Rumors about Samsung scheduling the launch of its Galaxy S21 in January proved to be quite surprising, but given the volume of unofficial confirmations, it was practically considered the case. Now, a new lone rumor has emerged that casts doubt on all the previous ones, claiming that the Galaxy S21 will still be released in February on an as yet unknown date. Even if it is true, however, it may not make much difference in changing the appearance of the Galaxy S21, inside and out.
Assuming Samsung simply changed its mind and launched its Unpacked event a month later, it may still be too late to make drastic changes to the Galaxy S21, as we saw in leaks. Granted, it is still very early in the game, but some things should be blocked now. That is unless Samsung is willing to risk the delays that the iPhone 12 suffered this year.
A crucial factor in support of this February rumor, however, are the processors that will be used within the Galaxy S21. Neither Qualcomm nor Samsung announced their next-generation Snapdragon 875 and Exynos 2100 chips, respectively, something Qualcomm usually does in December. Unless Samsung has initial deals with Qualcomm or Qualcomm moves its own programming, production and testing of the Galaxy S21 can be quite tight if the phones are launched in late January.
That said, not much is expected to change with the Galaxy S21, at least compared to this year’s flagships. There is that new camera design that is proving to be somewhat divisive, but the cameras may not see a significant upgrade beyond the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s dual telephoto cameras. A new ray of hope comes from a recent leak pointing to the Galaxy S21’s very narrow chin.
Again, none of this is set in stone, of course, and even the February date is still suspect, despite the source’s confidence in the information. Suffice it to say that there will definitely be a lot of talk around the Galaxy S21, but it is still unclear whether the launch moment will have a positive impact on sales.