Apple isn’t really known for its low prices. The iPhone X was the first terminal to cost over $ 1,000, the Mac Pro’s wheels were $ 500, and last month it launched AirPods for $ 629. In addition, he sells a charger that is not very good for 149 $.
But when it comes to its mobiles, Apple is always right. It’s true that the most expensive iPhone 12 goes for $ 1,609, but in general the iPhone 12 is very affordable, even with 5G and OLED displays across the range. Compared to flagship products more premium As of 2020, in fact, the iPhone 12 is below the Android average.
But with the launch of the Galaxy S21 last week, it looks like Samsung has already caught up. After years of adding features and specifications to differentiate itself from flagship iPhone models, Samsung has copied Apple’s strategy with the iPhone, not only lowering the price to match that of the iPhone 12, but also by including only the most essential parts in the S21.
Lower prices and parts
Last year’s ‘cheap’ Galaxy S20 started at $ 909 and brought a host of high-end features you couldn’t find on the iPhone 11: 12GB LPDDR5 RAM, Quad HD + 120 display Hz, triple camera, microSD storage, etc. .
Not that the Galaxy S21 isn’t a next-gen Android mobile, but as with the iPhone 12, it forgoes some specs to get better value for money without making the experience worse.
There’s a reason Apple doesn’t list RAM, battery capacity, or clock speed in the iPhone specs – they’re unnecessary. Apple doesn’t need to surprise users with specifications. Quite the contrary: it strives to provide the best iPhone experience with the bare minimum.
And the S21 does something similar. Take a look at its specs compared to its predecessor, the S20:
Display: 6.2 ” Infinity-O Flat FHD + Display (2400 x 1080), 421 ppi, 120 Hz
Processor: Snapdragon 888 / Exynos 2100
RAM memory: 8 GB
Storage: 128 GB
Battery: 4000 mAh
Display: 6.2 ” (3200 x 1440), 563 ppi, Infinity-O Edge Quad HD + 120Hz Display
Processor: Snapdragon 865 / Exynos 990
RAM memory: 12 GB
Storage: 128 GB
Battery: 4000 mAh
Storage and battery aside, the S21 appears to be below the S20, with less RAM and lower screen resolution. Also, it’s plastic, while the S20 has an all-glass design.
But to judge the S21 solely by its specs is to misunderstand. Samsung has finally realized that fighting the spec battle is going nowhere. They have created a mobile that shines for its value for money, not for its numbers. Some will complain that they can’t have the best features, but most won’t realize that it has fewer pixels or less RAM.
To be fair, they might not even realize it’s plastic. What you will notice is that it’s $ 50 cheaper than last year, the first time prices have dropped in years. You will also notice that it has the same design as the S21 + and S21 Ultra, which have the same processor and the same Software, and it makes for some fantastic photos.
It’s another way Samsung is following Apple’s lead: the camera. Instead of increasing the pixels or adding why so lenses, Samsung kept the same triple camera in the S21 as the S20 and worked on improving more important areas: portraits and low light photos. .
IPhone 12 to Android has arrived
Priced at $ 859, the Galaxy S21 is truly Android’s answer to the iPhone 12. More than the Pixel 5, OnePlus 8T or even the Galaxy S20 FE, the S21 delivers a Galaxy experience distilled into a surprisingly affordable phone. who sacrifices very little of what people need.
And like the iPhone 12 Pro Max, if you want the best of the best, there’s the Galaxy S21 Ultra, with a 6.8-inch Quad HD + display, 12GB or 16GB of RAM and S Pen compatibility. But for the most part, the S21 will be more than enough, especially when the price inevitably drops.
Previous Samsung Galaxy S phones have always been some of the best phones of the year, but for years they weren’t great value for money. The S21 changes it, and I hope forever. By copying what Apple does best with the iPhone 12, Samsung has created one of the best-value androids in recent years, delivering both looks and performance. premium at an affordable price.
It’s no secret that Samsung has tried to replicate Samsung’s success for years, testing over and over again to see what worked. After 11 years, you may have found what he does.
Original article published in igamesnews US.