Samsung appears to have delayed the launch of the Galaxy S21 FE. Multiple sources claim that the South Korean giant’s production plans have been set back because of a components shortage.
Galaxy S21 FE won’t be the first Samsung product to be delayed because of chip shortage
It’s believed that the widespread semiconductor shortage played into Samsung’s decision to not launch a Galaxy Note series phone this year and the release of the company’s latest mid-ranger – the Galaxy A52 and A72 – has apparently also been delayed in various markets for the same reason.
Samsung was earlier expected to announce the Galaxy S21 FE next month alongside the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Z Flip 3, and new smartwatches. Recent reports about the Unpacked event where the company will likely reveal the new products made no mention of the Galaxy S21 FE.
While most sources claim that Samsung abruptly halted Galaxy S21 FE’s production because of a chip shortage, venerated leaker Ice Universe believes it’s because of quality-control issues. Well-known tipster Roland Quandt seems to suggest that production never started in the first place.
haven’t seen any evidence supporting the allegation that they had even started making the S21 FE or parts for it yet.
— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) June 13, 2021
Samsung has apparently gone as far as canceling part orders, which means production plans have been put on hold indefinitely.
Apparently, Samsung wants to keep what limited Snapdragon 888 chips it has for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Flip 3. The FE was rumored to feature the same Qualcomm chipset.
At the earliest, Galaxy S21 FE will arrive in September…if at all
Bloomberg reached out to Samsung for a statement and it’s interesting to note that the company did not deny the rumors. It only said that it has not made a decision about suspending the production of its new affordable smartphone.
That’s just speculation, and if a report is to be believed, Samsung was counting on the Galaxy S21 FE to make up for the less-than-stellar sales of the Galaxy S21 series and fill the void that will be left by the absence of a Note phone this year.