Xiaomi has released a brand new flagship killer for the Chinese market: the Redmi K40 Pro +. Rumors have it that the K40 series will hit the global market under the POCO brand, but the arrival of this device in the global market remains to be confirmed. Meanwhile, given its amazing specs, we think it’s worth comparing it with one of the latest flagships released by Samsung. Considering the specifications and price range of the K40 Pro +, we decided to compare it with the base variant of the Galaxy S21 series: the vanilla Samsung Galaxy S21.
Xiaomi Redmi K40 Pro + vs. Samsung Galaxy S21
|Xiaomi Redmi K40 Pro +||Samsung galaxy s21|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||163.7 x 76.4 x 7.8mm, 196 grams||151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9 mm, 169 grams|
|DISPLAY||6.67 inches, 1080 x 2400p (Full HD +), Super AMOLED||6.2 inches, 1080 x 2400p (Full HD +), 2X dynamic AMOLED|
|PROCESSOR||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, octa-core 2.84 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, octa-core 2.84 GHz|
Samsung Exynos 2100, octa-core 2.9 GHz
|MEMORY||12 GB of RAM, 256 GB||8 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 256 GB|
|SOFTWARE||Android 11, MIUI||Android 11, a user interface|
|CONNECTIVITY||Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac / ax, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac / ax, Bluetooth 5, GPS|
|CAMERA||Triple 108 + 8 + 5 MP, f / 1.8 + f / 2.2|
20 MP front camera
|Triple 12 + 64 + 12 MP, f / 1.8 + f / 2.0 + f / 2.2|
10 MP f / 2.2 front camera
|DRUMS||4520 mAh, fast charge 33 W||4000mAh, 25W fast charge, 15W wireless fast charge|
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||Dual SIM slot, 5G||Dual SIM slot, 5G, reverse wireless charging, IP68 waterproof|
The Samsung Galaxy S21 has a slightly more futuristic design than the Redmi K40 Pro +, at least in my opinion. I love its minimalist camera module, but on the other hand, the K40 Pro + provides some great materials, including a glass back. The Samsung Galaxy S21 has a plastic back, but it comes with a Gorilla Glass Victus protected front panel and an aluminum frame. The Samsung Galaxy S21 is even waterproof with IP68 certification, while the K40 Pro + only offers splash protection with IP53 certification. Finally, the Samsung Galaxy S21 is much more compact and lighter.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 and the Redmi K40 Pro + are very close when it comes to display quality. They both feature an AMOLED display with vivid colors, deep blacks, 120Hz refresh rates, HDR10 + certification, and high peak brightness of 1300 nits. Note that they have high end screens, but not the best screens. Their resolution is Full HD + and they deliver great picture quality, but you can actually find better displays like the Galaxy S21 Ultra or the OPPO Find X3 Pro. The biggest difference between these screens is the diagonal: you get 6.67 inches with the K40 Pro + and only 6.2 inches with the Samsung Galaxy S21. Additionally, the Samsung Galaxy S21 has an ultrasonic fingerprint reader (actually better), while the K40 Pro + has an optical fingerprint scanner.
Specifications and software
The European version of the Samsung Galaxy S21 is the most disappointing because it comes with an inferior Exynos 2100 chipset (which is actually inferior, especially in terms of power management). The US version of the Samsung Galaxy S21 and Redmi K40 Pro + packs a Snapdragon 888 mobile platform, but you actually get a larger amount of RAM with the Redmi K40 Pro + (12GB). The phones run Android 11, and Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S21 will get three years of major Android updates and four years of security updates.
The winner of the camera comparison is the Samsung Galaxy S21. Unlike the Redmi K40 Pro +, it has OIS and a telephoto lens with optical zoom. It is made up of a 12 MP main sensor, a 64 MP telephoto lens, and a 12 MP ultra-wide camera. It also provides a better 10 MP front camera which can record 4K videos at 60 fps. Both phones support 8K video recording from the rear camera. Don’t be fooled by the camera resolutions: as you just read, just because Redmi K40 Pro + has a 108 MP main camera doesn’t mean it’s a better camera phone than Samsung Galaxy S21.
The Redmi K40 Pro + offers longer battery life thanks to its larger 4,520mAh battery, but unlike the Samsung Galaxy S21, it lacks wireless charging and reverse wireless charging. With the Redmi K40 Pro + you get a faster charging speed thanks to the 33W wired charging technology, but since the battery is larger, the charging time of both phones is similar.
The starting price of the Redmi K40 Pro + in China is around € 470 / $ 567, while the Samsung Galaxy S21 is priced around € 800 / $ 965 in its base variant. Unfortunately, the Redmi K40 Pro + is only available in the Chinese market, while the Samsung Galaxy S21 is the only one available globally. Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S21 looks like a better device because of its waterproof design, great build quality, compact body, and great cameras. But if you don’t like compact phones and want above average battery life, you should go for the Redmi K40 Pro +.
Xiaomi Redmi K40 Pro + vs Samsung Galaxy S21: PRO and AGAINST
Xiaomi Redmi K40 Pro +
- Best hardware department
- Bigger battery
- Great price
- Infrared blaster
- Faster loading
Samsung galaxy s21
- IP68 certification
- Wireless charging
- More compact
- Better cameras
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