Prime Day, a price that finally sets it apart from in a meaningful way.has changed my opinion on the — at least for now. Samsung’s middle-tier phone has a lot going for it, but the Galaxy S21 FE also feels overpriced at its usual price of $700. Now, Amazon is selling it for $490 on
That’s a discount of $210 compared to its usual price. Not too long ago, I wrote aboutthe way its predecessor did. The Galaxy S20 FE was $300 less expensive than the Galaxy S20 was when it launched, making it feel like a notable bargain. But the Galaxy S21 FE was only $100 cheaper than the , which didn’t feel like a big enough difference to justify buying what is essentially a previous-generation phone.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed using the Galaxy S21 FE thanks to its relatively long battery life, crisp triple-lens camera and spacious screen. It just didn’t seem like a great value when weighed against the $800 Galaxy S22 and other competitors like the $600 Google Pixel 6, both of whichfor .
At this price, the Galaxy S21 FE is a no-brainer, particularly for shoppers who just want a reliable, affordable Android phone. It’s only $40 more expensive than, which has an inferior camera and slower performance. Check out our additional coverage to learn more about the Galaxy S21 FE and how it compares and .
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE vs. Galaxy S22
|Galaxy S21 FE||Galaxy S22|
|Display size, resolution, refresh rate||6.4-inch AMOLED; 2,400×1,080; 120Hz||6.1-inch AMOLED; 2,340×1,080; 120Hz|
|Pixel density||401 pixels per inch||425 pixels per inch|
|Dimensions (millimeters)||74.5 x 155.7 x 7.9 mm||70.6 x 146 x 7.6 mm|
|Weight (grams)||177g||167g (168g for mmWave model)|
|Mobile software||Android 11||Android 12|
|Camera||12-megapixel (main), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 8-megapixel (telephoto)||50-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 10-megapixel (telephoto)|
|Video capture||4K at 60 fps||8K at 24 fps|
|Processor||Snapdragon 888 (in the US)||Snapdragon 8 gen 1|
|RAM/Storage||6GB, 128GB; 8GB, 128GB; 8GB, 256GB||8GB, 128GB; 8GB, 256GB|
|Battery/Charger||4,500 mAh (no bundled charger)||3,700 mAh (25W wired charging)|
|Special features||5G (Sub-6GHz and mmWave), IP68 rating, 25W wired charging, 15W wireless charging||5G (Sub-6GHz and mmWave), IP68 rating, 25W wired charging, 15W wireless charging|