: Shortly after Ross Young’s latest revelation, both Jon Prosser
and Max Weinbach chimed in on Twitter
to “confirm” the revised Galaxy S21 FE timeline. The handset is now almost certainly “delayed until January” and may finally break coverage on January 11, 2022 … if Samsung’s current plans do not end up changing again. Our original story follows below.
Galaxy S21 FE should be the most confusing mobile device in recent memory (if not ever) and switch from a long-rumored delayed status to look on the way to an impending release and even on the way to cancellation at some point in the last few weeks alone.
The production of the handset is still a long way off
What was originally supposed to happen back in August or even July has not yet happened, with Ross Young’s latest prediction
requires an S21 FE 5G production in December.
If you are not familiar with Young’s name and reputation, you should know that this is a highly experienced supply chain analyst we are talking about here, with a solid track record of predicting product launches (and cancellations) based on the rumble of the smartphone manufacturing industry .
S21 FE is not exactly the best kept secret in the tech world
Of course, Samsung could theoretically unveil the undoubtedly cheap high-end next week and then choose to release it commercially … when it’s ready, but if the company barely plans to start producing the device in December, we may have to wait until January for actual deliveries.
Today’s updated weather forecast agrees just as well a recent SamMobile report that many considered sketchy at first glance. The publication’s sources indicated last week that Samsung was considering a Galaxy S21 FE 5G launch in January 2022 with minimal fanfare, which could end up contributing to a delay in the Galaxy S22 series until February.
But what about the “Galaxy Unpacked Part 2” event?
Of course, we hate being the bearer of bad news, but if one is to trust this recently revised S21 FE plan (and it probably is, too), there are not many reasons to be excited about … no matter what Samsung plans to announce next week.
This is because it’s way too early for other larger devices to see daylight, which lets us expect a 60-minute hype session centered on One UI 4 software and possibly new colorways for existing phones like Galaxy Z Fold 3, Z Flip 3, S21, S21 + and S21 Ultra.
Can this event be about color?
It is then to see if the company will ultimately choose to present Galaxy S21 FE 5G at yet another unpacked event in December 2021 or January 2022, with The S22 family certainly put their head on their own launch party by February 2022.
Said chip shortage allegedly forced Samsung to consider releasing S21 Fan Edition with an Exynos 2100 SoC under the hood rather than a Snapdragon 888, but that was clearly not enough to bring the phone closer to the finish line.
The rest of the essentially confirmed specifications include a 6.4-inch or so flat AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate support, a triple rear-facing camera system consisting of 32, 12 and 8MP lenses, battery capacity around the 4,400mAh mark, 128 gig internal storage to start with, up to 8 GB RAM and 25 W charging technology.
Basically, the only chance that this thing is still sold as hotcakes after all these delays is to be affordable enough to make our list of best budget 5G phones. So no, a base price of $ 700 will not do.