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Testing the Samsung Galaxy S21+: The larger version of the Galaxy S21 with a more powerful battery

The 6.7-inch Samsung Galaxy S21+ has the second largest battery of the Galaxy S21 series at 4800 mAh.
The 6.7-inch Samsung Galaxy S21+ has the second largest battery of the Galaxy S21 series at 4800 mAh.
The 6.7-inch Samsung Galaxy S21+ is the middle model of the three Galaxy S21 flagships and combines the best of two worlds: With equipment very similar to the Galaxy S21, the size and battery are similar to the Galaxy S21 Ultra top model.
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Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, or Galaxy S21 Ultra – which of the flagships should it be? Samsung wants to make it easy for buyers to decide: Those who want the largest display, best camera, and largest battery should get the 6.8-inch Galaxy S21 Ultra flagship. Those who want the most affordable model should get the 6.2-inch Galaxy S21 and will still get almost all the features of the Galaxy S21 series.

And finally, the "best of" features from both smartphones are in the Galaxy S21+. With its 6.7-inch AMOLED display, it is supposed to particularly attract gamers and fans of the series according to Samsung. In the smallest version with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, the Galaxy S21+ officially costs 1049 Euros (~$1271; currently starting from $799 in the US), and with 256 GB, 1099 Euros (~$1332). With this, the starting price is even slightly more expensive than its predecessor, the Galaxy S20+, which started at 999 Euros (~$1211) with the same storage equipment.

Glass back cover instead of plastic

Our test showed that, despite the many similarities to the Galaxy S21, the Galaxy S21+ also does some things differently. This not only concerns the larger battery and larger display, but also the case. While the design remains the same, just like the Galaxy S21 Ultra, the Galaxy S21+ protects its back cover with a layer of matte Gorilla Glass Victus, which is the most robust Gorilla Glass that has been used in a smartphone until now, according to Samsung. The Galaxy S21, on the other hand, only uses plastic. Visually, the two surfaces can hardly be distinguished from one another, but the haptics feel different and the glass back cover clearly has a more high-quality feel.

You can find all the test results of the Samsung Galaxy S21+ in our detailed review.

64 MP telephoto lens, 12 MP wideangle camera, 12 MP ultra wideangle camera: The camera setup of the Galaxy S21+.
64 MP telephoto lens, 12 MP wideangle camera, 12 MP ultra wideangle camera: The camera setup of the Galaxy S21+.
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Manuel Masiero
Editor of the original article: Manuel Masiero - Senior Tech Writer - 151 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2012
My fascination for computers started with the C64. Since then, I’ve put everything that comes my way in terms of hardware through its paces. From the C64 to the Amiga 500 and the first PC with an 8088 CPU, my list of projects has grown increasingly longer. For more than 20 years now I have also turned my hobby into my profession and have been active in the mobile section of Notebookcheck since 2021. Before that, I worked as a hardware editor for IDG Media (tecChannel.de) and VNU Business Publications (PC professional), among others.
Mark Riege
Translator: Mark Riege - Translator - 220 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
Having worked as a programmer for 20 years (medical devices, AI, data management systems), I've been following the computer scene for many years and especially enjoy finding out about new technology advances. Originally from Germany but living in the US, I've been working as a translator more recently, with Notebookcheck allowing me to combine my interest in new devices and translation. Other interests include Buddhism, spending time in Tibetan monasteries, and translating ancient Tibetan texts.
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Manuel Masiero, 2021-03- 2 (Update: 2021-03- 2)