Believe it or not, Samsung still hasn’t been able to unpack its devices this year. On Wednesday, the company announced yet one more smartphone in its fourth place (yes, This is correct, the fourth, Unpacked event of 2020: Samsung S20 Fan Edition (FE) 5G.
That name really is a mouthful, I know.
Currently available for pre-order, and available on October 2, the phone packs some top-tier specifications borrowed from its flagship phone. But this time, it comes at a somewhat affordable starting price of $699 — when I say affordable, I mean compared to the Galaxy S20 and Note 20, which both start at $1,000.
Up front, the S20 FE sports a 6.5-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display with Samsung’s Infinity-O technology for minimal bezels. Additionally, it features a 120Hz refresh rate for smoother graphics while gaming and scrolling through content.
Talking about the cameras, the phone has a 32-megapixel hole-punch selfie camera at the front. There’s a triple-camera setup at the back with a 12-megapixel ultra-wide lens (f/2.2 aperture), a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens (f/1.8 aperture), and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens.
It also features Samsung’s proprietary Space Zoom, which combines optic zoom technology with software-based AI digital zoom, which was first introduced in the S20 lineup. Like the S20 and Note20 devices, the S20 FE can zoom up to 30x.
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Talking about the processor, the Snapdragon 865 chipset (which is also in the S20 lineup) has been given in the phone with 5G connectivity. This will give you both sub-6 (for slower speeds) and mmWave capabilities (for faster speeds). The S20 FE will also run Android 10 at launch.
For memory, it comes with 6BG RAM and 128GB internal storage. There is also a microSD card slot with expandable storage up to 1TB.
Additionally, it packs a 4,500mAh battery and fast wireless charging capability. But to take advantage of those charging speeds, you’ll need to buy a separate 25W charging brick. Sadly it only comes with a 15W brick.
Similar to the Note20, the back of the phone is made of plastic but it comes in some fun colors. You’ll have a choice between Cloud Mint, Cloud Navy, Cloud White, Cloud Lavender, Cloud Orange, Cloud Red, and Cloud Orange.
Now, before you drop the money on this phone, I’d recommend checking out your trade-in options through Samsung’s site. The company is offering up to $450 off on the S20 FE with eligible devices, which means you can technically get the phone for $250. But You can also get a Galaxy S20 for around $350, depending on which phone you trade in.
While the S20 FE has some powerful features, particularly its processor, battery life and refresh rate, it’s worth weighing your options before cracking that pre-order button.