The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (which stands for “fan edition”) aims to offer much of what you’ll find in the company’s top-end phones but with a few tweaks here and there in order to keep the price down.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Mobile Phone – Fan Edition Guide
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE price is $700 — the same as the iPhone 11. In the UK and Australia, it’s £599 or AU$999 for a 4G version, and £699 or AU$1,149 for 5G. (Only the 5G version will be offered in the US.) That’s a significant price drop, given that the 5G Galaxy Note 20 Ultra retails for $1,300 (£1,179, AU$1,999). It also undercuts the OnePlus 8 Pro
The price might be more affordable, but the key specs don’t seem to have suffered all that much. There’s a 6.5-inch, 2,400×1,080-pixel super AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate for smooth scrolling and a lightning-fast Snapdragon 865 processor (for the 5G models; there’s an Exynos 990 chip in the 4G models — the same one found in the Note 20 Ultra and S20 Ultra).
There’s a triple camera setup on the back, although the resolutions are lower and it lacks high-end features like the 100x space zoom (30x zoom is offered, but it relies heavily on digital zoom) or 8K video recording, neither of which I think you’ll miss. It still offers things like 3x optical zoom, optical image stabilization, night mode photos and the “single take” feature which captures multiple versions of the same shot when you hit the shutter button (zoomed in, zoomed out, a video, a GIF, different filters) allowing you to decide which to share afterwards.
Physically, it looks much the same as the rest of the S20 series. It has a Gorilla Glass 5 display (rather than Gorilla Glass 6 on the Note 20), and the back is made from a toughened, matte plastic rather than shiny glass. It still has IP68 waterproofing though, along with an in-screen fingerprint scanner and it’s available in a wider range of snazzy colors, including a vibrant red, a lavender purple, navy blue, mint green and orange — all of which look much nicer than the sinfully dull gray on Samsung’s most expensive S20 Ultra.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Highlights
These days, taking pictures or videos and sharing them is the best way to express yourself. That’s why the Galaxy S20 FE brings a pro-grade camera along with the 32MP selfie camera including tetra-binning technology that lets you instantly capture a post-worthy picture.
With Samsung Galaxy S20 FE’s large image sensors including multi-frame processing, you can take richer, more vibrant images — even in low light — so you can simply snap and go. Night mode multi-frame processing with AI frame integration stabilizes motion in-shot while you record, so you can focus on having fun.
And while you may not always be physically close to the action, the Galaxy S20 FE’s powerful 30X Space Zoom3 lets you get close enough to capture the shot. Editing and sharing photos and video is important to fans, so the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE makes it easy to create and curate stunning photos and videos in real-time like a professional.
To reflect your personal style, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE comes in a selection of six vibrant colors to suit every attitude, look and personality with signature design elements pulled from sleek and slim Galaxy S20 family. Colors include Cloud Red, Cloud Orange, Cloud Lavender, Cloud Mint, Cloud Navy and Cloud White.4 It also features a premium textured haze effect that minimizes fingerprints and smudges.
Performance and Experience
When your phone is at the center of your life, everything from the design to performance should be a great experience. Samsung equipped the Galaxy S20 FE with an advanced processor and 5G5 connectivity to enable a seamless experience. The Galaxy S20 FE is the perfect device for fluid scrolling or watching a video, thanks to its 6.5-inch6 Infinity-O Super AMOLED display with a super smooth 120Hz refresh rate.
With 5G connectivity and access to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate,7 you can enjoy an advanced mobile gaming experience.
The Galaxy S20 FE instantly connects to the Galaxy ecosystem of products, such as Galaxy Buds Live and Galaxy Fit2.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Battery Life
Samsung equipped the Galaxy S20 FE with a battery capable of lasting throughout the day. The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE robust 4,500mAh battery, powerful AP performance and super fast charging ensures you can keep doing what you love, without a worry about battery life.9
And since life can be unpredictable, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is water and dust resistant IP68 rated. Better yet, when accidents happen, you can rest easy knowing Samsung Care+ has got your back, whether you have a cracked screen, experience water damage or a battery in need of replacing.10
Technology is always evolving, so Galaxy users get three generations of Android operating system (OS) upgrades that keep the Galaxy S20 FE updated with the latest security protection and features Samsung has to offer.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Specifications
|The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Display||6.5-inch flat FHD+ Super AMOLED
Infinity-O Display (1080×2400), 407ppi
120Hz refresh rate
|* Infinity-O Display: a near bezel-less, full-frontal screen.
* Measured diagonally, Galaxy S20 FE’s screen size is 6.5-inch in the full rectangle and 6.4-inch with accounting for the rounded corners; actual viewable area is less due to the rounded corners and camera hole.
|Dimensions & Weight||74.5 x 159.8 x 8.4mm, 190g|
32MP Selfie Camera
– Pixel size: 0.8μm
|Rear Triple Camera
12MP Ultra Wide Camera
– Pixel size: 1.12μm
12MP Wide-angle Camera
– Dual Pixel AF, OIS
– Pixel size: 1.8μm
8MP Telephoto Camera
– Pixel size: 1.0μm
– 3x Optical Zoom
– Up to 30x Super Resolution Zoom
– OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)
– Tracking AF
|* Galaxy S20 FE’s Hybrid Optic Zoom combines high-resolution image sensor and lens.
* Super Resolution Zoom includes digital zoom, which may cause some image deterioration.
|The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Processor||7nm 64-bit Octa-Core Processor
– 2.8GHz (Maximum Clock Speed) + 2.4GHz + 1.8GHz
7nm 64-bit Octa-Core Processor
– 2.7GHz (Maximum Clock Speed) + 2.5GHz + 2GHz
8GB RAM (LPDDR5) with 128/256GB internal storage
6GB RAM (LPDDR5) with 128GB internal storage
|* May differ by model, color, market and carrier.
* Actual storage available may vary depending on pre-installed software.
Expandable Memory & SIM Card
|Single SIM model
– One Nano SIM and one MicroSD slot (up to 1TB)
Dual SIM model (Hybrid SIM slot)
– One Nano SIM and one Nano SIM or one MicroSD slot (up to 1TB)
|* SIM card sold separately. Availability of dual SIM may vary depending on market or carrier.
* MicroSD card sold separately. Availability may vary depending on country and manufacturer.
* Use of eSIM on Galaxy device may be enabled by software update or disabled in some markets where it is purchased. Availability of eSIM mobile plan may vary depending on carrier.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Battery
|* Typical value tested under third-party laboratory condition. Typical value is the estimated average value considering the deviation in battery capacity among the battery samples tested under IEC 61960 standard. Rated (minimum) capacity is 4,370mAh for Galaxy S20 FE. Actual battery life may vary depending on network environment, usage patterns and other factors.|
|Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 USB PD 3.0 (PPS) certified Fast Charging for wired charging (AFC and QC2.0 compatible)
* WPC certified Wireless charging
|* Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 currently available with Wireless Charger Stand, Wireless Charger Duo Pad, and other devices that support 10W or more wireless charging. Sold separately. Actual charging speed may vary depending on the actual usage, charging conditions, and other factors. Wireless charger requires power connection. Recommend using in-box charging cable and/or travel adapter for use of third party items may cause damage to the Wireless Charger Stand and Wireless Charger Duo Pad or a decrease in charging speed.
* Wireless PowerShare limited to Samsung or other brand smartphones and accessories with WPC Qi wireless charging. Check samsung.com for compatibility. May not work with certain accessories, covers, or other brand devices. May affect call reception or data services, depending on your network environment. Speed and power efficiency of charge varies by device.
5G Non-Standalone (NSA), Sub6 / mmWave
Enhanced 4×4 MIMO, Up to 5CA, LTE D/L Cat.19 (1.6Gbps), LTE U/L Cat.18 (211Mbps)
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax 2.4G+5GHz, HE80, MIMO, 1024-QAM, Up to 1.2Gbps Download / Up to 1.2Gbps Upload
Bluetooth® v 5.0, USB type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou)
|* Actual speed may vary depending on market, carrier, and user environment.
* Requires optimal 5G connection. Actual speed may vary depending on market, carrier, and user environment.
* Galileo and BeiDou coverage may be limited. BeiDou may not be available for certain markets.
|* Available in select markets. Payment solutions and available features may vary depending on market, carrier, and service providers.|
|Sensors||Optical Fingerprint sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, Proximity sensor, Ambient Light Sensor|
|Authentication||Lock type: pattern, PIN, password, Fingerprint sensor, Face recognition|
The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Audio
|[Stereo speakers sound by AKG]
Surround sound with Dolby Atmos technology (Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus included.)
[Ultra high quality audio playback]
UHQ 32-bit & DSD64/128 support
PCM: Up to 32 bits, DSD: DSD64/128
* DSD64 and DSD128 playback can be limited depending on the file format.
[Audio playback format]
MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, APE, DSF, DFF
Dual Audio: connect two Bluetooth devices to the Galaxy S20 FE to play audio through the two devices simultaneously.
* The two connected devices may exhibit a slight difference in sound output.
Scalable Codec: Enhanced Bluetooth connection under ambient radio frequency interference.
* Available only for certain accessories made by Samsung.
Recording quality is improved with the High AOP Mic that minimizes distortion in noisy environments.
* AOP: Acoustic Overload Point
|Video||[Video playback format]
MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
Wireless: Smart View (screen mirroring 1080p at 30 fps)
Wired: supports DisplayPort over USB type-C. The Supports video out when connecting via HDMI Adapter.
(DisplayPort 4K UHD at 60 fps)
|* IP68 is based on test conditions for submersion in up to 1.5 meters of freshwater for up to 30 minutes. Rinse residue/dry if wet. Not advised for beach or pool use.|