At the moment, Samsung held its third product occasion in a month and a half to launch the “Galaxy S20 FE,” a value-oriented tackle the corporate’s flagship smartphone line. If these Samsung telephones are getting exhausting to maintain monitor of, that is as a result of, by our depend, that is the corporate’s eleventh “flagship” smartphone mannequin for 2020, after the Exynos and Qualcomm variations of the Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, S20 Extremely, Notice 20, and Notice 20 Extremely.

This specific mannequin appears value holding monitor of, although, since Samsung goals to convey some premium smartphone options down from the stratospheric value of earlier fashions. For $699, you get a 6.5-inch 2400×1080 OLED show with two huge options: 1) it is 120Hz, similar to the $900 OnePlus 8 Professional, and a couple of) the show is flat, as an alternative of the distorted, curved screens that often ship on high-end Android telephones. In the US, the cellphone will get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 4500mAh battery. The cellphone has wi-fi charging, an optical (not ultrasonic) fingerprint reader, NFC, a MicroSD slot, IP68 mud and water resistance, and ships with Android 10. For cameras, you’ve gotten a 12MP essential digicam, a 12MP ultrawide, and an 8MP 3x telephoto. The entrance digicam is a 32MP sensor in a hole-punch show cutout. The again is plastic, whereas the entrance is Gorilla Glass.

The “FE” in “Galaxy S20 FE” stands for “Fan Version,” a reputation the corporate final used when it scraped collectively the leftover un-exploded Galaxy Notice 7 elements to make the Galaxy Notice FE. The Notice 7 was notorious for having a flawed battery design that may short-circuit and trigger the cellphone to catch fireplace or explode. After two remembers and a protracted investigation, Samsung re-released the Notice 7 with a smaller battery because the “FE.” It is not clear why Samsung selected to resurrect the “Fan Version” branding and reference one of many darkest moments within the firm’s historical past. However I am no advertising knowledgeable.


Internationally, Samsung clients in Europe, India, and numerous different territories typically get caught with the corporate’s inferior Exynos SoCs as an alternative of the Qualcomm Snapdragon chips that the US, China, and different nations get. Samsung followers are so sad with the Exynos fashions that they began a petition titled “Cease promoting us inferior Exynos telephones!” that has up to now garnered over 45,000 signatures. With the “Fan Version,” Samsung appears to be truly listening to followers and promoting Qualcomm variations alongside the Exynos fashions. If we choose the German Samsung website for example, the Galaxy S20 FE is available in a “4G” (Exynos 990) and “5G” (Snapdragon 865) model, with the Qualcomm model promoting for a 97 ($113) premium.

Talking of 5G, the US model and the “5G” model internationally each imply sub-6GHz 5G. The US can be getting a Verizon-exclusive mannequin, the (deep breath) “Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G UW.” That “UW” is for “Extremely-Wideband,” Verizon-speak for mmWave 5G. MmWave is the model of 5G accountable for all of the speed-test information the carriers wish to hype up, however mmWave networks are so troublesome to implement that carriers have admitted mmWave cannot scale past cities. Even Verizon solely has 4-percent mmWave protection over its community. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Version 5G Extremely Wideband is $749, a $50 premium over the common Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Version 5G.

$699 for a 120Hz, Snapdragon 865 cellphone seems like an awesome deal. Providing a extra value-oriented flagship looks as if the suitable transfer in a depressed, coronavirus-ridden economic system. This transfer additionally feels prefer it places Samsung in direct competitors with OnePlus, which, prior to now, has owned the Android value-for-money crown however has slowly let its costs creep up. OnePlus does probably not have a solution to the FE proper now, because the 120Hz 8 Professional is a whopping $900, however OnePlus’ subsequent cellphone, the OnePlus 8T, can be alleged to convey a 120Hz show extra down-market and shall be introduced October 14.

Within the US, the Galaxy S20 FE will ship October 2, and it is up for preorder on as we speak.

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