Samsung’s Galaxy S20 FE (LTE), which launched final yr, has to this point been a stable contender within the low-cost flagship section. Whereas it carried out nicely in most of our exams, there have been some drawbacks. It did get a bit heat underneath stress, and its battery life was simply common; each issues that the OnePlus 8T (Overview) dealt with higher on the identical worth stage.
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 principally the identical telephone, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor (and X55 5G modem) as a substitute of the Exynos 990. Does the swap to a Qualcomm processor care for the shortcomings we skilled with the LTE variant? Extra importantly, does investing in a smartphone with a year-old processor at this worth stage make sense in 2021? Let’s discover out!
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G worth in India
The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G is priced at Rs. 47,999 in India. Not like the 4G mannequin, it’s obtainable in a single 8GB RAM + 128GB storage configuration. Patrons can select between Cloud Navy, Cloud Mint, and Cloud Lavender finishes. With a aggressive worth, 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 aren’t any beauty adjustments between the 4G and the 5G fashions of the Galaxy S20 FE. The telephone seems to be equivalent to the 4G mannequin and has the identical button placement, with the ability and quantity buttons on the best. 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 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 steel 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 selection final yr, however feels at residence subsequent to the premium Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ (Overview) smartphones which even have flat shows in 2021.
My evaluation unit got here within the Cloud Mint end, and it showcases a gentle yellow gradient when considered 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 provided that a number of competing smartphones (which can be priced a bit greater) don’t provide this.
Samsung Galaxy S20 specs and software program
In comparison with different telephones obtainable at this worth stage at this time, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G’s processor is principally a yr previous. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor was introduced in 2019 and began displaying up in smartphones within the first half of 2020. It was the flagship processor utilized by almost all smartphone producers who had 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 person, the soar from the Snapdragon 865 processor to the Snapdragon 888 is kind of massive when it comes to 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 worth section 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 may even reverse cost different smartphones or equipment at 4.5W. Whereas these options may not rely 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 price show, the Galaxy S20 FE 5G felt fairly fluid in day by day use. I felt no hiccups by any means when working native apps, third-party apps or switching between the 2. There are many preinstalled Samsung apps. The telephone additionally comes with a couple of third-party apps from Microsoft and Fb, however these together with a number of Samsung apps (like Samsung Store, Samsung Members, Samsung International Targets, Notes, Web and many others.) may be uninstalled if not wanted. Through the evaluation 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 may be turned off within the system settings.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G efficiency and battery life
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 could also be a yr previous, nevertheless it’s no slouch and provides dependable flagship-grade efficiency relating to common duties and gaming. The telephone carried out quite a bit higher than the Exynos 990-powered Galaxy S20 FE in our exams (though some scores may not be straight comparable on account of benchmark updates).
AnTuTu reported a rating of 6,41,038, whereas Geekbench’s single-core and multi-core outcomes had been 560 and three,136 respectively. These are greater 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 worth section.
Asphalt 9: Legends ran easily, with the graphics set to Excessive High quality and 60fps mode enabled. The telephone warmed up a bit throughout gameplay however didn’t get sizzling.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 can also be fairly able to dealing with a recreation like Name of Responsibility: Cell when it comes to graphics. The sport ran at Very Excessive graphics and body price with no 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 enjoying Name of Responsibility: Cell and it seems that the 120Hz show (with a 180Hz contact sampling price) couldn’t sustain with my fingers. With this incapacity to precisely purpose at a goal, I ended up dropping 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 had been a bit extra restrained, particularly for watching films or exhibits.
The FHD+ decision delivers a crisp 407ppi, which meant that every thing from textual content to pictures and movies appeared fairly sharp. Whereas the brightness was ample indoors, the show was barely legible outdoor underneath the afternoon solar. Samsung doesn’t point out HDR in its spec sheet, nevertheless it appears to be supported.
Within the show settings, one can modify the display screen’s refresh price, however it could solely be set to 60Hz (for longer battery life) or 120Hz (for a smoother expertise). Through the evaluation interval, I often saved the show working at 120Hz.
The Galaxy S20 FE 5G clocked 18 hours and 22 minutes in our HD video loop battery check, which is kind of good for a premium smartphone. The Exynos mannequin, with the identical 4500mAh battery capability, ran the identical video loop check for 12 hours and 44 minutes, which is a bit low. In atypical 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 often 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 instances 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 help 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 picture processing and subsequently the tip outcome. So, I made a decision to place the Galaxy S20 FE 5G’s cameras by their paces. As anticipated, the outcomes weren’t too totally different from what we noticed in our evaluation 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 photos.
The digicam interface stays the identical as on some other premium Samsung telephone working One UI 3.1. There are simply accessible controls that allow you to modify the side ratio, timer, and flash, and swap between cameras. The checklist of default modes is customisable and the slots may be swapped and personalised as per a person’s necessities.
The video mode helps 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 sizzling when conserving the viewfinder on for about 10 minutes, however cools down shortly when you exit the digicam app.
Photographs shot in daylight got here out brilliant, vibrant, and fairly saturated. Whether or not you’re taking pictures 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 instances, leading to a dreamy impact. The sharpness and particulars in images are fairly spectacular for a smartphone on this worth section. Picture high quality and white stability stay constant even when switching between cameras.
The smartphone incorporates a telephoto digicam with 3X optical zoom, which shoots crisp photos in daylight. The identical digicam additionally doubles up as a macro shooter because it helps you to get nearer to the article in comparison with the first digicam. That is essential, as there is no devoted macro digicam.
Portrait images come out fairly clear with good edge detection, however the Galaxy S20 FE 5G falters at instances (with a noticeable halo), when the topic is just not nonetheless.
Put up sundown, images got here out a bit murky with barely lowered dynamic vary within the shadows, however they nonetheless appeared fairly good. The Night time mode takes care of those minor shortcomings and retains streetlights and brilliant spots from getting overexposed, whereas bumping up the brightness and particulars. The telephone 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 taking pictures eventualities. The evening mode can also be obtainable on the entrance digicam and did an excellent job of sustaining element and giving a way of depth to the selfies.
The Galaxy S20 FE 5G guarantees quite a bit when it comes to video, and surprisingly delivers when it comes to 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 had 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 appeared fairly jerky. In low-light eventualities, movies shot at any decision got here out blurry and a bit noisy, however stabilisation was respectable.
To the informal person, Samsung’s Galaxy S20 FE 5G may not seem like a lot of an improve provided that it solely provides 5G help to the spec sheet. This might have been advantageous if this telephone had been launched alongside the 4G mannequin in India in 2020, prefer it did in different elements of the world.
We have now reviewed the 4G mannequin and it is easy to inform that the Snapdragon 865 silicon makes fairly a distinction when it comes to efficiency, and in addition would not warmth up as a lot as Samsung’s personal Exynos SoC.
The Galaxy S20 FE 5G may be probably the most full low-cost flagship providing when it comes to options in the mean time, provided 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 choice. Nevertheless, 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 (Overview) and the iQoo 7 Legend that get you the Snapdragon 888 processor and sooner charging from Rs. 39,990. When you can stretch your finances by Rs. 2,000, there’s the OnePlus 9 (Overview), which provides the Snapdragon 888 processor, a wonderful show that may deal with brilliant daylight, sooner charging, and no contact sensitivity points when gaming.