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  • Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 FE


8.7/10
Informr score
The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE currently has an Informr score of 8.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 76 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • 120Hz screen
  • Fast performance
  • Affordable
  • Available in 6 different colors

What's bad

  • Camera is so-so
  • Faulty/slow fingerprint scanner
  • Fast charge costs extra

The FE stands for Fan Edition -- not exactly the most descriptive label. So what does that mean, and how does it stack up against the rest of the market? Let’s see what the reviews have to say!

Design

Samsung chose to go with the “glasstic” on the backplate with a matte finish. This is just a fancy word for high-end plastic, and some reviewers argued it took away from the phone’s feel. However, others were pleased that the matte texture seemed to do away with ugly fingerprints and smudges.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE also comes in various colors. Orange, mint, navy are just a few of the options. Sure, they’ll likely get hidden under a case, but having options is nice. Just keep in mind that it’s not quite the quality of the rest of the 2020 Galaxy S line-up.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE has a flat-screen instead of the rounded waterfall screens on many other phones in its price range. Reviewers said it was still possible to accidentally trigger touches on the screen when using the phone with one hand but a lot less than most waterfall screen designs.

The OLED screen is only 1080p. However, the 120Hz refresh rate helps make up for any potential downside there with its smooth motion. Reviewers praised the display for its bright, vibrant picture and color accuracy.

Performance

The phone kept up with similarly priced phones in both real-world tests and benchmarks. Reviewers felt the 120Hz refresh rate made it feel that much faster and more responsive. Multitasking seemed no big feat, and playing games didn’t either -- it sailed through every attempt to tire it out reviewers created.

It doesn’t outperform the top of the charts, but it also doesn’t underwhelm. It’s the right middle -- and that’s perfectly fine given the price.

Software & Storage

The S20 FE runs the average up-to-date Android software with a skin of Samsung's making over top. Some reviewers remarked that the skin and extra apps were excessive, as some of the features were already there from Android. Onboard storage ranges from 128GB to 512GB, with the option for a MicroSD up to 1 TB.

Cameras

The cameras on the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE are nothing to be disappointed about. Still, they don’t offer anything new and are even a slight downgrade from the original Galaxy S20.

Thankfully, those downgrades don’t seem to impact picture quality much. The multiple lenses’ seemed to perform reasonably well in good lighting, except perhaps trying to use the ultra-wide lens indoors, which didn’t work out so well.

Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE has excellent battery life --even when used heavily or using the always-on display option. Reviewers stated that keeping the 120hz refresh rate on all day still left them with plenty of battery until bedtime.

The only sad thing is that while it supports a higher rate of fast charge, the box only comes with the lower end charger. So while it’s still a faster charger, you’ll need to spend extra for the fastest charger.

Audio

The listening experience impressed reviewers, both with and without headphones. The Galaxy S20 FE lacks a headphone jack -- but that’s fairly typical in this price range now. However, reviewers had no issues with Bluetooth stability, and pairing was speedy.

Specs at a Glance

  • “Glasstic” chassis
  • 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display
  • Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 processor
  • 6/8GB of RAM
  • Android 10
  • 128/512GB of storage with MicroSD option
  • 12/12/8MP front-facing camera
  • 4500mAh battery

Bottom Line

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is better than a substantial portion of phones in the mid-tier price range. It doesn’t break any barriers, however, in terms of new features or fashion. Despite this, the phone is more than enough to keep the average person happy.

PC Magazine says, “The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G delivers all the phone performance most people need at a price more people can afford."

Tom’s Guide states, “The Galaxy S20 FE delivers a fantastic 120Hz display, excellent cameras and solid performance for a very reasonable price.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.84 GHz
Screen Size
6.5"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


The Indian Express

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G is a good option and you can buy it as there are several reasons for it. First of all, you get a smooth and fluid performance. The design, and the vibrant display is another advantage. There are phones in the market that offer great power, but doesn’t offer good camera p...

- Ankita Garg, The Indian Express
WhistleOut

The Galaxy S20 FE delivers most of its pricier siblings' best features at a more affordable price. While the phone clearly makes compromises, none of them feel significant. Out of Samsung's 2020 flagships, the Galaxy S20 FE is the easiest to recommend. 

- Alex Choros, WhistleOut
Ausdroid

I absolutely love the concept of the Fan Edition line Samsung has to comply executed on the strategy and has delivered a well rounded, no-compromise phone ad just under AUD$1000. While I may want to see it sell for more like $800 perhaps I am unrealistic. One thing is for sure, I will have a hard ti...

- Duncan Jaffrey, Ausdroid
DxOMark

Overall we found image quality to be quite similar to the slightly more expensive Samsung Galaxy Note20: the S20 FE delivers good quality in core areas, with generally accurate exposure, pleasant color, and a good texture-to-noise compromise. Performance for zoom, autofocus, preview, and night shots...

- Paul Carroll, DxOMark
Neowin

The Galaxy S20 FE offers stellar value within Samsung's lineup, and while it's not quite at iPhone SE levels of affordable, it's certainly a strong contender for value king in the Android space.

- João Carrasqueira, Neowin


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


The Galaxy S20 FE price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Samsung Galaxy S20 FE prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE user manual here.


Samsung backs up the Galaxy S20 FE with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Galaxy S20 FE has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Samsung support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Samsung's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.5"

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE's screen size is 6.5 inches with 1080 x 2400 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.84 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+) Octa-core 2.84 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 10 operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 32+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128/256/512 GB

Internal memory is 128/256/ 512 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 1000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4500 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 1380 minutes, 960 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Galaxy S20 FE Specs

Overview
Release date October 1, 2020
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Networks
HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE, 5G
Mobile / Cellular Data
5G, 4G/LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 10

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Processor Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+) Octa-core 2.84 GHz
Internal Storage 128/256/ 512 GB
RAM 6/8 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Unknown
TTY/TDD Unknown
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.50 W/kg
Body: 1.35 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4500 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 1020 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 960 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 840 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 1380 minutes
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Cloud Navy, Cloud Orange, Cloud Lavender, Cloud Red, Cloud Mint, Cloud White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.98 x 7.45 x 0.84 cm (6.3 x 2.9 x 0.3 in)
Weight 190 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels
Pixel density 405 pixels
Size 6.5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, 120Hz refresh rate, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Unknown
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 1000 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
3x optical, 30x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (8 MP, F2.0, Telephoto), 3rd camera feature (12 MP, F2.2, Ultra-wide), HDR, Slow motion recording, Hyperlapse
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
32+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition

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