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Samsung Galaxy S23+ (SM-S916B/DS 512GB) vs Samsung Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G990E/DS 128GB/6GB)

Side by side comparison between Samsung Galaxy S23+ Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S21 FE phones, differences, pros, cons and full specifications. What's the better?

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Compare Samsung Galaxy S21 FE X Samsung Galaxy S23+ (SM-S916B/DS 512GB) 16Points
6.6"
AMOLED

1080x2340

50
MP

12mp

8GB
RAM

Octa-core

4700
mAh

(Non removable)

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04Points Samsung Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G990E/DS 128GB/6GB) Compare Samsung Galaxy S23+ Plus X
6.4"
AMOLED

1080x2400

12.2
MP

32mp

6GB
RAM

Octa-core

4500
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better phone? Samsung Galaxy S23+ (SM-S916B/DS 512GB)

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 S23+ (SM-S916B/DS 512GB)} 16 Advantages Samsung Galaxy S23+ (SM-S916B/DS 512GB) vs Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G990E/DS 128GB/6GB)} 4 Advantages Samsung Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G990E/DS 128GB/6GB)
+3.36GHz 64bit Octa-core (4nm)34%
More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
vs2.9GHz 64bit Octa-core (5nm)
+8GB LPDDR533%
More RAM memory. Typically more responsive and better for multitasking.
vs6GB LPDDR5
+512GB (454GB available)4 times
More internal storage for applications and files
vs128GB (97GB available)
+UFS 4.0Advantage
Fastest write and read storage.
vsUFS 3.1
+7.6 millimeters (0.3 inches)4%
Thinner
vs7.9 millimeters (0.31 inches)
+6.6"3%
Larger screen
vs6.4"
+(triple camera) 50MP + 10MP + 12MP123%
Higher resolution main camera
vs(triple camera) 12.2MP + 12MP + 8MP
+1/1.56" inches13%
The larger sensor camera lets you take photos with better depth.
vs1/1.76" inches
+8K UHD (7680x4320)3 times
More image quality for recording videos with the primary camera
vs4K UHD (3840x2160)
+(5G Sub6) 3000 Mbps50%
Faster for surfing the internet and download files
vs(5G SA/NSA) 2000 Mbps
+UWB (Ultra Wide Band)Advantage
Sensors help you use the device
vsNot supported
+4700 mAh4%
Battery - higher amperage (mAh) allows more device usage time, but it also depends on the hardware and use
vs4500 mAh
+45W80%
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.
vs25W
+2 slots (Dual-SIM) + e-SIM (Eletronic)Advantage
You can have more mobile carriers/operators on the same device.
vs2 slots (Dual-SIM)
+802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax [wifi6E/6]Advantage
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax [wifi6E/6] is newer and faster
vs802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax [wifi6]
+5.3 + A2DP/LEAdvantage
Bluetooth 5.3 + A2DP/LE is newer and faster
vs5.0 + A2DP/LE
196 grams (6.86 ounces)vs+177 grams (6.2 ounces)11%
Lighter
1080x2340 pixelsvs+1080x2400 pixels3%
Higher resolution screen
390 PPIvs+411 PPI5%
Crisper display of text, images and videos because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
(front) 12MPvs+(front) 32MP166%
Higher resolution secondary camera to take pictures and selfies

35 Common items in both devices
Aluminum frame, glass front/back / Aluminum body, glass front, plastic back
Dynamic AMOLED
HDR10+
120Hz
16 million
LED flash
Digital and optical zoom
+28 specs and more in the table below

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📱 Model features

Galaxy S23+ (SM-S916B/DS 512GB)Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G990E/DS 128GB/6GB)
ModelGalaxy S23+ (SM-S916B/DS 512GB)Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G990E/DS 128GB/6GB)
Other model namesGalaxy S23 Plus 5G (SM-S916B/Dual-SIM)Galaxy S21 FE 5G SM-G990B/Dual-SIM (Exynos)
Country or region available(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Latin America)Brazil
(Latin America), Brazil
BrandSamsungSamsung
Release date2/17/2023, Announced: 2/1/20231/7/2022, Announced: 1/4/2022
Depth7.6 millimeters (0.3 inches)7.9 millimeters (0.31 inches)
Size (width x height)76.2 x 157.8 millimeters (3 x 6.21 in)74.5 x 155.7 millimeters (2.93 x 6.13 in)
Weight196 grams (6.86 ounces)177 grams (6.2 ounces)
Build, materialsAluminum frame, glass front/back
Back: Gorilla Glass Victus 2
Aluminum body, glass front, plastic back
Protection against water and othersIP68 certified: water-resistant up to 1.5 meters for 30min and dust-resistantIP68 certified: water-resistant up to 1.5 meters for 30min and dust-resistant

📲 Display

Galaxy S23+ (SM-S916B/DS 512GB)Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G990E/DS 128GB/6GB)
Display typeDynamic AMOLEDDynamic AMOLED
Screen size6.6" inches6.4" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~88.9% (screen-to-body ratio)~85.3% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution1080x2340 pixels (19.5:9)1080x2400 pixels (20:9)
TouchscreenCapacitive Multitouch 10-pointsCapacitive Multitouch 10-points
Pixel density (dot pitch)390 PPI411 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassGorilla Glass Victus 2Gorilla Glass Victus
Refresh rate120Hz120Hz
Display features1750nits[peak]
HDR10+
Always-On Display
1300nits[peak]
HDR10+
Always-On Display

🤖 Operating System

Galaxy S23+ (SM-S916B/DS 512GB)Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G990E/DS 128GB/6GB)
System versionAndroid 13Android 12
Firmware updateAndroid 14Android 14
User InterfaceOne UI 5.1 / 6.0One UI 4.1 / 5.1 / 6.0

⚙️ Processor

Galaxy S23+ (SM-S916B/DS 512GB)Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G990E/DS 128GB/6GB)
Chipset64bit: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (SM8550-AC) (4nm)64bit: Samsung Exynos 2100 (5nm)
CPUOcta-core, 3 processors:
1x 3.36GHz ARM Cortex-X3 (Single-core)
4x 2.8GHz ARM Cortex-A710/A715 (Quad-core)
3x 2GHz ARM Cortex-A510 (Triple-core)
Octa-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)
GPU graphical controllerQualcomm Adreno 740ARM Mali-G78 MP14 (854MHz)
Performance (benchmark)AnTuTu: 1234088 (v9)
Geekbench: 5073 (v5.1)
GFXBench: 110fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)
feature not registered

💽 Memory and storage

Galaxy S23+ (SM-S916B/DS 512GB)Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G990E/DS 128GB/6GB)
RAM memory8GB LPDDR56GB LPDDR5
Internal storage512GB (454GB available)
UFS 4.0
128GB (97GB available)
UFS 3.1
External storageNot supportedNot supported

📶 Mobile networks

Galaxy S23+ (SM-S916B/DS 512GB)Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G990E/DS 128GB/6GB)
Dual-SIMDual-SIM Standby - Call active on one sim cardDual-SIM Standby - Call active on one sim card
SIM card2 slots (Dual-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF) + e-SIM
2 slots (Dual-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
Maximum Download / Upload3000/1920 Mbps2000/1024 Mbps
Network technology2G, 3G, 4G, 5G2G, 3G, 4G, 5G
Frequency, bands Expand band details Collapse details
GSM MHz bandQuad-Band 850/900/1800/1900Quad-Band 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 2G networkGSM 850/900/1800/1900GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 3G networkUMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
Primary 4G networkLTE Cat20 ()LTE Cat20 (1, 3, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 28)
TD-LTE (34, 38, 39, 40, 41)
VoLTE
Primary 5G networkSA/NSA/Sub6 ()SA/NSA/Sub6 (1, 3, 5, 8, 28, 41, 78, 79)
Primary data networkGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A, SA/NSA, Sub6GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A, SA/NSA
Secondary 2G networkGSM 850/900/1800/1900GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Secondary 3G networkUMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
Secondary 4G networkLTE Cat20 ()LTE Cat20 (1, 3, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 28)
TD-LTE (34, 38, 39, 40, 41)
VoLTE
Secondary data networkGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A, SA/NSA, Sub6GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A, SA/NSA

📷 Camera

Galaxy S23+ (SM-S916B/DS 512GB)Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G990E/DS 128GB/6GB)
Back camera (main camera)(triple camera)
50 megapixels
10MP telephoto f/2.470mm1/3.94"1.0µmPDAFOIS3x-optical-zoom
12MP ultrawide f/2.213mm120°1/2.55"1.4µmSuper-Steady
(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
Main camera resolution8160x6120 pixels4032x3024 pixels
Video recording (primary)8K UHD (7680x4320) 30 fps4K UHD (3840x2160) 60 fps
FlashLED flashLED flash
Focal aperturef/1.8 (aperture)f/1.8 (aperture)
Focal length24mm lens26mm lens
Sensor size1/1.56" inches1/1.76" inches
Pixel size1µm pixel1.8µm pixel
AutofocusPDAF: phase detection autofocus on both camerasPDAF: phase detection autofocus
Touch focusSupportedSupported
Image stabilizationOIS: Optical stabilizationOIS: Optical stabilization
ZoomDigital and optical zoomDigital and optical zoom
Face/smile detectionFace detection, Smile detectionFace detection, Smile detection
BSI sensorSupportedSupported
HDRHDR photo/video on both camerasHDR photo/video on both cameras
Camera extras8K@24/30fps
4K@30/60fps
1080p@30/60fps
1080p@240/960fps (slow motion)
HDR10+
4K@30/60fps
1080p@30/60fps
1080p@240fps (slow motion)
720p@960fps (slow motion)

📸 Front camera

Galaxy S23+ (SM-S916B/DS 512GB)Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G990E/DS 128GB/6GB)
Front camera (secondary)12 megapixels32 megapixels
Front camera resolution4000x3000 pixels6528x4896 pixels
Video recording (secondary)4K UHD (3840x2160)4K UHD (3840x2160)
Front flashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturef/2.2 (aperture)f/2.2 (aperture)
Focal length26mm lens26mm lens
Sensor sizefeature not registered1/2.74" inches
Pixel sizefeature not registered0.8µm pixel

🔉 Sound and multimedia

Galaxy S23+ (SM-S916B/DS 512GB)Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G990E/DS 128GB/6GB)
LoudspeakerStereo sound
32-bit/384kHz
Dolby Atmos
Tuned by AKG
Stereo sound
32-bit/384kHz
Dolby Atmos
Tuned by AKG
Active noise cancellation2 microphones or more2 microphones or more
RadioNot supportedNot supported
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMP4, H.265, H.264, H.263, XviD, MKVMP4, H.265, H.264, H.263, XviD, MKV
Audio formatsMP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, FLACMP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, FLAC

🔌 Connectivity

Galaxy S23+ (SM-S916B/DS 512GB)Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G990E/DS 128GB/6GB)
USBUSB 3.2 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-GoUSB 3.2 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-Go
Audio outputType-C reversible connectorType-C reversible connector
TV outputUSB Type-C (reversible)USB Type-C SlimPort®
Bluetooth5.3 + A2DP/LE5.0 + A2DP/LE
WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax [wifi6E/6] (2.4GHz, 5GHz, 6GHz) + MIMO
WiFi Direct, hotspot
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax [wifi6] (2.4GHz, 5GHz) + MIMO
WiFi Direct, hotspot
DLNASupportedSupported
GPSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDouA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDou
NFCSupportedSupported
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported

🧭 Sensors

Galaxy S23+ (SM-S916B/DS 512GB)Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G990E/DS 128GB/6GB)
SensorsAccelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
Barometer
Compass
Face unlock
Fingerprint sensor (under display)
Gyroscope
Hall effect
Proximity sensor
UWB (Ultra Wide Band)
Accelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
Barometer
Compass
Face unlock
Fingerprint sensor (under display)
Gyroscope
Hall effect
Proximity sensor
Vibrating alertSupportedSupported

🔋 Battery

Galaxy S23+ (SM-S916B/DS 512GB)Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G990E/DS 128GB/6GB)
Battery typeLi-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)LiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)
Battery capacity4700 mAh4500 mAh
Charger, watts45W Wired fast charging
Reverse charging by cable
USB Power Delivery 3.0
25W Wired fast charging
Reverse charging by cable
USB Power Delivery 3.0
Inductive / wireless charging15W Qi wireless charging (Qi/PMA)
4.5W Reverse wireless charging
15W Qi wireless charging
4.5W Reverse wireless charging
Talk time autonomyfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Standbyfeature not registeredfeature not registered

➕ Other features

Galaxy S23+ (SM-S916B/DS 512GB)Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G990E/DS 128GB/6GB)
Call controlVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commandsVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commands
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: Phantom Black, Cream, Green, Lavender, Graphite, Lime
• Samsung DeX
• Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard)
• Colors: Graphite, White, Lavender, Olive

☢️ Radiation rate

Galaxy S23+ (SM-S916B/DS 512GB)Galaxy S21 FE (SM-G990E/DS 128GB/6GB)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)0.83W/kg (head), 1.02W/kg (body)0.65W/kg (head), 1.19W/kg (body)
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)0.766W/kg (head), 1.453W/kg (body)0.93W/kg (head), 1.319W/kg (body)
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