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We saw a rumor last week that Samsung is thinking about killing off its well-received Fan Edition (FE) line of affordable flagship smartphones. It’s just a shaky rumor at this point, so we’re definitely taking the claim with a healthy helping of salt.
Nevertheless, we wanted to know what you thought of the matter. We posted a poll inside our initial story and in a subsequent opinion piece, and here’s how you voted.
Should Samsung kill off the Fan Edition line?
Roughly 1,700 votes were cast after the poll was posted last week, and it turns out that ~70% of respondents don’t want Samsung to kill off the FE line. We can see why so many people voted for this option, as the FE line generally offered a cheaper price tag than Samsung’s other flagships, while still offering plenty of great features.
The Galaxy S20 FE, in particular, was our Editor’s Choice winner back in 2020. The phone arrived with a $700 price tag compared to the Galaxy S20’s $1,000 price earlier that year. It also delivered features like an IP68 rating, a relatively large battery, wireless charging, and a flexible triple camera system.
Meanwhile, ~30% of polled readers said Samsung should kill off the FE line. We can understand why some people might take this position, especially with the late arrival of the Galaxy S21 FE, roughly a month before the S22 line’s launch. Furthermore, that $700 price tag wasn’t as attractive anymore as the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S22 retailed for $800.
- bossfan61: Get rid of the FE series. Very unnecessary in an already crowded Samsung phone line up
- HaltestelleLuitpolthafen: Absolutely keep it, just do a better job this time.
- M Hector: I wonder if the FE phones would make more sense only if the prior model year non-FE phones were discontinued. Regardless, I like the idea of an FE phone. But somehow I lured myself into flagship territory, so an FE phone has not been on my shopping list yet.
- Dragonphire: I like the promise of the FE series. May I suggest that firstly keep it in the same year as the other model name sakes that would help a lot. Secondly, in order to keep costs down IE 550.00 use the past years chip. What that means is that for the 23FE use the current QUALCOMM 8 plus or whatever its called, for next year. Skip the 22 FE this year so that you can catch up. Use the same screen, same camera as the 21 FE has now. Update the software a bit and keep it moving. No IP rating and also dont advertise what chip is in it and those who know will know. This works for Apple it would work for Samsung.