Samsung has upped its game in the ‘budget’ or the ‘affordable’ segment and now it has stepped up and launched out ‘budget’ smartphone segment with the Galaxy M21 this time.
This smartphone is fairly new in India and it has been made available in two versions – 4GB+64GB and 6GB+128GB at ₹14,499 and ₹16,499 respectively. These prices are very competitive and will take on the likes of Realme 6 and 6 Pro or the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro or 9 Pro Max in the same price range.
We will now speak about the affordable 4GB+64GB Midnight Blue model – this has been used for a while now. As far as the design and build are concerned, the plastic back panel the usual looking and there are no head-turning features.
The screen is the best-selling point of the Galaxy M21. At ₹14,499 one will be getting a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED screen by Samsung along with FHD+ (2340×1080 pixels) resolution. At this price, these are not shabby specifications at all. Also, the saturation levels are on the spot and the peak brightness level is quite good and the blacks are as dark as they should be.
There are several other features that include the Adaptive Brightness feature, Dark Mode, Full-Screen App settings, navigation gestures among others.
If we now take a look at the performance, one will not encounter any lag for the most part. Now, despite this, if you want to better experience, one should go for the 6GB RAM variant. Powering the Galaxy M21 is the Exynos 9611 octa-core processor with four Cortex A-73 and four Cortex A-53 cores, along with Mali-G72 MP3 GPU.
We now take a look at the camera and here we get the 48-megapixel sensor as well as the 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. However, there is scope for improvement in the autofocus as it takes a fair few seconds to lock on to the subject. The same can be said about Face Lock.
On the other hand, the 20-megapixel selfie camera is mighty impressive and subject to Live Focus, the phone was quite sharp in handling the images.