Samsung surprised the world back in 2020 when it unveiled a Fan Edition version of its Galaxy S20. This featured a slightly reduced spec sheet compared to its full-fat sibling, but brought the overall flavour of a Galaxy device to those who didn’t want to spend the ever-increasing amounts that it costs to bag a flagship phone these days.
This was followed by the Galaxy S21 FE a year or so later, and now we look forward to seeing how the format is tweaked for the Samsung Galaxy S22 FE.
When will the Samsung Galaxy S22 FE be released?
We had expected Samsung to launch the Galaxy S22 FE some time around October 2022, shortly after the launch of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4, but that’s now been cast into doubt.
Korean leaker Lanzuk has posted on social media site Naver that according to a “domestic source…the Galaxy S22 FE model will not be released this year” (machine translated from Korean).
As evidence he points to the fact that there’s currently no sign of development firmware for the model. That means that instead of launching in 2022, the S22 FE could follow the S21 FE’s model and launch in January 2023.
To give us some idea, here’s when the previous versions made their debuts:
As you can see, there was a little more than a year between the two devices, but this was mainly down to the S21 FE being heavily delayed due to a combination of Covid-related disruptions to production and the worldwide shortage of processor chips. Still, that may mean Samsung has decided January is a good time to aim for again.
Has the S22 FE been cancelled?
The bad news is that there’s a chance the S22 FE isn’t coming after all.
When Lanzuk warned the phone wouldn’t launch in 2022, he pointed out that this is the same situation that the Note line was in before it was unceremoniously dropped and folded into the Galaxy S22 Ultra, suggesting that there’s a chance the S22 FE may be cancelled entirely – though the leaker didn’t go so far as to predict that.
Adding fuel to the fire, fellow leaker Chun tweeted in April 2022 that the S22 FE is “not even in development just yet.” Then again, we’ve already had numerous other leaks and reports about the possible chipset in the phone, so we’re not sure who to believe.
The worst sign yet comes from SamMobile, which reports based on “multiple sources” that the phone is cancelled, adding that based on its own research it can’t find any sign of a phone numbered SM-S900, which would have been the Galaxy S22 FE’s model number. Worse still, the site suggests that not only will Samsung not release the S22 FE, but that it’s actually canned the FE line entirely.
How much will the Samsung S22 FE cost?
There’s no official pricing available yet, but we can use the previous models as a baseline of what to expect if the S22 FE does still launch. So, here’s the pricing we’ve seen so far:
Samsung S20 FE:
- 4G: £599/€649
- 5G: £699/$699/€749
Samsung S21 FE (5G):
- 6GB + 128GB: £699/$699/€749
- 8GB + 256GB: £749/$769/€819
While the S20 FE offered both 4G and 5G versions, this settled into the more standard 5G platform for the S21 FE and therefore the S22 FE. Hopefully Samsung will hold its prices for the new model, meaning you should expect shelling out around £699/$699/€749 for the entry-level configuration.
What specs and features will we see in the Samsung Galaxy S22 FE?
As Samsung has yet to even admit whether there will be a Galaxy S22 FE or not, there’s little in the way of definitive information regarding what it will contain. We’ve already seen some interesting rumours though, with a surprising one from Notebookcheck that spotted a post on Chinese social media site Weibo where a tech tipster reported Samsung was considering using a MediaTek Dimensity 9000 chipset in the new phone for 2022.
There is some uncertainty whether the rumoured device is the Galaxy S22 FE or a Galaxy A53 Pro. As the latter doesn’t seem to exist yet (there are no Pro versions of the A-series phones), this either means Samsung is thinking of adding a further tier to its products, or the FE models could be using the MediaTek chips going forward.
Adding weight to this, Business Korea reports that Samsung is looking to use MediaTek chips in both the S22 FE and next year’s Galaxy S23 – though doesn’t specify specific chips. The report does say that Samsung is likely to use MediaTek chips in “about half of the Galaxy S22 FE smartphones,” though doesn’t predict whether the remainder will be made up of Snapdragon chips, Samsung’s own Exynos chips, or a mix of the two.
It’s an interesting move, as Samsung has mostly stuck to using Snapdragon chips in the FE phones so far, while mixing chip manufacturers elsewhere in its line-up.
MediaTek has been building its reputation in recent years, and the Dimensity 9000 marks the first flagship level SoC from the Taiwanese company. It’s on par with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, making the S22 FE a potential powerhouse if it does arrive with the new chip on-board.
Aside from the processor, there have been few other rumours around the Galaxy S22 FE. We think there’s a good chance that you might see a similar spec sheet to that of the Galaxy S21 FE, with the same excellent triple-camera array, gorgeous 6.4in AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate, Full HD+ resolution, and centred punch-hole aperture for the selfie camera.
To give an indication of how the S22 FE might line-up, here’s a breakdown of the specifications for the Galaxy S21 FE.
- 6.4in Full HD+ AMOLED 120Hz display
- In-display fingerprint sensor
- Gorilla Glass Victus (front)
- Reinforced polycarbonate (back)
- Aluminium frame
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 888/Exynos 2100 (market-dependent)
- 6/8GB RAM
- 128/256GB non-expandable storage
- 12Mp, f/1.8 main camera with OIS
- 12Mp, f/2.2 ultrawide camera
- 8Mp, f/2.4 telephoto camera with OIS
- 32Mp, f/2.2 front-facing camera
- Stereo speakers
- Android 12 w/ One UI 4.0
- IP68 dust/water resistance
- WiFi 6
- Bluetooth 5.0
- 4500mAh battery
- 25W fast charging (includes PD charging support)
- 15W wireless charging
- Reverse wireless charging
- 155.7 x 74.5 x 7.9mm
- Launch colours: White, Graphite, Olive, Lavender
We’ll update this article as more details become available, so be sure to check back periodically. If you want to see the kind of devices the Samsung Galaxy S22 FE will be up against, check out our guides to the
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