Samsung is set to announce the Galaxy S21 FE flagship smartphone, which, like last year’s S20 FE, was supposed to be the most affordable model in the lineup. However, its price has every chance of being very high, despite the fact that in some parameters it is objectively worse than the younger S21. The premiere is scheduled for early 2022.
More expensive than anticipated
The company Samsung is preparing to release a new flagship smartphone Galaxy S21 FE, which, by definition, had to be the most affordable in the flagship line of 2021 – Galaxy S21.
As planned by Samsung, phones with the letters FE (Fan Edition) in the name were originally supposed to take into account the wishes of users, including a lower price compared to conventional flagships. This happened, for example, with the Galaxy S20 FE , released in Russia in the fall of 2020. The device differed from the usual S20 with simplified cameras, cheaper body materials and, against this background, a lower price.
With the Galaxy S21 FE, most likely, things will be a little different. The Galaxy S21 line was announced in January 2021, and the S21 candy bar, the youngest in it, cost $ 799 at the start (51.2 thousand rubles at the Central Bank exchange rate for December 21, 2021).
The design of the new S21 FE is borrowed from the regular S21 without any changes
Meanwhile, the Galaxy S21 FE can cost from 769 euros (64.3 thousand rubles), and in the top-end configuration – even 839 euros (70.1 thousand rubles). Pricing information was found on Samsung’s Irish online store. At the time of publication of the material, this information has been removed.
For comparison, in Russian retail the younger Galaxy S21 cost from 60 thousand rubles. for the 128 GB version.
Buyers will probably wonder if the S21 FE is worth buying for that kind of money when the S22 series is just around the corner.
The premiere of the Galaxy S21 FE is tentatively scheduled for January 4, 2022. It will be available in black, green, cream and lavender shades of the case.
What will buyers get
Modifications of the future Galaxy S21 FE will differ from each other at least in the amount of internal memory – 128 or 256 GB. It is also known that the smartphone will be installed at least 6 GB of RAM.
Samsung’s UK online store has also leaked prices for the Galaxy S21 FE. They amount to 699 and 750 pounds, respectively (68.3 thousand rubles and 73.3 thousand rubles).
The Galaxy S21 FE features a 6.4-inch screen. There is no other such device in the S21 line – the younger one comes with a 6.2-inch display, while the S21 + has a 6.7-inch screen. The screen refresh rate is 120 Hz.
The smartphone will be assembled on a processor Quallcomm Snapdragon 888. This is the flagship chip of the late 2020 sample, which Qualcomm replaced in December 2021 with the more modern 4nm Snapdragon 8 Gen1. In most countries, and probably in Russia, this smartphone will be delivered on the Samsung Exynos 2100 chip.
The new Galaxy S21 FE will run Android 11 with additional Samsung firmware One IU 3.1, although both Android 12 and One UI 4.0 already exist . According to preliminary data, the Galaxy S21 FE will receive updates for three years. The mobile phone will be powered by a 4500 mAh battery with support for 15-watt USB-C charging , like the S21.
The smartphone is also credited with IP68 water resistance , support for fifth generation ( 5G ) networks , dual-band Wi-Fi and NFC for contactless payments.
What will worsen Samsung
Compared to the regular S21, the new S21 FE will receive a larger battery and a larger screen with Full HD + resolution. Nevertheless, if we compare, then in a number of parameters, the yet unannounced candy bar is still worse.
For example, the S21 received a triple main camera module, 12 MP sensors (wide-angle, f / 1.8 aperture), 12 MP (ultra-wide angle, f / 2.2) and 64 MP (telephoto, f / 2.0). The S21 FE, meanwhile, is expected to feature 12 (f / 1.8), 12 (f / 2.2) and 8 MP f / 2.4 cameras, respectively. At the same time, the resolution of the front camera can be 32 MP versus 10 MP in the S21.
Also, Samsung, as in the S20 FE, may give preference to more affordable body materials. The decrease in the amount of RAM should also be noted – from 8 GB in the S21 to 6 GB. However, 8 GB can still be part of the top version of the smartphone.
Smartphone canceled and reborn
Samsung had planned to abandon the Galaxy S21 FE release entirely. In mid-summer 2021, the first mentions of this phone began to appear on its official websites in various regions of the world, but two months later Samsung began to delete all information about it.
As the profile resource SamMobile writes , the pages dedicated to the Galaxy S21 FE have been removed from Samsung sites in Hong Kong , Singapore , South Africa and several other countries and regions of the world.
Initially, the Galaxy S21 FE premiere was scheduled for August 2021, but later it was postponed to October 2021. As a result, the smartphone never appeared before the public – the October premiere was officially canceled, and Samsung representatives even expressed doubts about the need to release such a model.
The reasons for the postponement of the Galaxy S21 FE announcement and its possible cancellation have not been established. Also at the end of 2020, CNews wrote about the possible release of a simplified business flagship Galaxy Note 20 FE . However, this device never saw the light of day.