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With the Galaxy M21, Samsung has given a successor to the successful Galaxy M20. The cell phone impresses on paper with its 6,000 mAh battery. But Samsung has also improved the camera and display. For whom is it worth buying? A quick check.

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Samsung is busy releasing new phones. After the Samsung Galaxy S20 series, the company is now sending a number of affordable mid-range smartphones into the race. Including the Samsung Galaxy M21, a successor to the successful Samsung Galaxy M20. What does the smartphone have to offer and for whom is it worth buying? Our quick check will tell you.

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Samsung Galaxy M21: The most important things at a glance

  • 6.4 inch display
  • 6,000 mAh battery
  • Triple camera

The Galaxy M21 can now be bought in the South Korean manufacturer's online shop. From April 27th it should be available from other dealers. The recommended retail price of the South Korean manufacturer is 219 euros. The Galaxy M21's unique selling points include the 6,000 mAh battery and the 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display. Furthermore, the cell phone can come up with a powerful triple camera for the price range.

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As mentioned at the beginning, the Samsung Galaxy M21 is at the lower end of the portfolio of the South Korean manufacturer. This is noticeable in the design and workmanship.

Samsung Galaxy M21: Super AMOLED display with notch

Unlike the Galaxy A51, for example, the Samsung Galaxy M21 does not have the screen with punch hole familiar from the Galaxy S20 series, but relies on an old-fashioned screen with a notch. The U-shaped notch at the top of the display houses the 20-megapixel front camera. With dimensions of 159.0 x 75.1 x 8.9 millimeters, the mobile phone is not exactly compact either. In terms of form factor, it can best be compared with the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus.

Samsung Galaxy M21 in pictures

Product images for the Samsung Galaxy M21.

The weight is surprisingly low at 188 grams. After all, in terms of capacity, the Galaxy M21 has one of the largest batteries ever built into a smartphone. More on that in a moment. The Samsung mobile phone is available in black, green and blue.

Samsung Galaxy M21 is a real endurance runner

As with the predecessor Galaxy M20, the battery is the flagship of the Samsung Galaxy M21. At 6,000 mAh, its capacity even exceeds the battery capacity of current top smartphones. Apart from the Samsung Galaxy M30s and some Chinese cell phones, we are not aware of any other smartphone with such a battery capacity.

Since the hardware and the display of the cell phone need far less power than those of high-end devices, we assume an average battery life of two to three days. The sticking point is likely to be the loading process. Samsung phones aren't exactly known as quick chargers. You should get the battery of the Galaxy M21 filled overnight.

But apart from the battery, the Samsung Galaxy M21 has a lot to offer for this price range. Compared to its predecessor, Samsung has drilled out the phone a lot. Instead of a pale LCD, a colorful Super AMOLED display is used, which you are also familiar with from significantly more expensive Samsung cell phones. Incidentally, the screen measures 6.4 inches on the diagonal.

A 48-megapixel camera as well as a 5-megapixel bokeh lens and an 8-megapixel camera with ultra-wide-angle optics are available on the back for photo and video recordings. Compared to its predecessor, which still had a dual camera with a resolution of 13 and 5 megapixels, the new camera module represents a big step forward.

Only 64 GB of storage

On the other hand, Samsung is stingy when it comes to storage. This measures 64 gigabytes, of which only 49.5 gigabytes are available ex works. A Huawei P30 Lite already offers twice the amount of memory. At least the memory can be expanded using a microSD card. The RAM is befitting with 4 gigabytes. An NFC chip and a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack complete the features. Samsung does not provide any details about the processor, but it is said to be an octa-core chip.

The operating system is Android 10, which Samsung has enhanced with its own user interface called One UI. This masters a few new tricks on the Galaxy M21 that sound promising. The search function should also be able to find content in apps. If you are looking for a film, for example, the M21 will show you which streaming services have been installed in the catalog. In addition, the keyboard should recognize in which language you are typing and adapt the word suggestions accordingly. How well the features work in practice remains to be seen.

Conclusion and alternatives

The predecessor Galaxy M20 was already very popular with users. The Samsung Galaxy M21 now offers a better camera and a better display. So if you are looking for a cheap smartphone with a good battery life, with which you can take useful photos, this is the right place for you. We recommend the Huawei P30 Lite and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro as alternatives.

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