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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE launch could be delayed due to global chip shortage

We may have to wait a bit longer before we can see the Galaxy S21 FE in action
We may have to wait a bit longer before we can see the Galaxy S21 FE in action (image via Voice)
A new report says that Samsung may hold off on launching the Galaxy S21 FE in August. It seems that the company has trouble procuring the Snapdragon 888 chipsets that power the smartphone. Another rumour suggests that Samsung could postpone the entire Galaxy Unpacked event by a month or two.
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We've been hearing quite a bit about the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE over the past few weeks. The smartphone made multiple appearances on Geekbench. We even got to know about its price and looks via an earlier report. Therefore, it would seem that Samsung will launch the Galaxy S21 FE sometime in August, as prophesized by a leaked roadmap earlier this year. However, a new report suggests that we may have to wait a bit longer before seeing Samsung's affordable flagship in action.

Sources familiar with the matter told Bloomberg that the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE launch could be delayed. Alternatively, a well-known Naver leaker says that the Galaxy Unpacked event has been pushed back by 1-2 months. However, Samsung's newest foldables, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 are on track to be launched on August 3. We could even see Samsung's first-ever WearOS-powered smartwatches in action.

Some time ago, we reported that Qualcomm had trouble keeping up with demand for its Snapdragon 888 chipset. That could be one of the main reasons why the Galaxy S21 FE release date has been pushed back. Samsung will, in all likelihood, want to reserve its Snapdragon 888 stock for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and other high-end devices. So far, we're yet to see an Exynos 2100-powered Galaxy S21 FE out in the wild, so we can reasonably assume this year's model will exclusively use the Snapdragon 888.

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Bloomberg (paywalled)

Naver (in Korean)

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Anil Ganti - Senior Tech Writer - 651 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2019
I've been an avid PC gamer since the age of 8. My passion for gaming eventually pushed me towards general tech, and I got my first writing gig at the age of 19. I have a degree in mechanical engineering and have worked in the manufacturing industry and a few other publications like Wccftech before joining Notebookcheck in November 2019. I cover a variety of topics including smartphones, gaming, and computer hardware.
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Anil Ganti, 2021-06-14 (Update: 2021-06-14)