The Galaxy S21 FE (or “Fan Edition”) has been under discussion since June, and will follow the model’s lineup. S20 FE and S10 Lite earlier: a reduced version of Samsung’s latest flagship with core specifications kept intact.
Given that so much has been leaked in June, you can expect a release date to be near the corner – perhaps in time for the upcoming upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 – but SamMobile believes a delay is pushing things up at any point. between October and December 2021. The reasoning, as you will understand, is the shortage in chip course affecting everything from consoles to cars.
While a delay in Q4 is clearly not happy news for anyone looking for peak speed at the price, this is at least more positive than the last big rumor, which was that Samsung had been forced to discard the phone entirely to channel the limited supply of chips to their peak folds.
Assuming the device isn’t permanently delayed, the specs we’ve heard look pretty promising. The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE will apparently retain the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor found in the original S21, supported by a slightly reduced 6 GB RAM. Although it will look similar at a glance, the frame will probably be a more plastic affair, i.e. an end to the attractive two-tone design that the metal camera hood previously attaches to the main body.
While the Galaxy S20 has been launched at £ 799, the cuts on the FE version have been enough to cut £ 200 off the RRP. Imagine that Samsung has similar plans for the S21 FE, although the scarcity of chips may ensure that the price is not so competitive this time around.
If a possible delay to Q4 is too long for you, then cheaper Snapdragon 888 packaging alternatives are available. More recently, the Realme GT it was on sale in Europe for just € 450, although we were concerned about macro photography and zoom when we reviewed it.
We approached Samsung to ask if Q4 is a possible launch window for the Galaxy S21 FE, and we will update it when we hear from the company.