Galaxy S21 vs. Galaxy S20 FE: Samsung phones in comparison

In September 2020, Samsung presented the Fan Edition of the Galaxy S20 – a more colorful and cheaper version of the top model. Just four months later, the next generation, the Galaxy S21 series, is in the starting blocks. The smallest model, the Galaxy S21, shows some overlaps with the S20 FE.

How much is the Galaxy S21 different from the Galaxy S20 FE? Which model suits your needs better? And are the price differences justified? We compared both models.

Price, release and colors

The Galaxy S20 FE was launched as a slightly stripped-down version of the Galaxy S20 on October 2, 2020. In addition to the LTE variant, there is also a version with 5G. The Galaxy S21 will go on sale on January 29, 2021. The new generation is only offered with a 5G modem; there is no longer a pure LTE variant.

With the larger selection of versions, the Galaxy S20 FE also has a wider price range. The cheapest model with 4G and 128 GB of storage started in October 2020 for 633 euros. For 256 GB of storage you paid 719 euros. The 5G version with 128 GB cost 730 euros. There were first special offers for the smartphone early on. The Galaxy S20 FE is currently available from around 520 euros, the 5G version from around 640 euros. Samsung offers the colors Cloud Lavender, Cloud Mint, Cloud Navy, Cloud White, Cloud Red and Cloud Orange.

The Galaxy S21 is available with 128 GB of storage for 849 euros and with 256 GB of storage for 899 euros. Those who are hoping for lower prices have to wait a few more weeks. Until the start of sales, pre-orderers will receive the Galaxy Buds Live for free. The choice of colors is smaller here: Phantom Gray, Phantom White, Phantom Pink and Phantom Violet.

Display, size and design

Compared to the Galaxy S20, Samsung has reduced the display resolution of the S20 FE from WHD + (3,200 x 1,440 pixels) to FHD + (2,400 x 1,080 pixels). These were also retained in the Galaxy S21, so that both models show no differences here. Both also support 120 Hz and have a centrally positioned punchhole front camera.

However, at 6.5 inches, the Galaxy S20 FE is significantly larger than the Galaxy S21, which has a 6.2-inch display. This is also evident in the case: the Galaxy S20 FE measures 160 x 75 x 8 millimeters and weighs 190 grams, the Galaxy S21 only 151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9 millimeters and 169 grams.

The backs of the Galaxy S20 FE and Galaxy S21 are made of plastic – Samsung continues to use glass on the Galaxy S20 and the more expensive S21 + and S21 Ultra. Samsung has slightly adapted the design of the S21, the camera module now merges into the frame. The S20 FE still has the angular design familiar from the S20.

Processor, battery and memory

If we look at the inner workings of smartphones, the most noticeable difference is of course the processor. The Galaxy S20 FE uses the Exynos 990 in the LTE version and the Snapdragon 865 in the 5G model. Samsung has installed the Exynos 2100 in the Galaxy S21. The benchmarks are still pending, but the new processor, manufactured using the 5 nm process, should be more powerful than the previous generation.

Both models offer 128 GB and 256 GB of storage, with the exception of the 5G version of the Galaxy S20 FE, which is only available with 128 GB. The main memory of the Galaxy S21 is 8 GB, the Galaxy S20 only has 8 GB in the 256 GB version and 6 GB with 128 GB memory. The Galaxy S20 FE also has a slot for memory expansion via microSD, which the Galaxy S21 lacks.

The difference in size of the smartphones is also noticeable in the power supply: the larger Galaxy S20 FE also has a larger battery with 4,500 mAh. The Galaxy S21 has a battery capacity of 4,000 mAh. The charging speed is the same for both with a maximum of 25 watts or 15 watts wirelessly.

Continue reading: What are the differences between the Galaxy S20 FE and the Galaxy S21 in terms of camera and operating system? You can read this and more on the next page of our smartphone duel.

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