Samsung was expected to bring the affordable flagship Galaxy S21 FE at the August Unpacked event, but it was eventually postponed to a standalone launch in October.
Latest reports from South Korea revealed this is not happening either – the Korean manufacturer has canceled the arrival entirely, citing impressive Galaxy Z Flip3 sales, as well as the chip shortage plaguing the smartphone business in 2021.
Previously leaked Galaxy S21 FE render
Samsung had been preparing an Unpacked event for mid-October, but a company representative has confirmed it is not happening, and the team is reviewing whether the phone would hit the market at all. The Galaxy Z Flip3 is already selling well with a Snapdragon 888 chipset, the very same chipset the Galaxy S21 FE was expected to arrive with.
The uncertainty in the chip production lines is pushing Samsung to make a tough decision which device should get cut – the foldable that is still a jaw-dropping smartphone and a flag-bearer of the company’s capabilities as a technological leader, or the value-for-money leader of the Galaxy S21 lineup.