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Samsung S21 FE Introduction
Last year’s Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (Referred as Fan Edition) was a big success and it was an impressive smartphone. The Fan Edition phone comes with a slightly lowered hardware specs and at a reduced price. This is particularly helpful for an average user who doesn’t need and use all aspects of a high end flagship phone specifications. Last year’s Galaxy S20 FE has a reduced resolution on its screen and a slightly lesser RAM compared to Galaxy S20 but still was a well rounded phone that I personally enjoyed using for my day to day use.
This year’s Galaxy S21 FE is likely to have a less premium compared to Galaxy S21’s design. But it could still sport powerful hardware like the new Snapdragon 888 chip and 120Hz display for an affordable price. Samsung S21 FE could be one of the best phones for the money and a potential alternative option for people who doesn’t want to pay up for flagship phones.
Screen Size and Display
Tipped to measure in at some 6.4 inches, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE will almost certainly make use of an AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, much like its predecessor. However, we suspect some changes might be in the form of an adaptive refresh rate facilitated by an LTPO panel, allowing the screen to scale from 120Hz to 60Hz when a fast refresh isn’t needed. This will have the advantage of helping preserve battery life. We’d not be surprised if Samsung did a little color tuning as well to make for a display that doesn’t oversaturate colors, though most flagship-level Galaxy screens are top notch.
Expectations on Samsung S21 FE
While the last year’s phone which had plastic back was far from bad, we’d rather like to see a glass or metal frame. After all other competitors in the same price range like Google Pixel 5 manage to give a better build. Samsung originally offered a 45W charger option on the Galaxy S20 Ultra, but things changed with S21 range which maxes out at 25W.
We might not need faster charging if the Galaxy S21 FE can improve on the Galaxy S21’s somewhat underwhelming battery. In our battery test, the standard S21 lasted for 9 hours 53 minutes, dropping to just 6 hours 31 minutes with the adaptive refresh rate enabled. The S20 FE improved on its predecessor’s battery, we hope the S21 FE does the same.
It’s 2022, so it’s time to ditch 4G-only devices in this category. Last year’s S20 FE 4G model didn’t release in United States. We expect that the Galaxy S21 FE will probably take that a step further and nix a 4G model completely altogether. We know from the leaks that the phone is going to be 5G-ready. Let me know what’s the best feature that you’ll look for in Samsung S21 Fan Edition.