Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy S20 is a slightly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 256GB, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy S20!

Samsung Galaxy S20  Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 256GB 
Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
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Excellence Score
88.2
83.2
Value for Money Score
70.4
63.9
Price ₹ 49,985 onwards ₹ 52,818 onwards
Launch Date (India) Feb, 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 6.2 inches 6.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x3200 pixels (~ 566 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 405 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 120 HzSuper High 120 HzSuper High
Display Features Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz Refresh Rate, HDR10+, Always-on Display Super AMOLED, 120Hz Refresh Rate, HDR10+, Always-on Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.73 GHz 2.73 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Samsung Exynos 990Ranked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 990Ranked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G77 MP11 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 64MP + 12MP + 12MP 12MP + 12MP + 8MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (8K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 64MP: f/2.0 Aperture; Telephoto; PDAF; OIS; 3x Hybrid Optical Zoom, 12MP: f/1.8 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length; Dual Pixel PDAF; OIS, 12MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 13mm Focal Length; Ultra-wide; Autofocus; Super Steady video, Auto-HDR, Panorama, Video: [email protected]; [email protected]/60fps; [email protected]/60/240fps, HDR10+ Video, Dual-video rec., Stereo Sound rec., Gyro-EIS, OIS 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 10MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features f/2.2 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length, 1/3.2" Sensor Size, 1.22um Pixel Size, Dual Pixel PDAF, Dual video call, Auto-HDR, Video: [email protected]/60fps; [email protected] f/2.0 aperture; 26mm focal length; 1/2.74" sensor size; 0.8um pixel size
Internal Memory 128 GB 256 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 163 gmMedium 190 gmMedium
Width 69.1 mmComfortable 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) Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 4000 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 Yes, 15.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features In-display Supersonic Fingerprint Sensor; Scratch Resistant Back (Corning Gorilla Glass 6); Samsung DeX (desktop experience support); Bixby; Samsung Pay; Reverse Wireless charging; UFS 3.0 Storage; USB Power Delivery 3.0; 15W Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging; 9W Power bank/Reverse wireless charging; NFC; ANT+ Support; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos; AKG sound 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]
  • Top end flagship build quality - the Galaxy S20 is a fine piece of hardware that exudes quality and craftsmanship
  • The front looks absolutely gorgeous with an almost edge to edge screen and just a single punch-hole at the top centre - the front glass is slightly less curved along the side edges than previous S series phones
  • The phone is sealed tight and carries an IP68 rating, so you can accidentally dunk it in some water and it’ll survive
  • Ergonomically, the Galaxy S20 is the best of the lot with the most compact, easy to handle size
  • Stunning 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen that is the best you can buy on any phone right now - the sharpness of the display is simply outstanding with eye-popping clarity
  • The 120Hz refresh rate gives the screen a luscious smoothness that has to be seen to be believed, you’ve got a screen that simply dominates every other panel on the market
  • The screen is also HDR10+ certified, which means the right content will deliver incredible dynamic range - the HDR10 movies on Netflix look really impressive
  • Running the Galaxy S20 is Samsung's OneUI 2 on Android 10 - which, as far as Android UIs go, is one of the most refined, well thought-out experiences
  • Powering the Galaxy S20 is the Samsung's own Exynos 990, which is one of the best CPUs available in the market, just a shade behind the Apple's A13 - the phone feels fast all the time, no matter what content or app you throw at the S20, it devours the calculations and offers buttery smooth performance
  • Samsung gave the Galaxy S20 an impressive triple-camera system on the rear - the standard lens boasts a 12MP sensor, joined by an ultra wide-angle 12MP camera, and an optical telephoto 64MP camera
  • The primary 12MP camera gives you crisp detailed images with the good dynamic range that Samsung’s cameras are known for and the colours are wonderful
  • 64MP telephoto lens is capable of 3x lossless zoom and up to 30x digital zoom - the Galaxy S20's mix of sophisticated hardware and software deliver a precise images that are much clearer than anything else in the market (the 100x zoom is not present in the S20 and S20 Plus)
  • The Galaxy S20's 12MP Ultra-wide lens churns out exceptional results, delivering eye-catching shots, even in challenging lighting conditions
  • 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 (though, the Pixel and iPhones still do a slightly better job in low light)
  • The most standout camera feature on the S20 is Single Take mode - 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
  • Video recording with the phone looks amazing - it’s sharp, colourful, properly exposed, and on-point when it comes to white balance - video also supports live focus mode, this uses the ToF camera to help judge depth and create a portrait-like effect when capturing video - it is also capable of capturing 8K videos (though, the use case for 8K is very limited)
  • The Galaxy S20 has improved ten-fold in Live Focus mode - it captures very realistic photos and is a massive step up from the portrait mode in Samsung’s prior phones (though, iPhone 11 series is still the champ in portrait shots)
  • The 10MP selfie camera does a fine job - you get a clear view of your pores in good light, and the target resolution dips in low light to keep images clean and bright
  • A pair of USB-C headphones is included in the box
  • Very good stereo speakers
  • Good battery life with the 4000 mAh cell - you will get a comfortable one day of use with heavy to moderate use
  • Sufficient fast charging with the supplied 25W charger - it boosts the battery by 50% after just 27 minutes
  • Also supports 15W wireless charging, and it can fill the battery to 50% in just 35 minutes on a charging pad
  • It also supports wireless reverse charging and can charge other phones or accessories that support wireless charging
  • The Galaxy S20 has a gorgeous screen, classy hardware, wicked performance, good battery life, and capable cameras, and the Samsung's name - if that's what you're looking for, go buy it
  • 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 in-display fingerprint sensor is unreliable - it’s slower than other sensors on competition and far less accurate
  • Aesthetically, the Galaxy S20 looks dull, there's no flair in the design, like the Aura Glow option Samsung introduced last year, which looked fascinating - the huge camera module doesn't help either
  • Overall, while Samsung has created flagship lever cameras that compete at the top level and comes out as champs in many situations, they are still slightly behind the iPhone cameras, that are more consistent
  • 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. Solid and consistent experience all at more palatable pricing
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The S20 are the Android flagship to beat in 2020
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The S20/+ is one of the best Android phones around
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. This Android phone gets the job done so well, you'll hardly ever stop to think about it
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. It’s the best complete package of an Android phone available right now
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A powerful phone with an ergonomic and attractive design
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A beautiful phone for your tiny hands
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The Samsung Galaxy S20 is the best Android phone available right now
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Cheapest and the best
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  10. The Samsung Galaxy S20 is a powerful flagship phone with a smooth 120Hz display, and advanced cameras in a compact design
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. A near-perfect, pocket-friendly powerhouse
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. The Galaxy S20 is simply the best phone that Samsung makes right now, balancing power and camera specs with a compact form factor
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  13. Smartphones this good shouldn’t have questionable cameras
    ww.9to5google.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. The Samsung Galaxy S20 is the most manageable of the S20 lineup in terms of size and price
    pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. gadgets.ndtv.com hands-on Read Review »
  19. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  20. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
  21. indiatoday.in 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. in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  25. techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  26. financialexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  27. 9to5google.com in-depth Read Review »
  28. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  29. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
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