Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and S20 Ultra is perhaps packed to the hilt with the newest, best tech, however additionally they include sky-high costs to match. That makes them a difficult promote at a time when purse strings are tightening and rivals like OnePlus are making nice telephones at extra inexpensive costs. The Galaxy S20 FE (which stands for “fan edition”) goals to supply a lot of what you may discover within the firm’s top-end telephones however with just a few tweaks right here and there in an effort to hold the worth down.
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That value is $700 — the identical because the iPhone 11. In the UK and Australia, it is £599 or AU$999 for a 4G model, and £699 or AU$1,149 for 5G. (Only the 5G model will probably be provided within the US.) That’s a major value drop, provided that the 5G Galaxy Note 20 Ultra retails for $1,300 (£1,179, AU$1,999). It additionally undercuts the OnePlus 8 Pro, which has an analogous set of specs however prices $899 (£799). So a lot for OnePlus’ well-known affordability.
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The value is perhaps extra inexpensive, however the important thing specs do not appear to have suffered all that a lot. There’s a 6.5-inch, 2,400×1,080-pixel tremendous AMOLED show with a 120Hz refresh price for easy scrolling and a lightning-fast Snapdragon 865 processor (for the 5G fashions; there’s an Exynos 990 chip within the 4G fashions — the identical one discovered within the Note 20 Ultra and S20 Ultra). There’s a triple digicam setup on the again, though the resolutions are decrease and it lacks high-end options just like the 100x area zoom (30x zoom is obtainable, nevertheless it depends closely on digital zoom) or 8K video recording, neither of which I feel you may miss. It nonetheless affords issues like 3x optical zoom, optical picture stabilization, evening mode images and the “single take” characteristic which captures a number of variations of the identical shot if you hit the shutter button (zoomed in, zoomed out, a video, a GIF, completely different filters) permitting you to determine which to share afterwards.
Physically, it seems to be a lot the identical as the remainder of the S20 sequence. It has a Gorilla Glass 5 show (slightly than Gorilla Glass 6 on the Note 20), and the again is comprised of a toughened, matte plastic slightly than shiny glass. It nonetheless has IP68 waterproofing although, together with an in-screen fingerprint scanner and it is obtainable in a wider vary of snazzy colours, together with a vibrant purple, a lavender purple, navy blue, mint inexperienced and orange — all of which look a lot nicer than the sinfully uninteresting grey on Samsung’s costliest S20 Ultra.The telephone is out there for preorder globally, with in-store gross sales beginning on Oct 2. No, this telephone is not a revolution in cellular know-how, however that is not what Samsung must do proper now. What it ought to be doing is providing a strong all-round expertise at a extra engaging value, which on paper at the very least is precisely what the S20 FE offers. We’ll learn the way it stacks up in opposition to equally priced rivals just like the OnePlus 8 Pro within the full overview, however for now you’ll be able to see how its specs evaluate within the chart beneath.Samsung Galaxy S20 FE specs comparability chart
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
OnePlus 8 Pro
Apple iPhone SE (2020)
Display measurement, decision
6.5-inch tremendous AMOLED; 2,400×1,080 pixels
6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X
6.78-inch AMOLED; 1,440×3,168 pixels
4.7-inch Retina HD; 1,334×750 pixels
2.99 by 6.57 by 0.35 in.
6.51 by 2.93 by 0.35 in.
5.45 by 2.65 by 0.29 in.
159.8 by 75.5 by 8.4mm
76.0 by 166.9 by 8.8mm
165 by 74.4 by 8.5mm
138.4 by 67.3 by 7.3 mm
Weight (ounces, grams)
7.76 oz.; 220g
5.22 oz.; 148g
Mobile software program
12-megapixel (commonplace), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 8-megapixel (3x telephoto)
108-megapixel (wide-angle), 48-megapixel (telephoto), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), time-of-flight digicam
48-megapixel primary, 8-megapixel telephoto, 48-megapixel ultrawide, 5-megapixel “color filter”
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (5G) Samsung Exynos 990 (4G)
64-bit octa-core processor (Max 2.7GHz + 2.5GHz + 2GHz)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
Apple A13 Bionic
64GB, 128GB, 256GB
Up to 1TB
Not disclosed, however Apple claims it has the identical battery life as iPhone 8
120Hz display screen refresh price, assist for 30W quick charging and 15W quick wi-fi charging
5G enabled; 120Hz refresh price; 100X zoom; water-resistant (IP68)
5G enabled, Fast-charging, quick wi-fi charging, 120Hz show
Water resistant (IP67); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wi-fi charging
Price off-contract (USD)
$1,399 (128GB), $1,599 (512GB)
$399 (64GB), $449 (128GB), $549 (256GB)
£599 (4G), £699 (5G)
£1,199 (128GB), £1,399 (512GB)
£419 (64GB), £469 (128GB), £569 (256GB)
AU$999 (4G), AU$1,149 (5G)
AU$1,999 (128GB), AU$2,249 (512GB)
AU$749 (64GB), AU$829 (128GB), AU$999 (256GB)