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Samsung W21 5G launched: A New Foldable Similar to Galaxy Z Fold 2?

The Samsung W21 looks like a rebranded version of Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 with more premium features.

Samsung has unveiled the Samsung W21 5G smartphone in China, which is said to be a premium version of its flagship Z Fold series smartphone. The look and feel of the phone so far convey similarity to Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, albeit with some minor differences in its design and configurations.

The Samsung W21 is a standalone smartphone with only one 12+512 GB model. It is available for pre-order on Samsung’s official online store starting November 4th. The pre-orders will be shipped beginning November 20th. The foldable smartphone officially goes on sale starting November 27. Any information for the smartphone’s release in India has not been revealed.

Here is how the two smartphones compare with each other.

Samsung W21 5G vs Galaxy Z Fold 2: Specifications and Key features

Like Galaxy Z Fold 2, the smartphone falls into the foldable phone category. A report by GSMArena has stated that the W21 5G model is slightly taller in size than Galaxy Z Fold 2. The only colour variant offered for the smartphone is in gold. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 comes in two variants: Mystic Bronze and Mystic Back. The Samsung W21 5G does not sport the ‘Galaxy’ branding. However, the back panel looks textured and consists of vertical lines running from top to bottom. A fingerprint scanner is mounted on the side of the device body for additional security.

The smartphone is powered by Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ SoC and Adreno 650 GPU paired with 12 GB LPDDR5 RAM. As opposed to the 256+12 GB Galaxy Z Fold 2 model, the new foldable smartphone comes with 512 GB UFS 3.1 internal storage. The phone consists of two regular SIM slots in exchange for Galaxy Fold 2’s SIM + eSIM configuration, the speculated reason being to adjust to China’s telecom market.

The primary display of The Samsung W21 5G is listed as 7.6-inch while the external display is 6.23-inches, which is similar to Galaxy Fold 2. As identical to Fold 2, the smartphone comes with a Full-HD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X main display in 1,768 x 2,208 pixels resolution with 120Hz refresh rate. When folded, the 6.23-inch cover display sports an HD+ Super AMOLED screen and 816 x 2,260 pixels resolution with 6Hz refresh rate. Both the phones come with Gorilla Glass Victus screen protection.

Samsung W21 5G has the same triple camera setup as Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 at the rear. It includes a primary sensor of 12 MP with f/1.8 lens, a secondary 12 MP sensor with f/2.2 120-degree wide-angle lens, and a tertiary 12MP sensor with an f/2.4 telephoto lens. For front-facing video calling and selfies, the smartphone features a 10 MP sensor with an f/2.2 lens on the cover as well as the main display.

The Samsung W21 features stereo speakers by AKG with Dolby Atmos. GSMArena also reports that the battery of the smartphone remains unchanged. Like Galaxy Z Fold 2, it comes with a 4500 mAh battery. It also supports wired fast charging of 25W, an 11W wireless charging, and Wireless PowerShare.

The Samsung W21 comes with 5G connectivity and will run out of the box Android 10 OS with Samsung’s One UI 2.5 on the top. Some other general specifications included in the smartphone are connectivity options of 4G LTE, Bluetooth v5.0, dual-band Wi-Fi 6, GPS/ A-GPS with GLONASS, NFC and MST. The sensors include accelerometer, barometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, and an RGB sensor.

Samsung W21 5G vs Galaxy Z Fold 2: Price

The Samsung W21 5G is said to be a premium smartphone as a part of the W series. The phone is priced at CNY 19,999 (approx. Rs. 2.23 lakh). The price of the smartphone is slightly higher than the Galaxy Z Fold 2. The latter is available in China at the cost of CNY 16,999 (approx. 1.89 lakh).

The launch date of the rebranded version of Galaxy Z Fold 2 was tipped few weeks ago on multiple platforms. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is already available in the Chinese markets, which has raised curious questions on why Samsung released the second version of its flagship foldable phone, which only differs in minimal specifications.

Anushka Shrivastava
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