Samsung’s fan-favorite ‘FE’ series was introduced in 2020 with the Galaxy S20 FE. FE stands for Fan Edition. The Galaxy S20 FE and the S21 FE were great value-for-money smartphones that brought flagship features from the more expensive S20 series at an affordable price. It’s now been two years since the introduction. Naturally, we should see the Galaxy S22 FE this year. However, this does not seem to be happening, as per reports. Let us discuss this in detail.
Update December 25, 2022: It looks like Samsung is quietly working on the S22 FE. As per the leak by @OreXda and Dohyun Kim, the Galaxy S22 FE is coming soon. However, there will not be an S23 FE model. In addition, RGcloudS said the S22 FE would replace the Galaxy A74 next year. He also said that the S22 FE will feature the Exynos 2300 and a 108MP sensor.
There won’t be an FE model for S23 tho
— Dohyun Kim (@dohyun854) December 24, 2022
Samsung Will Not Release Galaxy S22 FE
As per a recent report from The Elec, the Galaxy S22 FE will not be launched in favor of the Galaxy S22 Ultra. It appears that Samsung is trying to focus on its best flagship instead of launching another new upper-mid-range device. The reason stated is the ongoing global chip shortage.
Furthermore, Samsung has released a new Bora purple color variant to the complete S22 lineup as a replacement for the launch of the Galaxy S22 FE. The new colors bring back the lineup in the talks again. We have seen a similar strategy from Apple previously.
The Galaxy S22 FE was planned to be released with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, the same chip used in the Galaxy S22 lineup. However, due to the global chip shortage, Samsung couldn’t execute its plan. Plus, Samsung finds the Galaxy S22 series more worthy of investment than the S22 FE. The Galaxy S22 Ultra has already crossed the expected sales for H2 2022. And thus, focusing on the production of the current lineup makes more sense to Samsung.
However, Samsung is still planning to launch a Galaxy S23 FE in 2023 with the aim to ship 3 million units annually. You can read about the upcoming Galaxy S23 FE here.
Is Samsung killing the FE series forever?
The answer is maybe not. The main reason for the cancellation of the Galaxy S22 FE this year is the global chip shortage. Staggering sales of the current lineup make up for the second main reason. Therefore, we believe that Samsung could return the FE series once the global chip shortage ends. What are your thoughts on the Galaxy S22 FE? Let us know in the comments.