Is it still worth buying the Galaxy S21 in 2022?

More than a year after its announcement, the Galaxy S21 5G has become a buzzword among Brazilians looking for a top-of-the-line smartphone and not wanting to spend a lot of money. I think it is safe to say, by the way, that it is the best Samsung phone to buy right now for some of the things I want to introduce in this sentence.

We have already developed a lot of information about the Galaxy S21, such as reviews, comparisons and camera tests, so the purpose of this process is not to identify the device again. . The idea here is to show how the smartphone’s “good age”.

The Galaxy S22 does not get much more upgrades than the S21

The Galaxy S21 is one of Samsung’s best options for 2022 and one of the reasons is the lack of media in the new generation of Galaxy S line compared to last year’s model.

I have tested the new Galaxy S22 for the app Canaltech and it has handled some S21 issues, which I think are very good. The design has improved, of course, because the latest generation of plastics has been replaced by Gorilla Glass Victus + glass. The cell phone is also getting smaller, albeit less ergonomically.

Galaxy S22 has improved in some ways (Photo: Ivo Meneghel Jr./Canaltech)

In performance, the S22 comes with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, better than the Exynos 2100 present in the phone last year. It has increased in energy, but has not improved much in terms of electricity consumption.

As for the cameras, there are also news, such as the new 50 MP main camera that can take better pictures in the dark thanks to improvements in Samsung cameras image software.

Even with these improvements, I decided in my review that it was not worth paying extra, that is, more than R $ 1,500, for the new equipment because, in practice, this information is not important. I have been using both products for a few days and the usage experience has improved a bit in a year.

And that means the Galaxy S21 is very old. Its screen is still one of the best available in the market, mainly due to the Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel and tuning rate of 120 Hz. The design, though simpler, is still very beautiful – and the violet color is a must!

The Galaxy S21 is a capable phone even after some time on the market (Photo: Ivo Meneghel Jr./Canaltech)

The Exynos 2100 performance, though not much more similar than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Snapdragon 888, has improved after some updates. So, you should have noticed the Galaxy S21 is more capable in more ways. But unfortunately he still suffers in very heavy sports.

In short, let us say that the Galaxy S22 is the Galaxy S21 “Pro”, as there have been some improvements, but there is nothing incredible that it guarantees the update – even because, apart from what I have mentioned above, the space is almost the same.

Better choice than S21 FE

Everyone who has followed the mobile phone market, especially Samsung’s release, knows that the FE (Fan Edition) changes the design of the Galaxy S line after some time on the shelves. For example, S21 FE will take the place of S21 as the cheapest commercial product of the end line.

But while Samsung is still selling the Galaxy S21, it is not worth betting on its Fan Edition version because, despite being released much later, it has a lower value compared to its older siblings.

The S21 FE is similar to the S21, but it still lacks some of the respect (Photo: Ivo Meneghel Jr./Canaltech)

The Galaxy S21 graphics are stronger when compared to the S21 FE. It can shoot at up to 8K at 24 fps with the main camera, but can also shoot at 4K at 60 fps with all lenses, unlike its limited ultrawide and telephoto sensors.

In addition, the Galaxy S21 comes with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage, while its brother Fan Edition has “only” 6 GB of RAM, that is, more convenient. Both have Exynos 2100 chipset already with upgrades.

Perhaps the only good thing about the S21 FE over the S21 is the higher capacity battery, as it has 4,500 mAh, along with more support, as it was released later.

Updated for a long time

Since I was touched on by this update, a very important point when buying a high-end cell phone is the time support the company will give it.

Samsung has emerged a lot in this regard, is the name of the Android device that is most concerned about in this regard.

Samsung promises to update S21 by 2015 (Image: Ivo Meneghel Jr./Canaltech)

The Galaxy S21 was launched in 2021 with Android 11 and now runs Android 12. According to the company, it will also be updated to the future Android 15 – is that name. That is, it requires three more years of silent work.

the price is very low

Finally, I want to talk about price. Android phones are generally down, this is normal. But the Galaxy S21 5G has dropped in price in such a short time that it surprised everyone.

It started in early 2021 for R $ 5,999, but in December of the same year it was available for R $ 3,500.

With the announcement of the S21 FE and S22 in the coming months, the device will be priced between R $ 3,100 and R $ 3,300, slightly above the Fan Edition version.

Currently, the Galaxy S21 has seen an incredible price tag of BRL 2,519, but mostly it happens to be BRL 2,800, equivalent to the S21 FE. Perhaps this drop in price is a move by Samsung to spawn the device before cutting it down properly.

That is, this is definitely not the best time to buy a Galaxy S21, if you are looking for a high-end phone with a low average price. It also provides excellent procedures for every job, and it still needs to be maintained for many years before it starts to have problems.

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