Samsung’s Galaxy M series was introduced as an online-exclusive lineup to contend with Chinese manufacturers such as for example Xiaomi and Realme. The devices introduced as part of this series have gained a whole lot of popularity because of their aggressive pricing in comparison to Samsung’s other offerings. Because of their popularity, these smartphones are actually also available offline. Samsung recently added another model to the series, called the Galaxy M21. This new smartphone shares a whole lot of hardware with a few of its predecessors but did it stick out? We put the Galaxy M21 to the test to learn.
Samsung Galaxy M21 design
Samsung has been making phones in the Galaxy M series out of plastic to lower costs. The Galaxy M21 feels as though it was made with a tight budget at heart. The back panel is manufactured out of plastic and includes a glossy finish. It accumulates fingerprints quickly. Samsung does not give a case in the box, so you need to wipe these devices often till you get one yourself.
The Galaxy M21 may be the successor of the Galaxy M20 (Review) but looks a lot more just like the Galaxy M30s (Review) that was launched in mid-2019. However, it generally does not can be found in the same flashy colours and is available only in Blue and Black.
The Galaxy M21 has a major display that measures 6.4 inches, and has thin bezels at the very top and the sides. The chin is considerably thicker. At the very top, it includes a waterdrop notch that houses the selfie camera and a little earpiece right above it. You can reach the very best of the display for those who have big hands, else you will have to shuffle a little to attain the most notable. However, this phone isn’t as large as the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, which we recently reviewed.
The dewdrop notch houses the 20-megapixel selfie shooter
We also had a concern achieving the volume buttons because they are positioned a little too much for our liking. The energy button and the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner are well located though, and are simple to reach with all the device single-handed. The Galaxy M21 measures 8.9mm thick which is mainly right down to the big battery that it packs in. Surprisingly, these devices will not feel too bulky in the hand as the sides are curved. In addition, it tips the scale at 188g, which is a lot lighter compared to the Redmi Note 9 Pro (Review) which felt bulky.
Samsung offers a USB Type-C port in the bottom and a 15W charger in the box. The Galaxy M21 also offers a 3.5mm headphone jack in the bottom together with the loudspeaker and the principal microphone.
Samsung Galaxy M21 specifications and software
Looking at the spec sheets of both Galaxy M21 and the Galaxy M30s, we struggled to get the variations between both of these devices. The newer Galaxy M21 gets a 20-megapixel selfie shooter that is a higher resolution when compared to 16-megapixel sensor on the Galaxy M30s. The Galaxy M21 also gets One UI 2.0 running along with Android 10, as the Galaxy M30s was running One UI 1.5 along with Android 9 Pie during our review. The Galaxy M21 is cheaper by Rs. 2,300 when compared to Galaxy M30s
The Galaxy M21 includes a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with full-HD+ resolution. An AMOLED panel in this cost range isn’t quite typical but Samsung has been steadily changing that with the Galaxy M series. This panel is vivid and has very good viewing angles. In addition, it gets bright enough outdoors to be obvious under sunlight.
Samsung has chosen the Exynos 9611 SoC just as before. It now powers the Galaxy M21, similar to the Galaxy M31 and the Galaxy M30s. That is an octa-core processor with four performance ARM Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 2.3GHz and four efficiency Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.7GHz. In addition, it features integrated Mali-G72 graphics. The Galaxy M21 emerges in two variants, one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, and the other with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. We’d the base variant because of this review, which will set you back Rs. 12,699 on Amazon but will be accessible for Rs. 13,199 offline and on Samsung’s website. Similarly, the top-end model will set you back Rs. 14,999 on Amazon and Rs. 15,499 elsewhere.