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Samsung’s newis kicking off with a sequel to 2020’s well-liked . The S21 FE will begin at $700 (£699 or roughly AU$1,300) for the bottom mannequin, which has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of inner storage, then step as much as $770 for the 8GB/256GB variant. Worldwide costs weren’t obtainable for the step-up mannequin, however $770 converts to about £570 or AU$1,070. For reference, final 12 months’s 5G model of the Galaxy S20 FE was additionally priced at $700 (£699, AU$1,149).
The S21 FE is designed to be an reasonably priced different to the $800 S21 sequence, which Samsung says will steadily get phased out this 12 months, because it makes manner for the S22 lineup. It is a comparable place as 2020’s Galaxy S20 FE, which additionally provided a decrease $700 value in comparison with the $999 Galaxy S20 whereas retaining lots of its options.
The cellphone, which appears almost an identical to the Galaxy S21, has a crisp 6.4-inch AMOLED display, a strong Snapdragon 888 processor and a triple-camera module on the rear, which boasts a telephoto lens to zoom in on faraway topics. In comparison with final 12 months’s well-liked S20 FE, Samsung hasn’t made many modifications to the S21 FE, not less than based mostly on the specs. There is no bundled charger, once more. And battery measurement in addition to charging pace assist have not modified.
There are just a few variations to bear in mind. One hard-to-miss one is the elimination of the microSD slot for expandable storage, however this does not come as a shock. Samsung has routinely nixed the expandable storage characteristic, doing so in 2020 with the Z Flip foldable telephones because it says “utilization has markedly decreased.”and
The S21 FE is also slightly lighter than the S20 FE: The new phone is specced to weigh 177 grams, which comes in at 13 grams less than its predecessor. It’s hard to tell without actually using the phone day-to-day whether you’ll notice any meaningful difference, but we’ll be sure to update that when we get to review the phone.
For more details on the differences between the S21 FE and the S20 FE, you can also have a look at our specs chart below for a side-by-side comparison.
Galaxy S21 FE vs. S20 FE
|Samsung Galaxy S21 FE||Samsung Galaxy S20 FE|
|Display size, resolution||6.4-inch AMOLED screen; Full HD Plus resolution (2,340×1,080 pixels); 120 Hz||6.5-inch super AMOLED; 2,400×1,080 pixels|
|Weight (Ounces, Grams)||177g||190g|
|Mobile software||Android 12||Android 10|
|Camera||12-megapixel (main), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 8-megapixel (telephoto)||12-megapixel (standard), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 8-megapixel (3x telephoto)|
|Processor||Snapdragon 888 (in the US)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (5G) Samsung Exynos 990 (4G)|
|Battery/Charger||4,500 mAh (No bundled charger)||4,500 mAh (No bundled charger)|
|Special features||5G (Sub-6GHz and mmWave), 120 Hz display, IP68 rating, 25W wired charging, 15W wireless charging||5G, 120Hz screen refresh rate, support for 25W fast charging and 15W fast wireless charging, IP 68 rating|
|Price off-contract (USD)||$700 (128GB/6GB); $770 (256GB/8GB)||$699|
|Price (GBP)||£699 (128GB/6GB), likely £770 (256GB/8GB)||£599 (4G), £699 (5G)|
|Price (AUD)||UK price converts to AU$1,300 (128GB/6GB)||AU$1,020|
This 2020 model takes the main features of the Galaxy S20 line and pus them in a more affordable model.
New for 2022, the S21 FE, which starts at $700 with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of nonexpandable internal storage, is designed to be an affordable alternative to the $800 S21 series, which Samsung says will gradually get phased out this year. The $770 step-up model will offer 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
Samsung’s Galaxy S21 FE looks almost exactly like the Galaxy S21