Samsung Galaxy S21 FE

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE

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BEST RATING
Performance:
4.2
CAMERA: Good7.0/10
SIZE: Medium Android
BATTERY: Fair6.6/10

The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE, a midrange-priced phone, released in January 2022, offers a good camera setup including 12MP main, 8MP telephoto, and 12MP ultrawide, catering to most photography needs with the capability to shoot HDR10+ video, though it doesn't stand out in terms of camera quality. It has a large 6.4-inch OLED display with a high refresh rate, making for smooth visuals. The 4500mAh battery supports a respectable battery life. It's powered by the SD888 processor with 6GB of RAM, which should ensure good performance for daily tasks. The phone's back is made of plastic, which may affect durability but also makes it lighter. It has no headphone jack or SD card slot, limiting expandability options. The device supports 5G, wireless charging, and is water and dust resistant, plus it offers features like under-display fingerprint sensing and Wireless DeX for desktop-like functionality. It comes with 128GB of storage, ensuring ample space for apps and media. Give Feedback

this description is based on the product variant with some specs. At the time of writing, the variant with some specs cost some dollars.




Evaluation

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Pros
  • Good battery life
  • Good overall camera quality
  • Bright, high refresh rate display
  • 5G capable
  • Water resistant
Cons
  • No headphone jack
  • No SD card slot
  • No unlockable bootloader
  • Moderate weight

Ratings by Category

Performance:
4.2
The Performance rating is based on GeekBench performance benchmark scores, combined with PerfectRec’s assessment of real-life typical use cases.
Overall Camera:
4.0
The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE takes great selfies, ensuring clear and detailed self-portraits, which is further complemented by a good overall photography software experience that enhances the output quality. The camera also supports a range of features that enhance photo versatility and low light performance, catering to various shooting conditions.
Photos:
3.9
The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE takes good photos due to its strong selfie camera performance, which is rated highly, and the overall camera system that delivers good results across various aspects including resolution, dynamic range, and low light scenarios. The phone's photography software further enhances the user experience, contributing to its ability to capture appealing images.
Battery Life:
3.6
The Battery Life rating is based on overall actual measured battery life during typical usage.
Videos:
3.0
The Videos rating is based on PerfectRec’s assessment of a variety of factors including framerate at different resolutions, video stabilization, video dynamic range, video low-light performance, and mic quality, as well as software features, video processing quality, and ease of use.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$600
Brand
Samsung
Operating System
Android
Release Date
January 29, 2022

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.4"
Resolution
2400 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
No
Pixels Per Inch
401
Display Type
OLED

INTERNAL

Processor
SD888
Internal Storage
128 GB
RAM
6 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
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7.1/10
Photos Score
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6.9/10
Videos Score
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5.9/10
Rear Cameras
Main, Ultrawide, Telephoto
Main Camera
12 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
6.7 Hours
Battery Capacity
4500 mAh
Wireless Charging
Yes
Wireless charging Speed
15 W
Reverse wireless charging
Yes (4.5 watts)

PHYSICAL

Size
6.13" x 2.93"
Weight
6.24 oz
Back Material
Plastic
Stereo Speakers
No

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
Yes
Bluetooth Version
5.0
A2DP
Yes
WiFi Version
6
NFC
Yes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)41, 66, 71, 260, 261

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under Display
Unlockable Bootloader
No
Color
Graphite, Lavender, Olive, White, Navy Blue
Stock Android
No
SD Card
No

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Tom's Guide

Philip Michaels | March 2022
"The Galaxy S21 FE is a fine addition to Samsung's S21 lineup, retaining the very best features of those flagship phones for a more modest price. This is a solid phone, matching the performance of the top Android flagships from a year ago and delivering photos that hold their own against some of the best camera phones we've tested."

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