According to prolific leaker Evan Blass (opens in new tab), the anticipated Samsung Galaxy S21 FE won't actually replace the Galaxy S20 FE from 2020, but will instead serve as an upgrade on the Galaxy Note 20.
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The picture Blass shared sums this up: while the company's 2020 flagship line-up consisted of the Galaxy S20 series, the S20 FE and Note 20, the 2021 line-up shows the Galaxy S21 family, the S20 FE again and the S21 FE.
It's weird that the Galaxy S20 FE is still in the 2021 list - perhaps Samsung will give it a price cut to keep it competitive despite being older.
Samsung is positioning the S21 FE as the followup to last year's Note... pic.twitter.com/5raIdMqHt3June 3, 2021
S21 FE is not a Note
So what's Blass suggesting here? Will the Galaxy S21 FE come with a stylus and lots of productivity features? Well, while we can't say for sure just now, that seems unlikely.
Instead, we'd imagine this simply means the Galaxy S21 FE will launch at a big Samsung Unpacked event in August (when we'd otherwise see the Note) as the company's late-year big flagship.
If you were looking forward to the Samsung Galaxy Note 21 - and somehow hadn't had your hopes dampened by a flood of similar rumors - we're sorry to say that, at this point, its existence looks very unlikely. Hopefully you like the Galaxy S21 FE instead.