Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G Review: Combined with style material
Over the past few weeks, we have seen a number of affordable flagships launch in the market, with Vivo, OnePlus and Samsung launching offers under the Rs 50,000 segment in the country. All of these devices offer a premium design, flagship-grade hardware, powerful cameras and a rich list of features that set them apart from the crowd.
While we’ve had the opportunity to review the OnePlus 9 and Vivo X60 Pro devices in the past, now it’s time to turn our attention to their main competitor, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G. The phone appears to have been launched as an upgrade over the 4G variant of the device announced last year. Unlike the 4G variant of the S20 FE that comes with the Exynos 990 SoC, the new 5G variant of the phone uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 chipset. This not only makes the new phone 5G ready but also makes the device more powerful overall. Read on to see if these upgrades make the Galaxy S20 FE 5G affordable.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Review: Performance and Specifications
Since we’ve already talked about the device’s chipset and how it’s a big upgrade compared to the 4G variant of the Galaxy S20 FE, it’s understandable for us to talk about the device’s full specification and overall performance.
The core hardware includes the Samsung pair of 8GB LPDDR4X RAM and either 128GB or 256GB UFS 3.1 storage with the aforementioned Snapdragon 865 SoC. The chipset was launched in late 2019 and was used in several flagships the following year. While not Qualcomm’s latest flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 865 is still a very powerful SoC, built using TSMC’s 7nm manufacturing process and promises impressive performance using its 8-core CPU and Adreno 650 GPU. Although the GPU has a simpler architecture, the CPU has an ARM Cortex-A77 prime clocked 2.84GHz, three Cortex-A77 core clocked 2.42GHz and four ARM Cortex-A55 core clocked 1.8GHz.
Working together, the processor, LPDDR4X RAM and fast UFS 3.1 storage provide enough power to provide a smooth experience while using the phone. As we have learned, whether it’s multitasking, everyday use apps, or even heavy-duty games, the device’s powerful hardware is good for all everyday tasks. While using the device and even playing demanding games we didn’t notice any micro-starters or lags, the device didn’t disappoint as it runs headlines like Call of Duty Mobile and Asphalt 9 Legends without any hassle.
In fact, the gaming performance of the device was so impressive that it embarrassed even the most powerful phones. And if you need proof, take a sample of the results thrown by Geekbench while testing the gaming performance of the device. The game’s benchmarking service has revealed that the S20 FE 5G Clock of Duty mobile clocks 59 frames high medium FPS with 100 percent stability during game play. And when we change the focus on the Asphalt 9 Legends, the phone performs even better because it is able to run at 100 stabilization at mid-60 fps. Achieving such high-medium FPS at 100 percent stability while playing graphics-intensive games is quite impressive. This is similar to the results of the Snapdragon 888 and the results of the ROG Phone 5 and interestingly better than the OnePlus 9.
Gamebench Stats: Asphalt 9 Legends
Gamebench Statistics: Call of Duty Mobile
However, the phone doesn’t exactly win another benchmark, with the Galaxy S20 FE 5G only scoring 567076 points on AnTuTu and 861 points on single-core and 2809 points on Geekbench’s multi-core test. The 3D Mark Wildlife results aren’t something to write home again because the phone only scored 3772 points – significantly lower than the OnePlus 9. In addition, the device’s chipset enables support for 5G through it. Second generation X55 modem. This, in addition to performance upgrades, serves as an additional reason to recommend the device.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Review: Design and Display
Moving on to what is out there, the phone offers a modern design language that follows a minimalist approach and looks premium despite the use of plastic on the back of the device. Now, this is interesting because Samsung’s decision to use plastic instead of glass as the main component of the phone has put the Galaxy S20 FE 5G at an obvious disadvantage. However, this is only when you read the marketing content of the phone. In real life, the moment you look at the S20 FE 5G or hold it in your hand, you will be immediately reminded that the phone is as premium as it is premium. And most of all, it’s practical – something you can’t say for all glass-backed phones.
The S20 FE 5G has almost the right amount of height to feel firm when you hold it in your hand, and the matte finish on the back of the phone is not only close to the eyes but also to the point. Adding a premium quotient to the phone is a design decision to keep things extremely simple on the back of the device. For example, in the Cloud Mint variant of the device you will find nothing but a small Samsung logo and a vertical placement, and we can add a very tasteful triple camera set-up. These elements combine to form a rather attractive device that will turn heads when you publicly pull it out of your pocket.
Display is another large design element of the device. Samsung has kept things simple here again with a non-curved display that blends seamlessly with the phone’s frame.
It is a 6.5-inch Full HD + Super AMOLED panel capable of reaching a high refresh rate of 120Hz. While we would love support for WQHD + resolution, it would be fair to say that we are happy with the fact that at least there is support for faster refresh rates as this certainly improves the overall experience of using the device. For other aspects of display performance, we also offer the panel lots of bright and good viewing angles. Although we have not yet been able to test the panel using our trusted Calman display tests, this is certainly something we plan to do in the coming days and will update this review with data to help our readers make more informed purchasing decisions.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G Review: Camera
When it comes to cameras, the Galaxy S20 FE 5G offers the same set-up – and the same performance – offered by the 4G variant of the Galaxy S20 FE. For example, in the new device we have a triple rear camera setup next to another 12MP ultra-wide camera with a 12MP primary lens with OIS support. Complete camera setup is an 8MP telephoto lens with 3X optical zoom.
We’re glad to note that all three lenses make good shots during the day when the camera is exposed to natural light. This is especially true for primary lenses that capture detailed shots with rich and accurate color. These shots offer better dynamic range and better results with HDR on.
Ultra-wide lenses also work well, but images captured using these lenses have a visible fish-eye effect. The telephoto lens is probably the least usable of the three cameras in the set-up, however, it is not a reflection of the performance of the lens, but rather a slight usability of the telephoto lens in general.
The phone’s camera app brings access to Samsung’s computational photography-based modes such as Single Tech and Live Focus. The latter is the portrait mode of the phone which clicks some really nice shots with good depth effect. The mode works almost equally well in both daytime and low light conditions. However, later, the level of ambiguity and precision along the edges of the subject goes for a little toss. But in addition to this, the low-light performance of the camera set-up is generally good, the primary lenses click good shots which can be further enhanced by using night mode on the device.
The front of the phone has a 32MP selfie camera that captures skin details in accurate skin tone and well illuminated situations. The low light performance of the lens, however, is something that leaves something to be desired.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G Review: Battery
A mixed bag for the Galaxy S20 FE 5G battery compartment. Although the phone comes with a large 4500mAh battery pack that can last more than a day in moderate use, the fact that the phone comes with only a 15W charger in the box – although the phone supports fast charging up to 25W – – if you like the phone like the OnePlus 9 Compared to something that offers a 65W fast charger in the box but the age it takes to charge the device is a certain red flag.
During our review of the device, the bundled charger took more than an hour and a half to fully recharge the phone’s battery. In comparison, using the OnePlus 9 bundle charger takes about 50 minutes to charge from side to side.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G Review: Should You Buy It?
Yet, despite being a mixed bag in the battery segment, it’s the overall performance of the Galaxy S20 FE 5G that makes it a worthwhile investment. At Rs. And to be honest, this is not an average because this segment is one of the strongest fights on the market right now.
Yes, it is true that the Galaxy S20 FE 5G does not have the best camera, nor does it offer the best gaming experience in the segment. In fact, it doesn’t even manage to stand out as the best-designed phone in the segment. However, its loss margin to its competitors in all these segments is so negligible that it manages to emerge as the best overall device possible in the price segment.