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



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


In 2020, Samsung launched its first Fan Edition smartphone, the Galaxy S20 FE. And it came in two flavors: 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 is finally arriving, albeit in a single iteration, with the 5G-capable Snapdragon 888 leading the way.

We assumed there wouldn’t be a 4G-only version of the S21 FE, as 5G networks are becoming more prevalent around the world these days, and even mid-range ones now have pretty much all 5G support as standard. But it seems that Samsung wants to surprise us, which is why it is working on a 4G version of the Galaxy S21 FE.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G

While the 5G version carries the model number SM-G990B, the folks over at Galaxy Club have unearthed an upcoming SM-G990B2 that’s in the works, with its own separate firmware. This model was recently certified by the Bluetooth SIG and has Bluetooth 5.2 on board, while the G990B, also known as the S21 FE 5G, only has Bluetooth 5.0.

The S21 FE 4G will feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 720G chipset, according to various announcements in Scandinavian online stores, as well as stores in Belgium and the Netherlands.

This SoC was used by Samsung in the Galaxy A52 last year, and also by the Xiaomi Redmi sub-brand in a large number of devices. That’s much lower than the Snapdragon 888 found inside the S21 FE 5G, which means the S21 FE 4G must be cheaper too. It’s unclear if there will be any other hardware differences between the two.

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