Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G aims to offer you the Galaxy S21 experience at a more affordable price. The smartphone is a bit bigger with a bigger display, the same design and just about the same hardware. However, for the lower price there are some tradeoffs. Samsung Galaxy S21 FE features a bigger battery compared to the S21.
Where to Buy Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
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With its launch the Galaxy S21 FE is now the most affordable member of the Galaxy S21 series. The android phone sits below the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus, and Galaxy S21 Ultra.
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G Key Specs and Features
- 6.4-inch, Dynamic AMOLED 2x Display, 1080 x 2400 Pixels (401 ppi), 120Hz Refresh Rate
- Android 12, One UI 4
- 6GB or 8GB RAM
- Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 (USA) / Octa-core Exynos 2100 (Global)
- 128GB / 256GB Built-in Storage
- 12MP + 8MP + 12MP Triple Rear Camera
- 10MP Front Camera
- Fingerprint Sensor (Under Display, Ultrasonic)
- 25W Fast Charging
- 15W Wireless Charging
- Water and Dust Proof (IP68 certification)
- 4500 mAh Non-Removable Li-ion Battery
Design and Display
The design is essentially the same as the rest of the S21 series which was also carried over to the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus. Only the Galaxy S22 Ultra with a Note-like design is different.
You have an the same all screen front with an O-cutout for the selfie camera. The back has the three rear cameras vertically lined-up on the bump on top left.
The smartphone is available in White, Graphite, Lavender, Olive colours with an aluminium frame and polycarbonate back. The front is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G features a 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 aspect ratio, HDR10+, Always on display, up to 700 nits brightness, and 120Hz refresh rate (non-adaptive). This display is however smaller than the 6.5-inch display offered by the Galaxy S20 FE.
There is a fingerprint sensor embedded under the display. This will enable you unlock the phone when it is locked. The display is brilliant for watching movies and browsing the web.
Camera is one of the places the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G had some tradeoffs. The 64 megapixels telephoto sensor was downgraded to 8 megapixels with 3X optical zoom. The other two cameras, a 12 megapixels wide-angle main camera and a 12 megapixels ultrawide angle camera are largely the same as in the S21.
Photography is great on the smartphone, but we expect the rest of the S21 series to have an edge when it comes to taking photos and recording videos.
In the video department, you can record 4k videos at up to 60 fps, Full HD videos at up to 240 fps, and HD videos at up to 960 fps.
The Galaxy S21 FE 5G sports a 32 megapixels front facing camera. The camera can record 4k videos at up to 60 frames per second (fps).
Hardware and Software
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G is powered by the same processor as the rest of the S21 family. However, like is customary with Galaxy S Series, the processor you get depends on your country.
US versions are powered by Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G, while in the rest of the world the android phone is powered by Samsung’s Exynos 2100 chipset. Both are built on 5 nm technology and should offer similar performance.
While the Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G offers an octa-core processor with a single-core Kyro 680 clocked at 2.84GHz, a triple-core Kyro 680 clocked at 2.42GHz, and a quad-core Kyro 680 clocked at 1.8GHz, the Samsung Exynos 2200 offers a single-core Cortex-X1 clocked at 2.9GHz, a triple-core Cortex-A78 clocked at 2.8GHz, and a quad-core Cortex-A55 clocked at up to 2.2GHz.
The 5G phone offers option of 6GB or 8GB RAM. You also have an option of 128GB or 256GB built-in storage. Like other members of the S21 series, you do not get a memory card slot on the device. A 4500 mAh battery is provided.
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G is loaded with Android 12 with Samsung’s One UI 4 interface out of the box.
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G sports a USB Type-C Port for fast charging and wired communications. Bluetooth 5.0 with LE and A2DP as well as NFC is provided for wireless connectivity.
The smartphone supports 5G connectivity for superfast downloads, uploads, and streaming. You also get Wi-Fi 6 and dual-band Wi-Fi.
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G Price and Availability
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G price starts at $699 for the 8GB / 128GB variant. The Galaxy S21 FE 5G costs 355,000 Naira in Nigeria, 79,999 KES in Kenya, 5,499 GHC in Ghana, and 14,880 EGP in Egypt.
The decent gaming phone was announced on January 4, 2022, and was available for purchase from January 7, 2022.
It was launched weeks before the Samsung Galaxy S22, the Galaxy S22 Plus, and the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G Specs
Here are a few specs of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
- Platform: Android 12, One UI 4
- Processor: Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 Octa-core Processor (2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 2.42 GHz tri-core Kryo 680 & 1.80 GHz quad-core Kryo 680) – USA / China – Exynos 2100 Octa-core Processor (2.9 GHz Cortex-X1 & 2.80 GHz tri-core Cortex-A78 & 2.2 GHz quad-core Cortex-A55)
- GPU: Mali-G78 MP14 (International) – Adreno 660 (USA/China)
- Memory: 6GB or 8GB RAM
- Colours: White, Graphite, Lavender, Olive
- Dimension: 155.7 x 74.5 x 7.9 mm
- Weight: 177 g
- SIM Type: Nano-SIM
- SIM Count: Single-SIM or Dual-SIM
- Display: 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 1080 x 2400 Pixels (401 ppi), ~89.6% Screen-to-body Ratio, 120Hz Refresh Rate, HDR10+, 20:9 aspect ratio, Always On Display
- Screen Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
- Foldable Display: No
- Rear Camera: 12MP (Primary, wide) f/1.8, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS + 8MP (Telephoto) f/2.4, PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom + 12MP (Ultrawide) f/2.2, 123˚ FOV, Video Stabilisation
- Rear Camera Features: [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60/240fps, [email protected], HDR10+, stereo sound rec., gyro-EIS
- Front Camera: 32MP Camera, f/2.2, Dual video call, Auto-HDR, Dual Pixel PDAF, [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]
- Built-in Storage: 128GB / 256GB
- Memory Card Support: No
- Bundled Cloud Storage: –
- 2G GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
- 2G CDMA 1X: 800 / 1900
- 3G WCDMA: 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
- 3G CDMA EVDO: CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
- 4G LTE: LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 20, 26, 28, 32, 38, 40, 41, 66 (International), LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 29, 25, 26, 28, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46, 48, 66, 71 (USA)
- 5G: 1, 3, 5, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 78 SA/NSA/Sub6 (International), 41, 66, 71, 260, 261 SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave (USA)
Internet & Connectivity
- GPRS: Yes
- EDGE: Yes
- 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes
- HSPA+: Yes
- CDMA EVDO: –
- 4G LTE: Yes
- 5G: Yes
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
- Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE
- NFC: Yes
- Infrared Blaster: No
- USB Port: USB Type-C
- SMS/MMS: Yes
- Instant Messaging: Yes
- Push Emails: –
- Email Protocol: –
- Music Player: Yes
- Video Player: Yes
- FM Radio: –
- Loudspeaker: Yes
- 3.5mm Jack: No
- Navigation: A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
- Maps: Yes
Sensors & Control
- Digital Compass: Yes
- Accelerometer: Yes
- Proximity Sensor: Yes
- Light Sensor: Yes
- Barometer: Yes
- SpO2: –
- Pedometer: –
- Heart Rate Monitor: –
- Gyroscope: Yes
- Fingerprint Scanner: Yes (Under display, optical)
- Iris Scanner: –
- Face Unlock: Yes
- Stylus Pen: –
- Intelligent Digital Assistant: Google Assistant, Bixby
- Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: –
- Voice Control: Yes
- Video Streaming: Yes
- Active Noise Cancellation: Yes
- Wireless Charging: Yes, Wireless Charging (15W Capacity), Reverse wireless charging
- Built-in Mobile Payment: –
- Water Resistant: Yes (IP68 – up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
- Dust Resistant: Yes
- Image Editor: Yes
- Video Editor: –
- Document Viewer: –
- Document Editor: –
- Battery: 4500 mAh Non-Removable Li-Po Battery
- Talktime: –
- Standby Time: –
- Fast Charging: 25W Fast Charging Capacity, Power Delivery 3.0, 15W Fast Wireless Charging