What you need to know
- The launch of Samsung's Galaxy S20 FE successor might be delayed by a few months.
- Samsung is said to have suspended production of the Galaxy S21 FE due to a component shortage.
- The Galaxy S21 FE was previously expected to debut alongside the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 in August.
Some reports out of South Korea are now suggesting that Samsung has suspended production of the Galaxy S20 FE successor due to a battery shortage. A few other reports blame the move on a chip shortage.
According to a since-deleted report from ETNews, Samsung has decided to cancel the Galaxy S21 FE altogether due to a shortage of Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chips. Samsung leaker Ice Universe, however, claims the company has only temporarily halted production of the S21 FE due to a battery shortage.
As reported by SamMobile, Galaxy S21 FE's primary battery supplier, LG Energy Solutions, is currently dealing with a few production issues. The secondary supplier, Samsung SDI, is yet to start producing batteries for the upcoming value flagship.
In a statement sent to Bloomberg, Samsung said:
The global chip shortage is also the reason why Samsung decided not to launch a new Galaxy Note series phone this year. Several other smartphone makers have also been affected by the global chip shortage, including Google. Just last week, the U.S. Senate passed a $250 billion bill to bolster the country's semiconductor industry and counter China.
The Galaxy S21 FE is expected to arrive with a 6.5-inch AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution and the same 120Hz refresh rate as the best Android phones. It is also tipped to feature a Snapdragon 888 chipset, triple 12MP cameras, Wi-Fi 6 support, and a 4,500mAh battery.
Android Central reached out to Samsung but did not get a comment in time for publication.
Samsung Galaxy S21
The vanilla Galaxy S21 offers a similar flagship experience as its more expensive siblings in a more compact size and at a lower price. You get an ultra-smooth 120Hz screen, Qualcomm's powerful Snapdragon 888 processor, 5G connectivity, and a capable camera.
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