Without doubt Samsung is leading the way with last year’s series of galaxy smartphones, the Galaxy S20 Ultra destroyed the competition with its amazing cameras that supported the Space Zoom function. 2021 Samsung brought it up a notch with the new S21 ultra that focused on improved image quality and image stabilization.
Now that the world has stepped into the three digit zoom, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo took to the drawing board and has designed an amazing smartphone the Find X3 Pro to give Samsung a run for its money.
The Find X3 Pro is a premium smartphone with a vibrant and colourful 120hz display supported by one of the fastest processors in the market and has proven to be a worthy rival for the Samsung S21 ultra.
If you are planning on purchasing a new smartphone with exceptional camera quality and features, this article will help you choose between the two best smartphones in the market. So let’s get started.
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Oppo Find X3 Pro Vs Samsung S21 Ultra
Oppo has really outdone themselves with the design of the new Find X3 Pro, a classy glass back and metal frame feels solid in the hand and has premium built quality.
The back of the phone houses the camera that gently rises above the glass body on the top left corner of the phone.
The front screen is curved on all sides for a comfortable hold and viewing angles with small bezels.
A punch-hole camera in the top left corner is positioned for the perfect front view when taking selfies. Overall this phone feels good in your palm when holding and using it.
The Galaxy S21 Ultra also houses a strong sturdy glass on the back of the phone around a metal frame for extra support.
The camera pops out of the phone body in a different shape with a block design that is bigger than the Find X3 Pro’s camera design.
The curved screen is much like the Find X3 Pro screen design with small bezels but the punch-hole camera is in the centre unlike the Oppo that provides a different perspective when viewing both front cameras.
If you look at the above image of the phones, there isn’t much difference in the external design, but the weight and dimensions speak differently.
The Oppo Find X3 Pro weighs about 193g, almost 34g less than the Samsung S21 Ultra that weighs 227g. The dimensions on the Samsung are 165.1X75.6X8.9mm which is quite thick compared to the Oppo Find X3.
Winner :- if light and sturdy is your thing the Oppo’s light body and strong build takes the cake but if you’re like me that likes a solid phone feel in your hand the samsung S21 ultra sure does feel premium.
The Galaxy S21 Ultra has incorporated Phantom colors that are available in Phantom Titanium, Phantom Black, Phantom Brown, Phantom Navy and Phantom Silver.
The Oppo Find X3 Pro comes in classic colors of glossy black and blue shades that don’t look too bad either but could have two more options is what I feel.
Winner : Samsung for a variety of stylish colors.
Comfort and Fit
Both the phones have curved edges that make the phones feel comfortable in your palms, but the Samsung S21 ultra weighs more and has bigger dimensions than the Oppo Find X3 Pro.
I’ve noticed that the Oppo’s back camera gentle lift feels a part of the design and fits comfortably in my front pocket. But the Samsung Ultra S21 camera pops out which gets caught when putting the phone in the front pockets that might cause damage to the phone.
Winner – Oppo has a lighter body and smaller dimensions and they went in the right direction with the gentle curved lift for the camera that feels good and comfortable when using it.
Specifications and Features
Both the phones are power houses with amazing computing and processing power, there are few differences that set them apart from each other. You’d be surprised how similar both these smartphones are.
Processor and Memory
Both the smartphones have the latest Snapdragon 888 chipset for the best processing speed. Oppo Find X3 Pro has 12GB of RAM while the Samsung S21 Ultra comes with two RAM options of 12GB and 16GB.
Oppo’s Find X3 Pro comes with 256GB of Inbuilt memory which is good enough for the processing speed it offers but samsungs provides its customers with more variety offering storage up to 512GB. Both phones lack a microSD card slot so you might want to think about the storage you would require.
Both Phones support 5G that offers high-speed connectivity.
Both phones have an In-screen fingerprint scanner, I found both phones unlock almost immediately but the oppo felt slower compared to the samsung.
Both the smart devices run on the latest Android 11 only difference between them is their overlay, Samsung has its One Ul overlaid and the Oppo has its ColorOS overlay.
Winner – Tie
Both Phones have the same specs the only difference is their OS overlay.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra comes with a rich and vibrant 6.8-inch 1440 x 3200 AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate compared to the 6.7-inch 1440 x 3216 AMOLED screen with the same refresh rate which is slightly smaller but barely noticeable to the naked eye.
Both phones support High Dynamic Range 10+ providing a rich viewing experience. Though the Oppo Find X3 Pro has more pixels per inch it is barely noticeable when you have both phones in front of you.
The Samsung S21 Ultra has a brighter screen with 1500 nits when compared to Oppo’s 1300 nits screen.
Both the displays are curved for a comfortable fit in the palm also providing excellent viewing angles.
Oppo Find X3 Pro has a couple of extra features on its display giving it an edge over the Samsung X3 Pro. It can display over one billion colors that cover over one hundred percent of the DCI-P3 gamut, which is more than Galaxy S21 ultra has to offer. It also has a Full-Path Color Management System that ensures images and videos do not get compressed from the source file to when it is displayed.
Winner – Tie, Both the displays are remarkable and amazing to view. There isn’t much difference between them at all.
Now, this is where both phones show what they’re really made of with their main focus features.
The Oppo Find X3 Pro comes with four rear cameras that support each other for high-quality captures. It has a 50MP f/1.8 main camera with a 50MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera giving you an excellent range to capture images. A telephoto 13MP f/2.4 camera is added for excellent zooming features and a 3MP f/3.0 microlens that acts as a microscope allowing you to zoom in upto 60x capturing the smallest of details that are not visible to the naked eye.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra rules over the Oppo Find X3 when it comes to zooming distant subjects. It has a powerful 108 MP f/1.8 main camera with a 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera providing you a large area to capture. A 10MP f2.4 telephoto camera that provides a optical zoom of upto 3x and a 10MP f/4.9 periscope camera with 10x optical zoom and can go upto a mindblowing 100x digital zoom.
The Samsung S21 Ultra has a 40MP f/2.2 front-facing camera providing a wider image compared to Oppo Find X3 Pro’s 32 f/2.4.
Video Recording Quality
The Samsung S21 Ultra has better recording quality of 8K compared to the 4K video recording from Oppo’s Find X3 Pro.
Galaxy S21 Ultra provides much better zooming in when trying to capture subjects from a distance. But Oppo stands out for its microlens that samsung does not have in its rear camera features.
Winner – Samsung wins with its 8K video recording quality which is double the clarity Oppo offers.
The Oppo Find X3 Pro has a 4,500mAh battery while the Galaxy S21 Ultra has a larger 5,000mAh battery. Oppo supports 65W fast charging, this is where the samsung falls short as it has only 25W taking longer to juice up.
Oppo provides better wireless charging with 30W wireless charging compared to Samsung’s 15W wireless charging which takes twice the amount of time.
Reverse Wireless Charging
Oppo stands out here as well with 10W reverse wireless charging compared to samsung’s 4.5W reverse charging.
Winner – Oppo is the clear winner here with a battery that comes to full charge in 40 mins.
I’m sure you’ve understood by now that both these phones are pretty much the same and offer an excellent experience when using either of them.
When it comes to camera quality and capturing images samsung is your best choice.
When it comes to fast charge and battery life Oppo is without doubt way ahead of samsung.
Both the phones have the same processor with good RAM, you can get more RAM on the Samsung but it gets quite expensive.
Keeping all of the above in mind.
Who is the Samsung S21 Ultra for?
The Samsung S21 Ultra is for the modern day infuclers and vloggers who require a HQ camera at their disposal with good processing speed and storage.
Who is the Oppo Find X3 Pro for?
The Oppo Find X3 Pro is for the business professional and for the people on the go, its 256GB RAM and Snapdragon processor offer excellent processing speed balancing the device perfectly and wins the show with a full charge in 40 min with its fast 65W fast charging.