Galaxy S20 FE vs. other S20 phones: Here’s why the Fan Edition is so much cheaper

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Back in September, Samsung added a new member to its premium Galaxy S20 family in the form of the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition. The device costs $700 (£599, AU$999), handily stealing the crown from the $1,000 (at launch) Galaxy S20 and making it the most affordable phone in Samsung’s premium S20 line. That raises an obvious question: What compromises were made to drive down the cost, and therefore the starting price, of the S20 FE? 

On paper at least, there don’t seem to be many core differences between the phones. The 6.5-inch S20 FE retains many of the top-shelf features found in its flashier siblings. Along with a sharp AMOLED display coupled with ultra-fast refresh rates, it has a large battery, an IP68 rating (for water and dust resistance) and multiple cameras on its rear, including a telephoto lens. 

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Samsung’s Galaxy S20 FE line comes in six colors.

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Where Samsung does make compromises is in its choice of material. The S20 FE, unlike its fancier siblings, has a back made of plastic instead of glass. It has less RAM and storage than its family members, and there are some concessions on its rear camera setup, but you might not even miss them. 8K video recording and 100x Space Zoom are absent, but 30x zoom is available (like what’s featured in the S20 and S20 Plus) and so is 3x optical zoom. 

To learn more about the differences and similarities of Samsung’s S20 line, take a look at our specs chart below. 

Galaxy S20 Fan Edition vs. other Galaxy S20 phones

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

Samsung Galaxy S20

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Display size, resolution

6.5-inch super AMOLED; 2,400×1,080 pixels

6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X; (3,200 x 1440)

6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X

6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X

Pixel density

405ppi

563ppi

525ppi

511ppi

Dimensions (Inches)

6.29×2.97×0.33 inches

2.72×5.97×0.311 inches

2.9×6.37×0.30 inches

2.99×6.57×0.35 inches

Dimensions (Millimeters)

159.8×75.5×8.4mm

69.1×151.7×7.9 mm

73.7×161.9×7.8mm

76.0×166.9×8.8mm

Weight (Ounces, Grams)

6.7 oz; 190g

5.75 oz; 163g

6.56 oz; 186g

7.76 oz; 220g

Mobile software (at launch)

Android 10

Android 10

Android 10

Android 10

Camera

12-megapixel (standard), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 8-megapixel (3x telephoto)

12-megapixel (wide-angle), 64-megapixel (telephoto), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide)

12-megapixel (wide-angle), 64-megapixel (telephoto), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), time-of-flight camera

108-megapixel (wide-angle), 48-megapixel (telephoto), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), time-of-flight camera

Front-facing camera

32-megapixel

10-megapixel

10-megapixel

40-megapixel

Video capture

4K

8K

8K

8K

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (5G) Samsung Exynos 990 (4G)

64-bit octa-core processor (Max 2.7GHz + 2.5 GHz + 2.0 GHz)

64-bit octa-core processor (Max 2.7GHz + 2.5 GHz + 2.0 GHz)

64-bit octa-core processor (Max 2.7GHz + 2.5 GHz + 2.0 GHz)

Storage

128GB

128GB

128GB, 512GB

128GB, 512GB

RAM

6GB

12GB (5G),  8GB (LTE)

12GB (5G), 8GB (LTE)

12GB, 16GB

Expandable storage

1TB

Up to 1TB

Up to 1TB

Up to 1TB

Battery

4,500 mAh

4,000 mAh

4,500 mAh

5,000 mAh

Fingerprint sensor

In-screen

In-screen

In-screen

In-screen

Connector

USB-C

USB-C

USB-C

USB-C

Headphone jack

No

No

No

No

Special features

5G enabled, IP 68 rating, 120Hz screen refresh rate, support for 30W fast charging,15W fast wireless charging

5G enabled; 120Hz refresh rate; water resistant (IP68)

5G enabled; 120Hz refresh rate; water resistant (IP68)

5G enabled; 120Hz refresh rate; 100X zoom; water resistant (IP68)

Price off-contract (USD) *at launch

$700 for sub-6 5G; $750 for Verizon model with mmWave 5G

$999

$1,199, $1,349

$1,399 (128GB), $1,599 (512GB)

Price (GBP)

£599 (4G), £699 (5G)

£799, £899 (5G)

£999 (5G)

£1,199 (128GB), £1,399 (512GB)

Price (AUD)

AU$849 (4G), AU$999 (5G)

AU$1,349 (4G), AU$1,499 (5G),

AU$1,499 (4G), AU$1,649 (128GB), AU$1,899 (512GB)

AU$1,999 (128GB), AU$2,249 (512GB)

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