When Samsung revealed the Galaxy Tab S7 FE late last month, it only said the tablet will be available in select regions from June. Then yesterday, June 10, the company announced that sales have started in Russia.
It will be at least a month before the tablet becomes widely available if a new report from a South Korean outlet (via SamMobile) is to be believed.
The publication says that the production of the Tab S7 FE has been derailed by the global chip shortage and a new wave of Covid cases in Vietnam.
Most of Samsung’s smartphone and tablet production is concentrated in Vietnam
Samsung was seemingly on track to release the slate in South Korea and other markets this month, as is evident by the fact that it obtained the necessary certification from the National Radio Research Agency (RRA) in May.
The latest coronavirus outbreak in Vietnam has impacted northern industrial production hubs, including factories located in the Bac Ninh and Thai Nguyen provinces where Samsung tablets and about half of its smartphones are apparently manufactured.
Chip shortage also continues to be a problem. Earlier, it was reported that the release of Samsung’s new mid-tier phones, the Galaxy A52 and A72, have been delayed in various markets because of the problem. And now it has spread to the Galaxy Tab S7 FE.
That doesn’t come as a surprise, given that the slate apparently has the Snapdragon 750G under the hood and we already know that Qualcomm is struggling to meet demand. An industry official has reportedly said that the tablet will hit the shelves sometime in July.
In the UK, the price starts at £589 (~$833) and in Russia, the 64GB model costs 49,990 ₽ (~$692). The US price will supposedly be somewhere in between.