Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Snapdragon)

Released January 2021

Premium ($600-$800)
Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Snapdragon)

Summary


Pros

  • Exposure and colors in most photos and videos under most conditions
  • Zoom functionalities and performance for a device in its price range
  • Stability in videos taken while walking
  • Portrait photos
  • Overall audio playback experience
  • Performance in audio recording particularly in loud environments such as concerts and shows
  • Power efficiency level both in charging and discharging

Cons

  • Visible noise in most photos and in videos shot indoors and in low light
  • Photo autofocus
  • Many artifacts in photos
  • Photos taken in backlit conditions
  • Below-average charging speed
  • No microSD card slot

Scores


117
camera
5th

in Premium Ranking ($600-$800)

Overall Camera Score i
117
46
Oppo A16s 5G
BEST 147

Sub-scores

Photo i
118
50
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S 5G
BEST 150
Bokeh i
70
25
Crosscall Action-X5
BEST 80
Preview i
62
34
Fairphone 4
BEST 91
Zoom i
118
22
Vivo Y76 5G
BEST 151
Video i
106
31
Samsung Galaxy A22 5G
BEST 149

Use Cases

BEST 140

Friends & Family

Portrait and group photos and videos

BEST 115

Lowlight

Photos and videos in lowlight conditions

118
audio
20th

in Premium Ranking ($600-$800)

Overall Audio Score i
118
86
Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)
BEST 161

Sub-scores & Use Cases

Playback i
115
74
Nokia 7.2
BEST 163

Use Cases

BEST 172

Listening to music

Through the smartphone's integrated speakers

BEST 161

Watching videos

Through the smartphone's integrated speakers

BEST 156

Gaming

Through the smartphone's integrated speakers

Recording i
123
88
Fairphone 4
BEST 157

Use Cases

BEST 156

Friends & Family videos

With the smartphone's main camera

BEST 164

Selfie videos

With the smartphone's selfie camera

BEST 153

Concert videos

With the smartphone's main camera

108
battery
12th

in Premium Ranking ($600-$800)

Overall Battery Score i
108
75
Samsung Galaxy S22 (Exynos)
BEST 146
Top score
Oppo Reno6 5G

Sub-scores

Autonomy i
100
55
Xiaomi 12 Pro
BEST 182
Top score
Wiko Power U30
Charging i
107
72
Wiko Power U20
BEST 181
Top score
Realme GT Neo 3
Efficiency i
135
47
Xiaomi 12 Pro
BEST 154
Top score
Oppo Reno6 5G

Key performances

Battery Life
2 days 1h
Battery Life
0-80% Charge
0h49
0-80% Charge
Full Charge
1h36
Full Charge
after 5-minute charge
2h34 Autonomy
after 5-minute charge

Specifications


151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9mm

Dimensions

5G
Dual SIM

Network

Water resistant
IP68

Protection

Wireless

Charging

128/256 GB

Storage

Wide, Tele, Ultra-Wide

Main camera
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