Samsung launched the flagship Galaxy S21 line of smartphones in January. However, by analogy with last year’s spring series of Galaxy S20 and the release of the cheaper Galaxy S20 FE in the fall, this year is also expected to release a fan version of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE (Fan Edition).
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE
The details were shared by LetsGoDigital website, supplementing the information with beautiful renders of the smartphone in different colors and a retail box. These are not official images, but materials created for clarity. The design was done by Italian designer Giuseppe Spinelli, who goes by the nickname Snoreyn and joined the LetsGoDigital team more than a year ago.
Galaxy S21 FE should be the cheapest member of the line. Considering that the base Galaxy S21 model already uses a flat-screen with Full HD resolution and a plastic case, the question arises – what will be sacrificed in the Galaxy S21 FE?
According to the source, the Galaxy S21 FE will aim the youth audience. The smartphone will be available in four interesting colors of light shades – gray, blue, purple and green. IP68 water protection will remain. The SIM card compartment will slide down. There’s no hope for a 3.5mm audio jack.
The Galaxy S21 FE will not receive the same main camera, which the entire Galaxy S21 line has, for the sake of lowering the cost. The Galaxy S21 FE will use a more familiar design. The camera configuration will likely remain the same as last year’s Galaxy S20 FE.
The smartphone will receive a 6.5-inch Full HD + screen – an average between the 6.2-inch S21 and 6.7-inch S21 +. We’ll likely see a 120Hz refresh rate, but not HDR support.
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The smartphone will run the Exynos 2100 SoC, 6 or 8 GB of RAM, 128 or 256 GB of internal flash memory, a MicroSD slot is unlikely, a 4800mAh battery with support for 25 W charging and 15 W wireless charging.
The charging kit will not be available in the box. The expected starting price is 650 euros (about $780).
IDC: The smartphone market has returned to growth
Experts of the analytical company IDC summed up the results of the fourth quarter of 2020 and the whole year in general on the smartphone market. As stated in the corresponding report, the smartphone market returned to growth. Sales in the fourth quarter of 2020 were 385.9 million units, which is 4.3% more than smartphones sold in the fourth quarter of 2019. At the same time, for the entire 2020, smartphones were sold 5.9% less than in 2019.
At the end of the fourth quarter of 2020, Apple was named the market leader. It was able to increase sales in annual terms, that is, in comparison with the same quarter of the previous year, by 22.2% – from 73.8 to 90.1 million devices. This led to an increase in Apple’s share from 19.9% to 23.4%. The second place is occupied by Samsung, which in annual terms increased sales by 6.2%, as a result of which its share increased from 18.8% to 19.1%. The third belongs to Xiaomi. Its share increased from 8.9% to 11.2%. The top five also include Oppo and Huawei. Also, The share of Oppo increased from 8.3% to 8.8%. The share of Huawei decreased from 15.2% to 8.4%.
As for 2020 as a whole, Samsung remained the leader with 20.6% of the market. Apple is in second place with 15.9%. The share of Huawei, which is in third place at the end of 2020, is 14.6%. The fourth-place belongs to Xiaomi, whose share is 11.4%, the fifth – to Vivo, whose share is 8.6%. In 2019, Samsung’s share was 21.6%, Apple’s 13.9%. Huawei – 17.5%, Xiaomi – 9.2%, Vivo – 8.0%.