There is something you should know about the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G. But if you’re also trying to buy a Samsung Galaxy S21 FE, allow me to redirect you to our Galaxy S21 vs S21 FE comparison.
With that out of the way, let’s discuss the elephant in the room. The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G problem. It is a very Samsung issue, which means it’s something we’ve seen on Samsung phones before, but amplified.
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G: The Truth
The U.S. version of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE has a base model with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. However, the Indian version gets a bumped-up 8GB + 128GB base model.
But wait, there’s more. The U.S. market doesn’t get an 8GB + 128GB version. There’s just the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage, and the 8GB RAM + 256GB storage model in the U.S.
As we know, both the Indian and the U.S. versions have different processors, which is usually the case with the S series. While the U.S. version runs a Snapdragon 888 SoC, the Indian model gets an Exynos 2100 chip.
It is a big difference since the Exynos chip is yet to catch up with Snapdragon in terms of performance. A 6GB RAM variant could’ve been more competitively priced in India, and on the other hand, the 8GB version could just make more sense for buyers in the U.S.
Snapdragon 888 Vs Exynos 2100
|Benchmark||Exynos 2100||Snapdragon 888|
|GeekBench 5||Single-core score – 1087|
Multi-core score – 3635
|Single-core score – 1129|
Multi-core score -3696
A quick comparison between the Snapdragon 888 and the Exynos 2100 shows that the Snapdragon is a superior chip. While both are excellent when it comes to everyday usage and multitasking, Exynos lags a bit when it comes to raw performance.
Nano Review has also done a comprehensive comparison between the two chips, and the SD888 comes out on top. In fact, out of the 15,000 votes comparing the chips, over 9,600 people (62%) voted for the Snapdragon 888.
It shows that the SD888 is indeed the more popular chip and clearly wins because it delivers consistently good performance.
Also, Qualcomm chips are relatively more expensive, and Samsung might be balancing that price with the 6GB RAM in the U.S. However, this does give the Exynos S21 FE 5G an unfair advantage over the Snapdragon model.
What Is The Fan Edition?
That’s actually the whole truth of the S21 FE, as well as the other fan editions of the past. These devices are not flagships and not to mention S21 FE release date got pushed from last year.
Samsung’s fan edition just takes last year’s flagship and makes it more accessible to the fans. It is also true that the S21 FE 5G isn’t far behind S21 5G when considering the price tag.
However, the FE has a longer life cycle, thanks to one more year of updates. So when you consider that, you know it’d be a mistake to think of the S21 FE as a flagship. That’s why Samsung can offer different RAM configurations for different regions, without the flak.
We expect Samsung to bring its A-game with the Samsung Galaxy S22, and the Xclipse ray-tracing GPU. However, for now, I am a bit disappointed in Samsung’s omission of the 6GB + 128GB Galaxy S21 FE 5G from India.
It could’ve been an even more competitive offering, and made the Fan Edition even more accessible for the fans out there. What do you think about it? Let us know your views in the comments.