Google recently introduced the Pixel 6 Pro, a smartphone that takes the best of the previous models in this line and adds a number of functions. Premium, in addition to the powerful Tensor processor and a triple-lens rear camera, among other features. But this cell phone is not alone: its main Android competitor is the Galaxy S21 Ultra, a powerful flagship device that has received great improvements. Which is the best? Facing, Google Pixel 6 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. Find out before choosing.
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|Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra||Google Pixel 6 Pro|
|Size||165.1 x 75.6 x 8.9mm (6.5 x 2.98 x 0.35 inches)||163.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm (6.45 x 2.99 x 0.35 inches)|
|Weight||229 grams (8.04 oz)||210 grams (7.41 oz)|
|Screen size||6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X||6.71-inch LTPO AMOLED|
|Screen resolution||3200 x 1440 pixels (515 pixels per inch)||3120 x 1440 pixels (512 ppi)|
|OS||Android 11, One UI 3.1||Android 12|
|Storage||128GB, 256GB, 512GB||128GB, 256GB, 512GB|
|MicroSD card slot||No||No|
|Payment services||Google Pay, Samsung Pay||Google Pay|
|Processor||Exynos 2100 (global) Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 (US)||Google Tensor|
|Camera||108 megapixel quad lens, telephoto 10MP10MP periscope telephoto, rear ultra wide angle 12MP
|50MP triple angle lens, 12MP ultra wide angle and 48MP rear telephoto
|Video||8K at 30 fps, 4K at 60 fps, 1080p at 240 fps, 720p at 960 fps, HDR10 +||4K at 60 fps, 1080p at 240 fps|
|Fingerprint sensor||Yes, on screen (ultrasonic)||Yes, on screen (ultrasonic)|
Quick charge (25W charger sold separately)
Qi wireless charging
30W wired charging (charger not included)
23W wireless charging
|App store||Google Play Store||Google play|
|Network support||Main companies||Main companies|
|Colors||Phantom Black, Phantom Silver, Phantom Brown, Phantom Navy, Phantom Titanium||Cloudy White, Sorta Sunny, Stormy Black|
|Price||$ 1,199||$ 899 +|
Compared to the aesthetically conservative iPhone 13 Pro, both the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and the Google Pixel 6 Pro are impressive with their new designs. The S21 Ultra has a near bezel-less and uninterrupted side-to-side display with a camera with a discreet selfie hole in the top center and a new rear camera module. This is located in the upper left rear, making the phone look more balanced.
The Pixel 6 Pro is also attractively novel and stylish. Eliminating the plastic backs of previous Pixels, the shiny glass back incorporates a horizontal camera bar. This not only looks different, but also harmonizes with the rest of the phone, it has a style accentuated by the multi-tone scheme of the Pixel.
One design difference worth noting is that the S21 Ultra is noticeably heavier (over half an ounce) than the Pixel and is also slightly taller. Because they are both large phones, this extra weight can make the Samsung a bit more uncomfortable to hold for long periods of time.
When it comes to displays, the Galaxy S21 Ultra has a 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED with a resolution of 3200 x 1440 pixels. This one offers 515 pixels per inch, which with a 120Hz refresh rate that looks really good.
Fortunately for Google fans, the Pixel 6 Pro more or less matches this sumptuousness, featuring a 6.71-inch SMOLED screen and a refresh rate of 120Hz as well. At the same time, its 3120 x 1440 pixel resolution means that it will deliver 512 pixels per inch, so it matches the level of detail and brightness of the Samsung model.
Both phones have an official IP68 rating, which means they can withstand a 1.5 meter immersion in water for up to 30 minutes. This coupled with the equally innovative designs and fascinating displays, this round is a draw.
The Galaxy S21 Ultra comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, which uses a 5nm manufacturing process for its transistor. This allows you to have more transistors in the same space, which means that it is a faster chip than the previous generation.
This is also what you get with the Pixel 6 Pro, whose Google-made Tensor chip also uses 5nm transistors, making it noticeably faster than previous Google devices. Both phones have 12GB of RAM, so either one is more than capable of handling the latest games and running apps at the same time.
Both devices are almost identical in terms of internal storage as well. Both start with models that offer 128GB of memory and can be upgraded, for an extra cost, to 256GB and 512GB. Neither comes with a microSD card slot, so data management is probably a must if you have one of the entry-level models.
When it comes to battery, it appears that the Pixel 6 Pro was designed to match the Galaxy S21 Ultra. The Samsung device comes with a 5,000 Ah cell, while the Pixel has a 5,0003mAh alternative. This is not significantly different in terms of size, although in our tests the S21 Ultra has shown that it can last up to two days without recharging if you don’t overuse it. In contrast, the Pixel 6 Pro doesn’t do very well on day two, at least it didn’t in our tests.
We haven’t fully reviewed the Pixel though, so we won’t make a decision in this category yet. So it’s another tie, with both devices showing a similar level of performance.
Pixels have long managed to have great cameras without very attractive specs, so it’s very interesting to see the Pixel 6 Pro with great features this time around. It features a triple lens rear configuration, with a 50 megapixel wide angle lens, a 12MP ultra wide angle lens, and a 48MP telephoto with a 4X optical zoom.
Wide and telephoto lenses benefit from optical image stabilization, while the presence of Google’s high-capacity software takes truly impressive photos. In fact, photos look wonderfully natural and vivid without being oversaturated or exaggerated, while increasing the size of the main angle lens produces some impressive bokeh effects.
As for the S21 Ultra, it features a quad lens setup, comprising a 108MP wide angle lens, a 10MP periscope telephoto, a 10MP telephoto, and a 12MP ultra-wide angle lens. The 10MP telephoto periscope enables 10x optical zoom, which means you can take high-quality zoom photos with your phone. As if that weren’t enough, the device’s main camera is even more usable than previous models, offering a much better balance and some superb HDR effects.
Looking only at the main functionality of the cameras on each phone, you would say that they are more or less the same. We’re going to give the Pixel 6 Pro this category though, as its use of some special software features (like Magic Eraser and Action Pan mode) makes it more versatile and fun to use overall.
Winner: Google Pixel 6 Pro
The Pixel 6 Pro uses Android 12, the latest and greatest version of the operating system made by Google. The device comes with a revamped design, a new notification space, digital car key support, and a host of highly entertaining (and usable) camera features.
In contrast, the Galaxy S21 Ultra uses the UI 3.1 platform, the equivalent of Samsung for Android 11. This offers a simplified technology of the basic Android format and also a level of impersonation of a considerable high level, making it a strong contender overall. .
However, since the S21 Ultra still uses Android 11, while the Pixel has Android 12, you might have thought that Google’s phone would receive a better supply of updates. So while both devices are ready to receive three major software updates, the Pixel will receive them faster. Meanwhile, the fact that this device starts on Android 12 means that it will receive the Android 15 update, while the S21 Ultra will only go up to Android 14.
Winner: Google Pixel 6 Pro
Both the Pixel 6 Pro and the Galaxy S21 Ultra support 5G technology. This includes the basic sub-6Hz frequency range as well as the faster mmWave band, and in this regard both devices are backed by the big companies, so you should have faster download speeds no matter which phone you decide on.
As mentioned above, the Pixel 6 Pro introduces a number of special features based on new software. Magic Eraser lets you remove Photoshop-style objects from photos, Motion Mode helps you introduce movement into photos in different ways, while Wait Times and Direct My Call make calling toll free easier and less time consuming.
The S21 Ultra also introduces a special new feature for the Galaxy S range: compatibility with the S Pen for the first time on a Galaxy S phone, which means you can use them to draw, scribble and take notes.
That said, it doesn’t have a pen slot (like the Note 20 Ultra does) and it lacks some of the more advanced compatibility features, like the Bluetooth-enabled Camera app remote for shooting. Needless to say, you’ll also have to pay for an S Pen.
The Google Pixel 6 Pro starts at $ 899, with the 512GB version reaching $ 1,099. You can order it directly from Google, and it will also be widely available elsewhere and supported by major carriers.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G starts at $ 1,200 for the 128GB model, the 256GB model costs $ 1,250 and the 512GB version starts at $ 1,380. It is supported by major companies and can be purchased from most major online retailers.
They may be the same in a number of categories, but overall the Pixel 6 Pro performs better than the Galaxy S21 Ultra. Google software makes your camera more versatile and enjoyable to use, while getting software updates faster. In addition, it matches the performance of the Samsung and offers equally attractive performance and an amazing display.
With all of this, we haven’t fully reviewed the Pixel yet, and further testing might find that its battery is not on par with that of the S21 Ultra. If this is the case, we might end up changing the overall result in an update to this article, as battery life is becoming very important as we increasingly rely on smartphones over the years.