Back in the last year, Samsung didn’t meet its own expectations with the Galaxy S20 series. We can blame the COVID-19 pandemic for the devices’ lower than expected sales. After all, in these dark days, not everyone is easily spending money on super expensive flagships. To catch more customers, Samsung decided to launch a more affordable variant for its Galaxy S20 series in September. The device came with high-end specifications and a design refreshment, carrying the Galaxy S20 FE moniker. Just a couple of months after its release, we can say that the Galaxy S20 FE is hit. For that reason, we’re not surprised to see that the brand is already working on a new Galaxy S21 FE.
Galaxy S21 FE is the SM-G990B and will lack microSD card support
According to a report from SamMobile, the Korean giant is already working on a new Galaxy S21 FE. The device will come with model number SM-G990B and some of its specs have surfaced today. The handset will borrow some of the specifications from the Galaxy S21 and S21+. For that reason, we can expect, at least one version, to come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC. We also expect it to pack a Super AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution.
The publication states that the phone will come in multiple colorways. The list includes White, Gray/Silver, Pink, and Violet colorways. The device will be sold in 128GB and 256GB storage configurations. Considering that the entire Galaxy S21 series lacks a microSD card, the Galaxy S21 FE is likely dropping this feature as well. This generated a huge backlash from customers who have been used to this feature. So far, Samsung was one of the few companies supporting microSD cards in the high-end segment. Now that the brand is dropping this feature, we expect microSD card slots to become something only present in mid-range phones.
According to the report, the SM-G990B aka Galaxy S21 FE will be a 5G smartphone. Not a big surprise, after all, in 2021 there is no point in launching high-end phones with fifth-gen network support. The device will also run Android 11 straight out of the box, which is also obvious at this point. The device will likely come with One UI 3.1 or even a newer version depending on the launch date.
The original Galaxy S20 FE came in September. However, with the new info surfacing at this point, we wouldn’t discard an earlier release for it. Anyway, we’re not expecting it for this quarter. After all, the Galaxy S21 series is yet to complete one month of existence. So we can’t see a point in launching a Fan Edition right now. It would hurt the sales of the regular phone depending on the specs and price.