Samsung’s Galaxy S20 FE (LTE), which launched final 12 months, has thus far been a strong contender within the low-cost flagship phase. Whereas it carried out nicely in most of our checks, there have been some drawbacks. It did get a bit heat beneath stress, and its battery life was simply common; each issues that the OnePlus 8T (Overview) dealt with higher on the similar value degree.
In 2021, Samsung selected launching the 5G model of the Galaxy S20 FE (Overview) in India, and it is known as the Galaxy S20 FE 5G. It’s mainly the identical cellphone, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor (and X55 5G modem) as an alternative of the Exynos 990. Does the swap to a Qualcomm processor maintain the shortcomings we skilled with the LTE variant? Extra importantly, does investing in a smartphone with a year-old processor at this value degree make sense in 2021? Let’s discover out!
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G value in India
The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G is priced at Rs. 47,999 in India. In contrast to the 4G mannequin, it’s obtainable in a single 8GB RAM + 128GB storage configuration. Consumers can select between Cloud Navy, Cloud Mint, and Cloud Lavender finishes. With a aggressive value, the Galaxy S20 FE 5G takes on the OnePlus 9 (Overview), ASUS ROG Telephone 5 (First Impressions), and Vivo X60 Professional (Overview), all of that are priced beginning at round Rs. 49,999.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G design
There are not any beauty adjustments between the 4G and the 5G fashions of the Galaxy S20 FE. The cellphone appears to be like an identical to the 4G mannequin and has the identical button placement, with the facility and quantity buttons on the proper. The first speaker is positioned on the backside, subsequent to the USB Sort-C port and the mic. The earpiece speaker is hidden in a tiny slit on the prime finish of the show, and doubles up because the second speaker to supply stereo sound which is loud and clear.
The general design appears to be like clear and minimalist, with a colour-matched digital camera module that hardly protrudes from the rear panel. The Galaxy S20 FE 5G has a metallic body that is sandwiched between a sheet of show glass on the entrance and a plastic panel on the again. The rear panel is curved to satisfy the body on all 4 sides and has a easy matte end that feels premium. The glass protecting the show is flat, which could have appeared like an odd alternative final 12 months, however feels at house subsequent to the premium Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ (Overview) smartphones which even have flat shows in 2021.
My assessment unit got here within the Cloud Mint end, and it showcases a gentle yellow gradient when seen at an angle. The matte texture is non-slippery and is nice at rejecting fingerprints, however picks up mud fairly simply.
The Galaxy S20 FE 5G, similar to the 4G mannequin, can also be rated IP68 for mud and water resistance, which is an enormous deal on condition that a number of competing smartphones (which can be priced a bit increased) don’t supply this.
Samsung Galaxy S20 specs and software program
In comparison with different telephones obtainable at this value degree at this time, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G’s processor is mainly a 12 months previous. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor was introduced in 2019 and began exhibiting up in smartphones within the first half of 2020. It was the flagship processor utilized by practically all smartphone producers who have been trying to push out the primary wave of 5G smartphones in India.
Whereas a year-old SoC is not an enormous deal for the informal consumer, the leap from the Snapdragon 865 processor to the Snapdragon 888 is sort of massive by way of efficiency, and different producers supply the latter for less than an extra Rs. 2,000.
Nonetheless, Samsung can justify its pricing as a result of the Galaxy S20 FE 5G provides options that different smartphones on this value phase don’t. The IP68 ranking will allow you to take your smartphone for a dip in a pool, and 15W wi-fi charging is sort of handy. You possibly can even reverse cost different smartphones or equipment at 4.5W. Whereas these options won’t depend as requirements for many customers, they do enhance the premium smartphone expertise.
The Galaxy S20 FE 5G runs Samsung’s One UI 3.1, which relies on Android 11. Mixed with the 120Hz refresh fee show, the Galaxy S20 FE 5G felt fairly fluid in every day use. I felt no hiccups in anyway when working native apps, third-party apps or switching between the 2. There are many preinstalled Samsung apps. The cellphone additionally comes with a number of third-party apps from Microsoft and Fb, however these together with a number of Samsung apps (like Samsung Store, Samsung Members, Samsung World Targets, Notes, Web and many others.) will be uninstalled if not wanted. Through the assessment interval, I used to be not bombarded with adverts or promotional notifications. I did obtain the occasional notification from the Galaxy App Retailer, however these will be turned off within the system settings.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G efficiency and battery life
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 could also be a 12 months previous, but it surely’s no slouch and provides dependable flagship-grade efficiency in the case of common duties and gaming. The cellphone carried out rather a lot higher than the Exynos 990-powered Galaxy S20 FE in our checks (though some scores won’t be immediately comparable because of benchmark updates).
AnTuTu reported a rating of 6,41,038, whereas Geekbench’s single-core and multi-core outcomes have been 560 and three,136 respectively. These are increased than what the Exynos-based mannequin managed (4,62,330 in AnTuTu; 517 and a pair of,573 in Geekbench) however are decrease than the efficiency figures we have seen from Snapdragon 888-powered smartphones in the identical value phase.
Asphalt 9: Legends ran easily, with the graphics set to Excessive High quality and 60fps mode enabled. The cellphone warmed up a bit throughout gameplay however didn’t get sizzling.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 can also be fairly able to dealing with a sport like Name of Responsibility: Cellular by way of graphics. The sport ran at Very Excessive graphics and body fee with out a hiccup. Nevertheless, I seen some contact sensitivity points and that dampens the expertise in video games that require a excessive diploma of accuracy. There was noticeable lag when taking part in Name of Responsibility: Cellular and it seems that the 120Hz show (with a 180Hz contact sampling fee) couldn’t sustain with my fingers. With this lack of ability to precisely intention at a goal, I ended up shedding many of the matches that I performed through the testing course of.
The 6.5-inch Tremendous AMOLED show showcases oversaturated colors when utilizing the default Vivid display screen mode. Swap it to Pure and the colors look fairly boring however I discovered this rather a lot higher. I want there was a preset between the 2 modes which might have delivered colors that have been a bit extra restrained, particularly for watching motion pictures or exhibits.
The FHD+ decision delivers a crisp 407ppi, which meant that every part from textual content to photographs and movies seemed fairly sharp. Whereas the brightness was adequate indoors, the show was barely legible outdoor beneath the afternoon solar. Samsung doesn’t point out HDR in its spec sheet, but it surely appears to be supported.
Within the show settings, one can alter the display screen’s refresh fee, however it will possibly solely be set to 60Hz (for longer battery life) or 120Hz (for a smoother expertise). Through the assessment interval, I normally saved the show working at 120Hz.
The Galaxy S20 FE 5G clocked 18 hours and 22 minutes in our HD video loop battery take a look at, which is sort of good for a premium smartphone. The Exynos mannequin, with the identical 4500mAh battery capability, ran the identical video loop take a look at for 12 hours and 44 minutes, which is a bit low. In strange use, which included working social media apps, checking emails, an hour of calls and an hour or two of gaming with the show set to 120Hz, I normally ended the day with about 20-30 % left, which is sort of spectacular.
In 2021, it’s a bit stunning to discover a premium Android smartphone with solely a 15W charger within the field. Nonetheless, charging occasions weren’t too unhealthy, with the battery charging as much as 33 % in half-hour, 51 % in an hour, and one hundred pc in 1 hour and 38 minutes. The smartphone does assist 25W charging, however you’ll have to buy your individual charger.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G cameras
Whereas the digital camera setup stays the identical as on the LTE mannequin, the processor swap from an Exynos 990 to a Snapdragon 865, might result in minor variations in photograph processing and due to this fact the top end result. So, I made a decision to place the Galaxy S20 FE 5G’s cameras by means of their paces. As anticipated, the outcomes weren’t too totally different from what we noticed in our assessment of the 4G mannequin.
The rear module consists of a 12-megapixel f/1.8 wide-angle digital camera, an 8-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto digital camera (3X optical zoom) and a 12-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide digital camera. Selfies are dealt with by a 32-megapixel f/2.2 digital camera that shoots 8-megapixel binned photos.
The digital camera interface stays the identical as on every other premium Samsung cellphone working One UI 3.1. There are simply accessible controls that allow you to alter the side ratio, timer, and flash, and swap between cameras. The checklist of default modes is customisable and the slots will be swapped and personalised as per a consumer’s necessities.
The video mode enables you to swap the video decision with simply two faucets, which is sort of handy. The again panel close to the digital camera module does get a bit sizzling when holding the viewfinder on for about 10 minutes, however cools down shortly when you exit the digital camera app.
Photographs shot in daylight got here out shiny, vibrant, and fairly saturated. Whether or not you might be taking pictures flowers, fruits, and even surroundings, the colors pop fairly a bit, which is typical of most Samsung smartphones. The dynamic vary is sort of good, however HDR processing does go overboard at occasions, leading to a dreamy impact. The sharpness and particulars in images are fairly spectacular for a smartphone on this value phase. Picture high quality and white steadiness stay constant even when switching between cameras.
The smartphone encompasses a telephoto digital camera with 3X optical zoom, which shoots crisp photos in daylight. The identical digital camera additionally doubles up as a macro shooter because it enables you to get nearer to the article in comparison with the first digital camera. That is vital, as there is no devoted macro digital camera.
Portrait images come out fairly clear with good edge detection, however the Galaxy S20 FE 5G falters at occasions (with a noticeable halo), when the topic is just not nonetheless.
Publish sundown, images got here out a bit murky with barely decreased dynamic vary within the shadows, however they nonetheless seemed fairly good. The Evening mode takes care of those minor shortcomings and retains streetlights and shiny spots from getting overexposed, whereas bumping up the brightness and particulars. The cellphone shot crisp images in low-light scenes when Evening mode was used with the first wide-angle digital camera, however delivered solely satisfactory images when used on the ultra-wide-angle digital camera.
Selfies in the usual and portrait modes got here out fairly sharp and clear with good edge detection in daylight, however turned out murky and lacked depth in low-light taking pictures eventualities. The evening mode can also be obtainable on the entrance digital camera and did a very good job of sustaining element and giving a way of depth to the selfies.
The Galaxy S20 FE 5G guarantees rather a lot by way of video, and surprisingly delivers by way of high quality as nicely. Movies shot at 1080p and 4K (30 and 60fps) with the first rear digital camera got here out crisp and filled with element, and have been additionally nicely stabilised when strolling. My solely gripe was with the ultra-wide-angle digital camera, because it tended to overexpose scenes. The selfie digital camera additionally managed movies fairly nicely and provides 1080p and 4K recording choices. 4K video shot with the selfie digital camera lacked stabilisation and seemed fairly jerky. In low-light eventualities, movies shot at any decision got here out blurry and a bit noisy, however stabilisation was first rate.
To the informal consumer, Samsung’s Galaxy S20 FE 5G won’t seem like a lot of an improve on condition that it solely provides 5G assist to the spec sheet. This might have been fantastic if this cellphone had been launched alongside the 4G mannequin in India in 2020, prefer it did in different elements of the world.
We now have reviewed the 4G mannequin and it is simple to inform that the Snapdragon 865 silicon makes fairly a distinction by way of efficiency, and in addition would not warmth up as a lot as Samsung’s personal Exynos SoC.
The Galaxy S20 FE 5G could be essentially the most full low-cost flagship providing by way of options in the mean time, on condition that it provides optical zoom, wi-fi charging, and an IP68 ranking. These options, together with its vibrant OLED show, nice cameras, good battery life and strong on a regular basis efficiency make it a compelling choice. Nevertheless, it is laborious to suggest to a gamer given its contact sensitivity points.
In case you are in search of efficiency, there are smartphones just like the Xiaomi Mi 11X Professional (Overview) and the iQoo 7 Legend that get you the Snapdragon 888 processor and quicker charging from Rs. 39,990. When you can stretch your price range by Rs. 2,000, there’s the OnePlus 9 (Overview), which provides the Snapdragon 888 processor, a superb show that may deal with shiny daylight, quicker charging, and no contact sensitivity points when gaming.