This is pretty much for those of us who want the best samsung at the lower cost. I mean not. All of us have those big bucks to spend on the s21 ultra, but still it’s kind of interesting to see what what’s going on with these two phones. Given especially the fact that the s21 is actually lower in cost compared to the s20 lineup last year, and it kind of seems more in line with what exactly the s20 fe had to offer so without further ado let’s begin, both these devices are rather close in Terms of pricing, the s21 starts at 799 dollars, while the s20 fan edition starts at 6.99. That puts them really close and honestly doesn’t really tell me which one i should buy. First, looking starting from there, i decided to then look at performance performance wise. The s21 has the obvious benefit of being newer: a generational improvement in soc. This one comes with either the xenx 2100 or snapdragon 888 compared to the exynos 990 or snapdragon 865 in the galaxy s20 fe meaning on paper and in practice the s21 is faster but it’s noticeable. Only when you actually push them to the limit, which means for the average user, these two are really darn close in performance, they’re actually really fast. Let’S not forget. This is a flagship soc from just a couple of months ago. So really, i wouldn’t consider this a major difference. Then, in that case, moving on how about the camera, both sport, a triple camera system, with the same 12 megapixel wide shooter, a slightly different 12 megapixel ultrawide and a different telephoto lens.
So the s20 fe comes with a three times: optical zoom camera, whereas the s21 comes with a three times: hybrid zoom, 64 megapixel camera, meaning it uses those 64 megapixels. Basically, to do an image crop to zoom in so i was interested to see what’s the difference there and i did a kind of 30 times zoom photo of my office building across to the other. Basically, the s20 fe came out a bit more sharp, but i’ll put that down to preference since, for the most part, not many people actually shoot at 30 times to zoom it’s really hard to stabilize something at that sort of difference. So it comes out a bit shaky, but still something noticeable something noteworty. In that case, let’s look at the 12 megapixel wide sensor. The 12 megapixel wide sensor on both of these is actually pretty great there’s a bit of a processing difference, but let’s put it this way doing a close up shot of a phone. I had both were pretty much on par with autofocus speed, with sharpness, basically on par. Then i moved forward from there and decided to do a couple of selfie shots, and my face was pretty well lit. So much let’s say that it could have been blown out, but dynamic range on both devices did a fine job and i came out nicely so this is also one spot where i would put these two devices equal. I decided to do some video stabilization tests in the office by running around a bit for some reason: the s21 disables video stabilization when you enable it and when you disable video stabilization, it enables it.
I don’t know why i did that but it’s something to consider at least mine. Did it i’m not sure if yours will do the same, but it is most likely a slight fix with a software update. Nevertheless, though, both did an awesome job. The s20 fe came out a bit more stabilized to me, but i’ll put it down to preference once again now regarding autofocus, both devices did a good job or a mighty fine job, so to say of focusing and defocusing my face, so no problem whatsoever there. This is a testif dynamic range with the sun right behind my head, currently you’re hearing both the microphone of the samsung galaxy s20 fe and galaxy s21 and uh yeah go ahead and tell me which one you prefer and yeah. That was pretty much why i actually tuned in from here right then. So far we have the same, build quality. We have almost the same performance day to day tasks. We have almost the same camera performance once again. In average cases, let’s have a look, then display wise, so display wise well, this is where we, it gets a bit different, so both devices are actually different size. If you have a look at here, if you’re somebody who’s into media consumption, the s20 fe is your device hands down. I mean it’s, a bigger screen, 6.5 inches 1080 by 2400. No point in thinking about that at all, while the s21, if you’re somebody who has like smaller hands like me, is your device it’s a 6.
2 inch display and it’s much easier to handle, i can demonstrate it now, like seriously. I can almost touch the top of the s21, whereas i can’t do the same with the s20 fan edition. So, overall, it really depends on your hand, size and your preference or use case basically but in terms of quality above support, hdr 10 plus – and they looked rather similar. So i’ll put them equal in that regards. But in terms of fingerprint, the fingerprint sensor on the s21 lineup was actually improved. It’S 70 bigger now the in display ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, meaning it’s much quicker. It detects your fingerprint more reliably now so that’s pretty solid. If you ask me, whereas this one is actually smaller and sometimes can misread your fingertip, do bear in mind with that one battery wise well, the s20 fe actually won. This is basically my direct answer to that, a bit more in depth or a bit of a background here. The s20 fe comes with a 4 500 milliamp hour battery, whereas the s21 comes with a 4 000 milliamp hour battery. Given that this is a newer soc on the s21 you’d think that there might be some kind of energy savings, maybe maybe improve in some sort of way, but no actually the s20 fan edition lasted an average two three hours longer in almost every test. We did so basically, if you were to browse the internet at 120, hertz with the s21 you’d last around 8 hours, whereas the s20 fe would last around 10 hours.
If you’re, not convinced. Here we have the full battery results, you can check it out. That was pretty much what i noticed there, so we mentioned so far most of the important things, but we still haven’t mentioned software support, which is important for most of us, which is where apple is still leading, but still nevertheless, samsung decided to commit to three years Of software updates, so in this case, both of them should receive three years of updates, but the s20 fe being slightly older, will receive most likely less updates, whereas the s21 released this year will release it. You’Ll, you know get its three full years of updates. Put it simply, the s20 fe came with android 10 out of the box, now i’m just updated to android 11, whereas the s21 came with android 11 out of the box, meaning the s20 fe already blew one of its major os updates. This so far, has me convinced that if i want to spend a bit more bucks or for the average user, the s20 fe is actually perfect, it’s slightly cheaper. It comes with flagship specs, albeit from six months ago, but still kind of amazing what they did with this phone. No wonder: it’s, actually fun of the year for many youtubers and uh tech reviewers all together, whereas the s21 is actually still an amazing device. Don’T get me wrong, it’s, just still not exactly too great compared to this one for the average user, but for somebody who’s looking for the best you know currently released.
I think this is actually a pretty neat choice to consider. If you don’t have the money to spend for the um ultra model, since i would not actually consider the plus model they’re exactly the same, unless i wanted a bigger version of this one but that’s, maybe for another time. In the meantime, though, this has been fun once again: i’m victor from phone arena, and i should probably go back to doing my actual job and yeah.