Back in late last year, there had been rumors swirling around in the July-August time frame that Samsung will be announcing a new addition to their S20 series lineup. In hopes of capturing every segment of the smartphone market, can this addition shine brightly enough to stand side by side its well-established siblings in the S20 family?
While these early leaks and rumors rarely amounted to concrete proof of what's to come, Samsung finally dropped the hammer on September 23th by announcing the Galaxy S20 FE (stands for "Fan Edition"). With the pricing of flagships from various brands pushing north of RM4,000 for the likes of the iPhone and Note series, even brands like Xiaomi and OnePlus that traditionally excel at offering flagship specs at midrange prices have unfortunately caught on to that trend.
The pricing of the S20 FE does not place it in the budget smartphone segment. However, there is now a huge void in between the base model Galaxy S21 and the Galaxy A series lineup, and it looks like the S20 FE is a perfect candidate for Samsung to fill the RM2300-3300 void. Potential customers looking for a cheaper Galaxy device with the full Samsung experience can look no further. Truth to be told, a few compromises to achieve this price point with some great hardware to offset it seems pretty good.
The deal is even sweeter now that Samsung has officially dropped the pricing by a lot of RM400, now down to RM2,999.
The S20 FE still comes in a potent hardware package for its price, as it packs all the bells and whistles of what makes the S20 great. The S20 FE that I have on hand is the 5G variant that exclusively sports the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 System on Chip whereas the LTE variant comes with Samsung's own Exynos 990 System on Chip.
Samsung chose to retain the most important features of the S20 models that appeal the most to younger users: a 120Hz display, fast processor, plenty of memory and a big fat battery.
Galaxy S20 FE 5G pictured. Front, Rear and Left side view.
The S20 FE's design is no stranger to look at, sharing many similarities with its S20 series siblings. The front display is completely flat in that it doesn't share the slightly curved edges of its S20