Expectations may be high for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S22, but for CES 2022, it’s the long-rumoured Galaxy S21 FE that’s making its debut. Most affordable of the S21 family, the new Android 12 phone starts at under $700 yet still manages to keep most of what makes its flagship siblings feel special. The phone was originally expected to launch in the Summer of 2021, but for various reasons, Samsung was forced to delay the announcement.
Galaxy S21 FE Specs
- Display: 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
- RAM: 6GB / 8GB
- Storage: 128GB / 256GB
- Front Camera: 32MP, f/2.2
- Rear Cameras: 12MP, f/1.8, OIS (main) / 12MP, f/2.2, 123-degree FoV (ultra-wide) / 8MP, f/2.4, OIS, 3x optical zoom (telephoto)
- Battery: 4,500mAh w/ 25W wired charging
- IP Rating: IP68
- Software: Android 12
- Extras: Fingerprint scanner / 30x Space Zoom / 120Hz Refresh Rate / NFC / 5G / 15W wireless charging / Wireless PowerShare
The Galaxy S21 FE retains the look and feel of the rest of the Galaxy S21 lineup. This includes the design of the camera hump on the back, along with the hole-punch selfie camera at the top of the display.
To help differentiate the S21 FE from the rest of the lineup, Samsung is offering a couple of different colours. In addition to the black and white options, we also now have lavender and olive green to choose from, which match up with the colours found on the Galaxy Buds 2.
The rear panel is plastic rather than glass; only the display gets Gorilla Glass Victus. The edges around that Contour Cut camera section feel a little less crisp than those on, say, a Galaxy S21 Ultra. A little like, well, moulded polycarbonate. Still, it’s IP68 water and dust-resistant.
At 7.9 mm thick and 177 grams, it’s reasonably slim and lightweight. Samsung has packed in a 4,500 mAh battery, too, bigger than the regular S21’s 4,000 mAh but smaller than the S21+’s 4,800 mAh. You still get fast wired (25W) and wireless (15W) charging, however, along with Wireless PowerShare.
We’ll have to wait until we can get our hands on the Galaxy S21 FE to see how it stacks up against the competition. But it looks like Samsung has another big winner on its hands, kicking off 2022 on the right foot.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE will go on sale on January 11 through Samsung.com and all major service providers in North America and Europe.
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