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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE: Everything you need to know ahead of release

Samsung’s Galaxy August Unpacked event is coming up soon and one of the many products that could make an appearance is the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE. Here’s everything you need to know about the rumoured Samsung phone. 

The S21 FE – or Fan Edition – is the hotly rumoured mid-range follow-up to the Galaxy S21 and the successor to the existing Galaxy S20 FE

The S20 FE quickly cemented itself as one of the best mid-range Samsung phones when it was released as a mid-year update to the flagship Galaxy S20 last October. The S20 FE took some of the most popular aspects of the S20, such as its 120Hz display and 12MP dual pixel sensor, and made some minor downgrades to offer users an S20 phone at a more affordable price. 

The phone even featured a few upgrades over the standard S20, including the Snapdragon 865 chipset which was swapped out for the Exynos 990 on UK models of the S20. The Qualcomm chip actually proved to be more power efficient than the Exynos chip in testing, making it a welcome addition to the S20 FE. 

So, what does Samsung have in store for its mid-range S21? Read on to discover everything we know about the Galaxy S21 FE so far, including when it’ll arrive, how much it could cost, what it’ll look like and what specs and features it’ll pack.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE release date

  • Originally reported for an August release date
  • Could take the place of the Note 21
  • Some rumours suggest a delay until later in the year

There has been a lot of speculation about the release schedule for the S21 FE.

Recent news suggests the S21 FE might be delayed until later in the year, specifically Q4. This puts it between October and December, far later than the S20 FE launched. The reasoning is the ongoing chip shortage affecting everything from consoles to cars.

On top of this, previous reports had suggested the Galaxy S21 FE might be running into some issues. Korean publication ETNews (via GSMarena) alleged that production of the phone had been stopped. The original ET report is no longer live.

According to another report from Bloomberg though, Samsung has not yet decided whether to stop production of any devices.

This could leave things very much up in the air. However, a phone that looks to be the S21 FE made an appearance in a thread of renders posted by tipster Evan Blass on Twitter on July 10. The list started with an August 11 date for Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Unpacked event, making it possible the phone will launch as early as August.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE design

  • It looks very familiar
  • Takes a lot of cues from the S21
  • Multiple colour options

The Galaxy S20 FE was very much a simpler Galaxy S20, with much of the glass body replaced with sturdier plastic. With the Galaxy S21 already mostly made of plastic, the difference between the main model and the FE could be even smaller this year.

While Samsung hasn’t released anything official, we have seen some renders of what the Galaxy S21 FE could look like thanks to @onleaks.

S21 FE
Source: @OnLeaks

Published on the leaker’s Voice page, the phone looks to be very similar to the regular Galaxy S21. The renders show a similar camera bump design, a metal frame and a frosted back.

Around the front you’ve got a large display with a centrally positioned cutout for the selfie camera and very slim bezels. According to @onleaks, the display is a 6.4-inch panel (larger than the 6.2-inch S21).

We’d hope things like an IP rating are kept around too, as this handy feature can often be missed out in an effort to keep costs down.

According to Galaxy Club, the S21 FE will come in a range of colours. These will include white, grey, purple and light green.

S21 FE
Source: @OnLeaks

A few of the other colour options rumoured for the device have leaked in renders via @evleaks. You can see them in the embedded Tweet below. We have to say we’re quite partial to the green version.

Blass has also since shared gifs of each of the four colours on Twitter, giving us a 360 glimpse of what to expect.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE specs and features

  • Some camera details leaked
  • Could come with a Snapdragon 888
  • But don’t expect a charger in the box

The leaks we’ve seen so far regarding the S21 FE are mainly focused on the design with little information given to the specs. OnLeaks does state the camera array on the back is the same as the S21, but with possibly downgraded lenses. Another leak has suggested the front camera will be 32MP.

We’d expect some sort of high-end professor inside, likely from Qualcomm if the S20 FE is anything to go by. Whether this is the true 888 flagship or possible the cheaper, but still very capable, Snapdragon 870 remains to be seen.

One leak has spotted a Geekbench listing showing the phone running a Snapdragon 888 chip, alongside 8GB RAM so that is looking like a strong possibility.

S21 FE
Source: @OnLeaks

The Galaxy S20 FE came in both 5G and 4G flavours, so perhaps we’ll see a cheaper 4G option with an Exynos chipset again for regions where 5G is still of limited use.

MyFixGuide has reported that the S21 FE has passed through the FCC and that the phone will be compatible with both 25w and 45w chargers.

However, there won’t be a charger included in the box so you’ll have to provide your own. Samsung made a similar decision for the S21 series earlier in the year but most of its other budget phones still ship with plugs.

MyFixGuide later spotted the phone passing China’s TENAA certification. The report suggests that the phone will pack a 4370mAh battery and run Android 11 out of the box. It also says that the phone will have dimensions of 155.7 x 4.5 x 7.9mm, though as the article points out this was a likely typo as 155.7 x 74.5x 7.9mm would make more sense.

The report also states that the S21 FE will feature 32MP, 12MP and 8MP cameras on the back and a 12MP selfie camera on the front, contradicting the 32MP front camera rumour.

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