The company has used the CES show as a platform for launching its budget flagship over the past few years. That happens again, just ahead of the launch of its flagship S series. Meanwhile the “FE” is short for “Fan Edition”. In a release Samsung’s TM Roh says:
“We saw an incredible response to the Galaxy S20 FE and Galaxy S21 lineup. So we applied the same approach with S21 FE 5G, equipping it with the premium features that matter most to our loyal Galaxy fans — because we’re focused on delivering a smartphone that meets their most important needs.”
The handset sports a 6.4-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate, powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 processor, as its successor, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, is starting rollout on flagships from companies like Xiaomi. There’s a triple camera system with a 12-megapixel main, 32-megapixel ultrawide and 12-megapixel telephoto.
The system comes with either 6 or 8GB of RAM and 128 or 256GB of storage, along with a solid 4,500mAh battery. There’s also 5G on-board.
The design borrows plenty of cues from the standard S21, though the premium build has been swapped out for a lower-cost plastic construction.
The S21 FE starts shipping January 11.