Every brand has its own way of making flagship smartphones affordable and there are shortcuts that come along with it. But it’s becoming a popular trend to do the whole “affordable flagship” because the top tier brands are now caving into it and has been successful at it as well – Samsung being one of them with their unique twist – Fan Edition, FE. The new Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G is their new “affordable flagship” which is going to be the successor to the S20 FE which we saw back in 2020.
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Right out of the bat, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G is a flagship smartphone but at a much more competitive price point. Something like the iPhone SE so to speak. In many ways, the S21 FE 5G is identical to the normal S21 and it shares almost the same thing under the hood. Starting off with the display, the phone houses a 6.4” FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display with 120Hz Refresh rate. For the processor, it opts in for the Snapdragon 888 instead of the Exynos counterpart and comes paired with 6GB or 8GB RAM and a choice of 128GB and 256GB respectively. On the back, it has a triple camera setup – following the same S21 layout – with a 12MP Ultra-Wide, 12MP Wide Angle and 8MP Telephoto. Oh, and a 32MP Front facing camera.
The phone comes with a 4500mAh battery and the capacity to charge at a speed of 25W Wired and 15W Wirelessly and comes supported with Wireless PowerShare. It also features IP68 protection, so dipping and dunking into water is possible. In terms of colors, you have four different choices – Lavender, Olive, Graphite and White.
Just like the Flagship S21 Series…
The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G will miss out on having a MicroSD Card slot which can be a huge deal breaker for many users as it eliminates the failsafe with the phone. But otherwise, the phone is said to receive 3 years of proper updates and software support, which is ironic that the spec is similar to the existing S21 which will now gets 2 more years of updates, and the series is about to be refreshed soon as well.
Pricing and Availability
As for the pricing, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G comes in two variants for the Malaysian market: it is priced at RM2,899 and RM3,099 for 6GB|128GB and 8GB | 256GB respectively. We will share our personal thoughts on it soon because we are neither here nor there with this smartphone.