Most likely, Samsung optimizes the brightness even in manual mode (depending on what percentage of white is displayed on the screen), so in the normal measurement mode it is impossible to achieve not only peak values, but even just high ones. Therefore, you will have a really bright screen in auto-brightness mode – up to 700 cd / m2, which is enough even on the day of the furious solstice.
In any case, the screen is very pleasant, especially in the “Natural colors” mode and with a refresh rate of 120 Hz (“Settings” – “Motion smoothness” – “High”). This is how I tested the smartphone for autonomy.
As of January 10, 2022, the Galaxy S21 FE is still running Android 11 with One UI 3.1. At the same time, my personal Galaxy S21 was updated to Android 12 and One UI 4.0, it seems, even before the New Year.
Performance and autonomy
Like the Galaxy S20 FE, the new S21 FE is based on Qualcomm processors, there is no Exynos version on our market. In this case, it’s the Snapdragon 888, just like the US-Chinese version of the Galaxy S21. And as I said, this is the case when it would be better to leave Exynos, and even better, a weaker Snapdragon. For example, 865.
Snapdragon 888 is a hell of a furnace that only Realme has learned to handle so far, but you know how? That’s right – cutting frequencies. However, the benchmark results for the Galaxy S21 FE are even lower, and the heating and throttling (performance drop when overheating) is greater. It turns out that the frequencies of the Galaxy S21 FE are cut even more, but there is no proper optimization from the firmware side.