Even though the status of the globe can seem a little uncertain at times, one thing is certain: Samsung will keep releasing new smartphones that range in price. According to my calculations, we have evaluated at least one Samsung phone each month this year, and as stores start to reopen, there is still another reasonably priced Samsung on the shelf.
Review of the Samsung Galaxy A21s’s design and important features
The Galaxy A21s has a similar eye-catching style to other Samsung launches. The Galaxy A21s is a stylish phone with minimum screen bezels and an unobtrusive hole-punch notch in the top-left corner, even though it is constructed of plastic and isn’t sandwiched between layers of protective glass.
The four cameras and LED flash are neatly positioned in a rectangle in the top-left corner of the phone’s slightly curved rear. The center also has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor that can be used to unlock the phone and authorize contactless payments. The selfie camera has a face unlock feature as well.
Review of the Samsung Galaxy A21s: Display
The Galaxy A21s uses a PLS display, which is essentially the same as a conventional IPS screen, with a reduced resolution of 1,600 x 720 in order to save some money. By today’s standards, this isn’t ideal, especially considering the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 and Realme 6 both have Full HD screens with lots of pixels.
There are only a few display profiles available, which is unusual for a Samsung phone, and alas, what we get isn’t all that spectacular. In technical testing, it only had an overall volume of 84% but covered 73% of the sRGB color space. Also lacking is adequate color fidelity, with a measured Delta E of 4.23. Light green and dark red tones, for example, were very lifeless.
Even still, you can’t really complain for the price, and the Galaxy A21s’ screen succeeds in other ways. The display’s maximum luminance on adaptive brightness was 553cd/m2, the contrast ratio was a respectable 1,267:1, and the viewing angles weren’t too bad either.
Review of the performance and battery life of the Samsung Galaxy A21s
The Samsung Exynos 980 chipset, which has a maximum clock speed of 2GHz and 3GB of RAM, powers the Galaxy A21s. This is the first time we’ve evaluated a device with this chipset, and judging by appearances, it’s primarily found in a small number of Vivo smartphones that rarely reach UK shores.
The Galaxy A21s performs about as well as it should, although there are quicker phones available for less money. The Galaxy A21s can’t be expected to run at the same speeds as its Qualcomm and MediaTek-based competitors, but it rarely seemed slow or unresponsive. That’s about it; it can take a bit to start up and occasionally stays on the lock screen too long after properly unlocking.
When it comes to graphics processing, the situation is identical. The Galaxy A21s succeeds in narrowing the gap significantly, but it still falls short of the competition. However, the lower-resolution screen helps improve performance, and I had no trouble at all playing less taxing games like Stardew Valley and Gris.
Review of the Samsung Galaxy A21s: Cameras
The Galaxy A21s, as I already indicated, has a quadruple-camera array with a primary 48MP (f/2.0) lens, an 8MP (f/2.2) wide-angle camera, a 2MP (f/2.4) macro camera, and a 2MP (f/2.4) depth sensor. On the front of the phone is a selfie camera with a 13MP (f/2.2) sensor.
The Galaxy A21s’ camera setup is identical to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9’s, save from the slightly smaller aperture on the primary camera. I was unable to directly compare the two phones in the same scene because of the current lockdown constraints, but the Galaxy A21s still managed to capture a respectable photo.
The main camera captured a wonderfully brilliant image of the canal boats docked in Poplar Marina as well as the flocks of geese and swans nesting nearby on a scorching hot London day. The 48MP option is only available in Pro mode; the camera’s default setting is 12MP, but both settings managed to create gorgeously detailed shots with lots of color.
The Galaxy A21s’ Live Focus option, which lets you control the amount of background blur either before or after pressing the shutter button, particularly delighted me. I had a lot of fun using the macro mode and was able to get some clear close-ups of some nearby flowers. When using this setting, keep the camera three to five centimeters away from the subject for the best results.
Verdict on the Samsung Galaxy A21s review
With regard to the rest of the Galaxy A21s, minor issues with the video are irrelevant. It’s no wonder that the most popular phones currently leaving Carphone Warehouse’s virtual doors are still less expensive Samsungs because Samsung has carefully chosen the proper ingredients for affordable greatness. I don’t anticipate that changing any time soon.