On Monday, Samsung launched its all-new mid-range S21 FE as part of the S21 series. The new FE phone, which stands for Fan Edition, costs $699, which is $100 less than the normal S21.
Launched at Samsung’s annual CES conference in Las Vegas, the new handset has a slightly larger screen than the standard model, but a less-powerful camera features security tools and memory. The screen is 6.4 inches compared with 6.2 inches on the regular S21 and has a lower pixel density.
The new FE, which goes on sale on Jan. 11 has three cameras; 12MP main and wide-angle cameras and an 8MP telephoto lens. The wide-angle and main camera sensors are similar to those on the standard S21, which has a far stronger, 64-megapixel telephoto system. The FE also has a simpler optical fingerprint sensor than the ultrasonic sensor on the pricier phone.
The phone has the same processor as the original S21 phones, but has a higher capacity battery. The new models are offered in the same 128GB and 256GB storage options, but the lower capacity version has 6GB of memory, or RAM, compared with 8GB on the regular S21 with the same capacity. Meanwhile, fast 25W wired charging, 15W wireless charging, an IP68 weather-resistance rating, and both flavors of 5G are all carried over from the S21.
The Galaxy S21 FE will sell for $699 with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage or $769 for 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It ships with Samsung’s Android 12-based One UI 4.0 installed.