Samsung Galaxy S21 versus Google Pixel 6

Samsung Galaxy S21 versus Google Pixel 6

These two phones are quite different, by the way, so get ready for that. They’re different in a number of ways, including their designs. That is one of the categories we’ll go over down below. The first thing we’ll do is list their specifications. Following that, we’ll compare the two phones across a number of categories, including design, display, performance, battery, camera, and audio. That being said, let’s kick off the Google Pixel 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S21 comparison, shall we?

We previously compared the Pixel 6 Pro and Galaxy S21 Ultra, and now it’s time to do the same for the two smartphone series’ base versions. In this post, we’ll pit the Google Pixel 6 against the Samsung Galaxy S21. The Pixel 6 is technically a newer smartphone because it was released later in the year, although both phones belong to the same smartphone generation. Essentially, the Pixel 6 series arrived towards the conclusion of a cycle.


  • The Pixel 6 is made out of metal and glass, while the Galaxy S21 includes a frame made out of metal, and a plastic backplate. Even the physical buttons on the two phones are in different spots. The Pixel 6’s power / lock key sits above the volume up and down buttons. The Galaxy S21’s buttons are the other way around. All the physical buttons do sit on the right-hand side of both phones, though.

  • The Google Pixel 6 and Samsung Galaxy S21 both include a centered display camera hole. On top of that, they both feature flat displays. That’s basically where the similarities end, though. The Pixel 6 does have somewhat thicker bezels, and it also has sharper corners. It’s a considerably larger smartphone, that is also quite a bit heavier than the Galaxy S21. The two phones also look visibly different when you look at them, especially from the back.

The Google Pixel 6 includes a 6.4-inch fullHD+ (2400 x 1080) AMOLED display. This is a 90Hz panel that supports HDR10+ connectivity. It is a flat display that is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. The Galaxy S21, on the other hand, comes with a 6.2-inch fullHD+ (2400 x 1080) Dynamic AMOLED 2X display. This panel is also flat, while it supports a 120Hz refresh rate. It also supports HDR10+ content, and it’s protected by the Gorilla Glass Victus.

The rear camera islands do look considerably different. The Pixel 6 has a strip that goes from one side to the other. The Galaxy S21’s camera island expands from the phone’s frame, and it’s much smaller in comparison. On top of that, it’s protected by metal. Both phones are slightly curved on the back, towards the sides. The Pixel 6 comes with a larger display, and it’s quite a bit taller and wider, while it’s also thicker and heavier. It’s worth noting that both phones offer IP68 certification for water and dust resistance.