“Higher late than by no means” or “too little, too late”? That’s the inevitable query that surrounds the delayed launch of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE. Its predecessor offered 10 million models (4G and 5G variations mixed), making it one of many best-selling Galaxy telephones final yr, so this newcomer has large footwear to fill.
We’ve been listening to concerning the S21 FE for about half a yr now, however between the pandemic and the worldwide chip scarcity, rumors of delays and cancellations shortly began circulating. Nicely, the telephone could be very a lot actual, in truth, it’s already on sale in some areas and can launch on January 11 in much more markets.
The bottom 5G mannequin (6/128 GB) comes with a €750/£700 price ticket, which is about as a lot because the S20 FE 5G value final yr. Nonetheless, there was additionally the extra reasonably priced 4G model again then. No such luck this yr, all fashions have 5G – however not all have a Snapdragon 888, some will get the Exynos 2100 as a substitute (Australia appears to be one such area).
However the value of the common Galaxy S21 remains to be contemporary in our minds from the current Black Friday promos – it was right down to £620 at one level. Is the brand new FE actually price the additional 80 quid? A fast comparability highlights the variations.
The Galaxy S21 FE has a 6.4” 1080p+ show, a Dynamic AMOLED show which means that it has a variable refresh price of as much as 120Hz. The S21 does too, however this is among the upgrades over the S20 FE. Additionally, the brand new mannequin upgrades to Gorilla Glass Victus, however once more this solely brings it to parity with the S21.
The digital camera setup is totally different, however since it’s the identical as on the S20 FE, we’re not anticipating miracles – it’s good, however so is the S21 digital camera. That solely leaves a barely bigger show (6.4” vs. 6.2”) and bigger battery (4,500 mAh vs. 4,000 mAh). Samsung even lower the microSD card slot from this one, despite the fact that it’s a function in style with followers.
There’s no scarcity of Snapdragon 888 powered telephones round. Some, just like the Motorola G200 5G value €450, properly beneath the S21 FE price ticket. There are additionally current launches just like the Realme GT2, together with stalwarts like the unique GT (€500), the OnePlus 9 (€700), Xiaomi 11T Professional (€580) and extra.
In fact, the largest competitors to the S21 FE will come from Samsung’s personal camp – the Galaxy S21 had already fallen to decrease costs, the S21+ wasn’t far off. And they’re going to solely get cheaper as soon as the S22 sequence arrives subsequent month.
Talking of, rumor has it that the Galaxy S22 will value the identical because the S21, which means €850 in Europe. That’s simply €100 greater than the Fan Version and launch promos for the brand new sequence will most likely provide extra salient offers than a free pair of Galaxy Buds2, which is the S21 FE pre-order bonus.
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Try the infographic beneath for a fast overview of the Galaxy S21 FE: