Samsung has officially introduced the Galaxy S21 FE (or “Fan Edition”) phone at CES 2022. This is essentially a refined version of last year’s S21, which will be available for $700 beginning January 11th.
Larger battery on Android 12
This year’s model features the same 5nm CPUs, 120Hz refresh rate (with a slightly larger screen), and a similar triple camera setup for $100 less than the normal S21. The S21 FE, on the other hand, has a larger battery and runs Android 12.
We’ll have a comprehensive review up soon, but the S21 FE appears to be a well-rounded device based on our brief hands-on with a test unit.
Solid body and superior style
The Samsung S21 FE isn’t as striking as last year’s flagship at first glance. While the camera module has a similar bump on the top left corner, the housing does not have the same gleaming finish as the original S21. This style isn’t as appealing to me as the prior one. The S21 FE, on the other hand, feels solid, and its matte texture helps it resist fingerprints.
The S21 FE is significantly heavier than the S21 at 177 grammes (6.2 ounces), which is understandable given the newer model’s larger 6.4-inch screen. The display is still Full HD+ and is bright and clear. However, don’t expect S Pen support like on the S21+ and Ultra. The Fan Edition, like the S21, does not support Samsung’s stylus.
A must have for selfie lovers
The main difference between the S21 FE and the original model, aside from size, is their back cameras. Both cameras include a 12-megapixel main camera with an f/1.8 aperture, while the FE’s ultra-wide lens offers a slightly larger field of view of 123 degrees. Furthermore, the FE’s telephoto camera has an 8-megapixel sensor, and the S21’s has a 64-megapixel sensor, despite the fact that they both have 30x Space Zoom.
My personal experience with Samsung S21 FE
I haven’t put the S21 FE’s cameras through rigorous testing during my hands-on time with it, but I haven’t observed any serious photo quality issues so far. The images were bright and clear. Surprisingly, the front camera on the FE is 32 megapixels, although the original’s is only 10 megapixels. So far, the selfies I’ve taken with it have been razor sharp, revealing individual strands of my damaged hair.