The Galaxy S20 FE (Fan Edition) is Samsung’s attempt to gain additional market share in the “affordable flagship” arena dominated by OnePlus and Xiaomi. Priced at just $699 (at time of writing) it delivers an impressive spec but how does this compare to the regular S20?
The key differences come down to 3 areas:
Unlike the S20, which has a more premium glass body, the S20 FE has aluminium sides with a plastic (polycarbonate) back. The bezel on the S20 FE are larger too.
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If a choice of colour is a key factor in your decision then the FE wins that battle with a choice of 6 colours – mint, navy, lavender, red, orange and white. Whereas the S20 has just four options to choose from – grey, pink, blue and white.
The S20 FE features a slightly larger 6.5-inch display meaning the overall dimensions are bigger. It measures 6.29 x 2.93 x 0.33 inches and weighs 6.7 ounces, compared to 5.9 x 3 x 0.31 inches and 5.7 ounces for the Galaxy S20.
As mentioned above, the FE features a larger 6.5-inch display compared to the 6.2-inch of the S20. But, the S20 display, whilst smaller, is sharper with a higher 3200x1400 pixel resolution compared to the 2400x1800 OLED display of the FE.
Both handsets feature a 120Hz refresh rate making scrolling and animations much smoother.
Performance & Battery Life
Whilst both devices share the same Snapdragon 865 processor, the S20 has 12GB of RAM compared to the 6GB of the S20 FE so expect the S20 to perform better in multitasking situations.
Both phones ship with 128GB of storage, and you can add up to 1TB more via the microSD card slot on the Galaxy S20 FE and Galaxy S20.
One area where the FE wins though is its larger battery capacity of 4,500 mAh vs the S20's 4,000 mAh battery. The FE supports 25W fast charging but ships with a 15W charger.
There are a few differences on the imaging side of things. The primary camera is the same 12MP sensor on both phones but where the S20 opts for a 64MP (with 3x zoom), the FE only has an 8MP sensor (with 3x zoom).
Samsung has however equipped the S20 FE with a higher-res 32MP sensor on the front – compared to the 10MP of the S20. Perfect for those people who love to take selfies!
In terms of video recording, the S20 FE has also dropped support for 8K capture but for the vast majority of consumers this will not be a major concern.
With a starting price of $699 compared to the $999 price tag of the S20, the FE has certainly established itself as an affordable handset that packs a punch!
However, in an ever-competitive market you can always find great deals on both devices.
Which should you buy?
The winner of Samsung Galaxy S20 FE vs Galaxy S20 really comes down to what you're looking for in your next phone and what you're willing to pay. If you are on a tighter budget, the S20 FE seems like the logical choice. It’s almost the same handset for $300 less!
However, the S20 with its premium design, additional RAM and higher quality display is still a great choice if your budget allows.
Regardless of which handset you buy, it’s an investment worth protecting and there is no better way to do this than with a luxury, genuine leather case from TORRO.
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|Display||6.5 inches (2400 x 1800) 120Hz||6.2 inches (3200 x 1440) 120Hz|
|Colours||Mint, Navy, Lavender, Red, Orange, White||Grey, Blue, Pink, White|
|Processor||Snapdragon 865||Snapdragon 865|
|Rear Cameras||12MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 8MP telephoto (3x zoom)||12MP wide, 12MP ultra-wide, 64MP telephoto|
|Battery||4,500 mAh||4,000 mAh|
|Dimensions||6.29 x 2.93 x 0.33 inches||5.9 x 3 x 0.31 inches|
|Weight||6.7 ounces||5.7 ounces|