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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE: New Samsung Flagship Phone

Samsung S21FE is excellent, as it offers a tremendous quad-camera setup. It has a fantastic battery that provides sufficient backup. It would look good in your hand with its stylish finish.

Written By Tech Freak

Tech Freak

I am a staff writer - a tech enthusiast by day and a gamer by night. I let tech free me from the everyday menial tasks and rise to identify how every minor modification amplifies the ‘ease’ created multiple folds.

Updated Feb 02, 2023

Editor’s Rating

4.2

Starting From

162,999.00/- PKR

What we don’t like

  • Not the incredible value the last FE phone was
  • 6GB of RAM means some apps may fall out of memory faster than expected.

Consumer electronics often define our daily lives, from keeping us entertained to allowing us to connect with friends and colleagues around the world. As technology continues to evolve, consumers need to find a device that not only meets their needs but also fits their lifestyle and budget. 

Today, I'd like to discuss the Samsung S21FE, an upper mid-range smartphone released in 2021 as one of Samsung's new "Fan Edition" (FE) models aimed at delivering affordable excellence in every aspect without compromising on quality or user experience.

Plastic Design

The camera bump has been enclosed with a plastic back that’s part of this cheaper model instead of being metal, but it doesn't feel flimsy like glass can be when you bend or twist them too much. Instead, they're sturdy enough for daily use without any issues whatsoever!

120Hz-Display

This phone has a 6.4” display, and it is just 1080p, but I think they increased how much of each pixel's surface area gets lit up and sized down some parts for sharper text that doesn't fade quickly when you're reading it at 120Hz refresh rates (which makes everything look smoother).

There are also no signs where this silver accented ring was once around all four sides - which bothered me sometimes because its absence made things feel less personalized than before.

Annoying Fingerprint Sensor 

The fingerprint sensor is located too far down the face of this phone. It's uncomfortable to reach with one hand and hit because there isn't enough space between hand muscles here!

One-UI 4.0 Software

Like many of Samsung's recent releases, One UI 4 is a polished version with some minor changes. But this time around, there are more robust indicators for privacy and more distinctive UI elements to help you differentiate between different apps on your phone or tablet--all things Google took into consideration when designing its newest operating system!

Performance

The S21 FE's performance isn’t flawless, simply the RAM isn't enough for heavy multitasking but you won’t notice any app dying again and again in the background with Spotify or other memory-intensive apps.

The Android skin also causes more severe issues such as delayed notifications that can be pretty frustrating when they happen at inconvenient times!

Long-Lasting Battery

The 4500 mAh battery is a godsend for those who spend half their day playing games or watching videos on the go.

I could quickly get two days' worth of use out of it, and typically only had my phone die in between charges when traveling abroad - which isn't something you want to happen often!

Triple-Camera

S21 FE offers a 12MP primary, an ultra-wide 12MP angle of view in addition to 8 megapixels for telephoto work -- it is very flexible.

Moreover, Samsung has not improved much in the camera region; this phone gives a little better picture result than its predecessor but not the best.

FAST FACTS

Best For:
Battery

Battery:
4500 mAh

About the Brand:
Samsung is a leading tech company, manufacturing smartphones, accessories and kitchen & home appliances. It is considered one of the most premium brands.

Final Words

This phone is just good. The only thing I don’t like about it is its price, which is on the higher side. If Samsung manages to lower its cost a little, I think it’s a good option. If you don’t have a budget constraint, think about buying this, but look for other options.

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MEMORY PRICE (PKR)
128GB Built-in - 8GB RAM 162,999 
256GB Built-in - 8GB RAM 172,999 

Specification

Network GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE / 5G
Dimensions 155.7 x 74.5 x 7.9 mm (6.13 x 2.93 x 0.31 in)
Weight 177 g (6.24 oz)
SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Build Glass front (Gorilla Glass Victus), plastic back, aluminum frame
Display Type Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, HDR10+
Screen Size 6.4 inches, 100.5 cm2 (~86.7% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~403 ppi density)
Operating System (OS) Android 12, upgradable to Android 13, One UI 5
Chipset Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm) - Version 1 Exynos 2100 (5 nm) - Version 2
CPU Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz Cortex-X1 & 3x2.42 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4x1.80 GHz Cortex-A55) - Version 1 Octa-core (1x2.9 GHz Cortex-X1 & 3x2.80 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4x2.2 GHz Cortex-A55) - Version 2
GPU Adreno 660 - Version 1 Mali-G78 MP14 - Version 2
Memory 128GB Built-in - 8GB RAM, 256GB Built-in - 8GB RAM
Card Slot No
Rear Camera Triple, 12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.76", 1.8µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS, 8 MP, f/2.4, 76mm (telephoto), 1/4.5", 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom, 12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm, 123˚ (ultrawide), 1/3.0", 1.12µm
Front Camera Single, 32 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/2.74", 0.8µm
Camera Features LED flash, auto-HDR, panorama
Sound Loudspeaker with stereo speakers, 32-bit/384kHz audio
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE
GPS GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
NFC Yes
Battery Li-Ion 4500 mAh, non-removable
Charging 25W wired, PD3.0, 50% in 30 min (advertised), 15W wireless, Reverse wireless
Sensors Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, Bixby natural language commands and dictation, Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
USB USB Type-C, OTG
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct
Radio Unspecified
Available Colors White, Graphite, Lavender, Olive

At a Glance:

Software

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4.0

Performance

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3.8

Camera

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4.5

Battery

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3.8

Design

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4.5

Network/Wireless

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4.5