The Galaxy S21 FE has already been presented by Samsung after a year of waiting. Because of the few differences, it presents compared not only to the Galaxy S21 but with the previous iteration, most users are wondering if it is worth buying such a model while waiting for the new Galaxy S22 to be presented. To answer this question, we have compiled the main differences between the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G and the Galaxy S20 FE.

Galaxy S21 FE vs Galaxy S20 FE Datasheet


Samsung Galaxy S21 FESamsung Galaxy S20 FE
Screen6.4 inches with Dynamic AMOLED X2 technology, Full HD + resolution, and 120 Hz refresh rate6.5 inches with Super AMOLED technology, Full HD + resolution, and 120 Hz refresh rate
Main Camera– Main sensor with 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, f / 1.8 focal aperture, and 1.8 um pixels
– Secondary sensor with 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, f / 2.2 focal aperture, and 1.12 um pixels
– Tertiary sensor with an 8-megapixel telephoto lens, f / 2.4 focal aperture, and 1 um pixels
– Main sensor with 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, f / 1.8 focal aperture, and 1.8 um pixels
– Secondary sensor with 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, f / 2.2 focal aperture, and 1.12 um pixels
– Tertiary sensor with an 8-megapixel telephoto lens, f / 2.4 focal aperture, and 1 um pixels
Camera takes selfies32-megapixel main sensor, f / 2.2 focal aperture, and 0.8 um pixels32-megapixel main sensor, f / 2.2 focal aperture, and 0.8 um pixels
Internal memory128 and 256 GB of type UFS 3.1128 and 256 GB of type UFS 3.1
ExtensionNot availableYes, up to 1TB capacity
Processor and RAM5-nanometer Snapdragon 888 with eight

6 cores and 8 GB of RAM
7-nanometer Snapdragon 865 with eight cores

7-nanometer Exynos 990 with eight cores

6 GB of RAM
Battery4,500 mAh with 25 W fast charging, 15 W wireless charging, and reversible wireless charging4,500 mAh with 25 W fast charging, 15 W wireless charging, and reversible wireless charging
Operating systemAndroid 12 on Samsung One UI 4Android 11 on Samsung One UI 3.1
ConnectionsWiFi 4 × 4 MIMO, up to 7 AC, LAA, LTE Cat20 (up to 2.0 Gbps download and 150 Mbps upload) or 5G sub-6, Bluetooth 5.1, dual-band GPS (GLONASS, Beidou, SBAS, and Galileo), NFC and USB type C 3.1WiFi 4 × 4 MIMO, up to 7 AC, LAA, LTE Cat20 (up to 2.0 Gbps download and 150 Mbps upload) or 5G sub-6, Bluetooth 5.0, dual-band GPS (GLONASS, Beidou, SBAS, and Galileo), NFC and USB type C 3.1
SIMDual nano-SIMDual nano-SIM
Design– Combination of polycarbonate and metal with rounded edges
– Colors: black, purple, white, and green
– IP68 certification, water, and dust resistance
– Combination of polycarbonate and metal with rounded edges
– Colors: white, red, orange, blue, and gray
– IP68 certification, water, and dust resistance
Dimensions155.7 x 74.5 x 7.9 millimeters and 170 grams159.8 x 74.5 x 8.4 millimeters and 190 grams
Featured FeaturesAKG stereo sound
On-screen fingerprint sensor
Facial recognition using
Samsung Dex software
Reverse wireless charging
On-screen fingerprint sensor
Facial recognition using
Samsung Dex software
Reverse wireless charging
Release dateAvailableAvailable
PriceFrom $699From $500

No Apparent Differences in Design Except for Back and Weight

The main and most striking difference has to do with the design of the rear, which adopts the lines of the S21 series with a camera module that is now part of the chassis instead of being placed independently in the corresponding corner. Where we also find notable differences is in the overall dimensions of the device since it now reduces its diagonal by 0.1 inches (from 6.5 of the Galaxy S20 FE to 6.4).

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Galaxy s20 FE 5G

This difference, a priori, insubstantial, allows you to save 20 grams of weight, plus 0.5 in thickness and 4 in height. Like its predecessor, it is made entirely of polycarbonate, weighing only 170 grams. The other aspects are practically identical, such as the water and dust certification thanks to the IP68 standard or the metal manufacturing of the edges. However, as a point in favor of the S21 FE, the screen now has Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection compared to the third version of the S20 FE, less resistant to scratches and shocks.

A Multimedia Section with Small Improvements: Screen, Sound…

That’s right, starting with the screen. Beyond the diagonal reduction, the device now inherits the Dynamic AMOLED 2X technology of the S21, so the maximum brightness level reaches up to 1,200 nits, a value that almost doubles that of the Galaxy S20 FE. It also features a 120 Hz frequency, although Samsung has improved the touch response to 240 Hz. Unfortunately, both the S20 FE and S21 FE feature the same optical fingerprint sensor, which is placed in the display. That is, no ultrasonic sensors are available on both devices.

Galaxy s20 FE

Another detail worth mentioning is that the sound is now signed by AKG, the sound company now owned by Samsung. Neither has a 3.5-millimeter headphone port, unfortunately.

Processor and Connectivity: Two Versions on the S20 FE and One on the S21 FE

Leaving aside the amount of RAM and storage on each model, which we’ll talk about later, the main difference between the Galaxy S20 FE and S21 FE lies in the processor and connectivity. The 2021 model was launched in two variants with 4G and 5G: the first has an Exynos processor, while the second takes advantage of the famous Snapdragon 865. The 2022 model, meanwhile, is available in a single variant with 5G thanks to the Snapdragon 888 that mounts inside, the most powerful today from the hand of Qualcomm.

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Where there are also notable differences is in the capacity: 6 GB of RAM and 128 storage for the S20 FE, while its successor has two variants with 6 and 8 GB and 128 and 256. It should be noted that the S20 FE has an expansion tray via micro SD cards, something that the new version can not boast. The rest of the connections associated with the processor are more or less similar: WiFi 6, NFC for mobile payments, Bluetooth 5.0 (the S21 FE has the 5.1 version), dual-band GPS. As expected, the S21 comes standard with Android 12 under One UI 3.1.

No Difference in Cameras or Batter

The new version does not update the photographic section if you look at the technical specifications of the sensors, sensors of 12, 12, and 8 megapixels that leverage angular, wide-angle, and telephoto lenses with up to three optical magnification. The front camera is also unchanged, with the same 32-megapixel sensor. Both the focal aperture and the pixel size are the same, so it is understood that they are the same variants. We will have to see how Qualcomm processing intervenes in this case.

Galaxy s21 FE

And what about the battery? There’s a 4,500 mAh module again, which should perform better on the Galaxy S21 FE due to the difference in screen and processor. The charging capacity is also replicated: 25 W wired charging and 15 wireless, in addition to supporting reverse charging of other devices.

Pricing and Availability

Galaxy s21 FE

After analyzing the main differences between the Galaxy S21 FE 5G and the S20 FE 4G and 5G, it is time to draw conclusions, which depends, to a large extent, on the price. The starting price of the Galaxy S21 FE is $699 on Amazon for the version with 6 GB of RAM and 128 storage. At the time of publication, that of the S20 FE on Amazon ranges from $500 for the 4G version to $599 for the 5G version.

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