(Pocket-lint) – Samsung’s Galaxy S21 series only hit shelves a few months ago but there are already plenty of rumours circulating about the Galaxy S21 Fan Edition, or Galaxy S21 FE.
The Galaxy S21 FE would succeed the excellent Galaxy S20 FE if it arrives, likely hitting the sweet spot between price and features once again. Here is everything we have heard so far.
Release date and price
- Possibly 19 August
- Cheaper than Galaxy S21
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition model was revealed in September 2020 and made available in October 2020. It’s been claimed there is a Samsung device with a model number SM-G990B in the works that is likely to be the Galaxy S21 FE, and that it would launch in the second half of 2021.
With the Galaxy S21 series launching earlier than the Galaxy S20 series, it might be that the Galaxy S21 FE also arrives a little earlier than its predecessor. A leaked mini Samsung roadmap suggests a date of 19 August has been pencilled in for the S21 FE launch, which would support that idea, and potentially fill the August launch gap if the Note 21 doesn’t appear this year.
In terms of price, we’d expect the Galaxy S21 FE to sit below the Galaxy S21. The Galaxy S20 FE starts at £599 in the UK for the 4G model – it isn’t available in the US – with the 5G model costing £599 in the UK and $599 in the US, so we would expect a similar ballpark for the Galaxy S21 FE.
- Similar to Galaxy S21 series
- IP68 rating likely
- 155.7 x 74.5 x 7.9mm
The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE featured a design similar to the Galaxy S20 series, but made a couple of changes in order to reduce the price, like a plastic rear instead of glass.
The Galaxy S21 FE is expected to do the same but with a design similar to the Galaxy S21 and S21+. Rumours claim it will come in grey, pink, violet, green, blue and white colours. It’s likely to be water resistant, as the Galaxy S20 FE was, and we’d expect a flat display.
Based on multiple leaked renders, the camera housing on the rear of the S21 FE will fall into the frame, as it does on the Galaxy S21, but it will be an overall more traditional and simpler design. The housing also appears to be the same colour as the rest of the rear rather than a different colour like the Galaxy S21.
- Full HD+
- 120Hz refresh rate likely
The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE has a 6.5-inch display with a Full HD+ resolution, though rumours claim the Galaxy S21 FE will have a 6.4-inch screen. That still puts it in between the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ in terms of size though.
Both the S21 and S21+ have a Full HD+ display too and both come with a variable 120Hz refresh rate. As the Galaxy S20 FE retained the 120Hz refresh rate of the Galaxy S20 series, it is likely the S21 FE will also offer the faster refresh rate, though it’s unclear if it will offer variable refresh rate.
A flat display is also likely for the Galaxy S21 FE, along with a centralised punch hole front camera. It’s also likely to be a Super AMOLED panel.
Hardware and specs
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, 8GB RAM
- 128GB/256GB storage options
Rumours suggest the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE will come in 128GB and 256GB storage options, like its predecessor. It isn’t clear if it will offer microSD support for storage expansion, though the Galaxy S21 and S21+ don’t so it’s possible the S21 FE won’t either.
Reports claim it will be a 5G device, which we’d expect, though it isn’t clear if there will be a 4G LTE model too as there is with the Galaxy S20 FE. It is also said to run on Android 11.
A leaked benchmark suggests the Galaxy S21 FE will run on the Qualcomm Snapdrgon 888, like the Galaxy S21 series. The benchmark also suggested we would see 6GB of RAM – a little less than the Galaxy S21 – but there has also been a benchmark suggesting 8GB RAM.
Battery capacity hasn’t been mentioned as yet, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see the same battery capacity as the Galaxy S21+.
Another unsurprising shared feature with the regular S21+ is the support for 25W fast charging, though it’s not yet clear whether the charger itself will be included in the box.
- Triple rear camera probable
The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE featured a triple rear camera with the same main camera as the Galaxy S21+. It dropped the resolution of the telephoto camera and upped the resolution of the front camera. It also has the same resolution ultra wide camera as the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ but with smaller pixels.
At the moment, there are no specific rumours regarding the Galaxy S21 FE camera specs, but renders show a triple rear camera like the Galaxy S21 and S21+, which is expected.
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE rumours: What’s happened so far?
Here is everything we have heard about the Galaxy S21 FE so far.
17 June 2021: 3C document reveals Samsung Galaxy S21 FE passes through certification
A leaked 3C document, first uncovered by MyFixGuide, reveals that the Galaxy S21 FE will feature support for 25W fast charging.
11 June 2021: More Samsung Galaxy S21 FE specs revealed by benchmark test
Geekbench reported the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE on a benchmark with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset and 8GB of RAM.
9 June 2021: Here’s what the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE will look like in every colour
Evan Blass tweeted an image of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE in every colour with green, white, blue, grey and violet shown. The image also showed the device off from every angle.
21 May 2021: Samsung Galaxy S21 FE will have Snapdragon 888 and 6GB RAM, according to benchmark test
The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE appeared on a benchmark test running the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 and 6GB of RAM. It also is listed as running Android 11.
11 May 2021: Samsung eyeing an August Unpacked event to launch Fold 3, Flip 3 and Galaxy S21 FE
Industry sources claim Samsung is planning an event for August, where it is expected to reveal the the Z Fold 3, Z Flip 3 and the Galaxy S21 FE.
6 May 2021: Samsung Galaxy S21 FE on track for August reveal, in four colours
Ross Young tweeted claiming the Galaxy S21 FE is starting production in July and set to come in Gray, Light Green, Light Violet and White colour options.
12 April 2021: Here’s what the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE will look like
Steve Hemmerstoffer (OnLeaks) posted a number of high resolution renders of the Galaxy S21 FE to The Voice plaform, along with a few details.
18 March 2021: Samsung Galaxy S21 FE could launch on 19 August, S7 Lite tablet in June
Evan Blass revealed a leaked Samsung mini roadmap that suggests the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE could launch on 19 August 2021.
13 February 2021: Samsung Galaxy S21 FE mid-ranger might arrive later this year
Sammobile claimed the Galaxy S21 FE could already be in development with a model number SM-G990B. The site said it will have 5G, come in 128GB and 256GB storage options, and have Android 11. It is also said to be coming in gray/silver, pink, violet, and white colours when it launches in the second half of this year.
15 November 2020: Samsung Galaxy S21 FE expected in 2021
Leaker Max Weinbach tweeted that the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE was one of the flagships to expect from Samsung in 2021.
Samsung flagships to expect this year:
Z Fold 3
Z Flip 3
Z Fold FE
— Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) November 15, 2020
Writing by Britta O’Boyle. Editing by Conor Allison.