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The Galaxy S21 FE will not launch with the Snapdragon 888 globally

The Galaxy S21 FE will be available with a Snapdragon 888 or an Exynos 2100, depending on where you live. (Image source: Samsung via SamMobile)
The Galaxy S21 FE will be available with a Snapdragon 888 or an Exynos 2100, depending on where you live. (Image source: Samsung via SamMobile)
The Snapdragon 888 will not be available globally for the Galaxy S21 FE, Samsung's next Fan Edition smartphone. The Galaxy S21 FE is expected to arrive in October with a design similar to the Galaxy S21.

Samsung is still sitting on the Galaxy S21 FE, having brought the Galaxy Z Flip3 and Galaxy Z Fold3 to market this quarter so far instead. While it is evident that Samsung plans to release a Snapdragon 888 edition of the Galaxy S21 FE, it was unclear if this would be the only SoC on offer this year. For context, Samsung sells the Galaxy S20 FE with an Exynos 990 in some markets and a Snapdragon 865 in others.

However, a new Google Play Console listing has seemingly confirmed that an Exynos 2100 model is also in the offing. The listing reports that the Galaxy S21 FE 5G will be available with 8 GB of RAM too; 6 GB models have already leaked.

The listing does not indicate in what markets the Exynos 2100 version of the Galaxy S21 FE 5G will launch. Unfortunately, Geekbench does not reveal much either in this regard. Nevertheless, the benchmarking website contains at least three Galaxy S21 FE models, two utilising the Snapdragon 888 (SM-G990B/SM-G990U), the other (SM-G990E) relying on the Exynos 2100.

In our opinion, these suffixes suggest that Samsung will sell the SM-G900U in the US, with the SM-G990B serving all other markets apart from Europe. By contrast, the 'E' in SM-G990E implies that it will a European-exclusive. All models are expected to arrive sometime in October.

(Image source: Google Play Console via @yabhishekhd)
(Image source: Geekbench)
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Alex Alderson, 2021-09-13 (Update: 2021-09-13)