This $200 Galaxy S21 FE discount makes the phone actually worth buying

Galaxy S21 FE 5G Exynos review
Galaxy S21 FE 5G Exynos review (Image credit: Apoorva Bhardwaj / Android Central)

When we reviewed the Galaxy S21 FE last month, we praised it for its quality display, cameras, battery life, and performance, but noted that its $700 launch price asked for far too much for what it offered. But take those same specs and offer them for a mere $500? That's a genuine, unexaggerated steal, especially within a month of its release.

Right now, Best Buy is offering the Galaxy S21 FE for $200 off if you activate the phone today. That's $500 for the 128GB model or $570 for the 256GB model. It's available in Graphite, Navy, Olive, Lavender, and White, either Unlocked or with Verizon, AT&T, or T-Mobile.

For $500, you're getting a 6.4-inch, 2340 x 1080 resolution display with 120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz input refresh rate, Snapdragon 888 chipset, 6GB of RAM, 4500mAh battery, IP68 water resistance, and One UI 4 out of the box. With planned updates to One UI 7 and security updates through January 2026, you'll get a lot of mileage out of this phone.

Of course, Samsung is likely running this deal to clear out stock before the Galaxy S22 arrives. But all rumors point to the new S22 costing either $800 or $900, meaning you'll save up to $400 for a phone that'll get the same amount of software support and still has 2021-flagship-quality specs.

If you want to see the S21 FE in action before you buy it, check out our hands-on video with the phone below for a closer look.

Michael L Hicks
Senior Editor, VR/AR and fitness

Michael is Android Central's resident expert on fitness tech and wearables, with an enthusiast's love of VR tech on the side. After years freelancing for Techradar, Wareable, Windows Central, Digital Trends, and other sites on a variety of tech topics, AC has given him the chance to really dive into the topics he's passionate about. He's also a semi-reformed Apple-to-Android user who loves D&D, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings.

For wearables, Michael has tested dozens of smartwatches from Garmin, Fitbit, Samsung, Apple, COROS, Polar, Amazfit, and other brands, and will always focus on recommending the best product over the best brand. He's also completed marathons like NYC, SF, Marine Corps, Big Sur, and California International — though he's still trying to break that 4-hour barrier.