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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998B/DS 128GB) vs Apple iPhone 13 (128GB)

Side by side comparison between Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Apple iPhone 13 phones, differences, pros, cons and full specifications. What's the better?

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Compare Apple iPhone 13 X Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998B/DS 128GB) 19Points
6.8"
AMOLED

1440x3200

108
MP

40mp

12GB
RAM

Octa-core

5000
mAh

(Non removable)

vs
6.1"
OLED

1170x2532

12
MP

12mp

4GB
RAM

Hexa-core

3240
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better phone? Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998B/DS 128GB)

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!

Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998B/DS 128GB)} 19 Advantages Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998B/DS 128GB) vs iPhone 13 (128GB)} 7 Advantages Apple iPhone 13 (128GB)
+12GB LPDDR52 times
More RAM memory. Typically more responsive and better for multitasking.
vs4GB LPDDR4X
+120Hz100%
The display reproduces more frames per second because the frequency (Hertz) is higher, improves fluidity and tires your eyes less.
vs60Hz
+1440x3200 pixels56%
Higher resolution screen
vs1170x2532 pixels
+516 PPI13%
Crisper display of text, images and videos because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
vs457 PPI
+6.8"11%
Larger screen
vs6.1"
+(quad camera) 108MP + 10MP + 10MP + 12MP5 times
Higher resolution main camera
vs(dual camera) 12MP + 12MP
+Digital and optical zoomAdvantage
The zoom allows for better focus and approach to take pictures
vsOnly digital zoom
+(front) 40MP2 times
Higher resolution secondary camera to take pictures and selfies
vs(dual front camera) 12MP + 0.3MP
+8K UHD (7680x4320)3 times
More image quality for recording videos with the primary camera
vs4K UHD (3840x2160)
+3500000 apps (Google Play Store)52%
More apps available to download and use
vs2300000 apps (App Store)
+Fingerprint sensor (under display)Advantage
Sensors help you use the device
vsNot supported
+5000 mAh54%
Battery - higher amperage (mAh) allows more device usage time, but it also depends on the hardware and use
vs3240 mAh
+25W25%
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.
vs20W
+Type-C reversible connectorAdvantage
Best output for headset
vsproprietary audio output
+FMAdvantage
The radio lets you listen to your songs and sports in general
vsNot supported
+DLNAAdvantage
With DLNA technology you can access and play media files on TV, tablet or DLNA compatible device.
vsNot supported
+5.2 + A2DP/LEAdvantage
Bluetooth 5.2 + A2DP/LE is newer and faster
vs5.0 + A2DP/LE
+USB 3.2 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-GoAdvantage
Newer and faster USB version for transferring photos, mp3 or data.
vsUSB 2.0 proprietary connector
+Type-CAdvantage
Reversible connector, you can stick in a USB-C cable any which way; either side is up.
vsUSB 2.0 proprietary connector
2.9GHz 64bit Octa-core (5nm)vs+3.23GHz 64bit Hexa-core (5nm)6%
More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
UFS 3.1vs+NVMe (SSD)Advantage
Fastest write and read storage.
227 grams (7.95 ounces)vs+174 grams (6.09 ounces)30%
Lighter
8.9 millimeters (0.35 inches)vs+7.65 millimeters (0.3 inches)16%
Thinner
16 millionvs+1 billion62 times
More colors on the screen is better quality images and videos
LED flashvs+Dual-LED flashAdvantage
The Dual-LED flash helps in dark places or in low light
f/1.8 (aperture)vs+f/1.6 (aperture)13%
Diaphragm opening (Aperture) of the camera which has the smallest F number takes photos with better light exposure.

30 Common items in both devices
128GB (101GB available) / 128GB (109GB available)
Aluminum frame, glass front/back
Dynamic AMOLED / Super Retina XDR OLED
HDR10+ / Dolby Vision/HDR10
PDAF: phase detection autofocus on both cameras / PDAF: phase detection autofocus
OIS: Optical stabilization
HDR photo/video on both cameras
+23 specs and more in the table below

Check the comparison table below for more items that are not evaluated in comparison score above.

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📱 Model features

Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998B/DS 128GB)iPhone 13 (128GB)
ModelGalaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998B/DS 128GB)iPhone 13 (128GB)
Other model namesGalaxy S21 Ultra 5G (SM-G998B/Dual-SIM)iPhone 13 (A2631, A2633, A2634, A2635, A2482)
Country or region available(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
BrandSamsungApple
Release date1/29/2021, Announced: 1/14/20219/24/2021, Announced: 9/14/2021
Depth8.9 millimeters (0.35 inches)7.65 millimeters (0.3 inches)
Size (width x height)75.6 x 165.1 millimeters (2.98 x 6.5 in)71.5 x 146.7 millimeters (2.81 x 5.78 in)
Weight227 grams (7.95 ounces)174 grams (6.09 ounces)
Build, materialsAluminum frame, glass front/backAluminum frame, glass front/back
Protection against water and othersIP68 certified: water-resistant up to 1.5 meters for 30min and dust-resistantIP68 certified: water-resistant up to 1.5 meters for 30min and dust-resistant

📲 Display

Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998B/DS 128GB)iPhone 13 (128GB)
Display typeDynamic AMOLEDSuper Retina XDR OLED
Screen size6.8" inches6.1" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~89.4% (screen-to-body ratio)~87.1% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution1440x3200 pixels (20:9)1170x2532 pixels (19.5:9)
TouchscreenCapacitive Multitouch 10-pointsCapacitive Multitouch 10-points
Pixel density (dot pitch)516 PPI457 PPI
Colors16 million1 billion
Scratch-resistant glassGorilla Glass VictusCeramic Shield
Refresh rate120Hz60Hz
Display features1500nits[peak]
HDR10+
Always-On Display
1200nits[peak]
Dolby Vision/HDR10
Oleophobic coating screen
True-tone
Wide color gamut

🤖 Operating System

Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998B/DS 128GB)iPhone 13 (128GB)
System versionAndroid 11iOS 15
Firmware updateAndroid 14iOS 17
User InterfaceOne UI 3.1 / 4.1 / 5.1 / 6.0feature not registered

⚙️ Processor

Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998B/DS 128GB)iPhone 13 (128GB)
Chipset64bit: Samsung Exynos 2100 (5nm)64bit: Apple A15 Bionic (5nm)
CPUOcta-core, 3 processors:
1x 2.9GHz ARM Cortex-X1 (Single-core)
3x 2.8GHz ARM Cortex-A78 (Triple-core)
4x 2.2GHz ARM Cortex-A55 (Quad-core)
Hexa-core, 2 processors:
2x 3.23GHz Avalanche (Dual-core)
4x 1.82GHz Blizzard (Quad-core)
GPU graphical controllerARM Mali-G78 MP14 (854MHz)Apple GPU (4-core)
Performance (benchmark)AnTuTu: 657150 (v8), 727634 (v9)
Geekbench: 3457 (v5.2)
GFXBench: 51fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)
AnTuTu: 775519 (v9)
Geekbench: 4645 (v5.1)
GFXBench: 59fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)

💽 Memory and storage

Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998B/DS 128GB)iPhone 13 (128GB)
RAM memory12GB LPDDR54GB LPDDR4X
Internal storage128GB (101GB available)
UFS 3.1
128GB (109GB available)
NVMe (SSD)
External storageNot supportedNot supported

📶 Mobile networks

Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998B/DS 128GB)iPhone 13 (128GB)
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) + e-SIM
1 slot (Single-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF) + e-SIM
Maximum Download / Upload5000/1920 Mbps5000/1024 Mbps
Network technology2G, 3G, 4G, 5G2G, 3G, 4G, 5G
Frequency, bands Expand band details Collapse 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 850/900/1700/1900/2100CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
Primary 4G networkLTE Cat20 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 32, 66)
TD-LTE (38, 39, 40, 41)
VoLTE
LTE Cat20
VoLTE
A2633 (Global), A2634 (China, Hong Kong), A2635 (Russia) versions:
LTE (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 30, 32, 66)
TD-LTE (34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48)
A2631 (Canada, Japan), A2482 (USA) versions:
LTE (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 66, 71)
TD-LTE (34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48)
Primary 5G networkSA/NSA/Sub6 (1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 77, 78)SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave
A2633 (Global), A2631 (Canada, Japan) versions:
(1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 29, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78, 79)
A2634 (China, Hong Kong), A2635 (Russia) versions:
(1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 77, 78, 79)
A2482 (USA) version:
(1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 29, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78, 79, 258, 260, 261)
Primary data networkGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A, SA/NSAGPRS, EDGE, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev 0, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev A, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A, SA/NSA, Sub6
Secondary 2G networkGSM 850/900/1800/1900Not supported
Secondary 3G networkUMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100Not supported
Secondary 4G networkLTE Cat20 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 32, 66)
TD-LTE (38, 39, 40, 41)
VoLTE
Not supported
Secondary data networkGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A, SA/NSANot supported

📷 Camera

Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998B/DS 128GB)iPhone 13 (128GB)
Back camera (main camera)(quad camera)
108 megapixels
10MP periscope telephoto f/4.9240mm1/3.24"1.22µmPDAFOIS10x-optical-zoom
10MP telephoto f/2.470mm1/3.24"1.22µmPDAFOIS3x-optical-zoom
12MP ultrawide f/2.213mm1/2.55"1.4µmPDAFSuper-Steady-video
(dual camera)
12 megapixels
12MP ultrawide f/2.4120°13mm1/3.6"PDAF
Main camera resolution12000x9000 pixels4000x3000 pixels
Video recording (primary)8K UHD (7680x4320) 24 fps4K UHD (3840x2160) 60 fps
FlashLED flashDual-LED flash
Focal aperturef/1.8 (aperture)f/1.6 (aperture)
Focal length26mm lens26mm lens
Sensor size1/1.33" inchesfeature not registered
Pixel size1.8µm pixel1.7µm pixel
AutofocusPDAF: phase detection autofocus on both camerasPDAF: phase detection autofocus
Touch focusSupportedSupported
Image stabilizationOIS: Optical stabilizationOIS: Optical stabilization
ZoomDigital and optical zoomOnly digital zoom
Face/smile detectionFace detection, Smile detectionFace detection, Smile detection
BSI sensorSupportedSupported
HDRHDR photo/video on both camerasHDR photo/video on both cameras
Camera extras4K@60fps
1080p@240fps
720p@960fps
1080p@240fps

📸 Front camera

Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998B/DS 128GB)iPhone 13 (128GB)
Front camera (secondary)40 megapixels(dual front camera)
12 megapixels
0.3MP SL 3D
Front camera resolution7296x5472 pixels4000x3000 pixels
Video recording (secondary)4K UHD (3840x2160)4K UHD (3840x2160)
Front flashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturef/2.2 (aperture)f/2.2 (aperture)
Focal length26mm lens23mm lens
Sensor size1/2.8" inches1/3.6" inches
Pixel size0.7µm pixelfeature not registered

🔉 Sound and multimedia

Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998B/DS 128GB)iPhone 13 (128GB)
LoudspeakerStereo sound
32-bit/384kHz
Dolby Atmos
Tuned by AKG
Stereo sound
Dolby Atmos
Active noise cancellation2 microphones or more2 microphones or more
RadioFMNot supported
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

Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998B/DS 128GB)iPhone 13 (128GB)
USBUSB 3.2 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-GoUSB 2.0 proprietary connector
Audio outputType-C reversible connectorproprietary audio output
TV outputUSB Type-C (reversible)Proprietary TV-out
Bluetooth5.2 + A2DP/LE5.0 + A2DP/LE
WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax [wifi6] (2.4GHz, 5GHz) + MIMO
WiFi Direct, hotspot
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax [wifi6] (2.4GHz, 5GHz) + MIMO
WiFi hotspot
DLNASupportedNot supported
GPSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDouA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS
NFCSupportedSupported
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported

🧭 Sensors

Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998B/DS 128GB)iPhone 13 (128GB)
SensorsAccelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
Barometer
Compass
Face unlock
Fingerprint sensor (under display)
Gesture
Gyroscope
Hall effect
Proximity sensor
UWB (Ultra Wide Band)
Accelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
Barometer
Compass
Face unlock
Gyroscope
Proximity sensor
UWB (Ultra Wide Band)
Vibrating alertSupportedSupported

🔋 Battery

Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998B/DS 128GB)iPhone 13 (128GB)
Battery typeLiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)Li-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)
Battery capacity5000 mAh3240 mAh
Charger, watts25W Wired fast charging
USB Power Delivery 3.0
20W Wired fast charging
USB Power Delivery 2.0
Inductive / wireless charging15W Qi wireless charging (Qi/PMA)
4.5W Reverse wireless charging
15W Qi wireless charging
Talk time autonomyfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Standbyfeature not registeredfeature not registered

➕ Other features

Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998B/DS 128GB)iPhone 13 (128GB)
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: Phantom Black, Silver, Titanium, Navy, Brown
• Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard)
• Samsung DeX
• Stylus pen support
• Colors: Midnight, Starlight, Blue, Pink, Red
• Apple Pay
• Face ID
• MagSafe

☢️ Radiation rate

Galaxy S21 Ultra (SM-G998B/DS 128GB)iPhone 13 (128GB)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)0.24W/kg (head), 0.72W/kg (body)1.18W/kg (head), 1.19W/kg (body)
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)0.714W/kg (head), 1.58W/kg (body)0.99W/kg (head), 0.98W/kg (body)
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