Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G Review

by birtanpublished on October 2, 2020

This is lisa from mobile tech review and this is the galaxy s20 again this time it's the s20 fe which stands for fan edition 5g phone just trying to say all that together right anyway fan edition right what that so first off notice the back on this this is not a glass back this is glastic in other words plastic that's meant to feel like glass sorry and before you go boo and hiss and you know this cheese ball ah hear me out and listen to this so this fan edition means it has all of the core nifty things that you like about a

Galaxy but in a more affordable package so you get that 120 hertz fast refresh oled display it's a full hd plus resolution not the super crazy high resolution of getting the other s20 members of the family but then again those are all set to run at full hd plus resolution by default anyway in the united states you get the snapdragon 865 sorry overseas to get the xno cpu you get 5g support on this you get triple cameras main ultra wide telephoto lens and very good cameras the same ones that are on the s20 nice it's starting to sound pretty

Good right so you're getting pretty much everything that you would expect from the s20 family but this is 6.99 instead and at launch in fact best buy and amazon are selling for 5.99 even more exciting so what did they cut out well obviously the back is not glass anymore which i actually kind of like you know because glass backs crack let's face it and this is 20 20. if this is the year you're going to drop your phone and crack it it's going to be 20

20. i know i did with one of my phones for the first time in 10 years right so it's also less cold to the side just less slippery it's kind of matte and the fact is most of you are going to put a case on this anyway so whatever gorgeous stunning back that has uh the phone has you're not even going to see it you know the arguments for that so besides that just like the iphone 11 and probably upcoming iphone 12 that this wants to compete with you get to have six different colors to

Choose from which is kind of neat we're gonna look at it now and the feature list just goes on from there micro sd card slot check yep right there in the same carrier with the nano sim we've got wi-fi 6 on here bluetooth 5 nfc for google pay or samsung pay whatever it is you want to use we've got support for fast charging 25 watt though there's only a 15 watt charger in the box so here's one of those cost cutting concessions if you want faster charging you got to go get that charger if you don't have it

Already it supports 15 watt wireless qi wireless charging and also reverse wireless charging which samsung calls powershare so if you've got galaxy buzz or a galaxy watch put it on the back of the phone and it will charge it for you it's also ip68 water resistant so yay that this has the usual in display front camera on it and it's 32 megapixel which is different so some of the other phones we've seen recently from samsung or 10 and it does pixel binning down to eight megapixels

It's pretty decent the one thing that's kind of weird though is the lens is kind of like reflective iridescent so you you'll notice it more than the others which just kind of are a little black dot you hardly see it on i don't know why this is but this is how it is in terms of the cameras on this like i said this is the s20 set of cameras and they're good they're all 12 megapixel and you've got 3x optical zoom on the telephoto lens at up to 30x with their

Super digital zoom whatever which is useful really at about up to 10x at most and then after that it starts to look a little messier but it can be kind of fun i suppose once in a while i'm not going to go into detail on this because i've already reviewed the s20 family of phones and you get the idea this is these are very good cameras the night mode on this is also very good particularly for still photos a little bit more so than video and while you might argue is this the

Best night mode or is that a google pixel or somebody else you know it matters when you're paying flagship prices a thousand dollars or more when you're paying 699 or 599 it doesn't have to be the very best if it's really darn good and the camera is that's good enough you also have pro mode support here from usual 4k at 60 frames per second slow motion super slow motion video recording but wait there's more there's support for samsung dex i know a lot of you like that there's a 4500

Milliamp battery it's pretty darn big so all day battery life for most of us yes that's should be a reality you know just stay away from the pokemon go and you'll be okay in terms of size and pricing and where this fits in samsung's strategy and it can get to be a little confusing that's probably why you have to watch this video right now is they want to have something at every price point they don't want more than 200 dollars a gap without having a phone so that's the deal here

So if you want even more affordable there's the a51 and the a71 and then they jump up to the s20 and they felt that that was too much of a price jump now if you can get an s20 at a good deal then you still might want to consider that if you want that super premium glass back and all that sort of stuff but there's a segment of people i think who like the bigger screen so the regular s20 is 6.2 inches the s20 plus which is just about the same size and thicknesses that's just a

Little bit taller which is remarkably small for a phone with the 6.7 inch display is twelve hundred dollars list price you might get deals for less and all that so if you're looking at i really wanted the plus size this one's at six point five inches so it's just closer to the plus this is a way more affordable way to get a bigger screen phone that's the idea there while getting more premium than say the the samsung a71 model phone in terms of software it's android 10

With one ui 2.5 and samsung he said they guaranteed three years of os updates for the phone so nice to know and nice to have on this the speakers are pretty much like what you'd expect say from the s20 plus which is to say very good you've got stereo speakers bottom firing and there's the earpiece which becomes the speaker as well pretty loud pretty full it is a phone folks it can only sound so good this is not your home stereo system but by phone standards it sounds very nice for biometrics we have the usual 2d

Facial recognition which is not the most secure if you're really feeling paranoid there's the in display fingerprint scanner which as we know in samsung phones can be a little bit bulky though it behaved pretty well for me so what about the competition the competition would be either older generation phones in some cases are the oneplus family say the oneplus 8 the oneplus 8 pro is actually getting more expensive so it's interesting there is a price hole right here that this fits into really nicely and i hope a lot of retailers continue to discount to 5.99

Obviously the iphone 12 is coming up this is probably going to be another competitor for it but until it's out and we can see what it has to offer i can't really say how it holds up so that's the galaxy s20 fe or fan edition 5g phone available on all major carriers in the united states and also sold as an unlocked phone for those who hate carrier bloatware and all that sort of stuff uh you know it's a pretty positive review and no that doesn't make me a samsung shell i just think that for the

Price they've got here like i said particularly when it's on sale it's a lot of fun with most everything that you get from an s20 to an s20 plus family phone for a lot less money and a less breakable back i mean i'm sorry i really just can't hate on it i'm lisa from mobile tech review be sure to subscribe to our youtube channel for more cool tech videos and hit the notification bell so you know about them

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