The Samsung Galaxy S21 vary is right here, however maybe not each mannequin, because it’s seemingly that Samsung will observe the preliminary trio up with a Samsung Galaxy S21 FE (or Galaxy S21 Fan Version because it may be referred to as) many months later.
This could be a less expensive, decrease finish different to the S21, a lot because the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Version is to the Samsung Galaxy S20.
Nevertheless, the discount in price and specs are each more likely to be minimal, with the S21 Fan Version nonetheless more likely to be pretty high-end – and priced accordingly.
It is also a significant launch for Samsung, probably touchdown in what would usually be the Galaxy Notice’s slot, as the corporate suggests the Samsung Galaxy Note 21 is canceled – though we might still see a new model in that range next year.
The news and rumors around this phone are just starting to drip in – we’ve covered all the best ones below, and come up with a list of things we want from the Samsung Galaxy S21 Fan Edition, along with our best educated guesses at the release date and price.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? A cheaper take on the Samsung Galaxy S21
- When is it out? Possibly August
- How much will it cost? A lot – but less than most flagships
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE release date and price
The first thing to note is that even though there has only been one Fan Edition model so far, we can be confident that Samsung is planning a Galaxy S21 FE, as SamMobile studies that the corporate mentioned it could launch a brand new one yearly.
As for precisely when the Samsung Galaxy S21 Fan Version will land, that’s barely tougher to foretell, since we don’t have a lot historical past to work with. However the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Version was introduced on September 23 and hit shops on October 2, so on condition that there’s usually round a yr’s hole between cellphone fashions, related dates in 2021 are seemingly.
But leaker Evan Blass launched a mini-roadmap alleging the Samsung S21 FE will launch on August 19, a a lot earlier date than anticipated. That is when the yr’s Samsung Notice is usually unveiled, however given we have heard the Samsung Galaxy S21 will not be popping out in 2021, the S21 FE may take its place.
August may make sense too, because the most important Galaxy S21 vary landed in mid-January, which was round a month sooner than new fashions within the vary often land. That would have a knock-on impact and imply that the Samsung Galaxy S21 Fan Version launches in August moderately than September, because the leaked roadmap suggests.
The value is one thing that we don’t have a lot concept of but, however it could have a launch worth consistent with the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Version, which price $699 / £699 / AU$1,149 for a 5G mannequin, or £599 / AU$999 for a 4G one (with this model not being obtainable within the US).
If something although the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE may be cheaper than its predecessor, because the Samsung Galaxy S21 has a decrease launch worth than the Galaxy S20 did.
Information and leaks
It has been pretty quiet thus far when it comes to Samsung Galaxy S21 FE information and rumors, however momentum is beginning to choose up now. By way of respected tipster @OnLeaks we have got what might be our first have a look at the Galaxy S21 FE, and we have embedded one of many tweets under.
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The upcoming cellphone will apparently be barely taller and barely wider than the primary Galaxy S21, with a 6.Four-inch show moderately than a 6.2-inch one. The rear digital camera bump, in the meantime, will likely be related to the rear casing moderately than the steel body.
The opposite most important rumor concerning the Samsung Galaxy S21 Fan Version is just that it’s within the works. Max Weinbach (a leaker with a great monitor report) tweeted as a lot, saying that it’s going to launch someday in 2021.
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That’s no shock although, not least as a result of Samsung itself has reportedly mentioned to count on a brand new Fan Version yearly, as famous above.
Equally, different sources declare cellphone with the mannequin quantity SM-G990B is in improvement, and it is believed that may be the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE. On the very least the mannequin quantity would appear to position it within the Galaxy S21 vary.
We’ve got heard a number of issues past that although, particularly that the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE will reportedly have a 32MP front-facing digital camera, and are available in gentle inexperienced, white, gray, purple, and pink shades.
Past that, we will predict that it’s going to have a top-end Snapdragon or Exynos chipset. Within the case of the Galaxy S20 Fan Version, the 4G model bought the Exynos 990 whereas the 5G one bought the Snapdragon 865, so maybe we’ll see the same break up once more – however with the following technology of those chipsets, particularly the Snapdragon 888 and Exynos 2100.
Each of these chipsets are very highly effective, and are at present among the many greatest you will get in a smartphone.
What we need to see
We had been reasonably impressed by the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Version, however there are a number of key enhancements we’d wish to see from the S21 FE.
1. A glass again
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Version has a reasonably premium worth however its ‘Glasstic’ again (plastic that’s designed to really feel like glass) is something however.
This was one among our greatest disappointments with the cellphone, and we actually need to see Samsung up the standard of supplies for the Galaxy S21 Fan Version. Both that or decrease the worth, or higher but each.
Nevertheless, since we made this want Samsung launched the Galaxy S21 with a Glasstic again, and it appears unlikely that the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE will get a extra premium rear than that cellphone.
2. A lower cost
As famous above, the Galaxy S20 Fan Version is kind of an costly cellphone, and that’s regardless of being the infant of the Galaxy S20 vary.
Whereas the specs and options go a way in the direction of justifying the worth (plastic again however), the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE may actually stand out extra if it had been a bit extra inexpensive.
This will likely manner effectively come to go, on condition that the remainder of the Galaxy S21 vary is cheaper than the Galaxy S20 vary.
three. A brighter display
We had been usually fairly impressed by the Galaxy S20 Fan Version’s display, however one side that would use some enchancment is its brightness.
In our assessment we famous that it struggled in direct daylight, and that the automated brightness typically felt dimmer than it ought to. So for the Samsung Galaxy S21 Fan Version we wish each the next most brightness and enhancements to the auto brightness mode.
Four. Higher battery life
Whereas the Galaxy S20 Fan Version has a Four,500mAh battery, we discovered that it didn’t really final very lengthy, and infrequently struggling to even attain a full day earlier than it wanted charging once more.
That’s simply not ok, particularly when you think about that over time the battery will start to wear down and turn out to be much more problematic, so we wish large enhancements right here for the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE.
Four,500mAh isn’t really a foul measurement, so it’s seemingly poor optimization that’s at fault, however whether or not by a much bigger battery or enhancements elsewhere, we wish to have the ability to comfortably get a day of life from the Samsung Galaxy S21 Fan Version at an absolute minimal.
5. Sooner charging
One other situation we’ve with the battery within the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Version is its charging velocity.
At 25W (or 15W for wi-fi charging) it’s not horrible, however when even the considerably cheaper OnePlus Nord can handle 30W charging, and a few telephones are as much as 65W or increased, we actually need elevated charging energy from the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE.