And here we have it: the Galaxy S20 made for fans. At least that’s what Samsung claims. The S20 FE offers everything Galaxy users want, including a quality display, advanced hardware, large battery and competent cameras. Does he deliver it all?
Outside, the S20 FE is a great deal. Here in Brazil the situation is different. It currently costs more than the S20 launched earlier this year and delivers a slightly lower set. The screen retained 120 Hz, but the resolution dropped to Full HD +. In any case, the stereo sound was not captured as it was on the Galaxy S10 Lite.
Samsung also retained its IP68 certification and wireless charging this time, which makes the S20 FE quite complete. The national version comes with the same Exynos 990 as the others, but the model sent in for testing is the international model with Snapdragon 865 and 5G. In our multitasking test, we didn’t see better performance than the most expensive, but in benchmarks and games, we have nothing to complain about.
One point that disappointed us was the battery life. The 4,500 mAh even lasts all day with moderate use, but eventually fell short of the autonomy of the S10 Lite. That’s because we tested the variant with Snapdragon. The Exynos 990 usually has a shorter battery life. Charging time has also increased due to the weaker charger.
And the cameras? The main one is the same as the S20, but the telephoto and ultra-wide angle are slightly obscured. Still, the S20 FE delivers photo quality that is very close to the most expensive models. It just lost the ability to shoot at 8K and 4K recording isn’t that sharp. What might disappoint is the front with softened selfies that appear to have been taken by the Galaxy A71.
The Galaxy S20 FE is a nice phone, despite minor setbacks in performance and battery. But it is good to remember that the model we tested is a test variant with different firmware than the one you will find in the national S20 FE in stores. Either way, the high launch price can be a big drawback as you can get the traditional S20 for less.
For more information, check out our full review at the link below. We’ve also compared it to rivals from other brands to see if Samsung’s new affordable top of the line is worth it.