January 17, 2022

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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE, Simple and Performance!

The first smartphone of 2022, Samsung hit hard with the new Galaxy S21 FE. Here is our opinion on the new S21 from Korean manufacturer and spoiler warning, we think more about it!

If some are skeptical when it was announced at the end of 2020, we will not hide it, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is a success for the Korean manufacturer. Also, due to a lack of components, we thought that Samsung would ignore a potential successor, and finally at CES 2022 Samsung formalized its new Galaxy S21 FE.

For those who don’t follow it all or are surprised, FE stands for Fan Edition. Also, with this new smartphone Samsung is trying to deliver to the newcomers, and at a more aggressive price, the Galaxy S21 which has everything that could have attracted the first consumers of last year S21. Anyway, we spent last week with this new Galaxy S21 FE and yes, we loved it.

Characteristics of Samsung Galaxy S21 FE

As a reminder of the attributes, new Samsung Galaxy S21 FE Offer you:

Galaxy S21 FE
Screen – 6.4 inch Super AMOLED
– Flat screen in 20: 9 format
– Definition Full HD +
– HDR10 +
– Gorilla Glass Victus
– Hallmark in the center
– 120Hz refresh rate
– 240Hz touch sample rate
Design – Aluminum circuit
– Plastic again with matte finish
– IP68
SoC and GPU – Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 + GPU Adreno 660
Memory – 6Go or 8Go RAM
– 128GB or 256GB storage
Colors – Olive
– Graphite
– Lavender
– Blank
Photo tool – 12 MB main sensor
– Aperture f / 1.8 and optical stabilization
– Autofocus dual pixel
– 8 MB 3x telephoto sensor
– F / 2.4 aperture and optical stabilization
– 12 MB Ultra wide angle sensor
– FoV 123 and Aperture F / 2.2
– Automatic HDR photography
– Night mode in 30 films
– Hybrid Optic Zoom 3x
– Space zoom 30x (digital)

– UltraHD video capture at 60fps
– Reduce speed to 960fps on 1080p
– Optical video stabilization up to 4K
– 21: 9 Video recording
– Super stabilized 1080p Action-Game video mode

– Single shot mode
Photo (AI Best Moment, Ultra White Shot, Live Focus, AI Filter, Smart Crop)
Video (forward and backward videos, original video)

– Front MB 32 MB Capture
– Hole f / 2.2
– Smart autofocus
– 2D facial recognition
– Automatic HDR
– Pre-video capture on UltraHD at 60fps

Audio – Stereo speaker
– Dolby Adams
– No 3.5mm jack
Drums – 4500 mAh
– Super fast charging 25W
– Port USB-C
– Faster wireless charging 15W
– Wireless Powershare
Link – Ultrasonic fingerprint reader at the bottom of the screen
– Bluetooth 5.0
– WiFi 6
2x Nano SIM
– 5 g
Software – Android 12
–A UI 4
Height and weight – 155,7 x 74,5 x 7,9 mm
– 177 g
Price – 759 (128Go + 6Go)
– 256 (256Go + 8Go)
Date available 04 January 2022

On the packaging page, we find a rectangular cardboard box with USB-C cable and AKG in-ear headphones / hands-free kits and user manuals for beginners. Nothing too original.

The biggest difference this year with its predecessor is the disappearance of the micro SD port, which some may blame the Korean manufacturer. Now, with 128GB or 256GB of memory, it’s enough to own. Note that this year, there will be no 4G versions. Also, the 128GB version costs 759 euros and the 256GB version 829 euros.

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Lay Design

After all, since this is a Galaxy S21, we can clearly see the design inspired by the series. But this year, the S21 FE is more compact than its predecessors. While the size difference is minimal, we appreciate this new size, mainly because the slightly smaller screen and thinner screen edges give a higher quality general feel. Suddenly, the capture is better this year, while at the same time it is a great smartphone.

The back has a so-called “soft touch” finish still plastic and we can tell you that it is very pleasant in everyday life. The photo gallery is integrated on the back and allows for very specific rendering based on the general layout. In addition to the more compact size, we will also notice the lighter weight, which clearly does not make us dissatisfied. Of course, if the overall finish of the Galaxy S21 FE does not compete with other Galaxy S21s, it is superior and you will get paid.

We loved last year’s colors, and it is unfortunate that this year Samsung has calmed down somewhat, while the smartphone is designed for a more youthful and trendy audience. After that, nothing will stop the user from getting a case with the desired colors. Note that on the front of the smartphone, if the screen is small, the Punch will no longer provide the small silver circle found on the S20 FE.

Finally, as we can imagine, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE offers an optical type fingerprint sensor under the screen. If we had not mentioned any particular concerns in the app, we would have wanted Samsung to keep it high. In S21 FE, it is much less common. With the volume buttons, the power on and / or wait button appears on the right edge, leaving the left edge of the smartphone completely empty.

Screen and audio

Surprisingly, we see everything that has made the screens of Galaxy S smartphones always a success. Also, the Galaxy S21 FE is equipped with an Infinity-O AMOLED screen with full HD + definition. Quad HD + is not like its big brothers, but do we need it on a daily basis? If this is not the best screen from the Korean manufacturer, the screen of the S21 FE is better. Blacks are deep and the colors are transparent. Again, the color gauge is controlled, viewing angles are good and we have no problem seeing in direct sunlight.

Above all, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE offers a screen with a 120Hz upgrade rate. For those who do not follow everything, the main interest of the 120 Hz screen is the overall fluidity of the scene and the interest in web pages, Twitter or Instagram is quickly seen as scrolling through pages or timelines. And then, to be honest, this is not an obligation, and turning back to smartphones with “simple” 60Hz screens is not really a problem. But it’s a significant comfort and once you’ve tasted it, it’s hard to go back.

Supplied with Samsung stereo speakers and Dolby Atmos support. Frankly, we are talking about loudspeakers and the applications that result from it. However, the speakers are very quality within themselves and this is enough for small content. Finally, as expected, the Galaxy S21 FE did not offer a 3.5mm jack board. Note that the S21 FE comes with good quality AKG headphones.

Android, One UI, Performance and Autonomy

On the Android page, not surprisingly, we always find the OneII4 overlay sweet and complete. The version of Android is apparently 12. The contribution of 120Hz on a daily basis is always a significant plus. Overall, the experience is similar to that of Android Stock with the addition of some minor features and some more third-party publisher applications. However, as all the manufacturers now offer a closer experience to the Android stock, we are well aware that there are no real real revolutions. Remember that we always own the DeX, which can run on its own just like it does on a PC or Mac.

On the performance side, the Galaxy S21 FE offers Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC. Currently one of the best SoCs for Android smartphone, it is a racing horse if not the best while waiting for its successor. Obviously, we tried all the latest and greedy games like Genshin Impact, Call of Duty Mobile, LOL Wild Rift, Rocket League SideSwipe or Dead Cell (at 120Hz), otherwise we can not say it is liquid. Here are some definitions that have the most consistent results.

The Galaxy S21 FE, like its predecessors, offers a 4500mAh battery, which is minimal in terms of screen size, screen upgrade rate or internal Snapdragon SoC. After the first few days, the S21 FE settled into our habits, which allows me to keep myself very comfortable throughout the day. In our applications, the smartphone provides screen for 5 to 6 hours a day, 35% -40% at the end of the day. It’s not the best in business, but the Galaxy S21 FE provides the essentials. There is fast charging and wireless charging. For fast charging, you can recharge your smartphone from 0 to 100% within an hour.

Photo and video

Since this is a Galaxy S, the photo area of ​​the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is one of its strengths. Yes, we have not achieved the new features offered by its big brothers, especially the Galaxy S21 Ultra, but simply put, we still find enough quality for most of us. The photo unit of the Galaxy S21 FE is similar to the Galaxy S21 / S21 +, with three cameras, a main wide-angle, an ultra-wide-angle and a telephoto.

As for the photos, we will not lie to each other, Samsung will continue to offer very different photos, but I have to say that the Galaxy S21 FE performs very well with the same results as the brand offering with its Galaxy S21. The colors are still a bit warmer than normal, and we’ve revisited this trend of exposing photos a bit less on Samsung, which causes darker areas to lose some detail. But in reality and in good light conditions, no need to worry, the photos are great. We find that the ultra wide-angle is very powerful and compatible with the main camera. This year, Samsung has made some effort in telephoto and in particular its rendering is even clearer, which compensates for the lack of lens sharpness.

In low light conditions, Samsung’s Night mode works better with natural photos than some competitors and to our surprise, we did not use Night Mode much as the basic capture was adequate.

More than words, concrete examples:

On the front, the Galaxy S21 FE offers a 32-megapixel sensor. If we do not notice any major flaws, Samsung still has this trend Smooth and somewhat “descriptive” clichs. While this will delight beauty selfie fans, those looking for more realistic results will be disappointed.

According to the video, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE takes the place of other premium smartphones offered by the Korean manufacturer and, therefore, performs better. Stabilization is effective and has an action-game mode with stabilization very close to GoPro’s HyperSmooth technology. The videos are full of detail and provide good dynamics, sorry for the very strong embossing in the video which makes the video lose its focal length.

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