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Samsung’s Galaxy S21 FE smartphone is still only available as a pre-order, but it’s already available at a kind of discount. If you order the S21 FE from Amazon, with shipping scheduled to begin around January 14, you’ll receive a $100 Amazon.com Gift Card — effectively a 12% discount off the $700 price.
At our hands-on CES 2022, we called the S21 FE (“Fan Edition”) “last year’s no-frills flagship”. That’s because it offers the same 5nm processors, 120Hz refresh rate on a slightly larger screen, and a similar triple camera system. However, the S21 FE actually has a bigger battery and comes with Android 12.
Because of the larger screen, it’s a little heavier than the original and features a less glossy finish. Unfortunately, it doesn’t support the stylus available with the S21+ and S21 Ultra, but that shouldn’t be an issue for many people. The telephoto camera also comes with an 8-megapixel sensor, rather than a 64-megapixel sensor like the S21 Ultra. However, the front camera is actually sharper at 32 megapixels, rather than just 10 megapixels on the original.
If you’re okay with last year’s discounted phone, this looks like a solid deal with four available colors (graphite, olive, lavender, and white). If you prefer to be on the edge, however, you might want to wait until the Galaxy S22 arrives. It’s scheduled to launch on February 8, according to the latest rumor, with pre-orders going out the next day and shipping starting on February 24.
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