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Samsung Galaxy S22 FE axed to supply S22 Ultra – but only temporarily

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Galaxy S22 Ultra (Image credit: Basil Kronfli / Digital Camera World)

According to a new report, it looks like Samsung has pulled the plug on the development of the Galaxy S22 FE (Fan Edition). In its report, South Korean media outlet, The Elec (opens in new tab) (via GSMArena (opens in new tab)), says a chip shortage, combined with increased demand for the flagship Galaxy S22 Ultra (opens in new tab) meant the manufacturer has no choice. 

The Samsung Galaxy S22 FE was set to be something of a stripped-down flagship, using the same chipset as the Ultra, whereas per the Galaxy S21 FE (opens in new tab), Samsung would dial down some of the features on the Galaxy S flagship and therefore give the phone a lower price point.

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Samsung to sell 10 million Galaxy S22 Ultra units 

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (Image credit: Basil Kronfli / Digital Camera World)
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It’s said that the strong sales of the S22 Ultra – a camera champion smartphone with unbelievable zoom and S Pen, gave Samsung cause to seriously reconsider its strategy for this year. Samsung is reportedly on course to meet its goal of 10 million sold units of the Galaxy S22 Ultra and needed to reallocate further resources towards its manufacturing of the flagship.

According to source, Samsung’s preliminary plans for 2023 are to sell 30% more Ultras – taking its goal to 13 million units. Meanwhile the vanilla Galaxy S23 is expected to sell 8.5 million units and the Plus model 6.5 million units. 

Samsung Galaxy S23 FE still in the pipeline 

Although the cancellation of the Galaxy S22 FE might disappoint consumers, the good news is that, as per the report, the FE series is not being discontinued and Samsung plans to launch a Samsung Galaxy S23 FE next year. The South Korean giant had plans to manufacture 3 million units of the Fan Edition, and that number is said to remain the goal for S23 FE.

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Rachael Sharpe
Rachael Sharpe

Rachael is a British journalist with 18 years experience in the publishing industry. Since working on www.digitalcameraworld.com (opens in new tab), she’s been freelancing, and contributing to some of the world’s best-loved websites and magazines including T3.com and TechRadar.com and has also had a book, iPad for Photographers, published. She's currently acting as editor of 5GRadar.com - a website specializing in the latest cellular technology.