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Samsung launched its Galaxy S21 last January, while Huawei's P40 arrived at stores in April 2020.
With this article, you'll be able to compare every feature of the P40 and the Galaxy S21. Then, you can decide what model better suits your needs. Let's start.
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to check who their rivals are.
|Release Date||2020, April||2021, January||1y.|
|OS Updates||2 years||3 years||1y.|
|Security Updates||2 years||4 years||2y.|
*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
Performance isn't a contest between these two, says Geekbench 5. Basically, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.
We can label both of them as high-end.
Some users did install the Google Play Store on recent Huawei phones, but please be aware that officially you won't get Google apps, and some essential apps may be missing too on the P40.
|SoC||Hisilicon Kirin 990||Exynos 2100|
|Graphics||Mali-G76 MP16||Mali-G78 MP14|
|Geekbench 5 Score||3148
|OS||Android 10 and EMUI 10||Android 11 and OneUI|
*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.
The Galaxy S21 is the winner here, and you'd be able to tell the difference.
Usually, devices in this price range rarely stay far from 750 nits, but the P40 can only do 21% below that.
If you're leaning towards the P40, 93% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display, and all have an AMOLED screen.
For the Galaxy S21, just so you know, 92% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display, and all have an AMOLED screen.
|Display Density (DPIs)*||vs.|
|Dots per Inch||422.49
|Peak Brightness||590 nits
|Protection||-||Corning Gorilla Glass Victus|
*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.
You should note that the P40 is in the neighborhood of 27% above its adversaries from its price range. But in this case, you must choose the Galaxy S21.
About the P40: DXOMARK reviewed this camera and gave it 115 points. If you also consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, it'll get 128 points. For an in-depth review, click here.
Last (but not least), keep in mind that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 93% feature Optical Image Stabilization. Yet, only 11% of them feature a macro lens.
About the Galaxy S21: The guys over at the DXOMARK labs scored this camera with 123 points. By adding its wide-angle lens, we'll get to the final score of 137 points. For an out-and-out review, check their article.
Last (but not least), if you must know, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Still, only 4% of them feature a macro lens.
One can place the P40 more as a lower high-end and the Galaxy S21 as high-end.
|Primary Camera||P40||Galaxy S21|
*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.
|Extra Camera(s)||P40||Galaxy S21||vs.|
|Lens||80mm (3.5x zoom)
|Lens Type||Telephoto lens||Regular|
|Selfie Camera||P40||Galaxy S21||vs.|
There isn't a clear winner, so don't worry too much.
The Galaxy S21 weighs 169 g. (5.96 oz), while the other is 6 g. (0.21 oz) heavier. If you want a big screen in a lightweight phone, I've developed a formula for a kind of "display size to phone weight" ratio. The P40 got a score of 5.4, which means it has an acceptable score for a 6.1 inches screen. Having said that, the Galaxy S21 has 6.6, which is pretty nice.
The P40 is rated IP68, which means it's water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters, on par with the Galaxy S21. Remember that it shouldn't be for over half an hour, and it's in standby mode only. So don't take photos underwater.
|Size||148 x 71 x 8 mm
(5.22 x 2.50 x 0.28 in)
|151 x 71 x 7 mm
(5.33 x 2.50 x 0.25 in)
|Weight||175 g. (6.17 oz)
||169 g. (5.96 oz)
|Build||Front and back glass||Front glass|
|Colors||Silver Frost, Deep Sea Blue, Blush Gold, Ice White, and Black||Phantom Gray, Phantom Violet, Phantom White, and Phantom Pink|
|Screen To Body Ratio||86.93%
|Disp.Size To Weight Score||5.4||6.6||1.1|
|Biometrics||Under Display Fingerprint||Under Display Fingerprint|
*100% = 4+ colors + front and back glass + S2BR: 86+%.
The P40 features a 3800 mAh battery, while the Galaxy S21 has 4000 mAh. But by GSMArena's standards, the former is the winner here.
|1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video||83% left
|1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video||68% left
|1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video||72% left
|Bat. To Phone Size Score||7.2||6.2||-1.0|
*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.
It's a tie.
|Micro SD||Nano Memory (shared SIM slot)||No|
*Internal Storage + 256GB Memory Card (Max: 512GB).
The P40 is your better option, as it features Bluetooth 5.1.
If you got used to counting on the good-old 3.5mm headphone jack, forget about it. Want a piece of advice? Forget about adapters and go for the wireless buds. Luckily, you can still get it on other phones if you don't mind searching for them. Perhaps you don't mind settling with the Sony Xperia 1 II.
These two are (LTE and) 5G compatible.
Here's what we've found out:
Samsung Galaxy S21
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How much of a "phone" can your money buy?
That's how much "score" you can get with $100 based on the global score that you'll see in the next section (higher is better).
Have you found better prices elsewhere? The formula is simple: score/price*100.
|Value for money||P40||Galaxy S21||VS|
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Are you also considering other options? The global score can help. For reference purposes, I'll tell you where most of its rivals average. It's 7.0 for any of them.
Well, I do like the P40, don't get me wrong, but Huawei is just at a bad place right now, without Google's services on their devices. That should be a deal-breaker. If not, you also won't get decent glass protection and Huawei has no one else but itself to blame. Still, the P40 does have a nice telephoto lens, a great battery life, nice looks, and external storage.
But the Galaxy S21 has a better display with better peak brightness, higher refresh rates, and better glass protection. Not only that, but it also has wireless and reverse wireless charging, plus 2 extra GB of RAM.
|#5||Battery Life||Fast Charging|
|#6||Fast Charging||Wireless Charging|
|#7||MicroSD Slot||Glass Protection|
|#1||Wireless Charging||MicroSD Slot|
|#2||3.5mm Jack||3.5mm Jack|
|Global Score||P40||Galaxy S21|
Scroll the sliders down below to get your own personalized score. Let's suppose you value performance and battery life, and you don't really care about anything else. Then, just set the "Performance" and the "Battery" sliders up to 5 (5+5=10), and then the other sliders down to 0. You'll know what's the best phone for you.
|Total||Should be 10 or as close as possible:||9.6|
*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
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