Samsung spins the brand new Galaxy S20 FE, or “Fan Version”, as a mannequin that gives all of the options that followers care most about in a extra inexpensive package deal. As the costs of flagship telephones have skyrocketed to effectively over Rs. 1,00,000 over the previous few years, the “flagship killer” section at round Rs. 40,000 to 50,000 has grow to be increasingly more necessary. Fairly than let rivals reminiscent of OnePlus and Xiaomi eat its lunch, the Korean big has determined to struggle again with a watered-down model of the Galaxy S20.
Samsung has dabbled with a number of methods to promote extra inexpensive variations of its flagship telephones with out cannibalising gross sales. Final 12 months, we had the bodily smaller Galaxy S10e (Review) which proved to be successful in the identical vein because the “mini” versions of some older fashions. The corporate additionally later launched the Galaxy S10 Lite (Review) which was a considerably complicated however nonetheless respectable mid-range possibility. We have additionally seen premium A-series models making an attempt to serve the identical market.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE value and competitors
Just one configuration of the Galaxy S20 FE in India, with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, was announced at launch time, priced at Rs. 49,999. Nonetheless, when this mannequin went on sale, a 256GB variant priced at Rs. 53,999 also appeared. Oddly, it is offered solely in a single color, Cloud Navy, reasonably than the total vary.
A 5G version is offered in different nations, however the Galaxy S20 FE is simply obtainable with 4G community compatibility in India. The plain goal is the OnePlus 8T, which is priced beginning at Rs. 42,999. Different doubtless rivals are the brand new Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro 5G, gaming telephones such because the Asus ROG Phone 3 (Review), and even the iPhone 11 (Review).
Nonetheless, what makes the Galaxy S20 FE stand out for all of the flawed causes is the truth that the way more premium Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ (Review) now promote for a lot lower than their official launch costs. In reality, Samsung is presently discounting the improbable Galaxy S20+ to precisely Rs. 49,999 by itself web site, and it has been obtainable for that a lot throughout ongoing online festive sales.
That is arduous to know, because it undercuts the model new Galaxy S20 FE and even the Galaxy S20. In an effort to reconcile its vary, Samsung has simply recently announced price cuts all the way down to Rs. 44,999 and Rs. 48,999 (plus financial institution presents) for the 128GB and 256GB variants. It will undoubtedly annoy early adopters, coming lower than two weeks after the Galaxy S20 FE first went on sale. So far as providing customers worth for cash, that is hardly probably the most conducive surroundings wherein to advertise a mannequin with extra modest specs.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE design
The Galaxy S20 FE does slot in with its siblings. It has the identical primary proportions however apparently is bigger than the Galaxy S20 due to its 6.5-inch display. You do not get curved edges on the display, which in my view is definitely an excellent factor. The body is shiny and metallic, whereas the rear panel is made from a matte polycarbonate. The 128GB model of this telephone is on the market in 5 colors, starting from the daring Cloud Pink and Cloud Navy to the a lot softer pastel Cloud Mint and Cloud Lavender, plus a impartial Cloud White.
The rounded sides of the rear panel make the Galaxy S20 FE very straightforward to carry, and the non-slip texture is far appreciated. You additionally haven’t got to fret in any respect about fingerprints, however gentle smudges might be seen after use. You do not get any form of case within the field with this telephone.
Contributing to the premium really feel, the display borders are fairly slim. The earpiece is so slender it might barely even be seen. The entrance digital camera is embedded proper within the centre of the highest – it is pretty small however remains to be a bit distracting not solely due to its place but in addition as a result of there is a extremely reflective silver ring round it. Samsung will ship this telephone with a display protector pre-applied, and the one on my assessment unit was barely misaligned.
The ability and quantity buttons are on the left, and are inside straightforward attain. Samsung has dropped its devoted Bixby button and I do not miss it in any respect. There is a USB Sort-C port on the underside and no 3.5mm audio socket. The tray on the highest can accommodate both two Nano-SIMs or one Nano-SIM and a microSD card.
Measuring 8.4mm thick and weighing 190g, the Galaxy S20 FE is pretty straightforward to deal with and dwell with. It is rated IP68 for water and mud resistance, so it ought to have the ability to stand up to publicity to the weather. Regardless of being not precisely flagship-level, building high quality is great and there is no doubt that this seems like a premium telephone.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE specs and software program
The Galaxy S20 FE will get the identical top-tier Exynos 990 processor as its siblings within the S20 household. That is an octa-core SoC with two customized Samsung efficiency cores working at 2.73GHz, two extra ARM Cortex-A76 cores working at 2.5GHz, and 4 extra power-efficient 2GHz Cortex-A55 cores.
There’s 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of storage, plus assist for as much as a 1TB microSD card utilizing the hybrid slot. The battery capability is 4500mAh and wi-fi charging is supported in each instructions. You solely get a 15W adapter within the field, although this telephone can make the most of as much as 25W chargers.
Samsung has gone with a 6.5-inch 1080×2400-pixel Tremendous AMOLED display. There is no official point out of HDR however it does appear to be supported. There may be additionally an always-on mode that is disabled by default. One nice shock is a 120Hz refresh price, although there would not appear to be any solution to allow this dynamically – it is both 60Hz or 120Hz on a regular basis. A workaround is to allow Adaptive Energy Saving, which can toggle the refresh price together with a number of different settings based mostly in your utilization patterns.
Talking of energy saving, Samsung permits you to select between 4 efficiency ranges. The Medium and Most modes restrict CPU efficiency to 70 % and scale back the utmost display brightness by 10 %. The Most mode additionally locks you all the way down to only some apps and forces darkish mode. Background information is restricted and the always-on show and all biometrics are additionally disabled.
These are only a few of the huge variety of options you will discover all through Samsung’s One UI 2.5, which runs on prime of Android 10. My unit acquired an replace to the October Android safety patch in the course of the assessment interval, which was good to see. The Bixby button is likely to be gone however the assistant can nonetheless be known as up utilizing the ability button. You should utilize your SIM for calls and textual content messages by way of different linked Samsung units, and Samsung’s current partnership with Microsoft for Home windows 10 integration can be supported on the Galaxy S20 FE.
There are numerous shortcut gestures, a Recreation Launcher with optimisations, UI themes, a Twin Messenger function for utilizing two accounts with sure apps, a display recorder, expandable notification bubbles, and loads of choices for residence display customisation. Edge Panels offer you fast entry to numerous shortcuts and mini apps with a swipe in from both fringe of the display, and you’ll obtain many extra free and paid panels from the Galaxy Retailer.
On the draw back, there are fairly a number of Samsung apps preloaded, together with a pointless Internet browser and tie-in apps for the corporate’s AR, wearables, and IoT merchandise. Samsung Well being and Samsung Pay are probably helpful, however then again, the My Galaxy app spawned annoying notifications a number of instances per day.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE efficiency
As anticipated, there is no lag by any means when swiping by way of the One UI interface and when multitasking between apps. The Galaxy S20 FE felt snappy, due to the excessive refresh price panel in addition to the succesful SoC and great amount of RAM. The in-display fingerprint sensor and face recognition aren’t as fast as I’d have preferred, however this should not be a lot of an issue. That is the form of telephone that you simply’d be more than pleased to make use of for on a regular basis apps and duties.
The display is crisp and vibrant. Apart from the distracting digital camera gap, movies and video games look nice. The expertise is helped by this telephone’s stereo audio system, which really feel fairly effectively balanced. Sound is a bit skinny and missing in bass, however that is to be anticipated.
Coming to benchmark exams, AnTuTu reported a rating of 4,62,330, and Geekbench’s single- and multi-core outcomes had been 517 and a pair of,573 respectively. 3DMark’s Slingshot Excessive graphics check managed 6,649, whereas GFXBench’s Manhattan 3.1 and Automotive Chase scenes ran at 55fps and 33fps respectively. These scores are a bit decrease than what the Galaxy S20+ (Review) and Galaxy S20 Ultra (Review) achieved.
Fashionable video games together with Name of Obligation Cell and Asphalt 9: Legends had been completely easy at their default graphics high quality settings. Nonetheless, the higher rear of the Galaxy S20 FE did get fairly heat after simply 5 minutes or so of play. This grew to become barely uncomfortable over longer gaming periods.
Battery life wasn’t notably spectacular. I used to be in a position to get a full day’s use out of a cost, however I would not count on greater than that. Our HD video loop check ran for 12 hours, 44 minutes, which is under common. Utilizing the bundled charger, I used to be in a position to stand up to 17 % in quarter-hour and 61 % in an hour.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE cameras
Contemplating how closely Samsung emphasised digital camera high quality because the defining function of the Galaxy S20 household, it is going to be fascinating to see how this lower-priced mannequin matches in. The Galaxy S20 FE has a scaled-down set of cameras, beginning with a 12-megapixel f/1.8 main digital camera with OIS. There’s additionally a 12-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide digital camera and an 8-megapixel f/2.4 3X optical telephoto digital camera. For selfies, you get a 32-megapixel f/2.2 digital camera.
Unsurprisingly, the digital camera app is jammed with options and choices. Modes embody Samsung’s Single Take composition instrument, professional mode, meals mode, evening mode, dwell focus for stills and video, gradual movement and tremendous gradual movement, and hyperlapse. You may obtain further filters or create your individual based mostly on the color profile of any picture, if the default choice ever will get boring. The Scene Optimiser function is on by default and can show a shortcut to allow Evening Mode rapidly if it thinks it is necessary.
The Galaxy S20 FE locked focus rapidly and metered scenes fairly effectively in the course of the day. Colors had been vibrant, verging on oversaturated in some cases. Photographs got here out trying sharp and topics had been effectively outlined. Element on objects at a distance was additionally fairly good. Shut-up pictures had been wonderful, with minute particulars reproduced very effectively and a really nice pure depth of area.
In reality, close-ups taken within the default Photograph mode had been usually higher than when utilizing the Reside Focus mode, which requires you to face again fairly a distance out of your topic. For those who do use this mode although, you possibly can refocus pictures, regulate the blur depth and kind, and take away all color aside from the thing in focus.
The wide-angle digital camera does introduce important distortion and high quality is just not dangerous if you happen to’re simply checking your pictures on the telephone’s display. Colors aren’t drastically completely different due to the re-framing. The 3X optical telephoto digital camera additionally captures wonderful element, and pictures maintain up even when seen totally magnified on a big monitor. The three cameras that Samsung has chosen are all genuinely helpful with out being gimmicky, and will all turn out to be useful usually.
Issues get rather less passable at evening – focus was generally inaccurate however tapping the display manually will lead to a fast lock. The excellent news is that you would be able to seize respectable pictures even when it is too darkish to see your topic within the viewfinder, if you recognize the place to faucet. The Scene Optimiser will drive a gradual shutter by default, however this is not the identical as Evening Mode, and outcomes did differ barely.
Low-light pictures had been a bit grainy and hues had been generally off relying on the form of lighting round. The wide-angle and telephoto cameras do undergo due to their narrower apertures however pictures are nonetheless usable. Utilizing Evening Mode did normally lead to higher color copy and barely improved element.
The entrance digital camera takes 8-megapixel binned pictures by default. A large-angle mode primarily reverse-crops the body, however the distinction may be very slight. Selfies got here out trying crisp with good element and publicity, however beautification is turned on by default and it takes a number of faucets to disable it. Evening mode works right here as effectively, and might undoubtedly assist when there is not sufficient gentle falling in your face.
As for video, the Galaxy S20 FE was in a position to seize easy 1080p footage with all three cameras within the daytime. Whether or not standing nonetheless, panning, or strolling, video regarded good and there was no jerkiness. At 4K, movement was rather less easy particularly with the telephoto digital camera. Low-light video shot with the first digital camera was adequate, however high quality suffered with the telephoto and wide-angle cameras. There was noticeable judder at 4K when shifting whereas recording, and stabilisation artefacts had been additionally a difficulty at 1080p. You may swap between cameras whereas recording, and the transitions are slick.
Gradual-motion video got here out trying nice. In super-slow-mo mode, video is captured at 720p. The start and finish of clips play again at regular velocity, and you’ll regulate the factors between which footage is dramatically slowed down. It’s also possible to reverse and loop it for artistic impact.
Samsung used the “Fan Version” suffix when it tried promoting refurbished Galaxy Note 7 units in South Korea with smaller, safer batteries. The transfer may need helped Samsung recoup a few of the losses it suffered following the catastrophic and embarrassing world launch (and subsequent global bans) of the Galaxy Notice 7, however this was by no means going to be a mass-market telephone. “Fan edtion” mainly acknowledged that solely these people who find themselves fervently devoted to the Samsung model would truly purchase it.
That is why it is a bit stunning to see a model new mannequin launch in a number of nations with the identical branding – that too one geared toward a way more mainstream viewers than its siblings. You do not have to be a fan of the model to love this telephone.
What Samsung has acquired proper although is the stability of price and options. You do not get the total flagship expertise, but when persons are pleased with so-called flagship killers, you now have a fairly sensible choice inside the Samsung lineup. What works for the Galaxy S20 FE is its match and end, high-quality display, and helpful cameras.
Pricing is an unavoidable subject, although. Individuals who pre-ordered or purchased the Galaxy S20 FE early are going to be justifiably upset due to the quickly diminished value and 256GB storage possibility. The larger subject is Samsung now promoting the far superior Galaxy S20+ at precisely the identical value that the Galaxy S20 FE launched at. Regardless of how good this new telephone appears and the way a lot it will get proper, Samsung itself presents stronger competitors so long as costs keep the place they presently are.