Review 85: 24.02.2021 at 00:00 am
🕷 Hello again Harley, This device supports a Stylus, and this one supports an S Pen. Both of them support autofocus.
Why would you buy and S21 Ultra and not a Note 20 Ultra? ok Halery, I’ll answer you in this new review. This is a comparison that many have requested: S21 Ultra v Note 20 Ultra.
There’s a very small margin between both devices. There isn’t a major difference, but there are things that will make one of them win the comparisons despite the time differences of when they were released.
This comparisons is based on numbers, and numbers only. But it is up to you decide which device gets more points.
Let me start with the beautiful design of these devices. The Galaxy S21 Ultra comes with a renewed design. The front is the same, but the frame is now made from stainless steel. It extends to the frame of the device. It also includes the camera module, and gives the device a distinguishable design from the rest of devices.
The device comes with two colors: black and silver. The black color, in particular, is very special on the S21 Ultra. The Note 20 Ultra comes with a similar design to the S20 Ultra. It is basically a glass sandwich with frames from stainless steel.
The rear camera module comes with a rectangular design. The artistic aspect of the design on the Note is better than that of the S21 Ultra. But the design of the S21 Ultra is different that the rest of devices.
Who wins the point? It is a personal preference Harley.
The S21 Ultra comes with a new design identity, where the frame is merged with the camera module. The gives the device a distinguishable design, that we’ll probably see with the upcoming Note device.
Each device gets a point! Spider-Man is a fire Man hhh hhhh hhh
There will come a time where the punch hole of the front facing camera will be gone. But for now, let me compare the screens.
The Galaxy S21 Ultra comes with the Dynamic AMOLED 2X screen with 6.8 size and 89% screen to body ratio. The resolution is 3200×1440.
It also comes with 515ppi density and is protected with a CGG Victus layer. It supports 120Hz adaptive refresh rate. It also supports 240Hz touch sensitivity. And HDR10+.
The screen brightness is 1500NITS. The Note device comes with the same screen, but with different aspect and numbers.
The screen size is 6.9 It comes with 91% screen to body ratio.
The resolution is 3200×1440, which is the same as the S21 Ultra. But it comes 496ppi density, which is less than that of the S21 Ultra.
The screen is protected by a CGG Victus layer and supports 120Hz refresh rate. But unlike the S21 Ultra’s, the refresh rate isn’t adaptive. It’s the same refresh rate, but the adaptivity of the S21 Ultra gives it the upper hand as it saves battery life and with better screen management.
The S21 Ultra deservedly wins the point Harley 🕸🕸🕸
The CPU is very important. I previously compared the SD888 and Exynos 2100 CPUs. But for now, I’ll compare the Exynos version of these devices.
The S21 Ultra comes with the Exynos 2100 CPU. It comes with 8 cores and 5nm architecture build. The GPU is the Mali-G78 MP14.
The Note comes with the Exynos 990 CPU with 7nm architecture build. It also comes with 8 cores. The GPU is the Mali-G77 MP11.
In Geekbench 5, the S21 Ultra scored 1063 points for the single core and 3176 points for multicores. While the Note scored 928 points for the single core and 2440 points for multicores. Which is something to be expected as the S21 Ultra’s CPU is more advanced.
lso consider that with regular users, both of these devices will offer excellent performance. These numbers might not mean a lot to regular users. But the point goes to the S21 Ultra.
The OS has become more advance, especially with the One UI 3.1 update. The S21 Ultra runs Android 11 with One UI 3.1 on top of it.
Samsung’s UI is clear and easy to use. It’s considered one of the best UI’s in the Android market. But this year, it offers something new, which is a Stylus support. I’ll further discuss this point later in this review.
Also, Samsung has been doing well with OS updates, which now don’t take long to arrive. The Note runs Android 11 but with One UI 3.0.
Until now, we haven’t received the new One UI 3.1 update. But Samsung promises it’ll send the update soon.
The only difference is that the Note comes with a more advanced S Pen than the Stylus with the S21 Ultra. The Stylus with the S21 Ultra is optional, and can be bought separately; either alone or with a cover. While S Pen with the Note is integrated with the device. The S Pen comes with more advanced capabilities.
The One UI 3.1 offers features and support for an external Stylus. But the S Pen features are more with the One UI 3.0.
Samsung promises a new Stylus for the S21 Ultra with features similar to that of the Note’s S Pen. But at the same time, the Note will receive the new One UI 3.1. This means a point goes to each device.
The fingerprint sensor on the S21 Ultra is more advanced, but I’ll have to discuss the secure unlocking option in details. Both devices offer the same secure unlocking options. But since the S21 Ultra was released after the Note, the fingerprint sensor is more advanced.
For me, I’ll give a point to each one. The camera comparison between both devices will be short.
Why? Because they come with nearly the same cameras. But let me explain them thoroughly. The S21 Ultra comes with the following cameras:
It comes with a more advanced 108MP camera than last year’s, and it’s a bit more advanced that the Note’s. There’s also a 10MP Telephoto camera that supports 3x optical zoom.
There’s another 10MP camera with 10x optical zoom support. And there’s the 12MP Ultra Wide camera. The front facing camera is 40MP. The Note comes with a 108MP Wide camera with autofocus support.
There’s a 12MP Telephoto with 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom and 50x digital zoom. The Ultra Wide camera is also 12MP. The front facing camera is 10MP.
We all know that the Note 10 Ultra offers better cameras than last year’s cameras from Samsung. It was one of the best 3 cameras in a smartphone last year.
The S21 Ultra comes with a newer generation of these cameras. It offers significant advancements, especially in HDR, which has become more accurate. Details in general are better.
Night photos are also significantly more advanced. The new CPU help develop lots of things, such as stability while zooming, which is way better than last year’s.
Also, Samsung added the Director Mode, which lets you record from all the cameras. You can then which video is the best for you.
These are the numbers. There’s no reason to frown. Both devices are from the same company. But the numbers indicate that the S21 Ultra wins the point. It’s clear who will win the battery, but I should discuss it nonetheless.
The S21 Ultra comes with 5000mAh battery, while the Note comes with a 4500mAh battery. It is clear, isn’t it Harley?
Yeeeeeees Spider-Man 😍😍
Both devices support the same charging speed. But the S21 Ultra comes with better battery management because of the more advanced CPU. The CPU is built on the 5nm architecture.
The battery management is battery, giving the S21 Ultra the point.
Ok, Storage and Connectivity:
Despite the fact that the S21 Ultra supports more advanced features such as the WiFi 6e, but the removal of the SD support makes both devices get a point. Both devices support WiFi Calling, VoLTE and NFC among other features. But they decided to remove the SD card support from the S21 Ultra. Both support dual SIM card and eSIM.
Most of these feature depend on whether your carrier supports them or not. All of them are supported on both devices. Both support DeX and Link to Windows among many other features. But why did Samsung remove the SD card support? The point goes to the Note.
Let’s now discuss additional features and how they compare with both devices: Both devices are identical. Both support a Stylus, but the Note comes with an integrated S Pen.
These features are beneficial for businessmen/women and photographers. In the past, there was a difference, but now, they’re identical and are great for businessmen/women and photographers.
A point goes to each device.
🕷 We’ve reached a point now that’ll force me to give the point to the Note, because of its price and supported features.🕷
My God! Note 20 Ultra! 😱😱😱
hhh Yes Harley, I didn’t expect that Samsung would release a device after the Note with price increases 400 USD.
Nearly both devices are identical. The Note comes with better features and price.
The Note costs 1000 USD (when this review was wrot), This gives the Note the point if you don’t mind 100x zoom and prefer an SD card support. If you also don’t prefer the One UI 3.1 and better battery management, which is better on the S21 Ultra.
If you want to save money, the Note is an excellent choice. It’s also suitable for businessmen/women and gamers. The gaming performance is nearly identical on both devices,e but it’s better on the S21 Ultra.
The S21 Ultra costs 1.386 USD, The price makes the Notes wins the point. But when it comes to technical specs, the S21 Ultra wins the comparison.
This is my advice Harley: I don’t want Samsung to be offended, but the choice is yours. When it comes to price and additional features, the Note wins. When it comes to technical specs that are required by specialists, the S21 Ultra wins.
But for regular users, the Note wins. It is clear?
Hopefully, I am being 100% honest!🕸🕸🕸
🤡 When it comes to numbers, the S21 Ultra wins, but when it comes to logical thinking, the Note, which was released 6 months ago, wins, no ❓
Well done, see you soon Harley 🕸🕸🕸