Samsung Galaxy A21s hands-on review

Last Update 2020-12-08 Views 20544


Samsung Galaxy A21s has been finally unveiled after numerous leaks and rumors. The smartphone comes with some major upgrades over the Galaxy A20s. The Samsung Galaxy A21s sports a punch-hole display and features a 48MP quad-camera setup. Other key specifications include a 5,000mAh battery with 15W fast-charging support and Android 10-based OneUI 2.0. The Galaxy A21s offers must-have features at an affordable price, said Conor Pierce, Corporate Vice-President of Samsung UK and Ireland. From 5G to best-in-class display, we are committed to bringing innovation to our Galaxy A Series portfolio, ensuring we can offer the best mobile experience no matter what your budget is. The Galaxy A21s will be available to order from 19th June in Black, White, and Blue, with prices starting from £179.00. The device will be available from Samsung channels and select partners in the UK.

Samsung Galaxy A21s design and display

The Galaxy A21s features Samsung’s signature Infinity-O display with a beautiful 6.5-inch HD+ screen that creates an un-interrupted visual experience. Whether you are gaming or watching videos, the 20:9 display ratio equipped with Dolby Atmos audio allows you to completely immerse yourself. The Samsung Galaxy A21s continues the exciting design cues of the new Galaxy A series, coming in a range of vibrant colors that feature a unique 3D Glossy and Hologram effect. The sleek design is well proportioned and fits comfortably in one hand special thanks to its reduced bezels and rounded corners.

Front and rear cameras

Samsung Galaxy A21s comes with a powerful quad-camera setup and intelligent photography innovations that make capturing professional-looking pictures and videos easy. The 48MP primary camera, along with the 8MP Ultra Wide camera, lets you capture those breathtaking landscape shots as intended. The 2MP Macro camera allows you to take photos at a close range, recording detail and clarity that otherwise would have been missed. With the 2MP depth sensor, the Live Focus feature lets you concentrate on what matters by applying a professional-looking background effect to photos of people, animals, or food you love. To further personalize your shots, you can use a variety of stamps, filters, and face-recognition based Live stickers.

The 48MP primary camera of Galaxy A21s has f/2.0 aperture, 26mm (wide), 1/2.0, 0.8µm pixels, and PDAF technology while the ultra-wide shooter has f/2.2 aperture, 1/4.0, and 1.12µm pixels. The other two 2MP sensors come with f/2.4 aperture. On the front panel, the handset sports 13MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture, (wide), 1/3.1, and 1.12µm pixels. As for video recording, the phone only can record Full HD videos at 30fps. Further, Samsung Galaxy A21s has 8000 x 6000 pixels image resolution, and there are many camera features such as Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Exposure compensation, and ISO control.

Processor, software, and battery

The Samsung Galaxy A21s has a respectable 5,000mAh battery and 15W fast charging support, allowing you to spend more time playing and scrolling and less time plugged in. With 32GB of internal storage and external memory of up to 512 GB, you’ll also be able to save memories without worrying about storage space. The phone runs Android 10 operating system skinned with One UI 2.0 layer. For added convenience and comfort, the One UI Core interface enables one-handed navigation and dark mode. To make daily usage even more seamless, Galaxy A21s comes equipped with Face Recognition and a fingerprint sensor.

Simply hold your phone up to your face to unlock it instantly to allow quick and secure access to your device. The A21s also benefit from an ecosystem of intelligent apps and services including Samsung Health and Samsung Members. Moving on to the hardware aspect, the Galaxy A21s is certainly impressive considering that it's an affordable device. The phone is equipped with a 2GHz octa-core processor, possibly manufactured in-house. The name of the chipset is Exynos 850 that is coupled with up to 6GB of RAM.