The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is a new smartphone from Samsung. The phone is said to have a 6.40-inch touchscreen display. The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is likely to run Android and be backed by a 4500mAh battery. Wireless charging and proprietary fast charging are both supported by the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE.
In terms of cameras, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is expected to include a triple camera system. It is said to have a single camera configuration for selfies.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is powered by One UI, which is based on Android. The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is expected to be a dual-SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone with Nano-SIM and Nano-SIM card slots. It is expected to be released in Gray, Light Green, Light Violet, and White.
Samsung is probably undoubtedly busy creating the mid-range Galaxy S21 FE for release later this year, but word has it that the phone has been severely hampered by the industry’s continuing chip scarcity, so we won’t see it at this summer’s Unpacked presentation.
In 2020, the Samsung shocked many by introducing the Galaxy S20 FE, a lower-cost variant of their flagship Galaxy S20 (or Fan Edition). This was a wonderful combination of specifications and cost, which made it an instant success and earned it a 4.5 star rating from our own Lewis Painter.
When will the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE be released?
The S21 FE’s official release date – or even the fact that it exists – has yet to be verified by Samsung. However, the S20 FE was announced in September last year, with a release date of October 2nd, so a similar schedule would make sense this time around.
Some had thought that the phone would be unveiled during Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Unpacked event, which has been set for August 11th. That now appears doubtful, according to LetsGoDigital, who claims to have seen internal Samsung paperwork confirming the introduction of the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3, Galaxy Watch 4, and Galaxy Buds 2 – but not the S21 FE.
The evidence regarding the exact launch date is conflicting. According to SamMobile, sources suggested a Q4 release for the S21 FE this year, but Evleaks claimed to have a comprehensive roadmap that sets the S21 FE’s launch considerably earlier, on August 19th.
Established industry veteran Ross Young also said that mass manufacturing of the S21 FE will begin in July, with the phone expected to enter the market in August, correlating with Evleaks’ statements.
It appears that Samsung was aiming for August but has subsequently changed its intentions. In mid-June, a (now-deleted) story from Korean magazine ETNews said that Samsung’s supply of Qualcomm silicon – assumed to be meant for the S21 FE – was running low and that the firm was reallocating the components to an upcoming foldable.
Samsung, on the other hand, quickly replied by contacting Bloomberg to dispute the specifics of the report’s accusations, claiming that “although we cannot disclose details of the unannounced product, nothing has been determined regarding the purported production stoppage.”
Korea’s FN News subsequently followed up with a different story from an official at one of Samsung’s partners, stating that the phone was originally scheduled to be released in August but has now been pushed back to October.
Similarly, the story states that due to the scarcity, the phone is being evaluated for a launch confined to the United States and Europe, with no availability in Asia.
“I recall hearing that manufacturing was about to be halted due to a chip shortage some time ago. However, given the market’s dependability, it was decided to distribute some amounts in the United States and Europe “according to the official cited (in Korean, through Google Translate).
A Samsung executive appears to concede in a statement that a late, restricted launch is being discussed, but refuses to disclose final plans. Again, this is a machine-translated quotation, so take it with a grain of salt:
“It is simply one of several steps being explored at the moment. So yet, nothing has been verified.”
Following that, another Korean website, Maeil, stated that the S21 FE’s release date has been pushed back to Q4 2021 – October, November, or December. The article confirms that Samsung would limit the launch to specific regions, but adds another possibility: that the company will accomplish a worldwide launch by restricting the Snapdragon 888 model to specific markets and utilizing its own Exynos chipsets elsewhere.
This is most likely the Exynos 2100, the same processor used in basic S21 phones in several regions, including the United Kingdom and Europe. While Samsung divides its processors for various countries for its flagships, the S20 FE utilized the same chip globally last year, so this would be a strategy move.
What will Samsung Galaxy S21 FE look like
Earlier this month, noted leaker Evan Blass tweeted out many claimed Samsung renderings, including a probable peek at the Galaxy S21 FE. The images on his account suggest that the phone will look similar to the Galaxy S21, with a punchout for the front-facing camera and three cameras on the back.
The resemblance to the S21 makes sense: the Galaxy S20 FE retained most of the S20’s design language while reducing screen quality and cameras to help bring the price down. According to a SamMobile leak, the S21 FE will be available in at least five different colors.
How much will the Galaxy S21 FE cost?
The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE began at $699 in the United States, a significant reduction over the Galaxy S20’s $999 beginning price. This pricing also undercuts the $749 starting price of the OnePlus 8T.
However, the Galaxy S21’s starting price of $800 was significantly lower than that of the Galaxy S20, and it is doubtful that a Galaxy S21 FE would receive a similar $300 discount – given that the Galaxy A series of phones occupy the sub-$500 pricing bracket.
While we don’t have any solid pricing information, a rumor from GizChina speculates that the S21 FE line might arrive at $699, which was the beginning price point for the Galaxy S20 FE. Even at that price, it would be roughly $100 less than the Galaxy S21, putting it in a higher-end value category.
What are the specifications and design features of the Samsung S21 FE?
The Galaxy S21 FE’s specifications have allegedly been published on China’s TENAA Certification website (via MyFixGuide). According to the listing, the phone would include a 6.4-inch 2,340×1,080p screen, a 4,370-mAh battery, three cameras with a 32-megapixel primary lens, 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel secondary lenses, a 12-megapixel front-facing camera, an in-display fingerprint reader, and compatibility for 45W fast charging. The phone would also include 8GB of RAM and storage choices of 128GB and 256GB.
If accurate, a 6.4-inch screen would make the phone somewhat taller than the 6.2-inch screen on the higher-end Galaxy S21, while being slightly smaller than last year’s Galaxy S20 FE. This alleged camera, however, would be a step up from the Galaxy S20 FE’s main 12-megapixel lens and a step down from the S21’s 64-megapixel camera.
This roundup will be updated as we learn more about the anticipated Galaxy 21 FE. Do you own the Galaxy 20 FE and have ideas for what should come next? Or have you heard any additional rumors concerning the phone that we should investigate? Please include them in the comments.