Galaxy Tab S7 FE lands in Russia, but chip shortage might delay it globally

This is Samsung’s first “Fan Edition” tablet.

tl; Dr
  • The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE is a cheaper variant of the popular Tab S7. It is now in Russia.
  • This is Samsung’s first release of a “Fan Edition” tablet. It has had a lot of success with this marketing for the phone.
  • According to a report, the global chip shortage, however, may delay the tablet’s release in other markets.

Today, Samsung officially launched a new tablet (h/t Sammobile) landing with the “Fan Edition” branding, it is a more budget-oriented take on the company’s successful Galaxy Tab S7 series.

Those of you familiar with the fan edition moniker will know how it works. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE looks a lot like the regular Tab S7, but downplays some features to lower the price. Samsung has seen great success with this strategy when it comes to smartphones, with the Galaxy S20 FE being our favorite phone of 2020. This is the first time Samsung has used the branding for a tablet.

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Unfortunately, the tablet is currently only officially available in Russia. what’s more, A report from South Korea (Samsung’s home ground) suggests that it could be a Russia exclusive for quite some time. According to the report, the ongoing global chip shortage could prevent Samsung from making a wide release.

The tablet starts at 49,990 Russian rubles (~$696) for the 4GB/64GB LTE version. There is also a 6GB / 128GB LTE version for 54,990 rubles (~$765). These prices are odd as the Galaxy Tab S7 itself starts at $649. However, pricing for different countries rarely translates to one-sided.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE: Specs and Features

The Galaxy Tab S7 FE sports a 12.4-inch display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600. Inside is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G processor, which should provide a solid (but still mid-range) experience. It has a 5MP single camera on the front and an 8MP shooter on the back.

Android 11 powers the tablet and there’s a 10,090mAh battery that charges at 45W with a cable.

An S Pen is included with the tablet, the same one that comes with the mainline Tab S7 model. However, the tablet doesn’t have room to store the tablet internally – nor does a headphone jack.

You’ll have a few color options for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE, including black, silver, green, and pink.

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