Samsung said that the Galaxy S21 Fan Edition production remains undecided whether it will proceed or a suspension is more appropriate. The statement is a response to a report that claimed the South Korean giant is likely delaying the launch of the said device due to the global chip shortage.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is supposed to be the budget-friendly counterpart of the S21. It is the first time that the smartphone maker produced a cheaper version of their flagship device.
On the other hand, the official release is anticipated to happen in August, alongside the fancy phones, such as Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Galaxy Z Fold 3. It is noteworthy that the report of production delay is not farfetched as Samsung CEO, Koh Dong-Jin, said that the Galaxy Note upgrade is skipping 2021 due to a component supply issue.
S21 Fan Edition: Production Delay
Bloomberg reported that the Fan Edition of S21 could face a production delay due to a shortage of Qualcomm processors globally. It is first reported the development on June 12, in which it cited a person close to the situation.
It was reported that the budget-friendly smartphone is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888.
"While we cannot discuss details of the unreleased product, nothing has been determined regarding the alleged production suspension," Samsung briefly told Bloomberg in a text message after the report surfaced.
The initial report has since been deleted.
Samsung Chip Shortage
Samsung is battling a serious problem with chip shortage. It even warned that its flagship phones are facing a possible delay due to it.
It dubbed the shortage issue as a "serious imbalance" of semiconductors.
Furthermore, the South Korean company is not the first tech company to talk about the drying supplies of chips.
The matter's extent has also affected the auto industry. Elon Musk, the Tesla CEO, even blamed other companies for hoarding as the primary reason why the supply vanishes at a rapid phase.
Despite the tribulation that the world's largest phone maker goes up against, it vowed to find a solution for it. To be exact, On March 17, Samsung said that it is working closely with its partners around the world to balance out the supply, as per NDTV.
"Despite the difficult environment, our business leaders are meeting partners overseas to solve these problems. It's hard to say the shortage issue has been solved 100 percent," Samsung said via NDTV.
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Written by Teejay Boris