Midrange Samsung Galaxy S21 FE reappears in leaked manual

There is a user guide for Samsung’s Galaxy S21 FE (aka “Fan Edition”) published online by SamMobile, allowing us to take another look at the unannounced mid-range counterpart to the company’s flagship Galaxy S21. As you’d expect from a manual, the document spends more time describing how to use the phone than describing its specs, but it’s a guide to what’s to come.

For starters, pictures in the manual seem to confirm that previously leaked renders are accurate. That means we’re looking at a similar design to the Galaxy S21, albeit seemingly with a less premium finish. Three cameras are shown on the back of the S21 FE, while on the front there is a fingerprint scanner in the display and a perforation notch for a selfie camera.

Part of the manual describes the reverse wireless charging function of the phone.
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Other details mentioned in the manual include an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, an ultra-wide camera, and support for Samsung’s Wireless DeX software so the phone can mirror its display to supported TVs and use the screen as a touch pad. There’s no sign of a headphone jack, microSD card slot (which appeared on last year’s S20 FE), or an included charging brick in the box.

In terms of specifications, SamMobile notes that previous rumors claim the phone will be powered by a Snapdragon 888 or Exynos 2100 processor depending on the market, which would roughly align it with the flagship Galaxy S21 from earlier this year. The battery is expected to have a capacity of 4,500 mAh, with support for 25W fast charging and reverse wireless charging.

The question now is when, if ever, we can see the phone officially announced. Earlier this year, Samsung had to deny reports that it had halted production of the unannounced phone due to manufacturing problems caused by the global chip shortage. The emergence of a user guide suggests that the phone will see an official release, although it doesn’t fully confirm this. For reference, last year’s Galaxy S20 FE was announced on September 23, ahead of its October 2 release, suggesting we might not have long to find out.