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Samsung Galaxy S23 FE and S21 FE main differences to compare are below:
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE
|Released October 5, 2023||Released January 7, 2022|
|Android 13, 4 years Android updates, 5 years security updates||Android 12, 4 years Android updates, 5 years security updates|
|Expected: Android 17, security update till 05.10.2028||Expected: Android 16, security update till 07.01.2027|
|8.2 mm slim, 209 grams||7.9 mm slim, 177 grams|
|Gorilla Glass 5 front and back, aluminum frame||Gorilla Glass Victus front, plastic back, aluminum frame|
|IP68 waterproof||IP68 waterproof|
|6.4″ FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X HDR10+ display||6.4″ 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* 75/100||Nanoreview chipset gaming score Exynos* 79/100|
|Nanoreview chipset gaming score Qualcomm* 90/100||Nanoreview chipset gaming score Qualcomm* 76/100|
|50+8+12 MP back camera, ultrawide lens, 8K video||12+8+12 MP back camera, no ultrawide lens, 4K video|
|10 MP front camera||32 MP front camera|
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.