Last week, Samsung opened up pre-bookings for the Galaxy S21 FE in India. As always, Samsung threw in a free SmartTag and called it a day. Now, the smartphone has been officially launched in India. You can find out more about the Galaxy S21 FE in our unboxing video. Watch this space for a full, in-depth review of the smartphone.
Galaxy S21 FE price in India
The base Galaxy S21 FE model with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage will cost Rs 49,999 in India. Upgrading the storage (with the same amount of RAM) to 256GB will cost you Rs 53,999. HDFC Bank subscribers can get an instant cashback of Rs 5,000 on their purchases, effectively reducing the Galaxy S21 FE's India price to Rs Rs 44,999 and Rs 48,999, respectively.
While the Galaxy S21 FE is available globally in four colours (Graphite, Lavender, Olive, and White), it isn't clear how many of those will land in India. You can buy the Galaxy S21 FE in India via Amazon or Samsung's official website on January 11. Offline availability is expected to follow suit in the coming weeks.
Galaxy S21 FE specifications
To quickly recap the Galaxy S21 FE's specifications, it gets a 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen with a refresh rate of 120Hz. A 32MP selfie camera module sits at the hole-punch cutout at the screen's top edge. At the back, there are three camera sensors: a 12MP primary lens, a 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens, and an 8MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom.
Under the Galaxy S21 FE's hood we get an Exynos 2100 chipset, up to GB LPDDR5 RAM and 236GB storage. The phone's 4,500mAh battery supports 25W fast charging over a wire and 15W wireless charging. Reverse wireless charging is also supported. It runs Android 12 customized with One UI 4.0 out of the box. Wireless connectivity options include 5G, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.1 and 802.11 b/g/n/ Wi-Fi.
Will the Galaxy S21 FE be able to hold up in the Indian smartphone market?
Short answer: No. We already opined that the Galaxy S21 FE is terribly overpriced in global markets, and the same holds true for India. One would argue that it would be worse for Samsung in India, especially when there are plenty of better-specced alternatives available from the likes of Xiaomi, Realme, Vivo, iQOO and more.
For starters, the Galaxy S21 FE Indian variant runs an Exynos chipset. They are quite unpopular among Indian audiences, especially after the Exynos 990 debacle. Samsung has made things worse by removing the SD card slot, effectively forcing you to buy the higher-specced variant. Furthermore, it is, at best, an incremental upgrade over the Galaxy S20 FE 5G, which is powered by the Snapdragon 865 chipset.
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