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Samsung Galaxy S21+ smartphone review: The Galaxy S21 in large

More high-end. Samsung's Galaxy S21+ flagship smartphone offers all the equipment characteristics that also distinguish the excellent Galaxy S21. But the plus sign in the product label also means that you can expect even more here. And indeed, the Galaxy S21+ delivers: for an additional 200 Euros (~$242), you get a significantly larger display and a noticeably larger battery, among other things.
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The flagship smartphones of the Galaxy S21 series attract a wide group of buyers. As its most affordable representative, the 6.2-inch Galaxy S21 will probably win the most takers. However, there is also the 6.8-inch Galaxy S21 Ultra, the flagship of the series with the best camera. In between the two is the Galaxy S21+, which also chose the golden middle path in terms of the equipment.

With its large, 6.7-inch display, the Galaxy S21+ is supposed to particularly attract gamers and fans of the series, Samsung says. Correspondingly with its 4800-mAh battery, the smartphone offers the second largest battery of the Galaxy S21 series, and like its siblings also uses a bright AMOLED display and the fast Exynos 2100.

Samsung Galaxy S21+ (Galaxy S Series)
Processor
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G 8 x 2.2 - 2.9 GHz, Exynos X1 / Cortex-A78 / A55
Graphics adapter
Memory
8192 MB 
, LPDDR5
Display
6.70 inch 20:9, 2400 x 1080 pixel 393 PPI, capacitive, dynamic AMOLED 2X, HDR10, HDR10+, FHD+, glossy: yes, HDR, 120 Hz
Storage
128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash, 128 GB 
, 99.8 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: USB-C, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, barometer, gyro sensor, geomagnetic sensor, hall sensor, proximity sensor, OTG, DRM Widevine L1, Camera2 API Full, Head SAR 0.541 W/kg, Body SAR 1.335 W/kg
Networking
Wi-Fi 6E (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 3G (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz), 4G (bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 32, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66), 5G (bands n1, n3, n5, n7, n8, n20, n28, n38, n40, n41, n66, n77, n78), eSIM, Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.8 x 161.5 x 75.6 ( = 0.31 x 6.36 x 2.98 in)
Battery
4800 mAh Lithium-Ion
Charging
wireless charging, fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 11
Camera
Primary Camera: 12 MPix wide-angle (1/1.76“, F1.8, FOV 79°) + 64 MP telephoto (1/1.72“, F2.0, FOV 76°) + 12 MP ultra wide (1/2.55“, F2.2, FOV 120°), OIS, hybrid optical zoom 3x, super resolution zoom 30x, 8K video (16:9, 24 FPS)
Secondary Camera: 10 MPix (1/3.24“, F2.2, FOV 80°), dual pixel AF
Additional features
Speakers: dual, Keyboard: onscreen, USB cable, SIM tool, quick start guide, One UI 3.1, 24 Months Warranty, fanless, waterproof
Weight
200 g ( = 7.05 oz / 0.44 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
1049 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
89.4 %
02/2021
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14
200 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.70"2400x1080
88.6 %
12/2020
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
A14, A14 Bionic GPU
228 g128 GB NVMe6.70"2778x1284
89.2 %
04/2020
Huawei P40 Pro
Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16
209 g256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash6.58"2640x1200
88.3 %
04/2020
OnePlus 8 Pro
SD 865, Adreno 650
199 g256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash6.78"3168x1440
87.1 %
02/2021
Xiaomi Mi 11
SD 888 5G, Adreno 660
196 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.81"3200x1440
87.5 %
04/2020
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11
188 g128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash6.70"3200x1440
Size comparison: Galaxy S21 (6.2 inch), Galaxy S21+ (6.7 inch) und Galaxy S21 Ultra (6.8 inch)
Size comparison: Galaxy S21 (6.2 inch), Galaxy S21+ (6.7 inch) und Galaxy S21 Ultra (6.8 inch)

The exteriors of all the IP68-certified Galaxy S21 smartphones are almost identical if you disregard the different form factors. The front looks completely identical, and the Galaxy S21+ also uses a flat AMOLED display with an ultra-sound fingerprint sensor hidden underneath and a selfie camera placed at the top edge of the display. 

In contrast to the Galaxy S21, the Galaxy S21+ does not use a plastic back, but like the Galaxy S21 Ultra, also protects its back cover with a layer of Gorilla Glass. In terms of the visual appearance, there is practically no difference between the matte glass back and the plastic back cover of the Galaxy S21, but there is a haptic difference, since the glass back cover has a much higher-quality feel. Both kinds of back cover offer a slight resistance to the fingers, which ensures a secure grip.

The Galaxy S21+ uses the same cameras as the Galaxy S21: a triple lens setup consisting of a 64-MP telephoto lens, a 12-MP wide-angle, and a 12-MP ultra-wide angle lens. The Galaxy S21 Ultra has four cameras.

The Galaxy S21+ is available in "Phantom Black" as in our test unit, as well as "Phantom Silver" and "Phantom Violet." In addition, with "Phantom Gold" and "Phantom Red," there are also two colors that are exclusively available in Samsung's online shop.

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Size Comparison

165.3 mm / 6.51 inch 74.3 mm / 2.93 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 199 g0.4387 lbs164.3 mm / 6.47 inch 74.6 mm / 2.94 inch 8.06 mm / 0.3173 inch 196 g0.4321 lbs161.9 mm / 6.37 inch 73.7 mm / 2.9 inch 7.8 mm / 0.3071 inch 188 g0.4145 lbs161.5 mm / 6.36 inch 75.6 mm / 2.98 inch 7.8 mm / 0.3071 inch 200 g0.4409 lbs160.8 mm / 6.33 inch 78.1 mm / 3.07 inch 7.4 mm / 0.2913 inch 228 g0.503 lbs158.2 mm / 6.23 inch 72.6 mm / 2.86 inch 8.95 mm / 0.3524 inch 209 g0.4608 lbs

Equipment - 8 GB RAM, minimum of 128 GB storage, and a UWB chip

The Galaxy S21+ offers 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and two storage models. The smallest model with 128 GB of UFS 3.1 storage officially costs 1049 Euros (~$1271). Because you cannot expand the internal storage due to the lack of a microSD slot, it might be worthwhile to just chose the 256-GB version for a recommended retail price of 1099 Euros (~$1332).

There is really only one important difference in terms of the equipment of the Galaxy S21 smartphones: Only the Galaxy S21+ and the Galaxy S21 Ultra offer an ultra-wideband chip (UWB). Using the UWB chip in combination with the SmartThings app, you can, for example, exactly locate things like keys, bags, or headphones and also control smart home devices.

The USB-C port of the Galaxy S21+ operates at USB 3.2 Gen.1 speed, supports USB OTG, is able to output the display signal via HDMI and DisplayPort adapter, and finally also serves as the audio port, since it lacks a dedicated 3.5-mm audio port. You also have to make do without an IR blaster, radio receiver, or notification LED. The tasks of the latter are taken up by an always-on display. Additional equipment includes Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, ANT+, the Full Camera2 API level, and DRM Widevine L1.

Software - Android 11 and OneUI 3.1 for the Galaxy S21+

The Galaxy S21+ includes Android 11 with Samsung's OneUI 3.1 user interface. Currently, the high-end smartphone is updated diligently. During our test, the firmware of the Galaxy S21+ was updated to version G996BXXU1AUB8, which in addition to performance improvements and bug fixes also included the newest Android security patches (level of February 1st).

The preinstalled apps take up about 28 GB of space, leaving only about 100 GB of available storage in the 128-GB model from the start. In addition to the Google tools, the ROM also includes various Samsung tools, including the Bixby smart assistant and the DeX desktop mode. Several Microsoft apps such as OneDrive and LinkedIn, as well as third-party tools such as Netflix and Spotify, are also included.

Communication and GPS - Fast WLAN and accurate GPS

Like all the Galaxy S21 models, the Galaxy S21+ also supports 5G without mmWave and offers space for two SIM cards. Alternatively, you can also activate an eSIM as a second SIM.

The Galaxy S21+ masters all the current WiFi standards up to WiFi 6E, including VHT160. However, in the 160-MHz range, the smartphone is moving beyond its comfort zone, as our test shows. In connection with our Netgear Nighthawk AX12 reference router, it is much slower in this range, as expected. But at least the transfer rates are relatively stable, although this is only a weak consolation. The low VHT160 starting value when sending is due to the router waking up.

The data transfer using VHT80, however, ranges at a good level. At an average of 855 Mbit/s when receiving, it is even a tad faster than the other high-end competitors in our comparison. On the other hand, at 747 Mbit/s while sending, it is only sufficient for one of the lower places in the middle of the field.

Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Huawei P40 Pro
Mali-G76 MP16, Kirin 990 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
1544 (797min - 1619max) MBit/s ∼100% +107%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 865, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
876 (767min - 904max) MBit/s ∼57% +17%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Mali-G77 MP11, Exynos 990, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
863 (759min - 898max) MBit/s ∼56% +16%
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 128 GB NVMe
848 (822min - 881max) MBit/s ∼55% +14%
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Mali-G78 MP14, Exynos 2100 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
747 (650min - 862max) MBit/s ∼48%
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Mali-G78 MP14, Exynos 2100 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
600 (305min - 657max) MBit/s ∼39% -20%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
519 (391min - 604max) MBit/s ∼34% -31%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.59 - 1599, n=286, last 2 years)
472 MBit/s ∼31% -37%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Mali-G78 MP14, Exynos 2100 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
855 (827min - 886max) MBit/s ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Mali-G78 MP14, Exynos 2100 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
854 (804min - 879max) MBit/s ∼100% 0%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
842 (329min - 976max) MBit/s ∼98% -2%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Mali-G77 MP11, Exynos 990, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
835 (808min - 847max) MBit/s ∼98% -2%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 865, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
831 (745min - 872max) MBit/s ∼97% -3%
Huawei P40 Pro
Mali-G76 MP16, Kirin 990 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
821 (388min - 998max) MBit/s ∼96% -4%
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 128 GB NVMe
575 (364min - 613max) MBit/s ∼67% -33%
Average of class Smartphone
  (15.5 - 1414, n=286, last 2 years)
465 MBit/s ∼54% -46%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø854 (827-886)
; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø853 (804-879)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø747 (650-862)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø591 (305-657)
GPS reception indoors
GPS reception indoors
GPS reception outdoors
GPS reception outdoors

The Galaxy S21+ determines its location using the GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, and Galileo satellite navigation systems. In our test, it succeeds indoors with an accuracy of up to 8 meters (~26 ft), but it takes a little while. Outdoors on the other hand, the satfix is completed already after a few seconds and also much more accurate at 4 meters (~13 ft).

We evaluate the quality of the navigation skills in practice with a little bike tour where we also take the Garmin Edge 500 for comparison. While the Galaxy S21+ does not record the 10.4-kilometer route (~6.5 miles) quite as accurately as the professional navigation device, its GPS accuracy is absolutely sufficient for everyday usage. 

Samsung Galaxy S21+: overall route
Samsung Galaxy S21+: overall route
Samsung Galaxy S21+: lake
Samsung Galaxy S21+: lake
Samsung Galaxy S21+: turning point
Samsung Galaxy S21+: turning point
Garmin Edge 500: overall route
Garmin Edge 500: overall route
Garmin Edge 500: lake
Garmin Edge 500: lake
Garmin Edge 500: turning point
Garmin Edge 500: turning point

Phone Functions and Voice Quality

The Galaxy S21+ supports VoLTE and VoWiFi and is able to accept two SIM cards. Instead of a physical SIM card, you can also activate an eSIM.

In terms of the voice quality, the smartphone will get a thumbs up overall. Thanks to the efficient noise suppression, the communication of the conversation partners also succeeds flawlessly in louder surroundings. Only the speaker mode of the Samsung is unable to completely convince us, since voices sound fairly tinny and the range of the microphones is not very far.

Cameras - The same, powerful triple-camera system as in the Galaxy S21

Picture taken with the main camera
Picture taken with the main camera

The Galaxy S21+ shares the same camera equipment as the Galaxy S21. Both use a triple-camera system, consisting of a 64-MP telephoto lens (1/1.72", F2.0, FOV 76°, OIS), a 12-MP wide-angle lens (1/1.76“, F1.8, FOV 79°, OIS), and a 12-MP ultra-wide angle lens (1/2.55", F2.2, FOV 120°). The 10-MP selfie camera (1/3.24", F2.2, FOV 80°) is also the same and takes good-quality pictures.

Due to the identical camera setup, our verdict for the Galaxy S21 also fits exactly to the Galaxy S21+: The triple camera takes excellent pictures in daylight that convince with strong contrasts and natural-looking colors, even if they appear slightly saturated as is typical for Samsung. In weak light conditions, the night mode helps to still get many details from the scene. 

A weak point of the camera is its lack of an optical zoom, which can only be compensated to a limited extent with its up to 30x digital enlargement. As our test scene number 4 shows, the Galaxy S21+ still succeeds in taking quite decent zoom pictures.

Picture taken with the selfie camera
Picture taken with the selfie camera
Picture taken with the main camera
Picture taken with the main camera

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Daylight scene 1Daylight scene 2Ultra wideangle5x zoomLowlight Scene

In controlled light conditions (bottom color card), the Samsung captures colors and gray tones fairly accurately, only slightly oversaturating dark green tones. The reproduction of the test chart is sharp almost throughout. While there is some slight brightening at the edges of the image, this also happens in professional cameras. In weak light conditions (top color card, 1 Lux), the color accuracy and sharpness of the detail also suffer, and the test chart looks only blurry.

ColorChecker
11.6 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
8.7 ∆E
15.9 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
3.6 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
7.4 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
6.9 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
11 ∆E
7.3 ∆E
2.8 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
1.4 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy S21+: 6.77 ∆E min: 1.36 - max: 15.86 ∆E
ColorChecker
29.6 ∆E
53.4 ∆E
38.9 ∆E
34.8 ∆E
44.8 ∆E
61.5 ∆E
52.4 ∆E
34.8 ∆E
43.2 ∆E
29 ∆E
64 ∆E
63.1 ∆E
29.4 ∆E
47.7 ∆E
36.9 ∆E
74.4 ∆E
43.7 ∆E
41.9 ∆E
82.3 ∆E
69.8 ∆E
52 ∆E
36.9 ∆E
23.8 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy S21+: 45.93 ∆E min: 13.91 - max: 82.35 ∆E

Accessories and Warranty - Charger not included

Samsung ships the Galaxy S21 smartphones without including a charger. The box of the Galaxy S21+ therefore only includes a USB cable (Type-A to Type-C), a SIM tool, a quick-start manual, and a leaflet with warranty information.

Of course you can buy the missing charger in Samsung's online shop. And you can also add other optional accessories such as Bluetooth headphones and USB adapters into your shopping cart at that occasion. However, those who still have another USB-C charger can continue to use it with the Galaxy S21+, which can be charged at up to 25 watts.

The 24-month warranty of the Galaxy S21+ can be expanded by the Care+ warranty package.

Input Devices and Operation - Lightning-fast system speed

The combination of high-end hardware and 120-Hz display ensures that the operation of the Galaxy S21+ remains smooth at all times. The masterful overall impression also includes the ultrasound fingerprint sensor that is integrated into the display and unlocks the smartphone quickly and reliably.

As standard keyboard, the Galaxy S21+ uses the Samsung keyboard, which shows a split keyboard in landscape format. Those who prefer a different keyboard, can change this anytime in the Android settings.

Keyboard - portrait
Keyboard - portrait
Keyboard - landscape
Keyboard - landscape
Keyboard selection
Keyboard selection

Display - 120-Hz AMOLED panel with only FHD+

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

The AMOLED display of the Galaxy S21+ has a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels, which is the same resolution as the Galaxy S21. However, since that is also significantly smaller at 6.2 inches, it is able to score with the higher pixel density, which is 424 PPI compared to the 393 PPI of the Galaxy S21+.

While the Galaxy S21+ is very far from having a pixelated display with this, it is still a bit disappointing that Samsung would not give the smartphone that is second in the Galaxy S21 hierarchy a higher resolution than the smallest of the models. 
However, the display characteristics give no reason for complaint. The panel is able to adjust its refresh rate to the displayed contents within the range between 48 and 120 Hz. Those who want to save some power or don't need a 120-Hz display can switch to a fixed refresh rate of 60 Hz any time.

At an average of 828 cd/m², the AMOLED screen is very bright, and the brightness is also distributed extremely evenly across the screen (97%). In the APL50 measurement, we even get a maximum of 1131 cd/m² from the screen, while it is still 414 cd/m² without the brightness sensor. In the lowest brightness setting, we measure 1.57 cd/m².

Like the Galaxy S21 and the Galaxy S21 Ultra, the Galaxy S21+ is also not without OLED flickering. With minimum panel brightness, the flickering is within the frequency range between 231.5 and 249.1 Hz, and at higher brightness at a constant 240.4 Hz. For sensitive users, those are not good news, since they might notice the low-frequency OLED flickering as annoying.

OLED flickering at minimum panel brightness (231.5 - 249.1 Hz)
OLED flickering at minimum panel brightness (231.5 - 249.1 Hz)
OLED flickering at higher panel brightness (240.4 Hz)
OLED flickering at higher panel brightness (240.4 Hz)
822
cd/m²
803
cd/m²
800
cd/m²
824
cd/m²
814
cd/m²
811
cd/m²
828
cd/m²
822
cd/m²
801
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 828 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 813.9 cd/m² Minimum: 1.57 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 97 %
Center on Battery: 814 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.5
ΔE Greyscale 1.4 | 0.64-98 Ø5.7
98.9% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.12
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 2400x1080, 6.70
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
OLED, 2778x1284, 6.70
Huawei P40 Pro
OLED, 2640x1200, 6.58
OnePlus 8 Pro
AMOLED, 3168x1440, 6.78
Xiaomi Mi 11
LED DotDisplay, 3200x1440, 6.81
Samsung Galaxy S20+
AMOLED, 3200x1440, 6.70
Screen
14%
-1%
23%
5%
-14%
Brightness middle
814
855
5%
584
-28%
796
-2%
840
3%
740
-9%
Brightness
814
857
5%
576
-29%
779
-4%
845
4%
747
-8%
Brightness Distribution
97
98
1%
95
-2%
94
-3%
98
1%
94
-3%
Black Level *
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2
1.1
45%
1.1
45%
0.68
66%
1.2
40%
2.6
-30%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
3.6
2.51
30%
2.3
36%
1.55
57%
2.7
25%
4.57
-27%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
1.4
1.4
-0%
1.8
-29%
1.1
21%
2
-43%
1.5
-7%
Gamma
2.12 104%
2.187 101%
2.16 102%
2.237 98%
2.26 97%
2.269 97%
CCT
6568 99%
6337 103%
6355 102%
6310 103%
6492 100%
6284 103%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 240.4 Hz ≤ 99 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 240.4 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 99 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 240.4 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 21103 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

The panel produces the best color reproduction in the "Natural" display mode, which is limited to the sRGB color space, though. The display will produce more vibrant but less accurate colors in the "Vibrant" display mode, which covers the larger DCI-P3 color space.

Color Accuracy (Vibrant mode, DCI-P3 target color space)
Color Accuracy (Vibrant mode, DCI-P3 target color space)
Color Accuracy (Natural mode, sRGB target color space)
Color Accuracy (Natural mode, sRGB target color space)
Color Space (Vibrant mode, DCI-P3 target color space)
Color Space (Vibrant mode, DCI-P3 target color space)
Color Space (Natural mode, sRGB target color space)
Color Space (Natural mode, sRGB target color space)
Grayscale (Vibrant mode, DCI-P3 target color space)
Grayscale (Vibrant mode, DCI-P3 target color space)
Grayscale (Natural mode, sRGB target color space)
Grayscale (Natural mode, sRGB target color space)
Saturation (Vibrant mode, DCI-P3 target color space)
Saturation (Vibrant mode, DCI-P3 target color space)
Saturation (Natural mode, sRGB target color space)
Saturation (Natural mode, sRGB target color space)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
2.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 1.2 ms rise
↘ 1.2 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 1 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (23.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
10 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 5.2 ms rise
↘ 4.8 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 11 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (37.6 ms).

Due to its high brightness reserves, the Galaxy S21+ is very well suited for outdoor usage, displaying the contents easily readable even in direct sunlight.

The viewing angle stability of the display also leaves no reason for complaint. While there is still some bluish or greenish tint when viewing from very steep viewing angles as is typical for AMOLED displays, this has no influence on the readability of the screen.

Using it outdoors
Using it outdoors
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance - The Exynos 2100 is almost as powerful as the Snapdragon 888

The Galaxy S21+ gets its computing power from the Exynos 2100 SoC, which is also used in the Galaxy S21 and the Galaxy S21 Ultra. The octa-core processor is supported by 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and the ARM Mali-G78 MP14 GPU.

In other regions such as North America, for example, the Galaxy S21 series is offered with the Snapdragon 888, which is also used by the Xiaomi Mi 11 among the comparison devices. The Exynos 2100 and the Snapdragon 888 compete head-to-head at the high-end level and both currently belong to the fastest Smartphone SoCs.

In the synthetic benchmarks as well as the browser tests, the Snapdragon 888 is slightly ahead overall. However, this does not change anything about the very good system performance of the Galaxy S21+, to which the excellent read and write performance of the UFS 3.1 storage also delivers some contribution.

Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
1100 Points ∼83%
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
1326 Points ∼100% +21%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
779 Points ∼59% -29%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
909 Points ∼69% -17%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
1136 Points ∼86% +3%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
944 Points ∼71% -14%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
  (1003 - 1106, n=3)
1070 Points ∼81% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1755, n=257, last 2 years)
610 Points ∼46% -45%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
3364 Points ∼89%
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
3476 Points ∼92% +3%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
3165 Points ∼84% -6%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
3318 Points ∼88% -1%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
3784 Points ∼100% +12%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
2899 Points ∼77% -14%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
  (3228 - 3583, n=3)
3392 Points ∼90% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 4914, n=257, last 2 years)
2063 Points ∼55% -39%
Vulkan Score 5.3 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
6259 Points ∼99%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
4279 Points ∼67% -32%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
  (6252 - 6524, n=3)
6345 Points ∼100% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (72 - 7701, n=157, last 2 years)
2289 Points ∼36% -63%
OpenCL Score 5.3 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
7514 Points ∼100%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
4674 Points ∼62% -38%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
  (7400 - 7514, n=3)
7449 Points ∼99% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (255 - 7514, n=158, last 2 years)
2325 Points ∼31% -69%
PCMark for Android
Work performance score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
15718 Points ∼96%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
14352 Points ∼87% -9%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
13471 Points ∼82% -14%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
14586 Points ∼89% -7%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
14760 Points ∼90% -6%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
  (15718 - 16777, n=3)
16412 Points ∼100% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2689 - 19989, n=182, last 2 years)
10125 Points ∼62% -36%
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
12255 Points ∼92%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
11341 Points ∼85% -7%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
11153 Points ∼83% -9%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
12876 Points ∼96% +5%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
10583 Points ∼79% -14%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
  (12255 - 14362, n=3)
13368 Points ∼100% +9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (82 - 15299, n=228, last 2 years)
8099 Points ∼61% -34%
3DMark
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
82889 Points ∼76%
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
109408 Points ∼100% +32%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
70593 Points ∼65% -15%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
82562 Points ∼75% 0%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
41415 Points ∼38% -50%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
  (78566 - 82889, n=3)
80892 Points ∼74% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2920 - 117606, n=161, last 2 years)
41133 Points ∼38% -50%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
98950 Points ∼44%
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
224130 Points ∼100% +127%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
82652 Points ∼37% -16%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
149017 Points ∼66% +51%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
48476 Points ∼22% -51%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
  (88848 - 101231, n=3)
96343 Points ∼43% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2177 - 224130, n=161, last 2 years)
59148 Points ∼26% -40%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
52859 Points ∼100%
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
39194 Points ∼74% -26%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
46731 Points ∼88% -12%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
32240 Points ∼61% -39%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
27431 Points ∼52% -48%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
  (48010 - 55917, n=3)
52262 Points ∼99% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (8324 - 59268, n=161, last 2 years)
23546 Points ∼45% -55%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
Points ∼0%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
6739 Points ∼76%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
8811 Points ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
5696 Points ∼65%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
  (7078 - 8960, n=2)
8019 Points ∼91%
Average of class Smartphone
  (68 - 11256, n=230, last 2 years)
3491 Points ∼40%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
Points ∼0%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
7499 Points ∼63%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
11371 Points ∼96%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
6392 Points ∼54%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
  (10216 - 13507, n=2)
11862 Points ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (54 - 16670, n=230, last 2 years)
4070 Points ∼34%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
Points ∼0%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
4975 Points ∼100%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
4928 Points ∼99%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
4124 Points ∼83%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
  (3411 - 4113, n=2)
3762 Points ∼76%
Average of class Smartphone
  (607 - 5301, n=230, last 2 years)
2822 Points ∼57%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
7718 Points ∼79%
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
8333 Points ∼85% +8%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
7286 Points ∼74% -6%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
9807 Points ∼100% +27%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
7576 Points ∼77% -2%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
  (7718 - 9245, n=3)
8299 Points ∼85% +8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (149 - 11895, n=257, last 2 years)
4344 Points ∼44% -44%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
9794 Points ∼44%
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
22052 Points ∼100% +125%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
7905 Points ∼36% -19%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
12665 Points ∼57% +29%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
9471 Points ∼43% -3%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
  (9794 - 13273, n=3)
10985 Points ∼50% +12%
Average of class Smartphone
  (122 - 31940, n=257, last 2 years)
5613 Points ∼25% -43%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
2622 Points ∼46%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
5718 Points ∼100%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
5480 Points ∼96%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
4455 Points ∼78%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
  (4483 - 4688, n=2)
4586 Points ∼80%
Average of class Smartphone
  (640 - 5784, n=255, last 2 years)
3056 Points ∼53%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
Points ∼0%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
6060 Points ∼80%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
7117 Points ∼93%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
6896 Points ∼91%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
 
7614 Points ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (78 - 9138, n=227, last 2 years)
2688 Points ∼35%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
Points ∼0%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
6465 Points ∼65%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
8106 Points ∼81%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
8469 Points ∼85%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
 
9978 Points ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (62 - 11573, n=227, last 2 years)
2845 Points ∼29%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
Points ∼0%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
4971 Points ∼100%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
4987 Points ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
4180 Points ∼84%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
 
4162 Points ∼83%
Average of class Smartphone
  (435 - 5318, n=227, last 2 years)
2842 Points ∼57%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
8001 Points ∼86%
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
7294 Points ∼78% -9%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
6508 Points ∼70% -19%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
8111 Points ∼87% +1%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
9343 Points ∼100% +17%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
7459 Points ∼80% -7%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
  (6717 - 8345, n=3)
7688 Points ∼82% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (91 - 9839, n=259, last 2 years)
3570 Points ∼38% -55%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
10913 Points ∼91%
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
11824 Points ∼98% +8%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
6771 Points ∼56% -38%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
9379 Points ∼78% -14%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
12023 Points ∼100% +10%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
9190 Points ∼76% -16%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
  (7680 - 10913, n=3)
9796 Points ∼81% -10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (73 - 16221, n=259, last 2 years)
4176 Points ∼35% -62%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
4137 Points ∼72%
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
3115 Points ∼54% -25%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
5728 Points ∼100% +38%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
5506 Points ∼96% +33%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
5249 Points ∼92% +27%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
4495 Points ∼78% +9%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
  (4137 - 4668, n=3)
4485 Points ∼78% +8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (626 - 5793, n=259, last 2 years)
3090 Points ∼54% -25%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
Points ∼0%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
5648 Points ∼85%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
6618 Points ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
6355 Points ∼96%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
 
6340 Points ∼96%
Average of class Smartphone
  (426 - 6977, n=194, last 2 years)
2643 Points ∼40%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
Points ∼0%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
6360 Points ∼64%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
8279 Points ∼84%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
8783 Points ∼89%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
 
9900 Points ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (349 - 11259, n=194, last 2 years)
2970 Points ∼30%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
Points ∼0%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
4057 Points ∼100%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
3888 Points ∼96%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
3230 Points ∼80%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
 
2807 Points ∼69%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1786 - 4061, n=194, last 2 years)
2642 Points ∼65%
Wild Life Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
5668 Points ∼99%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
3297 Points ∼57% -42%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
5599 Points ∼97% -1%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
  (5668 - 5815, n=3)
5746 Points ∼100% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (153 - 9680, n=124, last 2 years)
3065 Points ∼53% -46%
Wild Life Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
6010 Points ∼100%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
3310 Points ∼55% -45%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
5678 Points ∼94% -6%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
  (5873 - 6010, n=3)
5950 Points ∼99% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (174 - 11700, n=121, last 2 years)
3181 Points ∼53% -47%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex Onscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
119 fps ∼99%
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
60 fps ∼50% -50%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
60 fps ∼50% -50%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
60 fps ∼50% -50%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
120 fps ∼100% +1%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
60 fps ∼50% -50%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
  (104 - 119, n=3)
111 fps ∼93% -7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (8.2 - 143, n=202, last 2 years)
63.4 fps ∼53% -47%
1920x1080 T-Rex Offscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
242 fps ∼77%
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
313.8 fps ∼100% +30%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
152 fps ∼48% -37%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
206 fps ∼66% -15%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
268 fps ∼85% +11%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
199 fps ∼63% -18%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
  (137 - 242, n=3)
178 fps ∼57% -26%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4.3 - 417, n=202, last 2 years)
120 fps ∼38% -50%
GFXBench 3.0
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
119 fps ∼100%
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
59.8 fps ∼50% -50%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
59 fps ∼50% -50%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
60 fps ∼50% -50%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
91 fps ∼76% -24%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
60 fps ∼50% -50%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
  (69 - 119, n=3)
102 fps ∼86% -14%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4.5 - 120, n=201, last 2 years)
50.7 fps ∼43% -57%
1920x1080 1080p Manhattan Offscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
161 fps ∼94%
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
170.4 fps ∼100% +6%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
118 fps ∼69% -27%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
126 fps ∼74% -22%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
158 fps ∼93% -2%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
126 fps ∼74% -22%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
  (117 - 161, n=3)
140 fps ∼82% -13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 229, n=202, last 2 years)
69.9 fps ∼41% -57%
GFXBench 3.1
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
103 fps ∼100%
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
59 fps ∼57% -43%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
52 fps ∼50% -50%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
60 fps ∼58% -42%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
59 fps ∼57% -43%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
59 fps ∼57% -43%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
  (51 - 106, n=3)
86.7 fps ∼84% -16%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3.1 - 106, n=200, last 2 years)
39.5 fps ∼38% -62%
1920x1080 Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
107 fps ∼96%
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
106 fps ∼95% -1%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
75 fps ∼68% -30%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
88 fps ∼79% -18%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
111 fps ∼100% +4%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
85 fps ∼77% -21%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
  (74 - 107, n=3)
88 fps ∼79% -18%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.4 - 151, n=200, last 2 years)
48 fps ∼43% -55%
GFXBench
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
56 fps ∼100%
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
42.9 fps ∼77% -23%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
31 fps ∼55% -45%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
45 fps ∼80% -20%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
33 fps ∼59% -41%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
45 fps ∼80% -20%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
  (30 - 58, n=3)
48 fps ∼86% -14%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3.3 - 61, n=199, last 2 years)
24.8 fps ∼44% -56%
1920x1080 Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
62 fps ∼83%
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
75 fps ∼100% +21%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
44 fps ∼59% -29%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
51 fps ∼68% -18%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
67 fps ∼89% +8%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
51 fps ∼68% -18%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
  (42 - 62, n=3)
54 fps ∼72% -13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.8 - 96.6, n=199, last 2 years)
28.9 fps ∼39% -53%
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
64 fps ∼100%
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
53.5 fps ∼84% -16%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
36 fps ∼56% -44%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
48 fps ∼75% -25%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
41 fps ∼64% -36%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
52 fps ∼81% -19%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
  (37 - 64, n=3)
49 fps ∼77% -23%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.5 - 73, n=268, last 2 years)
25 fps ∼39% -61%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
64 fps ∼75%
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
85 fps ∼100% +33%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
50 fps ∼59% -22%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
54 fps ∼64% -16%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
79 fps ∼93% +23%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
58 fps ∼68% -9%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
  (49 - 69, n=3)
60.7 fps ∼71% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.95 - 257, n=268, last 2 years)
29.4 fps ∼35% -54%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
44 fps ∼100%
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
40 fps ∼91% -9%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
23 fps ∼52% -48%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
31 fps ∼70% -30%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
25 fps ∼57% -43%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
33 fps ∼75% -25%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
  (26 - 45, n=3)
38.3 fps ∼87% -13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 60, n=269, last 2 years)
16.8 fps ∼38% -62%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
27 fps ∼90%
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
30 fps ∼100% +11%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
19 fps ∼63% -30%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
20 fps ∼67% -26%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
29 fps ∼97% +7%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
22 fps ∼73% -19%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
  (25 - 28, n=3)
26.7 fps ∼89% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.35 - 101, n=269, last 2 years)
11.4 fps ∼38% -58%
AnTuTu v8 - Total Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
617805 Points ∼88%
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
510245 Points ∼73% -17%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
496966 Points ∼71% -20%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
585231 Points ∼84% -5%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
700592 Points ∼100% +13%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
296746 Points ∼42% -52%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
  (600164 - 633158, n=3)
617042 Points ∼88% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (53335 - 727247, n=176, last 2 years)
352957 Points ∼50% -43%
AImark - Score v2.x (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
226728 Points ∼100%
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
92533 Points ∼41% -59%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
73666 Points ∼32% -68%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
209984 Points ∼92% -7%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
  (226728 - 228879, n=2)
227804 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4293 - 273221, n=84, last 2 years)
68835 Points ∼30% -70%
BaseMark OS II
Overall (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
6144 Points ∼97%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
5589 Points ∼88% -9%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
5993 Points ∼94% -2%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
6361 Points ∼100% +4%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
4779 Points ∼75% -22%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
  (6030 - 6247, n=3)
6140 Points ∼97% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (615 - 8124, n=187, last 2 years)
3884 Points ∼61% -37%
System (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
10492 Points ∼98%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
9782 Points ∼92% -7%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
10058 Points ∼94% -4%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
10377 Points ∼97% -1%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
9281 Points ∼87% -12%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
  (10492 - 10936, n=3)
10653 Points ∼100% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1160 - 19657, n=187, last 2 years)
7033 Points ∼66% -33%
Memory (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
6246 Points ∼71%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
6038 Points ∼69% -3%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
7240 Points ∼82% +16%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
8789 Points ∼100% +41%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
3775 Points ∼43% -40%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
  (5924 - 6588, n=3)
6253 Points ∼71% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (522 - 9044, n=187, last 2 years)
4579 Points ∼52% -27%
Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
14636 Points ∼100%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
10138 Points ∼69% -31%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
11842 Points ∼81% -19%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
12732 Points ∼87% -13%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
10803 Points ∼74% -26%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
  (14362 - 14636, n=3)
14545 Points ∼99% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (349 - 25642, n=187, last 2 years)
6185 Points ∼42% -58%
Web (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
1486 Points ∼91%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
1629 Points ∼100% +10%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
1496 Points ∼92% +1%
Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
1434 Points ∼88% -3%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
1378 Points ∼85% -7%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
  (1448 - 1486, n=3)
1468 Points ∼90% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (10 - 2392, n=187, last 2 years)
1319 Points ∼81% -11%
Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (Safari 14)
158.281 Points ∼100% +139%
Xiaomi Mi 11 (Chrome 88)
83.152 Points ∼53% +25%
Huawei P40 Pro (Huawei Browser 10.1)
69.956 Points ∼44% +6%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G (65.1 - 76.6, n=3)
69.3 Points ∼44% +5%
Samsung Galaxy S21+ (Chrome 88.0.4324.152)
66.27 Points ∼42%
OnePlus 8 Pro (Chrome 80)
63.374 Points ∼40% -4%
Average of class Smartphone (12.4 - 182, n=177, last 2 years)
54.9 Points ∼35% -17%
Samsung Galaxy S20+ (Chrome 80)
50.566 Points ∼32% -24%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (Safari 14)
375.22 Points ∼100% +219%
Xiaomi Mi 11 (Chrome 88)
137.89 Points ∼37% +17%
Samsung Galaxy S21+ (Chrome 88.0.4324.152)
117.78 Points ∼31%
Huawei P40 Pro (Huawei Browser 10.1)
116.61 Points ∼31% -1%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G (98.8 - 127, n=3)
115 Points ∼31% -2%
OnePlus 8 Pro (Chrome 80)
114.78 Points ∼31% -3%
Average of class Smartphone (10.8 - 414, n=187, last 2 years)
99.8 Points ∼27% -15%
Samsung Galaxy S20+ (Chrome 80)
89.329 Points ∼24% -24%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (Safari 14)
188 runs/min ∼100% +119%
Samsung Galaxy S21+ (Chrome 88.0.4324.152)
85.8 runs/min ∼46%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G (74.1 - 85.8, n=3)
81.3 runs/min ∼43% -5%
Huawei P40 Pro (Huawei Browser 10.1)
71.8 runs/min ∼38% -16%
OnePlus 8 Pro (Chome 80)
67.7 runs/min ∼36% -21%
Samsung Galaxy S20+ (Chome 80)
62.8 runs/min ∼33% -27%
Xiaomi Mi 11 (Chrome 88)
62.8 runs/min ∼33% -27%
Average of class Smartphone (9 - 244, n=163, last 2 years)
54.7 runs/min ∼29% -36%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (Safari 14)
191 Points ∼100% +87%
Xiaomi Mi 11 (Chrome 88)
124 Points ∼65% +22%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G (102 - 132, n=3)
116 Points ∼61% +14%
OnePlus 8 Pro (Chrome 80)
104 Points ∼54% +2%
Samsung Galaxy S21+ (Chrome 88.0.4324.152)
102 Points ∼53%
Samsung Galaxy S20+ (Chrome 80)
86 Points ∼45% -16%
Average of class Smartphone (20 - 252, n=193, last 2 years)
83.1 Points ∼44% -19%
Huawei P40 Pro
Points ∼0% -100%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (Safari 14)
58632 Points ∼100% +108%
Samsung Galaxy S21+ (Chrome 88.0.4324.152)
28247 Points ∼48%
Xiaomi Mi 11 (Chrome 88)
27539 Points ∼47% -3%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G (25656 - 28247, n=3)
27059 Points ∼46% -4%
Huawei P40 Pro (Huawei Browser 10.1)
23690 Points ∼40% -16%
OnePlus 8 Pro (Chrome 80)
23678 Points ∼40% -16%
Average of class Smartphone (1986 - 64222, n=200, last 2 years)
19512 Points ∼33% -31%
Samsung Galaxy S20+ (Chrome 80)
18094 Points ∼31% -36%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (414 - 29635, n=202, last 2 years)
3648 ms * ∼100% -109%
Samsung Galaxy S20+ (Chrome 80)
2488.3 ms * ∼68% -43%
OnePlus 8 Pro (Chrome 80)
1944.7 ms * ∼53% -12%
Huawei P40 Pro (Huawei Browser 10.1)
1913.7 ms * ∼52% -10%
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G (1744 - 1810, n=3)
1780 ms * ∼49% -2%
Samsung Galaxy S21+ (Chrome 88.0.4324.152)
1743.6 ms * ∼48%
Xiaomi Mi 11 (Chrome 88)
1721.5 ms * ∼47% +1%
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (Safari 14)
467 ms * ∼13% +73%

* ... smaller is better

Samsung Galaxy S21+Huawei P40 ProOnePlus 8 ProXiaomi Mi 11Samsung Galaxy S20+Average 128 GB UFS 3.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-21%
-23%
-9%
-22%
-19%
-55%
Sequential Read 256KB
1623.02
1774.68
9%
1627.3
0%
1614.92
0%
1603.1
-1%
1585 ?(1330 - 1790, n=25)
-2%
831 ?(45.6 - 2037, n=272, last 2 years)
-49%
Sequential Write 256KB
1037.14
395.74
-62%
730.4
-30%
754.41
-27%
694.3
-33%
740 ?(233 - 1095, n=25)
-29%
376 ?(11.9 - 1321, n=272, last 2 years)
-64%
Random Read 4KB
309.61
228.06
-26%
208.3
-33%
278.54
-10%
199.6
-36%
232 ?(126 - 317, n=25)
-25%
146 ?(13.5 - 325, n=272, last 2 years)
-53%
Random Write 4KB
283.31
271.83
-4%
197.7
-30%
289.32
2%
229.8
-19%
231 ?(121 - 306, n=25)
-18%
135 ?(5.5 - 330, n=272, last 2 years)
-52%

Games - Running smoothly, but still with some limitations

While the Galaxy S21+ with its high-end hardware will of course run all the current games smoothly, it was still unable to convince us to sing its praises, since there could have been more performance at times.

Two examples for this: The "PUBG Mobile" multi-person shooter only runs at a maximum of 30 FPS in the HD setting and we were unsuccessful in trying to change it to the Ultra HD setting. While in "Armajet," the Galaxy S21+ is able to use its 120-Hz-Display to the fullest, this only lasts for a short time. The SoC performance is throttled already right after starting the game, which causes the frame rate to drop continuously.

We determine the gaming frame rates using our Gamebench test tool.

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Armajet
PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
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; Armajet; 1.57.2: Ø108 (88-120)
; PUBG Mobile; 1.2.0: Ø29.9 (29-31)

Emissions - Throttling under load

Temperature

At a maximum surface temperature of 38.2 °C (101 °F) in our test, the Galaxy S21+ is always comfortable to hold. However, the smartphone has to apply the internal brakes for this. As the Wild Life stress test from 3DMark shows, the Galaxy throttles its performance considerably under load, so that at the end of the 20 runs of the test, there are only 65.8% of the original performance. We would have liked to repeat these measurements with the GFXBench battery test, but unfortunately it crashed when displaying the results.

3DMark - Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Mali-G78 MP14, Exynos 2100 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
65.8 (3805min - 5781max) % ∼100%
Max. Load
 37.4 °C
99 F
38 °C
100 F
34.4 °C
94 F
 
 38 °C
100 F
38 °C
100 F
33.8 °C
93 F
 
 35.1 °C
95 F
38.2 °C
101 F
33.5 °C
92 F
 
Maximum: 38.2 °C = 101 F
Average: 36.3 °C = 97 F
32.8 °C
91 F
34.5 °C
94 F
36.1 °C
97 F
32.5 °C
91 F
34.2 °C
94 F
36.6 °C
98 F
32.1 °C
90 F
35 °C
95 F
35.7 °C
96 F
Maximum: 36.6 °C = 98 F
Average: 34.4 °C = 94 F
Power Supply (max.)  26.5 °C = 80 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 36.3 °C / 97 F, compared to the average of 32.9 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 38.2 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 35.2 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 36.6 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 28.7 °C / 84 F, compared to the device average of 32.9 °C / 91 F.

Speakers

While the two Dolby Atmos speakers of the Galaxy S21 produce an acceptable sound with balanced mids and highs, it still sounds fairly tinny due to the lack of bass. Headphones and speakers can be connected via USB-C adapter or wirelessly via Bluetooth 5.0. The Samsung supports the Bluetooth SBC, AAC, aptX, and LDAC codecs.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs202633.32528.333.33123.323.54024.330.45033.935.86322.526.28022.519.610023.923.312517.231.116019.94720016.550.525013.353.531517.6584002060.450019.664.263023.267.580013.271.5100012.673.6125012.678.516001476.7200012.776.9250012.777.1315013.278.9400013.776.8500013.774.1630013.973.8800013.474.9100001475.11250014.769.51600015.758.5SPL27.387.8N0.971.6median 14median 71.5Delta2.710.141.348.937.543.22931.231.631.233.235.428.329.923.322.523.323.324.230.420.541.51948.217.652.216.954.416.256.816.463.318.36616.16614.770.914.274.314.776.113.976.214.376.414.975.314.875.315.371.414.967.31570.415.572.316.469.31672.475.372.427.585.63326.1160.9median 16median 69.329.3hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseSamsung Galaxy S21+Samsung Galaxy S20+
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Samsung Galaxy S21+ audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (87.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 27.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5.3% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (4.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.3% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (19.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 15% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 76% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 42% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 50% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Samsung Galaxy S20+ audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (85.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 27.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5.7% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.9% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (19.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 20% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 72% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 46% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 46% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery Life - The second largest battery in the Galaxy S21 series

Power Consumption

Since Samsung does not include a charger with the Galaxy S21+, you have to either buy one or use one that you already have. You can recharge the smartphone at up to 25 watts, or wirelessly via Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 at up to 15 watts. Wireless PowerShare is also supported.

While there is nothing conspicuous in terms of the power consumption, it is slightly above average under load.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.01 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.74 / 1.27 / 1.33 Watt
Load midlight 6.32 / 9.61 Watt
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Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Samsung Galaxy S21+
4800 mAh
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
3687 mAh
Huawei P40 Pro
4200 mAh
OnePlus 8 Pro
4510 mAh
Xiaomi Mi 11
4600 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S20+
4500 mAh
Average Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
6%
7%
-103%
-46%
-31%
-11%
-13%
Idle Minimum *
0.74
0.8
-8%
0.92
-24%
2.2
-197%
1.57
-112%
1
-35%
0.967 ?(0.74 - 1.1, n=3)
-31%
0.933 ?(0.12 - 2.5, n=217, last 2 years)
-26%
Idle Average *
1.27
1.5
-18%
1.41
-11%
3.3
-160%
1.92
-51%
1.7
-34%
1.357 ?(1.19 - 1.61, n=3)
-7%
1.794 ?(0.65 - 3.94, n=217, last 2 years)
-41%
Idle Maximum *
1.33
1.9
-43%
1.47
-11%
3.7
-178%
1.94
-46%
2.3
-73%
1.437 ?(1.2 - 1.78, n=3)
-8%
2.02 ?(0.69 - 4.01, n=217, last 2 years)
-52%
Load Average *
6.32
3.4
46%
3.35
47%
5.9
7%
6.32