After many, many leaks and rumors, Samsung has finally unveiled the Galaxy S20 FE, an affordable flagship that just might prove to be the best non-folding phone of 2020 for the Korean company. Coming in 4G and 5G variants which are powered by the Exynos 990 and Snapdragon 865 chipsets respectively, the Galaxy S20 FE also features a 120Hz display, a trio of rear cameras, and an affordable price of $700 for the 5G version in the US, and £599 for the 4G variant and $699 for the 5G model in the UK.
Like the recently launched Galaxy Note 20, the S20 FE sports a plastic rear panel, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing because it will wear a lot better than glass, is lighter, and nowhere near as delicate. Surprisingly for Samsung, the Galaxy S20 FE is available in a selection of bright colors right off the bat, with White, Lavender, Orange, Red, Navy, and Mint colorways.
Those that hate curved displays will be pleased to note that the AMOLED display on the Galaxy S20 FE has flat edges. The 6.5-inch panel has Full HD resolution with that all-important 120Hz refresh rate which means ultra-smooth scrolling. Gamers will be happy to note that the display also has 240Hz touch sampling which should make for enhanced response times. The display also houses the in-display fingerprint sensor which if of the optical variety and is protected by Gorilla Glass 5.
The Galaxy S20 FE 5G is the first S20 variant to go on sale in Europe to be powered by the Snapdragon 865 chipset although the 4G version has to make do with the Exynos 990. Only the 5G model will be sold in the US, keeping in line with Samsung’s strategy of not selling its Exynos-equipped handsets in the region. Samsung chose to give the S20 FE 6GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in storage, with support for MicroSD cards up to 1TB.
There are a trio of 12MP sensors on the rear panel in a rather unobtrusive vertical strip on the left-hand side consisting of an 8MP telephoto lens with OIS and 30x Space Zoom, a main sensor, and an ultra-wide lens. The central punch-hole in the display houses the 32MP selfie camera.
A 4,500mAh battery lurks within which can be recharged via the 15W wireless charging or the 25W adaptor. Like many other Samsung devices, the Galaxy S20 FE boasts dual speakers which have been tuned by AKG.
All-in-all, the Galaxy S20 FE, in either 4G or 5G guises, represents a heap of value and is certainly aimed at going head-to-head with the likes of OnePlus, although it may have the unplanned knock-on effect of being more desirable than some of Samsung’s recent more expensive flagships.
What do you think about the Galaxy S20 FE? Has Samsung hit the ball out of the park with it?
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