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OnePlus Nord CE 5G (256GB) vs Samsung Galaxy S21

Side by side comparison between OnePlus Nord CE 5G vs Samsung Galaxy S21 phones, differences, pros, cons and full specifications. What's the better?

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Compare Samsung Galaxy S21 XOnePlus Nord CE 5G (256GB)08Points
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (256GB)
6.43"
AMOLED

1080x2400

64
MP

16mp

8GB
RAM

64bit Octa

4500
mAh

(Non removable)

vs
Samsung Galaxy S21
6.2"
AMOLED

1080x2400

12.2
MP

10mp

8GB
RAM

64bit Octa

4000
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better phone? Samsung Galaxy S21

The phonemore's choice is much more technical than personal. Therefore, you shouldn't only consider this. Our goal is to help you, but what's important to us may not be important to you. You decide which one is the best! Comment!

Nord CE 5G (256GB)8 Advantages OnePlus Nord CE 5G (256GB)vsGalaxy S2126 Advantages Samsung Galaxy S21
+256GB (223GB available)114%
More internal storage for applications and files
vs128GB (104GB available)
+6.43"4%
Larger screen
vs6.2"
+Dual-LED flashAdvantage
The Dual-LED flash helps in dark places or in low light
vsLED flash
+(front) 16MP59%
Higher resolution secondary camera to take pictures and selfies
vs(front) 10MP
+3.5mm jackAdvantage
Headsets with 3.5mm Jack size are more common and easy to find in stores
vsType-C reversible connector
+4500 mAh13%
Battery - higher amperage (mAh) allows more device usage time, but it also depends on the hardware and use
vs4000 mAh
+30W20%
More power (watts) to charge the battery faster. Sometimes, the charger that comes with the device doesn't have the same power supported by the device. Check before you buy it.
vs25W
+5.1 + A2DP/LEAdvantage
Bluetooth 5.1 + A2DP/LE is newer and faster
vs5.0 + A2DP/LE
2.2GHz 64bit Octa-Corevs+2.9GHz 64bit Octa-Core19%
More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
8GB LPDDR4Xvs+8GB LPDDR5Advantage
This RAM type is better and more efficient.
UFS 2.1vs+UFS 3.0Advantage
Fastest write and read storage.
170 grams (5.95 ounces)vs+169 grams (5.92 ounces)1%
Lighter
Plastic body, glass frontvs+Aluminum body, glass front, plastic backAdvantage
More resistant material
Not supportedvs+HDR10+Advantage
The HDR10+ display provides vibrant colors and more details
90Hzvs+120Hz33%
The display reproduces more frames per second because the frequency (Hertz) is higher, improves fluidity and tires your eyes less.
409 PPIvs+424 PPI4%
Crisper display of text, images and videos because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
(triple camera) 64MP + 8MP + 2MPvs+(triple camera) 12.2MP + 64MP + 12MP19%
Higher resolution main camera
Only digital zoomvs+Digital and optical zoomAdvantage
The zoom allows for better focus and approach to take pictures
EIS: Digital stabilizationvs+OIS: Optical stabilizationAdvantage
Image stabilization prevents blurry photos and helps in recording motion video
Not supportedvs+BSI sensorAdvantage
The BSI sensor allows the entry of more light generating photos with more detail and brightness
4K UHD (3840x2160)vs+8K UHD (7680x4320)3 times
More image quality for recording videos with the primary camera
(front) Full HD (1920x1080)vs+(front) 4K UHD (3840x2160)3 times
More image quality for recording videos with the secondary camera
5G SA/NSAvs+5G NRAdvantage
The 5G NR network is newer and faster
(5G SA/NSA) 2000 Mbpsvs+(5G NR) 5000 Mbps150%
Faster for surfing the internet and download files
Not supportedvs+ANT+Advantage
Sensors help you use the device
Not supportedvs+BarometerAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
Not supportedvs+Qi wireless charging (Qi/PMA)Advantage
Wireless charging is another way to charge the battery.
2 slots (Dual-SIM)vs+2 slots (Dual-SIM) + e-SIM (Eletronic)Advantage
More SIM card slots. You can choose more carriers.
Not supportedvs+FMAdvantage
The radio lets you listen to your songs and sports in general
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMOvs+802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax wifi6 (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMOAdvantage
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax wifi6 (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO is newer and faster
Not supportedvs+DLNAAdvantage
With DLNA technology you can access and play media files on TV, tablet or DLNA compatible device.
USB 2.0 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-Govs+USB 3.2 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-GoAdvantage
Newer and faster USB version for transferring photos, mp3 or data.
Not supportedvs+Gorilla Glass VictusAdvantage
Protection against scratches on the screen lets you carry your phone with your keys
Not supportedvs+IP68 certifiedAdvantage
Protection against water allows you talk to your friends in the rain, for example

25 Common items in both devices
7.9 millimeters (0.31 inches)
Fluid AMOLED / Dynamic AMOLED
16 million
1080x2400 pixels
PDAF: phase detection autofocus / PDAF: phase detection autofocus on both cameras
HDR photo on both cameras / HDR photo/video on both cameras
f/1.8 (aperture)
+18 specs and more in the table below

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📱 Model features

OnePlus Nord CE 5G (256GB)Samsung Galaxy S21
ModelNord CE 5G (256GB)Galaxy S21
Other model namesOnePlus Nord CE 5G (256GB + 8GB RAM)Galaxy S21 5G SM-G991B/DS
Country or region available(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
BrandOnePlusSamsung
Release date6/10/20211/29/2021, Announced: 1/14/2021
Depth7.9 millimeters (0.31 inches)7.9 millimeters (0.31 inches)
Size (width x height)73.5 x 159.2 millimeters (2.89 x 6.27 in)71.2 x 151.7 millimeters (2.8 x 5.97 in)
Weight170 grams (5.95 ounces)169 grams (5.92 ounces)
Build, materialsPlastic body, glass frontAluminum body, glass front, plastic back
Protection against water and othersNot supportedIP68 certified: water-resistant up to 1.5 meters for 30min and dust-resistant

🤖 Operating System

OnePlus Nord CE 5G (256GB)Samsung Galaxy S21
System versionAndroid 11Android 11
Firmware updatefeature not registeredfeature not registered
User Interfacefeature not registeredOne UI 3.1

⚙️ Processor

OnePlus Nord CE 5G (256GB)Samsung Galaxy S21
Chipset64bit - Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G SM7225 (8nm)64bit - Samsung Exynos 2100 (5nm)
CPUOcta-Core, 2 processors:
2.2GHz Dual-Core Kryo 570
1.8GHz Hexa-Core Kryo 570
Octa-Core, 3 processors:
2.9GHz Single-Core ARM Cortex-X1
2.8GHz Triple-Core ARM Cortex-A78
2.2GHz Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A55
GPU graphical controllerQualcomm Adreno 619ARM Mali-G78 MP14 (854MHz)
Performance (benchmark)feature not registeredfeature not registered

💽 Memory and storage

OnePlus Nord CE 5G (256GB)Samsung Galaxy S21
RAM memory8GB LPDDR4X8GB LPDDR5
Internal storage256GB (223GB available)
UFS 2.1
128GB (104GB available)
UFS 3.0
External storageNot supportedNot supported

📲 Display

OnePlus Nord CE 5G (256GB)Samsung Galaxy S21
Display typeFluid AMOLEDDynamic AMOLED
Screen size6.43" inches6.2" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~85.3% (screen-to-body ratio)~85.9% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution1080x2400 pixels (20:9)1080x2400 pixels (20:9)
TouchscreenCapacitive MultitouchCapacitive Multitouch 10-points
Pixel density (dot pitch)409 PPI424 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassNot supportedGorilla Glass Victus
Display features90Hz120Hz, 1300nits[peak]
HDR10+
Always-On Display

📶 Mobile networks

OnePlus Nord CE 5G (256GB)Samsung Galaxy S21
Dual-SIMDual-SIM Standby - Call active on one sim cardDual-SIM Standby - Call active on one sim card
SIM card2 slots (Dual-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
2 slots (Dual-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF) + e-SIM
Maximum download/upload2000/1024 Mbps5000/1920 Mbps
Network technology2G, 3G, 4G, 5G2G, 3G, 4G, 5G
Frequency, bandsExpand band detailsCollapse details
GSM MHz bandQuad-Band 850/900/1800/1900Quad-Band 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 2G networkGSM 850/900/1800/1900CDMA 800/1900, GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 3G networkUMTS 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
TD-SCDMA 1900/2000
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
Primary 4G networkLTE Cat18
VoLTE
Europe version:
LTE (1, 2, 3.4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 66)
TD-LTE (39, 40, 41)
India version:
LTE (1, 2, 3.4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 66)
TD-LTE (39, 40, 41)
LTE Cat24 ()
TD-LTE ()
VoLTE
Primary 5G networkEurope version:
SA/NSA (1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41, 77, 78)
India version:
SA/NSA (78)
SA/NSA/Sub6 ()
Primary data networkGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A, 5G SA/NSAGPRS, EDGE, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev 0, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev A, TD-SCDMA, UMTS, TD-HSDPA, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A, 5G SA/NSA, 5G NR
Secondary 2G networkGSM 850/900/1800/1900GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Secondary 3G networkUMTS 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
Secondary 4G networkNot supportedLTE Cat24 ()
TD-LTE ()
VoLTE
Secondary data networkGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A

📷 Camera

OnePlus Nord CE 5G (256GB)Samsung Galaxy S21
Back camera (main camera)(triple camera)
64 megapixels
8MP ultrawidef/2.3119°
2MP depthf/2.4
(triple camera)
12.2 megapixels
64MP telephotof/2.029mm1/1.72"0.8µmPDAFOIS1.1x-optical-zoom3x-hybrid-zoom
12MP ultrawidef/2.213mm120°1/2.55"1.4µmSuper-Steady-video
Main camera resolution10120x6328 pixels4032x3024 pixels
Video recording (primary)4K UHD (3840x2160) 30 fps8K UHD (7680x4320) 24 fps
FlashDual-LED flashLED flash
Focal aperturef/1.8 (aperture)f/1.8 (aperture)
Focal length26mm lens26mm lens
Sensor sizefeature not registered1/1.76" inches
Pixel size0.7µm pixel1.8µm pixel
AutofocusPDAF: phase detection autofocusPDAF: phase detection autofocus on both cameras
Touch focusSupportedSupported
Image stabilizationEIS: Digital stabilizationOIS: Optical stabilization
ZoomOnly digital zoomDigital and optical zoom
Face/smile detectionFace detection, Smile detectionFace detection, Smile detection
BSI sensorNot supportedSupported
HDRHDR photo on both camerasHDR photo/video on both cameras
Camera extrasfeature not registered4K@60fps
1080p@240fps
720p@960fps

📸 Front camera

OnePlus Nord CE 5G (256GB)Samsung Galaxy S21
Front camera (secondary)16 megapixels10 megapixels
Front camera resolution4608x3456 pixels3872x2592 pixels
Video recording (secondary)Full HD (1920x1080)4K UHD (3840x2160)
Front flashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturef/2.5 (aperture)f/2.2 (aperture)
Focal lengthfeature not registered26mm lens
Sensor size1/3" inches1/3.24" inches
Pixel size1µm pixel1.22µm pixel

🔉 Sound and multimedia

OnePlus Nord CE 5G (256GB)Samsung Galaxy S21
LoudspeakerSupportedStereo sound
32-bit/384kHz
Dolby Atmos
Tuned by AKG
Active noise cancellation2 microphones or more2 microphones or more
RadioNot supportedFM
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMP4, H.265, H.264, H.263, XviD, MKVMP4, H.265, H.264, H.263, XviD, MKV
Audio formatsMP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, FLACMP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, FLAC

🔌 Connectivity

OnePlus Nord CE 5G (256GB)Samsung Galaxy S21
USBUSB 2.0 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-GoUSB 3.2 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-Go
Audio output3.5mm jackType-C reversible connector
TV outputUSB Type-C (reversible)USB Type-C (reversible)
Bluetooth5.1 + A2DP/LE5.0 + A2DP/LE
WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO
WiFi Direct, hotspot
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax wifi6 (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO
WiFi Direct, hotspot
DLNANot supportedSupported
GPSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDou, NavICA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDou
NFCSupportedSupported
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported

🧭 Sensors

OnePlus Nord CE 5G (256GB)Samsung Galaxy S21
SensorsAccelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
Compass
Face unlock
Fingerprint sensor (under display)
Gyroscope
Proximity sensor
Accelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
ANT+
Barometer
Compass
Face unlock
Fingerprint sensor (under display)
Gesture
Gyroscope
Hall effect
Proximity sensor
Vibrating alertSupportedSupported

🔋 Battery

OnePlus Nord CE 5G (256GB)Samsung Galaxy S21
Battery typeLiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)LiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)
Battery capacity4500 mAh4000 mAh
Charger, watts30W (5V/6A) Fast battery charging
Warp Charge
25W Fast battery charging
15W Qi wireless charging (Qi/PMA)
4.5W Reverse wireless charging between devices
USB Power Delivery 3.0
Talk time autonomyfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Standbyfeature not registeredfeature not registered

➕ Other features

OnePlus Nord CE 5G (256GB)Samsung Galaxy S21
Call controlVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commandsVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commands
MessagingSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mailSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mail
Hands-free callingSupportedSupported
Video callingSupportedSupported
RingtonesPolyphonic and customizedPolyphonic and customized
Web browserHTML, XHTML, HTML5HTML, XHTML, HTML5
AntennaInternal antennaInternal antenna
Qwerty physical keyboardNot supportedNot supported
Miscellaneous- Colors: Charkoal Ink, Blue Void, Silver Ray
- OxygenOS 11
- Colors: Phantom Gray, White, Violet, Pink
- Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard)
- Samsung DeX

☢️ Radiation rate

OnePlus Nord CE 5G (256GB)Samsung Galaxy S21
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)feature not registeredfeature not registered
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)feature not registered0.456W/kg (head), 1.509W/kg (body)
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