Samsung announces Galaxy S21 FE

 After a lot of delays, rumors, and leaks, Samsung has finally announced its affordable S21 FE smartphone.

The S21 FE or S21 Fan Edition phone comes with specifications that are very close to the regular S21 phone, with minor differences, and at a cheaper price of only $100, and only a few weeks away from announcing the new S22 series with newer and better specifications.

The S21 FE comes with a 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X screen, with a resolution of Full HD (1080 x 2400 pixels), and a density of 411 pixels per inch. The screen supports HDR10+ and comes with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, a sampling rate of 480 Hz, and it is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection layer.

Samsung S21 FE has a triple rear camera system with a similar design to the Galaxy S21- and this is normal as the FE is a reduced version of the basic S series' phone version-, and it consists of a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens primary camera with an aperture of f/1.8, and supports autofocus and optical image stabilization (OIS), while the second one is a 12-megapixel wide-lens camera with an f/2.2 lens aperture and a 123-degree field of view. The third camera is an 8MP telephoto camera that supports autofocus, capable of up to 3x optical zoom, and up to 30 times Space Zoom.

As for the selfie, the smartphone is equipped with a 32-megapixel wide-angle camera with an f/2.2 lens slot, in the form of a punch hole in the upper middle part of the front screen.

For the processor, as usual, Samsung uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor in the version dedicated to the US market, and its infamous Exynos 2100 processor in the version of the S21 FE intended for the rest of the world, and although Samsung says that it has improved the performance of the Exynos processor, it is still less stable and hotter than the Qualcomm processor, which is disappointing given that both versions sell for the same price.

As for the RAM and internal storage, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is available in three versions:

  • 6GB RAM with 128GB internal storage
  • 8GB RAM with 128GB internal storage
  • 8GB RAM with 256GB internal storage

The phone does not have  an SD card slot, so you cannot expand the given internal storage.

This phone has a 4000 mAh battery that supports 25W fast charging, which is a very low charging speed compared to what competitors offer, such as 120W in the Xiaomi 12 smartphone. The S21 FE phone also supports 15W wireless charging, and reverse wireless charging.

Finally, the S21 FE also supports 4G and 5G networks, NFC, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, and has an IP68 water protection, stereo speakers, an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, and USB Type-C 3.2 for charging and data transfer. It comes in four colors: Olive, Graphite, Lavender, and White, and it will be available for purchase on 11th January next week, price starting at $699.

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