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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 4G rumoured to launch with an SoC downgrade as smartphone appears on support website

The Galaxy S21 FE 4G would be a strange inclusion in the Galaxy S21 series. (Image source: Samsung)
The Galaxy S21 FE 4G would be a strange inclusion in the Galaxy S21 series. (Image source: Samsung)
Samsung is on the verge of releasing another Galaxy S21 FE variant, also known by its SM-G900B2/DS model number. While the Galaxy S21 FE 5G launched with a Snapdragon 888, the Galaxy S21 FE 4G may arrive with the lowly Snapdragon 720G instead.

All signs point toward Samsung releasing another version of the Galaxy S21 FE, the much-delayed Galaxy S20 FE successor that eventually launched in January 2022. For reference, marketing materials for the Galaxy S21 FE 5G leaked in July 2021; August and October 2021 release dates were also expected at one stage or another.

As the screenshots below show, two retailers have listed a new Galaxy S21 FE variant with a Snapdragon 720G chipset. Incidentally, Samsung has just brought the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (2022 Edition) to market with the same chipset, which offers a shadow of the performance that the Snapdragon 888 5G in the current Galaxy S21 FE achieves. Confusingly, Qualcomm already sells the Snapdragon 888 4G, although it is unclear whether this is a Huawei-exclusive chipset.

(Image source: Technet via GalaxyClub)
(Image source: Technet via GalaxyClub)
(Image source: ITRelation via GalaxyClub)
(Image source: ITRelation via GalaxyClub)

According to the same retailers, Samsung plans to release the Galaxy S21 FE 4G on June 30. One retailer has provided a price tag too; presumably, this is a placeholder. Purportedly, the Galaxy S21 FE 4G will ship with a 6.4-inch and 1080p display, matching its 5G sibling, along with three rear-facing cameras and a 32 MP front-facing camera.

As GalaxyClub has shown, Samsung has added the SM-G900B2/DS on its German support website, which has also turned up on the Bluetooth SIG. Also, the inclusion of 'DS' in the device's model name confirms that it will be a dual-SIM handset. If Samsung is actually preparing to release a Snapdragon 720G-powered version of the Galaxy S21 FE, expect it to be significantly cheaper than the 5G model, which started at €749 in Europe with 128 GB of storage and 6 GB of RAM.

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Alex Alderson, 2022-06-15 (Update: 2022-06-15)