Comparison between Samsung Galaxy S21 and Google Pixel 5 is here. Both phones are considered fairly compact and moreover, they are also flagship phones of their respective companies. Well, the Galaxy S21 is one of Samsung’s most notable phones, which is part of the flagship series. Having said that, and given their similarity in terms of display size, as well as physical size at the end of the day, it seems like a good idea to compare them.
The truth is, the Galaxy S21 is slightly more expensive than the Google Pixel 5, but the difference is not that big. These two phones take somewhat different design approaches, although their specifications differ widely as well. It would be fun to compare it, that’s for sure. We’ll start things off by comparing specs, and move to various other categories from there.
|Samsung Galaxy S21||Google Pixel 5|
|Screen Size||6.2 ” FullHD + Dynamic AMOLED 2X (Adaptive Refresh Rate 120Hz)||6-inch Full HD + OLED Display (90Hz)|
|screen resolution||2400 x 1080||2340 x 1080|
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 or Samsung Exynos 2100||Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G|
|RAM||8 GB (LPDDR5)||8 GB (LPDDR4X)|
|storage||128GB / 256GB, non-expandable||128 GB non-expandable|
|Rear cameras||12 MP (f / 1.8 aperture, 1.8μm, OIS, Dual Pixel PDAF)|
12 MP (f / 2.2 aperture, 1.4 μm pixel size, FoV 120 °)
64 MP (f / 2.0 aperture, 0.8μm pixel, OIS, PDAF, Hybrid Optic 3X, 30X Space Zoom)
|12.2 MP (f / 1.7 aperture, 27mm lens, 1.4μm pixel size, dual pixel PDAF, OIS)|
16 MP (ultra-wide, f / 2.2 aperture, 1.0um pixels, FoV 107 degrees)
|Front cameras||10 MP (f / 2.2 aperture, 1.22 μm pixel size, 80 ° FoV, Dual Pixel AF)||8 MP (f / 2.0, 24mm lens, 1.12μm pixels)|
|the battery||4000 mAh, Non-removable, Fast Battery Charging, Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, Wireless PowerShare||4080mAh, non-removable, 18W fast battery charging, 18W wireless charging, reverse wireless charging|
|Dimensions||151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9 mm||144.7 x 70.4 x 8.0mm|
|Weight||171 grams||151 grams|
|Connection||5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi, and USB Type-C||5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi and USB Type-C|
|Safety||In-screen fingerprint scanner (ultrasonic)||Rear fingerprint scanner|
|You are||Android 11|
One UI 3.0
|price||Starts at $ 799.99||$ 699|
Samsung Galaxy S21 vs Google Pixel 5: design
When it comes to design, the Galaxy S21 and Google Pixel 5 are not the same. Galaxy S21 made of metal and plastic, and it comes with a plastic back panel. The Google Pixel 5 is made of metal, with a layer of resin on the back and most of its sides. Both devices have ultra-thin bezels and a camera hole for viewing. This screen hole is placed in different places on these two phones, with the Pixel 5 being moved to the side, while the notch on the Galaxy S21 is placed in the middle.
Both smartphones offer flat screens, and feel a big difference in the hand. The rear camera units also look significantly different in comparison. Galaxy S21 is an extension of the phone frame. The Google Pixel 5 camera housing is rectangular in shape, and is also placed in the upper-left corner. The Pixel 5 includes a fingerprint scanner on the back which is a capacitive sensor, while the Galaxy S21 is hidden below the screen.
When it comes to size, the Galaxy S21 is slightly larger. It also comes with a slightly larger screen. The Galaxy S21 is taller and wider, and offers roughly the same thickness as the Pixel 5. It is 18 grams heavier than what Google offers. Incidentally, the battery capacity inside is the same, so this does not affect the weight difference. Both phones are compact compared to most flagship phones today, which is for sure. However, it is not small. They both feel really good, although they’re well built, which is for sure.
Samsung Galaxy S21 vs Google Pixel 5: display
Samsung Galaxy S21 features a 6,2-inch fullHD + display. It is a Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel, with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. By the way, the refresh rate is adaptive. This is a flat screen, and it supports HDR10 + content. It is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus. On the other hand, the Google Pixel 5 panel is a 6-inch Full HD + (2340 x 1080) screen. This is a 90Hz OLED screen, which also supports HDR10 + content, and is also flat. This panel is protected by Gorilla Glass 6.
So, the Galaxy S21 panel offers a higher refresh rate, although both feel super smooth, as neither of them comes with a 60Hz refresh rate. Having said that, both palettes look really good, to say the least. Both offer strong colors and really good viewing angles. The Galaxy S21 screen appears to be much clearer compared to it. It also gets brighter than the Pixel 5 screen. The Pixel 5 panel can be brighter in direct sunlight.
The blacks are deep on both screens, as you’d expect given these are OLED panels. There’s not much to complain about here, to be completely honest. The only complaint when it comes to the Pixel 5 panel is the brightness in direct sunlight, but other than that, both screens are excellent. The vast majority of users will be more than happy with them, they are also more than sharp enough. It is almost impossible to notice the difference between these and QHD + panels.
Samsung Galaxy S21 vs Google Pixel 5: performance
What is the benefit of a smartphone if its performance is not equal? Well, you’ll be glad to know that they both work great. Despite this, the Galaxy S21 is a more powerful smartphone on the paper. It comes with Snapdragon 888 or Exynos 2100 SoC, depending on the region. The Google Pixel 5 is equipped with the Snapdragon 765G processor, which is the lowest in all respects.
This is not something that you will notice in daily performance. Both phones will be fast at all times, no matter what you do. Browse the web, consume multimedia, take photos, videos, etc. Even when it comes to gaming, they’re both really good. The Galaxy S21 will load games faster, although it is more powerful, and it might also handle some graphics-intensive games better. Other than that, they’re both extremely fast so that’s not something you should be worrying about.
Other than the SoC difference, the Galaxy S21 also comes with faster RAM and storage. In theory, it should stay fast for longer than Google Pixel 5. The Pixel 5 comes with stock Android, which will aid in its performance in the long run. At the moment, both phones perform great, although the Galaxy S21 is a more powerful device on the paper. If this is something you are interested in, note the difference.
Samsung Galaxy S21 vs Google Pixel 5: Battery
In terms of battery, both devices are well-equipped. Both phones come with a 4,000 mAh battery (well, the Pixel 5 is actually 4,080 mAh), which is enough to provide good battery life, along with the software and internal parts. The Galaxy S21 has a bigger screen and a more powerful SoC. Both devices are still great in the battery life department. You will likely be able to go north for 6 hours of screen time on both phones.
We were able to get through this point, and then some, on both phones. The Galaxy S21 is still being tested, at least it was at the time of writing, but the battery life is good, that’s for sure. The Pixel 5’s battery has been excellent since we first started testing it, often extending north from 6.5 to 7 hours of screen on time. Your mileage will vary, though, of course. We all use our phones differently.
Note that graphics-intensive tasks will, of course, have a negative impact. Now, when it comes to charging, both phones offer fast wired and wireless charging, as well as reverse wireless charging. Galaxy S21 supports 25W wired charging, but it comes without a charger. Pixel 5 offers 18W wired charging. 15W wireless charging is supported on the Galaxy S21, while the Pixel 5 supports 12W fast wireless charging. Reverse wireless charging isn’t fast on either phone, but it does exist.
Samsung Galaxy S21 vs Google Pixel 5: cameras
In the camera department, both phones are excellent. Galaxy S21 comes with three cameras, wide, telephoto, and ultra-wide cameras. Pixel 5 has two very spacious cameras. The main sensor on both phones is 12MP, although it is a completely different sensor. The Pixel 5 relies on a somewhat old sensor and subsequent Google processing, while the Galaxy S21 has a newer sensor with good processing as well.
This main sensor can capture great shots in almost all lighting conditions on both devices. You’ll get a lot of sharpness during the day, and both phones handle HDR well. The Pixel 5 might have a slight edge when it comes to HDR and low-light photos. The Galaxy S21 emphasizes colors in a really cool way, and it’s definitely an improvement over the Galaxy S20. The video capture on both phones is really good, although the Galaxy S21 offers more versatility in this regard.
The ultra-wide cameras do an excellent job on both devices, even when there isn’t a lot of light in the frame. The 3x hybrid zoom on the Galaxy S21’s telephoto camera also does a really good job. Overall, each of these camera settings is excellent, and are among the best you’ll find in a smartphone.
Both phones have stereo speakers, sort of. The Galaxy S21 has two regular speakers, while the Pixel 5 has a regular speaker (main), and a secondary one at the bottom of the screen. Because of this, the Pixel 5’s speakers aren’t as loud as those on the Galaxy S21. The speakers on Galaxy S21 look richer and better in every way. By the way, you’ll get decent stereo sound via those speakers, tuned by AKG.
If you connect a pair of earphones, you can expect good sound as well on both devices. The difference isn’t that big, but we did notice that more complete audio was coming from the Galaxy S21. The difference isn’t that big at all, but it is something you may notice. Both phones do a good job in this regard, though. It’s worth noting that the 3.5mm headphone jack isn’t included with either device, so keep that in mind.