Samsung is among the endless list of companies being hit by the shortage of chipsets, and the Galaxy S21 FE smartphone is the latest victim. Earlier this month, Samsung denied rumors of the late arrival of the phone, although the company did not sound confident in its statement.
Today new report arrives from South Korea, revealing the launch has been postponed from early August to October, and there will be limited availability on top of that.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE, expected to be a more affordable flagship in the sea of $1,000+ smartphones, will not launch in South Korea or Japan. It will appear initially only in the United States and Europe.
Industry insiders revealed Samsung considered total shutdown of the production, but due to the popularity of the FE series, the Korean maker decided to go for a limited quantity. The company was quoted that this direction is only one of many considered, and nothing is final yet.
The chipset bottleneck is a major issue that has also affected the Galaxy Note series, which will only see a new phone in 2022.
Source (in Korean)