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Updated February 12, 2024·

If you value having a top-of-the-line camera and are willing to pay more, the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra offers an 'excellent' camera compared to the 'good' camera of the Galaxy S21 FE. The S24 Ultra also has a larger, higher resolution display with a glass back, more storage, and a more powerful processor. It features a longer battery life and comes with an integrated stylus. However, if cost is a major concern and you still want a decent camera, a good screen, and satisfactory overall performance, the Galaxy S21 FE is a great choice at a more midrange price with a plastic back, it's lighter, and still has features like wireless charging and an under-display fingerprint sensor. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE
  • The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE has no clear advantages over the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra.
Advantages of the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra
  • Best in class for taking photos
  • Very good for recording videos
  • Excellent battery life
  • Best in class display quality
  • Best in class performance

Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

7.0
Galaxy S21 FE
Galaxy S24 Ultra
9.3
The Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra has excellent overall camera quality, while the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE has good overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

6.9
Galaxy S21 FE
Galaxy S24 Ultra
9.7
The Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra takes best in class photos, while the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE takes only fair photos.

Video Quality

5.9
Galaxy S21 FE
Galaxy S24 Ultra
8.3
The Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra takes very good videos, while the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE takes poor videos.

Battery

6.7 Hours
Galaxy S21 FE
Galaxy S24 Ultra
10.4 Hours
The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE has 6.7 hours of battery life. The Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra has 10.4 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE has a screen size of 6.4 inches and the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra is 6.8 inches.

Cost

$600
Galaxy S21 FE
Galaxy S24 Ultra
$1,300
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The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE has a price of $600 and the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra costs $1,300.
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How the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE and the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Samsung Galaxy S21 FESamsung Galaxy S24 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy S21 FESamsung Galaxy S24 Ultra

GENERAL

Price
$600
$1,300
Brand
SamsungSamsung
Operating System
AndroidAndroid
Release Date
January 29, 2022January 24, 2024

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.4"6.8"
Resolution
2400 x 10803120 x 1440
Variable refresh rate
NoYes
Pixels Per Inch
401505
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
SD888SD8G3
Internal Storage
128 GB256 GB
RAM
6 GB12 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
7.1/109.4/10
Photos Score
6.9/109.7/10
Videos Score
5.9/108.4/10
Rear Cameras
Main, Ultrawide, TelephotoMain, Ultrawide, Telephoto, Super Telephoto
Main Camera
12 megapixels + OIS200 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
6.7 Hours10.4 Hours
Battery Capacity
4500 mAh5000 mAh
Wireless Charging
YesYes
Wireless charging Speed
15 W15 W
Reverse wireless charging
Yes (4.5 watts)Yes (4.5 watts)

PHYSICAL

Size
6.13" x 2.93"6.39" x 3.11"
Weight
6.24 oz8.18 oz
Back Material
PlasticGlass
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesYes
Bluetooth Version
5.05.3
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
67
NFC
YesYes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)41, 66, 71, 260, 261(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)1, 7, 25, 28, 41, 66, 71, 78, 258, 260, 276

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under DisplayFace unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under Display
Unlockable Bootloader
NoNo
Color
Graphite, Lavender, Olive, White, Navy BlueTitanium Blue, Titanium Orange, Titanium Violet, Titanium Yellow, Titanium Black, Titanium Gray, Titanium Green
Stock Android
NoNo
SD Card
NoNo

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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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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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