Update, November 6, 2020 (08:00 AM ET): Starting today, there is a new variant of the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE with 256GB of internal storage. You can find this version now at Samsung.com or from supported carrier partners. The new storage variant costs $770 and comes exclusively in the Cloud Navy colorway.
Samsung took the wraps off its newest smartphone in the flagship Galaxy S series: the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (the ‘FE’ stands for “Fan Edition”). As the name implies, this phone offers what Samsung considers to be the most important features that Galaxy S fans want.
While fans will find most of their desired specs and features here, Samsung is also leaving out several premium aspects of the main Galaxy S20 series, which results in a lowered price.
Below, you’ll find everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition. We will keep this article up-to-date if Samsung announces any newer info or big changes.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: What is it?
The Galaxy S20 FE is sort of like a “greatest hits” of the Galaxy S20 series. It offers the features that Samsung thinks its fans want the most while leaving out the features that fans either don’t care about or would gladly do without if it lowered the price.
With that in mind, the usual Galaxy S features are all here: a flagship processor, expandable storage, an IP68 rating, a big AMOLED display, wireless charging, Wireless PowerShare, and a triple-lens rear camera.
In addition to the usual specs and features, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE also comes in a slew of colors, many of which are new to the Galaxy S family.
However, Samsung also reduced or removed several features and design elements. There’s less RAM, a “glasstic” back, a reduced display resolution, and a weaker overall camera system. There’s also no headphone jack, which is unfortunate.
Who is it for?
Samsung’s marketing makes it clear that it is gunning for a younger audience with the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE. The reduced price, colorways, and provided promotional images all scream “hip, young Millennials.”
That being said, you don’t need to be under 30 to enjoy this phone. It offers pretty much all the core features of the main Galaxy S line at a much more affordable price. For some buyers, this phone might actually improve upon the primary line, such as offering a flat display panel, the use of an optical fingerprint sensor instead of an ultrasonic one, and those new fun colorways.
It's clear that Samsung is gunning for Millennial buyers with this phone, but anyone can enjoy it.
In general, this phone is for anyone who wants a terrific smartphone in the Galaxy S line but doesn’t want to spend over $1,000 to get one.
What are the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE features?
Once again, Samsung is going after Millennials with this new device, so the core features cater to what that market wants. That means the camera, battery life, and gaming-centric features.
On the back of the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, you’ll find a triple-lens camera system, arranged in a familiar-looking module. The primary shooter is a 12MP wide-angle lens with optical image stabilization (OIS). Flanking that are a 12MP ultra-wide and an 8MP telephoto. That last one has a 3x optical zoom with 30x digital “Space Zoom.”
Most of the features here are lifted directly from the flagship Galaxy S and Galaxy Note phones.
There are also a ton of software features for the camera. There’s Night Hyperlapse which allows you to take some cool cityscape shots. There’s the Single Take feature from the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines that takes up to 10 photos from a 15-second video. Finally, there’s a feature called My Filter that allows you to extract a color filter from one of your photos. You can save up to 99 of these custom filters.
The battery in the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is pretty big at 4,500mAh. That’s the same size as the one in the Galaxy S20 Plus and 500mAh bigger than the one in the vanilla Galaxy S20. There’s wireless charging and reverse wireless charging, too. Unfortunately, the adapter that comes with the phone only maxes out at 15W of charging speeds. However, you can buy a 25W charger separately and the phone will support that faster speed.
Finally, the 120Hz display refresh rate can be on at all times since the phone maxes out at a 1080p resolution. In addition, there’s a 240Hz touch response rate, which automatically turns on during gameplay. This might give you an edge up on the competition.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE specs
|Samsung Galaxy S20 FE|
|Display||6.5-inch flat Super AMOLED|
Infinity-O cutout, centered
FHD+ (2,400 x 1,080) resolution
120Hz refresh rate
Gorilla Glass 3 cover
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
Samsung Exynos 990
Arm Mali-G77 MP11
|Storage||128GB or 256GB internal|
microSD support up to 1TB
15W wired charging (in-box adapter)
25W wired charging (add'l adapter needed)
15W wireless charging
ƒ1.8, 1/1.76in, 1.8μm
ƒ2.2, 1/3.06in, 1.12μm
3x optical zoom, OIS
30x digital "Space Zoom"
ƒ2.4, 1/4.4in, 1.0μm
32MP (binned to 8MP)
ƒ2.2, 1/2.8in, 0.8μm
1.5m water depth for 30 min.
|Security||Optical in-display fingerprint|
|Connectivity||5G support (both sub-6GHz and mmWave)|
USB-C with USB 3.2 speeds
NFC and MST
Samsung Dex support
Dolby Atmos support
No headphone jack
|Dimensions and weight||74.5 x 159.8 x 8.4mm|
|Colors||Cloud Navy, Cloud Red, Cloud Lavender, Cloud Mint, Cloud White, Cloud Orange|
Competition and alternatives
The most obvious alternatives to the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE are the phones in the main Galaxy S20 line. Those phones will offer most of the same features while either adding in more or improving them. Of course, they will cost more — a lot more. The lowest-tier Galaxy S20 device has a list price that is $300 more expensive than this one.
Another alternative would be the vanilla OnePlus 8 or the newer OnePlus 8T. Those phones offer a lot of the same specs at similar prices. However, they do not feature wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, or an IP68 rating.
Finally, you can’t forget about last year’s Galaxy flagships. The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is still a terrific phone and offers a handful of better specs (higher resolution display, more RAM, etc.). With that one, though, you’ll lose out on 5G support and a high refresh rate display.
The bottom line is that there aren’t too many phones at this price point that offer a similar set of features. This phone might be the “Goldilocks” device for some 2020 buyers.
Where to buy the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
The Galaxy S20 Fan Edition is now on sale.
In the United States, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE costs $699 and comes exclusively in a 5G model. You can get it unlocked from Samsung and other retailers, or head to your carrier’s store to grab one. In the case of Verizon, it carries an exclusive variant of the phone called the Galaxy S20 FE 5G UW (seriously).
If you are keen to spend a bit more, you can now get a 256GB version of the phone for $770.
In the United Kingdom, there is a 5G variant and a 4G-only variant. The 5G model costs £699 (~$890) while the 4G-only model costs £599 (~$763). Similarly, in Europe, the 4G-only Galaxy S20 FE starts at €659 (~$769) while the 5G version costs €759 (~$886).
Regardless of where you live, all buyers get four months of YouTube Premium for free. That offer is open through the end of October.
Samsung also launched the Galaxy S20 FE in India on October 6, with pre-orders starting from October 9. Expect to pay Rs 49,999 (~$681) for the solitary 8GB/128GB model with an Exynos 990 processor.
Top Samsung Galaxy S20 FE questions and answers
Q: Does the Galaxy S20 FE support 5G?
A: Yes and no. In the US, there are only 5G models, and they support both mmWave and sub-6GHz connections (except for the Verizon model, which only supports mmWave). In the UK, there are 5G models and 4G-only models, so be sure you’re buying the correct version!
Q: Does the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition have a headphone jack?
A: No. As with all the phones in the main Galaxy S20 line, there isn’t a 3.5mm port on the Fan Edition.
Q: Does the S20 FE support wireless charging?
A: Yes. It will charge at a rate of 15W. It also supports reverse wireless charging, which allows you to charge your smartwatch or earbuds with your phone.
Q: Does the S20 FE have a microSD card slot?
A: Yes, it can support a card with up to 1TB of storage.
Q: Does the device have stereo speakers?
A: Yes, and they are tuned by AKG and support Dolby Atmos.
Q: What colors are available?
A: There are a lot of colors. You can get the phone in Cloud Navy (blue), Cloud Red, Cloud Lavender (purple), Cloud Mint (green), Cloud White, and Cloud Orange.
Q: What’s in the box with the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE?
A: You’ll find the Galaxy S20 FE, a 15W power supply, a USB-C cable, a SIM tool, and the usual paperwork. The Galaxy S20 FE will also support 25W wired charging, but you’ll need to buy an additional adapter to experience those speeds.
That’s everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE. We’ll keep this post updated with any new info as soon as we have it.