After many problems and delays, Samsung finally has the Galaxy S21 FE officially. On the surface, it’s a pretty good $ 699 phone, but no handset exists in a vacuum. I have been saying for months – since September, in fact – that Samsung would have simply preserved this and all the fanfare for that Galaxy S22.
When we have great phones that offer flagship experiences like the spectacular one Pixel 6, for less than the Galaxy S21 FE, I see no reason why this device should have hit the market. Sure, it has plenty of high-end features for its $ 699 price tag, and that means a lot to a certain segment of smartphone buyers.
But then there is the regular one Galaxy S21which, depending on the offer, can often be found for less than the S21 FE. The existence of the new member of the S21 also blurs the line between different offerings from Samsung, such as the one Galaxy A52.
Samsung has won a lot of goodwill with that Galaxy S20 FE in 2020. At that time it was Galaxy S20 Series was ridiculously expensive, and the FE offered most of the same features for $ 699. We called it a Value Triumph and it certainly was. But in 2021, Samsung cut prices on the Galaxy S21 by $ 200, with the base model starting at $ 799.
With that, the Galaxy S21 FE lost all raison d’être. I thought any cost-cutting measures would detract from the experience a little, and while there is nothing wrong with the phone, you can certainly get a better device for $ 100 more with the Galaxy S21. A higher-resolution telephoto lens and an adaptive refresh rate of the regular S21 are immediately noticeable.
My colleague Philip Michaels takes care of the Galaxy S21 FE review, but from what I’ve heard, it’s better to either use the $ 599 Pixel 6 and save up for the Galaxy S21 (or get a good deal too find) or wait for the Galaxy S22. The latter is said to be out in a month’s time and you can bet there are good deals on it from both Samsung and wireless carriers.
Six months ago, the Galaxy S21 became FE Power more sensible, but early 2022? This phone shouldn’t exist and I think Samsung was stupid to continue with it. Not only is it too little too late, but the Korean phone maker is now at risk of swallowing either the S21 FE or the Galaxy S22 sales. Both devices could exist in a perfect world, but now the S21 FE just seems to be in the way.