Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G Review: The Fan Edition we always deserved

Samsung’s latest (second) plan to impress its fans across India is that the Galaxy S20 FE 5G. Does it stand to swell to the mark? Let’s determine.

Samsung’s latest fancy impress its fans in India which may also be counted as a second attempt, is that the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G. This Fan Edition phone from Samsung comes as a follow-up smartphone to Samsung’s last year S20 FE but there is a difference between these two devices and it’s the chip that’s powering the phone.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G Review The Fan Edition we always deserved
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G Review The Fan Edition we always deserved

While the variant that was launched in India last year came with an Exynos 990 chip despite the US and a few other regions getting the Snapdragon variant, Samsung finally decided to bring the Snapdragon counterpart to India also and in our opinion, this does make tons of difference. During our review of the Exynos-powered S20 FE, we had faced tons of issues and therefore the review went a touch sideways for Samsung but it looks like it’s finally getting to change.

Display & Design

The design remains just like last year’s variant with similar button placement and hardware. We got the cloud mint color last year but this point the dark blue didn’t disappoint us either. Although the rear is formed of plastic, Samsung doesn’t allow you to feel it and provides a matte finish which may attract a touch of fingerprint sometimes with sweaty hands but it’s definitely better than what a glass back panel has got to offer.

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Samsung mostly impresses when it involves displays and this point is not any different. The experience is strictly equivalent because the S20 FE where the display can get super bright under direct sunlight and outputs punchy colors. With a 120Hz refresh rate, scrolling may be a breeze alongside OneUI’s pleasant-looking animations.

Software and Performance

The Galaxy S20 FE 5G comes with the Snapdragon 865 SoC paired with 8 gigs of RAM and 128 gigs of storage. this is often the segment where the S20 FE fell short compared to its competitors and went downhill. But during this exact same segment, the S20 FE 5G shines brighter and even beats a number of the newest contenders in its respective price range that accompany a more modern Snapdragon 888.

The Galaxy S20 FE 5G handled every task with ease with no lags. Last year’s S20 FE had major issues even with daily usage because the refresh rates dropped, the phone being heated, stutters all around the software, and more. With the Galaxy S20 FE 5G though, I didn’t face any such issue. Yes, the phone did heat up sometimes while using the camera, or while performing some task that was heavy on the CPU but it can’t be categorized under uncomfortably hot. The phone maintained with whatever it had been instructed to perform.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G Review The Fan Edition we always deserved
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G Review The Fan Edition we always deserved

Coming to OneUI, the phone comes loaded with OneUI 3.1 supported Android 11 and is feature-packed to the very core. From the animations to app openings, everything feels fluid and fast and there are not many complaints in reference to performance. Pairing the OneUI experience with Samsung’s Good Lock module, the customization on your Galaxy can attend subsequent levels. I might adore understanding Samsung seeing what it’s through with Good Lock with various updates. it’s a requirement for your Galaxy smartphone and that I would highly recommend downloading it after you found out about your device. The deep level of customization takes the general experience up a notch.

I also tried a couple of games and needless to say, there have been no issues or any major frame drops, although, there have been some minor ones while playing Call Of Duty Mobile. With other games like Project Cars Go, Asphalt 9, the phone ran them fine.

For connectivity, I didn’t face any sort of issues because the calls were loud and clear on both ends. The Wi-Fi connectivity though had a successful and miss quiet situation as once I held the phone in landscape, I could often notice the Wifi signals dropping and really rarely even disconnecting. This could be due to the antenna positioning that gets covered with one’s hands when held in a horizontal position. aside from this, the Wi-Fi had no problems, and therefore the phone utilized full speeds that were available with my plan.

Battery Life

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G is backed by an equivalent 4500mAh battery as its Exynos counterpart but the results vary by an enormous margin. Where I could barely get 4.5 hours of SOT on the Exynos-powered variant which too the phone getting dead before the top of the day, the new Snapdragon variant got me through an entire day with light usage while I used to be ready to kill the battery before the top of the day with heavy usage. My usage included many browsing, streaming, calling, and a touch of gaming alongside an Always-on display that gave me around 6.5 hours of Screen-on time which is impressive.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G Review The Fan Edition we always deserved
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G Review The Fan Edition we always deserved

However, to charge the battery you get a 10W charger inbox while the S20 FE 5G itself supports up to 25W fast charging. Interestingly, Samsung provides a 25W charger with the Galaxy A72 that costs Rs 35,000 but isn’t providing an equivalent with a flagship which is simply disappointing when the competition is providing up to 65W chargers. The phone takes around 2 hours to charge from 15% to 100% with a 10W charger provided within the box whereas this point is decreased significantly when employing a 25W charger.

Cameras

The cameras on the rear of the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G include a quad-camera system consisting of the first 12-megapixel wide-angle camera with a 123-degrees field of view, while the second camera is additionally a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera with OIS and 1.8μm pixel size, alongside an 8-megapixel Telephoto camera with Phase detection autofocus, F2.4 aperture, OIS, and 3x optical zoom. The cameras also can zoom up to 30x.

The shots from the first sensor came bent be as impressive as last time. With good dynamic range and hues, the sharpness of the photos was on point. the colors looked really bright and super on the brink of what actually was the color. When zooming in, the 12MP sensor doesn’t hand over the detailing either and therefore the final shots resulted in bent be noise-free.

The wide-angle shots didn’t lose out on color also as details. For the colors, they looked just like those seen from the first camera. The night mode shots were even better than what we found last time on the regular Galaxy S20 FE. However, when zooming in, the photographs did sacrifice a touch of details for the colors but the general result was far more than acceptable and a powerful one. When turning on Night mode, the precise mode actually does something in Galaxy S20 FE 5G’s case because it not only cranks up the brightness but also makes the colors look better.

Coming to 30X, 20X, and 10X shots, the small print is increased as this number decreases. you cannot expect any amount of sharpness at 30X while 10X shots look decent. The portrait shots looked even better than last year’s variant with quick subject identification alongside an honest level of bokeh effect. Selfies aren’t pained either be it portrait ones or normal. the sting detection was accurate and detailed colors, sharpness were all twiddling with one another pleasantly due to which the resulting shot was congenial.

Shots took under artificial lighting and low-lighting were decent also but the standard took successfully under low-light. the small print seems to be missing, not by an enormous margin but it had been noticeable. Under artificial lighting though, things were back to normal with good colors and accurate sharpness and detailing.

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G stands strong against one of its main competitors which is the OnePlus 9. From cameras to the display, everything about the Galaxy S20 FE 5G is impressive, though you’ll need to hand it over on fast charging.

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