Multiple sources for SamMobile(opens in new tab) claim that Samsung has canceled the Galaxy S22 FE, and that “it’s quite likely that there won’t be any more FE models being released in the future.” While the Galaxy S21 FE already had a model number and leaked renders by April of last year, no internal model number or data about a new FE phone appears to be available this year. The site uses this as further proof the phone does not currently exist.
The Galaxy S22 FE might be discontinued, signifying the end of Fan Edition phones. The phone’s expected model number “SM-S900” “doesn’t exist,” according to reports, implying that the business isn’t working on it. We previously learned that the S22 FE will be built on MediaTek Dimensity silicon and would be released in late 2022. In the previous two years, Samsung has introduced two Fan Edition phones, which are rebranded Galaxy Lite phones. However, if a recent story is accurate, we won’t be seeing a third FE phone anytime soon.
On the one hand, this news will serve as a disappointment to many Samsung fans. The S21 FE impressed us with its 6.4-inch 120HZ AMOLED display, fast performance, reliable cameras, and great battery life. It ended up being a solid alternative to the tiny Galaxy S22 with its unreliable battery and the excellent-but-pricey Galaxy S22+. On the other hand, Samsung may have struggled to sell the phone with the promise of a newer S22 model only a month away. With a reliable mid-range option in the Galaxy A53 5G, Samsung may see the FE series as superfluous. Michael spent years freelancing on every tech topic under the sun before settling down on the real exciting stuff: virtual reality, fitness wearables, gaming, and how tech intersects with our world. He’s a semi-reformed Apple-to-Android user who loves running, D&D, and Star Wars. Find him on Twitter at @Michael_L_Hicks.
Find, select, rank and deploy B2B technologies for the Energy Transition TechnologyCatalogue.com. We reached out to Samsung for comment on this rumor. A representative responded, “We have nothing to share.” Samsung reportedly considered shelving the S21 FE late last year due to the ongoing chip shortage, before eventually deciding to delay and sell the phone merely a month before the Galaxy S22 series. It’s possible this is simply another delay, but the apparent insider sources at Samsung appear to know otherwise. Back in April 2022, we heard a report that Samsung would use MediaTek chips in the Galaxy S22 FE, as a replacement for Exynos chips. Either this report contradicts SamMobile’s claims, or something happened in the ensuing two months to convince Samsung to abandon its S22 FE plans entirely.