Samsung Launches the Galaxy S21 FE at $699

Posted on January 4, 2022 by Paul Thurrott in Android with 10 Comments

The long-delayed Samsung Galaxy S21 FE (“fan edition”) features a Snapdragon 888 process and a high refresh rate 6.4-inch display. It will be available on January 11.

“The S21 FE 5G is a smartphone that delivers select fan-favorite Galaxy S21 premium features in a well-rounded package to empower people to explore and express themselves,” the Samsung announcement notes. “It is equipped with some of the most-loved aspects of the Galaxy S21 — eye-catching design, powerful performance, pro-grade camera, and seamless ecosystem connectivity.”

There were no surprises during Samsung’s launch of this new handset, thanks to several months of leaks. But the foundation is solid enough: the Galaxy S21 FE provides 5G connectivity, 6 or 12 GB of RAM depending on the configuration, a modern, three-lens (12, 12, 8 MP) rear camera system, and a 32 MP selfie camera. It’s available in four colors: Olive, Graphite, Lavender, and White.

From a design perspective, it retains the basic look and feel of the rest of the S21 series, with very slim bezels, a hole punch for the selfie camera, and Gorilla Glass Victus protection. Samsung says the device delivers all-day battery life and it supports 25-watt fast charging capabilities that let users charge the battery by over 50 percent in 30 minutes. It comes with Android 12 and Samsung’s new One UI 4 interface.

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10 responses to “Samsung Launches the Galaxy S21 FE at $699”

  1. Daekar

    Why would the selfie camera be so much higher resolution than the main sensors?

    • rm

      I don't believe resolution is related to MP. I also think the 3 sensors work together to get you a better picture/video than the selfie camera. Someone else can verify this maybe.

  2. jordan_meyer

    It’s available in three colors: Olive, Graphite, Lavender, and White.

    Should be 4 colors...

  3. red.radar

    Good Specs on Camera, Processor, Screen and Connectivity....Seems like a really great value at $699.

    What am i missing?

  4. jordan_meyer

    Higher MP (resolution) doesn't always mean better quality. You also have to factor in the pixel size (measured in micrometers - larger pixels let in more light), aperture size and focal length. It could also be that the 12MP on the rear is really a 48MP but binned so that effectively every group of 4 pixels makes up 1 super pixel and lets in more light. In this case I doubt it because that is a high end feature and they would still advertise the raw MP number as such.

    Also this is pretty typical now since we live in a selfie culture with Tik-Tok and Instagram and people take pictures or videos of themselves just as much as other people or objects.

  5. Chris_Kez

    Just me or does it seem like the “sweet spot” for best value has crept up over time? I feel like it was $500 not long ago, and $300 before that. I guess flagships moving into $1100+ has pulled the whole market upward.

  6. Belralph

    Went from a Note 9 to the S20 FE 5G about a year ago and been very happy with it. I think it was cheaper even when it was new. Is it really $699?? My phone was about $530 from the Samsung website. I don't see the S21 being worth $150 more.

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