Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 256GB  +1 variation

price₹ 48,999 onwards

launchOct, 2020

86.1

excellence score

69.2

value for money score

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Design

  • IP68 dust and water resistant
  • 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

Display

  • 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

Software

  • 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

Performance

  • 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

Camera

  • 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

Audio

  • 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
  • No headphone jack

Battery

  • 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
  • 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

Verdict

  • 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
  • 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

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  3. Samsung fan, the Fan Edition complements the S20 lineup in a way that makes it worth saving some money
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  4. This New Galaxy S20 FE is fan-tastic
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  5. A value triumph
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  6. Everything you'd expect from a modern flagship without the modern price
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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 256GB Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 10Expected update to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.5 inches
Screen Resolution1080x2400 pixels (~ 405 pixels per inch)
Display TypeAMOLED
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
Screen DesignPunch Hole
Screen Refresh Rate120 HzSuper High
Display Features
  • Super AMOLED
  • 120Hz Refresh Rate
  • HDR10+
  • Always-on Display
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Barometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • RGB Light Sensor
Fingerprint sensorYes
Face UnlockYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2.73 GHz, Octa Core, Samsung Exynos 990Ranked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUMali-G77 MP11
RAM8 GB
Memory
Internal Memory256 GB
Expandable Memory SlotYes, up to 512 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity4500 mAh
Fast Charging SupportYes, 25W Fast Charging, Fast charger included
Dimensions
Weight190 gmMedium
Thickness8.4 mmMedium
Width74.5 mmOk for one-handed use
Camera
Primary Camera12MP + 12MP + 8MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (4K)
Other Camera Features
  • 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 Camera32MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • f/2.0 aperture; 26mm focal length; 1/2.74" sensor size; 0.8um pixel size
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB-C
USB On-The-GoYes
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
VoWiFi/WiFi-CallingYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou + GALILEO
CompassYes
NFCYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Water ResistantYes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Dust ResistantYes
Noise FiltrationYes
Stereo SpeakersYes
More
  • In-display Fingerprint Sensor
  • UFS 3.1 Storage
  • 15W Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging
  • 4.5W Power bank/Reverse wireless charging

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