Undoubtedly intended for a 2021 release during the early stages of development, the value-focused The Galaxy S21 FE was disappointing in the daylight in January 2022. That practically doomed the 6.4-incher to a much less fortunate checkout fate than its 6.5-inch predecessor, which sold like hot cakes in the last quarter of 2020.
While we have no reason to believe that a future Galaxy S22 FE model this year would be plagued with similar component shortages as its predecessor, SamMobile comes out today
in support of an ominous theory first disseminated by a slightly less reliable source a few months ago.
As in April, there is apparently no sign of an SM-S900 device in terms of hardware or software development, strongly suggesting that such a handset… simply doesn’t exist. If that’s true, chances are it will never exist, unless of course Samsung is thinking of releasing the sequel of the S21 FE even later than January next year.
There’s also a chance that the company is secretly working on an S22 FE under a completely different model number… which no reputable leaker, insider or technical publication has gotten wind of yet, but that’s clearly very, very, HIGHLY unlikely.
Instead, if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck and… plays dead like a duck, the Galaxy S22 FE is almost certain to be dead. At best, hardcore fans of Fan Edition Samsung phones could hope for an announcement around the same time as the Galaxy S23 family next year, although we’re really not sure if that’s best for everyone.
With the Galaxy S21 FE regularly priced at $700 and up and the “vanilla” S22 often discounted from $800 to $700 just a few months after the latter’s commercial debut, one can certainly hope that the apparent cancellation of the S22 FE will lead to the S23 costing $700 in its entry-level variant right away. Contrary to the actual cancellation story, however, this should be treated as a mere suspicion for the time being.