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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE: Confirmed with Snapdragon 888 SoC

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The Fan Edition variant of the Samsung Galaxy S21 is not too far away from now. Recently the device was spotted on the Geekbench website with model no. SM-G990B.

Highlights

  • The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE was spotted on the Geekbench database website
  • Confirms specifications like Snapdragon 888 SoC with 6GB of RAM
  • The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE has model no. SM-G990B

Overview

The specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE have been confirmed, courtesy of the Geekbench listing.

The device’s launch date is not yet confirmed, but it is expected to launch in August and Samsung’s foldable phones, namely the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Galaxy Z Fold 3

In some previous reports, it was seen that a Samsung device with model no. SM-G990B was in the making and could be the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S21 FE.

Now, as per listing on the Geekbench website, the specifications of the same model number like processor, RAM and software have been confirmed.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Specifications

According to the listing, the SM-G990B was spotted with the chipset named Lahaina. Lahaina is the codename for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC.

It confirms that the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE will come with a Snapdragon 888 SoC along with 6 GB of RAM. The device will be running on Android 11 out of the box.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is a toned-down version of its flagship S21 series. It delivers a flagship experience but at a more affordable price.

The Galaxy S21 FE would be similar to the baseline S21 in terms of specification and design.

The rear camera module will be the same with curved edges. On the front will be an Infinity-O display.

In a Safety Korea certification regarding battery safety, it was spotted that the device will come with a 4,500 mAh battery pack.

Just like the S20 FE, the S21 FE series will be available in multiple colour options. The colours would include White, Light Violet, Light Green and Grey. As seen on the listing, the S21 FE runs Android 11, okay! But it will be the first Galaxy devices to upgrade to Android 12 with OneUI 4.0.

The device will also be guaranteed three Android updates, which seems to be running on Android 14 at some point in the future. Fingers crossed!

The above report makes me happy that the device will be coming with the flagship Snapdragon 888 SoC.

But I have a question, and you must also be thinking the same:

Will there be an Exynos variant?

Recently, Samsung upgraded its S20 FE LTE with a Snapdragon 865 chipset. Maybe it was due to a global chip shortage problem or to offer 5G on its affordable flagship phone.

The S20 lineup had two variants, one with 5G and the other with LTE.

But this time, the S21 series is a fully 5G device, which means that it won’t have an Exynos variant. Until now, there aren’t any hints or reports suggesting an Exynos variant of the S21 FE, but who knows.

We might have an Exynos variant for a particular region and a Snapdragon version for another, just like the S21 series and S20 series.

The S20 FE also exists in both Exynos and Snapdragon-powered variants.

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Other expected Features

The baseline S21 would more or less inspire the features. But we also have some expectations from Samsung.

1.) Display

The display would probably a 6.4- inch panel. The S20 FE came with a 1080p resolution and a 120 Hz refresh rate, HDR 10+ display. The same was seen on the Galaxy S21.

Maybe, we can expect the same configuration on the S21 FE too. If Samsung drops this to any lower level, then it would be very disheartening.

Also, it will have an under-display fingerprint scanner for biometric security. Most probably, it would be an ultra-sonic one.

2.) Camera

The cameras would be a triple-camera setup at the rear and a centrally aligned punch hole camera on the front.

The actual sensors of the cameras are not yet confirmed, but at minimum, it is expected to have a 64 MP primary sensor. Other cameras would probably include an ultra-wide and a telephoto lens.

The selfie would be more likely a 32 MP sensor. If not, then it might be the same 10 MP one as the vanilla S21.

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3.) Screen Protection and IP-rating

The vanilla S21 comes with Gorilla Glass Victus on the front, but it might be that Samsung would go for less expensive options for cost-cutting factors.

I would personally not mind it, though, because “Glass is glass and glass breaks“.

Moreover, there should not be any cost-cutting on the IP rating as the S20 FE already has an IP68 rating.

4.) Colour Variants

As mentioned above, the expected colours are White, Light Violet, Light Green and Grey. Since it is a fan-edition device, Samsung should offer a wide colour palette to choose from. Just like the S20 FE, the S21 FE should also have some funky and colourful look.

5.) Battery and Charging

The battery would be a 4,500 mAh capacity with proprietary 25 W of fast charging. But, the charger would not be shipping in the box since it is a part of the S-lineup or may ship with a 15 W charger

I hope Samsung doesn’t remove the wireless charging feature on this one for any reason as it is an essence of an S-series device.

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Overall Impression

This was all about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S21 FE. Seeing the past trends and Samsung’s launch timeline, the device will launch in and around August.

As for now, the Snapdragon 888 is confirmed, which I hope every fan out there would be very happy about.

I think, this time, we won’t have an Exynos variant.

The expected price would be around Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 43,000 in India.

It would be interesting to see how Samsung pushes its limits in developing the S21 FE, to define it a level down from the vanilla S21 variant without dropping into the Galaxy A territory.

So, I hope you must have enjoyed the article.

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