The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE appears to have a refresh rate issue, with some users reporting sluggishness on their devices. The smartphone was launched in January 2022 and is Samsung’s latest entry into the affordable flagship domain. was widely considered among the best phones of 2021. While the S21 FE has been overshadowed by the recent launch of Samsung’s Galaxy S22 series, the phone’s lower price point coupled with powerful hardware should still appeal to consumers looking for a value purchase. .
The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is essentially a toned down variant of the Galaxy S21. The two devices share almost the same design, from the plastic construction to the camera module that flows into the frame. The Galaxy S21 FE features a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels, a refresh rate of 120Hz and a touch sampling rate of 240Hz. Under the hood, it’s powered by the Snapdragon 888 or Exynos 2100 chipset, depending on the market. This is combined with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. The phone gets a triple rear camera setup consisting of a 12MP primary sensor with OIS, 12MP ultra wide-angle camera, and an 8MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom. There is a 32 MP selfie camera on the front. battery, the Galaxy S21 FE sports a 4,500mAh unit with 25W wired and 15W wireless charging. An IP68 rating and Android 12 complete the package.
Unfortunately, some Samsung Galaxy S21 FE users are reporting problems with the screen refresh rate. several complaints on Samsung’s support forum (noticed by SamMobile) where users claim that the refresh rate is dropping below the 60Hz minimum supported on the device. Unlike Samsung’s flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S21 does not have a variable refresh rate. This means the refresh rate can be set to 60Hz or 120Hz but doesn’t deviate from those numbers based on what’s on the screen. However, this particular bug seems to force a lower refresh rate as a result of the system animation and UI lag. Users are reporting phone lags for basic tasks like switching between apps, swiping down on the notification bar, and even using the camera.
Samsung has yet to officially acknowledge the screen issues with the refresh rate, which means that a fix could take a while to reach users. On the Samsung forum, a user reported that restarting the phone temporarily fixed the problem. However, after a while, the refresh rate started to drop again, so it’s just a temporary solution. Another user said that the problem persists even if the phone is rebooted. As of now, it is unknown whether the Samsung refresh rate issue is software or hardware related. update should be able to fix it.
It’s worth noting that the issue appears to be restricted to the Exynos version of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE for now, and there have been no reports of the Snapdragon 888 variant experiencing a similar delay. Interestingly, a display issue affecting the Galaxy S22 Ultra has also only been reported on the Exynos 2200 variant.