This early hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE raises as many questions as it answers

This early hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE raises as many questions as it answers

Tech Highlights:

  • Reddit user UnknownWon took to the platform earlier today to announce that he had an S21 FE and basically started an impromptu AMA (per SamMobile). To lay to rest any doubts, he went ahead to share a picture of the retail box and the unboxed phone (top), powered by the Snapdragon 888 chipset. Some of his responses confirmed a few things we already knew about the device, such as the 6GB of RAM for the base version, a 4500mAh battery, absent micro SD card slot and headphone jack, and a 120Hz display — but that’s sounding like it won’t support an adaptive refresh rate.

  • With all of the Galaxy S21 FE rumours and hands-on footage we’ve seen in recent months, you have to wonder if there’s anything left for Samsung to “unpack” during its impending unveiling. Several videos showcasing the device surfaced online only last week, with some even going so far as to offer some early assessments. It may sound cliche at this time, but you couldn’t be more wrong if you assumed the leaks were over. Our most recent disclosures come from a Reddit user who was able to obtain an S21 FE handset and has been answering questions about it.

In a surprising turn of events, the Redditor’s S21 FE unit appears to be running One UI 3.1 based on Android 11, instead of the Android 12 we’ve been expecting. So, does the device launch with Android 11 or 12? The running theory is that the Redditor probably got his hands on an early production unit, hence the older firmware. Besides, previous hands-on videos showed the device running Android 12, so it’s pretty safe to say that the final retail units will ship with One UI 4 based on Android 12. The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE should be only a few days from launch, and the S22 series won’t be that far beyond that. It’ll be interesting to learn the official US pricing of the S21 FE, and start thinking about what impact that could have on sales.

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