When will the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE be released?
Samsung has not said anything about the Galaxy S21 FE, so there is no official release date at the time of writing. Therefore, we need to look at the previous pattern to see if we can make an accurate prediction. This is a bit of a stab in the dark, as there has only been one FE device so far, and that arrived in the middle of the pandemic. But, if we use that as our template, then here’s how the range lined up over the past few years:
- Samsung Galaxy S9 released on 16 March 2018
- Samsung Galaxy S10 released on 4 March 2019
- Samsung Galaxy S20 released on 6 March 2020
- Samsung Galaxy S20 FE released on 2 October 2020
The typical release schedule shows the main phones being released in March, and then the FE coming around seven months after that - which would have placed the S21 FE for an October release.
However, Samsung is actually bucking the March trend, with the Samsung Galaxy S21 range rolling out from 29 January. This could therefore mean that we may see the S21 FE earlier in turn - possibly around August 2021.
Once we know more, we'll update this article.
How much will the Galaxy S21 FE cost?
As there is no clear guidance from Samsung, we’ll again consult the tea-leaves of devices past to gain some idea of how much the new model will cost.
Last year the two models were priced as such:
- Samsung Galaxy S20 – £799
- Samsung Galaxy S20 5G – £899/$899
- Samsung Galaxy S20 FE – £599
- Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G – £699/$699
As you can see, there are two variants of the S20 FE in the UK (both 4G and 5G) but the US is 5G only, with the same holding true for the Galaxy S20. It seems likely that this may continue in 2021, with the 5G network still slowly coming online and only really available in the big cities.
We can now also use the confirmed pricing for the S21 range to help further determine what we'll see on the FE.
- Samsung Galaxy S21 - £769
This is £50 cheaper than last year, so we could possibly see a price drop on the S21 FE as well. However, if Samsung adopts the same pricing in 2021, then we’ll see the two UK variants coming in at around £599 (4G) and £699 (5G), with the US solitary 5G version costing $699.
What features will be included in the Samsung S21 FE?
With the potential release date so far off at the moment, there is next to no solid news on what the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE will bring to the table, but that hasn’t stopped a few rumours beginning to turn the mill.
WCCFTech reports that the new model will be something of a downgrade in quality from the initial Galaxy S20 FE. The main area of compromise, it says, will be with the display, which could be a 60Hz AMOLED panel rather than the 120Hz one that featured on its predecessor.
This will be countered by moving up to the Exynos 2100 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipsets (varying by market) with small bumps to both the camera sensors and battery size.
Specifications Pro has other ideas, with the site suggesting that the new Galaxy S21 FE will feature a 6.7in AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate, Exynos 990 processor, and four rear cameras comprised of 64MP f/1.8 wide, 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide, 5MP f/2.4 macro and 5MP f/2.2 depth.
The only thing that looks reasonably certain is that the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE will actually appear in 2021, as noted tech leaker Max Weinbach posted a tweet in November 2020 where he stated that the S21 FE, along with several other models, where part of Samsung’s plans for the new year.
Samsung flagships to expect this year:— Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) November 15, 2020
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