Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: Quick Review

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: Quick Review


Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: Quick Review

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: Quick Review

With a price of 827 USD, the Galaxy S20 FE is a good price-performance phone. Indeed, it has taken the highlights of the S20 series and presented it in the body, which has managed to give the flagship phone feel to a lower level material selection. The most important advantages of this phone are a useful screen, sufficient performance even for high-end games, battery life that can easily take a day off, and front cameras that meet the needs for special occasions. I wish the headphone and adapter with fast charging support came out of the box, but Samsung seems to forgo these accessories to further reduce the price.

We now come across a trend like the "lite" models that we saw frequently a few years ago and offer some features and design of the flagship phone at a more affordable price point. However, the difference between the current trend from the previous one is that the presented models are not far behind the flagship model in terms of their features and performance. This is also true for the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition, or S20 FE for short, which became official towards the end of last month. This version of the Galaxy S20 series, which came out with three members at the beginning of this year, is described as "fan-only" and offers top-class features such as a 120 Hz display, stereo speaker, Exynos 990 processor, fast charging, wireless charging, and so on with a different material and at a relatively affordable price. The difference of this model from those sold in the USA; Featuring Snapdragon 865 instead of Exynos 990. This may cause a slight difference on the performance side, but will not make any difference to the Exynos 990 processor phone in terms of overall user experience. In this article, we will give you a quick review of the Galaxy S20 FE.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: Quick Review

  Design & Display.

Galaxy S20 FE continues the line of the S20 series in general terms. Elements such as the rounded corners, the thin screen frame, and the selfie camera hole centered at the top of the screen are also available on this phone. Compared to the Galaxy S20, it's a little thicker at 8.4 millimeters. It also has a larger surface area due to its larger screen size. However, let's not go without saying that it gives a compact phone feel even with a one-handed grip. Corning Gorilla Glass 6 glass is used on the front of the S20 model. In the S20 Fan Edition model, we see that Gorilla Glass 3 is used in the front. While the edges are covered with an aluminum frame, plastic is used on the back. In this respect, it differs from other members of the S20 family, which also has a glass back.

Samsung also uses plastic on the back of the Galaxy Note 20. More precisely, reinforced polycarbonate material is used. We did not find the opportunity to review the Note 20, but those who viewed this device did not find the quality of the material very well. The same material was used on the S20 FE and in our opinion, the situation is not that bad. The matte surface of this material, which is much better quality than ordinary plastic, is also slightly rough, allowing it to hold the phone comfortably. It is not very generous with dirt or fingerprints either. Although it looks below the flagship S20 models in terms of material selection, when you pick up the Galaxy S20 FE, you will feel that you are using a valuable phone.

The 6.5-inch screen takes up most of the front. The screen is flat, with no curvature like the other members. The screen bezels are also wider, so the screen-to-body ratio is lower than the other members of the series. At the top of the screen is the selfie camera hole, as we mentioned before. Above it is a speakerphone. On the bottom edge, we see the USB-C port, speaker, and microphone. On the upper edge is the second microphone with nano-SIM and microSD card tray. On the right side, the volume keys and side keys are lined up. These are at a point that can be easily accessed in one-handed use. You won't have to move the phone in your hand to access the keys with either hand. The keystroke range and hardness are also well adjusted. It is not difficult to find and use manually.

When we look at the back, in the upper left corner, we see a rectangular shaped camera module with three cameras. There is also a dual color LED flash here. Its appearance is almost the same as on the S20. There is also the Samsung logo towards the bottom edge. Another feature that the Galaxy S20 FE gets from its more expensive siblings is water and dust resistance. This situation is documented by the IP68 certificate. So, in this respect, he is not far behind his siblings.

 As far as display is concerned, The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE features a 6.5-inch, 1080 x 2400 pixel resolution Super AMOLED display. There is a screen that Samsung calls the Infinity-O, with the selfie camera hole centered on the top. The aspect ratio of the screen is 20: 9 and the pixel density is 407 PPI. The pixel density helps the S20 FE's screen to provide sufficiently clear and sharp text and graphics. The brightness is high enough for a smartphone. Maybe there's no level of brightness in phones we've experienced before, like the S20 Ultra or the S20 Plus. Still, a shine is offered to help users use it easily outdoors. Color vibrancy is also high, you can change the color temperature in the screen settings if you wish. The Super AMOLED screen offers deep blacks, sufficiently high contrast, and wide viewing angles.

We can say that the 6.5-inch screen offers enough space for activities such as surfing the internet, watching videos, and playing games. The camera hole on the top is also smaller than other phones, it does not scratch. We can say that the flat screen will be appreciated by those who prefer this phone. In this way, unwanted commands will be prevented by accidentally touching the edges. HDR10 + support is also available. You can watch supported content on YouTube or Netflix with more vibrant colors and rich details.

A feature that the S20 FE's screen gets from the screens on other S20 family members is the 120 Hz refresh rate. In this way, you can see the effect of smoother and smoother transitions in the user interface or in supporting games. Moreover, since it has a Full HD + resolution display, S20 FE owners do not have to sacrifice a higher resolution for the higher refresh rate. You can choose high speed or standard speed from the screen settings. Of course, the battery consumption will increase slightly due to the high speed, but we can say that this does not have a huge impact on the overall battery consumption.

The dual speakers that we see in the higher-level members of the Galaxy S20 family are another pleasing feature in the S20 Fan Edition. The main speaker on the lower edge is accompanied by a second speaker built into the handset speaker. An output close to stereo sound is provided. The sound intensity is high, the environmental sound effect and fullness are also at a good level. Dolby Atmos audio support is also available. You can also benefit from this support with suitable headphones and speakers.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: Quick Review

  Operating System and Process.

 Samsung S20 FE comes with two choices: Exynos 990 (Global) and Snapdragon 865 (USA). If we talk about the Snapdragon 865 processor model we have, we see that the phone offers the expected high performance. Transitions in the user interface are smooth, applications and games open quickly. Among technology enthusiasts, there is a general belief that Samsung flagship phones with Qualcomm's processor show better performance values ​​than Samsung-made Exynos processor counterparts. However, we think that the difference in terms of general user experience will not be too great. If you are not constantly dealing with demanding tasks such as photo or video editing, the difference is not that significant.

 Regarding the GPU, Galaxy S20 FE has the Adreno 650 (USA) and the Mali-G77 MP11 (Global).

  In Geekbench 5, the CPU scored 898 for single-core and 3185 for multicores.

According to the operating system, Galaxy S20 FE comes with Android 10 installed. Above that comes the One UI 2.5 user interface. We also see features specific to the One UI user interface such as Samsung Daily and One Share, which Samsung has offered with the S20 family since the beginning of this year, in the S20 FE. The attractive and oversized application icons and other interface elements of the One UI user interface make the phone easy to use. Thanks to the One Hand Mode, it is possible to easily access the points of the user interface that you cannot reach, which are on the upper edge.

Various Samsung apps are preinstalled. Samsung Smart Switch makes it easy to move data from your old phone to the S20 FE. While Google's applications such as Gmail, Maps, YouTube are also installed, we see that Microsoft's applications such as Office, LinkedIn, and One Drive are included in the smartphone since the first installation. You can also download more apps from Google Play or Galaxy Store. In short, a complete Android experience awaits S20 FE users.


Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: Quick Review

Storage, Price, and available colors.

  Galaxy S20 FE price depends on the selected variant. The basic variant of the FE with 6GB RAM and a 128GB variant. The variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB variant. The last variant comes with 8GB RAM and 256GB variant. Unfortunately, we have no idea how much the phone might cost.  It supports either 2 SIM cards or 1 SD card up to 256GB. It is available in Cloud Lavender, Cloud Mint, Cloud White, Cloud Red, Cloud Navy, and Cloud Orange colors.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: Quick Review

 Security and Ports.

On the security side, the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition does not fall behind other higher-priced members of the S20 series. First of all, there is an in-screen fingerprint reader. This unit works fast, with a high hit rate in one shot. Thus, its practicality and desire to use increases. The fingerprint reader was the primary security method while experiencing the S20 FE. For those who want a more practical solution, face recognition is also available with the help of the front camera.

Samsung's security-focused solution Knox is also available on the phone. One of Knox's offerings is Secure Folder. You can place files, photos, videos, and other documents that you do not want others to access in the Secure Folder section and access them only with fingerprint. Knox's password safe, accessible with fingerprint, will also be a practical feature that S20 FE users will enjoy. In this way, you will not have to enter a username and password every time. On the other hand, the Secure Processor feature offered on the hardware side ensures that users' data are protected against advanced hardware attacks.

  As of ports, the device supports Bluetooth 5 and NFC. It supports VoLTE and WiFi Calling. Interestingly enough, the S20 FE does not contain headphones. There is also no 3.5mm headphone jack. This situation limits the range of motion for those who want to listen to music with headphones. You should either get a 3.5mm to USB-C adapter or buy a wireless headset. Although the second method costs a little more, it will provide a more practical and effortless music listening experience.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: Quick Review

 Battery and charging.

 Samsung Galaxy S20 FE provides a powerful Li-Po 4500mAh battery. It has the same battery capacity as the Samsung's beast, the S20 Plus, and the new Galaxy Z Fold 2. And the phone offers fast charging.

The 4500 mAh battery offers the power to easily take a day off on paper. We can say that this is a reasonable criterion for most users. Nevertheless, for those who forget to take their charger with them on short trips over the weekend, we can say that the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition can achieve a working life of two days. In a usage scenario where the screen is not used very actively, but radio broadcasting over the Internet for 6-7 hours via Chromecast, watching live TV for an hour, surfing the internet, using social media applications, and taking a few photos, the phone can be used for one and a half to two days. Reaching its duration. With the phone, the screen turned off and connected to the Wi-Fi network 6. Standby for 5 hours causes 4 percent battery consumption. These values ​​are for the model with Snapdragon 865 processor, but we can say that the Exynos 990 model will give values ​​approximately at these levels, even if it is a little lower.

Galaxy S20 FE has 25W fast charging support, but interestingly, a 15W charging adapter comes out of the box. In the charging test we conducted with this adapter while the phone was turned off, we saw that it went from half 0 to 41 percent in 35 minutes. The battery is fully charged in 1 hour and 50 minutes. In the test we carried out with the 25W charging adapter that we have and came out of the box of the Galaxy S20 Ultra, we saw that it was reached from 0 to 50 percent in 35 minutes with the phone turned off. It takes an hour and a half for the battery to reach a full level. As a matter of fact, it takes roughly a short time before the battery reaches a full level. However, the 25W charging adapter reaches intermediate levels such as 70, 80 percent faster.

Until now, we often saw features such as wireless charging and reverse wireless charging in phones with a glass back. However, like the Galaxy Note 20, the S20 Fan Edition offers this support with its plastic back. Samsung makes this possible with its special production technique. Fast charging support goes up to 15W. Times will vary depending on the power output of your adapter. However, the logic of fast charging is that it provides practicality rather than time. Reverse wireless charging, which Samsung calls Wireless Power Share can be described as a nice feature for those who use wireless headphones with wireless charging support such as Galaxy Watch 3 or Galaxy Buds, Buds + or Buds Live.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: Quick Review


Samsung Galaxy S20 FE has a- triple-camera on the rear as clarified: 12Mp ( wide with f\1.9), 12MP( ultrawide with f\2.2), and 8MP ( telephoto with f\2.4). Samsung Galaxy S20 FE has a single front-facing camera, 32MP ( wide with f\2.0). The cameras come with LED flash, AI support, and HDR. HDR technology will help you when there's sunlight behind you. HDR will edit the photo and balance the brightness. 

The main module of the Galaxy S20 FE is quite satisfactory overall. By day, he manages to deliver a good level of detail. The colorimetry is, as often with Samsung, a little exaggerated with a saturation that some will consider too marked. One could also blame the FE for a slight tendency to overexposure, but this is not too catastrophic either.

In low light, the Galaxy S20 FE manages to maintain a satisfactory exposure, without going too low in speed. It, therefore, remains capable of correctly capturing moving subjects in these difficult situations. The Korean mobile has good electronic noise control and maintains an honest level of detail. This remains a notch below what the flagship of the brand offers, the Galaxy S20 Ultra with its 108-megapixel sensor.

The ultra-wide-angle module, for its part, produces good quality photos during the day. The level of detail is satisfactory and the distortion of the image is well controlled. It's logical, we note a small drop in quality at the edges of the image, but nothing too disabling. The colorimetry is even more accurate here than with the main module.

Things deteriorate markedly in low light. The S20 FE attempts to combat electronic noise by overdoing smoothing. We then end up with a poorly detailed rendering and approximate colors overall.

The telephoto module of the Galaxy S20 FE only has an 8-megapixel sensor. It still achieves a pretty good result considering the 3x magnification applied. Granted, it's still quite a far cry from the Galaxy S20 Ultra's excellent zoom, but it's still fair.

The rendering is unusable in low light. The Galaxy S20 FE switches to digital zoom and the image quality becomes very poor. If we can guess the biggest parts of our test scene, we don't see the details or the colors.

At the front, it's a 32-megapixel sensor that officiates for capturing selfies. If you need an example that high definition doesn't necessarily provide good quality, the S20 FE is an excellent one. The level of detail is as poor as the color rendering is pale.

Video recording can be done up to UHD resolution at 60 fps. Their rendering is quite good overall. Exposure transitions are smooth and focus tracking is very effective.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: Quick Review


Nowadays, it is necessary to pay close to 1,300 USD to purchase a phone that we can call "flagship". For this reason, consumers are turning to cheaper options by sacrificing features. Galaxy S20 Fan Edition is basically a product designed with this user base in mind. Samsung was expressing that it had "the most admired aspects of the Galaxy S20 series" in the promotion of this product. Indeed, we see that the remarkable features of the flagship series are gathered in the Galaxy S20 FE.

A prominent feature of the S20, such as the 120 Hz display, is available in this lower-priced phone. Like the Exynos 990, a processor found in other phones has been added. Although it is 6 GB, choosing an up-to-date technology such as DDR5 is also among the advantages of RAM. Features such as wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, and support for fast charging are among these. All three rear cameras produce photos that will compete with flagship phones, more precisely with higher-priced members of the S20 series.

Using lower level materials on the phone can raise a question mark in your mind. However, when you pick up the S20 Fan Edition, you'll feel like you're dealing with a flagship phone. Samsung has managed to create a stylish and valuable product by properly processing the materials I have chosen. In fact, there is not much difference in price between the S20 FE and S20 models with a price of 827 USD. But if you want your money to stay in your pocket and prefer a larger screen, then you can choose this new Android phone. What do you think? Have you used a smartphone? Do you recommend it? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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