The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (the ‘FE’ stands for “Fan Edition”) was launched on 23rd September 2020 globally. As the name implies, this phone offers what Samsung considers to be the most important features that the Galaxy S fans want.
While fans will find most of their desired specs and features in Galaxy S20 FE, Samsung is also leaving out several premium aspects of the main Galaxy S20 series, which results in a lowered price. Below, you’ll get all the information about the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition, who should buy it and who should skimp it. Let’s dive in!
Design and colors
The Galaxy S20 FE comes in six color options. which is Navy, Lavender, Mint, Red, White, and Orange. Samsung makes a couple of design concessions in the name of affordability, but this phone doesn’t look or feel cheap. The back uses polycarbonate (plastic) instead of glass, but Samsung did a nice job curving it around the sides to make the handset feel unified and solid.
The Galaxy S20 FE doesn’t cut corners when it comes to water resistance. The handset is IP68 rated, which means it can handle a dunk with ease.
The Galaxy S20 FE’s display is made well and performs great. There’s a 6.5-inch, 2,400×1,080-pixel super AMOLED display which is bright, vibrant, and pin-sharp. It has a 120Hz refresh rate too that just makes swiping around the Android interface feel that bit smoother. It stretches to the edges, with only a small punch hole for the front-facing camera.
Measuring 6.29 x 2.93 x 0.33 inches and weighing 6.7 ounces, the Galaxy S20 FE is a bit thicker and heavier than the regular Galaxy S20 (5.9 x 3 x 0.31 inches, 5.7 ounces), but that’s not a surprise given the FE has a larger display than the S20 (6.5 vs 6.2 inches).
For photos and videos, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE flaunts the triple rear camera setup that carries a 12-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.8 wide-angle lens and optical image stabilization (OIS) support. The camera setup also includes a 12-megapixel secondary sensor with an ultra-wide-angle f/2.2 lens — enabling a 123-degree field-of-view (FoV) — as well as an 8-megapixel telephoto shooter. In terms of capturing selfies and enabling video chats, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE carries a 32-megapixel camera sensor at the front, with an f/2.0 lens that comes with autofocus support.
The camera is one of the main areas that’s seen some compromises to keep the cost down. The rear camera setup includes a 12-megapixel standard zoom camera, a 12-megapixel 3x optical zoom, and an 8-megapixel ultrawide-angle camera. Those features are lower resolutions than premium Galaxy phones. The FE also lacks features such as the 100x “Space zoom” and 8K video recording that you’ll get from the S20 Ultra.
The Galaxy S20 FE packs a Snapdragon 865 processor and pairs that with 6GB of RAM, which is half as much as the 12GB in the regular Galaxy S20. You also get 128GB of storage, which is expandable up to 1TB via a microSD card.
Inside is a lightning-fast Snapdragon 865 processor (for the 5G models, an Exynos 990 chip in the 4G models — the same one found in the Note 20 Ultra and S20 Ultra), which performed very well. Photo editing in Snapseed was a breeze and demanding racing games Asphalt 9 and Grid Autosport played perfectly well.
The Galaxy S20 FE is powered by the same Qualcomm processor as the rest of the S20 family. The big difference is the amount of RAM, as the S20 FE features a modest 6GBs of RAM compared to the rest of the S20s that feature up to 12GBs. It’s still ample enough to provide a runway for intense apps, multitasking, and everyday use cases.
Battery life and charging
Samsung has stuffed a 4,500-mAh battery inside the S20 FE, which is 500 mAh more than the battery in the regular S20. It’s no surprise that it has a lot of power to offer. It also supports wireless charging as well as 25-watt fast charging to give it a quick juice up if you’re about to head out.
Overall, the Galaxy S20 FE is one of the best phones for the money. The usual Galaxy S features such as a flagship processor, expandable storage, an IP68 rating, a big AMOLED display, wireless charging, wireless PowerShare, and a triple-lens rear camera is included.
However, Samsung also reduced or removed several features and design elements. There’s less RAM, a “glasstic” back, a reduced display resolution, and a weaker overall camera system. There’s also no headphone jack, which is unfortunate.
But considering the price point it is sold, these are understandable choices. All in all, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is a great value for money phone with most of the flagship features needed for a user!
Price and Availability in Qatar
In the Global market, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE costs $699 and comes exclusively in a 5G model. We expect Samsung Galaxy S20 FE to be available by mid-October in the Qatar market. We will be listing it as soon as it is available in Qatar in our webstore as well as our retail store. Stay tuned to our Instagram handle for the latest news and updates on Samsung Galaxy S20 FE.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Specification Table
|Display||6.5-inch flat Super AMOLED|
|Infinity-O cutout, centered|
|FHD+ (2,400 x 1,080) resolution|
|120Hz refresh rate|
|Gorilla Glass 3 cover|
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 865|
|Samsung Exynos 990|
|Arm Mali-G77 MP11|
|microSD support up to 1TB|
|15W wired charging (in-box adapter)|
|25W wired charging (add’l adapter needed)|
|15W wireless charging|
|ƒ1.8, 1/1.76in, 1.8μm|
|ƒ2.2, 1/3.06in, 1.12μm|
|3x optical zoom, OIS|
|30x digital “Space Zoom”|
|ƒ2.4, 1/4.4in, 1.0μm|
|32MP (binned to 8MP)|
|ƒ2.2, 1/2.8in, 0.8μm|
|1.5m water depth for 30 min.|
|Security||Optical in-display fingerprint|
|Connectivity||5G support (both sub-6GHz and mmWave)|
|USB-C with USB 3.2 speeds|
|NFC and MST|
|Samsung Dex support|
|Dolby Atmos support|
|No headphone jack|
|Dimensions and weight||74.5 x 159.8 x 8.4mm|
|Colors||Cloud Navy, Cloud Red, Cloud Lavender, Cloud Mint, Cloud White, Cloud Orange|