Samsung Galaxy S21 FE has not got off to a good start, judging by the results of last week’s poll. Most people either already have a phone that they are happy with, or have shifted their focus towards the Galaxy S22 series, which is coming in about a month.
If anything, the poll highlights enthusiasm for the new flagships, as just over 40% of voters say they will wait for an S22 phone. Last we heard, the vanilla Galaxy S22 will cost the same as its predecessor, or only € 100 more than the S21 FE. But that’s a conversation until February.
Right now, the new Fan Edition can be compared to 2021 S phones, and the vanilla Galaxy S21 is available for less money, the Plus model costs about the same as the FE. And for a “fan edition” phone, this certainly made many fans angry at having removed the card slot (the missing 3.5mm headphone jack was already a problem enough).
Not that price comparisons with the S21 series are particularly relevant – if you wanted one, you probably already have one (especially after Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Amazon Prime Day and what not). Or you are wise to wait until the S22 series arrives, which will cause S21 prices to fall.
The one thing that the FE has to do is the chipset – most people interested in the Galaxy S21 FE will want the Snapdragon version, so that’s an advantage over the S21 models. In some regions at least. But right now, this little benefit does not seem to be enough to drive this phone to success
Maybe the Galaxy S21 FE does not have a bad start, just a slow one. It is expensive as it has just been launched but with a good price reduction and maybe some freebies it can become a popular model. The hardware is good and so is the software, it’s just the price that is off.