How the Samsung Galaxy S21 series compare to the iPhone 12 series

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Samsung has just launched the Galaxy S21 series. And those interested in the flagships will most likely compare it to the iPhone 12 series.

The Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and the Galaxy S21 Ultra offer new designs and powerful specs. The new flagship series are equipped with a new 5nm Exynos 2100 processor, 5G connectivity, 120Hz Dynamic AMOLED 2X display, an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, Samsung’s beautifully mature One UI, AKG stereo speakers, and a powerful camera system.

The Galaxy S21 Ultra offers more in terms of performance and capabilities. The phone’s AMOLED display goes all the way up to WQHD resolution with an adaptive refresh rate that ranges from 10Hz (for static content) to 120Hz (for videos and games).

Its cameras get a huge boost as well. There’s a 108MP main camera at the back and a 40MP selfie shooter in front. It also boast of updated video recording functions.

Samsung Galaxy S21 vs iPhone 12

At this point, we all know about the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. The series are headlined by 5G support, 5nm A14 Bionic chipset, 60Hz Super Retina XDR OLED displays, and MagSafe. The Pro models get a third camera, LiDAR,  Apple ProRAW, and Dolby Vision video. If you need a refresher, you can check out our iPhone 12 post here.

In any case, if you’re on the fence on what to get, you can use the comparison table below to see which device fits your needs. We listed local pricing as well. Oh, and we excluded the iPhone 12 mini from the list because it doesn’t have a counterpart on the Galaxy S21 series.

Samsung Galaxy S21 series & the iPhone 12 series comparison table

SpecsSamsung Galaxy S21Samsung Galaxy S21 PlusSamsung Galaxy S21 UltraiPhone 12iPhone 12 ProiPhone 12 Pro Max
Display6.2-inch AMOLED
2400 x 1080
6.7-inch AMOLED
2400 x 1080
6.8-inch AMOLED
3200 x 1440
6.1 inches, OLED, True Tone
2532 x 1170
6.1 inches, OLED, True Tone
2532 x 1170
6.7 inches, OLED, True Tone
2778 x 1284
Refresh RateAdaptive 48Hz to 120HzAdaptive 48Hz to 120HzAdaptive 10Hz to 120Hz60Hz60Hz60Hz
ProcessorExynos 2100, 5nmExynos 2100, 5nmExynos 2100, 5nmA14 Bionic, 5nmA14 Bionic, 5nmA14 Bionic, 5nm
Storage256GB256GB256GB / 512GB64GB, 128GB, 256GB128GB, 256GB, 512GB128GB, 256GB, 512GB
Rear Camera12MP Main (f/1.8, OIS, Dual Pixel AF, 1.8µm)

12MP Ultrawide (f/2.2, 1.4µm)

64MP Telephoto 3x Zoom (f/2.0, OIS, 0.8µm)
12MP Main (f/1.8, OIS, Dual Pixel AF, 1.8µm)

12MP Ultrawide (f/2.2, 1.4µm)

64MP Telephoto 3x Zoom (f/2.0, OIS, 0.8µm)
108MP Main (f/1.8, OIS, 0.8µm)

12MP Ultrawide (f/2.2, Dual Pixel AF, 1.4µm)

10MP 3x Zoom (f/2.4, OIS, Dual Pixel AF, 1.22µm)

10MP 10x Zoom (f/4.9, OIS, Dual Pixel AF, 1.22µm)
12MP Main (f/1.6, OIS, Dual Pixel AF, 1.4µm)

12MP Ultrawide (f/2.4)
12MP Main (f/1.6, Dual Pixel AF, OIS, 1.4µm)

12MP Ultrawide (f/2.4)

12MP Telephoto 2x Zoom (f/2.0, OIS, 1.0µm)
12MP Main (f/1.6, Dual Pixel AF, IBIS)

12MP Ultrawide (f/2.4)

12MP Telephoto 2.5x Zoom (f/2.2, OIS, 1.0µm)
Front Camera10MP (f/2.2)10MP (f/2.2)40MP (f/2.2)12MP (f/2.2)12MP (f/2.2)12MP (f/2.2)
Network5G, mmWave and sub-6GHz5G, mmWave and sub-6GHz5G, mmWave and sub-6GHz5G, mmWave and sub-6GHz5G, mmWave and sub-6GHz5G, mmWave and sub-6GHz
SecurityFingerprint, Face UnlockFingerprint, Face UnlockFingerprint, Face UnlockFace IDFace IDFace ID
OthersUSB-CUSB-CUSB-CLightning PortLightning PortLightning Port
OSOne UI, Android 11One UI, Android 12One UI, Android 13iOS 14iOS 14iOS 14
PricePhp 49,990Php 57,990Php 69,990Starts at Php 49,990Starts at Php 62,990Starts at Php 68,990

Bryan is a geek at heart and a tech enthusiast by choice. He has a strong background in corporate communications, marketing services, and customer relations having worked in the telecommunications and banking sectors for over two decades. In his spare time, he enjoys watching clips on YouTube and binge watching shows on Netflix.

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