Samsung Galaxy S21 FE has a big problem – but the Galaxy S22 could fix it


The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE has a problem – its price. Despite this budget alternative to the Galaxy S21 launching for a lower price than its 11-month-old sibling did, due to the devaluation of tech over time, the older and more powerful handset is now the cheaper one.

Galaxy prices

S21 FE start price: $699 / £699 / AU$999

S21 start price: $799 / £769 / AU$1,249

S20 FE start price: $699 / £699 / AU$1,149

S20 start price: $999 / £899 / AU$1,499

As a result, after debuting at CES 2022, tech journalists’ responses to the Galaxy S21 FE have been lukewarm; in our review, we said “at its launch price, it’s hard to recommend.” And our sister site Tom’s Guide said, “Samsung should have just canned this one and saved all the fanfare for the Galaxy S22.”

It’s easy, then, to discount this afterthought of a smartphone, but there’s actually a way Samsung could save it – and it all comes down to the Galaxy S22, which we’re expecting to launch soon.

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A new S22