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Galaxy S21 FE could be pushed back to late 2021 as chip shortages continue to bite

The Galaxy S21 FE will adopt the same successful formula as last year's Galaxy S20 FE. (Image: @OnLeaks)
The Galaxy S21 FE will adopt the same successful formula as last year's Galaxy S20 FE. (Image: @OnLeaks)
Samsung’s Galaxy S21 FE (Fan Edition) is one of the year’s most eagerly anticipated for fans of ‘flagship killer’ devices. Originally expected to debut at Samsung's next Galaxy Unpacked event expected on August 3, the device is now tipped to launch in late 2021.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S20 FE (Fan Edition) launched last year to a lot of fanfare. It was styled after the Galaxy S20 flagship range and offered similar performance, but was priced more affordably thanks to some judicious product decisions. For example, the display, while still high-quality, is a lower resolution and the body is made from ‘glastic’ instead of aluminum and glass.  

As you would expect, bargain hunters keen to see another ‘flagship killer’ from Samsung have been eagerly awaiting the Galaxy S21 FE, which appears to adhere closely to the formula Samsung adopted with last year’s model. While the Galaxy S21 FE could still make an appearance at Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Unpacked event expected on August 3, SamMobile has learnt that we won’t see the product actually ship (or launch) until sometime in Q4.

As you might have suspected, the reason is being put down to the ongoing global chip shortage as had previously been suggested could happen. Samsung had already canned plans for the Galaxy Note 21 for the same reason and now it looks like that Galaxy S21 FE will be impacted by the issue. On the plus side, at least the Galaxy S21 FE is still expected to get a launch this year, but customers will have to hold out a little longer than they might have hoped. With a Snapdragon 888 on board at an affordable price-point from a leading brand, the wait could well be worth it.

Buy the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE from Amazon.

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1286 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2021-06-23 (Update: 2021-06-23)