, the light appears as a ring.

Gravitational lensing is a phenomenon that allows astronomers to see vast distances without needing the large and complex hardware that would normally require it. PetaPixel has a detailed explanation of the process from a previous article, but in short, gravity distorts space in such a way that it makes an “optic” that channels light towards a telescope — in this case Hubble — and gives it the ability to see galaxies that are normally too far away to be studied with current technology and physical telescopes. NASA describes it as akin to looking through a giant magnifying glass.

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When NASA originally released the photo of the galaxy — named GAL-CLUS-022058s — it described it as a strange and very rare phenomenon.

“GAL-CLUS-022058s is the largest and one of the most complete Einstein rings ever discovered in our universe. The object has been nicknamed by astronomers studying this Einstein ring as the ‘Molten Ring,’ which alludes to its appearance and host constellation,” NASA wrote.

Now, NASA has said that after examining the image and researching it further, astronomers were able to measure the galaxy’s distance from Earth as 9.4 billion light-years, placing the galaxy at the peak epoch of star formation in cosmic evolution.

“The extremely high rate of star formation in the brightest and very dusty early galaxies saw stars being born at a rate a thousand times faster than occurs within our own galaxy. This could help explain the rapid build-up of present day giant elliptical galaxies,” NASA explains.

Astronomers were able to calculate that the galaxy’s light was magnified by a factor of 20.

“This magnification, boosted by mother nature, effectively made Hubble’s observing capability equivalent to that of a 48-meter-aperture (157 feet) telescope. The lensing effects also create multiple apparitions around the curved arc of the single background magnified galaxy,” NASA continues.

Astronomers precisely modeled the effects of the lensing on the galaxy’s image in order to derive its physical properties.

“Such a model could only be obtained with the Hubble imaging,” explained the lead investigator Anastasio Díaz-Sánchez of the Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena in Spain. “In particular, Hubble helped us to identify the four duplicated images and the stellar clumps of the lensed galaxy.”


Image Credits: ESA/Hubble & NASA, S. Jha; Acknowledgment: L. Shatz

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Can the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s Camera Beat the iPhone 13 Pro’s?

Can the Galaxy S21 Ultra's Camera Beat the iPhone 13 Pro's?

The Galaxy S21 Ultra has the best camera Samsung has made yet, and it remains one of our favorite camera phones. Its biggest rival for the crown of “best camera on a smartphone,” the Apple iPhone 12 Pro, has now been replaced in the range by the iPhone 13 Pro, making it essential to put the two cameras up against each other.

Samsung’s hard work paid off on the Galaxy S21 Ultra, but will it now have to play catch-up to Apple’s newer iPhone? The 13 Pro’s camera has generated plenty of hype, but as you’ll see, the Galaxy S21 Ultra is not only still a winner, it has the new iPhone beaten in several important areas.

The cameras and the test

All photos taken for this comparison were shot over the course of a single day, with all using the standard Photo mode on both phones, and without any editing afterward. Do be aware the photos have been resized to make them suitable for viewing online. Before they were resized, the photos were compared on a color-calibrated monitor.

The iPhone 13 Pro and Galaxy S21 Ultra held in hand.
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The iPhone 13 Pro has three 12-megapixel cameras providing 120-degree field-of-view wide-angle and 3x telephoto optical zoom features. The Galaxy S21 Ultra has a 108MP main camera, a 12MP wide-angle, a 10MP telephoto with 3x optical zoom photos, and a 10MP periscope camera with 10x optical zoom. We have not tested video for this comparison.

The seat in the sun

We’ll start off with a standard photo — a countryside scene with blue sky and lots of greenery. It’s the kind of photo you expect to come out well, almost regardless of the camera, and sure enough, both are great. The photos set the tone for the remainder of the images, with the iPhone 13 Pro showing deeper blues, brighter greens, and more shadows compared to the S21 Ultra.

What’s interesting is the iPhone 13 Pro’s approach isn’t always successful later on, as we’ll see in other photos, but it does work well here. The white flowers are brighter than in the S21 Ultra’s photo, the seat is more of a focal point due to less shading, and the sky is more atmospheric. However, the S21 Ultra’s photo just shows a different interpretation, rather than being technically superior or inferior.

Winner: Draw

Bread and cheese

I took several photos herem and in all of them, the Galaxy S21 Ultra seemed to not understand where to focus. I didn’t use tap to focus on either phone, yet the iPhone 13 Pro captured the bread in sharp detail, while the S21 Ultra seemed to favor the cheese and the knife. The sharpness continues in the iPhone’s photo, with more detail and depth to the color, while there’s grain evident on the plate in the S21 Ultra’s photo.

The iPhone’s warm tones really suit this photo, giving the bread an appetizing, natural look, compared to the slightly out-of-focus, saturated image taken by the S21 Ultra. The beautiful, subtle depth of field in the iPhone’s photo just finishes it off perfectly.

Winner: iPhone 13 Pro

Mini Countryman in the sun

The sun was behind me when I took this photo, and the Mini Countryman’s white-and-black color scheme often shows any issues with white balance quite well. Here, it shows the different exposures favored by each camera, and the iPhone 13 Pro’s tendency to hide detail in shadow.

Interestingly, the iPhone 13 Pro’s photo looks like a Samsung photo from a few years ago, with the saturated sky and deep shadows in the wheel arches hiding any detail on the rims. The S21 Ultra balances the scene more effectively, showing detail on the car and its glass, while even revealing more detail inside the vehicle. The trade-off is a lighter blue sky. Neither is an amazing photo, but the S21 Ultra’s greater detail makes it the one most people would likely pick to share with the minimum of editing.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Tree and sky, in wide-angle

In this wide-angle photo, both cameras show evidence of edge enhancement around the tree’s branches, but it’s less obvious at first glance in the S21 Ultra’s photo due to the way it has handled the blue sky and white clouds. The darker areas in the iPhone 13 Pro’s photo give it a more artificial look compared to the brighter, more energetic scene in the S21 Ultra’s photo.

Edge distortion is more noticeable in the iPhone 13 Pro’s photo as well, particularly in the shadows on the ground under the tree on the right-hand side of the picture. The blue sky in the iPhone’s photo is lovely, but the overall balance of the S21 Ultra’s photo makes it the one I’d share.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Wooden roof with 3x zoom

Like with the photo of the bread, the S21 Ultra has once again made an executive decision to focus mostly on the piece of wood closest to it, leaving the rest of the structure blurred out in a slightly odd way. Zoom in and there’s some very obvious haloing around the wood in the background and on the edge of the stone roof against the blue sky.

The iPhone has avoided all this, and although it does focus on the wood nearest to the camera, it’s nowhere near as tightly. There’s no evidence of haloing, and the colors are warm and balanced. The saturated blue sky works here, too. It’s the more visually attractive photo due to the focusing, which is a little unfortunate when the S21 Ultra revealed more detail.

It’s also worth mentioning the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s super 10x optical zoom, which the iPhone 13 Pro cannot compete with, and therefore wasn’t tested here. It’s a really excellent additional feature on the S21 Ultra.

Winner: iPhone 13 Pro

Butterfly in macro

Both the iPhone 13 Pro and the Galaxy S21 Ultra have an automatic macro photo mode that uses the wide-angle camera. Get in close to a subject and it activates itself. The butterfly proved to be a willing model and stayed around for me to take multiple photos with both phones, all with macro mode active.

The level of detail is impressive in both photos, even after zooming in on the image, with the most obvious difference being the color of the butterfly. It was the iPhone 13 Pro that captured its colors most accurately, with the orange in the S21 Ultra’s photo being just that bit too bright, but both are really impressive photos for a smartphone. The iPhone’s tendency to increase shadow worked to the image’s favor for once, producing lush greens as well.

Winner: iPhone 13 Pro

Leaf and saw in portrait mode

Both of these sets of photos were taken with the respective Portrait mode. Looking at the photo of the rusty saw first, the iPhone 13 Pro has captured the texture and patina far more effectively than the S21 Ultra. Both have done a similar job of separating the teeth from the background, and keeping a degree of the foreground in focus, too.

In the leaf photo, the edge recognition is less effective, although the colors and texture are good in both. This also shows that both phones struggle with identifying complicated shapes using Portrait mode, and how both prefer the simple shape of the saw.

I wouldn’t choose either of the leaf pictures to share, but would take the iPhone 13 Pro over the S21 Ultra for the saw, giving it the win here. However, both are pretty close.

Winner: iPhone 13 Pro

Night mode

This photo was taken inside, late at night, with a dim backlight from another room. Both phones activated night mode, which happens automatically and took about two seconds to take the image. The results are very different, with the Galaxy S21 Ultra trouncing the iPhone 13 Pro.

From the white balance to the detail in the carpet, and the sharp, detailed face of the cute cat-shaped doorstop, the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s picture does well because it effectively captures the subject of the image. The iPhone’s photo doesn’t have as much artificial sharpening, and does have some lovely shadows in the background, but it’s not the photo anyone would share.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Conclusion

The iPhone 13 Pro won four categories, the S21 Ultra won three, and there was one draw, giving the iPhone 13 Pro the overall win. It’s not what I’d call a washout though. While the S21 Ultra’s focusing issues let it down in two of the photos, it also took the most decisive win in a single category by handily beating the iPhone 13 Pro in the lowlight test, and came very close to making the macro and Portrait mode shots a draw.

What does this mean to you? If you’re undecided between buying an S21 Ultra or an iPhone, the good news is you’re going to get a brilliant camera regardless of which one you buy. However, do consider some of the additional features before making your decision. The S21 Ultra’s 10x optical zoom adds a really fun additional dimension to the camera, and for me, Samsung’s unusual Single Take mode will be more useful to more people than the iPhone 13 Pro’s Cinematic video mode.

Despite it sounding a bit like it, I’m not trying to take away the iPhone 13 Pro’s win. What I want to do is illustrate how the camera still needs work. I recently put the iPhone 13 Pro up against the iPhone 12 Pro in a similar comparison, and the older iPhone came out on top, meaning the iPhone 13 hasn’t killed it in either test. I do think there’s a ton of potential, but some work needs to be done on the software to optimize its performance.

For now, although the iPhone 13 Pro won, the Galaxy S21 Ultra is right on its tail.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Exynos) Battery review: Good charge-up efficiency

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Exynos) Battery review: Good charge-up efficiency

Released in January 2021 at a price that places it in the Premium segment ($600-$799), the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Exynos) comes with a triple-camera setup and stereo speakers, among other attractive features. Let’s take a look at how its battery performed in our DXOMARK Battery protocol tests.

Key specifications:

  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • 25W (charger not included)
  • 6.2-inch, 1080 x 2400, 120 Hz OLED display
  • Exynos 2100 (5 nm) chipset
  • Tested RAM / storage combination: 8 GB + 128 GB

About DXOMARK Battery tests: For scoring and analysis in our smartphone battery reviews, DXOMARK engineers perform a variety of objective tests over a week-long period both indoors and outdoors. This article highlights the most important results of our testing. (See our introductory and how we test articles for more details about our smartphone Battery protocol.)

Test summary

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Pros

  • Decent efficiency, especially charge up
  • Supports wireless charging

Cons

  • Despite smaller battery, slower charging speed than competition

The Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Exynos) smartphone comes with a smaller battery and a slower charger than the two Premium devices used for comparison in this review, the Xiaomi Mi 11 and the Oppo Find X3 Neo. The table below shows the battery capacity, charger, display type and resolution, and processor specifications for the three devices.

 Samsung Galaxy S21 (Exynos)

Xiaomi Mi 11Oppo Find X3 Neo
Battery capacity (mAh)

4000

46004500
Charger

25W

55W65W
Wireless charging

15W

50W

No

Display type, max Hz

OLEDOLED

OLED

Display resolution

1080 x 24001440 x 3200

1080 x 2400

Chipset

Exynos 2100Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G

Autonomy (51)

How long a battery charge lasts depends not only on battery capacity, but also other aspects of the phone’s hardware and software. The DXOMARK Battery autonomy score is composed of three performance sub-scores: (1) Stationary, (2) On the go, and (3) Calibrated use cases. Each sub-score comprises the results of a comprehensive range of tests for measuring autonomy in all kinds of real-life scenarios.

Light Usage

65h

Light

Active: 2h30/day

Moderate Usage

46h

Moderate

Active: 4h/day

Intense Usage

29h

Intense

Active: 7h/day

The overall autonomy score for the Exynos version of the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G places it between the Xiaomi Mi 11 (36) and the Oppo Find X3 Neo (60). The Samsung provides relatively good autonomy despite its small 4000 mAh battery, while the Xiaomi struggles with a more power-consuming QHD+ display.

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Stationary

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Exynos)

54

104

Vivo Y72 5G

Best: Vivo Y72 5G (104)

A robot housed in a Faraday cage performs a set of touch-based user actions during what we call our “typical usage scenario” (TUS) — making calls, video streaming, etc. — 4 hours of active use over the course of a 16-hour period, plus 8 hours of “sleep.” The robot repeats this set of actions every day until the device runs out of power. 

Lasting 51 hours 27 minutes in our TUS tests, the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Exynos) lands in the bottom quarter of the DXOMARK database. While it is still ahead of the Xiaomi Mi 11, the Oppo lasts 7 hours 30 minutes longer.

Typical Usage Scenario discharge curves

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On the go

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Exynos)

54

96

Samsung Galaxy M51

Best: Samsung Galaxy M51 (96)

Using a smartphone on the go takes a toll on autonomy because of extra “hidden” demands, such as the continuous signaling associated with cellphone network selection, for example. DXOMARK Battery experts take the phone outside and perform a precisely defined set of activities while following the same three-hour travel itinerary for each device.

The Samsung device goes head to head with the Oppo Find X3 Neo in all mobility use cases, and both the Samsung and the Oppo perform slightly better than the Xiaomi Mi 11.

Estimated autonomy for on the go use cases (full charge)

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Calibrated

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Exynos)

52

100

Samsung Galaxy M51

Best: Samsung Galaxy M51 (100)

For this series of tests, the smartphone returns to the Faraday cage and our robots repeatedly perform actions linked to one specific use case (such as gaming, video streaming, etc.) at a time. Starting from an 80% charge, all devices are tested until they have expended at least 5% of their battery power.

While the performance of the Exynos version of the Galaxy S21 5G for gaming and for video and music streaming via 4G was disappointing, the device did a good job for both video streaming via WiFi and video playback. But the Oppo Find X3 Neo had better autonomy in all calibrated use cases.

Estimated autonomy for calibrated use cases (full charge)

Charging (73)

The DXOMARK Battery charging score is composed of two sub-scores, Full charge and Quick boost. Full charge tests assess the reliability of the battery power gauge; measure how long it takes to charge a battery from 0% to 80% capacity and from 80% to 100%; and measure how long and how much power the battery takes to go from an indicated 100% to an actual full charge. With the phone at different charge levels (20%, 40%, 60%, 80%), Quick boost tests measure the amount of charge the battery receives after being plugged in for 5 minutes. 

Wired

Wired

Wireless

Wireless

The S21 5G (Exynos)’s charging performance is average among all devices tested, but its rivals do better, especially the Oppo Find X3 Neo, one of the top scorers for this attribute to date.

Power consumption and battery level during full charge

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Full charge

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Exynos)

75

104

Oppo Find X3 Pro

Best: Oppo Find X3 Pro (104)

It takes the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Exynos) 48 minutes to go from 0 to an 80% charge, which is good. However, the Xiaomi Mi 11 takes just 30 minutes to achieve the same charge, and the Find X3 Neo takes even less time — only 23 minutes.

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Quick boost

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Exynos)

66

95

Oppo Find X3 Neo

Best: Oppo Find X3 Neo (95)

Users can expect only 2 hours 30 minutes of additional battery life after charging the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Exynos) for 5 minutes with 20% power remaining, which is a poor showing when compared to the Oppo Find X3 Neo in particular.

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Exynos)Xiaomi Mi 11Oppo Find X3 Neo
Autonomy boost (hh:mm)20%2:332:528:20
40%2:363:096:26
60%2:052:545:29
80%2:011:514:14
Percentage boost20%7.4 %11.2 %22.1 %
40%7.6 %12.3 %17 %
60%6.1 %11.3 %14.5 %
80%5.9 %7.3 %11.2 %
Energy consumed20%1458 mWh2674 mWh4712 mWh
40%1487 mWh2945 mWh3637 mWh
60%1192 mWh2709 mWh3103 mWh
80%1148 mWh1735 mWh2399 mWh

Efficiency (75)

Our Efficiency score comprises two sub-scores, Charge up and Discharge. Charge up is the efficiency of a full charge (how much energy is drained from the wall outlet vs the energy capacity of the battery, as well as the efficiency of the charger and its residual consumption). Discharge is how much current the smartphone drains from the battery when in use (the ratio of battery capacity to autonomy). Better autonomy with a smaller battery means better efficiency.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Exynos) posts an average overall score in our Efficiency testing. Among its rivals, it is far ahead of the Xiaomi (46) but behind the Oppo (87).

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Charge up

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Exynos)

79

82

Oppo Find X3 Neo

Best: Oppo Find X3 Neo (82)

The Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Exynos)’s adapter is very efficient and consumes almost nothing (just 11 mW) when the phone is detached. By contrast, however, users should unplug the Samsung’s wireless charger when not in use.

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Discharge

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Exynos)

73

121

Apple iPhone 12 mini

Best: Apple iPhone 12 mini (121)

The Samsung device lands between the Xiaomi (46) and the Oppo (85) for discharge efficiency, and despite its relatively small battery capacity (4000 mAh), it offers decent autonomy.

Conclusion

The Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Exynos) is a well-built device, which is reflected in its decent scores for efficiency. While it lands in the bottom half of our database among all devices tested to date, it is well within the norms for Premium segment devices. The Xiaomi and Oppo smartphones have much better charging times compared to the S21 5G, but the Samsung device’s charging is nonetheless very efficient.

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Samsung Galaxy A12 Camera review: Essential recommendation

Samsung Galaxy A12 Camera review: Essential recommendation

The Samsung Galaxy A12 is a budget smartphone competing in the Essential segment ($200 or under). Despite the modest price point, it offers some impressive specs, including an octa-core processor, a 6.5-inch TFT display with HD+ resolution, and 64 GB of internal memory to store your photos and videos.

For the rear camera, the primary module with a 48 MP sensor is assisted by a 5 MP ultra-wide, a 2 MP macro camera, and a depth sensor. Let’s see how this combo does in the DXOMARK Camera test.

Key camera specifications:

  • Primary: 48 MP sensor, f/2.0-aperture lens, AF
  • Ultra-wide: 5 MP sensor, f/2.2-aperture lens
  • Macro: 2 MP sensor, f2.4-aperture lens
  • Depth: 2 MP sensor, f/2.4-aperture lens
  • LED flash
  • Video: 1080p/30 fps

About DXOMARK Camera tests: For scoring and analysis in our smartphone camera reviews, DXOMARK engineers capture and evaluate over 3000 test images and more than 2.5 hours of video both in controlled lab environments and in natural indoor and outdoor scenes, using the camera’s default settings. This article is designed to highlight the most important results of our testing. For more information about the DXOMARK Camera test protocol, click here. More details on how we score smartphone cameras are available here.

Test summary

Pros

  • Good target exposure and fairly wide dynamic range in bright light and indoors
  • Stable white balance, well-controlled color artifacts
  • Natural blur gradient in bokeh mode
  • Mostly accurate exposure and white balance as well as decent detail in bright-light videos

Cons

  • Exposure and dynamic range instabilities across consecutive shots and in videos
  • Noise on moving subjects, lack of detail in low light
  • Low level of detail on ultra-wide camera
  • Focus failures in medium- and long-range tele shots in bright light and indoors
  • Ineffective stabilization and limited dynamic range in videos

With a DXOMARK Camera score of 90, the Samsung Galaxy A12 cannot keep up with higher-end devices using more sophisticated camera technologies, but delivers very decent camera value for the money.

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Exposure is accurate and dynamic range is fairly wide in landscape shots, colors are rendered accurately, and white balance is often pleasant.

Exposure is usually accurate in photo mode and a fairly wide dynamic range allows for shooting in challenging high-contrast conditions. White balance, something many devices in the Samsung’s price bracket struggle with, is nice in most conditions, too. However, instabilities prevent a higher Photo score. HDR mode does not reliably kick in on consecutive shots; we saw some autofocus failures; and bokeh mode does not activate for some challenging scenes.

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Night: slight underexposure, limited dynamic range

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Wide (18 mm): lack of detail, inaccurate skin tones, corner softness

The ultra-wide camera allows you to squeeze more scene into the frame, but image quality lacks in some areas. With the 5 MP sensor, texture rendering is low and there are no intermediate steps when zooming between ultra-wide and primary cameras. Tele zooming on the primary camera usually results in low detail as well, but the Samsung’s overall Zoom performance is still among the best in the Essential segment, despite the lack of a dedicated tele-camera. 

Samsung Galaxy A12, bokeh mode

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Samsung Galaxy A12, crop: slight depth estimation issues but natural effect overall

Samsung Galaxy A12, 90 mm tele zoom

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Samsung Galaxy A12, crop: noise and low level of detail; good target exposure but limited dynamic range

The A12 is capable of recording pretty nice looking 1080p/30 fps videos in bright light, but stabilization isn’t too effective and limited dynamic range means high-contrast conditions are best avoided. Things go slightly downhill in indoor and low-light conditions, where strong noise becomes visible.

Exposure and white balance are good in bright light videos, but ineffective stabilization results in shaky footage.

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This Galaxy is 10 Billion Light Years Away, Visible Through a Cosmic Lens

This Galaxy is 10 Billion Light Years Away, Visible Through a Cosmic Lens

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Hubble, which just came back online after being down for a month, has captured this stunning photo of a galaxy that exists a staggering 10 billion light-years away. The telescope can see and focus this vast distance by leveraging the power of gravity.

This photo of MRG-M0138, what NASA describes as a “slumbering giant” which has run out of the gas that is required to form new stars, is framed by a smattering of visible galaxies and stars that arc in a circular pattern. The Hubble Space Telescope’s ability to see the vast distances is also the cause of this unique visual effect: gravitational lensing.

Earlier this year, NASA fully explained how gravitational lensing works in a detailed video, but in short gravitational lensing occurs when light from a distant galaxy is subtly distorted by the gravitational pull of an intervening astronomical object. Gravity distorts space in such a way that it makes an “optic” that channels light towards Hubble and gives it the ability to see galaxies that are normally too far away to be studied with current technology and physical telescopes. NASA describes it as akin to looking through a giant magnifying glass.

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The centre of this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is framed by the tell-tale arcs that result from strong gravitational lensing, a striking astronomical phenomenon which can warp, magnify, or even duplicate the appearance of distant galaxies. Gravitational lensing occurs when light from a distant galaxy is subtly distorted by the gravitational pull of an intervening astronomical object. In this case, the relatively nearby galaxy cluster MACSJ0138.0-2155 has lensed a significantly more distant quiescent galaxy — a slumbering giant known as MRG-M0138 which has run out of the gas required to form new stars and is located 10 billion light years away.

“Astronomers can use gravitational lensing as a natural magnifying glass, allowing them to inspect objects like distant dormant galaxies which would usually be too difficult for even Hubble to resolve,” NASA explains.

NASA explains that this particular image was made using observations from eight different infrared filters spread across two of Hubble’s more advanced astronomical instruments: the Advanced Camera for Surveys and the Wide Field Camera 3. These two instruments were installed by technicians during Hubble’s last two servicing missions: Servicing Mission 3B which took place from March 1 through March 12 of 2002 and Servicing Mission 4, which took place between May 11 and May 24 2009.

“During SM4, two new scientific instruments were installed — the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) and Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3),” NASA explains.

The Advanced Camera for Surveys was installed on Servicing Mission 3B, but was considered a “failed instrument.” This was repaired during Servicing Mission 4.

“Two failed instruments, the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) and the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), were revived by the first-ever on-orbit repairs,” NASA continues. “With these efforts, Hubble was brought to the apex of its scientific capabilities.”

Hubble had been operating continuously for 31 years before an issue in June of 2021 nearly brought the satellite down. After a month of work, NASA was able to resolve the issue and keep the legendary telescope operational, and able to continue to capture some of the most breathtaking photos of the universe humans have ever seen.


Image credits: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Newman, M. Akhshik, K. Whitaker

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Inexpensive Samsung Galaxy M32 Smartphone Features Quad Camera

Inexpensive Samsung Galaxy M32 Smartphone Features Quad Camera

Samsung has expanded the Galaxy M Series with a smartphone that offers some impressive on-paper features at an accessible price point.

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Samsung Galaxy M32

Samsung has officially launched the Samsung Galaxy M32 in the UK where it will become available at the end of this month (July) for around £269 on Amazon UK. 

The Samsung Galaxy M32 comes with an Infinity-U super AMOLED display, quad camera and a 5000mAh battery that supports fast charging while on the front is a 20MP selfie camera that sits towards the top of the screen. The M32 also comes with facial recognition and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.

Samsung Galaxy M32 Specs:

  • Rear Camera: 64MP Wide, 8MP Ultra Wide, 2MP Depth, 2MP Macro
  • Selfe Camera: 20MP
  • Display: 6.4″ FHD+ Infinity-U
  • Dimensions: 159.1 x 74.0 x 8.4mm
  • Battery: 5000mAh (with fast charging)
  • Memory: 6GB + 128GB

 

Price & Availability: The Samsung Galaxy M32 will be available towards the end of July 2021 priced at £269 over on Amazon UK which comfortably places it in the ‘budget smartphone‘ line-up. 

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Render of Samsung Galaxy S22 Renews Olympus Partnership Speculation

Render of Samsung Galaxy S22 Renews Olympus Partnership Speculation

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Samsung made waves with its Galaxy S21 smartphone launched last year thanks to notable improvements to its camera system. Multiple rumors have speculated the smartphone manufacturer would partner with Olympus in the S22 Ultra, and a new render of what that might look like has renewed that speculation.

In early April, rumors that Samsung would be partnering with Olympus — or more accurately, OM Digital Solutions — sprung up. And while Olympus said that it would collaborate with other companies that aren’t in the camera or lens industry at CP+ earlier this year, there were reasons to doubt the veracity of these reports. As also reported by Sammobile, Samsung is reportedly working on a new Exynos processor that is codenamed “Olympus,” so seeing the names appear together in rumors may simply the result of a bad translation or misunderstanding.

Still, an early rendering published by LetsGoDigital showed what that partnership might look like.

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Additional reports about the alleged partnership have been absent in recent months, but LetsGoDigital may spark renewed interest thanks to a set of very convincing new renders combined with a well-produced promo video all made by TechnizoConcept.

LetsGoDigital says that because of the silicon shortage, fans should not expect a Note 21 this year, which is why the manufacturer is expected to package the popular S Pen with the Galaxy S22. More than that, Samsung will have its efforts focused on making the S22 Ultra even more impressive due to the lack of a Note smartphone.

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“Samsung seems to have big plans for the camera this time,” the publication says. “Stories have been circulating for some time that the South Korean manufacturer has started a collaboration with the Japanese company Olympus.”

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LetsGoDigital says to expect the partnership with Olympus to feel similar to how OnePlus works with Hasselblad, Huawei with Leica, and Sony with Zeiss. The result is rumored to be a massive rear camera array that features one giant main camera and three additional cameras. While the publication admits taht very little is known about the camera configuration of the S22 Ultra at the time of publication, the company predicts Samsung will use the Exynos 2100 chip that can support 200-megapixel sensors. As such, the giant main camera is presumed to be a 200-megapixel and will be combined with an ultra-wide and two telephotos.

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The full report on LetsGoDigital discusses other features that it thinks might make its way into the new Galaxy S22 Ultra, but this is the second render that points to a giant main camera among a group in the large camera notch. It remains to be seen if this comes to pass.


Image credits: Renders by TechnizoConcept and shared with permission from LetsGoDigital.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon) Display review: Near-twin of Exynos version

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon) Display review: Near-twin of Exynos version

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon) has been selling in the U.S. and China (and a few other places) since January 2021 and is the near-identical twin of the S21 Ultra (Exynos) version sold in other parts of the world. Both share the same high-end specs, including the same quad-camera setup and stylus support; the only difference in hardware between the two versions is in the processors they use: the U.S./China-oriented model relies on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset, while Samsung uses its own Exynos 2100 in the model sold elsewhere. Because of their close similarities in performance, this review will mostly focus on the very few differences between the two versions in our comprehensive Display protocol testing. (For more complete performance results, please refer to our Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Exynos) review.)

Key display specifications:

  • AMOLED 2x screen with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
  • Size: 6.8 inches (89.8% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Dimensions: 165.1 x 75.6 x 8.9 mm (6.5 x 2.98 x 0.35 inches)
  • Resolution: 1440 x 3200 pixels
  • Aspect ratio: 20:9, ~515 ppi
  • Refresh rate: 120 Hz

About DXOMARK Display tests: For scoring and analysis in our smartphone and other display reviews, DXOMARK engineers perform a variety of objective and perceptual tests under controlled lab and real-life conditions. This article highlights the most important results of our testing. Note that we evaluate display attributes using only the device’s built-in display hardware and its still image (gallery) and video apps at their default settings. (For in-depth information about how we evaluate smartphone and other displays, check out our articles, “How DXOMARK tests display quality” and “A closer look at DXOMARK Display testing.”)

Test summary

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91

display

Pros

  • Well-balanced brightness and accurate colors lead to a satisfying experience when watching HD10 videos.
  • Well-adapted luminance levels and high maximum brightness mean very good readability in most conditions.
  • The device has great smoothness when web browsing and in the gallery app.
  • The device manages frame drops well when watching videos.

Cons

  • Color faithfulness deteriorates under very bright outdoor conditions, particularly under sunlight.
  • The device is inaccurate when zooming in the gallery app and does not correctly detect touches along its edges when playing video games.
  • Still image colors are generally too saturated.
  • Slightly dazzling in dark ambient conditions, and the BLF does not filter out enough blue light under any lighting condition.

With almost entirely identical scores across all attributes, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon) joins its Exynos twin in joint first place (as of this writing) in our DXOMARK Display rankings.

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Readability

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon)

74

Highest Score

Achieving an excellent score of 74, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon) is currently in a three-way tie for first with Exynos version and the TCL 10 Pro. It has good readability at its default settings; however, the both S21 Ultra devices are somewhat dazzling in low-light conditions, which may make viewing a bit uncomfortable for some users.

Indoors, the device’s brightness ensures that most content is easily readable, but darker tones lack detail. Despite its high luminance outdoors, the S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon) lacks readability, especially for darker content. The Snapdragon-powered smartphone adapts smoothly to light transitions but the rendering changes abruptly when moving from sunlight to shade. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon) loses brightness when viewed in angle. As you can see in the array below, the Exynos version (second from left) is noticeably brighter:

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Brightness at a 45° angle, from left to right: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon), Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Exynos), Apple iPhone 12 Pro, Vivo X51 5G

Photo credit: DXOMARK; for illustration only

Brightness vs Angle comparison

The objective measurements in the graph above confirm the perceptual results between the two Samsung devices.

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Color

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82

89

TCL 20 Pro 5G

Best: TCL 20 Pro 5G (89)

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon) shows oversaturated colors along with some slight pink casts on most contents. In bright sunlight, colors are strongly oversaturated and color nuances disappear, leading to inaccurate rendering:

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Color rendering in direct sunlight, from left to right: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon), Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Exynos), Apple iPhone 12 Pro, Vivo X51 5G

Photo credit: DXOMARK; for illustration only

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Video

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon)

90

Highest Score

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon) has the same score as the Exynos version. Both devices offer excellent levels of brightness and color fidelity when watching HDR10 content. As for differences between the two models, as shown in the illustrative photo array below, the Exynos version’s rendering is just slightly more vivid and closer to the reference image rendering than the Snapdragon’s.

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Video color, from left to right: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon), Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Exynos), Apple iPhone 12 Pro, Vivo X51 5G

Photo credit: DXOMARK; for illustration only

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Motion

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon)

77

87

Huawei P40 Pro

Best: Huawei P40 Pro (87)

At 77 points apiece, both versions of the S21 Ultra 5G trail behind the class-leading Huawei P40 Pro at 87, with both showing some frame duplications and regular stuttering while playing video games, along with some hesitation in playback reactivity when rewinding or fast-forwarding videos.

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Touch

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon)

55

83

OnePlus 9 Pro

Best: OnePlus 9 Pro (83)

The Samsung devices’ lackluster results for motion are far overshadowed by their disappointing performance for touch, as both showed inaccuracies when using with fingers (though good with the S Pen stylus). Further, although they were very smooth in the gallery app and when web browsing, there was a perceptible lack of fluidity when gaming.

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Artifacts

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon)

79

84

LG Wing

Best: LG Wing (84)

Artifacts is the only category in which the two S21 Ultra 5G models earned different scores, with the Snapdragon version bettering the Exynos by one point.

Both devices have problems with ghost touches in landscape mode, and noticeable flicker in dark ambient viewing conditions.

That all said, the Snapdragon version of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G handles aliasing somewhat better than its Exynos twin, although neither device’s rendering would win it any plaudits from the gaming community:

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon), aliasing closeup

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Exynos), aliasing closeup

Conclusion

The Snapdragon and Exynos versions of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G are very similar, though the Snapdragon shows slightly better performance in handling artifacts. Overall, both show the same strengths and weaknesses: because of touch performance and aliasing, for example, neither model would be the first choice for serious gamers, but otherwise these latest Samsung twins come with a great display, especially for watching videos. (For more complete performance results, see our Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Exynos) review.)

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Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G (Snapdragon) Camera review

Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G (Snapdragon) Camera review

Samsung’s Galaxy S21+ 5G is the middle seat of the company’s current high-end S21 series, squeezed between the slightly smaller S21 5G and the top-of-the-line S21 Ultra 5G. It sports a 120 Hz, 6.7-inch AMOLED screen, slightly larger than its sibling S21, but with the same resolution (2400 x 1080), and has a centered hole punch for the selfie camera. Here we are testing the US and China version, powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 chipset, as opposed to the Exynos version available in the rest of the world. Both have 8 GB memory with either 128 GB or 256 GB storage.

There are three cameras on the back, with specs that exactly mirror the smaller S21. The primary camera has a 12 MP coupled with a 26 mm-equivalent optically stabilized lens. The ultra-wide offers 12 MP and has a 13 mm-equivalent lens. The tele camera used a wide-angle lens (29 mm-equivalent) but uses a 64 MP sensor, which gets binned down to 12 MP output.

The Galaxy S21+ 5G shoots video at up to 8K resolution at 24 fps; however, just like on the S21 Ultra and the standard S21 we used 4K and 60 fps for testing. Lower resolutions and higher frame rates are also available for recording in slow motion.

Key camera specifications:

  • Primary: 12 MP 1/1.76-inch sensor with 1.8 μm pixels, 26 mm-equivalent f/1.8 lens, dual-pixel PDAF, OIS
  • Ultra-wide: 12 MP sensor with 1.4μm pixels, 13 mm-equivalent f/2.2 lens
  • Tele: 64 MP 1/1.72-inch sensor with 0.8μm pixels, 29 mm-equivalent f/2.0 lens
  • LED flash
  • 8K at 24 fps, 4K at 60 fps (tested), HDR10+

Achieving an overall score of 119, the Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G (Snapdragon) captures almost identical image quality to the more diminutive S21 5G (Snapdragon); no surprise as the two models share the same camera hardware. We couldn’t get a cigarette paper between them in our analysis, so if you want to save a few bucks and can live with a smaller screen and lower capacity battery, the standard S21 5G (Snapdragon) is just as good for photography.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Snapdragon), neutral white balance and pleasant color rendering

Given the almost identical results, we are posting only this short article for the Galaxy S21+ 5G (Snapdragon). For a full set of sample images and measurements as well as a complete analysis, please click on the link below and read the full review of the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Snapdragon).

Go to the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Snapdragon) Camera review

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Pros

  • Neutral white balance and pleasant color rendering in most photos and videos
  • Accurate target exposure in most photos
  • High detail in outdoor and indoor photos and videos
  • Pleasant bokeh photos with mainly accurate depth estimation
  • Very wide field of view on ultra-wide shots
  • Effective stabilization on walking videos
  • Good white balance and color rendering on indoor and outdoor videos
  • Accurate autofocus on most videos

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