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


The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE and Galaxy S20 FE 5G have been big successes for the corporate, a lot in order that Samsung has reportedly offered over 10 million items globally, thus far. Naturally, Samsung desires to proceed using this wave, and what higher manner to take action than to observe them up with a brand new model.

Samsung has simply launched the Galaxy S21 FE 5G in India, a hotly anticipated smartphone that follows the identical components as earlier than — providing flagship-level specs and options just like these of the premium S21 sequence, however lengthy after their launch and with out the premium worth. Samsung despatched us a unit for evaluation, and whereas that’s ongoing, here is a peek at what you’ll be able to anticipate from Samsung’s newest worth flagship.

The premium expertise begins with the packaging, which is a minimalistic, slim field identical to those this telephone’s siblings are available in. Inside, you get the telephone, a USB Kind-C to Kind-C cable, and a SIM eject device. In fashionable flagship vogue, there is not any energy adapter within the field, as there was with final yr’s FE fashions.

In comparison with the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G, the Galaxy S21 FE 5G does not change the sport in any main manner, largely as a result of the earlier telephone was already packed to the gills with options. As a substitute, we get just a few evolutionary adjustments such because the design and SoC.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G has a contour-cut design for the digicam module, identical to the Galaxy S21 sequence, however this portion is constructed from plastic as an alternative of metallic and is not an extension of the body. The again panel can be plastic however the show will get Gorilla Glass Victus for higher scratch safety. The metallic body feels sturdy, and you will find the ability and quantity buttons on the correct, and the USB port and dual-SIM tray on the underside. There is no headphone jack.

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The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G has an in-display fingerprint sensor

The S21 FE 5G is pretty slim at 7.9mm and is certainly lighter at 177g than the 190g of the Galaxy S20 FE 5G. The Graphite color unit that I’ve does make the design really feel just a little boring, however fortunately there are additionally brighter shades reminiscent of Olive, Lavender and White. The telephone is obtainable in two storage variants, 128GB and 256GB, with the identical 8GB of RAM in each. Nevertheless, the SIM tray is just not the hybrid kind that we noticed within the Galaxy S20 FE 5G, which suggests you’ll be able to’t broaden the inner storage.

On the entrance, we’ve got a big and vivid 6.4-inch AMOLED show with a 120Hz refresh price. The show is flat on all sides and has comparatively slim bezels too. There is a 32-megapixel selfie digicam within the cutout, and an in-display optical fingerprint sensor. The show appears to be like nice, within the brief time I have been utilizing it, with good colors and sharpness. The fingerprint sensor works properly too and the excessive refresh price makes utilization really feel snappy.

The following huge change is the SoC. The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G options an Exynos 2100, which is similar chip present in Samsung’s flagship S21 sequence. We had been hoping to see the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC within the model of this telephone offered in India, since that is what’s in among the international variants, and particularly because the Galaxy S20 FE 5G was primarily based on the Snapdragon 865 SoC. Nonetheless, The Exynos 2100 continues to be a flagship SoC and we’ll be placing it by means of its paces within the full evaluation.

On the software program facet, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G ships with OneUI 4, primarily based on Android 12. The brand new model has small tweaks all through the interface and menus, however general, it appears to be like and feels acquainted.

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The barebones bundle of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G illustrates the modern-day flagship unboxing expertise

 

A whole lot of the options from the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G are carried over to the Galaxy S21 FE 5G. There’s an IP68 ranking for mud and water resistance, stereo audio system, Samsung Pay with NFC, and Wi-fi Dex mode. It even has the identical battery capability of 4,500mAh, with 25W quick wired charging, 15W wi-fi charging, and reverse wi-fi charging.

It is a comparable story with the cameras. The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G has three rear cameras with the identical resolutions as these on the Galaxy S20 FE 5G. These are a 12-megapixel major, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide, and an 8-megapixel telephoto with 3X optical zoom.. There’s nonetheless a number of testing to be completed, however thus far the cameras appear fairly competent.

At first, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G does not really feel like a significant step up over its predecessor, and from what I could make out thus far, the one huge adjustments appear to be the design and the SoC. The elimination of microSD card help is a bit disappointing too. The official costs for the Galaxy S21 FE 5G are Rs. 54,999 for the 128GB variant and Rs. 58,999 if you’d like 256GB of storage, however Samsung has introduced a restricted time cashback supply which knocks Rs. 5,000 off these costs in the event you use HDFC Financial institution playing cards, which makes this telephone a bit extra enticing. However how does the Galaxy S21 FE 5G stack as much as its rivals, the most important one being the Galaxy S20 FE 5G? We’ll be answering that and lots of extra questions in our full evaluation, so keep tuned. 


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