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Samsung Galaxy M21 review: A judicious mix of features and performance gets the day-to-day work done easily

It runs Android 10 topped with One UI 2.0 user interface, which offers a good balance between features and performance.

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Last Updated: Jun 27, 2020, 03.40 PM IST
The smartphone can also shoot 4K 30 fps videos.
GET IT FOR: Starting at Rs 13,999
HIGHLIGHT: Battery life

The budget smartphone category in India sees the most action as brands are constantly striving to catch consumers’ fancy. Samsung wants to do the same with its latest phone, the Galaxy M21. Design-wise, the Galaxy M21 is almost identical to the Galaxy M30s. It comes with a curved plastic back that features a rectangular camera housing and a vertically stacked triple camera set. The back also contains a capacitive fingerprint sensor, which is placed a little higher for optimum comfort.

Thankfully, you don’t have to depend on that alone: Samsung has also included a face unlock feature. In the front, the smartphone boasts of a 6.4-inch display with a waterdrop notch housing a 20MP selfie camera. The bezels across the sides and top are slim but have a chunky chin. The button placement, unlike the fingerprint sensor, is within easy reach. Then there are the single bottom-firing speaker, USB Type-C port, microphone and an audio jack. The phone also comes with a dedicated SD card slot. Performance is good for most day-to-day tasks without any lag or noticeable slowdown, thanks to the 6GB RAM. Casual games ran fine. However, to play triple-A titles, we had to tone down the graphics a bit.

Galaxy M21 runs Android 10 topped with One UI 2.0 user interface, which offers a good balance between features and performance. The interface is snappy and we hardly found any rough edges, except the bloatware. Thankfully, most can be uninstalled.

The 48MP+8MP+5MP triple rear camera setup offers good picture quality and details, especially from the primary sensor. The ultra-wide sensor and depth sensor does a decent job, too. The smartphone can also shoot 4K 30 fps videos. There is no video stabilisation in 4K mode. However, even if you have steady hands, video quality is just average. The phone also comes with a bunch of shooting modes. The battery life of the smartphone is a standout feature.

The Galaxy M21 literally keeps on going and going and going. It took us almost three days to drain it from 100 to 0 on light usage.

The Samsung Galaxy M21 is a capable smartphone. It can do the daily chores on a budget.

- The writer is with gadgetsnow.com

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