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Samsung Galaxy A21s Review

Staff Writer / 23-10-2020 / Reviews

The Samsung Galaxy A21s is an upgraded version of the A20s, sitting squarely in the mid-tier range of the A-Series smartphones. The company didn’t disappoint by packing some nifty new features into this little pocket supercomputer, including some that you would expect to find in a flagship device.

Under the Hood

The engine room is where it all happens and the Galaxy A21s packs a powerful Exynos 850 Octa-Core processor and 3GB of RAM to deliver smooth and efficient performance. You can even play Call of Duty on the minimum graphics setting with a surprisingly smooth frame rate.

In terms of storage, the A21s has 32GB of internal memory with the ability to add a microSD card of up to 512GB.

On the software front, the Galaxy A21s runs the core version of One UI 2.1 and Android 10, giving you access to many new features, such as night-mode, one-handed mode, dual messenger and digital wellbeing.

Screen and Body

The A21s is exactly what you’d expect from a mid-tier Samsung smartphone. The device has a plastic back with an attractive gradient finish that gives it a premium look and comes in a selection of two colours – black and blue.

The Galaxy A21s sports a 6.5-inch Infinity O Display screen with a punch-hole in the top corner which is great for viewing your favourite videos or playing games.

Similar to other devices, the A21s has a height of 163.7-millimetres and weighs 192-grams.

Quad Camera Setup

Normally, you’d never expect a quad camera arrangement on a mid-tier device, but that’s exactly where Samsung shines with their A Series in their drive to make higher-end features accessible on lower-end devices.

The main camera is a 48MP lens that takes vibrant images with a great dynamic range. The 8MP Ultra Wide camera allows you to capture more in an image, extending up to 123-degrees. If you want to take close-up shots then the 2MP Macro camera is ideal alongside the 2MP Depth camera which allows you to adjust the depth of field before and after you take the shot.

The 13MP front-facing camera provides high-quality, clear photos with the ability to use Live Focus to blur out the background.

Incredible Battery Life

If we had to pick one feature that stood out from the Samsung Galaxy A21s it would be the battery. The company touted it as ‘The Marathon Champ’ since it slapped on a 5,000mAh soldier that allows you to stream, game, share and call without needing to find a power outlet. The phone also supports 15W fast charging, which means you can top up your power in a little over two hours.

Other Features

The rear fingerprint sensor is a nice touch along with facial recognition for security. Traditional users will be pleased to hear that the A21s has kept the 3.5-mm headphone jack input.

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy A21s definitely packs a punch with some high-end features on a mid-tier device. It’s an appealing prospect, especially when you consider the beast of a battery that accompanies it.

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