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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Vivo X60 Pro Plus: A Titans War.

author Luis Silva (June 2021 Updated: March 2022 - 6 min. reading time)

The Galaxy S21 Ultra may cost you a few bucks more, but it's the smartphone you should pick.

It comes with better glass protection, a better display, water-resistance, a glass back, and better battery life.

What else sets them apart?

The Galaxy S21 Ultra also comes with a larger (+0.3") display, a telephoto lens (+115 mm), wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, and more RAM (12GB vs. 8GB). But the X60 Pro Plus will give you a lightweight body (36 g./1.27 oz less) and faster-charging speeds (55w vs. 25w).

How much more will the Galaxy S21 Ultra cost me?

If you're going off-contract, you're going to shell out an extra amount of about $22.

Is it worth buying the Galaxy S21 Ultra in 2022?

The Galaxy S21 Ultra isn't the perfect smartphone, but there aren't many better phones for this budget. Sure there are other devices like the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max, but we should praise it because it features good battery life, excellent glass protection, optical zoom, tons of RAM, and 8K recordings.

Is it still worth buying the X60 Pro Plus in 2022?

Just because the X60 Pro Plus was released last year doesn't mean I won't recommend it. That's mainly because of its good performance, optical zoom, fast charging, and 8K recordings. Although you can also check (again) the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Keep reading for answers to all your questions about their differences, how they fare against their competition, and you'll know how the tech experts evaluate their specs.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, Vivo X60 Pro Plus

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Introduction

Samsung and Vivo released these smartphones in January 2021.

Here you can look at the Galaxy S21 Ultra and the X60 Pro Plus, compare each other's features, and decide which one is best for you. Let us delve into the finer details.

The weight of each section

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Price*
vs.
Device Galaxy S21 Ultra X60 Pro Plus
Release Date 2021, January 2021, January 0y.
OS Updates 3 years 3 years 0y.
Security Updates 4 years 3 years -1y.

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

On the multicore portion of Geekbench 5, which measures overall performance, the X60 Pro Plus was, on average, 18% quicker while finishing its tests. You should notice that it is a bit faster if you test them side by side.

One can entitle both of them as high-end.

Performance*
vs.
Features Galaxy S21 Ultra X60 Pro Plus
SoC Exynos 2100 Snapdragon 888
Graphics Mali-G78 MP14 Adreno 660
Geekbench 5 Score 3176
3749
573
OS Android 11 and OneUI Android 11 and Funtouch 11
Tek-Score
7.1
8.0
0.9

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 13.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra front transparent png Vivo X60 Pro Plus front transparent png

The Galaxy S21 Ultra has the best screen, but that isn't something to worry about.

The X60 Pro Plus has one disadvantage over most smartphones in its class: Its pixel density evens out at 20% below the rest.

Given the Galaxy S21 Ultra, you should know that 94% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, 82% offer you more than 60hz of refresh rate and have Gorilla Glass 6 or better, and 76% have an Always-On display.

Compared to the X60 Pro Plus, as a reference, 94% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, 81% offer you more than 60hz of refresh rate, 75% have an Always-On display, and 88% have Gorilla Glass 6 or better.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Galaxy S21 Ultra X60 Pro Plus
Size 6.8
6.5
-0.3
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1440x3200
1080x2376
-2041920
Refresh Rate 120hz 120hz 0
Dots per Inch 516.04
401.53
-114.51
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole Hole
Peak Brightness 1023 nits
816 nits
-207
HDR HDR10+ HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
9.8
9.0
-0.8
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass Victus Schott Xensation Up
Tek-Score
9.9
8.0
-2.0

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra back transparent png Vivo X60 Pro Plus back transparent png

If you value quality photos, you should know that the X60 Pro Plus is about 38% above other competitors for the same budget. But you can pick either one.

About the Galaxy S21 Ultra: DXOMARK has rated this camera with a score of 128. If you add the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, that will go up to 142. You can check their review if you click here.

Before moving on, all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, feature a telephoto lens, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Yet, only 6% of them feature a macro lens.

About the X60 Pro Plus: DXOMARK's gurus gave this shooter a score of 131. By considering the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we get a score of 146 points. If you want to know more about every tidbit, check it here.

Last (but not least), just so you know, just like the other device, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, feature a telephoto lens, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Moreover, only 6% of them feature a macro lens.

If you're not a numbers person, we can tag these two as high-end.

Additionally, the Galaxy S21 Ultra telephoto lens is, on average, 145mm higher than what you'd get in its class.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Galaxy S21 Ultra X60 Pro Plus
Megapixels 108
50
-58
Aperture 1.8
1.6
-0.2
Lens 24mm
23mm
-1
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 1 2 1
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 4320 4320 0
Score 142
146
4

*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

Extra Camera(s) Galaxy S21 Ultra X60 Pro Plus vs.
Megapixels 10
8
-2
Aperture 4.9
3.4
-1.5
Lens 240mm (10.0x zoom)
125mm (5x zoom)
-115
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 10 32 22
Aperture 2.4 2.1 -0.3
Lens 70mm (3x zoom) 50mm (2.2x zoom) -20
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 12 48 36
Aperture 2.2 2.2 0.0
Lens 13mm 14mm 1
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 14 15 1
Selfie Camera Galaxy S21 Ultra X60 Pro Plus vs.
Megapixels 40
32
-8
Aperture 2.2
2.5
0.3
Lens 26mm 26mm 0
Galaxy S21 Ultra X60 Pro Plus vs.
Tek-Score
8.4
8.6
0.2

Who has the best frame?

The Galaxy S21 Ultra does have an advantage here, thanks to its number of color options and water resistance.

The X60 Pro Plus weighs 191 g. (6.74 oz), while the other is 36 g. (1.27 oz) heavier. But because this is a bit relative, I've developed a formula for a kind of "display size to phone weight" ratio. The Galaxy S21 Ultra got a score of 2.4, which suggests it's one of the heaviest phones for a 6.8 inches display. The X60 Pro Plus, in its turn, has 4.9, so nothing to state here.

The Galaxy S21 Ultra is water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters. That shouldn't last over half an hour, and it's in standby mode only. So don't take photos underwater.

Looks*
vs.
Body Galaxy S21 Ultra X60 Pro Plus
Size 165 x 75 x 8 mm
(5.82 x 2.65 x 0.28 in)
158 x 73 x 9 mm
(5.57 x 2.58 x 0.32 in)
4806
Weight 227 g. (8.01 oz)
191 g. (6.74 oz)
-36
Build Front and back glass Front glass and leather back
Colors Phantom Black, Phantom Titanium, Phantom Silver, Phantom Navy, and Phantom Brown Orange and Emperor Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 90.21%
89.03%
-1.19
Disp.Size To Weight Score 2.4 4.9 2.5
Looks 10.0/10
9.1/10
-0.8
Waterproof IP68 -
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
6.5
2.3
-4.1

*100% = 4+ colors + front and back glass + S2BR: 86+%.

Which has the best battery?

The Galaxy S21 Ultra features a 5000 mAh battery, while the X60 Pro Plus has 4200 mAh. And according to GSMArena's tests, the former does have better battery life.

Just be aware that the Galaxy S21 Ultra is also beating most smartphones. Let's see if it still has a place on our top 10 list with the best battery life.

If you fancy quick charges, you can count on the X60 Pro Plus. Its competitors can only do about 38w.

Battery*
vs.
Features Galaxy S21 Ultra X60 Pro Plus
Capacity (mAh) 5000 4200 -800
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 85% left
82% left
-3
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 72% left
65% left
-7
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 74% left
72% left
-2
Bat. To Phone Size Score 3.3 4.1 0.8
Sub Tek-Score
7.7
7.3
-0.4
Fast Charging 25w
55w
30
Wireless Charging 15w
No -15
Reverse Charging 4.5w
No -4.5
Tek-Score
7.3
6.8
-0.6

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A42.

Which has more storage?

They share the same amount of storage.

Storage*
vs.
Features Galaxy S21 Ultra X60 Pro Plus
RAM (GB) 12GB
8GB
-4
Internal (GB) 128GB
128GB
0
Micro SD No No
Tek-Score
6.0
6.0
0.0

*Internal Storage + 256GB Memory Card (Max: 512GB).

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

There also isn't much to see here.

They both run on (LTE and) 5G networks.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Galaxy S21 Ultra X60 Pro Plus
Network 5G 5G
Bluetooth 5.2
5.2
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
5.1
5.1
0.0

Which is more affordable?

Here are their recently updated prices:

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Reference: $1,199

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Vivo X60 Pro Plus

Reference: $1,177

Vivo X60 Pro Plus

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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 Galaxy S21 Ultra X60 Pro Plus VS
Amazon - 0.60 -
eBay 0.69 - -
Best Buy 0.63 - -
Walmart - - -

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So, what about that global score? We'll get there. For reference purposes, I'll tell you where most of its rivals average. They usually sit close to 7.6 (for the Galaxy S21 Ultra) and 7.7 (for the X60 Pro Plus).

Verdict: What Makes the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Stand Out?

The X60 Pro Plus is a nice device. It's 36 g./1.27 oz lighter, its back is made of leather, and it does charge faster (55w vs. 25w), but it can't compete with the S21 Ultra. Let's check out what you can get if you go for Samsung's flagship.

You'll get a larger (+0.3") and overall better display with more DPIs and better glass protection. You'll also get a much better telephoto lens and a water-resistant full glass body with more RAM.

The battery life is also much better on the S21 Ultra, and it features wireless and reverse wireless charging.

Pros Galaxy S21 Ultra X60 Pro Plus
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED AMOLED
#3 Always-On-Display Always-On-Display
#4 Cameras Cameras
#5 Battery Life Fast Charging
#6 Fast Charging
#7 Wireless Charging
#8 Glass Protection
Cons Galaxy S21 Ultra X60 Pro Plus
#1 MicroSD Slot Wireless Charging
#2 Weight MicroSD Slot
#3 3.5mm Jack Weight
#4 Price 3.5mm Jack
#5 Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Galaxy S21 Ultra X60 Pro Plus
Gaming Score
8.1
7.7
-0.4
Tek-Score
7.52
7.00
-0.52
Your Score

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

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.

Performance 1.9
Display 1.7
Cameras 1.4
Frame 0.9
Battery 1.9
Storage 2.0
Connectivity 0.4
Total Should be 10 or as close as possible: 9.6

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"Display size to phone weight" ratio explained

This indeed is a "display size to phone weight" ratio, but because every phone ended up somewhere between 0.0272 and 0.0421, I've amplified (adapted) those values so they would fit in a 0-10 scale. As of now, the best smartphone is the Samsung Galaxy A40, with 140g. (4.94 oz) for a 5.9 inch display. It got a score of 9.92. While the worse device is the iPhone 8 Plus, which weighs 202 g. (7.13 oz) and has a 5.5-inch display. It ended up with a score of 0.75.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

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"Battery to device size" ratio explained

This score should give you an idea about the energy footprint of the devices you're considering. It reflects not only the hardware and the energy that it requires but also the amount of energy that the battery can deliver.

The major spenders on any device should be the display and the SoC. But everything from a notification led to its modems need to be optimized, or else, the OEM should simply include a bigger battery as a compensation. Unfortunately, it isn't always possible due to size limitations. But in the end, if a particular OEM can do a good job and give you excellent battery life on a small device, so should everyone else. That's why I've added a "battery to device size" ratio. But since the real scale went from 119 (for the Galaxy S10e, Snapdragon variant) and up to 164 (for the iPhone 7 Plus), I've decided to convert them so they would fit in a 0-10 scale, being 0 the worst device, (the iPhone 7 Plus) and 10 the one every OEM should look up to.

As an example, Apple did an excellent job on the iPhone 7. It has a score of 8. Despite having a small capacity, the hardware is well optimized, and it still gives you decent battery life considering its size. The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, with those bezels shrinking its display size, clearly could've been the #1 in our top 10 list of best battery devices if Apple simply filled all that empty space with a bigger battery.

As a side note: I haven't included the dept of the devices in this formula because even if a device ended up being 1mm/0.03 inches thicker, it wouldn't matter that much to those who really value battery life.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

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Rivals

As of now, these are the rivals that were considered for each of them. They may change every time its prices are updated.

These are the lowest prices found on Amazon, eBay, BestBuy, and Walmart.


 Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro
    $1120
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
    $955
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.SD
    $1049
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.EX
    $999
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.SD
    $1160
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
    $955
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.
    $995
  • HuaweirivalMate 40 Pro
    $1065
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $950
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro Max
    $1180
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
    $1198
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Ultra
    $1079
  • VivorivalX60 Pro Plus
    $1177
  • VivorivalX60 Pro
    $900
  • OpporivalFind X3 Pro
    $1149
  • ApplerivaliPhone 13 Pro
    $999
  • ApplerivaliPhone 13 Pro Max
    $1099

 Vivo X60 Pro Plus 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro
    $1120
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
    $955
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.SD
    $1049
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.EX
    $999
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.SD
    $1160
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
    $955
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.
    $995
  • HuaweirivalMate 40 Pro
    $1065
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $950
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro Max
    $1180
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Ultra
    $1100
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
    $1198
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Ultra
    $1079
  • OpporivalFind X3 Pro
    $1149
  • ApplerivaliPhone 13 Pro
    $999
  • ApplerivaliPhone 13 Pro Max
    $1099
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Formula deviation

Since the guys at DxoMark don't review every camera out there, I've come up with a formula based on the ones that they do rate, so I could get an equivalent score for the ones they don't review. After testing it against these cameras, I got the deviation between that and their DxO score.

Device: DxOScore Deviation
Samsung Galaxy A50: 88 -1
Apple iPhone XR: 104 1
Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro: 108 -7
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro: 87 1
Sony Xperia 1: 99 -1
Sony Xperia 5: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus: 126 2
Apple iPhone 8 Plus: 96 -3
Xiaomi Pocophone F1: 92 -1
Apple iPhone 7 Plus: 90 -1
Apple iPhone X: 101 3
Apple iPhone 11: 112 -1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: 107 1
Apple iPhone XS Max: 110 -2
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: 124 1
Samsung Galaxy S10: 124 2
Apple iPhone XS: 110 -1
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: 120 -2
OnePlus 7 Pro: 122 0
OnePlus 7T Pro: 122 0
Huawei P30 Pro: 125 -1
Google Pixel 4: 117 0
Google Pixel 3: 103 0
Google Pixel 2: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus: 127 -2
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: 132 2
OnePlus 6: 100 0
OnePlus 6T: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: 105 -1
Huawei Mate 20 Pro: 120 0
Xiaomi Mi 9: 115 0
Huawei Mate 30 Pro: 132 0
Huawei P40 Pro: 140 -1
Apple iPhone SE 2: 101 0
OnePlus 8 Pro: 126 0
Xiaomi Mi 8: 105 1
Samsung Galaxy A71: 89 1
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro: 134 0

As you can see, most cameras sit between 1 and -1, while a few of them go up to 2 or -2. That means it's reasonable to assume other similar cameras that they don't review to, in the worst-case scenario, be anywhere from -2 to 2 points from the score that the formula gets.

For example: Given that the Pixel 4 got 117 points and that the Pixel 4 XL share the same year and camera specs, it's reasonable to expect a score of 117 too. But in reality, if they do review that camera, it may end up anywhere between 115 and 119.

Be aware that at DxO, they give a score based on their opinion, not based on any formula. That's why I think there's an odd difference of 6 points between the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. In theory, they should have the same camera.

I'm guessing that the Mi 9T Pro got a deviation of 7 points because they tested its Chinese variant (the K20 Pro).

Update: They just changed their protocol to include preview image evaluation and trustability. I'm keeping the old table (for now) for reference purposes, and I'll be adding a new one as soon as they review at least a couple of new mclass-range cameras.

You can expect the same (or a bit bigger) deviation for high-end cameras, but anything with a score below 100-110 should be taken with a grain of salt.

This is valid for all cameras tested with the previous protocol. For those that they dclassn't test, the deviation may be up to twice as much.

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About GeekBench 5

This is just a quick note to let you know that, if, by any chance, the smartphone you're looking for isn't on the GeekBench site yet, you can check on GsmArena.com, as they also usually test smartphones with that benchmark tool.



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