Compare Samsung Galaxy S23 FE vs. S21 FE

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Samsung Galaxy S23 FE vs S21 FE

Samsung Galaxy S23 FE and S21 FE main differences to compare are below:

Samsung Galaxy S23 FE purple
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE
Released October 5, 2023Released January 7, 2022
Android 13, 4 years Android updates, 5 years security updatesAndroid 12, 4 years Android updates, 5 years security updates
Expected: Android 17, security update till 05.10.2028Expected: Android 16, security update till 07.01.2027
8.2 mm slim, 209 grams7.9 mm slim, 177 grams
Gorilla Glass 5 front and back, aluminum frameGorilla Glass Victus front, plastic back, aluminum frame
IP68 waterproofIP68 waterproof
6.4″ FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X HDR10+ display6.4″ FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X HDR10+ always-on display
Exynos 2200 (4 nm) chipset – International
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (4 nm) chipset – USA
Exynos 2100 (5 nm) – V1
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm) chipset – V2
Nanoreview chipset gaming score Exynos* 75/100Nanoreview chipset gaming score Exynos* 79/100
Nanoreview chipset gaming score Qualcomm* 90/100Nanoreview chipset gaming score Qualcomm* 76/100
50+8+12 MP back camera, ultrawide lens, 8K video12+8+12 MP back camera, no ultrawide lens, 4K video
10 MP front camera32 MP front camera
*Nanoreview score as of October 08, 2023


Other specs of these phones are more or less the same of these two phones, so we didn’t mention them. There are a bit of differences here and there, but they are not mentionable in the above major specs difference table.

The big plus point of the newer Galaxy S23 FE is its more fresh design and some may also like the colors better. However, the S21 FE is more lightweight and slimmer.

The major difference is probably that the S23 FE comes with much longer security updates (about one year and nine months longer) and also one more major Android update than the S21 FE.

But the performance difference is also interesting. The older Exynos 2100 has better gaming performance than the newer Exynos 2200. How come? This could b because of the GPU difference. However, the newer Exynos 2200 is much better in terms of overall performance, download speed, CPU speed and so on.

It is easier if you check the Snapdragon models. The 8 Gen 1 is pretty well ahead than the older Snapdragon 888 in all aspects.