Samsung’s Galaxy S20 FE (LTE), which launched final 12 months, has to date been a stable 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 below stress, and its battery life was simply common; each issues that the OnePlus 8T (Evaluation) dealt with higher on the identical value degree.
In 2021, Samsung selected launching the 5G model of the Galaxy S20 FE (Evaluation) in India, and it is referred to 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 deal with 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 accessible 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 (Evaluation), ASUS ROG Telephone 5 (First Impressions), and Vivo X60 Professional (Evaluation), all of that are priced beginning at round Rs. 49,999.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G design
There aren’t any beauty adjustments between the 4G and the 5G fashions of the Galaxy S20 FE. The cellphone seems to be an identical to the 4G mannequin and has the identical button placement, with the facility and quantity buttons on the correct. The first speaker is positioned on the backside, subsequent to the USB Kind-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 seems to be clear and minimalist, with a colour-matched digicam 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 clean matte end that feels premium. The glass masking the show is flat, which could have appeared like an odd alternative final 12 months, however feels at dwelling subsequent to the premium Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ (Evaluation) smartphones which even have flat shows in 2021.
My assessment unit got here within the Cloud Mint end, and it showcases a light yellow gradient when considered at an angle. The matte texture is non-slippery and is sweet at rejecting fingerprints, however picks up mud fairly simply.
The Galaxy S20 FE 5G, similar to the 4G mannequin, can be rated IP68 for mud and water resistance, which is an enormous deal on condition that a number of competing smartphones (which are priced a bit larger) don’t provide this.
Samsung Galaxy S20 specs and software program
In comparison with different telephones accessible at this value degree right this moment, 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 seeking 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 soar from the Snapdragon 865 processor to the Snapdragon 888 is kind of large by way of efficiency, and different producers provide the latter for under a further 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 kind of handy. You’ll be able to even reverse cost different smartphones or equipment at 4.5W. Whereas these options may not 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 is predicated on Android 11. Mixed with the 120Hz refresh charge show, the Galaxy S20 FE 5G felt fairly fluid in each day use. I felt no hiccups in any respect when working native apps, third-party apps or switching between the 2. There are many preinstalled Samsung apps. The cellphone additionally comes with just a few 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 so on.) might be uninstalled if not wanted. Throughout the assessment interval, I used to be not bombarded with advertisements or promotional notifications. I did obtain the occasional notification from the Galaxy App Retailer, however these might 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, however it’s no slouch and provides dependable flagship-grade efficiency in terms of common duties and gaming. The cellphone carried out quite a bit higher than the Exynos 990-powered Galaxy S20 FE in our checks (though some scores may not be instantly 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 larger 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 scorching.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 can be fairly able to dealing with a recreation like Name of Obligation: Cellular by way of graphics. The sport ran at Very Excessive graphics and body charge with out a hiccup. Nonetheless, 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 Obligation: Cellular and it seems that the 120Hz show (with a 180Hz contact sampling charge) couldn’t sustain with my fingers. With this incapability to precisely intention at a goal, I ended up shedding a lot of the matches that I performed throughout the testing course of.
The 6.5-inch Tremendous AMOLED show showcases oversaturated colors when utilizing the default Vivid display screen mode. Change it to Pure and the colors look fairly uninteresting however I discovered this quite a bit higher. I want there was a preset between the 2 modes which may 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 all the pieces from textual content to photographs and movies seemed fairly sharp. Whereas the brightness was enough indoors, the show was barely legible open air below the afternoon solar. Samsung doesn’t point out HDR in its spec sheet, however it appears to be supported.
Within the show settings, one can alter the display screen’s refresh charge, however it could possibly solely be set to 60Hz (for longer battery life) or 120Hz (for a smoother expertise). Throughout 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 kind 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 bizarre 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 p.c left, which is kind 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 p.c in half-hour, 51 p.c 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 digicam setup stays the identical as on the LTE mannequin, the processor swap from an Exynos 990 to a Snapdragon 865, may result in minor variations in photograph processing and subsequently the tip end result. So, I made a decision to place the Galaxy S20 FE 5G’s cameras via their paces. As anticipated, the outcomes weren’t too completely 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 digicam, an 8-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto digicam (3X optical zoom) and a 12-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide digicam. Selfies are dealt with by a 32-megapixel f/2.2 digicam that shoots 8-megapixel binned photographs.
The digicam 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 facet ratio, timer, and flash, and swap between cameras. The checklist of default modes is customisable and the slots might 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 kind of handy. The again panel close to the digicam module does get a bit scorching when conserving the viewfinder on for about 10 minutes, however cools down shortly when you exit the digicam app.
Images shot in daylight got here out vibrant, vibrant, and fairly saturated. Whether or not you might be capturing flowers, fruits, and even surroundings, the colors pop fairly a bit, which is typical of most Samsung smartphones. The dynamic vary is kind 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 digicam with 3X optical zoom, which shoots crisp photographs in daylight. The identical digicam additionally doubles up as a macro shooter because it enables you to get nearer to the thing in comparison with the first digicam. That is vital, as there is not any devoted macro digicam.
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 will not be nonetheless.
Put up sundown, images got here out a bit murky with barely diminished dynamic vary within the shadows, however they nonetheless seemed fairly good. The Night time mode takes care of those minor shortcomings and retains streetlights and vibrant spots from getting overexposed, whereas bumping up the brightness and particulars. The cellphone shot crisp images in low-light scenes when Night time mode was used with the first wide-angle digicam, however delivered solely satisfactory images when used on the ultra-wide-angle digicam.
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 capturing situations. The night time mode can be accessible on the entrance digicam and did job of sustaining element and giving a way of depth to the selfies.
The Galaxy S20 FE 5G guarantees quite a bit 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 digicam got here out crisp and full of element, and have been additionally nicely stabilised when strolling. My solely gripe was with the ultra-wide-angle digicam, because it tended to overexpose scenes. The selfie digicam additionally managed movies fairly nicely and provides 1080p and 4K recording choices. 4K video shot with the selfie digicam lacked stabilisation and seemed fairly jerky. In low-light situations, 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 may not seem like a lot of an improve on condition that it solely provides 5G assist to the spec sheet. This could have been nice if this cellphone had been launched alongside the 4G mannequin in India in 2020, prefer it did in different components of the world.
We’ve got reviewed the 4G mannequin and it is easy 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 is likely to be probably 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 stable on a regular basis efficiency make it a compelling possibility. Nonetheless, it is onerous to advocate to a gamer given its contact sensitivity points.
In case you are on the lookout for efficiency, there are smartphones just like the Xiaomi Mi 11X Professional (Evaluation) and the iQoo 7 Legend that get you the Snapdragon 888 processor and quicker charging from Rs. 39,990. For those who can stretch your funds by Rs. 2,000, there’s the OnePlus 9 (Evaluation), which provides the Snapdragon 888 processor, a wonderful show that may deal with vibrant daylight, quicker charging, and no contact sensitivity points when gaming.