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The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 128GB is a slightly better phone than the LG Velvet, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 128GB!

LG Velvet  Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 128GB 
LG Velvet Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
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Excellence Score
76.8
79.6
Value for Money Score
63.1
83.1
Price ₹ 44,990 onwards ₹ 35,499 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2020 Oct, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 10Expected update to Android 11
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.8 inches 6.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2460 pixels (~ 395 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 405 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Type OLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 120 HzSuper High
Display Features N/A Super AMOLED, 120Hz Refresh Rate, HDR10+, Always-on Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.4 GHz 2.73 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 765GRanked #16 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 990Ranked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 620 Mali-G77 MP11
RAM 6 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 48MP + 8MP + 5MP 12MP + 12MP + 8MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 48MP: f/1.8 aperture; 26mm focal length; 1/2.0" sensor size; 0.8um pixel size; PDAF, 8MP: f/2.2 aperture; 120-degree Ultra-wide; 1/4.0" sensor size; 1.12um pixel size, 5MP: f/2.4 aperture; Depth sensor, Panorama, HDR, Video: [email protected]; [email protected]/60fps, EIS 12MP: f/1.8 aperture; 26mm focal length; 1/1.76" sensor size; 1.8um pixel size; dual pixel PDAF; OIS, 8MP: f/2.0 aperture; 73mm focal length; telephoto camera; 1/4.5" sensor size; 1.0um pixel size; PDAF; OIS; 3x optical zoom, 12MP: f/2.2 aperture; 123-degree ultra-wide lens; 13mm focal length; 1/3.0" sensor size; 1.12um pixel size
Secondary Camera 16MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features f/1.9 aperture, 1/3.06 sensor size, 1.0um pixel size f/2.0 aperture; 26mm focal length; 1/2.74" sensor size; 0.8um pixel size
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.9 mmMedium 8.4 mmMedium
Weight 180 gmMedium 190 gmMedium
Width 74.1 mmOk for one-handed use 74.5 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack USB-C
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins) Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 4300 mAh 4500 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 25W Fast Charging Yes, 25W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 15.0W Fast Charger Yes, 15.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features MIL-STD-810G Compliant; UFS 2.1 Storage; 9W Fast wireless charging; Quick Charge 4.0+; USB Power Delivery 3.0; In-display fingerprint sensor; DLNA; NFC; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration In-display Fingerprint Sensor; UFS 3.1 Storage; 15W Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging; 4.5W Power bank/Reverse wireless charging; NFC; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Looks dazzling with its shiny, reflective back - from the shape of the body to the camera array to the colours, the Velvet signals something new
  • The front looks sharp and gorgeous, the glass curves at the sides, giving it some character - you can easily mistake it for a flagship
  • The LG Velvet feels thin, light, and balanced - it is a treat to hold in the hand
  • There’s also a dedicated Google Assistant button
  • IP68 water and dust resistance, a rarity to find in this price range
  • Large, vivid and bright 6.8-in P-OLED display - it’s immersive and a pleasure to behold, the colours are close to natural and it’s plenty sharp
  • It supports HDR and Full HD Netflix at launch, watching content on the screen a great experience
  • Good performance from the Snapdragon 765G - day-to-day usage is decent, app loads are near-instant and heavy games like Call of Duty: Mobile run extremely well at ‘high’ graphics
  • Decent set of triple cameras at the back - a 48MP primary module, an 8MP ultra-wide, and a 5MP auxiliary cam for depth
  • The Velvet takes overall pleasing photos with its main cam, colours are nice and punchy, the images have a distinctly contrasty look and phone resolves good detail
  • Portrait mode on the Velvet works decently, it isn't the most accurate performer, but it gets the job done
  • In low light the LG Velvet is a fair performer - there’s a dedicated Night View mode that takes slightly longer to capture an image, but improves colour fidelity (though, it isn't the best performer by any means)
  • Selfies from the Velvet, are properly good - LG got the distance right and the images usually turn out excellently sharp in bright light - Portraits are very good as well, subject separation is about as good as one can reasonably expect from a single cam solution
  • The phone also has solid stereo speakers
  • Rocks the good ol' 3.5mm headphone jack
  • LG Dual Screen Case adds an extra display to the Velvet, identical to the main display - the case is like giving your laptop an extra screen, it helps you with multi-tasking, you can simultaneously open 2 apps on each screen or have a different part of an app open on both screen - it also comes handy in gaming, where you can have your controls on one screen and the actual game on the different screen (though, not all apps support it)
  • The LG Velvet also supports a stylus (sold separately), which adds additional functionality, just like the Samsung Note series
  • Good battery life from the 4300 mAh battery - it tends to last a full day of moderate use, with little left in the tank by the end
  • Supports up to 9W fast wireless charging
  • IP68 dust and water resistant
  • Bright, sharp, and clean looking 6.5-inch display FHD+ AMOLED display - the S20 FE’s screen looks good, with bold colours and high contrast ratios
  • Sufficiently bright and usable under direct sunlight
  • The display features a variable refresh rate which goes up to 120 Hz, most of the time it simply looks luscious and smooth
  • Running the Galaxy Note Ultra is Samsung's OneUI 2.5 on Android 10 - which, as far as Android UIs go, is one of the most refined, well-thought-out experiences - the animations everywhere looks fluid with the high refresh rate display
  • The S20 FE houses the Samsung's own Exynos 990, which is one of the best CPUs available in the market - apps open quickly, scavenging through files is swift and multi-tasking is a breeze, it is a top-tier experience
  • Very good triple camera setup - a 12MP main camera, a 12MP ultra-wide camera, and a 8MP telephoto camera
  • The S20 FE takes solid shots with the main camera - colours look good overall, white balance is accurate, the focus is sharp, producing clean shots with little or no noise in daylight
  • The S20 FE’s ultra-wide camera squeezes in twice as much of the scene you’re shooting compared to the main snapper - it captures shots at 0.5x zoom, compared to 0.6x on most other phones, and quality is also good
  • The telephoto camera facilitates 3x optical and 30x digital zoom - it is fairly good at closing the distance without losing the details
  • The S20 FE inherits the Single Take mode from its more premium siblings - when engaged, Single Take records a 10-second video and snaps multiple images, giving you an entire gallery of options to choose from and share
  • The low-light shots turn impressive, even in incredibly dark situations, the clarity is quite impressive, and the colours are perfect with little noise - the night mode further improves the quality with brighter and colourful images
  • Live focus mode (Samsung's portrait mode) produces decent results on the S20 FE - the phone delivers good subject separation and natural-looking background blur
  • Selfies from the 32MP front camera look pretty good at the default settings, focus, colour, and white balance were mostly good - with Live Focus mode for selfies you get a range of controls for background effects and edits, and accurate and appropriate background blur
  • Video quality from the FE's main cam is decent, while 1080p footage is comparable to the S20s', 4K on the FE is notably inferior in terms of sharpness and detail - other than that, the videos have likeable colours and dynamic range is excellent
  • Good set of stereo speaker - the earpiece double-ups as the second speaker, and it sounds clean at max volume with well-defined highs and vocals, decent lows
  • Good battery life from the 4500 mAh cell - the S20 FE can last a little over a full day of rigorous use and that too with the 120Hz smooth display
  • 15W wireless charging is a nice feature to have at any price point, which matches that of the wired charger
  • The Galaxy S20 FE is a Samsung flagship at the core at a friendlier price, which comes with pros that include solid performance, excellent battery life, and straightforward software, cameras that are on par with the competition
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The highly glossy back is, of course, a fingerprint magnet
  • There is also an optical fingerprint reader under the screen and it's a tad slower than other phones in this price
  • A high refresh rate is missing from the display and lacks the smooth scrolling appearance of a OnePlus 8 or 8T
  • LG hasn't made any major improvements in its software, the LG Velvet runs on the LG UX 10 based on Android 10 - LG’s interface is not the most visually coherent, a lack of visual consistency between parts like the settings menu and the feature toggles drop-down cheapens the overall experience
  • LG's software and hardware doesn't feel well optimised, in day-to-day use, there's some delay and stuttering when switching between apps, and opening menus is often delayed
  • The ultra-wide camera is disappointing, as the low-resolution sensor leaves most fine textures and details missing, or over-smoothed
  • Overall, the camera system on the LG Velvet gets the job done, but it’s far from one of the best systems you’ll find in this price - if you want a top-class camera on your smartphone, you’ll have to look elsewhere
  • The phone supports up to 25W Fast charging but only comes with a 15W charger in the box, which isn't very fast - it takes the bundled charger more than 2 hours to fully charge the phone
  • The LG Velvet doesn't offer any fancy bells and whistles such as a high refresh rate display, super-fast charging, or periscope cameras, that doesn’t mean it’s bad - it just leaves a lot to be desired in a world where competition is sky high
  • There are better options available that offer much more at this price, like the OnePlus 8
  • Boxier in-hand feel when comparing against other S20 phones - not very comfortable
  • Not-so-premium design - the S20 FE looks more like the Samsung A series phone than the S series - the ‘Glasstic’ back and thick front bezels make it look a bit cheap
  • No headphone jack
  • Average fast charging from the 15W adapter included in the box - the phone supports up to 25W fast charging, but for that, you'll have to buy a compatible adapter separately
  • Though, if you want a more premium-looking phone with all the bells and whistles, OnePlus 8 and the Xiaomi Mi 10 are solid phones for the price
Expert Reviews
  1. If you value style on top of everything, the Velvet will fit nicely
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. It's an attractive-looking handset with a decent camera and a gorgeous, big screen, but there are better options available
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Velvet is LG's best-looking phone in a while, but LG didn't go far enough
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Smooth looks alone can't make this Android phone stand out in a very crowded and competitive field
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Luxury on the outside, less so on the inside
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The LG Velvet is a bold new reinvention for LG, focusing on style first and foremost
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
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  1. A Samsung flagship at the core at a friendlier price
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you want a phone from Samsung but don’t want to spend a lot on the brand’s flagship phones, the Galaxy S20 FE should fit the bill nicely
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Samsung fan, the Fan Edition complements the S20 lineup in a way that makes it worth saving some money
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. This New Galaxy S20 FE is fan-tastic
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  5. A value triumph
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Everything you'd expect from a modern flagship without the modern price
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
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