Gadget NewsSamsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G hands-on review

DarylJanuary 7, 2022

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Phantom Violet, 8GB, 128GB Storage) with No Cost EMI/Additional Exchange Offers

Introduction

The Galaxy S21 FE has finally been released, and it builds on the success of the Galaxy S20 FE. It combines the greatest characteristics of the Galaxy S21 phones and places them into a phone that is more inexpensive while still offering a lot of fan-favorite characteristics.

With the addition of S21 features, Samsung has improved two of the most essential components of the previous Galaxy S20 FE. In the first place, there’s the display, which has been upgraded to a brighter Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel that also supports HDR10+ and has a 120Hz refresh rate. Then there’s the question of performance; the Galaxy S21 FE is powered by the same chipsets as the S21 series, with the Snapdragon 888 for the European unit and the Exynos 2100 for Australia and maybe other territories.

There are four cameras, all of which are copied from the Galaxy S20 FE, which isn’t really intriguing. Because of the upgraded and more powerful hardware, Samsung is promising better processing for superior photo quality (particularly at night) and the ability to perform some innovative tricks such as object removal after the photo has been taken.

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Phantom Violet, 8GB, 128GB Storage) with No Cost EMI/Additional Exchange Offers

As usual, the Galaxy S21 FE is water-resistant; it has the same 4,500mAh battery as the S20 FE; and its charging capabilities are the same as the S20 FE. It is, on the other hand, both thinner and lighter at the same time.

This phone is also one of the first to ship with the latest android version 12 and the One UI 4.0, and we can’t wait to see how they perform in real life.

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G specs at a glance:

 

    • Body: 155.7×74.5×7.9mm, 177g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass Victus), plastic back, aluminum frame; IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins).
    • Display: 6.40″ Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 411ppi; Always-on display.
    • Chipset: International – Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm): Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 680; Adreno 660. AU/other – Exynos 2100 (5 nm): Octa-core CPU (1×2.9 GHz Cortex-X1 & 3×2.80 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4×2.2 GHz Cortex-A55), Mali-G78 MP14 GPU.
    • Memory: 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM.
    • OS/Software: Android 12, One UI 4.
    • Rear camera: Wide (main): 12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS; Ultra wide angle: 12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm, 123˚; Telephoto: 8 MP, f/2.4, 76mm, PDAF, 3x optical zoom.
    • Front camera: 32 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide).
    • Video capture: Rear camera: Yes; Front camera: Yes.
    • Battery: 4500mAh; Fast charging 25W, 50% in 30 min (advertised), Fast wireless charging 15W, Reverse wireless charging, USB Power Delivery 3.0.
    • Misc: Fingerprint reader (under display, optical); NFC; Bixby natural language commands and dictation, Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified).

The Galaxy S21 FE, like the rest of the Galaxy S21 series, is delivered with only the minimal essentials – a USB cable and nothing more is included. Some pre-orders, on the other hand, will get a free pair of Galaxy Buds2, which is a great bonus.

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Phantom Violet, 8GB, 128GB Storage) with No Cost EMI/Additional Exchange Offers

However, while we are pleased that Samsung has updated the screen and the chipset, we are less enthusiastic about the same camera gear, despite the fact that there are some new tricks in the bag. We do, however, agree that this is the best camera configuration for a smartphone these days: a good main camera, an ultrawide camera, and a 3x telephoto lens.

Finally, we must acknowledge the removal of the microSD card slot, which was formerly present on the S20 FE and which will undoubtedly upset some fans and drive them away from the device, whether it is a Fan edition or not.

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Phantom Violet, 8GB, 128GB Storage) with No Cost EMI/Additional Exchange Offers

In spite of the fact that the S21 FE is released about a year after the original S21 series, and while it inherits some of their best features, the Galaxy S21 5G is already available for less money, and the Galaxy S22 announcement is literally around the corner. Both of these developments would place the S21 FE under significant competitive pressure, even within its own portfolio, and it remains to be seen how effective it will be able to cope with them.

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Phantom Violet, 8GB, 128GB Storage) with No Cost EMI/Additional Exchange Offers

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