Test report Samsung Galaxy S21 FE: Our first impressions

The price tag is central when we talk about the new Samsung S21 FE. It costs 8200 or 9000 depending on how much storage and memory you want. The impression when I unpack the phone, which by the way is delivered without a charger, is that it feels cheap. It feels like a cheaper phone in the middle price range, mainly perhaps because the back is made of plastic. Still, we find if not everything then at least most of what we expect from a flagship model here. It is water resistant according to IP68, supports 25W fast charging via cable and can both charge wirelessly and wirelessly share power with your other gadgets, such as headphones or smartwatch.

The flagship feel extends to the performance and screen of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE. Samsung are good at screens, even better, and this is also shown in the S21 FE. The Amoled screen is 6.4 inches large with a 120 hertz refresh rate and provides nice colors, brightness and blackness. It together with the system chip also makes the phone feel fast all the time, even though it has last year’s top chip Snapdragon 888 and not the latest.

The timing of the launch is also, along with the price, central to evaluating the S21 FE. The phone inherits some from the S21 series, which was launched a whole year ago and now the S21 FE is facing a new generation of phones, not least the S22 series, which is expected to be launched soon.

If we look specifically at the cameras in the S21 FE, they, like the phone as a whole, do not really contribute with any direct innovation.

Three cameras on the back provide 3 times optical zoom, good dark properties and wide angle, but the price difference up to, for example, S21 Ultra (costs around SEK 11,000) with significantly more zoom is not that big. Even more difficult is probably the competition from cheaper phones in the 5-6000 kronor class.

The selfie camera in the S21 FE is located in a centered hole in the top of the screen and the fingerprint sensor is optical and integrated in the screen. In its more expensive phones, Samsung instead uses ultrasound for the fingerprint sensor, which generally makes that finger reading faster than the one we find in the S21 FE. The phone is of course delivered with Android 12, which means that it gets to take part in the news that Samsung introduced with that update. This means, for example, that in the gallery app you can edit out unwanted objects in the background of photos you have taken with the cameras.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is released in the colors white, black, green (olive) and purple (lavender) and in Sweden the phone costs SEK 8,200, then with 6 GB of working memory and 128 GB of storage. The model, which instead has 8 GB of working memory and 256 GB of storage, costs SEK 9,000. S21 FE will be released in Swedish stores during the second week of this year, 10 – 15 January.

Source: Mobil by www.mobil.se.

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