Unexpectedly, last year’s Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition (FE) 5G was actually well received by fans and consumers alike. This is mostly thanks to its more affordable price range and, importantly, the fact that the phone is equipped with a Snapdragon 865 chipset, which outperforms the Exynos 990 SoC that is featured on its siblings.
According to SamMobile, it appears that Samsung is still not completely done with the Galaxy S20 FE just yet and may release yet another LTE model of the device. If you recall from our previous reports, the Korean tech giant originally released a non-5G version of the phone back in November 2020, which was offered with an even more affordable price tag. However, much to the disappointment of fans, it featured an Exynos 990 chipset rather than the much preferred Qualcomm flagship.
This newer version of the Galaxy S20 FE LTE, under the model number SM-G780G, is looking to correct that mistake and is said to feature a Snapdragon 865. SamMobile added that this variant is offered with the same specs as the original (except for 5G connectivity), and does not come with any new features or upgrades. Its price point and expected date of release is not known at this time.
If this rumour is to be believed, most would agree that this move by Samsung would be somewhat unnecessary, especially given the product’s age and relevancy. Although, it is quite likely that this refurbished version of the Galaxy S20 FE LTE is only intended to be released in certain markets or regions instead of a global rollout. Which makes more sense, as it is also rumoured that the brand is currently developing a Fan Edition for its more recent flagship smartphone series.
On that note, SamMobile reports that the alleged Galaxy S21 FE is expected to launch sometime in the second half of this year. Unfortunately, no information regarding its potential hardware and design have been revealed just yet. Needless to say, we hope that this variant comes with a Snapdragon 888 at least.