Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G hands-on review

07 January 2022


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  • Boris

No thanks lol..so many better phones with better specs!

  • Nise phone

I have been using s20 fe 5g for months, samsung promised multiple times that it will support 25 watts charging, I have tried 5 samsung super fast chargers with official cable, on Android 11 it just charged at 15 watts, after Android 12 it says you have moist in port and remove charger immediately(total BS) and samsung isn't taking responsibility, their representative got my number and told me we will call you back, they never did, I know a couple of people's with same issue from other countries, support told them that phone doesn't support 25 watts(total BS again) even the phones own info in settings says it does support 25 watts, I don't recommend buying from a company who's a lier, I will go to service center again next week, and they have told me to buy a charger prior going to customer support center so they can test it, so I'm buying a charger which I'm not even sure if it's gonna work, and an international company who dominates smartphone market doesn't have a charger in the service center, this is a total joke, I will follow up on this problem not because that extra 10 watts matters much, but because this is a massive sign of disrespect from a massive company who's trying to Robb people by wrong info

  • Nise phone

Nice phone

  • gxu9

I do not understand why Samsung produce fan editions. They certainly do not include features that fans want or distinguish these phones from other Samsung Galaxy phones. Fan editions would be the great opportunity to experiment with the hardware (maybe go old school) and give fans all the features that they want (why not try to ask the fans ???): Full Dual Sim with SD card (hybrid is an insult to customers), 3,5-headphone jack, customizable hardware buttons (2-3) would be great and a simple but real stand-out feature (weird world we are living in that such simple thing would be a stand-out feature) which could give you some "walkman"-feel to your phone if you want to. Dedicated two-stage shutter button for the camera. Flat and rectangular screen, fm-radio. Customizable scroll wheel for volume, editing or changing camera settings. Why not 2 USB-C ports? So many ways to make a phone more interesting on the hardware level. Of course integrated S-Pen or at least an integrated digitizer. Removable battery? This would be certainly the most discussed and appreciated move of the year if Samsung would try this...
By just removing hardware features Samsung will end up with phones which have no stand-out feature anymore compared to Apple. And in this case I would rather switch to Apple as their phones look nicer and have better software update policy... Unfortunately I am not in good hope that Samsung will change its path forward but at least I hope my Note 9 will last still a while until I am forced to move to Apple... (or go the chinese path)

  • Anonymous

This is a good phone!

Why?
1) Great long-term performance because of flagship processor, 6+ GB RAM and 3 OS updates with additional 1 year security updates so it will be supported for 5 years total.
2) Lightweight but has good battery size of 4500 mAh.
3) Has all 3 types of cameras: regular, ultra-wide and 3x zoom lens , that allows for up to 30x zoom.
4) 1080p 120 Hz OLED screen , great screen.
5) Good-looking design with nice color options.
6) Has wireless charging.
7) Plastic back is more durable some people prefer it and it still has metal sides, it's good to at least have the option of plastic back flagship phones, and regular S21 also has plastic back, so really plastic back isn't a big deal.

Some 'bad' points:
1) No headphone jack
2) No SD card slot
3) No charger in the box
However, honestly these aren't big deals. If you can afford this phone, you can easily afford the Samsung 25W charger. Very few people actually use SD cards, and the phone comes with lots of storage, 128 or 256 GB. There are lots of wireless earphones in the market with different brand, style, functions and prices, the "sound lag/quality" is so overrated nobody cares about that bruh, and anyways you can get a usb-c to 3.5mm connector which is cheap.

The only reason this phone is getting hate is because Samsung released it too late, as the S22 series will be announced within a month, which will be 99% better than this in every way for only a small extra price (the 1% is the smaller screen and battery capacity of regular S22). If you don't care about this, then go ahead and ignore the hate comments that don't realize real life people's smartphones needs/usage!

Reza.ermantraht, 15 Jan 2022I have been using s20 fe 5g for months, samsung promised mu... moreDid you try to enable super fast charge in the battey settings ?

I have been using s20 fe 5g for months, samsung promised multiple times that it will support 25 watts charging, I have tried 5 samsung super fast chargers with official cable, on Android 11 it just charged at 15 watts, after Android 12 it says you have moist in port and remove charger immediately(total BS) and samsung isn't taking responsibility, their representative got my number and told me we will call you back, they never did, I know a couple of people's with same issue from other countries, support told them that phone doesn't support 25 watts(total BS again) even the phones own info in settings says it does support 25 watts, I don't recommend buying from a company who's a lier, I will go to service center again next week, and they have told me to buy a charger prior going to customer support center so they can test it, so I'm buying a charger which I'm not even sure if it's gonna work, and an international company who dominates smartphone market doesn't have a charger in the service center, this is a total joke, I will follow up on this problem not because that extra 10 watts matters much, but because this is a massive sign of disrespect from a massive company who's trying to Robb people by wrong info

  • walidmg

Anonymous, 14 Jan 2022Look at the last photo... It proves how shameless, brutal,... moreYes 👍
you are absolutely right ✅

  • Anonymous

@gsmarena please don't forget to review Samsung Dex on One UI 4 :)

Handy set and budget friendly

  • Anonymous

No SD card slot.

  • Anonymous

Look at the last photo...
It proves how shameless, brutal, heartless thieves they are.
Nothing but cable in the box.
S21 Freak Edition, nothing is good with this thing.
Entry level hardware but sky high price.
Hell yeah it has SD888!!!
Woow, nice fanny boy, good for you.

  • Anonymous

It be best to wait for s22 with snapdragon 8 gen 1 or exynos 2200 if that still exists cost would be abit more but the latest device .this phone will be outdated in a few weeks and value would drop significantly

  • cherrygirl

After this phone launched I bought the S20 FE with Snapdragon 865 for my mom for just €399. Why would anyone pay so much money for basically the same phone with a processor that overheats and lacks microSD? Unfortunately a fail for Samsung, anybody wanting to spend extra money would wait 2 months for S22/S22+

Anonymous, 12 Jan 2022every comment about headphone jack and sd card slot were de... moreIts not just Samsung..majority of the manufacturers have now removed or gonna remove sd card slot or headphones jack. This website is in this for long. They are getting paid for promoting it. Some of us are saying for long but nobody cares.

  • Anonymous

I thought Samsung was starting to do itself a favour but this phone only sits within the mediocre range of Galaxy phones as abit of a “missed the party” device.

When you consider the discounts that can be found on the standard S21, the FE just can’t cut it.

Samsung still sacrificing too much for improved profit performance.

  • n9user

Anonymous, 12 Jan 2022every comment about headphone jack and sd card slot were de... moreComing from a Samsung Note 9 I would like to upgrade for a better camera and security. If only Sony would introduce Stylus compatibility and wider displays...

  • n9

Anonymous, 12 Jan 2022every comment about headphone jack and sd card slot were de... moreIs this really true - why would they do? I am stuck with a Samsung Note 9 because for all newer high end phones they removed the SD-slot and headphone jack...

  • Anonymous

smm183, 12 Jan 2022Are you going to publish complete review in close future or... moreAfter reading quite a few such as phone area
They basically justified that they is not much point in purchasing this device when the s22 will come out for around the simular price very soon with much more

Also suggested very alarming thermal throttling performing worse than the s20 fe within a few minutes with this device with both socs as probably to with plastic design and corner cutting


Are you going to publish complete review in close future or what? I`m really waiting for that.