According to insiders, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE has been halted, although Samsung claims that no decision has been taken.
South Korea’s Electronic Times claimed Sunday that the business had delayed production of the less priced version of the Galaxy S21 owing to a scarcity of Qualcomm’s application processors.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE was one of the most widely anticipated Android phones, but according to a fresh source out of Korea, production may be halted.
Samsung has issued a non-committal comment to this report, stating that “nothing has been determined.”
Samsung began canceling orders for parts for the S21 FE phones on June 11, according to ET News. The cause appears to be the persistent chip scarcity, which is affecting everything from PS5 restocks to the most advanced electric vehicles. It’s worth noting, though, that this report has subsequently been removed.
In reaction to a story that the company has paused production of the Galaxy S21 Fan Edition due to a chip shortage, Samsung Electronics Co. said it has not yet determined whether to discontinue manufacturing of its new affordable phone.
Samsung replied in a text message Sunday that “although we cannot share details of the unreleased product,” “nothing has been determined on the supposed production stop.”
Samsung retaliated by delivering the following statement, according to Bloomberg:
“While we are unable to reveal specifics about the unreleased product, no decision has been made on the supposed production halt.”
This isn’t exactly an admission of guilt. A similar claim about the Pixel 5a’s likely cancellation was debunked by Google earlier this year. “Pixel 5a 5G is not canceled,” Google stated at the time. It will be released later this year in the United States and Japan, and will be launched at the same time as last year’s a-series phone.”
Although it is technically conceivable for production to continue, suspending the manufacture of a flagship smartphone is a major undertaking that might cause significant delays. It’s safe to assume that Samsung has addressed the chip shortage, which was reportedly the basis for the shutdown in the first place. However, Qualcomm earlier predicted that the chip shortfall would persist until the end of 2021, while Intel predicted that it would continue “a few years.”
In a follow-up tweet, the leaker clarified that the problem isn’t one of supply. “It’s because the parts required by FE’s new technology aren’t up to snuff, and this portion could have something to do with the battery. This has no bearing on other models.”
If the Galaxy S21 FE is delayed or canceled, it will be a pity. According to alleged Geekbench benchmarks, the phone will include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor with 6GB RAM, while renders by Evan Blass revealed a trendy handset in a variety of colors. What’s the best part? The Galaxy S21 FE is also expected to be less expensive than last year’s model.
However, according to the source, the Galaxy S21 FE would not be released until Q3 2021, if at all. We’ve reached out to Samsung for comment on the Galaxy S21 FE’s purported manufacturing halt, and we’ll update the piece if we hear back.