Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G First Impressions: Riding the Wave

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE and the Galaxy S20 FE 5G have been a huge success for the company, so much so that Samsung has reportedly sold more than 10 million units worldwide, to date. Naturally, Samsung wants to continue riding this wave, and what better way to do that than to follow with a new version.

Samsung recently launched the Galaxy S21 FE 5G in India, a much-anticipated smartphone that follows the same formula as the previous one – offering flagship-level details and features similar to the premium S21 series, but long after launch and without the premium price. . Samsung has sent us the unit for review, and while that is still going on, here’s a look at what to expect from Samsung’s latest pricing flagship.

What the premium does start with a package, which is a small, small box like the ones that kids get for this phone. Inside, you get a phone, a USB Type-C to Type-C cable, and a SIM extraction tool. With modern fashion, there is no power adapter in the box, as was the case with last year’s FE models.

Compared to the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G, the Galaxy S21 FE 5G does not change the game in any major way, especially since the previous phone was already full of featured gears. Instead, we find a few evolutionary variables such as design and SoC.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G has a cut-out design for the camera module, like the Galaxy S21 series, but this component is made of plastic instead of metal and is not an extension of the frame. The back panel is also plastic but the display gets Gorilla Glass Victus for better scratch protection. The metal frame sounds solid, and you’ll find power and volume buttons on the right, as well as a USB port and a dual SIM tray at the bottom. No headphone jack.

Samsung S21 FE Specifications

The S21 FE 5G is 7.9mm smaller and lighter at 177g than the 190g Galaxy S20 FE 5G. The Graphite color unit I have makes the design sound boring, but thankfully there are also bright shades like Olive, Lavender and White. The phone comes with two types of storage, 128GB and 256GB, and 8GB of the same RAM in both. However, the SIM tray is not the hybrid type we have seen in the Galaxy S20 FE 5G, which means you can’t expand the internal storage.

On the front, we have a large and bright 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 120Hz. The display is flat on all sides and has very small bezels. There’s a 32-megapixel photo capture camera, as well as a fingerprint sensor shown. The display looks great, in the short time I have used it, it has beautiful colors and sharpness. Fingerprint sensor works well and a high level of refreshment makes use sound faster.

The next major change is the SoC. The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G features the Exynos 2100, which is the same chip found in Samsung’s flagship S21 series. We were hoping to see the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC in the version of this phone sold in India, because that is what it is different from other world items, and especially since the Galaxy S20 FE 5G was based on the Snapdragon 865 SoC. However, the Exynos 2100 is still the leading SoC and we will be putting it up for standard in full reviews.

On the software side, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G ships with OneUI 4, based on Android 12. The new version has minor tweaks across the interface and menus, but overall, it looks and sounds familiar.

Many features from Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G are transferred to Galaxy S21 FE 5G. There is an IP68 dust and water resistance rating, stereo speakers, Samsung Pay with NFC, and Wireless Dex mode. It has the same 4,500mAh battery capacity, with 25W fast charging, 15W wireless charging, and reverse wireless charging.

It’s the same story with cameras. The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G has three rear cameras with the same resolution as the Galaxy S20 FE 5G. These are 12-megapixel primary, 12-megapixel ultra-wide, and 8-megapixel telephoto with 3X optical zoom. There is still a lot of testing to be done, but so far the cameras seem capable.

At first, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G does not feel like a bigger step than its predecessor, and in what I can do so far, the only major changes seem to be the design and the SoC. Removal of MicroSD card support is also disappointing. The official prices for the Galaxy S21 FE 5G are Rs. 54,999 of 128GB variants and Rs. 58,999 if you want 256GB of storage, but Samsung has announced a limited refund offer of Rs. 5,000 broken in those numbers when using HDFC Bank cards, which makes this phone very attractive. But how does the Galaxy S21 FE 5G connect with its competitors, the largest Galaxy S20 FE 5G? We will be answering those questions and many more in our full review, so stay tuned.

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