Samsung’s Galaxy M sequence was launched as an online-exclusive lineup to compete with Chinese language producers akin to Xiaomi and Realme. The gadgets launched as part of this sequence have gained quite a lot of recognition due to their aggressive pricing in comparison with Samsung’s different choices. Due to their recognition, these smartphones at the moment are additionally accessible offline. Samsung lately added one other mannequin to this sequence, known as the Galaxy M21. This new smartphone shares quite a lot of {hardware} with a few of its predecessors however can it stand out? We put the Galaxy M21 to the check to search out out.

Samsung Galaxy M21 design

Samsung has been making telephones within the Galaxy M sequence out of plastic to maintain prices down. The Galaxy M21 feels prefer it was designed with a good price range in thoughts. The again panel is made out of plastic and has a shiny end. It picks up fingerprints very simply. Samsung doesn’t present a case within the field, so you may should wipe the machine typically until you purchase one your self.

The Galaxy M21 is the successor of the Galaxy M20 (Assessment) however appears far more just like the Galaxy M30s (Assessment) which was launched in mid-2019. Nonetheless, it doesn’t are available in the identical flashy colors and is on the market solely in Blue and Black.

The Galaxy M21 has an enormous show that measures 6.Four inches, and has skinny bezels on the high and the edges. The chin is significantly thicker. On the high, it has a waterdrop notch that homes the selfie digicam and a tiny earpiece proper above it. You possibly can attain the highest of the show in case you have massive palms, else you may have to shuffle a bit of to succeed in the highest. Nonetheless, this telephone is not as massive because the Redmi Notice 9 Professional Max, which we lately reviewed.

The dewdrop notch homes the 20-megapixel selfie shooter


We additionally had a problem reaching the amount buttons as they’re positioned a bit too excessive for our liking. The ability button and the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner are nicely positioned although, and are simple to succeed in when utilizing the machine single-handed. The Galaxy M21 measures 8.9mm in thickness which is principally right down to the large battery that it packs in. Surprisingly, the machine doesn’t really feel too cumbersome within the hand as the edges are curved. It additionally ideas the size at 188g, which is far lighter than the Redmi Notice 9 Professional (Assessment) which felt cumbersome.

Samsung presents a USB Kind-C port on the backside and a 15W charger within the field. The Galaxy M21 additionally has a 3.5mm headphone jack on the backside together with the loudspeaker and the first microphone.

Samsung Galaxy M21 specs and software program

Looking on the spec sheets of each the Galaxy M21 and the Galaxy M30s, we struggled to search out the variations between these two gadgets. The newer Galaxy M21 will get a 20-megapixel selfie shooter which is a better decision in comparison with the 16-megapixel sensor on the Galaxy M30s. The Galaxy M21 additionally will get One UI 2.Zero operating on high of Android 10, whereas the Galaxy M30s was operating One UI 1.5 on high of Android 9 Pie on the time of our evaluate. At the moment the Galaxy M21 is cheaper by Rs. 2,300 in comparison with the Galaxy M30s

The Galaxy M21 has a 6.4-inch AMOLED show with full-HD+ decision. An AMOLED panel on this value vary is not quite common however Samsung has been steadily altering that with the Galaxy M sequence. This panel is vivid and has superb viewing angles. It additionally will get shiny sufficient outside to be seen below daylight.

Samsung has chosen the Exynos 9611 SoC but once more. It now powers the Galaxy M21, identical to the Galaxy M31 and the Galaxy M30s. That is an octa-core processor with 4 efficiency ARM Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 2.3GHz and 4 effectivity Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.7GHz. It additionally options built-in Mali-G72 graphics. The Galaxy M21 is obtainable in two variants, one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, and the opposite with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. We had the bottom variant for this evaluate, which is priced at Rs. 12,699 on Amazon however shall be accessible for Rs. 13,199 offline and on Samsung’s web site. Equally, the top-end mannequin is priced at Rs. 14,999 on Amazon and Rs. 15,499 elsewhere.

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The shiny again of the Samsung Galaxy M21 is a fingerprint magnet


The Galaxy M21 is a dual-SIM machine and has two Nano-SIM slots. It additionally has a devoted microSD card slot for storage growth. There’s assist for twin 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5, dual-band Wi-Fi, and 4 satellite tv for pc navigation techniques. It packs in a 6,000mAh battery.

The Galaxy M21 runs One UI 2.Zero on high of Android 10 which is the most recent model of Android. It was nonetheless operating the February safety patch, which is now dated, on the time of this evaluate. The UI is much like that of the Galaxy M31 which we reviewed earlier this yr. With the Galaxy M21, you will have to watch out whereas organising the machine, or Samsung will ship you advertising notifications. The setup course of additionally suggests putting in a number of different apps, which we skipped.

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The 48-megapixel main digicam is the spotlight of this digicam setup


We discovered some bloatware preinstalled on the machine, together with Amazon Purchasing, Netflix, Prime Video, Helo, and Dailyhunt. We now have seen prior to now that Helo and Dailyhunt are able to producing spammy notifications, so we might suggest that you simply uninstall them if you happen to do not use them. We additionally discovered the inventory My Galaxy app pushing notifications all through the day.

This telephone will get an At all times-on show mode, and Dolby Atmos is on the market for earphones and Bluetooth headsets. You even have the choice to change to gesture-based navigation as a substitute of the normal three-button structure. Different Android 10 goodies embrace a Darkish Mode, which takes full benefit of the Tremendous AMOLED panel on the Galaxy M21. Samsung has additionally added a Sport Booster characteristic that may block notifications and gives fast shortcuts for apps of your alternative.

Samsung Galaxy M21 efficiency

The Exynos 9611 is a succesful processor and may care for fundamental apps with none indicators of slowing down. Nonetheless, we did discover that heavy apps took a while to load. Multitasking was easy and we might swap between a number of apps without having to attend for them to load another time.

The fingerprint scanner in the back of the machine is fast to unlock the machine, and so is face recognition. The AMOLED show is the most effective a part of the Galaxy M21 and we loved watching movies on this smartphone. We discovered the speaker to be tinny, which dampened the general expertise barely.

We ran benchmarks on the Galaxy M21 to see the way it stacks up in opposition to a few of its competitors. The smartphone managed to attain 1,77,661 in AnTuTu which is decrease than the 191,981 clocked by the Galaxy M31. This might be right down to the distinction in RAM between the 2 gadgets we examined. Nonetheless, each these scores are far behind these of different telephones on this value phase, such because the Realme 6 (Assessment) and the Redmi Notice 9 Professional which scored 290,210 and 279,978 respectively once we reviewed them.

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The Galaxy M21 has a USB Kind C port to cost the large 6,000mAh battery


The Galaxy M21 scored 347 and 1,320 in Geekbench’s single-core and multi-core assessments respectively. We additionally noticed 43 fps and 9.Three fps in GFXBench’s T-Rex and Automotive Chase respectively. In 3DMark Slingshot, the Galaxy M21 scored 2,097 factors which is decrease than what a few of its opponents achieved.

We performed PUBG Cell on the Galaxy M21 to see how the telephone handles it. The sport defaulted to the Excessive settings with graphics set to HD and the body price set to Excessive. We did discover some occasional stutter in gameplay which prompted us to drop the graphics high quality. After taking part in the sport for 15 minutes we observed that the machine was barely heat to the contact, and registered a Three p.c battery drop.

Battery life for the Galaxy M21 was wonderful. Due to the large 6,000mAh battery the telephone lasted us for shut to 2 full days of standard use. In our HD video loop check, the machine managed to final for 21 hours and 48 minutes, however Samsung telephones do mechanically cut back brightness as soon as the battery falls under a sure stage. Additionally, the large battery takes over two hours to refill. Utilizing the provided 15W charger, the machine obtained to 21 p.c in 30 minutes and obtained to 42 p.c in an hour.

Samsung Galaxy M21 cameras

Samsung has gone with a triple digicam setup on the Galaxy M21, and it’s similar to what you get with the Galaxy M30s. The first digicam has a 48-megapixel sensor with an f/2.Zero aperture. There’s additionally an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle digicam with an f/2.2 aperture, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. The digicam UI is simple to make use of. It has a scene optimiser that may detect what the digicam is pointed in direction of and set the telephone up accordingly. Apart from the common photograph and video modes, it has a Stay Focus, Professional, Evening, Meals, Tremendous Sluggish-Mo and some extra.

The Samsung Galaxy M21 is fast to lock focus and meter gentle, however the scene optimiser is not as responsive. In photograph mode, the Galaxy M21 saves 12-megapixel photographs by default. In daylight, we discovered the digicam efficiency to be good, and the Galaxy M21 managed to seize good particulars, and textual content at a distance was legible. Nonetheless, we might have favored a bit extra sharpness within the output.

Samsung Galaxy M21 daylight digicam pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

Samsung Galaxy M21 wide-angle digicam pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)


The wide-angle digicam has a decrease decision which is clear in images. It doesn’t handle particulars in addition to the first shooter. It does supply a wider subject of view however there may be seen distortion.

Samsung Galaxy M21 closeup pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)


For close-ups, the telephone managed to create a pure depth impact between the topic and the background in our assessments. The topic was in focus and sharp. With the scene optimiser enabled, the telephone bumps up the distinction.

Samsung Galaxy M21 portrait pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)


When capturing portraits utilizing the Stay Focus mode, the Galaxy M21 lets you choose the extent of blur within the output. It detects edges nicely and the software program additionally means that you can change the extent of blur and the impact after taking a shot.

Samsung Galaxy M21 low-light pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

Samsung Galaxy M21 Evening mode pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)


Low-light digicam efficiency is not so good as what we have seen from among the different telephones on this value vary that we’ve got examined. The Galaxy M21 managed to maintain noise below management however there was a watercolour-like impact within the output. High quality drops additional if you happen to use the wide-angle digicam in low gentle. The Evening mode on the Galaxy M21 manages to supply barely higher output, however the telephone crops the body barely to minimise shakes.

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Selfies taken in daylight had good element, however beautification is enabled by default. The digicam UI presents you a cropped view by default however you get a toggle for a wider body. The selfie digicam delivers 12-megapixel images by default, however you possibly can take a photograph on the full 20-megapixel decision if you happen to change the facet ratio. In low gentle, selfies had no noise however grain was seen on zooming in.

Video recording maxes out at 4K for the first digicam however there’s has a 10-minute restrict for clips, which feels restrictive. The selfie digicam is capped at 1080p. Video recorded in daylight had a shimmer impact which might make your footage unusable. There’s an ultra-stable mode which delivers higher stabilisation. There is no such thing as a stabilisation at 4K. The shimmer impact was even worse in low gentle, and the ultra-stable mode did trigger a drop in video high quality.


The Samsung Galaxy M21 feels so much just like the Galaxy M30s (Assessment). It shares quite a lot of key specs with the older machine. The differentiators are Android 10 and a better decision selfie shooter, however for the reason that Galaxy M30s lately obtained an replace to One UI 2.0, the selfie digicam is just about the one differentiator. Surprisingly, Samsung has priced the Galaxy M21 decrease than the Galaxy M30s which remains to be on sale. The cheaper price and the higher likelihood of getting up to date to Android 11 in some unspecified time in the future tip the scales within the Galaxy M21’s favour.

Nonetheless, the Galaxy M21 itself is simply a mean machine at this value level. Rivals such because the Realme 6 (Assessment) and the Redmi Notice 9 Professional (Assessment) supply far more spectacular efficiency and higher cameras at roughly the identical value.

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