The first big smartphone release of 2022 is here! It’s the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G. Here’s what it does and how you can get it on Australia’s largest 5G network.

What is the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G?

So you’ve heard of the Samsung Galaxy S21? This is the Galaxy S21 FE. FE stands for “Fan Edition” because it contains everything essential that we loved about the original S21 range in a more affordable smartphone.

It’s a kind of “goldilocks” smartphone that includes everything you need and nothing you don’t at a price that will make you smile.

At just 7.9mm thin, the Galaxy S21 FE 5G is sleek, practical and portable. It follows the design language of the original Galaxy S21 and even adds new colours like olive green and lavender to the range, as well as being available in White and Graphite.

On the front, you’ll find a 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED 2X display. The best thing about it is the 120Hz refresh rate that makes the screen really pop. Your videos, games and more will look buttery smooth and cinema-grade.

One of the biggest complaints of any smartphone is the battery life. To help the FE be there when you need it, Samsung has included a large 4500mAH battery and built-in intelligent technology to maximise battery life. For example, the intelligent display adapts screen performance to manage demand on the battery strain.

The FE also includes 25W fast-charging, which can get 0% to 50% in just 30mins, so if you run out of juice, you can be back up and running in no time. The 25W fast-charger does not come in the box but can be purchased here.

While the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G comes in at nearly $300 cheaper than its S21 cousin and $500 more affordable than the S21+, you are still getting some serious hardware under the hood. The processor is built around the next-gen Exynos 2100 chipset, and 5G compatibility means it can take advantage of Telstra’s 5G speeds and connectivity.

Samsung is also not skimping on storage space as the FE offers the option of either 128GB or 256GB.

Finally, the camera. You will find a camera rig on the back similar in design to that of the S21 model that we loved so much. It sports a new and improved Night Mode for super sharp and clear photos even when the sun goes down. The 10x hybrid zoom and 30x Space Zoom are also part of the package, as are 4K video and dual video recording.

Since the last FE, the front camera has been boosted with a 32-megapixel sensor which pairs nicely with Samsung’s new AI Face Restoration capabilities to automatically spruce up your snaps.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G: price and release date

So when can you get your hands on the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G? Now. The device is currently available in-store or via Telstra.com.

Samsung Galaxy FE 5G (128GB): $999

Samsung Galaxy FE 5G (256GB): $1099

As a bonus offer, we’re including a bonus pair of Samsung Galaxy Buds2 with your new Galaxy S21 FE if you purchase before 30 Jan 2022 (Check terms and conditions).