The Galaxy S21 Fe (Fan Edition), Samsung’s next mid-range, will not be released in all countries. The South Korean manufacturer will reserve the phone for a limited handful of markets, including Europe. The industry-wide computer chip shortage has visibly upset Samsung’s plans.
According to information shared by the Financial News, a reputable South Korean media outlet, Samsung has decided not to launch the Galaxy S21 FE (Fan Edition) anywhere in the world. Citing information provided by a Samsung partner, the media claim that the smartphone will not be marketed only in the United States and Europe. The phone will not be available on the African continent or in Asia.
“I know that some time ago, due to a shortage of chips, production was considered to have stopped. However, given the importance of the market, it was reconsidered to release certain quantities in the United States and Europe ” explains the source.
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Launch in October 2021 in limited quantities
This launch, limited to a few markets, is the result of the chip shortage affecting the entire industry. As production lines slow down, Samsung has reportedly failed to secure enough Snapdragon 888 chips from Qualcomm to produce significant quantities of the Galaxy S21 FE.
With its back to the wall, the Seoul giant has probably fallen back on the markets where last year’s Galaxy S20 FE was the most popular. Nevertheless, one should expect a launch in very limited quantities. “It is possible that the volume of production exported to the United States and Europe is considerably reduced compared to what was expected” continues the manager interviewed by the Financial News.
As announced in our columns, the launch of the Galaxy S21 FE will be postponed for several months. According to the media, the smartphone will not be announced before October 2021. “We are talking about a release in October but the chip shortage is so bad that the industry cannot guarantee anything ” tempers the source. Initially, Samsung was hoping to launch the S21 Fan Edition in August instead of the eventually canceled Galaxy Note 21. The smartphone was to be unveiled at the Unpacked conference dedicated to the brand’s new foldable smartphones, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and the Galaxy Z Fold 3. We tell you more quickly.
Source: Financial News