Samsung Galaxy S21 FE: What we know (June 8)

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Update, June 8, 2021 (01:40 PM ET): We have an entire slew of latest leaked renders for the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE. They exhibit 5 distinctive colorways for the system, which is actually thrilling. Read on for all the newest!

Original article: In 2020, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (which stands for “Fan Edition”) stunned us all with how good it was. In truth, it was so good that it ended up strolling away with our 2020 Best of Android Editor’s Choice award. With that form of pedigree behind the telephone, it’s no shock that we are very excited in regards to the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE.

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The downside Samsung faces this yr is the existence of the regular Galaxy S21. It’s solely $100 greater than the Galaxy S20 FE and provides lots of very comparable specs. It’s attainable Samsung painted itself right into a nook and the Galaxy S21 FE might find yourself merely being a Galaxy S21 with solely very delicate adjustments.

With all that in thoughts, beneath you’ll discover all the pieces we know to date in regards to the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE. Be positive to maintain this web page bookmarked! We will replace it with new rumors and confirmed data as we get nearer to the launch date.

Name and launch date

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE rear and center

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

Samsung has not formally confirmed that it’ll launch a tool this yr referred to as the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE. However, there have been a number of bits of information that make it a positive wager.

First, in 2020, Samsung dedicated to releasing “Fan Editions” of its main flagships yearly going ahead. Obviously, the corporate might return on that promise, however that closely suggests we’ll see a Galaxy S21 FE. Next, Samsung’s web site did briefly reference a telephone by that title. Now, this might have been a easy typo, but it surely lends extra weight to the concept that this telephone is on the way in which.

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Finally, we noticed a leaked roadmap of Samsung’s plans for product launches in 2021, and the Galaxy S21 FE is on the listing. The roadmap suggests the launch date could possibly be August 19, 2021. That traces up quite properly with when the corporate launched the Galaxy S20 FE (September 23, 2020). Keep in thoughts that Samsung launched the principle Galaxy S21 collection far earlier this yr than it has in prior years, so the launch of the FE shifting up by a month makes good sense.

For now, it’s a really protected wager that we’ll see a Samsung Galaxy S21 FE launch in August this yr.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE: Design

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE in hand 1

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Last yr, the Galaxy S20 FE appeared an entire lot like the Galaxy S20 lineup. This yr, we count on to see Samsung do the identical factor with the 2021 iteration.

Thanks to dependable leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer (aka @OnLeaks), we already have a solid idea of what the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE might seem like. And, to nobody’s shock, it seems quite a bit like the vanilla Galaxy S21. See the photographs beneath for your self:

Notably, it seems like the general dimension of the telephone shall be barely bigger than the Galaxy S21. At 155.7 x 74.5 x 7.9mm, this telephone ought to sit comfortably between the sizes of the Galaxy S21 (151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9mm) and the Galaxy S21 Plus (161.5 x 75.6 x 7.8mm).

Just a few weeks after the Hemmerstoffer leaks, serial leaker Evan Blass chimed in with some extra renders. These ones exhibit the various colorways that is likely to be accessible:

Do notice that the Galaxy S20 FE obtained six colorways, and we’ve solely seen 5 to date for the follow-up. As such, there could possibly be a sixth colorway we haven’t seen but.

Aside from the colour palette, the Galaxy S21 FE seems just about precisely just like the Galaxy S21 lineup (barring the Galaxy S21 Ultra, after all). Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem that Samsung is bringing again the headphone jack, which is disappointing however not shocking.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE: Specs

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE cameras macro 2

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So far, spec rumors associated to the Galaxy S21 FE are arduous to return by. Last yr, we might have a look at the vanilla Galaxy S20 and level out some apparent methods Samsung might slash options to get the worth down.

However, this yr, the Galaxy S21 is already $200 cheaper than the Galaxy S20 — and solely $100 costlier than the Galaxy S20 FE. With that in thoughts, it’s tough to think about how Samsung will reduce sufficient out to make the Fan Edition land at a a lot cheaper price.

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One factor we did hear, although, is that the Galaxy S21 FE might not get the same battery as this yr’s Plus mannequin, which is what occurred final yr. Instead, it seems prefer it might have a 4,500mAh cell. That makes it 500mAh larger than the Galaxy S21, however 300mAh smaller than the Galaxy S21 Plus.

Other specs are presently unknown, together with whether or not or not the Snapdragon 888 processor could be included with the Galaxy S21 FE.

Finally, one curious rumor is the Galaxy S21 FE’s relation to the Note line. Samsung confirmed that there gained’t be a Note telephone in 2021, however Evan Blass posits that the S21 FE could possibly be what lands rather than a Note. Now, this might simply imply that Samsung goes to place the identical sources behind the S21 FE that it could have for a Note telephone. But it might additionally imply that the S21 FE is a pseudo-follow-up to the Note 20. Lots of questions with this one!

Pricing and availability

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Box

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The worth of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE shall be one among its most necessary options. It must be cheaper than even the vanilla Galaxy S21. With the Galaxy S21 beginning at $799 — and the Galaxy S20 FE beginning at $699 — Samsung doesn’t have lots of wiggle room this yr.

We have seen one price-related rumor to date. According to The Korea Herald, Samsung would possibly worth the S21 FE at 700,000 to 800,000 gained (~$630 to ~$720) in its house market. If true, that may be a major worth drop from the Galaxy S20 FE’s 899,800 gained (~$809) Korean launch worth. Of course, there’s no assure that different markets might see the same worth drop. Although it actually suggests Samsung is doubling down on the value-driven strategy it launched final yr.

If that rumor pans out, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE could possibly be cheaper than the Galaxy S20 FE! That will surely be thrilling.

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As for availability, Samsung is normally actually good about making its high-profile units accessible globally. We count on that to be the case with this telephone. However, it’s not clear if the corporate would supply a 4G-only model of the system in some areas, which is what it did final yr. Recently, the corporate has been phasing out the 4G-only variants of the Galaxy S20 FE and as an alternative bringing within the regular 5G fashions. It’s attainable we’ll see that from the get-go this yr.

That’s all of the credible rumors we’ve seen to date for the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE! Be positive to bookmark this web page to remain up-to-date on the newest leaks.

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