Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (Fan Edition) Review

For people who think that Galaxy S20 is too pricey, the Galaxy S20 FE (Fan Edition) should provide better values. The original Galaxy S20 is available for $999, while the Ultra version will set you back $1,499. Along with bonuses, the Galaxy S20 FE is only sold at $699 and at several retailers, only for $599. This provides an amazing value, because Galaxy S20 FE still offers many of the original features and hardware components.

Design

At just 190 grams, the Galaxy S20 FE is quite light to operate and the glassy material keeps the device feeling premium. Samsung is offering various colour options, including Mint, White, Orange, Lavender, Red and Navy. Unfortunately, the matte finish attracts fingerprints easily and it’s quite slippery. It is suggested to wrap the case immediately after your purchase a Samsung Galaxy S20 FE. It’s also quite unfortunate that the Galaxy S20 FE has thick bezels, unlike the more expensive S20 variants. With IP68 certification, the Galaxy S20 FE could survive in 5 feet of water for 30 minutes. It means, the phone should be more than capable to withstand rainwater or coffee spills.

Display

The 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display offers 1080 x 2400 resolution, which is equal to more than 400ppi of pixel density. Just like many Super AMOLED displays, the Galaxy S20 FE has slightly oversaturated display. However, the display can be cranked up very brightly and it is comfortable to see under the sunlight. In order to accommodate the powerful hardware, the display has 120Hz refresh rate. Interface navigation should be much smoother and games are more enjoyable if they reach more than 60fps.

Internal hardware

The US version of Galaxy S20 FE is equipped with the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, while International users need to make do with Samsung’s Exynos 990. While the latter isn’t a bad solution per se, but its thermal throttling performance and auxiliary features are still below Qualcomm’s design. However, there’s 8GB/256GB model for the International version. The US version is available with just 6GB/128GB, which compensates for the slightly lower performance of the Exynos 990.  

Software

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE has One UI 2.5 interface on top the Android 10. With One UI 3.0 is being developed and Android 11 is just released, we could expect both to make their way to Galaxy S20 FE users as well. The South Korean company has promised that the Galaxy S20 FE will continue to receive 3 years-worth of continuous software update. It may mean that the Galaxy S20 FE will also receive Android 12 and Android 13 updates if Google keeps releasing annual updates of its mobile operating system.

Camera

In terms of photography solutions, Galaxy S20 FE isn’t too shabby with 32MP of front-facing camera. On the back, there are 12MP primary, 12MP ultrawide and 8MP telephoto cameras. Photos should have good contrast, with slightly warmer tones. They can record 4K videos with HDR mode enabled. Although both chipsets support 8K recording, the Galaxy S20 FE isn’t capable of doing that.