No competition for the Poco X2: Samsung Galaxy A21S launched with a punch hole display and quad camera but mediocre Exynos 850 performance disappoints
Samsung recently launched its midrange Galaxy A21S smartphone at an event in London. The device offers a quad camera, Dolby Atmos, and a generous 5000 mAh battery at £179. However, a lower end Exynos 850 SoC tempers expectations.
It will ship on Android 10, running Samsung's One UI on top. The smartphone's generous 5000 mAh battery will likely provide considerable battery life, with 15W fast charging sweetening the deal.
However, Samsung's choice of SoC is questionable here. The Exynos 850, which debuts with the Galaxy A21s delivered abysmal single-core performance in a recent leaked Geekbench listing.
Single-threaded performance was less than half that of the Poco X2, a similarly-priced device sporting the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G. Multi-threaded performance was also 50 percent lower.
While the A21S' 6.5 in AMOLED display should provide a decent in-hand experience, the sluggish chipset makes this phone a hard pass for anyone looking to run titles like PUBG and Call of Duty Mobile at higher settings.
Arjun Krishna - Tech Writer - 623 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2019
I've had a passion for PC gaming since 1996, when I watched my dad score frags in Quake as a 1 year-old. I've gone on to become a Penguin-published author and tech journalist. Apart from working as an editor at Notebookcheck, I write for outlets including TechSpot and Gamingbolt. I’m the Director of Content at Flying V Group, one of the top 5 digital marketing agencies in Orange County. When I'm not traveling the world, gathering stories for my next book, you can find me tinkering with my PC.