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Google Pixel 6 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

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The Google Pixel 6 Pro has finally landed, and it has become a daunting rival for the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. They both pack cool features and an excellent appearance, and if you are the type that loves Android smartphone with big screens, this comparison is definitely the one for you. The 6.7-inch Pixel 6 Pro also delivers stellar cameras, thanks partly to its Tensor chip.

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It also delivers special features like Magic Eraser and new Google Assistant powers. The 6.8-inch Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is for the person who wants it all, including S Pen support, dual telephoto lenses and extra-long battery life. But out of these two incredible smartphones, which stands out taller?

Design and Display

Design and Display specifications of Pixel 6 Pro and Galaxy S21 Ultra
 Samsung GALAXY S21 ULTRA 5GGOOGLE PIXEL 6 PRO
Dimensions165.1 x 75.6 x 8.9 mm (6.5 x 2.98 x 0.35 in)163.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm (6.45 x 2.99 x 0.35 in)
Weight227 g (Sub6), 229 g (mmWave) (8.01 oz)210 g (7.41 oz)
BuildGlass front (Gorilla Glass Victus), glass back (Gorilla Glass Victus), aluminum frameGlass front (Gorilla Glass Victus), glass back (Gorilla Glass Victus), aluminum frame
TypeDynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1500 nits (peak)LTPO AMOLED, 120Hz, HDR10+
Size6.8 inches, 112.1 cm2 (~89.8% screen-to-body ratio)6.71 inches, 110.5 cm2 (~88.8% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution1440 x 3200 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~515 ppi density)1440 x 3120 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~512 ppi density)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass VictusCorning Gorilla Glass Victus

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     When it comes to looks, the Google Pixel 6 Pro definitely steals the show. With a new camera bar that stretches across the top of the display, it brings a new, unique design. The Galaxy S21 Ultra gains an advantage with its matte back, which does a much better job of resisting fingerprint smudges than the glossy Pixel 6 Pro. The Pixel 6 Pro comes in three colors: Stormy Black, Cloudy White and Sorta Sunny, and There are also two colour blocks on the back separated by the camera bar.

The Galaxy S21 Ultra comes in Phantom Black, Phantom Silver and Navy, and you can also get Phantom Titanium and Phantom Brown on Samsung’s online store. At 165.1 x 75.6 x 8.9mm and 228g, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is one of the heftier handsets on the market. The Pixel 6 Pro comes quite close too, at a very similar 163.9 x 75.9 x 8.9mm and 210g.

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     With a claimed peak brightness of 1,500 nits, the Galaxy S21 Ultra also appears to be able to get much brighter than the 800 nits of the Pixel 6 Pro. Both the Google Pixel 6 Pro and Galaxy S21 Ultra offer 120Hz OLED displays, but Samsung’s panel is slightly larger at 6.8 inches vs 6.7 inches for Google. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has a 6.8-inch QHD+ dynamic AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate enabled. The screen is a little curved to the edge, it is sharp, bright and color accurate.

More so, the display is protected by corning Gorilla Glass victus, and it is water and dust resistant. Google Pixel 6 Pro’s display is slightly smaller with 6.7-inch QHD+ LTPO OLED and 120Hz support. Just like the Galaxy S21 Ultra, the Pixel 6 Pro’s screen is slightly curved to the frame, while also being protected by Corning Gorilla Glass victus alongside an IP68 dust and water resistant. There is, however, one thing for certain. The displays on both smartphones are world class.

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Camera

Camera specifications of Pixel 6 Pro and Galaxy S21 Ultra
 Samsung GALAXY S21 ULTRA 5GGOOGLE PIXEL 6 PRO
Main Camera108 MP, f/1.8, 24mm (wide), 1/1.33″, 0.8µm, PDAF, Laser AF, OIS 10 MP, f/4.9, 240mm (periscope telephoto), 1/3.24″, 1.22µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS, 10x optical zoom 10 MP, f/2.4, 72mm (telephoto), 1/3.24″, 1.22µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom50 MP, f/1.9, 25mm (wide), 1/1.31″, 1.2µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, Laser AF, OIS 48 MP, f/3.5, 104mm (telephoto), 1/2″, 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS, 4x optical zoom 12 MP, f/2.2, 17mm, 114˚ (ultrawide), 1.25µm
FeaturesLED flash, auto-HDR, panoramaDual-LED flash, Pixel Shift, Auto-HDR, panorama
Rear Videos8K@24fps, 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR10+, stereo sound rec., gyro-EIS4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps; gyro-EIS, OIS
Front Camera40 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.7µm, PDAF11.1 MP, f/2.2, 20mm (ultrawide), 1.22µm
FeaturesDual video call, Auto-HDRAuto-HDR, panorama
Video4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30fps4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps

     The Google Pixel 6 Pro camera comes with a primary 50MP sensor, most likely a custom Sony IMX700-series one like on the P50 Pro, as well as a 12MP ultra-wide-angle unit, and a 48MP sensor with 4x periscope zoom lens on top, or, should we say, sideways. The Galaxy S21 Ultra starts with a 108MP camera that’s complemented by a 12MP ultra-wide lens and dual telephoto lenses of 3x and 10x. And with Samsung’s 120x Space Zoom you can get really close to subjects from far away.

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     Overall, the cameras in both smartphones are versatile and the Google Pixel 6 Pro brings an improved ISP that recognizes all skin type, be it white, colored or even black skin. There is also a feature called “magic eraser” that you can use to remove unwanted background objects from your photos anytime. The Pixel 6 Pro appears to be the best camera phone for photography, but it is best to go with the Galaxy S21 Ultra when it comes to video making.

Performance, Storage and 5G

Performance, Storage and 5G specifications of Pixel 6 Pro and Galaxy S21 Ultra
 Samsung GALAXY S21 ULTRA 5GGOOGLE PIXEL 6 PRO
OSAndroid 11, One UI 3.1Android 12
ChipsetExynos 2100 (5 nm) – International Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm) – USA/ChinaGoogle Tensor (5 nm)
CPUOcta-core (1×2.9 GHz Cortex-X1 & 3×2.80 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4×2.2 GHz Cortex-A55) – International Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 680) – USA/ChinaOcta-core (2×2.80 GHz Cortex-X1 & 2×2.25 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×1.80 GHz Cortex-A55)
GPUMali-G78 MP14 – International Adreno 660 – USA/ChinaMali-G78 MP20
Internal Memory128GB 12GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 16GB RAM                UFS 3.1128GB 12GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM UFS 3.1

     The Google Pixel 6 Pro packs Google’s own Tensor chip along with 12GB of RAM, while the Galaxy S21 Ultra features the Snapdragon 888 processor and 12GB of RAM. The 512GB version of the S21 Ultra ups that to 16GB of RAM. These two smartphones are 5G enabled.

However, the Google Pixel 6 Pro is powered by an in-house Tensor chipset, paired with 12GB RAM and 128/256 GB storage. In terms of performance, the Google Pixel 6 Pro is good but the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is better. This is especially evident when gaming with both devices, because after some time the Pixel 6 Pro starts dropping in performance whereas the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra would still remain strong.

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     Another thing the Galaxy S21 Ultra definitely has more of is storage options. Sadly, the Pixel 6 Pro only gives you 128GB and 256GB options in the UK and US. The Galaxy S21 Ultra adds a 512GB option on top of those, and not only in Australia. The Galaxy S21 Ultra also packs support for Samsung’s signature S Pen stylus. Combined with Samsung’s powerful Notes and PENUP apps, it’s a great tool for taking notes and sketching.

Battery life

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 Samsung GALAXY S21 ULTRA 5GGOOGLE PIXEL 6 PRO
TypeLi-Ion 5000 mAh, non-removableLi-Ion 5003 mAh, non-removable
ChargingFast charging 25W USB Power Delivery 3.0 Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging 15W Reverse wireless charging 4.5WFast charging 30W, 50% in 30 min (advertised) Fast wireless charging 23W Reverse wireless charging USB Power Delivery 3.0

Both devices have 5,000 mAh battery capacity with the Google Pixel 6 Pro getting 30W fast charge support, while the Galaxy S21 Ultra supports 25W.

Other features

 Samsung GALAXY S21 ULTRA 5GGOOGLE PIXEL 6 PRO
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspotWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth5.2, A2DP, LE5.2, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
GPSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEOYes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS, BDS
RadioFM radio (Snapdragon model only; market/operator dependent)No
USBUSB Type-C 3.2, USB On-The-GoUSB Type-C 3.1
SensorsFingerprint (under display, ultrasonic), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer Samsung DeX, Samsung Wireless DeX (desktop experience support) Bixby natural language commands and dictation Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified) Ultra Wideband (UWB) supportFingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer Ultra Wideband (UWB) support

     Although the Google Pixel 6 Pro comes at a cheaper price compared to the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, it becomes a task to select which of the phones actually has a bigger advantage. But with these comparisons, you would definitely find the phone you prefer more, along with the attractive qualities it possesses.

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