The New Samsung Galaxy S21 FE vs S21 Plus: what’s different and what’s new?

January 20, 2022

Samsung Galaxy phones in various colours on table

Like the previous Samsung Galaxy FE smartphones, the new Samsung Galaxy S21 FE has been created with the ultimate fans at heart. In case you’re wondering, FE stands for ‘Fan Edition’. It’s for those who like to move, shake, and disrupt their world. Influencers, socialisers, streamers, photographers, and gamers who need a powerful phone that’s as bright and brilliant as they are.

With the S21 FE, Samsung has built a new Samsung phone that delivers, no matter what you’re into. With state-of-the-art lenses, the most advanced chip-set Samsung have ever built, and intelligent battery life, the new S21 FE is a powerful tool.

So, what are the main differences between the new Samsung Galaxy S21 FE and the S21 Plus?

Which one has the best camera?

When it comes to snapping picture-perfect selfies or scenic landscape shots, you need a smartphone that’s able to capture the smallest of details, no matter what the light conditions. Both the S21 FE and S21 Plus are kitted with powerful camera lenses, both on the front and back.

But which is the best smartphone camera for taking insta-worthy self-portraits? We think the S21 FE is a clear winner here. With a 32MP front-facing camera which you can set on Portrait Mode or Night Mode, it beats the 10MP front lens on the S21 Plus. With the S21 FE you’ll be able to take razor-sharp selfies as well as shoot 4K stories, no editing or filters required.

Like the S21 Plus, the new Samsung Galaxy S21 FE shares the same powerful back camera specs. With a 12MP ƒ2.2 rear ultra-wide and 12 MP OIS ƒ1.8 rear wide lens, you can capture the very best stunning natural or city landscape views. Spotted something in the distance? Snap it with precision: both smartphones are fitted with 30x Space Zoom.

Which one’s the best gaming phone?

Pro gamers need a smartphone fast enough to offer super-smooth streaming and gameplay. Both the S21 Plus and S21 FE come out strong. But when it comes down to the nitty gritty details, which gaming phone ultimately wins this round?

The latest Samsung Galaxy phone to steal the gaming show is without a doubt the S21 FE. How? Samsung has fitted the S21 FE with a new generation Snapdragon 888 processor which is the fastest mobile processor available in the range. With that kind of power at your fingertips, you’ll be able to enjoy smoother graphics; 4K video playback with zero shutter in between; plus, effortless scrolling and gameplay, thanks to its 120Hz refresh rate.

The S21 FE comes with 128GB of storage and 6GB RAM, and although the S21 Plus also gives you the option of an increased 256GB storage and a RAM of 8GB, a bigger RAM memory doesn’t necessarily mean a faster phone. With the S21 FE it’s all about that powerful processor.

Which has the best battery life?

Both Samsung smartphones come with a long battery life, so you can do more of what you love, without having to worry about frequent charging.

The S21 Plus is fitted with a 4800 mAh2 battery, while the new S21 FE is built with a 4500 mAh2 intelligent battery. What’s the difference? Well, if the S21 Plus is the longest battery life phone between the two, then the S21 FE is the smartest. With its AI-powered battery, the new Samsung Galaxy FE automatically adjusts your power usage, so you can use your phone for longer, only charging it when you decide it’s time to call it a day.

Both smartphones feature Wireless PowerShare, allowing you to charge other devices wirelessly. And both feature 25W Super Fast charging – so you can charge to 50% in up to 30 minutes.

Which has the bigger screen?

To make the most of those incredible gaming graphics and 4K video shots, you need a phone display that delivers intensity and brilliance. Again, both Samsung smartphones have this in bucketloads, so what are the main differences between the 2?

If you’re looking for the phone with the biggest screen, the S21 Plus is the winner. If you’re after a slightly more compact design that still delivers all the beauty of the S21 Plus – including the Dynamic AMOLED 2x display – then pick the Fan Edition.

Measuring 155.7 x 74.5 x 7.9mm, the S21 FE is only a couple of millimetres smaller, but also 23g lighter than the S21 Plus. Weighing in at only 177g, it packs an immersive punch – giving you vibrant colours even in bright sunlight, while being compact too.

Final thoughts: Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus or the new Samsung Galaxy S21 FE?

With its new Snapdragon 888 processor, the S21 FE is the fastest, most powerful smartphone in the Galaxy range. So, if you’re into hardcore gaming or streaming – or if want to take your cinematography skills to the next level, get your hands on the latest Samsung Galaxy S21 FE. Plus, with its slick matte-finish and graphite, olive, lavender and white colour options, your smartphone will look just as powerful on the outside, as it does on the inside.

Like previous Galaxy models, the S21 FE is also part of Samsung Ecosystem. So, you can seamlessly sync notes across all your devices and connect to your Galaxy Watch or Galaxy Buds Live.

Tempted by the S21 FE? Buy or upgrade to the Samsung S21 FE today – or check out our full range of Samsung phones.

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