The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra tops our list of the best smartphones, but maybe it is at good, because it sounds like another Samsung phone was canceled just so the company could build more Ultra units.
This is from the Korean website The Elec (opens in new tab), which published a report on the fate of the Samsung Galaxy S22 FE, based on information from sources in the supply chain. This upcoming Android phone was expected to be a budget version of the Galaxy S22, but some rumors have it that it has been canceled.
According to the site, the Galaxy S22 FE has been definitively canceled and the S22 Ultra is to blame – Samsung has apparently decided to prioritize the Ultra when it comes to producing smartphone chipsets, and given that we’re in the tail of a silicon shortage, it sounds like it couldn’t make enough for the FE either.
The Elec says Samsung planned to build three million S22 FE units, but it is instead pushing those chipsets toward more Ultra units. The site does say this isn’t the end of the line for the Fan Edition line, with a version of the Samsung Galaxy S23 expected next year.
Fan Edition models tend to have weaker specs than their full-fat siblings, especially in the camera and design departments, but they generally have the same chipsets – which is why Samsung can easily use the stock it had prepared for the S22 FE on the S22 Ultra instead of.
We can only assume that the popularity of the S22 Ultra surprised Samsung – if the company had expected this stylus phone to sell so well, it probably wouldn’t have made plans for an S22 FE in the first place, knowing it wouldn’t. have the chipset supply for both.
Analysis: An Intriguing Shift to the Expensive
Given that many countries are currently facing a cost of living crisis, it’s a little surprising that Samsung is canceling its mid-range phone in favor of its super-expensive one.
With many phone series, mid-range spin-offs of premium models have the potential to be quite popular – just look at Apple’s iPhone SE or Google’s Pixel A lines as proof.
However, a persistent problem with Samsung’s Galaxy FE phones is that they offer similar experiences to the mediocre members of the more affordable A-series, but are associated with much higher prices.
The Samsung Galaxy A53 came out just a few months after the S21 FE launched, but for instance had a much more competitive price and specs list – it’s no wonder Samsung has doubts about the S22 FE.
There’s also the curious fact that phone fans are apparently still happy to spend huge amounts of money on ambitious smartphones, despite the cost-of-living issues – just look at how popular iPhones remain despite their high prices.