A cheaper Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 4G is coming with the Snapdragon 720G at the helm

Tamsin Rodriguez16 June 2022Last Update : 2 weeks ago
A cheaper Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 4G is coming with the Snapdragon 720G at the helm

Back in 2020, Samsung released its first Fan Edition smartphone ever, the Galaxy S20 FE. And it came in two versions: a 4G with the company’s own Exynos 990 SoC and a 5G variant with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865. Fast forward to January, and the Galaxy S21 FE finally comes, but only in one iteration, with 5G capable Snapdragon 888 at the helm .

We assumed that there would not be a 4G-only version of the S21 FE, as 5G networks are becoming more widespread worldwide these days, and even mid-rangers now pretty much all have 5G support by default. But Samsung wants to surprise us, it seems, so it’s working on a 4G version of the Galaxy S21 FE.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G

While the 5G version has the model number SM-G990B, people at Galaxy Club have dug up an upcoming SM-G990B2, which is under construction, complete with its own separate firmware. That model was recently certified by the Bluetooth SIG, and it has Bluetooth 5.2 on board, whereas the G990B, also called the S21 FE 5G, only has Bluetooth 5.0.

The S21 FE 4G will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 720G chipset according to several lists in Scandinavian online stores as well as stores in Belgium and the Netherlands.

This SoC was used by Samsung in the Galaxy A52 from last year and by the Xiaomi brand Redmi in a wide range of devices as well. It is much lower than the Snapdragon 888 found inside the S21 FE 5G, which means that the S21 FE 4G should also be cheaper. It is unclear if there will be other hardware differences between the two.

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