Samsung announced the release of the newest addition to their S-series range: the Samsung Galaxy S21, on January 14, 2021. With the release of the S20 less than a year ago, we’re comparing these two devices to uncover whether the upgrade is worth it.

Making an informed decision when purchasing a new phone not only saves you money but can ensure that you’re selecting a device that can meet all your technological needs. Whether you’re looking for a futuristic or practical phone, We’ve broken down 6 factors you should consider when purchasing a smartphone by comparing the Samsung Galaxy S21 with the S20 model:

Battery life

Samsung didn’t change the battery power of the S21 compared to the S20 – both have the same battery size of 4 000 mAh. However, it is fair to note that the S21 battery might last longer due to the fact that it is set to feature a less demanding screen resolution that will likely result in the phone’s reduced power consumption. The more efficient chipset also aids in the S21’s battery efficiency which can last up to 2 hours longer than the S20.


In terms of storage both models square up. They both offer the widely common 128GB, 256GB, 512GB storage options. However, if you are use to the S20’s SD card slot that allows you to add up to 1000GB of storage, you might want to cling onto the S20. The new S21 does not have an additional SD slot which is probably another reason it comes in cheaper than the S20.


Both models have the exact same camera features and set-up. The major camera upgrades are only present in the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, where it houses 4 rear cameras. Included with the new camera is a brand new fast Bright Night sensor and pixel binning technology that results in a more detailed photo.


The biggest upgrade from the S20 to the S21 are the phone’s processing power and software. The new S21 features the latest Android 11 with a Snapdragon 888 processor which should result in increased performance and speed. The S20 isn’t lagging much behind with the Android 10 software and Snapdragon 875 processor.


Comparing the display of the S21 with the S20 we can see where Samsung downgraded in quality to upgrade the cost of the S21. The Samsung Galaxy S20 has a screen resolution of 1440 x 3200 or Quad HD compared to the S21 with a resolution of 1080 x 2400.


Somewhat of a strange phenomenon is the S21 Price. On Samsung’s pre-order site, you can get the device for R17 999 which is a lot lower that the R21 995 you had to fork our for the Samsung Galaxy S20. The price of the S21 can be attributed to Samsung’s innovative strategy on offering a more affordable device.

The spec sheet

Looking at a side by side view of the devices you would like to purchase spec sheets, can give you a very clear indication if the more expensive model is worth the extra cash. Here is a side by side comparison of the Samsung Galaxy S20 and S21.

Not much of a difference can be seen between these two models. The biggest upgrade to the Samsung S21 are the phone’s processing power and software. 

In conclusion if you have the Samsung Galaxy S20 I would definitely hold on to it as it clearly still ranks as one of Samsung’s superior smartphones. If you are thinking of upgrading I would consider purchasing a refurbished S20. With the release of the new S21, the price of the S20 is set to drop, giving you the opportunity to grab a powerhouse of a phone for a lot less than its market value.

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