2021 was a strange year for smartphones. Well, it’s been a strange year for a lot of things, but smartphones were no exception as some of them were delayed, canceled, or received limited launches.
That OnePlus 9T is also allegedly canceled (assuming it was ever planned) while the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE has allegedly late (but can not start either) and the Google Pixel 5a is only confirmed Launched in the USA and Japanbut the whole world.
So what’s up? A number of factors play a role, and some things we know for sure while we can make educated guesses about others. Below, we broadly explain why many expected phones are likely to arrive late – or not at all.
The Covid-19 factor
The obvious reason this was a strange year for phones is the same reason it was a strange year for almost everything else – Covid-19.
The pandemic has resulted in many employees having to work from home rather than from their offices, with more people likely to be sick and some companies either closed or cutbacks.
All of this will have had an impact on smartphone production and understandably led to delays and possibly even cancellations.
In addition, for these and other reasons, the pandemic has also contributed to a shortage of chipsets, which are a core component of smartphones.
While the pandemic is the obvious explanation for why so many phones are being delayed and canceled, it’s not the only, or perhaps even the biggest, reason for having a global chipset shortage apparently having had the greatest impact – although, as noted above, the pandemic also contributed to it.
There are a number of reasons why there aren’t enough chipsets – consumers bought more consumer electronics than normal during the pandemic, with those devices all requiring chipsets, while the demand for cloud computing grows when people are also from home working out a role, while chipset manufacturers had to deal with shutdowns.
Other factors are the high demand for 5G phones, while the sanctions against China did not help the situation either. This chipset shortage is a problem that affects not only phones but also computers, consoles, and even cars.
It’s also an issue that Company and leaker have made explicit that is behind a number of delays and cancellations.
For example in March, long before the discontinuation of the Samsung Galaxy Note 21 was actually confirmed The company’s co-CEO DJ Koh said: “The discrepancy between the supply of parts and the demand on the information technology (IT) side is serious”.
“We check the parts supply problem every morning. It’s hard to say it’s 100% solved. It’s a bit of a problem in the second quarter. “
So it seems that the chipset shortage was actually a problem. And the Note 21 apparently wasn’t the only phone affected – a Leaker suggested that the chipset shortage is also responsible for the fact that the Google Pixel 5a does not come onto the market worldwide.
ON Report also proposed that the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE may have been canceled due to the chipset shortage – although a recent leak makes it seem like the phone might still land, just later than expected.
While the above factors are likely the top reasons for phones being delayed and canceled this year, there could be other factors as well, most notably the fact that some of these phones may not even be needed.
The leaker, who claimed there won’t be a OnePlus 9T, pointed out that there aren’t many obvious upgrades to it, the most important of which is likely just a slightly faster chipset in the form of the Snapdragon 888 Plus.
Similarly, the Samsung Galaxy Note 21 may be very different from that Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra – this is already a huge phone with top-end specs and pen support for the first time. Since Samsung is bringing the S pen stylus in addition to foldable devices, the Note 21 could end up with no clear sales arguments.
Whatever the reasons, the lack of these handsets is sure to be a disappointment for many, so hopefully things will return to normal in 2022.