Samsung’s Galaxy A series previously consisted of midrange and premium-midrange smartphones, but all that changed substantially in 2019. Samsung scrapped the Galaxy J lineup and expanded the scope of the Galaxy A series to include budget devices as well. The Galaxy A10, A20, and A30 were the first batch of new Galaxy A models to come out of this new strategy.
However, the rebranding exercise doesn’t seem to impact the company’s old habit of launching many similar models with minor changes to target every possible market and market segment. The Galaxy A20e, which is essentially an inferior and smaller version of the A20, is an example of this continuing trend. Of course, the Korean company may not be launching the Galaxy A20e in markets where the A20 is already available, but it still doesn’t explain the reason for the former’s existence.
In the design department, the Galaxy A20e is simply a smaller and thicker version of the A20. It measures 147.4 x 69.7 x 8.4 mm and weighs 141 grams as against A20’s 158.4 x 74.7 x 7.8 mm dimensions and 169 grams weight. This reduction in A20e’s overall footprint is due to its smaller display and battery. What all of this means is that the A20e is also made out of glossy plastic that Samsung refers to as 3D Glasstic due to its resemblance to glass.
The button and port placement remain unchanged with a volume rocker and power button on the right, SIM slot on the left, secondary microphone at the top, headphone jack, micro-USB port, primary mic, and a speaker grille on the bottom side. On the back, there is a vertically arranged dual-camera setup, Samsung branding, and a fingerprint reader. All in all, the Galaxy A20e looks like a smaller and lighter replica of the A20 on the outside, which itself looks like a replica of the Galaxy A30.
The Galaxy A20e comes with a 5.8-inch Infinity-V TFT display, Exynos 7884 octa-core chipset, dual cameras on the back, single selfie shooter camera, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, microSD slot, 3,000mAh battery, 15W fast charging, and Android 9 Pie with Samsung One UI on top. You can head over to our Galaxy A20e page for the complete list of specifications.
Barring the smaller display and lower battery capacity, the A20e spec sheet is a carbon copy of that of the Galaxy A20. The latter sports a bigger and better 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display and a larger 4,000 mAh battery.
While the Galaxy A20 has a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display, the A20e comes with a smaller and supposedly inferior 5.8-inch PLS TFT LCD panel. However, it is still an Infinity-V display, resulting in a V-shaped waterdrop notch for the selfie camera. Though both of them have HD+ resolution (720 x 1560 pixels), owing to its smaller size, the A20e display is theoretically sharper with a pixel density of ~296 PPI. Other than the panel type and size, there doesn’t seem to any difference between the two variants in the display department.
Samsung has not made any changes to the A20’s camera department in creating the Galaxy A20e. So, the A20e gets the same dual-camera setup on the back and a single selfie camera on the front. For its dual-camera system, the A20 and accordingly the A20e borrows the 13-megapixel f/1.9 primary camera from the A10 and the 5-megapixel f/2.2 secondary camera from the A30. For selfies, it has a single 8-megapixel f/2.0 camera, an upgrade from A10’s 5-megapixel shooter and a downgrade from A30’s 16-megapixel sensor.
The Galaxy A20e’s software also remains unchanged when compared to the A20. It runs Samsung’s One UI based on Android 9 Pie out of the box. It is worth noting the One UI onboard is the slightly older version 1.0 and may miss a couple of features available in the newer One UI version 1.1 found in some of the recent Galaxy devices. Other than that, the software features here are fairly standard and what you would expect from a budget Galaxy device running One UI. You can read our posts about One UI and Android 9 Pie to know more about the A20e’s software.
Samsung unveiled the Galaxy A20e in Poland in April 2019, nearly a month after debuting the Galaxy A20 in Russia. It comes in Black, Blue, Coral, and White color options and carries a price tag of £169.00 in the UK. Pricing and availability may vary depending on the region.
For the Korean market, Samsung rebranded the Galaxy A20e as the Galaxy Jean 2. It is priced at 253,000 won (~$214) and sold exclusively through KT telecom’s retail channels.
Downloads and Resources
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