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Exclusive: Samsung SM-G990B incoming, could be the Galaxy S21 Fan Edition


Last updated: February 12th, 2021 at 09:13 UTC+02:00

Last year’s Galaxy S20 FE was a surprise hit. Well, not really a surprise: The success of the Galaxy S20 FE came from a combination of excellent specs and an attractive price tag no one expected from Samsung, at least not in the high-end segment.

And what do you do when you have a phone that did incredibly well? You make a sequel, of course, and we’re hearing that the Galaxy S21 FE may already be in the works. Our sources tell us there’s a Galaxy device with model number SM-G990B in development, and that it may be the Galaxy S21 FE.

Galaxy S21 FE will run Android 11 out of the box and support 5G

Now, those who know a thing or two about Samsung’s model number scheme will point out that the Galaxy S20 FE was the SM-G780F/SM-G781B while that G990 should be the LTE variant of the Galaxy S21. Well, they would be right. However, Samsung hasn’t launched LTE variants of its latest flagships, and we’re assuming it is only trying to streamline things by bringing the model number of the Galaxy S21 FE in line with the standard Galaxy S21 models.

Like the Galaxy S20 FE, we can expect the Galaxy S21 FE to have specs that are taken from both the Galaxy S21 and S21+. Perhaps it will also feature a microSD slot? Unfortunately, we only know that the phone will come with 5G connectivity, 128GB and 256GB storage variants, Android 11, and gray/silver, pink, violet, and white color options. It will probably launch sometime in the second half of this year, but we will have to wait for more concrete information to surface in the coming weeks/months.

If you’re looking to buy a new phone right away, the Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra are all good options, though you will have to make do without features like expandable storage and a full-fledged Samsung Pay experience and buy a charger and earphones separately. The Galaxy S20 FE is still a fantastic proposition as well, especially with Samsung’s guarantee of three major OS updates.

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