Only For The Fans?
HWM Singapore|November 2020
Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition
Liu Hongzuo

According to Samsung, the Galaxy S20 series phones were so popular that it justified creating a variant just for fans. Thus, the Galaxy S20 FE (Fan Edition) was born.

In Singapore, the Galaxy S20 FE comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, when we’d typically get Samsung phones with Exynos processors instead. The phone itself sits somewhere between a regular S20 and S20+ with a 6.5-inch screen size, and the AMOLED display doesn’t come with HDR support nor 1440p resolution. S20 FE may share the same triple rear camera configuration, but the telephoto lens isn’t quite at 64MP - no, it’s actually 8MP.

It does, however, retain its IP68 water resistance rating, comes with a slot for expandable storage, and has a battery capacity (4,500mAh) bigger than the normal S20’s, replete with fast-charging technologies for both wired and wireless replenishment. It also has 5G connectivity support, so the S20 FE is also 5G-ready.

The most unique selling point, however, is its price. At just S$1,068 and S$1,168 for the respective 128GB and 256GB models, this is Samsung’s most affordable flagship smartphone in a while.

While Samsung kept the Galaxy S20 design language on their Fan Edition device, the phone no longer uses the glass-and-aluminum mix to keep costs under control. Samsung adopted what they call Haze finish on the S20 FE’s material, which gives the plastic device some sort of frosted glass look.

AT A GLANCE

PROCESSOR Qualcomm Snapdragon 865

DISPLAY 6.5-inch, Super AMOLED, Infinity-O, 2,400 x 1,080 pixels, 120Hz refresh rate

CAMERA 12MP, f/1.8, wide-angle with Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS 12MP, f/2.2, ultra-wide 8MP, f/2.4, telephoto

STORAGE 128GB or 256GB internal storage microSDXC up to 1TB

PRICE $1,068 (128GB), $1,168 (256GB)

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