Samsung Galaxy S21 FE versus Xiaomi 11T Pro; Easy choice!

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Over the last few days, I’ve received requests to compare these two phones. I think the choice here is direct and easy. So I won’t even include camera comparisons here (you’ll find those on social media in the coming days).

The two devices share the same almost everything that’s important to performance:

  • Same Snapdragon 888 5G chipset
  • Same amount of RAM at 8GB
  • Same UFS 3.1 128GB storage for the base model
  • Same Gorilla Glass Victus
  • Both support 120Hz Refresh Rates
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE versus Xiaomi 11T Pro; Easy choice!
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They are however quite different. The Xiaomi has crazy fast charging, meanwhile the Samsung supports wireless charging, and has an IP68 rating. Here are the main differences between the two devices:

  • Display sizes: Xiaomi has a larger display at 6.67 inches
  • Cameras: Xiaomi has a 108MP main sensor compared to Samsung’s 12MP main camera. Samsung has a 32MP selfie camera while the Xiaomi has a 16MP selfie shooter.
  • Operating system: Xiaomi runs MIUI 12.5 on top of Android 11 while Samsung ships with Android 12 with ONE UI 4.
  • Battery and Fast charging: Xiaomi can charge in 17mins from 0-100% while Samsung will take 30mins from 0-50%.
  • Wireless charging: Samsung supports wireless charging, including reverse wireless charging to charge earbuds etc. Xiaomi doesn’t.
  • IP Rating: Xiaomi comes with IP53 dust and splash protection. Meanwhile the Samsung can be dipped underwater for up to 30mins
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE First Impressions
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Which one to get:

I can’t say the cameras are so different to make you choose one over the other. I can’t say the performance is different at all. I also can’t pick one display over the other. I can only look at the difference in pricing.

And with that in mind, this is an easy win for the Xiaomi 11T Pro.

But it also depends on what you like, and how you can justify your choice.

Xiaomi 11T Pro's 120W Fast Charging is Crazy!
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I’ve tried to find the compromises Xiaomi has taken to achieve this price point and I honestly can’t point a single thing out.

The S21 FE for me is just a rebadged S21 Base device. It’s really good, but it’s really pricey. The main reasons to get it is that you’re not only assured of very clean UI but also frequent updates.

What are your thoughts?

Full specs comparison between Galaxy S21 FE and Xiaomi 11T Pro:

Phones:Galaxy S21 FEXiaomi 11T Pro
PRICEKES 88,299 for 128GB model 

KES 96,999 for 256GB model 

KES 49,999 for 128GB Model

KES 64,999 for 256GB Model

Display6.4 inches Dynamic AMOLED

120Hz Refresh Rate

HDR 10+

Corning Gorilla Glass Victus

6.67 inches AMOLED

120Hz Refresh Rate

Dolby Vision, HDR10+

Corning Gorilla Glass Victus

Rear Camera12 MP Main

8 MP 3x telephoto

12 MP ultrawide

108 MP Main

5 MP telephoto

8 MP, ultrawide

Front Camera32 MP16 MP
ChipsetQualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm)Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm)
GPUAdreno 660Adreno 660
Storage128/256GB Storage 
UFS 3.1
128/256GB Storage 
UFS 3.1
Operating SystemAndroid 12, One UI 4Android 11 + MIUI 12.5
Battery4500 mAh

25W Fast Charging (50% in 30mins)

15W Wireless Charging

Reverse Wireless Charging

Power Delivery 3.0

5000 mAh 

120W Fast Charging(100% in 17mins)

72% in 10mins

No wireless charging

Power Delivery 3.0 + Quick Charge 3

Network2G, 3G, 4G, 5G Support 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G Support 
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6e

Bluetooth 5.1, A2DP, LE


USB Type-C 3.2, USB On-The-Go

Wi-Fi 6

Bluetooth 5.2, A2DP, LE, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive


Infrared port

USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go,

ExtraIP68 dust/water resistantIP53, dust and splash protection
SecurityOptical Under-Display Fingerprint ScannerSide-mounted Fingerprint scanner
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