Samsung unveils the Galaxy S20 FE – the most affordable S20

It comes with an R18 000 price tag though

Samsung’s newly unveiled S20 FE (Fan Edition) was designed with features that “Galaxy fans told us they love most,” according to the company. Billed as a premium device with an accessible price tag, the S20 FE has its sights set firmly on the content creation and social media generation who are looking for something that has a more premium branding than the popular A-Series.

“We are constantly speaking to our fans and taking feedback, and we heard what they loved the most about our Galaxy S20 series, what features they used most often and what they would want to see in a new smartphone,” said Dr. TM Roh, President and Head of Mobile Communications Business for Samsung Electronics. “The S20 FE is an extension of the Galaxy S20 family and is the start of a new way to bring meaningful innovation to even more people to let them do the things they love with the best of Galaxy.”

Galaxy S20 FE Specifications

Display6.5-inch flat FHD+ Super AMOLED
Infinity-O Display (1080X2400), 407ppi
120Hz refresh rate
CameraFront

32MP Selfie Camera
Pixel Size: 0.8μm
F2.2(80˚)
Rear Triple Rear Triple 

Ultra-Wide: 12MP, F2.2(123˚), 1.12μm Pixel Size
Wide-angle: 12MP, F1.8(79˚), Dual Pixel AF, OIS, 1.8μm Pixel Size
Telephoto: 8MP, F2.4(32˚), 1.0μm Pixel Size

Space Zoom
3x Optical Zoom
Up to 30x Super-Resolution Zoom
OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)
Tracking AF
Dimensions & Weight74.5 x 159.8 x 8.4mm, 190g
Processor7㎚ 64-bit Octa-Core Processor
-2.8GHz (Maximum Clock Speed) + 2.4GHz + 1.8GHz

7㎚ 64-bit Octa-Core Processor
-2.7GHz (Maximum Clock Speed) + 2.5GHz + 2GHz
Memory[LTE/5G]
8GB RAM (LPDDR5) with 128/256GB internal storage
6GB RAM (LPDDR5) with 128GB internal storage
Expandable Memory & SIMSingle SIM model
– One Nano SIM and one MicroSD slot (up to 1TB)
Dual SIM model (Hybrid SIM slot)
– One Nano SIM and one Nano SIM or one MicroSD slot (up to 1TB)
Battery4,500mAh (typical)
ChargingFast Wireless Charging 2.0 USB PD 3.0 (PPS) certified Fast Charging for wired charging (AFC and QC2.0 compatible)
*WPC certified Wireless charging
*Wireless PowerShare
Network[5G] 5G Non-Standalone (NSA), Sub6 / mmWave
[LTE] Enhanced 4×4 MIMO, Up to 5CA, LTE D/L Cat.19 (1.6gBPS), LTE U/L Cat.18 (211Mbps)
[Wi-Fi] Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax 2.4G+5GHz, HE80, MIMO, 1024-QAM, Up to 1.2Gbps Download / Up to 1.2Gbps Upload
[Bluetooth] Bluetooth v 5.0, USB type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou)
PaymentNFC, MST
SensorsOptical Fingerprint sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, Proximity sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
AuthenticationLock type: pattern, PIN, password, Fingerprint sensor, Face recognition
Audio[Stereo speakers sound by AKG]
Surround sound with Dolby Atmos technology (Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus included.)

[Ultra high quality audio playback]
UHQ 32-bit &DSD64/128 support
PCM: Up to 32 bits, DSD: DSD64/128
* DSD64 and DSD128 playback can be limited depending on the file format.

[Audio playback format]
MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, APE, DSF, DFF

[Bluetooth]
Dual Audio: connect two Bluetooth devices to the Galaxy S20 FE to play audio through the two devices simultaneously.
* The two connected devices may exhibit a slight difference in sound output.

Scalable Codec: Enhanced Bluetooth connection under ambient radio frequency interference.
* Available only for certain accessories made by Samsung.

[Recording]
Recording quality is improved with the High AOP Mic that minimizes distortion in noisy environments.
* AOP: Acoustic Overload Point
Video[Video playback format]
MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM

[TV connection]
Wireless: Smart View (screen mirroring 1080p at 30 fps)
Wired: supports DisplayPort over USB type-C. Supports video out when connecting via HDMI Adapter.
(DisplayPort 4K UHD at 60 fps)
Water ResistanceIP68

The S20 FE is available in a range of colours namely:Cloud Red, Cloud Orange, Cloud Lavender, Cloud Mint, Cloud Navy and Cloud White, and features the same haze effect found on the Note 20.

As with the S20 and Note 20 series, the S20 FE will also receive three generations of Android operating system (OS) upgrades, which means that you should expect to see Android 11, Android 12 and possibly Android 13 on the device in coming years.

While local pricing and availability have not yet been announced by Samsung South Africa, in a now deleted tweet, the company revealed that the S20 FE pricing would begin at R17 999.00

While it does cost less than the S20 – which now retails for R21 999.01 – it’s worth noting that the S20’s original price tag was only R18 999.00.

Will you be buying the S20 FE or will you stick to Samsung’s Galaxy A-series?