Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 128GB is a significantly better phone, but the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite 128GB is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But if budget is not a constraint, we recommend the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 128GB.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite 128GB  Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 128GB 
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Excellence Score
72.6
82.6
Value for Money Score
68.2
65.3
Price ₹ 34,100 onwards ₹ 49,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jan, 2020 Oct, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.7 inches 6.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2400 pixels (~ 393 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 AMOLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 120 HzSuper High
Display Features Super AMOLED, Always-on display, HDR, Punch-hole Camera Super AMOLED, 120Hz Refresh Rate, HDR10+, Always-on Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.84 GHz 2.73 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Ranked #9 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 990Ranked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 640 Mali-G77 MP11
RAM 8 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 + 12MP + 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/2.0 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/2.0" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF; OIS, 12MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 12mm Focal Length (Ultra-wide), 5MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 1/5.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size; Dedicated Macro Camera, Panorama, HDR, Video: [email protected]; [email protected]/60fps; [email protected], 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 32MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features f/2.2 Aperture; 25mm Focal Length, 1/2.8" Sensor Size, 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR 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 1 TB Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.1 mmMedium 8.4 mmMedium
Weight 186 gmMedium 190 gmMedium
Width 75.6 mmOk for one-handed use 74.5 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output USB-C USB-C
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 4500 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, 45W Fast Charging Yes, 25W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 25.0W Fast Charger Yes, 15.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features NFC; 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]
  • Clean and simple design - manages to look and feel like a high-end device (though, it uses a 'Glastic' polycarbonate back)
  • The front looks striking and modern, thanks to the single punch-hole 'Infinity-O' panel with very narrow bezels and a thin chin at the bottom
  • Relatively light-weight at 186g for a phone this big
  • Both the in-display fingerprint sensor & face recognition are quick at unlocking the phone
  • Excellent, crisp and bright 'Super AMOLED+' display with Full HD+ resolution - it excels at producing punchy colors and has good viewing angles
  • The panel also supports HDR 10+ and Widewine L1, which makes the S10 Lite an absolute delight to stream HD movies and shows on popular OTT platforms such as Hotstar and Netflix
  • Samsung's second generation of its One UI based on Android 10 is one of the better, more clean and streamlined Android UIs around, and is well optimised for large modern displays (like this one)
  • Apart from facilitating fluid animations and gesture controls, the UI also brings support for Samsung’s ecosystem of apps and services, including Bixby (Vision, Lens Mode, Routines), the full version of Samsung Pay and Samsung Health - there’s also support for the defense-grade security platform Samsung Knox
  • Blazingly fast, power packed performance with the super fast flagship Snapdragon 855 - the device is arguably even more powerful than the company’s current flagship Note 10 and S10 series - opening apps or loading a game, the phone feels snappy, and even heavy-duty games such as PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty run at the highest graphic settings on the device
  • Very good triple camera setup - at the heart of its above par optics performance is a 48MP primary lens + a 12MP ultra-wide lens + a 5MP macro lens
  • For all intents and purposes, the primary lens is the star of the show here - it is capable of clicking some stunning shots during day time - the shots produce impressive levels of detail and dynamic range, under well-lit situations, putting this camera at least on par with the flagship devices from Samsung
  • Low light performance is equally capable of surprising the user - shots come out looking crisp and with a good amount of detail and colour accuracy, this might be because of the Super Steady OIS which helps save low light shots which would have otherwise been ruined by a slight movement of the hand
  • There is also a wide-angle and a macro-lens - both perform quite well during situations where the lenses are fed with enough light, the images look vivid and capture accurate colours and details - the two cameras provide the user with extra framing options which are high in quality
  • Portrait mode or Live Focus works well, with good edge detection, detail and colours - you can change the background bokeh effect for some interesting results
  • The 32MP front camera captures 8MP oversampled photos, which look good, with punchy colours and good amounts of detail - Live Focus is available here too, so you can play around with different bokeh effects - the front camera is pretty capable under artificial light too
  • Video quality is also good and the Super Steady mode help in recording very smooth videos
  • Overall, the Galaxy S10 Lite offers very capable cameras and the image quality on par with other phones in this price segment
  • Brilliant battery life, thanks to the optimised OneUI and the flagship Snapdragon 855 - on moderate use, the S10 Lite will easily give a day and a half’s worth of use
  • Very Fast Charging with the impressive 25W Charger (and support for an insane 45W Fast Charging), it tops up the phone’s battery to the brim in about 70 minutes
  • The Galaxy S10 Lite represents great value for money, something that you won’t generally get to hear about Samsung’s devices too often - from the cameras to the battery and overall performance, the phone impresses every step of the way, making it one of the best buys in the smartphone market right now
  • 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 back panel is quite glossy and hence a fingerprint and smudge magnet
  • The display remains at 60 Hz refresh rate while the competition has moved to more futuristic 90 or 120 Hz displays like the ones in the OnePlus 7T and the ROG Phone 2
  • It is slightly more expensive than its closest competitor, the OnePlus 7T, which offers high refresh-rate display, a more premium glass and metal body, stereo speakers, a telephoto camera, and a more current processor - also, the base variant of the Asus ROG Phone 2 is also available at similar price, and offers much better gaming features
  • 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. It's a great phone... but not particularly competitive at its launch price
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. There’s nothing "lite" about the S10 Lite, it has the hardware of a 2019 flagship and it certainly holds its own as an upper-tier phone
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. It's nice to have a good option from Samsung in this segment after a long time... but the price is on the higher side
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The Galaxy S10 Lite is every bit a premium flagship smartphone
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. The price is just right for the S10 Lite
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The S10 Lite is a mighty competitor in the affordable flagship segment and for someone looking for a power-packed phone from a big brand, the S10 Lite is a no brainer
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The S10 Lite is a mighty competitor in the affordable flagship segment and for someone looking for a power-packed phone from a big brand, the S10 Lite is a no brainer
    telecom.economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. One of the highly recommended options in its price
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. The S10 Lite is fast, good looking, has a wonderful screen and takes great pictures
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  10. The Galaxy S10 Lite is the best value-driven flagship Samsung has launched to date
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. The S10 Lite at its price is just terrific value
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. While the Galaxy S10 Lite may not be the best Galaxy S10 model, it does have the most stamina. This makes the lack of a few features easy to overlook
    notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  13. At its price, the Galaxy S10 Lite is a formidable proposition
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. If you are a Samsung loyalist and don't want to spend Rs 50,000 on other S10 series devices, the S10 Lite emerges as a satisfactory option
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. The S10 Lite is definitely among the best value-driven flagships from the Samsung stable to have launched in the country
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. From its cameras to the battery and overall performance, the phone impresses every step of the way, making it one of the best buys in the smartphone market right now
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  17. The Galaxy S10 Lite comes highly recommended
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. cnet.com hands-on Read Review »
  20. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  21. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  22. hindustantimes.com hands-on Read Review »
  23. tomsguide.com hands-on Read Review »
  24. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
  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 »
  8. gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. pocketnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. thequint.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. in.pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. finder.com.au in-depth Read Review »
  20. firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  25. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  26. techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  27. financialexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
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  29. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  30. in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
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