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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G: The ‘fan edition’ phone might turn costly for fans in Nepal

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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G is a “fan edition” smartphone from Samsung and is also the successor of Samsung Galaxy S20 FE. Samsung has announced the release of the fan edition smartphone and is available for pre-booking in Nepal as well.

The fan edition phones are comparatively cheaper but try to provide similar specifications as the flagship phones from which they are derived. The S21 FE provides a lot of similar specifications from last year’s Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S21. A slim and light body, good cameras, good battery backup and a flagship processor are some of the features this phone will provide to the users.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G is an incredible smartphone, but considering that the new S series will be launched soon, it is an expensive phone and surely puts people in dilemma whether to purchase this phone or wait for the next series.  

Let’s get into the details of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G.

Specifications

Dimension Height: 155.7mm
Width: 74.5mm
Thickness: 7.9mm
Weight: 177 grams
Display6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, HDR10+
SimsDual sims
Resolution1,080*2,460 pixels
OSAndroid 12, One UI 3.4
ChipsetExynos 2100 (5nm)
GPUAdreno 660
Storage256GB
SD card slotNo
RAM8GB
CameraFront: 32MP, f/2.2
Rear: 12MP, f/1.8           
12MP, 123 degrees (ultrawide)               
8MP, (telephoto) PDAF, 3x optical zoom
SoundLoudspeakers with stereo speakers
No 3.5mm headphone jack
Battery4500mAh, Li-ion, non-removable
25W Fast charging
15W Fast wireless charging
Reverse wireless charging
SensorsUnder-display fingerprint, accelerometer, compass, gyro, proximity
ColoursGraphite, lavender, and olive
PriceRs 89,999 (8/256GB)

Design and display

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G features a similar design as the Galaxy S21 series. The phone has a glass front, plastic back and an aluminium frame. It has round edges and has a hole-design screen housing a camera on the front. Meanwhile, it features a triple camera unit on the back same as the Samsung Galaxy S21. Even the LED flash has been placed at the same place. The device is available in three colours- graphite, lavender, and olive. The phone weighs 177 grams and is 7.9mm thick.

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The phone features a 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2x HDR 10+ display with a refresh rate of 120Hz and a maximum resolution of 1,080*2,400 pixels. The display gets Gorilla Glass Victus protection. The phone is also IP68 dust/water resistant certified.

Cameras

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Cameras are one of the best features on a Samsung phone. Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G features a triple camera setup on the rear. The main 12MP wide camera is housed together with an 8MP telephoto and 123 degrees 12MP ultrawide lens. The telephoto lens provides a 3x optical zoom feature and has a phase detection autofocus (PDAF) for better focus. On the front, there is a huge 32MP selfie shooter that takes amazing selfies.

The cameras on both ends can record 4K resolution videos that too on 60fps. Slow-motion videos can be recorded at 240fps while super slow motion can be recorded at 360fps. The cameras on the phone can even record hyper-lapse videos in 4K.

There are many photo and video features on the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G. The camera on the phone features HDR10+ video recording, dual recording mode, tracking auto-focus, VDIS, digital zoom up to 10x, playback zoom, video location tags and many more for superb videography. It also offers good nighttime photography with its night mode feature, which is really handy.

Performance and battery life

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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G will run on the latest Android, Android 12 with the latest One UI 4 on top. The phone that will arrive in Nepal will be powered by Exynos 2100 5G (5nm) chipset. This is the most powerful chip from Samsung. There is also a Snapdragon 888 5G (5nm) chipset version of the phone, which is distributed in other regions. This is also one of the most efficient and powerful chipsets on a smartphone. With this, heavy gaming and multitasking should not be any problem.

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Giving life to the phone is a 4500mAh non-removable Li-ion battery. The phone supports 25W fast charging and can get a 50% charge in 30 minutes. It also supports 15W fast reverse charging, reverse wireless charging and USP power delivery 3.0.

Storage, connectivity and other features

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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G comes only in a single variant in Nepal. The 8GB RAM variant comes with a 256GB of internal storage option. This is a lot of space and should be enough to store a significant amount of photos, videos and documents here unless the user is fond of capturing a lot of videos in 4K resolution.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G supports a 5G sim (but that facility has not been released in Nepal yet), dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, NFC and locations (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou).

The phone also features stereo speakers but does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G is priced at Rs 89,999 for the 8/256GB variant.

Verdict

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Well, this is a huge price for Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G considering the S22 series will be launched soon and with that, the price of the flagship S21 series itself will go down. Yet, it is an incredible phone. It has one of the best displays a smartphone can have, the best and most efficient Samsung processor yet and runs on the latest Android. It also features an impressive camera with massive storage backed up by an improved battery performance with 4500mAh power.  

However, Samsung should have come up with a faster charger with this phone. It only has a 25W fast charger, which can still be considered slow as there are a lot of mid-range smartphones in the market that provide impressive battery backup with incredibly fast charging. Phones like Realme GT Neo 2 and OnePlus Nord 2 5G provide incredible performance and battery backup and get fully charged in just 30-36 minutes while S21 FE 5G only gets 50% charged at the same time.

Also, check the price of Samsung phones in Nepal.

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