Following a somewhat underwhelming 2020, during which Samsung was essentially tied for first place with Huawei in Q2 global smartphone sales
and then surpassed by Apple in Q4
, the Korean tech giant seems to have decided to shake up its 2021 product portfolio and release strategy in a number of big ways.
There will be at least two more Unpacked events this year
After taking the wraps off the Galaxy A52
with plenty more fanfare than their budget-friendly forerunners, Samsung is apparently (tentatively) planning to do the same for some mysterious new PCs as early as next month. While it's not entirely clear if we should expect upgraded Galaxy Chromebooks and/or Windows-powered Galaxy Book laptops to see daylight on or around April 14, we're honestly not that curious about these products here at PhoneArena either way.
Instead, the Galaxy S21
FE 5G that's rumored to be the protagonist of an August 19 Unpacked shindig is capturing all our attention for a couple of important reasons. Firstly, we're obviously excited for the sequel to an absolutely stunning
albeit flawed powerhouse
that managed to strike quite possibly the greatest balance between state-of-the-art technology and affordability of all of Samsung's 2020 high-enders.
Secondly and perhaps more importantly, the very fact Samsung
is purportedly thinking of giving center stage to an undoubtedly inexpensive S21 FE model in the Galaxy Note's traditional window suggests this bad boy could be even bigger than its already hugely popular predecessor
Of course, the aforementioned date is not etched in stone yet, and in terms of specs and features, there's not a whole lot we know about the Galaxy S21 FE 5G
at the time of this writing.
Moar low-cost 5G devices!
What comes after the 5G-enabled Galaxy A32
, and A72
? Why, the even cheaper Galaxy A22 5G, of course. It's almost hard to predict just how affordable this low-end model could be given that the A32 5G starts at less than €300 on the old continent. Are we headed for an entry 5G point of around $200? We'll apparently find that out sometime in July, but alas, we don't think Samsung has any intention to ever release this thing in the US.
The same may not
be true for a mid-end Galaxy Tab S7 Lite
also tipped for a July debut with an extra-large screen in tow, as well as Snapdragon 750 processing power, 4 gigs of RAM, and yes, even optional 5G support.
Following in the footsteps of last year's Tab S6 Lite
and 2019's Tab S5e
, the Tab S7 Lite is pretty much guaranteed to go on sale stateside at some point this summer, although there is always a chance Samsung will choose to keep the 5G-capable variant restricted to select markets outside North America.
In case you're wondering, this is almost certainly a partial roadmap, so you probably shouldn't jump to conclusions about all the missing names on the list, ranging from the aforementioned Galaxy Z Flip
3 and Z Fold 3 to the Galaxy Tab S8, S8+
, and so on and so forth. Unless, of course, these devices are actually scheduled to come out after August 19, which is unlikely but not completely out of the question.