Samsung Galaxy S21 FE to launch with Android 12 as initial firmware leaks
The Galaxy S21 FE is right around the corner, and SamMobile has discovered a new tidbit about it. According to the website, the SM-G990E edition of the Galaxy S21 FE will launch with G990EXXU1BUKA. SamMobile adds that Samsung has based the firmware on Android 12 and One UI 4, which it has started issuing to the Galaxy Z Flip3 and Galaxy Z Fold3.
Seemingly, SM-G990E relies on the Exynos 2100 rather than the Snapdragon 888. Typically, Samsung uses its in-house SoCs in Europe, with Snapdragon ones taking their place in China and the US. Accordingly, the SM-G990E could be destined for Europe.
Last year, Samsung committed to providing three years of OS updates for flagship smartphones, matching OnePlus and Google. Hence, if the Galaxy S21 FE arrives with Android 12, it should receive up to Android 15, due in 2024. Presumably, Samsung will market Android 15 as One UI 7, seeing as Android 12 is One UI 4.
The Galaxy S21 FE is not due to arrive until January 2022. The device may debut a month before the Galaxy S22 series though, cutting its life as Samsung's latest smartphone rather short.