Samsung Tuesday surprised everyone when it announced a Galaxy Unpacked event for later this month. The Galaxy Unpacked 2021 Part 2 will take place online on October 20, 2021, at 10 AM ET. The company didn’t give many clues about what to expect from the event. But there are expectations that the Galaxy S21 FE will finally launch after circulating through leaks and rumors for the better part of the year. And it appears Samsung will not disappoint this time around.
Supply chain sources have revealed that the Galaxy S21 FE will be part of Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event next week (via). The new report claims that the upcoming Fan Edition (FE) Galaxy will be up for pre-orders almost immediately after unveiling. It will go on general sales in some countries on October 29th.
Samsung has reportedly already started supplying accessories to major retailers in regions where it plans to sell the Galaxy S21 FE. There are rumors that the device will have limited availability, with lesser than usual stock, due to the ongoing semiconductor shortage. In fact, the company was once believed to have canceled the phone altogether as it couldn’t source enough chips for it. The Korean giant is already struggling to meet the demand for its new foldables which have been selling like crazy since the very beginning.
Nonetheless, despite those troubles, Samsung is seemingly going ahead with the Galaxy S21 FE, albeit a little late than expected. This should also mean the Galaxy S22 series will not be pushed back to February next. Or maybe it will since some analysts expect this chip shortage issue to get worse in the coming months. Samsung surely cannot afford to repeat the foldable mistake, producing fewer Galaxy S22 units and struggling to meet the demand.
Galaxy S21 FE rumored specs
Going by previous leaks, rumors, and certification listings, the Galaxy S21 FE will be a pretty compelling offering from Samsung. It sports a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution with a 120Hz refresh rate. The Snapdragon 888/Exynos 2100 SoC will be at its heart, with at least 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
For imaging, we have a 12-megapixel primary camera, a 12-megapixel ultrawide lens, and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom and optical image stabilization (OIS). There’s a 32-megapixel camera on the front for selfies and video calls.
Other rumored specs and features include an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, an in-display fingerprint reader, stereo speakers, Wi-Fi 6, GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, and NFC. The phone will likely pack a 4,500mAh battery with 25W fast charging. It should also support fast wireless charging and reverse wireless charging. You can find more details in our Galaxy S21 FE Preview here. Stay tuned for the Galaxy Unpacked 2021 Part 2 next week.