Samsung announced the Galaxy S20 FE in late September, noting that the device was created based on feedback from the brand’s fans.
With expected arrival in Brazil for the 20th of October, thanks to our HDBlog brothers, we put our hands on the device to see if it really is that interesting, or if it is better to go to one of your Galaxy S20 brothers, who already present a good price drop in the national market.
Design and construction
The first thing you notice is that the Galaxy S20 FE looks more like a model from the Note 20 line than the S20, inheriting the bouncy block, plastic rear and flat screen that we have in the cheapest variant with S Pen.
The finish is slightly rough and does not stick with fingerprints easily, but it is impossible not to notice that the touch is different from what we have in the other models of the Galaxy S20 line with its glass back.
The screen-to-body ratio is also a little worse here, since we don’t have a curved screen and with that the side edges are more evident, but overall it is not a big device for those who have a 6.5 inch screen, staying between the Galaxy S20 and the S20 Plus.
We don’t have a P2 port for headphones, which is expected, but the surprise here is the presence of IP68 certification against water and dust damage, which must have been one of the points that Samsung decided to adopt for listening to the feedback from fans.
Screen and sound
Anyone who was disappointed with the Galaxy Note 20 released with a screen of just 60Hz can already get excited, because Samsung redeemed itself and launched the Galaxy S20 FE with a 120Hz screen. Not as good a panel as the rest of the S20 line, with a slightly lower brightness and lower resolution, but overall it leaves nothing to be desired for competitors, especially considering that it was launched at an aggressive price.
The colors are well calibrated, we have HDR content support and the 120Hz are great for playing, plus the extra of not having so many reflections on the glass as the panel is completely flat.
The stereo sound proved to be another positive point, using the lower speaker in conjunction with the speakerphone. It is not as tall or engaging as the rest of the Galaxy S20 line, but it is quite an upgrade compared to the Galaxy S10 Lite.
Hardware, software and battery
The Galaxy S20 FE was launched in two versions, the 4G model being equipped with the Exynos 990 while the 5G variant has the Snapdragon 865. You already know which one arrives in Brazil, right?
Overall performance will be the same as the rest of the Galaxy S20 line, being able to run all games and apps on the Play Store without a problem for a few years. All the functions of the other models are here, since we have the same One UI 2.5, including DeX mode to turn your device into a computer.
It is worth noting, however, that the Galaxy S20 FE has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, while the rest of the S20 line starts with 8GB of RAM, which ends up limiting performance especially in multitasking.
The 4,500mAh battery promises to deliver a little better autonomy than we have on the Galaxy S20 Plus, probably due to the smaller screen and lower resolution, and in general you should be able to spend a whole day away from the plug. It supports 25W recharge, ensuring that the entire battery is filled in about 1 hour.
- 120 Hz Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O display
- 6.5 inch panel with FHD + resolution
- Display with 20: 9 aspect ratio and centralized circular notch
- Exynos 990 4G or Snapdragon 865 5G chipset in selected markets
- 6 GB of RAM
- 128 GB of internal storage
- 32 MP front camera
- Three rear cameras
- 12 MP f / 1.8 main sensor
- 12 MP sensor with f / 2.2 wide-angle lens
- 8 MP sensor with f / 2.4 telephoto lens
- 4,500 mAh battery with 25W fast charging
- Support for wireless and reverse charging of at 15W
- USB-C, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC e GPS
- IP68 certified against water and dust
- Android 10 com interface One UI
- Available in up to 6 colors
Showing that the Galaxy S20 FE does not have so many cuts compared to other models in the line, we have the same main sensor of 12 megapixels present in the Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus. It also maintains fast focus and optical stabilization, offering excellent quality, good color balance and efficient HDR.
The strange point is that Samsung limited 4K recording to 60 fps, probably not to take away the 8K recording exclusivity of the most expensive models.
The 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera was also maintained, with a 123-degree viewing angle. We have a small loss of quality in relation to the main sensor, especially in darker environments, but in general it is a nice extra to record scenes that need a larger space in the field of view.
The big cut here was the zoom camera, which dropped from 64 to 8 megapixels, and also had its aperture reduced. As expected, the performance is much lower, being just an alternative for those who want to approach the scene without losing quality through digital zoom.
The selfies showed good quality with the 32 megapixel sensor, probably the same used in models like Galaxy A71 and Galaxy S10 Lite. Like other Samsung cameras, you can choose whether you want a selfie with a more open or closer range.
Samsung launched the Galaxy S20 FE as an option for fans of the brand, but apparently it will be able to please far beyond its own base. It delivers great performance, good 120Hz screen, stereo sound, IP68, powerful cameras and battery for the whole day, charging less than 700 euros in the European market for the 4G version and less than 800 euros for the 5G variant.
We will still need to see how much Samsung charges for it in Brazil, but if it gets close to the R $ 4,000 charged by the Galaxy S10 Lite in its launch it will be a great order within a few weeks after its announcement.
- The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G is not yet available in Brazilian stores. To be notified when he arrives.
- The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is not yet available in Brazilian stores. To be notified when he arrives.