The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G was one of the most anticipated smartphones and its arrival in early 2022 was excellent news for fans of the brand. In it, we see top performance, a beautiful screen with a smooth picture, a bunch of advanced features that many users can't do without, and excellent cameras. A memory card slot is absent, so you'll have to choose the right modification for you carefully.
Before reading the full review, you can familiarize yourself with the detailed Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G specs or watch the video below the article.
- Release date: 2022, January 07
- Colors: White, Graphite, Lavender, Olive
- Dimensions: 155.7 x 74.5 x 7.9 mm.
- Weight: 177 g.
- Screen: 6.4" inc, 1080 x 2400, Dynamic AMOLED 2X
- Camera : Triple, 12MP
- Chipset: Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm)
- CPU: Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4x1.80 GHz Kryo 680) - Snapdragon Octa-core (1x2.9 GHz Cortex-X1 & 3x2.80 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4x2.2 GHz Cortex-A55) - Exynos
- Memory: 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM
- Battery: 4500, Li-Ion, non-removable
- Network: GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE / 5G
- Operating system: Android 12, One UI 4
- Sensors: Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
In many ways, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G resembles its predecessor, which hit the market a year earlier, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE. You may notice that its back panel is now flatter, which improves the feel when it's in your palm. The device isn't heavy, and its dimensions are perfectly acceptable by today's standards. Part of the model's beauty comes from the matte back and matte finish on the side bezel. This solution contributes to the absence of slipping and almost no traces of fingerprints remain.
The camera unit on the rear panel seamlessly blends into the entire surface. It does not stand out in colour, which can be appreciated as a positive. The cameras protrude slightly, but this does not interfere with the stability when you leave the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G on the table. The front camera is in turn positioned in a round-shaped notch in the screen matrix. Absent is an LED indicator.
You'll find the fingerprint scanner under the glass. It is optical and works in negative time. There's also a facial recognition feature.
On the market, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G is available in several colors. This time the company has chosen from its rich palette of green, purple, black and white. The casing is protected to IP68 standard - which means it is resistant to moisture and dust. You can even dip it briefly to a depth of up to 1.5 metres in fresh water.
In recent times, smartphone manufacturers have curbed their desire to offer models with huge screens. It's now standard for them to be in the 6 to 7 inch range. In the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G, you get a Super AMOLED display with a diagonal of 6.41 inches and a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels. It is covered with Corning Gorilla Victus protective glass. High pixel density per inch of 411 and support for 120 Hz refresh rate contribute to the excitingly beautiful picture.
The display face of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G looks striking with its mirror-finish glass plate. You will be able to enjoy its beauty for a long time as it has anti-scratch protection. The manufacturer has also provided an oleophobic coating. It is specially designed and perfectly handles the task of preventing fingerprints from overlaying.
In the screen settings, you can adjust the refresh rate up to 120 Hz.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G runs on an 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G single-core system coupled with an Adreno 660 GPU. The RAM is 6 or 8 GB LPDDR5 type and the storage is UFS 3.1 and 128 or 256 GB respectively. Since there is no memory card slot, think carefully about which modification will work best for you. For connecting to external devices, you can use the USB Type-C port in USB OTG mode.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G is one of the best performing platforms to date. It's built on 5-nm process technology and excellent performance - on par with the Galaxy S21. You virtually can't feel any lack of performance, no matter how many heavy games and apps you run on the device.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G also runs Android 11 operating system with One UI 3.1. The interface is well known and you will be able to work with it with ease. Annoying ads are absent and there is a dedicated game mode for gamers.
On the back of the smartphone, you will find a triple camera that resembles the one in the previous generation. The main lens is 12-megapixel and is complemented by an 8-megapixel sensor with triple optical zoom and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor. It is equipped with Dual Pixel PDAF phase detection autofocus and optical stabilisation. In daylight, you'll create photos with high detail and excellent colors. Even when conditions are poor, such as when shooting in artificial light, the end result will be good. You can see this in the colours, the lack of noise and the detail.
Samsung has not compromised on optics in the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G. The phase autofocus works quickly. The photo processing also pleases with its speed.
With the smartphone, you can shoot videos with a maximum resolution of 4K at 30 or 60 frames per second. The electronic stabilization assists in a better end result. The picture is smooth even when you move. When you press the "stabilization" icon, the camera automatically switches to shooting at 1080 pixel resolution.
The selfie camera on the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G also deserves a round of applause. It's 32-megapixel and can produce vivid images with high detail.
The battery capacity of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G is large, but it won't surprise you with longer autonomous operation. The extremely powerful processor contributes to this.
The company has provided 25W fast charging support, 15W wireless charging support and 4.5W on the reverse. So you can use your smartphone as an external battery - a convenience that more and more users are getting used to.
With the fast charging function, you can restore 50% of the battery in 30 minutes.
Interesting functions and features
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G supports DisplayPort Alt Mode for USB Type C - i.e. you can transfer images and sound to an external device using the USB port.
The advanced Eye Comfort Shield feature is also available to protect your vision. Given how much time we spend with our devices, it's increasingly necessary. It creates more comfortable viewing conditions on the screen when it's dark around.
Use the portrait shooting mode to create interesting shots. Just focus on the subject, select an effect and you're ready to shoot. You can then instantly share the result on social media.
If you have a vlog or like to share your gaming achievements, use the dual capture mode. That way, you can turn on both cameras at the same time to reveal your experience in detail.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G is a cute smartphone that packs a top-notch powerful hardware platform, a beautiful and bright AMOLED screen and loud and clear sound. Its communication capabilities are ideal for modern lifestyles. Support for 5G networks is part of them.
A joy for any user will be the cameras. They delight with high quality photos and vedata. They allow you to do various experiments and upgrade your photography skills.
What disadvantages the smartphone somewhat is the serious consumption of charge. This prevents it from providing you with greater autonomous operation. To some extent, this is rectified with the support of fast recharge feature.
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G video review
Disclaimer: The information presented in this article is based on our team's personal experience with the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G and third-party sources. While every effort has been made to provide accurate and reliable information, readers should keep in mind that this is a subjective assessment. The writing of this article was not paid for or sponsored by Samsung.