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Samsung finally announces the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE

The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE has been announced officially, but it will go down as one of the worst-kept secrets in tech.

Almost everybody knew the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE was coming, what was not known was when. But that has been now as Samsung has officially released the Fans Edition of the S21.

This device has many features found on the flagship S21, including the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chip (buyers outside the US get Samsung’s Exynos chipset), 102 Hz 1080p OLED display, and 128 Gig of ROM for the base model. It even has a slightly bigger screen, at 6.4 inches compared to 6.2inches found on the flagship. The designs are also very similar.

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The primary camera is the same, with a 12-megapixel capacity and optical image stabilization.

On the battery side, the Fans Edition has a substantially bigger battery, 4,500 mAh versus 4,000 mAh. Even though it looks odd, it could be explained as due to the slightly larger screen. The more affordable S21 also gets 25 W fast charging and 15 W wireless charging. Other features of the flagship that you get on the FE are IP68 rating and 5G connectivity.

However, one of the differences is on the back. The camera bump, although styled similarly, is made from plastic on the S21 FE instead of the metal on the flagship edition. But it is the same with the rest of the back. This, of course, makes no difference in the phone usage experience.

Since Samsung has to cut corners to get to the $699 starting price of the FE, the features you ‘lose’ include 2 Gig of RAM as the lower-priced phone starts at 6 Gig and a high-resolution telephoto camera. But if you were expecting a long list of missing features, you are wrong because that is basically what you lose with the Fans Edition.

If you are ready to pay $769, you can get 8 Gig of RAM and 256 Gig of internal memory.

At this price point, Samsung has only made it difficult to choose, with so many devices crowding the space. There is the mid-range-tending-to-upper-range Galaxy A52 5G to tempt buyers. These phones muddy the water when separating the mid-range phones from the real flagships. But that has usually been Samsung’s method of selling phones.

The phone comes with Samsung’s One UI 4.0, based on Android 12.

Allison Johnson of The Verge has had the S21 FE for days and attests to the model being hard to place in the mid-range or high-end category. The few reminders of its not-so-high-end status include a plastic back with a matte finish and a little lag in the camera when using live preview in portrait mode.

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The screen is large and sufficiently bright, with a punch cut-out for the front camera. Using the phone is a smooth experience, and you won’t encounter any lag or stutter, thanks to the 120 Hz refresh rate.

To give you the flagship feel, the S21 FE does not come with a charger, something to do with helping the environment.

The first Fans Edition came last year at a lower cost to the S20, giving budget-conscious buyers a taste of the flagship experience. It cost $699, significantly less than the flagship S20 that started from $999. This version of the Fans Edition is, however, closer to the flagship S21 because Samsung has dropped the starting price to $799. It follows the price cut trend Samsung has been implementing across its smartphone lineup. The Galaxy Z Flip 3 now starts at a lower $999.

Written by HackerVibes

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