The A-series was quite the formidable midrange series, probably the most successful series from Samsung in a long time, other than the S series. After that came the M series, with larger batteries and better value. Among them is the Samsung Galaxy M21, very much similar to its bigger brother, the Samsung Galaxy M31. Launched on March 2020, the Samsung Galaxy M21 comes with the biggest battery yet, a 6000mAh powerhouse. So to balance it off for just the right price, compromises had to be made. Here’s a closer look.
Display and design of the Samsung Galaxy M21
The Samsung Galaxy M21 comes with a 6.4 inch super AMOLED capacitive screen, with an Infinity U teardrop design to accommodate the front-facing camera. The 1080p has an aspect ratio of 19.5:9, a screen to body ratio of 84.2% and a PPI density of 403. It comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection and an advertised brightness of 420 nits. It has a hardened plastic frame all the way to the back. Outback, it has a triple set up camera system aligned to the top left and squarely at the back of the back is the fingerprint scanner. It has a downward-firing speaker at the bottom, next to a USB-C connector and the elusive 3.5mm headphone jack. It weighs188g and is 8.9mm thick, largely due to the massive battery.
Performance and storage
The Samsung Galaxy M21 comes with Samsung’s in-house Exynos 9611 10nm chipset, paired with an octa-core Cortex CPU, a quad 2.3GHz A73 and quad 1.7GHz A53 combo and a Mali G72 MP3 GPU. The memory configuration in 4/6GB for RAM and 64/128GB for ROM, supported by UFS 2.1, with a dedicated microSDXC card slot, capable of expanding the memory by an extra 1T. This is a lot of raw power, capable of flagship performance. There is hardly any task one can through at such an SoC set up and get disappointed, even if it’s a graphics-intensive gaming experience.
The Samsung Galaxy M21 comes with the triple camera set up, flagged off by the 48mp 26mm wide-angle primary camera, supported by an 8mp 12mm ultra-wide lens and a 5’mp depth sensor. The photos are great, sharp and very well detailed. The depth sensor works wonders with the bokeh, creating great and believable distance variance. The edge detection is great in portrait mode, creating a very believable blurry background. It can shoot 4k video at 30fps,2k at 30fps, Full HD at up to 60fps and 720p at 120fps. The front facing selfie camera is a formidable 20mp 26mm wide lens. The selfies are well detailed, clear and rich in colour. It supports HDR and can shoot 1080p video at 30fps.
The Samsung Galaxy M21’s flagship specification most definitely got to be the battery, the biggest yet in a Samsung phone. The 6000mAh non removable Li-Po battery can easily 2 last days, even with a power user. On top of all that, there is 15Wwirelesss charging to fill up this massive battery so there’s pretty much no scenario that this phone is running out of juice. The battery endurance should be anywhere north of 130 hours.
The Samsung Galaxy M21 comes with Android 10.0 with One UI 2 on top straight out of the box. The new One UI 2 is a big improvement from the versions of yesteryears. It has been redesigned and optimized, making it lighter, faster and more interactive. It has less bloatware, feeling less invasive but the extra apps integrated into the UI are mostly productive, making the experience even more enjoyable, even recommendable.
All said and done, the Samsung Galaxy M21 is very much a true value king. With that massive battery, an AMOLED screen and the well optimized chipset sets this device apart from the many midranges in this particular segment. Having no IP rating or wireless charging is a not a bad compromise. It supports Bluetooth 5 and dual standby nano sim. It comes in Midnight Blue and Raven Black.
|2G||Yes, GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2|
|3G||Yes, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100|
|4G||Yes, LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 38(2600), 40(2300), 41(2500)|
|Dimensions||159 x 75.1 x 8.9mm|
|Body Material||Front Gorilla Glass, Plastic back/frame|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Nano-SIM)|
|Type||Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, with 16M colors|
|Resolution||1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio, (403PPI)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|Operating System||Android v10.0|
|Chipset||Exynos 9611 (10nm)|
|Processor||Octa-core (4x2.3 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)|
|Micro SD Slot||Yes, microSDXC - dedicated slot|
|Back||Triple: 48MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), 1/2.0", 0.8µm, PDAF + 8MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide), 1/4.0", 1.12µm + 5MP, f/2.2, (depth)|
|Features||LED flash, panorama, HDR, [email protected], [email protected], gyro-EIS|
|Front||Single: 20MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide)|
|Features||HDR, [email protected]|
|Alert types||Vibration, ringtones|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS|
|USB||2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector|
|Radio||Yes, with RDS, recording|
|COLORS||Midnight Blue, Raven Black|