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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G Review with Pros and Cons – Too Late

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G Indian Retail Box
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G

We all know, Galaxy S21 FE 5G suppose to launch in 2021 but due to a chip shortage, they pushed it and now, Samsung has launched the last year’s smartphone in 2022.

Now, there is no doubt, Galaxy S21 FE 5G is a good smartphone and it has all the flagship features but the thing is, Galaxy S22 Series is around the corner, so it will be hard to buy this phone because Galaxy S22 FE 5G will also launch with Galaxy S22 Series.

Still, The Galaxy S21 FE 5G might attract some people, so let’s review the smartphone and find out its Pros and Cons but before that, let me share with you India Price.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G Price in India

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G is priced at Rs 54,999 for 8GB of Ram and 128GB storage while 8GB Ram + 256GB storage is priced at Rs 59,999 in India. It’s available in White, Graphite, Lavender, and Olive while you can buy the smartphone from Amazon.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G

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Yes, Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G is worth buying but it’s a bit pricey and its also doesn’t make any sense to buy this smartphone now because Galaxy S22 FE 5G is around the corner, by the way, the phone does have flagship specs and you won’t be disappointed after buying it but still, wait for Galaxy S22 Series and then make any decision.

Feel the pain of those people who bought Galaxy S20 FE 5G at 50k a month ago and now, imagine, you bought the Galaxy S21 FE 5G and Samsung launches Galaxy S22 series in February 2022.

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Now, there is no doubt that Galaxy S21 Se 5G is a bit pricey but it could be because of a chip shortage or something else.

So if you can wait for some time then you will see a price cut because, after the launch of the Galaxy S22 Series, Samsung could discount some of the smartphones.

Pro tip: You can get Galaxy S21 FE 5G at only Rs 34999 during Flipkart Sale, so you can wait for it then do.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G Pros and Cons

PROSCONS
120Hz 2X AMOLED DisplayExynos 2100 SoC
1200 Nits of Pick BrightnessNo 3.5mm Audio Jack
Corning Gorilla Glass Victus No Charger in the Box
Android 12 Out of the BoxUnspecified 5G bands
Wireless Charging Support
Great Cameras
Stereo Speakers
Solid Build Quality
LPDDR 5 RAM Support
Widevine L1 Support

Display Quality

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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G comes with a 6.40-inches Super AMOLED display with a pick brightness of 1200 nits and its HDR10+ capable panel.

The phone is also IP68 dust/water resistant which means, you can take calls in the shower.

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The rear side is made out of glass, the frame is also made out of aluminum while on the front there is Corning Gorilla Glass Victus for display protection.

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So yes, build quality is solid and it’s a huge upgrade from Galaxy S20 FE 5G. By the way, it does have Widevine L1 support which means, you will be able to watch FHD+ HDR content on OTT apps

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The Display also has a 120Hz refresh rate which means, everything will feel smooth from playing games to using smartphones in day-to-day life.

Overall, there you won’t face any issues while using the smartphone whether you’re using the phone outdoors or indoors.

Performance

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I would have loved to see Snapdragon 888 SoC and this is what they have done in the US but when they launched the same phone in India they went with Exynos.

The Galaxy S21 FE 5G is powered by Exynos 2100 Processor and runs on OneUI 4.0 based on Android 12. Samsung has promised 4 years of OS and Security updates which means, the Galaxy S21 FE 5G will get Android updates up to Android 16.

We have seen Exynos 2100 SoC in Galaxy S21 Series and that was the main series why most people didn’t buy Galaxy S21 Series.

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Samsung wants to sell Exynos chipsets and that’s why in Asian Countries, they’re launching smartphones with Exynos rather than Qualcomm Chipsets.

Overall, Exynos 2100 SoC is a powerful processor and you won’t face any problems whether you want to play games or do anything, the phone will perform well.

Still, if you’re spending Rs 54,999 then I would recommend you to wait for Galaxy S22 Series and especially Galaxy S22 FE 5G

Cameras

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Galaxy S21 FE 5G comes with a 12MP primary sensor, a 12MP ultra-wide lens, and an 8MP telephoto lens while there is a 32MP selfie shooter on the front. Both the rear and front cameras can shoot videos up to [email protected]

The primary or even ultra-wide lens doesn’t have OIS support but the telephoto does have OIS support, so yes, both the primary and ultra-wide lens relies on EIS.

Galaxy S20 FE 5G had the best camera under Rs 50,000 and the same can be said for the Galaxy S21 FE 5G but this time, it’s not available under Rs 50,000.

The 12MP primary sensor takes some good images whether riots under good lights or low light, the sensor will provide the best possible results.

The good thing is, the same colors and details can be found in 12MP ultra-wide lens which is rare.

So yes, the ultra-wide lens also does a great job.

The 8MP telephoto lens gives about 3X optical zoom and 30X digital zoom while Samsung has an integrated macro sensor in the telephoto lens which is perfect as the telephoto lens has OIS support.

One thing I noticed in Galaxy S21 FE 5G is, Samsung trying to boost the colors which I don’t mind and it also looks great.

Now, this doesn’t impact the deals of the images but yes, Samsung is trying to oversaturate the colors a little bit.

Also, the 32MP selfie is good, you will be more than happy with the front camera and it also supports [email protected] video recording.

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G has the best camera setup and it does justify the 55k price tag but still, I feel, it’s not a huge jump from Galaxy S20 FE 5G camera, looks like Samsung has done a little bit improvement in the camera department.

Audio Quality

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The Galaxy S21 FE 5G has a Stereo speaker and works well, no complaints about that. It also has a secondary noise-cancellation microphone.

It also has support for carrier aggregation which means, the network quality will be good and there won’t be an issue in the calling.

Overall, the phone good speaker which will give a good experience.

Battery life

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The device has a 4,500 mAh battery with 25W wired charging support and 15W wireless charging support.

By the way, Samsung didn’t provide a charger in the box, so you have to either buy a new charger or use your current charger. Also, Samsung is kind enough to supply the Type-C cable, so you only have to buy a charger and no cable.

In short, you’re getting the flagship experience with the Galaxy S21 FE 5G.

The battery life is good and it will last for a day but if you’re a heavy user then you may have to charge the smartphone in the evening.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G FAQ

Q: Does Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G has a 3.5mm Audio jack?

A: No.

Q: Does Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G has NFC Support?

A: Yes.

Q: How many OS updates will Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G  will get?

A: Samsung has promised four years of OS and Security updates which means, the Galaxy S21 FE 5G will get Android updates up to Android 16.

Q: What is the screen refresh rate of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G?

A: It has a 120Hz refresh rate AMOLED.

Q: Does Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G has stereo speakers?

A: Yes.

Q: Does Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G Widevine L1 support it??

A: Yes.

Q: Does Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G has a camera2api enabled?

A: Yes.

Q: Does Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G has 5G Support?

A: Yes.

Q: How Many 5G Bands does Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G has?

A: It has 7 5G bands which include n1, n3, n5, n7, n8, n20, n28, n38, n40, n41, n66, n77, and n78.

Q: Does Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G has fast charging support?

A: Yes, the Galaxy S21 FE 5G has 25W wired fast charging and 15W wireless charging support.

Q: Does Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G has carrier aggregation?

A: Yes, it has Carrier Aggregation support.

Q: Where to buy Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G in India

A: The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G is available on the Amazon India website.

Q: Alternatives of Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G?

A:  We have quite of few options available, like Galaxy S20 FE 5G, ROG Phone 5, OnePlus 9 Pro, OnePlus 9RT 5G, and even iPhone 12.

Verdict

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The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G is a good smartphone but it launched a little bit late, they have launched this smartphone, if they have launched this phone in 2021 then it would have been the best option but now in 2022, it is one of the good options.

There is no doubt, Galaxy S21 FE 5G is a good smartphone and if you buy this phone then you won’t be disappointed but again, I would recommend you wait for Galaxy S22 Series.

One More thing,

During the 2022 Flipkart Big Billion Days sale, Galaxy S21 FE 5G was only available for Rs 31,999 which is a solid deal, so if you’re interested in this device then wait for Flipkart Sale.

Best buy Link: Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G Full Specifications

Launch Date10 January 2022
First Sale11 January 2022 at Noon Via Amazon
Display6.40-inches FHD+ 2X AMOLED
1200 Nits of Pick Brightness
IP68 dust/water resistant 
Always-on display
HDR 10+
Resolution1080 x 2400 pixels resolution
Dimensions155.7 x 74.5 x 7.9 mm
Display ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass Victus
Screen Refresh Rate120Hz Refresh Rate
240Hz touch sampling rate
BuildGlass front (Gorilla Glass Victus),
plastic back, aluminum frame
OSAndroid 12 – One UI 4.0
ChipsetExynos 2100 (5 nm)
GPUMali-G78 MP14 – Version 2
CPUOcta-core (1×2.9 GHz Cortex-X1 &
3×2.80 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4×2.2 GHz Cortex-A55)
Storage8GB Ram + 128GB Storage

UFS 3.0 Storage
LPDDR 5 RAM
Card SlotNo
Rear Cameras12MP Primary Sensor
12MP Ultra-Wide
8MP Telephoto
Video[email protected]/60fps,
[email protected]/60fps
Front Camera32MP
Video[email protected]/60fps,
[email protected]/60fps
3.5mm JackNo
Widevine L1 SupportYes
Stereo SpeakersYes
Bluetooth Version5.0
5G SupportYes
5G BandsUnspecified
NFCYes
IR BlasterNo
SensorsFingerprint (under display),
accelerometer, gyro,
proximity, compass
Samsung Pay
Fingerprint SensorIn-Display
Battery4,500 mAh (non-removable)
Charging Speed25W Wired fast Charging
15W Wireless Charging
Charging Time0% to 50% in 30 minutes (Wired)
ColorsWhite,
Graphite,
Lavender,
Olive
SAR Value0.77 W/kg (head)    
0.90 W/kg (body)    
SAR EU0.95 W/kg (head)    
1.48 W/kg (body)    
Model NumberPAS20000IN
Weight177 Gram
Price8GB Ram + 128GB storage: Rs 54,999
In the boxGalaxy S21 FE 5G

USB Type-C cable
Guide papers
SIM tool
Available atFlipkart IN

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