Apple iPhone 12 vs Samsung Galaxy S21 5G: Comparison

Comparison of features, performance, design, battery, camera and connectivity between the following smartphones: Apple iPhone 12 vs Samsung Galaxy S21 5G. The complete information of specifications to decide which to buy.

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Technical data sheets

Basics

Score

Ki Price/Quality
Score
8.4 Ki Price/Quality
Score
9.0 Ki Price/Quality
Score
Design and Screen score 8.8 Design & Materials 8.8 Design & Materials
Performance and Hardware score 8.3 Performance & Hardware 8.9 Performance & Hardware
Camera score 8.6 Camera 8.5 Camera
Connectivity score 9.2 Connectivity 9.2 Connectivity
Battery score 5.9 Battery 6.9 Battery

User reviews

User score
9.6
5 opinions
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Summary

Inches 6.1" 6.2"
Resolution FHD+ FHD+
Usable surface 87% useful 88% useful
Aspect Ratio 19.5:9 20:9
Dimensions 71.5 mm
146.7 mm
7.4 mm
71.2 mm
151.7 mm
7.9 mm
Weight 162 g 169 g
Micro A14
Hexa-Core
Exynos 2100
Octa-Core
RAM 4 GB RAM 8 GB RAM
Storage 64 GB 128 GB
AnTuTu 573.719
v8
755.000
v9
Battery 2815 mAh 4000 mAh
Main Camera 1
12 Mpx · ƒ/1.6
iSight Camera (12)
2
1
12 Mpx · ƒ/1.8
IMX555
2 3
Selfie Camera SELF 12 Mpx · ƒ/2.2 SELF 10 Mpx · ƒ/2.2
Bands
OS iOS 14 Android 11

Brand

Brand Apple Samsung
Aliases A2399 SM-G991B

Release Date

Release date October 2020,
5 months ago
January 2021,
2 months ago
State On Sale On Sale
Market Global Global

Design & Materials

Structure

Apple iPhone 12
Samsung Galaxy S21 5G
Apple iPhone 12
Samsung Galaxy S21 5G
Size
71.5 mm
146.7 mm
7.4 mm
Print 3D Model
71.2 mm
151.7 mm
7.9 mm
Print 3D Model
Weight 162 g 169 g
Usable surface 87 % 88 %
Materials Glass, Aluminium Plastic, Aluminium
Resistance IP68 IP68
Colors
Black

White

Blue

Red

Green
White

Pink

Gray

Violet

Screen

Diagonal 6.1" 6.2"
Type Oled Amoled Dynamic Amoled 2X
Aspect Ratio 19.5:9 20:9
Resolution FHD+
1170 x 2532 px
FHD+
1080 x 2400 px
Density 460 Pixels per inch 424 Pixels per inch

Others

Others
  • Wide screen notch
  • Brightnes 625 cd/m² (typ)
  • Peak brightness - 1200 cd/m²
  • 2000000:1 contrast ratio
  • HDR
  • DCI-P3
  • Wide Color display (P3)
  • True Tone display
  • Super Retina XDR
  • Scratch resistant
  • Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Capacitive
  • Multi-touch
  • Oleophobic (lipophobic) coating
  • Frameless
  • Haptic Touch
  • Hole-punch Notch
  • Refresh rate 120 Hz
  • Peak brightness - 1300 cd/m²
  • Always-On Display
  • HDR10+
  • Scratch resistant
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 7 Victus
  • Capacitive
  • Multi-touch
  • Frameless

User reviews

Is it a drop-resistant and scratch-resistant smartphone?
8.6
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Do you think it's a nice phone?
10
--
Is it comfortable?
10
--
Can you see it well in the sunlight?
10
--
Number of reviews
5 opinions
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Performance & Hardware

Processor

Model Apple A14 Bionic Samsung Exynos 2100
CPU 2x Icestorm 3.1 GHz + 4x Firestorm 1.8 GHz 1x Cortex-X1 2,91 GHz + 3x Cortex-A78 2,81 GHz + 4x Cortex-A55 2,21 GHz.
Type Hexa-Core Octa-Core
Manufacturing 5 nm 5 nm
Frequency 3.1 GHz 2.91 GHz
64 Bits Yes Yes

Graphics

GPU Apple 4-core graphics processing unit A14 GPU ARM Mali-G78 MC14

RAM

RAM 4 GB 8 GB
Type LPDDR4X RAM RAM LPDDR5

Storage

Capacity 64 GB 128 GB
Type -- UFS Storage 3.1
SD Slot No No

Security

Fingerprint No Yes, in screen

Sensors

Sensors
  • Proximity
  • Light sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Compass
  • Gyroscope
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Proximity
  • Light sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Compass
  • Gyroscope
  • Barometer
  • Hall
  • Geomagnetic

Others

Notifications LED -- --
Cooling system No No
Gaming buttons No No

User reviews

Does it have good sound?
9.8
--
Does it work smoothly in everyday use?
9.2
--
What's your experience been with demanding games?
8.5
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Number of reviews
5 opinions
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Camera

Main

No. of cameras Double rear camera Triple rear camera
1
Camera type

Standard

Standard
Resolution 12 Mpx 12 Mpx
Sensor Apple iSight Camera (12) Sony IMX555
Type CMOS CMOS
Aperture ƒ/ 1.6 ƒ/ 1.8
ISO -- --
Pixel size 1.40 µm 1.80 µm
Pixel Binning -- --
Sensor size -- 1/1.76
2
Camera type

Wide Angle lens

Wide Angle + Macro
Resolution
12 Mpx
12.2 Mpx
Sensor
Unknown
Sony IMX563
Type
CMOS
CMOS
Aperture
ƒ/ 2.4
ƒ/ 2.2
ISO
--
--
Pixel size
--
1.40 µm
Pixel Binning
--
--
Sensor size
--
1/2.55
3
Camera type
--

Telephoto + portrait
Resolution
64 Mpx
Sensor
Samsung Bright S5KGW2
Type
ISOCELL
Aperture
ƒ/ 2.0
ISO
--
Pixel size
0.80 µm
Pixel Binning
--
Sensor size
1/1.72

Features

Flash LED LED
Optical Stabilisation Yes Yes
Slow Motion Video Yes,
240 fps
Yes,
960 fps
Others
  • 4K Video
  • Optical zoom
  • Digital zoom
  • Dual camera
  • Ultra stable video
  • Optical Stabilization (OIS)
  • Phase detection autofocus (PDAF)
  • Manual focus
  • Continuous autofocus
  • Autofocus
  • Touch focus
  • ISO settings
  • Continuous shooting
  • Scene mode
  • Self-timer
  • White balance settings
  • Face detection
  • RAW
  • HDR
  • Panorama
  • Night Mode
  • Geotagging
  • Exposure compensation
  • 4K Video
  • 8K Video
  • Optical zoom
  • Digital zoom
  • Triple camera
  • Digital image stabilization
  • Optical Stabilization (OIS)
  • Phase detection autofocus (PDAF)
  • Manual focus
  • Continuous autofocus
  • Autofocus
  • Touch focus
  • ISO settings
  • Continuous shooting
  • Scene mode
  • Self-timer
  • White balance settings
  • Face detection
  • RAW
  • HDR
  • Panorama
  • Night Mode
  • Geotagging
  • Exposure compensation

Selfie

SELF
Camera type

Dedicated

Dedicated
Resolution 12 Mpx 10 Mpx
Sensor Sony IMX514 Sony IMX374
Type CMOS CMOS
Aperture ƒ/ 2.2 ƒ/ 2.2
ISO -- --
Pixel size -- 1.22 µm
Pixel Binning -- --
Sensor size -- 1/3.2
Others
--
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DxOMark Score

DxOMark Score -- --

User reviews

Quality of daytime photos
10
--
Quality of nighttime photos
9.4
--
Quality of selfies
9.0
--
Does it have a powerful flash?
9.2
--
Number of reviews
5 opinions
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Connectivity

Network compatibility

5G
  • n1 (2100)
  • n2 (1900 PCS)
  • n3 (1800)
  • n5 (850)
  • n7 (2600)
  • n8 (900)
  • n12 (700)
  • n20 (800)
  • n25 (1900)
  • n28b (700)
  • n28a (700)
  • n38 (2600)
  • n40 (2300)
  • n41 (2500)
  • n66 (1700)
  • n77 (3700)
  • n78 (3500)
  • n79 (4700)
  • n1 (2100)
  • n3 (1800)
  • n5 (850)
  • n7 (2600)
  • n8 (900)
  • n20 (800)
  • n28b (700)
  • n28a (700)
  • n38 (2600)
  • n40 (2300)
  • n41 (2500)
  • n66 (1700)
  • n77 (3700)
  • n78 (3500)
4G LTE
  • B1 (2100)
  • B2 (1900)
  • B3 (1800)
  • B4 (1700/2100 AWS 1)
  • B5 (850)
  • B7 (2600)
  • B8 (900)
  • B12 (700)
  • B13 (700)
  • B17 (700)
  • B18 (800)
  • B19 (800)
  • B20 (800)
  • B25 (1900+)
  • B26 (850)
  • B28b (700)
  • B28a (700)
  • B30 (2300)
  • B32 (1500)
  • B34 (TDD 2100)
  • B38 (TDD 2600)
  • B39 (TDD 1900)
  • B40 (TDD 2300)
  • B41 (TDD 2500)
  • B42 (TDD 3500)
  • B46 (TDD 5200)
  • B48 (TDD 3600)
  • B66 (1700/2100)
  • B1 (2100)
  • B2 (1900)
  • B3 (1800)
  • B4 (1700/2100 AWS 1)
  • B5 (850)
  • B7 (2600)
  • B8 (900)
  • B12 (700)
  • B13 (700)
  • B17 (700)
  • B18 (800)
  • B19 (800)
  • B20 (800)
  • B25 (1900+)
  • B26 (850)
  • B28b (700)
  • B28a (700)
  • B32 (1500)
  • B38 (TDD 2600)
  • B39 (TDD 1900)
  • B40 (TDD 2300)
  • B41 (TDD 2500)
  • B66 (1700/2100)
3G
  • B1 (2100)
  • B2 (1900)
  • B4 (1700/2100 AWS A-F)
  • B5 (850)
  • B8 (900)
  • B1 (2100)
  • B2 (1900)
  • B4 (1700/2100 AWS A-F)
  • B5 (850)
  • B8 (900)
2G
  • CDMA2000 EV-DO REV.A
  • CDMA BC0 (800)
  • CDMA BC1 (1900)
  • B2 (1900)
  • B3 (1800)
  • B5 (850)
  • B8 (900)
  • B2 (1900)
  • B3 (1800)
  • B5 (850)
  • B8 (900)

SIM card

Dual SIM Dual Sim Dual Standby Dual Sim Dual Standby
Type
  • Nano SIM
  • eSIM
  • Nano SIM
  • Nano SIM

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi
  • 802.11a
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
  • 802.11n 5GHz
  • 802.11ac
  • WiFi 6 (802.11ax)
  • 802.11a
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
  • 802.11n 5GHz
  • 802.11ac
  • WiFi 6 (802.11ax)
Others
  • Dual band
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Wi-Fi MiMO
  • Dual band
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Wi-Fi Direct
  • Wi-Fi Display

Bluetooth

Version Bluetooth 5.1 LE Low energy consumption Bluetooth 5.0 LE Low energy consumption
Others
  • A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile)
  • LE (Low Energy)
  • A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile)
  • AVRCP (Audio/Visual Remote Control Profile)
  • DIP (Device ID Profile)
  • HFP (Hands-Free Profile)
  • HID (Human Interface Profile)
  • HSP (Headset Profile)
  • LE (Low Energy)
  • MAP (Message Access Profile)
  • PAN (Personal Area Networking Profile)
  • OPP (Object Push Profile)
  • PBAP/PAB (Phone Book Access Profile)
  • ANT+
  • APT-x
  • SBC

Navigation

Navigation
  • GPS
  • A-GPS
  • GLONASS
  • Beidou
  • QZSS
  • Galileo
  • GPS
  • A-GPS
  • GLONASS
  • Beidou
  • Galileo
  • GPS (L1+L5)
  • Galileo (E1+E5a)

USB

USB
  • Charging
  • Mass Storage
  • Proprietary
  • Charging
  • Mass Storage
  • USB On-The-Go (OTG)
  • USB Type C

SAR

European measurement

The European Union sets a limit of 2 W/kg averaged over 10 grams of tissue.

-- 0.460 W/Kg on head
1.510 W/Kg on body
American measurement

The FCC limit is 1.6 W/kg measured in a volume of 1 gram of tissue

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Others

Others
  • NFC
  • Computer sync
  • OTA sync
  • Tethering.
  • VoLTE
  • UMA
  • VoWiFi
  • NFC
  • Computer sync
  • OTA sync
  • Tethering.
  • VoLTE
  • ANT+

User reviews

Does it have good coverage for calls?
9.8
--
Quality of the GPS
10
--
And the WiFi?
10
--
Number of reviews
5 opinions
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Battery

Battery

Capacity
2815 mAh
4000 mAh
Type Li-Ion Li-Polymer
Fast charge Yes,
20.0W
Yes,
25.0W
Others
  • Wireless charging
  • Non-removable
  • Wireless charging
  • Reverse charging
  • Non-removable

User reviews

How long does the battery last?
  • 0%
    Less than half day
  • 0%
    Less than a day
  • 0%
    One day
  • 80%
    More than one day
  • 20%
    Two days or more
--
Number of reviews
5 opinions
--

Software

Software

Operating System
  • iOS 14
    iOS 14 , 9 months ago
  • Android 11
    Android 11 , 7 months ago
Google Services (official) -- Yes

User reviews

Did it come with preinstalled applications?
  • 0%
    It comes with a clean operating system
  • 75%
    It has preinstalled apps but they don't bother me
  • 25%
    It has preinstalled apps that I can't uninstall
--
Do you regularly receive updates?
  • 0%
    Never
  • 0%
    Once a year
  • 25%
    Every six months
  • 75%
    Every two months or less
--
Number of reviews
5 opinions
--

Prices

Prices

Prices

Prices for the version Global  •  4GB  •  64GB Change

Prices

Prices for the version Global  •  8GB  •  128GB  •  SM-G991B Change