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Phone Comparisons: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Vivo X60 Pro+

AH Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Vivo X60 Pro Plus comparison
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This time around, we’re here to compare the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Vivo X60 Pro+. These are the very best smartphones Samsung and Vivo have to offer, at least at this very moment. These are their flagship offerings, and both smartphones were originally announced back in January. It took the Vivo X60 Pro+ a bit more time to arrive to global markets, though, as it was initially announced in China only.

That being said, these two phones are quite different. The two companies took somewhat different approaches to the design, while their software is vastly different as well. The two phones do share some of the internals, though, but most of them are different as well. As per usual, we’ll first list the spec sheets of the two phones, and then move to various other categories. Let’s kick off the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Vivo X60 Pro+ comparison, shall we.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S21 UltraVivo X60 Pro+
Screen size6.8-inch WQHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X display (120Hz adaptive refresh rate)6.56-inch fullHD+ Super AMOLED curved display (120Hz refresh rate)
Screen resolution3200 x 14402376 x 1080
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 888 / Samsung Exynos 2100Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
RAM12GB/16GB (LPDDR5)8GB/12GB (LPDDR5)
Storage128GB/256GB, non-expandable (expandable in some countries)128GB/256GB (UFS 3.1); Non-Expandable
Rear cameras108MP (f/1.8 aperture, OIS, 0.8um pixel size. Produces 12MP images with 2.4um pixel size)
12MP (ultrawide, Dual Pixel AF, 120-degree FoV, f/2.2 aperture, 1.4um pixel size)
10MP (telephoto, Dual Pixel AF, OIS, f/2.4 aperture, 1.22um pixel size, optical zoom 3x)
10MP (telephoto, Dual Pixel AF, OIS, f/4.9 aperture, 1.22um pixel size, 10x optical zoom, 100x Space Zoom)
50MP (f/1.6 aperture, 1.2um pixel size, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS, Laser AF)
48MP (ultra-wide, 0.8um pixel size, 114-degree FoV, gimbal stabilization)
8MP (f/3.4 aperture, 125 periscope telephoto lens, PDAF, OIS, 5x optical zoom)
32MP (f/2.1 aperture, 50mm telephoto, 0.8um pixel size, PDAF, 2x optical zoom)
Front cameras40MP (f/2.2 aperture, 80-degree FoV, 0.7um pixel size, PDAF)32MP (f/2.5 aperture, 26mm lens, 0.8um pixel size)
Battery5,000mAh, non-removable, fast battery charging (USB PD 3.0), Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, Wireless PowerShare4,200mAh, non-removable, 55W wired charging
Dimensions165 x 75.6 x 8.9 mm158.6 x 73.4 x 9.1mm
Weight229 grams191 grams
Connectivity5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C
SecurityIn-display fingerprint scanner (ultrasonic)In-display fingerprint scanner (optical)
OSAndroid 11
One UI 3.0
Android 11
Funtouch
Price$1,199.99$830 / $930
BuySamsungVivo (not yet available outside Asia)

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Vivo X60 Pro+: Design

When it comes to the design, you’ll immediately notice the difference at the back. The Galaxy S21 Ultra comes with a glass back, while the Vivo X60 Pro+ features Vegan Leather on the back. The Vivo X60 Pro+ is considerably less slippery because of that, even though both phones feature a frame made out of metal. The Vivo X60 Pro+ is also a lot easier to use with one hand.

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Why is that? Well, the phone is not only less slippery because of the materials Vivo used, but it’s also smaller overall. It’s both shorter and narrower, while it’s a lot lighter as well. The Vivo X60 Pro+ is 36 grams lighter than the Galaxy S21 Ultra, and that’s a difference you’ll feel in the hand. The Galaxy S21 Ultra is slightly thinner than the Vivo X60 Pro+, but only by 0.2mm. Both phones have curved displays, and very thin bezels.

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You’ll also notice that both devices have display camera holes, and they’re even placed in the same spot. They’re centered at the top of the display. Both devices have large camera setups in the top-left corner of their back sides. The Galaxy S21 Ultra’s is larger, as it includes more cameras, including a huge 108-megapixel main sensor. The Galaxy S21 Ultra’s camera island is also an extension of the phone’s frame. Both phones feel like quality products, it’s all a matter of your preference.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Vivo X60 Pro+: Display

The displays the two companies used here are considerably different. The Galaxy S21 Ultra features a 6.8-inch QHD+ (3200 x 1440) Dynamic AMOLED 2X display. That display is curved, and it’s an LTPO panel. In other words, it offers a 120Hz refresh rate, and we’re looking at an adaptive refresh rate here. This display can project HDR10+ content, and it’s protected by the Gorilla Glass Victus. It also gets quite bright, at 1,500 nits peak brightness.

The Vivo X60 Pro+, on the other hand, sports a 6.56-inch fullHD+ (2376 x 1080) Super AMOLED display. This is an LTPS panel, and it offers a 120Hz refresh rate. This display can project HDR10+ content as well, while it gets really bright at 1,300 nits peak brightness. We still don’t know what protection is Vivo using here, but we’re guessing it’s one of Corning’s offerings, perhaps the Gorilla Glass 5.

There’s no doubt that the Galaxy S21 Ultra has a technically superior panel. It’s newer, more expensive, and it definitely wins on paper. It’s also better in real life, but the Vivo X60 Pro+’s display is also excellent. In fact, the vast majority of people won’t even notice nor care about the difference. Both displays offer great viewing angles, deep blacks, vivid colors, and are excellent overall.

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One thing we’ll notice is the fact that the Vivo X60 Pro+ comes with a blue-ish tint on its display. That is something you’ll probably notice, and it can be quite annoying. It is something you can fix in the display settings, though. Simply navigate there, and choose the “Professional” setting for the display colors. You’ll get realistic colors, and everything will look great.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Vivo X60 Pro+: Performance

The performance is as good as you’d expect. Both of these phones have top-of-the-line hardware, and their software offerings are not bad either. The Snapdragon 888 fuels both smartphones, though the Galaxy S21 Ultra also comes in an Exynos variant in some markets. Both companies used LPDDR5 RAM on the inside, along with UFS 3.1 flash storage. All that is combined with Android 11 in both cases, though Samsung’s and Vivo’s Android skins are vastly different.

Everything is well-optimized, though. Both phones handle everyday performance like champs. Everything is smooth, with no lag. In fact, dropped frames were a rarity, both phones perform great. They open and close apps really fast, multitasking is not a problem, nor is multimedia consumption. Browsing, taking pictures and videos, it’s all a breeze. Anything you can think of in terms of performance, these two phones can do with ease.

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Even if you’re a gamer, you’ll be right at home here. You can play basically any game from the Play Store at the highest of settings. A high refresh rate definitely helps make both phones even smoother, especially while scrolling and gaming. These two phones are amongst the best performers in the game now, and that’s something you’d expect considering their internals and price tags.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Vivo X60 Pro+: Battery

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra features a 5,000mAh battery, while Vivo opted to include a 4,200mAh unit inside the X60 Pro+. The Galaxy S21 Ultra does come with a larger display, which offers higher resolution as well, so it makes sense that Samsung needed to include a larger battery. That being said, the difference in battery life is noticeable. The Galaxy S21 Ultra does offer more in that regard.

In fact, the Galaxy S21 Ultra offers great battery life, one of the best we’ve tested when it comes to flagships, at least in the last year or so. The phone can easily reach 6-6.5 hours of screen-on-time, and reaching 7 hours of screen-on-time is not out of the question either, at least with our usage. Do note that does not include gaming, or anything of the sort, but regular usage, with browsing, taking pictures, videos, some YouTube, and so on.

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With such usage, the Vivo X60 Pro+ did not do so well. The phone can reach 5.5-6 hours of screen-on-time, but not much more than that. Vivo may improve things via updates, but for the time being, that’s the max it can offer. Do note that your mileage may vary in general, as each of us use our phones differently, so… there you go.

The charging aspect is interesting here. The Galaxy S21 Ultra offers 25W wired charging, in addition to 15W wireless charging, and also reverse wireless charging. The Vivo X60 Pro+, on the other hand, comes with 55W wired charging. Wireless charging is not included, and neither is reverse wireless charging, which is a shame. The phone does offer much faster wired charging than Samsung’s offering, though.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Vivo X60 Pro+: Cameras

There’s plenty to look forward to in the camera department, when it comes to both phones. The Galaxy S21 Ultra has proven to offer great cameras, amongst the best in the market. Some of you may be surprised, but the Vivo X60 Pro+ comes swinging. The phone ended up offering a great camera setup, and even managed to surprise us to a degree. Both devices feature four extremely capable cameras on the back, including main, telephoto, periscope, and ultra-wide units.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra AH 11

The camera sensors and lenses are different, and so are the results, but both can capture excellent photos in pretty much all situations. Both phones are quite consistent when it comes to taking pictures, which is very important. They can take detailed, sharp, and well-balanced images during the day. They end up looking sharp, with great dynamic range, and colors. The white balance is also spot on. Their ultrawide cameras do a great job as well, and the same goes for periscope cameras. The Galaxy S21 Ultra can zoom in a bit more while keeping the quality in check, but both periscope cameras are generally good, and do experience significant quality drop-off if you zoom in too far, which is to be expected.

Now, in low light, both phones shine. The images on the Galaxy S21 Ultra look a bit more natural when using night mode, even though they are brighter than what your eye can see. The Vivo X60 Pro+ shots in low light do lean more to the unnatural side of things, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, as they’re great. Both phones provide more than enough sharpness in low light, and do a great job of lighting up the darkest parts of images. They also balance things really well, and white balance is not an issue at all. The Galaxy S21 Ultra does a bit better job when it comes to video, though both are good in that regard. We would recommend shooting 4K at 60 FPS max, even though both can do 8K.

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Audio

When it comes to audio, the Galaxy S21 Ultra has the upper hand. The phone comes with a stereo speaker setup, and its speakers are really good. They are more than loud enough, while also being sharp. Everything is well-balanced, and boosted by AKG. The Vivo X60 Pro+ has only one speaker, and it’s bottom-firing. That speaker is actually really good, and it’s loud, but it cannot compete with the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s stereo setup.

Both phones offer Bluetooth 5.2, and can provide great sound via a good pair of headphones. Regardless of whether you’ll connect your headphones wirelessly, or not, you’ll get good sound. Do note that if you do intend on using a wire, you’ll either need a Type-C pair of headphones, or a dongle, as neither of the two phones offers a 3.5mm headphone jack.