Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Extremely and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra may be packed to the hilt with the newest, biggest tech, however in addition they include sky-high costs to match. That makes them a difficult promote at a time when purse strings are tightening and rivals like Google and OnePlus are making nice phones at extra inexpensive costs.
However the Galaxy S20 FE, which stands for “fan version,” packs most of the nice options of its flagship siblings, together with a strong triple digicam, a strong processor, IP68 waterproofing and 5G connectivity, all for a way more inexpensive value.
At $700 within the US, it is a hell of lots cheaper than the Word 20 Extremely, which retails for $1,300 (£1,179, AU$1,849). Within the UK and Australia, a 4G model of the S20 FE is obtainable for £599 or AU$999, with the 5G model going for £699 or AU$1,149.
That is the identical US value because the just lately introduced Google Pixel 5 (which is slightly cheaper within the UK and Australia), however the S20 FE does supply advantages over the Pixel within the type of an extra telephoto lens, expandable storage and a stronger processor. We’ll have to attend to get the Pixel in our arms to work out precisely how these two stack up.
However general, the Galaxy S20 FE just isn’t a revolution in cellular know-how, however it’s not designed to be. What it’s is a strong all-round cellphone at a extra inexpensive value. Whereas it is nonetheless costlier than telephones just like the iPhone SE and the OnePlus Nord, its higher spec listing makes it the cellphone to go for if you happen to’ve obtained your coronary heart set on a flagship, however simply cannot fairly abdomen emptying your complete checking account to get one.
A fantastic display screen and highly effective processor
There is a 6.5-inch, 2,400×1,080-pixel tremendous AMOLED show which is vivid, vibrant and pin-sharp. Is it as excessive definition because the Word 20 Extremely? No. Will you discover the distinction? I actually could not. It has a 120Hz refresh price too that simply makes swiping across the Android interface really feel that bit smoother. It stretches all the best way to the sides, with solely a small punch gap for the front-facing digicam.
Inside is a lightning-fast Snapdragon 865 processor (for the 5G fashions, an Exynos 990 chip within the 4G fashions — the identical one discovered within the Word 20 Extremely and S20 Extremely), which carried out very properly on our benchmark assessments (take a look at the comparability chart above). Photograph modifying in Snapseed was a breeze and demanding racing video games Asphalt 9 and Grid Autosport performed completely properly.
A potent triple digicam
The digicam is without doubt one of the predominant areas that is seen some compromises to maintain the associated fee down. The rear digicam setup features a 12-megapixel customary zoom digicam, a 12-megapixel 3x optical zoom and an 8-megapixel ultrawide-angle digicam. These are decrease resolutions than you will discover on extra premium Galaxy telephones. The FE additionally lacks options such because the 100x “House zoom” and 8K video recording that you will get from the S20 Extremely.
Whereas I actually do not assume you will miss 8K video or the 100x zoom (the standard at that zoom stage is so poor you’d by no means wish to do something with these photographs) I actually loved utilizing the 5x and 10x zoom choices on the S20 Extremely, and liked the artistic capturing choices it supplied. Would I spend a whole lot extra to have it although? Completely not.
Photographs from the S20 FE are punchy with a great publicity steadiness between vivid skies and darkish foregrounds, helped by the auto HDR mode. It is not at all the best camera round — I discover the white steadiness could be a bit hit or miss at instances — however for drool-worthy photographs of espresso and cake to make your Instagram followers jealous, it’s going to go well with simply fantastic.
The entrance digicam has a 32-megapixel decision which produces crisp photographs which are greater than adequate for Instagram — relying on the face you pull, that’s.
Samsung presents the S20 FE in a variety of vibrant hues, however I believe the deep navy blue of my evaluate mannequin is rather more “stylish” than it’s “cool” — it is a good sport coat as an alternative of a neon parka; a steak and glass of chianti as an alternative of a burger from a van; an HBO drama as an alternative of WWE highlights. It is rather more engaging than the sinfully boring grey of the S20 Extremely, however then absolutely anything is.
Its rear panel is created from plastic, however its frosted end makes it feel and look extra like glass to me (Samsung even calls it “glasstic”). There’s toughened Gorilla Glass 5 on the entrance and aluminum on its edges. It feels sturdy and comfy to carry and the matte texture of the again means fingerprints aren’t a lot of an issue.
There isn’t any headphone jack, so hopefully you’ve got invested in some bluetooth headphones by now (you will not get any headphones within the field) however the cellphone does have IP68 waterproofing, which can hold it protected from spilled drinks or heavy rain.
A beefy battery
Samsung has stuffed a 4,500-mAh battery contained in the S20 FE, which is 500 mAh greater than the battery it put within the common S20. It is no shock that it has loads of energy to supply. I have never but been capable of do our full suite of battery-drain assessments on the cellphone, however after an hour of YouTube streaming at full brightness, the cellphone had solely dropped by 7%, which is excellent.
Anecdotally, I discovered that it had properly over half its battery left after a day of photographing, enjoying movies and doing bits of gaming. I’ve little question that it will comfortably get you thru a full day of blended use and possibly properly into the following. It additionally helps wi-fi charging in addition to 25-watt quick charging to offer it a fast juice up if you happen to’re about to go out.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE specs comparability chart
|Samsung Galaxy S20 FE||Samsung Galaxy S20 Extremely||OnePlus Eight Professional||Apple iPhone SE (2020)|
|Show measurement, decision||6.5-inch tremendous AMOLED; 2,400×1,080 pixels||6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X||6.78-inch AMOLED; 1,440×3,168 pixels||4.7-inch Retina HD; 1,334×750 pixels|
|Dimensions (inches)||TBA||2.99 by 6.57 by 0.35 in.||6.51 by 2.93 by 0.35 in.||5.45 by 2.65 by 0.29 in.|
|Dimensions (millimeters)||159.Eight by 75.5 by 8.4mm||76.Zero by 166.9 by 8.8mm||165 by 74.Four by 8.5mm||138.Four by 67.Three by 7.Three mm|
|Weight (ounces, grams)||190g||7.76 oz.; 220g||199g||5.22 oz.; 148g|
|Cellular software program||Android 10||Android 10||Android 10||iOS 13|
|Digital camera||12-megapixel (customary), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 8-megapixel (3x telephoto)||108-megapixel (wide-angle), 48-megapixel (telephoto), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), time-of-flight digicam||48-megapixel predominant, 8-megapixel telephoto, 48-megapixel ultrawide, 5-megapixel “coloration filter”||12-megapixel|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (5G) Samsung Exynos 990 (4G)||64-bit octa-core processor (Max 2.7GHz + 2.5GHz + 2GHz)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865||Apple A13 Bionic|
|Storage||128GB||128GB, 512GB||128GB, 256B||64GB, 128GB, 256GB|
|RAM||6GB||12GB, 16GB||8GB, 12GB||Not disclosed|
|Expandable storage||1TB||As much as 1TB||None||No|
|Battery||4,500 mAh||5,00Zero mAh||4,300 mAh||Not disclosed, however Apple claims it has the identical battery life as iPhone 8|
|Fingerprint sensor||In-screen||In-screen||In-screen||House button|
|Particular options||120Hz display screen refresh price, assist for 30W quick charging and 15W quick wi-fi charging||5G enabled; 120Hz refresh price; 100X zoom; water-resistant (IP68)||5G enabled, Quick-charging, quick wi-fi charging, 120Hz show||Water-proof (IP67); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wi-fi charging|
|Price off-contract (USD)||$699||$1,399 (128GB), $1,599 (512GB)||$899||$399 (64GB), $449 (128GB), $549 (256GB)|
|Price (GBP)||£599 (4G), £699 (5G)||£1,199 (128GB), £1,399 (512GB)||£799||£419 (64GB), £469 (128GB), £569 (256GB)|
|Price (AUD)||AU$999 (4G), AU$1,149 (5G)||AU$1,999 (128GB), AU$2,249 (512GB)||AU$1,435 transformed||AU$749 (64GB), AU$829 (128GB), AU$999 (256GB)|