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New & Refurbished Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G

Samsung’s Galaxy S21 FE 5G is the newest and cheapest phone in the Galaxy S21 range. What does FE stand for? Fan Edition, and there’s plenty to stoke enthusiasm in this affordable take on a classic. Read More...

    • Internal memory: 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM
    • Size: 6.4 inches
    • Weight: 177 g
    • Display: Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, HDR10+
    • Resolution: 1080 x 2400 pixels
    • RAM: 6GB, 8GB
    • Battery: Li-Ion 4500 mAh, non-removable
    • Chipset: Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm) - Version 1, Exynos 2100 (5 nm) - Version 2
    • Operating System: Android 12, One UI 4
    • CPU: Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4x1.80 GHz Kryo 680) - Version; 1 Octa-core (1x2.9 GHz Cortex-X1 & 3x2.80 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4x2.2 GHz Cortex-A55) - Version 2
    • SIM: Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
    • Sensors: Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
    • Primary camera: 12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 8 MP, f/2.4, 76mm (telephoto), 12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm
    • Secondary camera: 32 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide)
    • Video: 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR10+, gyro-EIS
    • Connectivity: WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE, GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, NFC: Yes, USB: USB Type-C, USB On-The-Go
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Why buy a Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G?

An affordable flagship phone
Strong performance and great looks
Android updates until 2026

Not convinced? Try one of these alternatives to a Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G:

Google Pixel 6 - cheaper, and arguably better
Samsung Galaxy A53 - a bit less powerful, but newer and significantly cheaper
Refurbished Samsung Galaxy S21 5G - get the flagship for less

The Samsung Galaxy S21 range is the South Korean giant’s answer to the iPhone, and it very nearly beats Apple at its own game. But while its highlights will set you back a fortune, the S21 Fan Edition (FE) aims to deliver flagship performance and features for a more wallet-friendly price.

In essence, then, this is a de-specified version of the Galaxy S21 for a bit less. Samsung hopes you won’t notice less RAM, a bit more plastic, a slightly more basic camera. It’s a safe bet - The Samsung Galaxy S21FE 5G still feels and behaves like a high-end phone.

Design

Despite the name, the Galaxy S21 FE 5G is physically a little different from the actual Galaxy S21. For a start, it’s a few millimetres bigger, measuring 156x75x8mm, and at 177g it’s slightly heavier too. At the back it’s pretty similar to the S21, sharing a plastic cover, but where the standard phone has an alloy camera hump, on the S21 FE 5G this is also plastic. For some that might be a dealbreaker - and it certainly doesn’t feel as special as the glass back of an iPhone - but this is still a classy device.

Like other Galaxy S21 phones, the S21 FE 5G is waterproofed to 1.5 metres for up to 30 minutes. But while you could expand the S20 series’ storage with a microSD card, there’s no slot here - you’re stuck with what you buy.

Camera

Taken in isolation, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G has an impressive camera setup. Its triple-lens array offers a 12 megapixel (MP) wide sensor, backed up by a 12MP ultra-wide and 8MP telephoto unit with a 3X optical zoom. It is a good camera, particularly given that both the wide and telephoto lenses offer optical image stabilisation, but the latter is significantly downgraded from the 64MP sensor in the regular S21.

Curiously, the Galaxy S21 FE 5G’s front-facing camera is actually upgraded from the regular S21. While its namesake has a decent 10MP selfie camera, the S21 FE gets a larger sensor with 32 megapixels.

Video

Like all Galaxy S21 models, the Galaxy S21 FE 5G has seriously impressive video specifications. It can shoot 720p up to a ridiculous 960 frames per second (fps) for amazing ultra slo-mo effects. It will shoot 1,080p video up to 120fps, 4K video up to 60fps, and even incredibly detailed 8K video at 24fps. Optical image stabilisation helps to keep everything shake-free when you’re moving, and helps reduce blurring in low-light shots.

However, keen film makers might encounter some limitations, particularly if they’re shooting at the phone’s maximum resolution or frame rates. Shooting 4K video at 60fps can generate around 750MB of data every minute. At that rate, you’ll half-fill the standard 128GB phone in less than 90 minutes.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G doesn’t have the high resolution screen you’d find on a truly flagship phone. Its 1,080x2,400 screen is beaten by the standard iPhone 13, and comfortably so by larger rivals. Even so, the 6.4” display features a variable refresh rate that tops out at 120Hz, making for impressively smooth graphics and slicker interaction. And it’s as bright and punchy as you’d expect from a Samsung AMOLED display.

Like other Samsung phones, there’s a small hole-punch cutout for the front-facing camera. It’s much less intrusive than Apple’s large notch, although we wish it was in a corner rather than the middle-top of the screen. While other S21 models have an under-glass, ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, the S21 FE makes do with an optical one.

Processor

This phone shares the same Samsung Exynos 2100 chip that powers the rest of the Galaxy S21 range, and it performs similarly on most benchmarks. While it’s outclassed by several newer Android phones - and blown into the weeds by recent iPhones - it’s still a powerful device, capable of ripping through most apps and games. If you’re into very demanding 3D games, you might want something faster, but this phone will dance through the average user’s everyday needs.

Battery

Although it’s not a huge phone, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G manages to pack in a substantial 4,500mAh battery. In theory this gives it plenty of power to survive long days and unplugged journeys, but some reviewers have found it comes up short with heavier use. If you do run low, you can grab a wired or wireless charge. The S21 FE 5G supports fast charging up to 25W, but you’ll need to buy an appropriate charger as there isn’t one in the box.

Colours and options

The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G comes in a choice of graphite, white, lavender or olive colours. You can buy it with either 128GB or 256GB of storage - the larger model also gets a RAM upgrade from 6GB to 8GB. Typically for a modern mobile, there are no other options, and neither earphones or a charger come in the box. Still, there are loads of official and third-party accessories should you need them.

The S21 FE 5G launched long after the rest of the Galaxy S21 range, and costs more than many were expecting for a truly budget-friendly alternative. On the plus side, with four years of Android updates starting from its 2022 launch, it might make a better long-term purchase.


Galaxy S21 FE 5G FAQs

It launched in the UK in January 2022.
Official prices are £699 for the 128GB model, and £749 for the 256GB version. But why pay that, when Mozillion can find you a great Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G deal!
Yes, to the IP68 standard. It’ll repel spills and splashes, and probably survive a quick dip in the toilet bowl (not recommended). We wouldn’t go for a swim with one, though.
Yes. It has a variable screen refresh rate, operating from 48 to 120Hz.

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