FE model isn't needed for Samsung's Galaxy S22

Samsung already offers a dizzying selection of smartphones, including the super-sized Galaxy S22 Ultra, the pocketable Galaxy Z Flip 3, and the wallet-friendly Galaxy A series. Samsung could simplify things by skipping the Galaxy S22 FE.

Despite its $700 price tag, the Galaxy S21 FE offers a lot of good features. When I reviewed the phone in January, I was impressed with its decent battery life and solid camera for the price.

Once the Galaxy S22 launched, it risked feeling lost in Samsung's lineup. As it turned out, I was right.

Rather than rebranding the Galaxy S21 FE as a Galaxy A phone, Samsung should rebrand it as a more premium Galaxy A.

SamMobile reports Samsung may have canceled the Galaxy S22 FE, and I can understand why. The Galaxy S21 FE can't compete with the $800 Galaxy S22 and $450 Galaxy A53 5G. 

Galaxy S21 FE lacks a major advantage over the 2020 Galaxy S20 FE: a wide price gap compared to Samsung's Galaxy S phones.

In comparison to the $1,000 Galaxy S20, the $700 Galaxy S20 FE feels like a significant bargain.

In 2020, Andy Lanxon wrote that its 'great balance of performance and value' makes it a better value proposition than the S20 Ultra and Note 20 Ultra. 

The Galaxy S21 FE didn't strike the same chord for a couple of reasons. In 2020, Samsung's lineup and the broader smartphone landscape were different.

A year ago, 5G support, multiple camera lenses, and screens with higher refresh rates were considered premium features. Are you remembering the Galaxy S10 5G? In spring 2019, Samsung launched its first 5G-ready phone through Verizon at a high price of $1,300. 

The following year, in 2020, things changed. Each device in the Galaxy S20 lineup supports 5G, but it comes for $1,000.

Considering this, the 5G-equipped S20 FE, which also has a triple-lens camera and speedy processor, was a great alternative for cost-conscious shoppers.

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