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