SamMobile has affiliate and sponsored partnerships. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn a commission.

Notifications
    News For You

    Galaxy S20 FE is easily my favorite 2020 Samsung smartphone

    Opinion
    By 

    Last updated: December 21st, 2020 at 20:18 UTC+01:00

    No smartphone maker has launched as many flagships as Samsung in 2020. Well, no one did that last year, either, when Samsung released three LTE Galaxy S10 models, a Galaxy S10 5G, two Galaxy Note 10 models, and the Galaxy Z Fold. This year, we saw three Galaxy S20 models, two Galaxy Note 10 models, a Galaxy Z Fold successor, LTE and 5G variants of the Galaxy Z Flip, and the Galaxy S20 FE (Fan Edition).

    The Galaxy Z Flip isn't an all out flagship, but it's still called one because of its high price tag. Meanwhile, the opposite is true for the Galaxy S20 FE, a phone Samsung says is a flagship but is sold at a price that is a lot lower than what we expect from the company's high-end phones. And, for me, that combination makes the S20 FE Samsung's best phone in 2020, as I'm sure it does for many of our readers.

    Is the Galaxy S20 FE perfect? No. Is it amazing? Hell yes!

    The Galaxy S20 FE isn't a perfect phone. In fact, for some consumers, the experience has been disappointing, because of the touchscreen issues that plague some units. Samsung hasn't been able to fix those issues completely via software updates, and it's looking more and more likely that there's a hardware problem that will never truly go away.

    But not every Galaxy S20 FE has a faulty touchscreen, which was true for the unit I used earlier this year, so my experience was overly positive. The large-but-not-so-large 120Hz display, snappy performance, all-day battery life, features like IP68 water resistance and stereo speakers, and an all-round excellent camera setup, all for $699? It just felt too good to be true when the phone was my daily driver, and I still haven't completely come to terms with just how good of a value proposition it is.

    What impressed me most was the zoom camera on the Galaxy S20 FE. Or rather, that it's better than what you get on the costlier Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+: The S20 FE gives you a proper telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom instead of digital zoom achieved by cropping a high-resolution image. Photo quality is comparable up to 10x magnification, but move past that and the Galaxy S20 FE's advantage becomes easy to see, as we demonstrated in our review.

    The only thing I would have liked to see Samsung do better with the Galaxy S20 FE is software updates. The phone has the exact same feature set as the other Galaxy S20 models and it has the same processor(s), but it hasn't received Android 11 and One UI 3.0 at the same time as those models. Samsung did start rolling out the update recently, but till now, less than a handful of countries have received it and the rollout could go on until February next year in some markets.

    Of course, if it were up to me, I would also make sure the Galaxy S20 FE shipped with a 25W super fast charger in the box, but given the asking price, I can't really blame Samsung for making a few compromises. I'm just glad our favorite phone maker had the audacity to even make such a device, and I can't see what the next Fan Edition Galaxy smartphone will be like.

    What do you think of the Galaxy S20 FE? Is it your favorite Samsung phone from 2020 as well, or is there another Galaxy device that you found to be the best offering from the Korean giant in this pandemic-stricken year?

    Opinion Galaxy S20 Fan EditionGalaxy S20 FE
    Galaxy AI summarized

    Scroll for more related content
    News For You

    You might also like

    Your Galaxy S20 FE is getting June 2024 security update

    Your Galaxy S20 FE is getting June 2024 security update

    Samsung was late to release last month’s security update, the May 2024 security patch, to the Galaxy S20 FE. Fortunately, the company isn’t making the same mistake with rolling out this month’s security update, the June 2024 security patch, to the device, which fixes 59 security issues. The South Korean tech giant has released the […]

    • By Abid Iqbal Shaik
    • 9 hours ago
    Samsung releases May 2024 security update to Galaxy S20 FE in more regions

    Samsung releases May 2024 security update to Galaxy S20 FE in more regions

    Last week, Samsung released the May 2024 security patch to the carrier-locked variant of the Galaxy S20 FE for the United States. Now, the company is expanding the latest security update to the variant of the smartphone that it sells in Europe, North America, South America, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, and some parts […]

    • By Abid Iqbal Shaik
    • 2 weeks ago
    Galaxy S20 FE gets May 2024 security update in the USA

    Galaxy S20 FE gets May 2024 security update in the USA

    Although the Galaxy S20 FE might no longer be eligible for Android OS updates, Samsung is making sure that one of its most popular Fan Edition devices receives frequent security updates. The Galaxy S20 FE has started receiving the May 2024 security update in the US. Galaxy S20 FE gets May 2024 security update in […]

    • By Asif Iqbal Shaik
    • 3 weeks ago
    Snapdragon Galaxy S20 FE picks up the April 2024 security update

    Snapdragon Galaxy S20 FE picks up the April 2024 security update

    Samsung's first Fan Edition Galaxy S smartphone is getting the latest security update this week. Both the LTE and 5G variants of the Galaxy S20 FE are being updated with the April 2024 security patch in various European countries. The update is available for the Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S20 FE models at this time and sports […]

    • By Abhijeet Mishra
    • 2 months ago
    Galaxy Note 20, Note 20 Ultra, and S20 FE back on monthly update schedule

    Galaxy Note 20, Note 20 Ultra, and S20 FE back on monthly update schedule

    The Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra completed four years on the market last month, which meant it was time for the three phones to stop receiving regular security updates. In fact, the S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra were supposed to stop receiving updates altogether after four years, but Samsung decided to extend […]

    • By Abhijeet Mishra
    • 2 months ago
    Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Note 20 lineups will no longer get monthly security updates

    Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Note 20 lineups will no longer get monthly security updates

    Samsung has downgraded the security update schedule for the Galaxy S20 series and the Galaxy Note 20 lineup from monthly to quarterly, as revealed by the company's April 2024 security patch bulletin that was published earlier today. All Galaxy S20 models–the Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra, and S20 FE–will now get security updates once every […]

    • By Abhijeet Mishra
    • 2 months ago