The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE (Fan Editon) 5G is one of the worst kept secrets in the smartphone world. Finally, Samsung put an end to the rumors by unveiling a reasonably priced smartphone with just the right amount of features at CES 2022.
The first thing you’ll notice about the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is the price. The 128GB model starts at $699.99, which is pretty solid for what the phone brings to the table. The base Galaxy S21 currently sells for $100 more at $799, and the S21+ sells for $999.99. If you want more RAM and 256GB of storage, the price jumps to $769.99.
Obviously, to make the phone so much cheaper than the original Galaxy S21, Samsung needed to make some cuts. This is the path the company has taken with previous Fan Edition phones, and the company has always made smart decisions with where to cut and where to keep (similar to Google with the “a” versions of its Pixel phones).
In a press release, Samsung’s TM Roh, President and Head of MX (Mobile eXperience) Business, Samsung Electronics, said, “We have seen an incredible response to the Galaxy S20 FE and Galaxy S21 lineup. So we took the same approach with the S21 FE 5G, outfitting it with the premium features that matter most to our loyal Galaxy fans, as we focus on delivering a smartphone that meets their most demanding needs. more important.
In the case of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE, you will find a 6.4″ AMOLED display with a resolution of 2340×1080. It’s actually quite a bit larger than the base Galaxy S21, which has a 6.2-inch display. The S21 features a slightly higher resolution though, as it comes with a 2400×1080 display. Both offer 120Hz refresh rates, which is essential for modern phones.
As the phone is a bit larger than the Galaxy S21, it also has a slightly larger battery. The FE comes with a 4,500mAh powerhouse, compared to the original S21’s 4,000mAh battery.
A noticeable drop in performance is in the base model S21 FE 5G’s RAM. If you opt for the $699 model, you’ll only get 6GB of RAM (the more expensive models come with 8GB). All variants of the original S21 feature 8GB of RAM.
Thankfully, Samsung hasn’t cut corners with the processor, as you’ll get the same Snapdragon 888 with the FE as with other Samsung Galaxy S21 devices.
The camera system is similar, so it doesn’t look like Samsung had to cut corners. The Galaxy S21 FE 5G has a 32MP selfie camera and a triple camera system on the back. It has a 12MP ultra-wide camera, a 12MP main lens and an 8MP telephoto lens. The original Galaxy S21 has a much higher 64MP telephoto lens, but the other two are the same.
Other than the changes to the camera, the slightly lower resolution screen, and the RAM drop, Samsung seems to have done a great job of keeping what people loved about the Galaxy S21 phone while bringing the price down to a more affordable level. A flagship with a big screen for less than $700 isn’t easy to find, but Samsung has it.
If you’re looking to buy one, Verizon and AT&T have promotions. From AT&T, for a limited time only, new and existing AT&T customers can get the Galaxy S21 FE 5G for as low as $15/month on an eligible installment plan, no trade-ins required.
On Verizon, the 128GB model will be available for $23.33 per month for 30 months on Verizon Device Payment.