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The best Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus deals in May 2022

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus deals are now officially available to buy, sitting in the middle of the S21 range, it provides a blend of price and specs that for many, will make this the best option.

You won’t be at all surprised to hear that this is one of Samsung’s best smartphones yet, performing an incremental upgrade on the Galaxy S20 Plus from last year. And yet, despite the increase in certain specs and features, the price has actually dropped slightly.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus deals come in at a SIM-free price of just £949 - £50 less than its 2020 brother. Despite the drop in price, the handset has seen an increase in a number of key specs.

Most noticeably is the upgrade to Samsung's latest processor - the Exynos 2100. This brings it up to compete with Apple's A14 Bionic chip, giving much better performance and speed while playing games, using apps, and significantly increases the quality of Samsung's camera AI software.

However, to get that lower price, not everything is as leading as it once was. The S21 Plus drops the RAM down to 8GB (still plenty of power for a phone) and uses a lower resolution display than we would have expected from Samsung.

Scroll down to see our picks for the best Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus deals right now in our price comparison chart. 

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus deals: trade in to save cash

As a brand new handset, it is no surprise that Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus deals could rack you up a substantial bill. Luckily, you can always trade in an old phone to save money on your new handset. 

One of the most popular ones is Sellmymobile. It compares different recycling sites, listing their TrustPilot scores, how long it will take for you to get paid, how you send your phone and of course, how much you'll get.

In terms of what you can earn, taking the Samsung Galaxy S9 as an example, you can get up to £126 for a working device or £41 for a completely broken device. Or if you have a Google Pixel 3, you could earn up to £118.

See TechRadar's how do I sell my phone guide to find out more

Head to Sellmymobile.com to see how much you can get for your old phone

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus review:

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus review in brief

Blending specs and price in Samsung's 2021 devices

Specifications

Screen size: 6.7-inch
Resolution: Full HD+
Rear camera: 12 + 12 + 64MP
Front Camera: 10MP
Weight: 202g
OS: Android 11
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128/256GBGB
External storage: Yes
Battery: 4800mAh

Reasons to buy

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Powerful new processor
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Large battery
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Top-notch camera performance

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive phone

As we said above, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus is mostly an incremental upgrade over the S20 Plus, but with a few key improvements. However, despite these upgrades, the S21 Plus does adopt a more affordable RRP than its predecessor.

The most noticeable upgrade comes in the use of Samsung's new Exynos 2100 processor - an update that has been heavily advertised by Samsung. This new processor puts Samsung in direct competition with Apple's latest A14 Bionic chip.

This will not only mean better general performance on your phone but also better battery maintenance, camera performance, and display performance. Alongside the introduction of this new processor, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus uses a larger battery at 4800mAh, a more up to date camera with improved camera AI and video quality, and has better security through Samsung's Knox programme.

However, considering it's coming in at around £200 more expensive than the standard Galaxy S21, it's definitely a harder sell unless you're dead set on that bigger screen.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus review

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus deals: FAQ

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Should you choose the Samsung Galaxy S21, Plus or Ultra?

While the Samsung Galaxy S21 and the Plus are largely very similar handsets, the S21 Ultra is in a very different category, launching the specs and prices way up.

With that in mind, the first question you should ask is whether you prefer the idea of the S21 or the S21 Plus. The S21 is much cheaper, coming in at just £769 compared to the Plus's £949.

The main upgrades found in that price difference are an increased battery and much larger display. However, it doesn't quite manage to match the Ultra.

When you upgrade to the Ultra, you're paying £1000+ but you're getting Samsung's smartest and most powerful phone yet. With a market-leading screen, massive battery and display, super-powered processor and powerful camera, if you've got the cash to splash, the Ultra is the way to go.

The question comes down to which of the three categories you fit into: on a budget or a fan of smaller phones (the S21), a fan of bigger phones not ready to exceed the £1000+ mark (the S21 Plus) or, someone wanting the best Samsung has to offer - the Ultra.

What comes in the box with the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus?

You'll be sad to know that with this collection of handsets, Samsung followed in Apple's iPhone 12 footsteps. That means a very empty box with a few parts missing.

In fact, it's probably easier to say what is in the box. You're getting the handset itself, a USB-C cable, the instructions and a SIM card tool. That means no headphones and no charging block.

Like Apple, this has been argued as an environmental change with most people already having both headphones and charging blocks. Whether this will be a change Samsung continues is yet to be seen.

Is the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus a good value phone?

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus offers a lower price than what we saw with last year's S20 Plus. However, to get that lower price, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus had to make a few major changes.

The screen is a lower resolution and the difference between the S21 and S21 Plus isn't massive. With this in mind, many would find better value in the cheaper S21.

However, considering the upgrade in processing power, improvements to the camera and a new and stylish design at a lower price, the S21 Plus feels like a great value choice.

How does the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus compare to the S20 Plus?

The comparison between the S21 Plus and the older S20 Plus is a complicated one. While the S20 Plus is the more expensive and older of the two phones, it still manages to offer some specs the S21 doesn't have.

It has the better screen of the two, external storage options and a few other factors cut down on to lower the price of the S21 Plus.

However, the S21 Plus has the better processor, the better camera set-up and the larger battery capacity of the two. Overall, the S21 Plus is the better phone...but considering it came a year later, the improvements are not vast and in some areas, aren't improvements at all.

Alex is a journalist who has written extensively about all things broadband, SIMs and phone contracts, as well as scouring the internet to land you the best prices on the very latest in gadgets and tech. Whether that be with the latest iPhones and Android handsets, breaking down how broadband works or revealing the cheapest SIM plans, he's in the know, and will help you land a bargain.