Samsung’s true value-for-money warrior came from one unexpected place last year, and was neither a member of the A-series, nor was it the previous year’s flagship dropping down to a more palatable price.
Main Galaxy S21 FE vs Galaxy S21 differences
- Larger, 6.4″ display vs 6.2″ on the S21
- Exclusive Green and Blue (S21 FE) vs Pink (S21) colors
- Larger, 4500mAh battery on the Galaxy S21 FE
- Faster, up to 45W charging on the S21 FE
- True telephoto camera vs crop zoom (S21)
- ~$150 lower S21 FE price (for 6GB RAM version)
Galaxy S21 FE vs Galaxy S21 price, colors, and storage
As a reminder, the S20 FE blasted off at $799 but then again the S20 at $999 was way more expensive at launch than the $799 S21, too. In all likeliness, we can expect the Galaxy S21 FE to be at least $150 cheaper at launch than its Galaxy S21 namesake. Fan Edition indeed.
Galaxy S21 FE vs Galaxy S21 camera
Moving on to the major advantage the Galaxy S21 FE would have over the Galaxy S21 – the true optical zoom camera – it’s expected to stay and flaunt real 3x telephoto magnification compared to the crop zoom that Samsung uses courtesy of the larger 64MP sensor on the Galaxy S21. Score one for the FE, even though it’s priced lower.
Thus, despite the inevitable 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. What the S21 FE may give up in the ultrawide camera prowess at night, it will certainly gain in the zoom camera department, too.
Galaxy S21 FE vs Galaxy S21 specs and performance
Unlike last year when the S20 FE with the top memory and storage options was only accessible to folks in Europe and Asia, this year the top-shelf S21 FE with 8GB RAM is expected to be available to the US public as well.
The 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.
As you can see, even the 6GB RAM SM-G990U model destined for the US handily beats both the Exynos 2100 and the Snapdragon 888 versions of the Galaxy S21 in pure benchmark scores, too.
Galaxy S21 FE vs Galaxy S21 displays and design
Here comes the fun part, the Galaxy S21 FE is actually smaller than its predecessor the S20 FE! Clocking in at 6.13 x 2.93 x 0.31 inches (155.7 x 74.5 x 7.9 mm) it is much shorter than the S20 FE but still larger than the 5.97 x 2.80 x 0.31 inches (151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9 mm) Galaxy S21, of course. What does that mean?
Well, the S21 FE has a slightly smaller, 6.4″ display diagonal than the 6.5″ panel of the S20FE and is also thinner thus more compact to use and carry around in your pocket. Not as manageable as the Galaxy S21, though, but then again that one has a smaller 6.2″ screen, too. Both displays sport 1080p resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate technology so we can call it a draw in the screen department.
Samsung’s Glasstic design is what both phones use to arrive at their sweet $649 and $799 launch price points and we don’t mind as it still looks shiny and pretty, yet won’t crack like a glass phone when you toss it around. Plus, it makes the phone lighter.
The notable difference between the two phone’s designs is the matching colors of the camera island and the rear of the Galaxy S21 FE, whereas Samsung went with a two-tone rear design for the S21.
Galaxy S21 FE vs Galaxy S21 battery and charging speeds
Another big Galaxy S21 FE advantage over the regular S21 is its battery capacity. The 4500mAh unit is much larger than the 4000mAh in the S21 which showed pretty weak endurance during our battery test to boot.
These are actually the exact specifications of Samsung’s 25W EP-TA800 charger that ships with the S21 series and the 45W EP-TA845 brick that you can buy separately, provided that your phone has the circuitry to take it. Well, the Galaxy S21 FE will be able to, and its 4500mAh battery will be full in less than an hour when you are in a hurry. In short, it will last longer and charge faster than the S21 which tops out at 25W, any takers?