Samsung Galaxy S21 FE finally unveiled ahead of the Galaxy S22 release

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The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE has been one of the most leaked phones of the past year, but alee of CES 2022 the device has finally been made official – could it be 1 of the best mid-range phones of the year?

We loved the Galaxy S20 Iron when it arrived in the summer of 2022 and we’ve been eagerly anticipating the follow-up. It might have taken a little longer than expected, but the Galaxy S21 FE is finally a real product and here is everything you need to know.

For a deeper look at our experiences with the phone so far, bank check out our Samsung Galaxy S21 Fe review: easily on.

Price and Release Date

Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S21 FE will be bachelor from January 11 in the UK. Nosotros’ll update this page when we know more nigh wider release plans. It’ll exist available through Samsung’due south own store, alongside other retail partners that haven’t been announced withal. We’d expect potent support from Uk networks for a device similar this.

Prices start at £699 (128GB), rise to £749 (256GB), United kingdom of great britain and northern ireland customers can too receive a three-month subscription to the Disney Plus streaming service.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE colours

At launch, there will be four colours of the Galaxy S21 Iron bachelor. These might vary past region and, of grade, more colours could be appear at a later date.

The first 4 colours include Graphite, Olive, Lavender and White. We have a review unit in the Graphite hue and it’s a dark blackness with a matte cease, while the Olive is a very dainty shade of green.

All the colours are fairly muted, especially in comparison to more than vibrant S21 hues.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE in Lavender

Specs and Features

The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is a slightly more accessible entry in the S21 serial. It’s not wildly cheaper than the S21 at its current toll, only it does accept some different features.

Many leaks have suggested this device was meant to be released sometime in the 2nd one-half of 2022 and at that place’s no uncertainty this release date is slightly odd, peculiarly with a Milky way S22 series (consisting of the Galaxy S22, S22 Plus and S22 Ultra) rumoured to be arriving as early as Feb.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE cameras

Cardinal specs include a Snapdragon 888 chipset (Qualcomm’due south flagship 2022 chipset) with 5G support, half dozen or 8GB RAM, a 4500mAh battery and a six.iv-inch OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. These specs are fairly run-of-the-mill for a telephone of this price. What’s not always a given at this price though is an IP68 rating and Qi wireless charging – thankfully yous’ll observe both on the S21 FE.

On the dorsum there is a triple-camera assortment featuring a wide, ultra broad and telephoto camera. The main photographic camera is similar to 1 of the Galaxy S21, with a 12MP resolution and an f/ane.8 aperture. There’southward a big difference with the telephoto zoom camera though, as here it but has an 8MP resolution rather than 64MP on the regular S21. Video recording tops out at 4K 60fps and there’s a 32MP photographic camera for selfies.

Samsung says that it has improved the night mode when compared to the approachable Galaxy S20 FE and there’due south a new dual recording feature that’ll shoot from both forepart and rear cameras at the aforementioned time.

The big question hither is what’due south dissimilar betwixt this FE (or Fan Edition) and the regular S21 that Samsung has sold for near a year. Well, the differences certainly are minimal. This has a 0.ii-inch larger brandish at 6.four-inches, lacks an adaptive display that tin ramp upwardly and downwardly to various refresh rates and, as nosotros mentioned above, has fewer megapixels in the telephoto camera. The colour choices are different too, and the design has been tweaked slightly.

Trusted Take

Samsung’s latest FE device is an interesting prospect that feels like it is being released a few months later than information technology should have. There’south a lot of skilful stuff here and it’s a nice telephone to utilise, but with the Pixel six offering a better camera and cheaper phones from the likes of Realme, Xiaomi and OnePlus offer similar functioning for less information technology could be a hard sell for some.

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