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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G990E/DS 128GB/6GB) vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (64GB/6GB)

Side by side comparison between Samsung Galaxy S21 FE vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 phones, differences, pros, cons and full specifications. What's the better?

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Compare Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 X Samsung Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G990E/DS 128GB/6GB) 34Points
6.4"
AMOLED

1080x2400

12.2
MP

32mp

6GB
RAM

Octa-core

4500
mAh

(Non removable)

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04Points Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (64GB/6GB) Compare Samsung Galaxy S21 FE X
5.99"
IPS

1080x2160

12
MP

13mp

6GB
RAM

Octa-core

4000
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better phone? Samsung Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G990E/DS 128GB/6GB)

The phonemore's choice is much more technical than personal. Therefore, you shouldn't only consider this. Our goal is to help you, but what's important to us may not be important to you. You decide which one is the best! Comment!

Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G990E/DS 128GB/6GB)} 34 Advantages Samsung Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G990E/DS 128GB/6GB) vs Redmi Note 5 (64GB/6GB)} 4 Advantages Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (64GB/6GB)
+2.9GHz 64bit Octa-core (5nm)42%
More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
vs1.8GHz 64bit Octa-core
+6GB LPDDR5Advantage
This RAM type is better and more efficient.
vs6GB LPDDR4X
+128GB (97GB available)87%
More internal storage for applications and files
vs64GB (52GB available)
+UFS 3.1Advantage
Fastest write and read storage.
vseMMC 5.1
+177 grams (6.2 ounces)2%
Lighter
vs181 grams (6.34 ounces)
+7.9 millimeters (0.31 inches)3%
Thinner
vs8.1 millimeters (0.32 inches)
+Dynamic AMOLEDAdvantage
Dynamic AMOLED display is brighter and more vivid
vsTFT IPS LCD
+HDR10+Advantage
The HDR10+ display provides vibrant colors and more details
vsNot supported
+120Hz100%
The display reproduces more frames per second because the frequency (Hertz) is higher, improves fluidity and tires your eyes less.
vs60Hz
+1080x2400 pixels11%
Higher resolution screen
vs1080x2160 pixels
+411 PPI2%
Crisper display of text, images and videos because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
vs403 PPI
+6.4"7%
Larger screen
vs5.99"
+(triple camera) 12.2MP + 12MP + 8MP89%
Higher resolution main camera
vs(dual camera) 12MP + 5MP
+Digital and optical zoomAdvantage
The zoom allows for better focus and approach to take pictures
vsOnly digital zoom
+OIS: Optical stabilizationAdvantage
Image stabilization prevents blurry photos and helps in recording motion video
vsEIS: Digital stabilization
+HDR photo/video on both camerasAdvantage
The HDR technology produced photos with more detail in dark areas
vsHDR photo only main camera
+1/1.76" inches45%
The larger sensor camera lets you take photos with better depth.
vs1/2.55" inches
+f/1.8 (aperture)6%
Diaphragm opening (Aperture) of the camera which has the smallest F number takes photos with better light exposure.
vsf/1.9 (aperture)
+(front) 32MP150%
Higher resolution secondary camera to take pictures and selfies
vs(front) 13MP
+4K UHD (3840x2160)3 times
More image quality for recording videos with the primary camera
vsFull HD (1920x1080)
+(front) 4K UHD (3840x2160)3 times
More image quality for recording videos with the secondary camera
vs(front) Full HD (1920x1080)
+Android 14Advantage
Android 14 is newer and safer
vsAndroid 8.1 Oreo
+5G SA/NSAAdvantage
The 5G SA/NSA network is newer and faster
vs4G LTE-A
+(5G SA/NSA) 2000 Mbps2 times
Faster for surfing the internet and download files
vs(4G LTE-A) 600 Mbps
+BarometerAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
vsNot supported
+Face unlockAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
vsNot supported
+4500 mAh13%
Battery - higher amperage (mAh) allows more device usage time, but it also depends on the hardware and use
vs4000 mAh
+25W150%
More power (watts) to charge the battery faster. Sometimes, the charger that comes with the device doesn't have the same power supported by the device. Check before you buy it.
vs10W
+802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax [wifi6]Advantage
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax [wifi6] is newer and faster
vs802.11 a/b/g/n/ac [wifi5]
+DLNAAdvantage
With DLNA technology you can access and play media files on TV, tablet or DLNA compatible device.
vsNot supported
+NFCAdvantage
NFC allows you to make payments by approach quickly and securely
vsNot supported
+USB 3.2 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-GoAdvantage
Newer and faster USB version for transferring photos, mp3 or data.
vsMicroUSB 2.0, USB OTG On-The-Go
+Type-CAdvantage
Reversible connector, you can stick in a USB-C cable any which way; either side is up.
vsMicroUSB 2.0, USB OTG On-The-Go
+IP68 certifiedAdvantage
Protection against water allows you talk to your friends in the rain, for example
vsNot supported
Not supportedvs+Until 256GB microSD, microSDXCAdvantage
More external storage for files using memory cards
LED flashvs+Dual-LED on main camera and LED on front cameraAdvantage
The Dual-LED on main camera and LED on front camera helps in dark places or in low light
Type-C reversible connectorvs+3.5mm jackAdvantage
Headsets with 3.5mm Jack size are more common and easy to find in stores
Not supportedvs+FMAdvantage
The radio lets you listen to your songs and sports in general

17 Common items in both devices
Aluminum body, glass front, plastic back / Aluminum body, glass front
16 million
PDAF: phase detection autofocus
Capacitive
Multitouch
Accelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
+10 specs and more in the table below

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📱 Model features

Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G990E/DS 128GB/6GB)Redmi Note 5 (64GB/6GB)
ModelGalaxy S21 FE (SM-G990E/DS 128GB/6GB)Redmi Note 5 (64GB/6GB)
Other model namesGalaxy S21 FE 5G SM-G990B/Dual-SIM (Exynos)红米Note 5 AI MEC7S, MEG7S, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera
Country or region available(Latin America)Brazil
(Latin America), Brazil
(Global, International)ChinaHong KongTaiwan
(Global, International), China, Hong Kong, Taiwan
BrandSamsungXiaomi
Release date1/7/2022, Announced: 1/4/20223/1/2018
Depth7.9 millimeters (0.31 inches)8.1 millimeters (0.32 inches)
Size (width x height)74.5 x 155.7 millimeters (2.93 x 6.13 in)75.4 x 158.6 millimeters (2.97 x 6.24 in)
Weight177 grams (6.2 ounces)181 grams (6.34 ounces)
Build, materialsAluminum body, glass front, plastic backAluminum body, glass front
Protection against water and othersIP68 certified: water-resistant up to 1.5 meters for 30min and dust-resistantNot supported

📲 Display

Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G990E/DS 128GB/6GB)Redmi Note 5 (64GB/6GB)
Display typeDynamic AMOLEDTFT IPS LCD
Screen size6.4" inches5.99" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~85.3% (screen-to-body ratio)~77.4% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution1080x2400 pixels (20:9)1080x2160 pixels (18:9)
TouchscreenCapacitive Multitouch 10-pointsCapacitive Multitouch
Pixel density (dot pitch)411 PPI403 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassGorilla Glass VictusGorilla Glass 3
Refresh rate120Hz60Hz
Display features1300nits[peak]
HDR10+
Always-On Display
Not supported

🤖 Operating System

Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G990E/DS 128GB/6GB)Redmi Note 5 (64GB/6GB)
System versionAndroid 12Android 8.0 Oreo
Firmware updateAndroid 14Android 8.1 Oreo
User InterfaceOne UI 4.1 / 5.1 / 6.0feature not registered

⚙️ Processor

Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G990E/DS 128GB/6GB)Redmi Note 5 (64GB/6GB)
Chipset64bit: Samsung Exynos 2100 (5nm)64bit: Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SDM636 (14nm)
CPUOcta-core, 3 processors:
1x 2.9GHz ARM Cortex-X1 (Single-core)
3x 2.8GHz ARM Cortex-A78 (Triple-core)
4x 2.2GHz ARM Cortex-A55 (Quad-core)
Octa-core, 2 processors:
4x 1.8GHz Kryo 260 Gold (Quad-core)
4x 1.6GHz Kryo 260 Silver (Quad-core)
GPU graphical controllerARM Mali-G78 MP14 (854MHz)Qualcomm Adreno 509
Performance (benchmark)feature not registeredfeature not registered

💽 Memory and storage

Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G990E/DS 128GB/6GB)Redmi Note 5 (64GB/6GB)
RAM memory6GB LPDDR56GB LPDDR4X
Internal storage128GB (97GB available)
UFS 3.1
64GB (52GB available)
eMMC 5.1
External storageNot supportedUntil 256GB microSD, microSDXC
(hybrid slot/shares the same SIM-2 slot)

📶 Mobile networks

Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G990E/DS 128GB/6GB)Redmi Note 5 (64GB/6GB)
Dual-SIMDual-SIM Standby - Call active on one sim cardDual-SIM Standby - Call active on one sim card
(hybrid slot/shares the same microSD slot)
SIM card2 slots (Dual-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
2 slots (Dual-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
Maximum Download / Upload2000/1024 Mbps600/150 Mbps
Network technology2G, 3G, 4G, 5G2G, 3G, 4G
Frequency, bands Expand band details Collapse details
GSM MHz bandQuad-Band 850/900/1800/1900Quad-Band 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 2G networkGSM 850/900/1800/1900CDMA 800, GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 3G networkUMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
TD-SCDMA 1900/2000
UMTS 850/900/1900/2100
Primary 4G networkLTE Cat20 (1, 3, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 28)
TD-LTE (34, 38, 39, 40, 41)
VoLTE
LTE Cat12
China version:
LTE (Bands 1,3,5,7,8)
TD-LTE (Bands 34,38,39,40,41)
Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Vietnam version:
LTE (Bands 1,3,4,5,7,8,20)
TD-LTE (Bands 38,40)
Taiwan version:
LTE (Bands 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,20,28)
TD-LTE (Bands 38,40)
VoLTE
Primary 5G networkSA/NSA/Sub6 (1, 3, 5, 8, 28, 41, 78, 79)Not supported
Primary data networkGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A, SA/NSAGPRS, EDGE, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev 0, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev A, TD-SCDMA, UMTS, TD-HSDPA, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A
Secondary 2G networkGSM 850/900/1800/1900GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Secondary 3G networkUMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100Not supported
Secondary 4G networkLTE Cat20 (1, 3, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 28)
TD-LTE (34, 38, 39, 40, 41)
VoLTE
Not supported
Secondary data networkGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A, SA/NSAGPRS, EDGE

📷 Camera

Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G990E/DS 128GB/6GB)Redmi Note 5 (64GB/6GB)
Back camera (main camera)(triple camera)
12.2 megapixels
12MP ultrawide f/2.2123°13mm1/3"1.12µm
8MP telephoto f/2.476mm1/4.5"1.0µmPDAFOIS3x-optical-zoom
(dual camera)
12 megapixels
5MP depth f/2.01.25µm
Main camera resolution4032x3024 pixels4000x3000 pixels
Video recording (primary)4K UHD (3840x2160) 60 fpsFull HD (1920x1080) 30 fps
FlashLED flashDual-LED on main camera and LED on front camera
Focal aperturef/1.8 (aperture)f/1.9 (aperture)
Focal length26mm lensfeature not registered
Sensor size1/1.76" inches1/2.55" inches
Pixel size1.8µm pixel1.4µm pixel
AutofocusPDAF: phase detection autofocusPDAF: phase detection autofocus
Touch focusSupportedSupported
Image stabilizationOIS: Optical stabilizationEIS: Digital stabilization
ZoomDigital and optical zoomOnly digital zoom
Face/smile detectionFace detection, Smile detectionFace detection, Smile detection
BSI sensorSupportedNot supported
HDRHDR photo/video on both camerasHDR photo only main camera
Camera extras4K@30/60fps
1080p@30/60fps
1080p@240fps (slow motion)
720p@960fps (slow motion)
feature not registered

📸 Front camera

Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G990E/DS 128GB/6GB)Redmi Note 5 (64GB/6GB)
Front camera (secondary)32 megapixels13 megapixels
Front camera resolution6528x4896 pixels4128x3096 pixels
Video recording (secondary)4K UHD (3840x2160)Full HD (1920x1080)
Front flashNot supportedLED
Focal aperturef/2.2 (aperture)f/2.0 (aperture)
Focal length26mm lensfeature not registered
Sensor size1/2.74" inches1/3.1" inches
Pixel size0.8µm pixel1.12µm pixel

🔉 Sound and multimedia

Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G990E/DS 128GB/6GB)Redmi Note 5 (64GB/6GB)
LoudspeakerStereo sound
32-bit/384kHz
Dolby Atmos
Tuned by AKG
Supported
Active noise cancellation2 microphones or more2 microphones or more
RadioNot supportedFM
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMP4, H.265, H.264, H.263, XviD, MKVMP4, H.265, H.264, H.263, DivX, XviD
Audio formatsMP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, FLACMP3, OGG, eAAC+, FLAC

🔌 Connectivity

Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G990E/DS 128GB/6GB)Redmi Note 5 (64GB/6GB)
USBUSB 3.2 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-GoMicroUSB 2.0, USB OTG On-The-Go
Audio outputType-C reversible connector3.5mm jack
TV outputUSB Type-C SlimPort®Not supported
Bluetooth5.0 + A2DP/LE5.0 + A2DP/LE
WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax [wifi6] (2.4GHz, 5GHz) + MIMO
WiFi Direct, hotspot
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac [wifi5] (2.4GHz, 5GHz) + MIMO
DLNASupportedNot supported
GPSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDouA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, BeiDou
NFCSupportedNot supported
Infrared portNot supportedSupported

🧭 Sensors

Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G990E/DS 128GB/6GB)Redmi Note 5 (64GB/6GB)
SensorsAccelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
Barometer
Compass
Face unlock
Fingerprint sensor (under display)
Gyroscope
Hall effect
Proximity sensor
Accelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
Compass
Fingerprint sensor (rear-mounted)
Gyroscope
Hall effect
Proximity sensor
Vibrating alertSupportedSupported

🔋 Battery

Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G990E/DS 128GB/6GB)Redmi Note 5 (64GB/6GB)
Battery typeLiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)LiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)
Battery capacity4500 mAh4000 mAh
Charger, watts25W Wired fast charging
Reverse charging by cable
USB Power Delivery 3.0
10W (5V/2A) Wired charging
Inductive / wireless charging15W Qi wireless charging
4.5W Reverse wireless charging
feature not registered
Talk time autonomyfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Standbyfeature not registeredfeature not registered

➕ Other features

Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G990E/DS 128GB/6GB)Redmi Note 5 (64GB/6GB)
Call controlVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commandsVoice dialing, Voice recorder
MessagingSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mailSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mail
Hands-free callingSupportedSupported
Video callingSupportedSupported
RingtonesPolyphonic and customizedPolyphonic and customized
Web browserHTML, XHTML, HTML5HTML, XHTML, HTML5
AntennaInternal antennaInternal antenna
Qwerty physical keyboardNot supportedNot supported
Miscellaneous• Colors: Graphite, White, Lavender, Olive• Colors: Black, Gold, Blue, Rose Gold
• 2.5D glass screen edge
• 18:9 ratio screen
• MIUI 9
• Silicone case included
• WiFi display, direct, hotspot

☢️ Radiation rate

Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G990E/DS 128GB/6GB)Redmi Note 5 (64GB/6GB)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)0.65W/kg (head), 1.19W/kg (body)0.79W/kg (head), 1.03W/kg (body)
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)0.93W/kg (head), 1.319W/kg (body)feature not registered
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