Samsung Galaxy S21 FE offers a flagship experience without a high price tag
While Samsung’s Galaxy S line of phones often includes high-end devices with high-end hardware, since last year it has also introduced an FE version of the Galaxy S20 series phones that offer the best performance without a premium price tag.
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Also this year, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S21 FE with an updated set of hardware and software for power users to drool over. I was able to play with the device for a few weeks and here is what I really liked.
A nice dynamic display
The Galaxy S21 FE features a large 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel with a resolution of 1080×2400 pixels. It supports 120Hz refresh rate as well as HDR10+ for a dynamic viewing experience. The high refresh rate ensures that animations and in-device navigation are smooth and fast.
The panel is flat with a slightly thicker chin at the bottom than we would normally like. But it’s the bright, poppy colors that will always divert your attention. Right in the center at the top is the selfie shooter with a small hole punch.
Works like a flagship
Under the hood, the S21 FE features Samsung’s Exynos 2100 octa-core processor paired with the Mali-G78MP14 V2 GPU – the same as on the flagship Galaxy S21 series. You also have the choice between 8 GB of RAM and 128/256 GB of storage variants.
As you’d expect, the phone maintains its flagship-like performance without breaking a sweat, whether it’s while gaming or multitasking with multiple apps open at once. The user interface is fast and responsive at all times.
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Plastic back but feels premium
The back of the S21 FE is made of polycarbonate, which is a fancy term for plastic. But the fit and finish, with an aluminum chassis, does a pretty good job of not looking like plastic. In fact, it can easily fool someone for glass.
Although the matte gray color variant we got looked pretty neat, it wasn’t that good at avoiding fingerprints, but hey, at least your heart won’t skip a beat if you ever drop it On the ground.
Strong autofocus stereo speakers
One of the must-have inclusions in any smartphone these days is the Galaxy S21 FE’s stereo speakers and speakers – one installed near the earpiece and the other near the charging port at the bottom – are quite noisy.
Whether you’re watching YouTube videos, Netflix or even something as simple as a ringtone is very audible. The speakers really envelop you in acoustic bliss while watching movies that you wouldn’t really want to use headphones.
Sharp shooting cameras
The camera housing carries over the same design elements as the flagship S21 with a triple camera array. However, the configuration of the optics and lens is a bit different.
The main camera is a 12-megapixel shooter with an f/1.8 aperture. The second lens is an 8-megapixel telephoto lens and the third is another 12-megapixel ultra-wide shooter with a 13mm lens. For selfies, you get a 32-megapixel shooter with an f/2/2 aperture.
The camera manages to capture details quite well, no matter what condition you encounter.
In well-lit conditions, the camera gives you vivid poppy colors that really make the image pop. the 12-megapixel ultrawide is sure to be the one you’ll love using to capture buildings.
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In low light too, the camera performs admirably, with some loss of noise and detail.
Sure, it’s not iPhone 13 Pro or even Samsung Galaxy’s own S21 Ultra level performance, but at the price it’s stacked at, it surely performs admirably.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE starts at a price of Rs 54,999.
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