The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE (Fan Edition) 5G was first announced on the 4th of January 2022 and released on the 7th. The phone does a great job in most departments, but you can certainly get better phones at similar prices or less. The phone comes at a starting price of $699 and in three configurations. Two of the variants have 128 GB of internal storage, with 6 GB and 8 GB of RAM. The more premium variant has 8 GB of RAM with 256 GB of internal storage.
The device supports dual Nano-SIM cards and connectivity from 2G to 5G, but not an SD card. The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G comes in White, Graphite, Lavender, and Olive. One of the biggest upsides of this phone is its amazing screen quality. The device has a 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X screen which is Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protected. The phone’s screen-to-body ratio and PPI density are 85.3% and 411 respectively. On top of that, the device has support for HDR10+, making watching movies and videos on it even more enjoyable.
The device performs brilliantly in the sound department as well, as it not only has high-resolution audio but also stereo speakers. On the flip side, the device lacks the 3.5 mm headphone jack, but that’s almost always the case with mid-range devices. The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G’s build quality and performance are pretty solid as well. The device has a plastic body with an aluminum frame, while also having IP68 certification for dust and water resistance. Coming to the dimensions, it measures 6.13 by 2.93 by 0.31 inches.
The device is supremely thin and is pretty lightweight at 177 grams. The overall performance of the phone is handled by the brilliant Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G processor. The Adreno 660 GPU looks after the phone’s gaming performance, and the 120 Hz refresh rate surely helps in that regard. On the software side of things, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G runs Android 12 with One UI 4. While the performance, as previously mentioned, is awesome, the software isn’t free from lags.
Apart from all the usual sensors, the phone also has Samsung Pay and Bixby natural language commands and dictation. In the communication department, the device has a Wi-Fi dual-band, GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi Direct, and Hotspot. Additionally, the device has USB Type-C, USB On-The-Go, and NFC support. The battery backup, however, isn’t as impressive as you might have hoped. If you are an average user, Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G should manage to get you through the day.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G has a 4500 mAh lithium-ion non-removable battery. The device not only supports 25W fast charging and 15W fast wireless charging but also reverse wireless charging and USB Power Delivery 3.0. At this price point, Samsung should have ensured a quicker charging time. Coming to cameras, the phone delivers a satisfactory performance.
The phone has a triple camera setup on the back. It has a 12 MP wide-angle with OIS (optical image stabilization), 8 MP telephoto camera with OIS and 3x optical zoom, and 12 MP ultrawide camera. The camera has features like LED flash, auto-HDR, and panorama. The phone can record videos up to 4K and has gyro-EIS (electronic image stabilization) besides support for HDR10+. For selfies, the phone features a 32 MP wide-angle camera.