Samsung surprised many in 2020 by releasing a cheaper version of its flagship Galaxy S20 called the Galaxy S20 FE (or Fan Edition). This featured a great combination of specs and price, making it an instant hit and garnering a 4.5 star review from our own Lewis Painter.
Now, with 2020 finally behind us, we look towards what the new year may bring, in the form of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE.
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
If Samsung follows this schedule then we should see the Samsung S21 (or the Samsung S30 as some rumours suggest it will be called) arrive in March 2021, followed by the new Galaxy S21 FE in October.
This has been thrown off a little in recent days though, with Samsung announcing an Unpacked event will take place on 14 January, which is expected to see the launch of the Galaxy S21, over a month early, which could encourage the company to bring the S21 FE earlier in turn.
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.
So, if Samsung adopts the same pricing in 2021, then we’ll hopefully see the two UK variants coming in at £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:
S21 FES21S21+S21 UltraZ Fold 3Z Flip 3Z Fold FE
— Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach)
November 15, 2020
We might have to wait too long to find out if these rumours are true, as Samsung has its annual Unpacked event on 14 January, so check out the live feed to see if the Galaxy S21 FE gets a mention. You can also read our roundup of the best Galaxy S20 FE deals to see if you can grab a bargain.