Samsung Galaxy S21 FE details confirmed: new 32MP main camera, microSD slot

Peter, 08 July 2021

The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is percolating through the Chinese wireless authority testing procedures and after a bit of waiting TENAA finally lists the device specifications along with the four usual product shots. We’ve seen renders and we’ve heard specs, but it’s always nice to get those confirmed by a reliable source.

The S21 FE will have 6.4” display with 1,080 x 2,340 px resolution. That’s larger than the S21 (6.2”) and a bit smaller than the S20 FE (6.5”) with a different aspect ratio to boot (19.5:9 vs. 20:9). The phone measures 155.7 x 74.5 7.9 mm, slightly shorter and thinner than the S20 FE.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G9900), photos by TENAA Samsung Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G9900), photos by TENAA Samsung Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G9900), photos by TENAA Samsung Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G9900), photos by TENAA
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G9900), photos by TENAA

The camera section lists three modules: 32 MP main, 12 MP and 8 MP. The 12 MP one should be the ultra-wide module, the 8 MP one the telephoto (thus matching the S20 FE). The main camera is an interesting upgrade, breaking away from the 12 MP tradition the S-series has upheld these last few years. Video recording is still listed as 4K, even though the new sensor should have enough resolution for 8K. The selfie camera is downgraded from 32 MP on the S20 FE to 12 MP.

The chipsets certainly should be capable of 4K video. According to a recent report, the phone will use the Snapdragon 888 in South Korea, while Europe and North America will get Exynos models. Whether we see a Snapdragon version in those regions depends on how the semiconductor shortage evolves.

Anyway, the phone at TENAA was configured with 8 GB of RAM and 128 or 256 GB storage. Note that we’ve seen 6 GB versions run benchmarks, so memory configuration will be region-dependent. And, yes, there is a microSD slot, some were worried that this would be cut (as it was on the S21 series).

Galaxy S21 FE specs by TENAA Galaxy S21 FE specs by TENAA
Galaxy S21 FE specs by TENAA

Finally, the battery is listed as 4,370 mAh, which likely means a typical capacity of 4,500 mAh (matching the S20 FE). The phone should support 45W fast charging, though it might ship with a 25W charger. TENAA does say that the retail package will come with a charger and cable, though it doesn’t specify the wattage.

The chip shortage has pushed back Samsung’s launch plans, we’re probably looking at an October launch.

Source (in Chinese)


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  • khellandros66

Had a S21 Ultra, 1 day 22hrs with 12-14hr SOT, this battery hog nonsense is BS you better debon the bloatware and other crap software you're using. As for getting hot it did but not much more than my Note 20 Ultra did, which gets 48-49hr batter...

  • khellandros66

quit being a race baitor you wuss. they out in different chips based on contract with Qualcomm and the import/export trade regulations they've agreed to, not because of your race

And why not IR port also? Тhe only thing that turns me away from Samsung.

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