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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G (Snapdragon) Display test: Good video rendering

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The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G (Snapdragon) came to market in January 2022, and as befits a device in our Premium ($600-$799) segment, it comes packed with goodies. Let’s take a look at how it did in our comprehensive Display protocol tests.

Key display specifications:

  • 6.4-inch AMOLED display
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2400 (411 ppi)
  • Aspect ratio: 20:9
  • Refresh rate: 120 Hz
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm) chipset

About DXOMARK Display tests: For scoring and analysis in our smartphone and other display reviews, DXOMARK engineers perform a variety of objective and perceptual tests under controlled lab and real-life conditions. This article highlights the most important results of our testing. Note that we evaluate display attributes using only the device’s built-in display hardware and its still image (gallery) and video apps at their default settings. (For in-depth information about how we evaluate smartphone and other displays, check out our articles, “How DXOMARK tests display quality” and “A closer look at DXOMARK Display testing.”)

Test summary

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Pros

  • Brightness is well suited for indoor use
  • Accurate overall color fidelity
  • Pleasant brightness when watching HDR10 content

Cons

  • Colors shift to blue and appear desaturated when viewed on angle
  • Visible aliasing when playing video games
  • Noticeable stutters when playing video games

The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G’s rendering of both still and moving content is particularly good indoors, though it does quite well in outdoor conditions, too. It is a very good device for watching HDR10 videos, with suitable brightness and color fidelity.

Brightness vs Contrast comparison (0 Lux)
Brightness vs Contrast comparison (30 000 Lux)

Although a bit too bright in low-light conditions, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G is readable indoors. 

Readability indoors, from left to right: Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G, Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon), Google Pixel 6, Apple iPhone 13
(Photo credit: DXOMARK; for illustration only)

The device lacks brightness when viewed under sunlight.

Readability under sunlight, left to right: Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G, Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon), Google Pixel 6, Apple iPhone 13
(Photo credit: DXOMARK; for illustration only)
Colors are faithful and well rendered indoors. In outdoor conditions, a slight green cast is often visible.

Color rendering outdoors in shade, clockwise from top left: Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G, Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon), Apple iPhone 13, Google Pixel 6

(Photo credit: DXOMARK; for illustration only)
The left-hand chart below shows the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE’s color fidelity in the P3 color space. The center of each circle is the target color; the further the tip of the arrow is outside of the circle, the more users will notice the difference between the color on the display and the original color of the source material. The S21 FE has generally accurate color reproduction. The scatter chart on the right shows the device’s color shift to blue when viewed at an angle.
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE, color fidelity at 1000 lux in the P3 color space
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE, scatter graph of white point on angle

The left-most photos in the two arrays below illustrate the S21 FE’s color shift to blue as shown in the scatter chart.

Indoor color rendering on axis (top) and on angle (bottom), from left to right: Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G, Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon), Google Pixel 6, Apple iPhone 13
(Photo credit: DXOMARK; for illustration only)

The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G’s video brightness is well suited for HDR10 content, with good mid-tone rendering. Some dark tones are missing in detailed areas and a slight green cast is noticeable, but the latter does not impact skin tone rendering.

Video color rendering, clockwise from top left: Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G, Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon), Apple iPhone 13, Google Pixel 6
(Photo credit: DXOMARK; for illustration only)

The S21 FE shows some frame mismatches for content at 30 fps and 60 fps, along with some stutters when focusing on background elements in video games (though the stutters do not adversely affect the gaming experience). The device manages motion blur well. Video playback is slightly delayed after moving forwards or backwards in the timeline.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G is smooth when browsing the web and when scrolling in the gallery, but lacks smoothness when playing video games. It handles judder well, but the device is quite responsive to ghost touches and aliasing is visible when playing video games.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G, aliasing closeup
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G, aliasing closeup
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G, aliasing closeup

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