Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is Samsung’s newest entry into the smartphone world.Well FE stands for fan edition and the obvious question arises what makes the phone a fan edition.
To be honest Samsung could have named the phone Lite like the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite . Instead they have named it the fan edition to specify that this phone would be a fan favourite.So what does a fan want?
First is obviously the price.The official India pricing is 49999 INR and it costs 699$ in the US.Hence it is much more affordable than the other phones in the S20 series.So the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE satisfies most fans in this aspect.
After this comes the specs part.Before going into those details I would like to point out that as of now you get a Samsung phone at any price range you can think of.Now let’s have a look at the details.
Fans really want a flagship device at affordable price,at least the majority wants so.Talking of flagship features you would imagine a glass back.But the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE has a plastic back.But to the joy of most fans the phone is IP68 certified water and dust resistant.
Rest all features are fan favourites except for the absence of a 3.5mm audio jack.Stereo speakers are available though.On the back is a triple camera set-up and the front has a very tiny punch hole selfie shooter.Bezels are minimal.Dual SIM slot is present and the phone supports 5G.
Whenever you imagine a Samsung phone the first thing that comes to mind is a big Amoled display with true and vibrant colours.The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE lives upto that expectation and features a 6.5″ Super Amoled Infinity O display with FHD+ resolution.To top of this excellent display is the 120Hz refresh rate which makes your swiping, scrolling and gaming experience a dream come true.
The display truly is a fan favourite and moreover you get the usual Always On Display.The phone is pretty sleek at 8.4mm and weighs just 190g.The front is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
The latest Samsung One UI 2.0 is slapped over Android 10.This skin is perhaps the best you get after stock Android experience.The additional features like Knox security and DeX (desktop support) mode is awesome.
Under the hood is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC with Adreno 650GPU.It is not unknown that this chipset is the second best available for Android phones at this moment.You can just literally throw anything at this processor and it will run smoothly.
The Indian variant of the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is likely to come with the Exynos 990 processor which is inferior to its Snapdragon counterpart.But all the top flagships of Samsung runs on the same processor in India and so that shouldn’t be a big issue.
6GB and 8GB RAM variants are available with internal storage ranging from 128GB to 256GB.In addition there is a dedicated micro SD card slot through which you can expand storage upto 1TB.
Ask any random man or woman what a true fan edition smartphone should have and majority will answer good cameras.Samsung Galaxy S20 FE doesn’t boast of any eyebrow raising 108MP or 64MP cameras but the triple camera set-up on the back features pretty good and above par cameras.
The primary camera is a 12MP f/1.8 sensor with OIS, followed by a 8MP f/2.0 telephoto lens with OIS and 3X optical zoom and the last camera is another 12MP f/2.2 ultra wide sensor with 123° field of view.The space zoom or super resolution zoom maxes out at 30X.To my liking there is no unnecessary 2MP depth or macro sensor.
Maximum 4K videos can be shot contrary to 8K videos in the other S20 phones.Gyro EIS is supported.
Features like Night Mode, Portraits etc. and the Samsung special Single Take are present along with many other modes.One more thing you can be ensured is that the autofocussing issue which many of you complained about the S20 Ultra will not be present here since the sensor size is smaller.
On the front is a 32MP f/2.0 selfie camera.4K and 1080p videos can also be captured via the front camera.
The ultrasonic in display fingerprint sensor retains its place in the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE.Along with it and the compulsory pattern and password unlock,face unlock is also supported.
BATTERY AND COLOURS
A 4500 mAH battery powers the phone with 25W fast charging prowess.In spite of the plastic back the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE supports wireless charging as well as reverse charging.
A lot of colour variants are available.They are Cloud Navy, Cloud Lavender, Cloud Mint, Cloud Red and Cloud White.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is missing on many features of the other phones in the S20 series but honestly it gives you all the essential ones.The one thing you may complain is the plastic back but it also has the advantage of not getting shattered on accidental fall.
Water proof, good cameras, fast processor, excellent display and a pretty good battery adorns the device and I feel it lives up to its name of FE aka fan edition.
What are your thoughts? Are you willing to buy this phone? Please let me know in comments.