Samsung is, thankfully, not giving up on one of its brightest ideas in recent memory – the Fan Edition version of its respective flagship for the year that has all the right corners cut to arrive at one unbelievable price for the package.
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE release date
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE price and storage options
As for the S21 FE price, it already leaked to cost between 700,000 won and 800,000 won (~$630 and $720) in Korea, and considering that Samsung’s Galaxy phones cost a bit less on their home turf than in the US, a $649-$749 range in the US sounds entirely plausible.
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE specs
- Snapdragon 888/Exynos 2100 processors
- Qualcomm 5G modem
- 6GB/8GB RAM
- 128GB/256GB storage versions
There is some logic in that speculation, as the S20 FE appears there as the SM-G780, and the Galaxy S20 is SM-G980, while the S21 is denoted as SM-G991, for instance, so the SM-G990 should be one to sit above the S20 but below the S21 in the totem pole, is Samsung wants to bring its model number ducks in a row.
The new Geekbench listing for the alleged Galaxy S21 FE reiterates the specs from the previous SM-G990 model number appearance, namely the “lahaina” processor, which is none other than the current top Qualcomm flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 888.
While nothing impressive in terms of scores for this early S21 FE testing – slightly higher than the S20 FE, and in the multi-core benchmark section at that – the comforting thought is that there will be a top version with 8GB RAM, just as there was an 8GB RAM model of the S20 FE.
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE camera
Except for the matching camera island color in the leaked renders, Galaxy S21 FE isn’t rumored to feature any upgrades in the camera department just yet, so we can assume with a decent percentage of certainty that the kit will stay largely the same as on the S20 FE.
That’s not to say bad, of course, on the contrary, we found the Galaxy S20 FE to produce excellent photos that matched or exceeded those of its more expensive siblings in the series.
While the big 1.4 micron pixels of the 12MP ultrawide camera on the S20 are larger than the 1.1 micron ones of the Galaxy S20 FE ultrawide camera sensor, the main 12MP camera shared between the editions carries the same excellent specs – wide F1.8 aperture, and huge 1.8 micron pixels.
Thus, despite the big price difference, there is a negligible one in camera performance between the S20 and the S20 FE, and we expect nothing less for the S21 FE vs S21 camera rivalry.
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE battery and charging speeds
- 4500mAh battery
- 25W charger
Alleged Galaxy S21 FE charger has been certified
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE design and colors
- Black, white, green, violet
The picture reveals that the S21 FE will stick closely to its siblings from the S21 series in terms of design, which is not surprising. The most noticeable change is found in the camera module design, which on the S21 FE is fully integrated in the back of the phone, and uses the same material.
The great news, however, is that the 8GB RAM model of the S21 FE will now come paired with the Snapdragon processor model, which increases its chances for a US release, and if the 256GB storage option joins it, that would be the cherry on the value flagship’s top.