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Updated January 10, 2024·

If camera quality is a priority for you, the Samsung Galaxy S21 offers slightly better still photo and video quality than the S20 FE, and has a more powerful telephoto lens. However, if battery life is crucial, the S20 FE has a longer battery life than the S21. Both phones have large screens; the S20 FE's screen is a bit larger, which could enhance viewing experience, but this also makes the phone slightly heavier and bigger. The S21 has a newer processor and more RAM, which might result in better overall performance and speed. If you're looking to save money, the Galaxy S21 is less expensive, despite being newer. Both have plastic backs, no headphone jacks, and support for 5G, wireless charging, and Wireless DeX for desktop-like experience. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
  • Good battery life
Advantages of the Samsung Galaxy S21
  • Good for taking photos
  • Fair for recording videos
  • Very good display quality
  • Good performance

Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

6.2
Galaxy S20 FE
Galaxy S21
7.2
The Samsung Galaxy S21 has good overall camera quality, while the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE has only fair overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

6.3
Galaxy S20 FE
Galaxy S21
7.0
The Samsung Galaxy S21 takes good photos, while the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE takes only fair photos.

Video Quality

5.5
Galaxy S20 FE
Galaxy S21
6.6
The Samsung Galaxy S21 takes only fair videos, while the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE takes poor videos.

Battery

7.8 Hours
Galaxy S20 FE
Galaxy S21
6.7 Hours
The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE has 7.8 hours of battery life. The Samsung Galaxy S21 has 6.7 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE has a screen size of 6.5 inches and the Samsung Galaxy S21 is 6.2 inches.

Cost

$171
Galaxy S20 FE
Galaxy S21
$208
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The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE has a price of $171 and the Samsung Galaxy S21 costs $208.
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How the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE and the Samsung Galaxy S21 compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FESamsung Galaxy S21
Samsung Galaxy S20 FESamsung Galaxy S21

GENERAL

Price
$171
$208
Brand
SamsungSamsung
Operating System
AndroidAndroid
Release Date
October 2, 2020January 29, 2021

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.5"6.2"
Resolution
2400 x 10802400 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
NoNo
Pixels Per Inch
405421
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
SD865SD888
Internal Storage
128 GB128 GB
RAM
6 GB8 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
6.3/107.2/10
Photos Score
6.4/107/10
Videos Score
5.5/106.6/10
Rear Cameras
Main, Ultrawide, TelephotoMain, Ultrawide, Telephoto
Main Camera
12 megapixels + OIS12 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
7.8 Hours6.7 Hours
Battery Capacity
4500 mAh4000 mAh
Wireless Charging
YesYes
Wireless charging Speed
15 W15 W
Reverse wireless charging
Yes (4.5 watts)Yes (4.5 watts)

PHYSICAL

Size
6.29" x 2.93"5.97" x 2.8"
Weight
6.70 oz5.96 oz
Back Material
PlasticPlastic
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
NoYes
Bluetooth Version
5.05.0
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
66
NFC
YesYes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6)2, 5, 41, 66, 71(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)2, 5, 25, 41, 66, 71, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 77, 78

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under DisplayFace unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under Display
Unlockable Bootloader
NoNo
Color
Cloud Navy, Cloud Red, Cloud White, Cloud Orange, Cloud Lavendar, Cloud MintPhantom Gray, Phantom White, Phantom Violet, Phantom Pink
Stock Android
NoNo
SD Card
YesNo

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

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Eric Zeman | March 2023
"The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is a fine phone. The flat display glass may turn off some, but the 120Hz refresh rate turned me on. I really liked the overall size and usability of the phone, and the six different colors mean you’ll likely find a version to suit your personal style. Other pros include solid performance, excellent battery life, and straightforward software."

Samsung Galaxy S21

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Android Central

Huseman Joe | February 2022
"The Galaxy S21 delivers the flagship Samsung experience in a phone that's much more pocketable (and affordable) than the top-end S21 Ultra.The triple-camera system is incredibly capable, Samsung's One UI 3.1 software is chock-full of features and settings to mess with, and I've not once missed having expandable storage."

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About Samsung

Samsung is one of the most recognizable names in the smartphone industry, standing as the undisputed best-selling brand of Android smartphones in the United States for many years now. Samsung is known for offering a variety of smartphones in all available price points, as well as for implementing cutting-edge technology and innovative features in their flagship devices, ones that often shape the market going forward. The company offers its own unique spin on Android, called One UI, which focuses on offering a multitude of features and is heavily customizable, according to user preference.

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