Google recently announced five years of security updates for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro flagship phones, and Samsung has followed its lead. It now guarantees five years of security support for a range of existing and new phones, tablets and smartwatches.
If your device qualifies, you'll get an extra year of update support including four years of One UI and Android OS updates, giving you the latest usability features for longer.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G is the latest smartphone to come with five years of support and the Which? review is hot off the press. Check out the and read on to find out more about Samsung's new policy.
Not every Samsung smart device will receive five years of updates, but this is a step in the right direction from the industry giant. Here are the devices that qualify:
You don't have to have bought your Samsung device after the announcement to benefit from the extra support. If you already own a device listed above, it will now receive five years of support from launch.
The long-awaited 'cheap' phone in Samsung's S21 series launched in January 2022 with five years of security support. It's not hugely different to its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G from September 2020, but it has some interesting improvements.
It comes with an updated processor, the toughest Gorilla Glass display on the market, and a feature when you can record videos using the front and rear cameras simultaneously. These features are included in the rest of the S21 series, but the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G cameras aren't as advanced, like with the omission of 8K video recording. But don't let this put you off - it still has a high-spec triple camera system on the rear of the phone that shouldn't disappoint.
This Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G will set you back £699 for 128GB, or £749 for 256GB.
The new flagship series from Samsung should be available to buy in the UK on 11 March 2022. The full line-up is being released for the same price as the S21 range and these phones will all receive five years of security updates. Here's what's in the line-up:
Any device that is connected to the internet needs regular security updates to keep your personal information secure. Using a phone that isn't supported is more vulnerable to be exploited by hackers. Some phone manufacturers only guarantee support for a pitiful two years from the phone's release date. Apple is still the manufacturer supporting phones for the longest with some models released in 2013 still receiving updates.
Buying a second-hand or refurbished phone can help you buy your tech more sustainably and help you to save money. However, be careful when buying to make sure the phone is not already out of support. Our Which? reviews can help. We place a security notice on reviews when a phone is estimated to be out of support, and we would never recommend you buy a phone that has less that one year left of estimated support. It's a particularly important consideration for the second hand market, since update support begins when a mobile phone is first launched. Check out more advice from Which? on .