Here are our take and outlook with the use of the latest launch of Samsung Galaxy S20 FE in the Indian market
Termed as the “Fan Edition”, the new Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is offering you with everything that a consumer wants that too without going heavy on their pocket. In the past couple of years, we have seen that the flagship phones have skyrocketed to more than Rs 1,00,000. Now with tough competitors hitting the market like OnePlus and Redmi, Samsung is getting back to lead the pack. And without a doubt, the launch of Galaxy S20 does hit for the better to stay ahead of the competition.
The Korean brand has been functioning in different ways of selling affordable versions of their flagship models without compromising on the sale font. If you have noticed, Samsung has also been launching mini versions of their previous models to boost up sale. The company then launched the Galaxy S10 Lite in the market which was somewhere into the mid-section and did have good sales during the time.
Now as the competitors are hitting the marketing with their latest models and different flagships are dropping over the price, it is too see whether the new Galaxy S20 FE could beat that. With the pricing of Rs 44,990, does it have the capability to attract more customers?
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE price and competition
The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE in India is featuring in only a single variant. It supports 8GB of RAM and 12GB of storage with the launch price of Rs 49,999. Though the model went on sale and again featured with a 256GB variant quoted at Rs 53,999. The only minus point is that it is sold only in a single colour – Cloud Navy.
In other countries, you will come across the 5G version of the same. But in India, this model is available in the 4G network only. The main competition of the model is with OnePlus 8T and now we showcase you with the review of how this becomes a top-notch phone with an honest review.
There is a trick here. With our gadget review, we want you to know that the Galaxy S20 FE is rolling out for all the wrong reasons. The premium Galaxy models like the S20 and S20+ are selling like hotcakes due to the festive offers on the website or online e-platforms.
Now, the concept is hard to understand as to what Samsung wants to do with the new brand. To revamp its range, Samsung has been slashing off the prices of 128GB and 256GB variants. This is somewhere supposed to dishearted the early bookers. Speaking on the value of the money, this is quite a model to lay your eyes onto.
Designing of Samsung Galaxy S20
The new Galaxy S20 FE blends in well with its predecessors. It comes with the same basic structure but the size of the screen different a little. It is pointed to the 6.5-inch screen.
Not a curve-edged phone but the frame is pretty metallic while the rear panel is curated with matte polycarbonate. There are variants of the phone but the 128GB comes in five colours – Cloud Red, Cloud Navy, Cloud Mint, Cloud Lavender and Cloud White.
The blended take of the rear panel makes the phone easier to hold. It has a non-slippery texture which is easier to hold. The fingerprint scanner is available. The box case is something to look onto.
Giving way to premium feels, the screen guard borders are pretty slim. The earpiece is kind of narrow which makes it hard to be seen. The front camera is placed right at the top centre which is kind of small but does not distract the positioning due to the silver lining around it. The best thing about the phone is that the model will be presented to you with a screen protector.
Other specifications of the phone showcase, the power and volume buttons are shifted to the left.
The Bixby button is eliminated.
USB Type-C port is placed on the bottom.
No Place for .5mm audio socket
Placement for either one Nano-SIM and a microSD card or Two Nano SIMs.
Weight – 190 grams
Thickness – 8.4mm
Rated with IP68 – Dust and Water Resistance
Without even having a proper flagship level, the quality of the model is commend-worthy. Thus, making the phone giving a live feeling of a premium one.
Software Specifications of The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
The Galaxy S20 FE runs on top-tier Exynos 990 processor.
It is powered with octa-core Soc with two custom Samsung core performance.
The functioning of the same runs on 2.73Gz and the other custom runs ar ARM Cortex-A76 at 2.5Gz.
Storage Variant features with both 128GB and 258GB, both having a RAM of 8GB in particular
Battery Capacity is 4500mAh, Supports wireless change in both the directions.
For charging, you will be getting only the 15W adapter in the box.
Size and Functionality
Has a screen size of 6.5-inch Super AMOLED screen.
There is no official demonstration of the HDR support,
The always-on mode is set to default right from the beginning.
The refresh rate is enhanced to 120Hz which is something you can lay your eyes on.
Does have the functionality for Adaptive Power Saving. The functioning of this software is to juggle with the refresh rate with other settings of your phone, completely based on the battery usage during the time/Workfront.
It runs on Samsung’s One UI 2.5 running on Android 10. Even while we are looking through the phone, there are updates available for the phone which is a sheer plus point to look for.
Though the Bixby button is eliminated, the assistant will help you with the power button. Furthermore, you can easily use for SIM for calls and text messages with other linked Samsung devices. With the company’s recent association with Microsoft for Windows 10 integration could be seen in this new device.
Furthermore, the Galaxy S20 FE comes with shortcut functioning. You will come across a Game Launcher with optimizations, Dual messenger features, UI themes, screen recorder, expandable notification bubbles and various options for home screen customization.
On the other hand, the edge panels will give you quick access to shortcuts. Even you can download from the Google Panels for free customizations.
Power Saving Options
The Korean brand is letting you choose between four performance levels when it comes to power saving. So mainly, you have already come across, if you have been a Galaxy user that Samsung does offer you the options for power saving. Similarly, in Samsung S20 FE, the Maximum and Medium model will limit the CPU performance to 70 percent. Here, the maximum screen brightness will be reduced to nearly 10 percent. On the other hand, the maximum will be limited to using only fewer applications and switches over to the dark mode. Background data, always-on display and all biometrics are restricted.
The things that served as a con for us is that the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE featured many unwanted applications. Some which are necessary and some are not as wanted for usage. One of the things that you will come across is that you will be receiving constant notifications from the Galaxy App every day.
Performance of the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
The One UI interface is user-friendly. Multitasking on the phone and application is worth it. Though the functioning of the phone is little of the bar the refresh rate makes way to great functioning. It has well spacing for good about of RAM serving up to 8GB. One thing that we are disappointed in is the in-display fingerprint sensor and face recognition.
Just as the phone model, the screen is pretty vibrant and true to colours. The camera hole gives way to a great experience for video visuals and games. The stereo speakers are serving for a balanced work between the two. The bass of the sound is low which we come across in almost all the Galaxy models.
Coming to gaming specifications, games playing Call Of Duty and Asphalt 9: Legends give to smooth finishing and top-notch graphics display. The upper rear of the Galaxy S20 FE gets warmer within 5 to 7 minutes of usage. It becomes uncomfortable when you are gaming for a long period.
Speaking of battery life, we are pretty impressed. It controls the phone with an entire single day charge. If you are visualizing on HD video, it runs on for 12 hours and 44 minutes which is okay. But it does support fast charging.
Camera Specification of Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
Samsung has been highly emphasizing on the camera quality of the Galaxy S20 FE. Known to be the denied feature of the phone, it is better to lay our eyes and review on the gadget on this juncture. Before we delve into the specifications and quality, let us lay our eyes on the different set of cameras – 12 MP primary camera with OIS, 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera, 8 MP f/2.4 3X optical telephoto camera. The front of the selfie camera is of 32MP.
As like ways, the camera application is filled with features and options. There are Mode ranges to choose from the composition tool – Pro Mode, Food Mode, Night Mode, Live Focus, Slow Motion, Super Slow Motion and Hyerlapse.
Furthermore, you can easily download addition filters or create your profile from your photographs. One default set features are the Scene Optimizer will display to enabling Night Mode when needed.
The model is locked with metered scenes for capturing during the day. Colour appear quite vibrant and objects are well defined. Even if you are clicking from quite a distance, you will be impressed with the outcome of the same. Close-up shots look outstanding with the crunch details that you can capture giving way to a natural depth of field.
Speaking of the closeup pictures, if you are clicking even in the default mode, it is even better than in comparison to the Live Focus Mode. You will have to like maintain the distance to get the clear picture of the object that you are focusing on. If you are doing with same with this mode, you can easily refocus, adjust the blurring and intensity as well.
Coming to the wide-angle camera, you will see distortion and quality is okayish. The colour does not change on a huge level but it all depends on the framing. The 3X optical telephoto camera does have the capability to capture detailings of the picture and you can easily zoom in for magnified focus. Three cameras of the Samsung phone turns out to be useful becoming handy in general.
We are not as impressed as we were with the daytime pictures. The focus of the pictures during night time is not apt. If you zoom in to the pictures, you will be able to see what we are talking about. Though you can capture like well to do shots from the phone if you know where to shift your focus on. The Scene Optimizer will be slow in shutter but the Night Mode results are not up to the mark.
Low light shots are more grainy and get difficult to reap out clarity. The wide-angle and telephoto cameras on the other hand also suffer wit the aperture skills. If you are using the Night Mode, the result will be better in terms of the default settings.
Selfie Camera –
The front camera is combined with 8MP shots by default. The wide-angle mode captures reverse framing. Selfies look magical with proper detailing and exposure. You will have access to beauty mode. Night mode to works great.
For videos, the phone is ready to capture smooth 1080p footage with all the camera functioning during the daytime. Regardless of the type of video you want to capture, you will find not jerk in the videos. Coming to 4K quality, motion is a little less smooth when it comes with a telephoto camera. Low-light videography is decent but the quality is not that great due to the other cameras support. The stabilization in 4k is not smooth in comparison to 1080p.
Slow-motion videos are outstanding to look at. On the other hand, super slow-motion video is captured at 720p. You can adjust the settings as per your convenience, once you are done with the footage. You can even reverse and loop it for a creative outcome.
Our Take –
Known to be as the “Fan Edition”, we could sense that the Galaxy S20 FE is a revamped edition of Galaxy Note 7 with safer choice options. Samsung could have used the strategy to cope in with the losses covered and thus felt the need to give in better and even out for the global embarrassment with the Galaxy Note 7 Launch. But with the launch of this model, we cannot agree more, the phone does meet up to the expectations that the Korean brand has to offer.
It is not that you will have to be a fan of the model. But the specification of launch to different countries remains the same and there is not much of the different. With the costing and specifications, we think that is inversely proportional. Apart from the flagship lineup, this phone is a good choice to look for. The outlook, finish, designing, screening and cameras are worth the price that you are paying for.
Utsha Roy is an aspiring writer who has been gaining knowledge on various genres. Delving into the different cars and gadget news, she has also engaged herself into showcasing latest vehicles and gadgets news and reviews over Autonmobiles.com
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