Samsung already makes three different types of Galaxy S20 phones: a Classic, a Plus and an Ultra Now you can add a fourth to this mix, the Galaxy S20 FE – the FE stands for « Fan Edition » It’s an S20 some of the more expensive parts have been retired, but retaining some of the key features that matter It will also come in six different colors Available October 2, it will sell for $ 699 for the sub-6 variant on T-Mobile, AT&T and unlocked and $ 749 for the mmWave version developed for Verizon
The S20 FE has a 6-inch display that places it right between the smaller Galaxy S20 and the larger S20 Plus Like these phones, the FE has a 120Hz refresh rate for smoother animations and graphics, but unlike these phones, its screen is completely flat and cannot be mounted at Quad HD resolution
There’s plastic on the back as well, but if it’s anything like the plastic on the Note 20, it’s probably okay Samsung is heavily marketing the color choices: there’s red, orange, lavender, mint and white All of these colors are preceded by the prefix « cloud », indicating to Samsung that they have a matte finish which should hide fingerprints
Otherwise, the FE doesn’t skimp on specs It has a 4500mAh battery, 6GB RAM, wireless charging, IP68 water resistance, storage expandable and high-end Snapdragon 865 processor The FE is also losing Samsung’s rear camera options to more megapixels, but so far those extra megapixels haven’t been the huge win Samsung was hoping for at the start of the year.
Its main rear sensor is 12 megapixels with OIS, plus there’s a 12-megapixel ultra-wide and 8-megapixel telephoto lens Samsung claims the telephoto lens is a 3x optical zoom and retains the function of » 30x spatial zoom, although driven more by software than hardware These sensors mean the FE won’t be able to sway 8K video, but that’s not a huge loss
Samsung is also continuing its tradition of launching weird cameras in its lineup, as the selfie camera on the FE is 32 megapixels – similar to what appears on the Galaxy A71
The company tells me that when it originally launched the S20 line an FE version was not in its plans.But then the pandemic struck – Samsung’s S20 event was one of the latest which many tech journalists attended Shortly after the March event, the company decided to make this phone
The Galaxy S20 FE is probably the first smartphone we’ve seen that was created in direct response to the pandemic Specifically, Samsung wanted to target a lower price, but keep the premium S brand that does better in the US
Its rapid development is a testament to how quickly Samsung can produce new products, although being based on the already existing S20 has likely helped Samsung doesn’t seem particularly concerned with the proliferation and confusion between four variants. different from the same Galaxy S20 phone with a matrix of hard-to-compare camera specs
It must be said that carriers often hand over phones from Samsung, so the asking price of the S20 FE of $ 699 might not be that far from the price of a normal S20 right now.But then again, the FE herself will likely get these same discounts before too long. So depending on what’s going on with these discounts, you could argue that there’s no reason to get an S20 when the S20 FE is there or maybe the exact opposite
Making phones with compelling specs in record time is one of Samsung’s greatest strengths Making sure these phones don’t overlap is not
Confusing market placement aside, the FE really looks like a very compelling prospect, at least on paper.It puts more competition in the ‘premium midrange’ category which raises the stakes a bit. for Google and OnePlus to deliver with their next phones
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