Samsung recently released its latest line of flagship devices under the Galaxy S20 banner. These premium Android smartphones contained Samsung’s latest vision for everything an Android phone can do in late 2020. And they had eye-popping prices to match, starting between $999 and $1399 depending on the model.
Samsung knows that not everyone is going to play at that price point, so they’ve smartly released another S20 model, the new Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
. At $700, this Fan Edition S20 competes on price with the base iPhone 11
. The S20 FE packs in a number of the features of its higher-priced siblings, but there are of course some trade-offs to achieve this price point.
The Galaxy S20 FE: Features
The S20 FE has plenty of impressive features, including a 6.5-inch super AMOLED display with a fast 120Hz refresh rate (Apple calls this ProMotion and still isn’t offering it in the iPhone 11). The processor on board is the Snapdragon 865, which is the fastest Android processor on the market today.
The triple camera unit should be more than enough for most people, though it lacks the 100x zoom of the flagship models. (Even Android Central says
you’re better off without that, calling those 100x photos “terrible.”) It does have a 30x zoom that’s mostly digital, and it’s good enough. You’ll get 3x optical zoom, image stabilization, and Samsung’s night mode.
The Galaxy S20 FE: Aesthetics and Finish
Just like its pricier siblings, the Galaxy S20 FE offers a Gorilla Glass 5 display (that’s one generation behind the latest, for what it’s worth). The phone’s casing is matte plastic and is available in a wide range of colors, including purple, blue, green, orange, and red. CNet notes
that all the color choices are a vast improvement over the “sinfully dull gray” on the S20 Ultra
. Still, if you like a glass back, you might not love the plasticky feel here.
Like virtually every other new phone these days, the S20 FE is waterproof. The camera sits at 32 megapixels, and it offers 4K video recording. The S20 FE also offers in-screen fingerprint authentication. No home button or gimmicky face recognition tech here.
Should You Buy the Galaxy S20 FE?
So, all that said: should you buy it? The answer is, of course, it depends. We’ll list below some reasons why you probably should or shouldn’t buy it, and you can make the final call.
Probably should buy it if you:
- Are looking for the best 5G Android phone at this price point, this is arguably it.
- Already a fan of Android and Samsung, it’s a compelling entry.
- Are considering another more expensive S20, ask yourself whether the differences are worth the cost.
- have a budget of less than $1000.
Probably should not buy it if:
- You don’t love Samsung phones, you’re not likely to be converted by this model.
- Premium materials and glass backs are a deal-breaker, the S20 FE isn’t for you.
- You’re looking for the best in processing power, Android as a whole has been at a disadvantage for a while.
- Photography is your primary reason for buying a smartphone. We recommend waiting until Samsung solves its photography issues. Right now, iPhone is better, period.
Buying a Galaxy S20 FE? Get Protected with an Upsie Extended Warranty
If you’re about to bring home a shiny new Galaxy S20 FE, congratulations! It’s a sensible yet attractive choice in the Android lineup, and one of the best at this price tier.
Here’s one piece of advice: Don’t risk damaging your investment. Accidents happen, and phones shatter all the time. You’re always only one mistake away from a completely unusable phone.
- Cracked screens
- Liquid damage
- Battery or power failure
- Touch screen failure
- Camera, headphone jack, or audio failure
- Wifi or Bluetooth failure
If your device cannot be effectively repaired, Upsie will replace your device at full cost.
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