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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G Review • A budget phone that deserves all the attention!

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G or Fan Edition, is the newest addition to the S20 range. This smartphone, which is mainly oriented towards the consumer market, is also the cheapest in the S20 range. The affordable price, along with the increased performance, makes the Galaxy S20 FE probably the most interesting version of the Galaxy S20.

It is the first time that Samsung launches a state-of-the-art smartphone at a more affordable price, meant most likely to fight the models from Xiaomi or OnePlus. Samsung has managed to reduce the price by giving up some non-essential components. For example, less lush materials were used, and the screen resolution is slightly lower, imperceptible to the eye anyway. On the other hand, the basic specifications are identical to its more expensive brethren. All this makes it a viable option for companies or people who need a solid, reliable, complete and fast smartphone. The fact that it is a little less luxurious in design, will not matter anyway in most cases, especially since many people choose to put the phone in a protective case.

As with other high-end phone models, Samsung offers a 4G and 5G version for the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition. The one we are testing today is the 5G version, which is very interesting. This is because, in addition to 5G support, it is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, which is faster and more efficient than its counterpart Exynos. But these two factors combined add to the price about 70 bucks!

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Samsung has chosen to reduce the price of this phone by giving up the glass back and the lush finish found on the Galaxy S20, these being replaced with a plastic back and a somewhat simpler design, without curved edges of the screen. It’s not as nice as the S20, but it has its advantages. The chance of breaking the glass on the back is low, and the screen is easier to change in case of an unfortunate event. In addition, you have more grip when holding in your hand. Even so, the phone’s frame remained made of aluminum.

It is important to mention that the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition still has a complete water resistance, being IP68 certified, has stereo speakers and is equipped with a pretty good fingerprint sensor under the screen. The frame is small and the same can be said about the camera at the top of the screen. A small disadvantage is the small shiny edge around the front camera, also found on the Galaxy A51. Overall, the Galaxy S20 FE 5G is very well made, even if it is not as luxurious as its older brother.

Galaxy S20 FE 5G Screen

The screen of the Galaxy S20 FE is slightly larger than that found in the regular S20: 6.5 inches compared to 6.2 inches. At the same time, the resolution was reduced from Quad HD + to Full HD +. The screen has vibrant colors and very importantly, the panel is SuperAMOLED with a refresh rate of 120Hz, which makes the experience very fluid. The brightness is high and we have an infinite contrast.

Interestingly, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE performs better than its more expensive siblings. This is due to the chipset used. Samsung traditionally uses its own Exynos chipset in Europe. In the case of Galaxy S20 FE 5G, the company has also chosen to offer a Snapdragon 865 chipset. This is still the fastest SoC you can currently get on an Android smartphone. The only downside is that it has a maximum of 6GB of RAM. But I had no problems during testing, multitasking being fluid, no lag.

The Snapdragon chipset is not only faster, but also more energy efficient. The S20 FE 5G has a 4500 mAh battery, which will help you get through the day easily. It may even take you two days, which is great for a state-of-the-art phone. The 25 W fast charging function is a bit slow compared to other phones in the same range, but the large battery makes this less problematic. Galaxy S20 FE supports wireless charging up to 15W and reverse wireless charging, so you can charge your headphones or watch.

On the software side there is too much to say. Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G runs Android 10 with OneUI interface.

On the back of the Galaxy S20 FE 5G we have three cameras. A 12-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel camera with a 3x zoom lens and a 12-megapixel camera with a wide-angle lens. You won’t find depth sensors or unnecessary macro cameras. The good news is that all three sensors produce good images. When the lighting is good, the main camera is able to capture more detail than the other two cameras, it is obvious because it has the best sensor. However, for the most part, the images look similar on all cameras, including color and dynamic range.

Conclusion

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G is a balanced phone, good for photo / video enthusiasts, but also for those passionate about mobile gaming, thanks to the 120Hz refresh screen and the 4500mAh battery.