Apple unveiled the iPhone 13 Pro, the company’s second most expensive smartphone currently available.
But how does it compare to the competition, specifically the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, which is one of the best when it comes to Android phones.
We’ve delved deeper into the specs to find all the major differences between the two phones, so keep scrolling down to find out about the iPhone 13 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra rivalry.
The iPhone 13 Pro starts at £ 949 / $ 999, while the Galaxy S21 Ultra is more expensive with a starting price of £ 1149 / $ 1199.
Both prices can be further increased if you increase storage capacity: Samsung charges £ 1,329 for 512GB, while Apple charges £ 1249.
The camera has long been a strong point of the iPhone, and Apple has improved it even further: the A15 Bionic helps improve noise reduction and tone mapping, and also introduces a new ultra wide-angle camera that delivers a 92% improvement. for low light conditions.
In terms of specs, the Galaxy S21 Ultra seems to reign supreme with 108MP + 12MP + 10MP + 10MP sensors on the back and a 40MP camera on the front. In comparison, the iPhone 13 Pro may only have 12MP front and rear cameras. Samsung also has a much better digital zoom at 100x compared to Samsung’s 15x.
But for all the fashionable specs, it would be bold to argue that Samsung can take better photos than the iPhone 13 Pro without prior testing. Apple has fantastic camera software, so it’s safe to assume that the next iPhone lineup will be among the best smartphones in this category.
Apple has yet to reveal the battery capacity of the iPhone 13 Pro, but estimates it will last up to 22 hours of video playback.
Samsung claims the Galaxy S21 Ultra has identical battery life for video playback and also requires 22 hours of endurance.
Of course, we advise you to be careful when it comes to official battery life data, so it’s worth waiting until we review the iPhone 13 Pro if battery life is your priority.
There really isn’t much between the two phone screens. Both sport quirky features like 120Hz refresh rates and are roughly the same size: the iPhone 13 Pro is 6.1-inches (but there is a 6.7-inch Max version) and the Galaxy S21 Ultra is 6.8-inches.
Samsung has a slight edge in terms of the number of pixels at 3200 x 1440 pixels, while Apple shows slightly fewer pixels at 2778 x 1284, but we’d be surprised if anyone actually saw the difference.
Even the screen technology is very similar: Apple opted for OLED and Samsung opted for AMOLED. There really is very little separation between the two phones.
One obvious difference is that the iPhone 13 Pro uses a different processor: the A15 Bionic. But how does it differ from the Snapdragon 888 or Exynos 2100 in the Galaxy S21 Ultra?
Since all three of these chips use completely different architectures, even though they all use Arm and a 5nm manufacturing process, it’s impossible to reliably judge performance without being able to test the phone itself. However, Apple claims the A15 is the fastest chip in a smartphone.
The iPhone 13 Pro has a little more options when it comes to storage options, from 128GB to 1TB. In comparison, the Galaxy S21 Ultra has storage capacities ranging from 128GB to 512GB. This should be enough for most people, but it would be nice to have more choices.
Both phones support 5G, but they don’t have many port options: the iPhone only has Lightning, while the Galaxy has USB-C – neither phone has a headphone jack.
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iPhone 13 Pro
1399 Canadian dollars
1,699 Australian dollars
128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB
! 2 MP + 12 MP + 12 MP
71.5 x 7.65 x 146.7 mm
2532 x 1170
Blue, black, silver, gold
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
1,649 Canadian dollars
1849 Australian dollars
128 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB
108 MP + 10 MP + 10 MP + 12 MP
8.9 x 75.6 x 165.1 mm
3220 x 1440
Snapdragon 888 or Exynos 2100
12 GB, 16 GB
Black, dark blue, brown, silver