Samsung launches Galaxy S21 FE (or Fan Edition)

Samsung has finally launched the Galaxy S21 FE (Fan Edition) after much delay. The South Korean tech giant usually launches FE, or Fan Edition, versions of its popular S or Note series, near the end of its product life cycle.

These FE models are essentially cheaper versions of the flagship models, while retaining some high-end specifications. For instance, the Galaxy S20 FE was launched in Aug 2020. And there was even a Note FE model being launched after the Note7 fire issues in 2017. This S21 FE seems a tad late by comparison.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE comes in four colours. (Photo: Samsung)

Available in four colours of graphite, lavender, white and olive with a “haze finish”, the S21 FE does not differ much from its cousins in terms of design. It has a sleek and slim 7.9mm-thick body, so it can easily slip into any of your pockets. But it has an IP68 water resistance to endure some water splashes.

The S21 FE features a 6.4-inch display with 120Hz refresh rate. (Photo: Samsung)

The S21 FE features a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2,400 x 1,080 pixels. The display has a 120Hz refresh rate for smooth visuals and seamless scrolling. It also sports under-display fingerprint sensor and a 32-megapixel (MP) hole-punch front camera.

Its rear camera system consists of a 12MP ultra-wide camera, a 12MP wide-angle camera and a 8MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom. Nothing compared to the S21 Ultra’s 10x optical zoom.

The S21 FE has a pretty solid rear triple-camera system. (Photo: Samsung)

In the inside, the S21 FE uses the flagship 5nm chip with 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of storage. It comes with a 4,500mAh battery, bettering S21’s 4,000mAh battery, as well as support for 15W wireless charging.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE will be available in Singapore starting Jan 11 at a price of S$978 for the 128GB model and S$1,048 for the 256GB model. You can get it at Lazada, Shopee or Samsung authorised stores.

Trevor Tan

Started out with dreams to become a street photographer, Trevor Tan somehow became a tech journalist with over 16 years of consumer tech experience. Maybe he plays too much video games and buys too many new gadgets.
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