Release date, price, specs and more

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE back 2

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Update, Dec. 22, 2021 (4:03 AM ET): We’ve updated our Galaxy S21 FE hub with a possible launch date, as well as charger-related details and more specs. You can scroll to our “name and release date” and “specifications” sections to read the updated information.

Original article: In 2020, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (which stands for “Fan Edition”) surprised us all with how good it was. In fact, it was so good that it ended up with our Best of Android Editor’s Choice award for 2020. With that kind of pedigree behind the phone, it’s no surprise that we’re really excited about the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE.

Also see: A History of the Samsung Galaxy S Series

The problem Samsung is facing this year is the existence of the regular Galaxy S21. It’s only $100 more than the Galaxy S20 FE and offers many similar specs. It’s possible that Samsung painted itself in a corner, and the Galaxy S21 FE could end up just becoming a Galaxy S21 with only very subtle changes.

With all that in mind, below you’ll find everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE so far. Make sure to bookmark this page! We will update it with new rumors and confirmed information as we get closer to the launch date.

Name and release date

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE back and center

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

Samsung has not formally confirmed that it will launch a device called the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE this year. However, there are multiple pieces of information that make it a good bet.

First, in 2020, Samsung promised to release “Fan Editions” of its main flagships every year. Obviously, the company may backtrack on that promise, but that strongly suggests we’ll be seeing a Galaxy S21 FE. Then, Samsung’s website briefly referenced a phone by that name. This could have been a simple typo, but it gives more weight to the idea that this phone is on the way.

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Finally, we saw a leaked roadmap of Samsung’s plans for product launches in 2021 and the Galaxy S21 FE is on the list. Obviously Samsung plans to release the phone, but when? That’s something that almost no one can figure out.

A tip on August 27 suggested that the Galaxy S21 FE could debut on September 8. That never happened. We expected the phone to launch even earlier, but that didn’t happen either. At the end of September, there were rumors that the phone would not be launched at all. The ongoing global chip shortage was cited as the cause.

However, we have heard two other rumors that the Galaxy S21 FE will launch in January 2022. On October 15, lay Max Weinbach, Ross Young, and Jon Prosser All said Samsung was gearing up to launch the S21 FE in January, with Prosser citing the January 11 launch date. prosser later claimed that the phone would actually launch on January 4 and hit the market on January 11. He claimed there would be no pre-order period.

Another working theory of SamMobile is that Samsung will launch the Galaxy S21 FE a few days earlier than expected at CES 2022. The show will take place from January 5-8 and Samsung has announced a keynote address for January 4, 2022.

Reports from South Korea confirm this. Per Digital Daily On November 8, directly citing a Samsung official, the phone will debut at the Las Vegas event and may launch in Europe from mid-January 2022.

On December 20, 2021, veteran tipster Evan Blass posted images of the phone to Twitter, accompanied by a January 11 date. We suspect that this is either the reveal date or it relates to the first day of sale. Anyway, it pretty much matches Prosser’s claim.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE: Design

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE in hand 1

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Last year, the Galaxy S20 FE looked a lot like the Galaxy S20 series. This year, we expect Samsung to do the same with the 2021 iteration.

Notably, it looks like the overall size of the phone will be slightly larger than that of the Galaxy S21. At 155.7 x 74.5 x 7.9 mm, this phone should fit comfortably between the dimensions of the Galaxy S21 (151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9 mm) and the Galaxy S21 Plus (161.5 x 75.6 x 7.8mm).

A few weeks after the Hemmerstoffer leaked, serial leaker Evan Blass came in with some more renders. These images show the varied colorways that may be available:

Keep in mind that the Galaxy S20 FE has come in six colorways, and we’ve only seen five of them so far for the follow-up.

Blass also shared a short video clip of the Galaxy S21 FE from all angles. Check it out below:

Color palette aside, the Galaxy S21 FE looks almost exactly like the Galaxy S21 range (except the Galaxy S21 Ultra, of course). Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Samsung is bringing back the headphone jack, which is disappointing but not surprising.

Interestingly, Samsung may have leaked the Galaxy S21 FE in a since-deleted Instagram post on August 10. The phone in the promo apparently matched the leaked images of the phone we’ve seen so far.

On August 20, a 3D model of the Galaxy S21 FE left little doubt about the phone’s design. Check it out above.

Leaker Rolan Quandt tweeted four images showing the back of the Galaxy S21 FE in gray, pink, white and green colorways.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE: specifications

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE cameras macro 2

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As for the specs, we’ve heard that the Galaxy S21 FE may not get the same battery as this year’s Plus model, which happened last year. Instead, it looks like it could have a 4,500mAh cell. That makes it 500 mAh larger than the Galaxy S21 but 300 mAh smaller than the Galaxy S21 Plus. That FCC listing we mentioned also suggests 45W of wired charging could be included, which would be a huge change for the series (the Galaxy S21 Ultra is the only phone with those charging speeds).

Previous leaks from various sources such as certification bodies have suggested that the phone will have a Snapdragon 888 SoC, a triple rear camera system (12MP main camera, 12MP ultra-wide angle, 8MP telephoto) and a 32MP selfie camera. The aforementioned marketing material leak from Blass confirms all of these specs, as well as 6GB to 8GB of RAM, 128GB to 256GB of storage, and a 120Hz FHD+ OLED panel.

Another interesting rumor we heard (via SamMobile) is that the Galaxy S21 FE could launch with Android 12 preinstalled. If confirmed, this suggests that the S21 FE could get Android 13, 14 and 15.

Prices and availability

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Box

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The price of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE will be one of its main features. It should be cheaper than even the vanilla Galaxy S21. With the Galaxy S21 starting at $799 — and the Galaxy S20 FE starting at $699 — Samsung doesn’t have much wiggle room this year.

As for the pricing, details are finally starting to emerge. According to The Korea Herald, Samsung could price the S21 FE in its home market at 700,000 to 800,000 won (~$630 to ~$720). If true, that would be a significant drop in price from the 899,800-won (~$809) Korean launch price of the Galaxy S20 FE. Of course, there’s no guarantee that other markets could see a similar price drop. While it certainly suggests Samsung is doubling down on the value-driven approach it introduced last year.

European prices for the Galaxy S21 FE could start at “just under €660” (~$767) for the base version and about €705 (~$797) for the top spec, according to WinFuture. It is believed that these two models will be separated by storage sizes, 128 GB and 256 GB respectively.

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As far as availability goes, Samsung is usually very good at making its high profile devices available worldwide. However, the ongoing global chip shortage has reportedly thrown a wrench into Samsung’s plans. In fact, earlier this year there was a rumor that the company might launch the Galaxy S21 FE only in the US and Europe. Another rumor from earlier in 2021 suggested there could also be production delays.

Needless to say, the fact that we still don’t have the S21 FE in 2021 suggests there was some truth to some of these claims (i.e. the chip shortage caused manufacturing problems). But hopefully the phone won’t see a limited launch after all this time.

Those are all the credible rumors we’ve seen so far for the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE! Be sure to bookmark this page to keep up to date with the latest leaks.

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