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Hands-on review Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (Fan Edition) What’s changed?


so this bad boy here is the samsung galaxy s20 fan edition it’s a fresh new version of the s20 flagship that’s not quite as good but it’s also a bit cheaper and who doesn’t like saving money samsung designed the fan edition using direct feedback from galaxy users while also streaming out some of the super premium features from the s20 in order to reach more accessible asking price although it still definitely couldn’t ever be described as affordable because the galaxy s20 fun edition starts from 599 quid for the 4g version and 699 pounds for the 5g model the fan edition goes on sale from the 2nd of october here in blighty and you’ll get a free gift if you pre-order or buy it before the 27th of october namely 3 months of xbox game pass ultimate and the morga xp5x plus controller or a galaxy fit 2 fitness tracker whichever you prefer now i’ve had my mitts all over the galaxy s20 fun edition ahead of the official launch so here’s my early hands-on review how it stacks up for the specs and everything and also how it compares with the original regular ready salted s20 flagship phone and for more than latest greatest tech please do poke subscribe and hitting that notifications bell cheers now the first element of the design that really strikes you is the rather stunning range of colors because the galaxy s20 fan edition comes in a selection of very bright finishes indeed you’ve got a choice of red lavender mint and orange and also white and a very dark navy as well if you don’t want to dazzle everyone as you’re strutting down the street personally though i really love those super bright poppy colors if only because they momentarily distract you from how absolutely awful everything is right now gotta say i really like that bright bold red finish and i’m also a fan of the mint and the orange effort as well they’re a bit more

subtle not quite as punchy but definitely if you want a better color they’re the ones to go for as far as the construction goes the samsung galaxy s20 fun edition sports a series 7000 aluminium frame while up front you’ve got a gorilla glass 3 corton but there is no gorilla action on the arse end unlike the regular s20 what you get here instead is a glastic finish as samsung terms it which is basically a fusion of glass and plastic it’s the same stuff they use for the likes of the galaxy a51 and a71 mid-range smartphones the mat surfacing does at least mean that fingerprint smears aren’t a problem even after you’ve scuffed the most delectable of deep fried goodies from that slightly dodgy food van parked outside the local disco you may not have the latest toughest nails gorilla glass caught in front and back but at least the galaxy s20 fan edition is fully ip68 water and dust resistant so no change on that front from the standard regular s20 flagship on the software side of things not much has changed there either you once again get android 10 with the latest one ui 2.5 lovingly smushed on top adding a bugger ton of bonus features on top of google’s os this does of course come with the usual duplicate samsung apps and of course alternatives to standard google features so for instance you’ll have samsung pay instead of google pay but you do also get plenty of great stuff in there like samsung’s knox security suite to help keep your privates very private speaking of which the s20 fun edition sticks once again with an in-screen fingerprint sensor and that is once again joined by some swift and accurate fierce

unlock action too you’ve got samsung’s very decent gaming mode you’ve got plenty of one-handed help and all kinds of other great bits chucked in there but i won’t bang on about it all right here if you want a closer look at the software smarts and go check out my full one ui 2.5 tips and tricks guide which is live right now and there’s no change on the storage front here you once again have 128 gigabytes of ufs 3.0 storage so it’s reasonably nippy and that could be expanded once again in a jiffy using a micro sd memory card up to one terabyte in size let’s have a shifty at that display and here it’s a 6.5 inch super amoled panel so it’s actually closer in size to the s20 plus rather than the regular flagship however the fan edition uses a full hd plus resolution 2400 by 1080 not full on quad hd plus like the flagship s20s but those visuals are still plenty crisp when you’re streaming a lovely bit of video or checking out your picks as usual you’ve got full hdr support so you can enjoy realistic colors and sharp contrast on supported content or alternatively just boost the colors right up if you want to make everything really pop and apologies in advance if you’re a certified header of camera orifices because the s20 fun edition once again sports samsung’s infinity or design with a camera slapped bang in the center of that panel as with your regular s20 you’ve got a 120 hertz refresh rate here on the fan edition 2 so scrolling through apps and websites and the like is a silky smooth beautiful experience and at least here on the fun edition you don’t have to choose between that 120 hertz refresh rate and the quad hd plus

resolution because there ain’t no quad hd and the s20 fe also supports 240 hertz touch response rate as well when you’re playing supported games as for the audio where you once again thankfully get a stereo speaker setup here on the s20 fan edition popping out some quite crisp clear and quite powerful audio on that top volume as well with full dolby atmos support on top and 20 new viewers well christ i’m just sorry for everything you’re about to witness and although it’s no real surprise it is slightly annoying that there is no headphone jack but you do at least get full bluetooth 5.

1 support now if you’re a bit of a cheap ass and you go for that 4g lte version well the bad news is you will be stuck with samsung’s exodus 990 chipset as we were all cursed with here in the uk in the standard s20 but if you actually stump up for that 5g model then the great news is you will actually get the snapdragon 865 just like our american cousins hallelujah i am ready to drop to my knees and thank and praise the baby jesus and whether you choose 4g or 5g you get 6 gigs of ddr5 ram stuffed inside there as well so a bit down from the 8 gigs in the standard s20 but should still keep your ticking over nicely where you’re multitasking gaming

whatever you’re up to and if you throw the extra cash at samsung for that 5g model well of course unsurprisingly you get a 5g more than packed in there as well because there isn’t a 5g modem built into the 865 chip and the s20 fan edition supports sub 6 as well as millimeter wave 5g as well so you’re well and truly future-proofed especially when you constantly got a bit of wi-fi six-packed in there too on the battery life front you’ve got a 4 500 milliamp cell which should deliver all-day battery life as long as you get the snapdragon 865 model no worries and the fan edition supports up to 25 watt wired charging although unfortunately you only get a 15 watt charger bundled in the box with this phone which is kind of a shame considering how much cash you’re actually throwing at samsung to begin with now you’ve also got support for pretty nippy 15 watt wireless charging if you’ve got yourself a wireless charging pad so let’s finish up with a quick squint of the fan editions camera tech and you once again have a triple lens setup just like those flagship phones but it’s not quite the same hardware here what you get is a 12 megapixel primary lens with optical image stabilization built in backed up by a 12 megapixel ultra wide angle lens and also a

telephoto lens but this time it’s only an 8 megapixel effect rather than the mighty 64 megapixel telephoto lens on the vanilla s20 but the good news is you do at least get a three times optical zoom and you’ve got optical image stabilization built into that telephoto lens too and you can pinch in beyond the three times level using samsung’s spare zoom feature which maxes out at a 30 times hybrid zoom and yeah things do get quite grainy once you hit that 30 time zoom level but if you’re a bit more restrained the zoom chops are pretty solid now the camera ui on the fan edition is very similar to the flagships but you don’t quite get all of the same features and functionality if you look beyond the auto mode you’ve got the likes of the night modes and using this the fan edition will shoot between 14 to 30 images at different exposure levels and then combine them for a more balanced overall image and the single take feature is back in action first introduced of course on the s20 and you could record between 3 to 15 seconds of video and then it will produce a selection of stills and different effects you’ve also once again got live focus for your photos and also your video and on the video side you can shoot up to 4k resolution footage at either 30 or 60 frames per second

with full support for likes of hdr as well but there is no 8k option on the fan edition i thought to be fair if you’ve already bought yourself an ak tv chances are you won’t be looking at this version of the s20 flagship phone you’ll already probably have an ultra and about three pluses stuffed into every pocket and last up housed in that aforementioned infinity orifice is a 32 megapixel front-facing camera this should be just as dependable as ever for all of your instagram action and also for once again shooting up to 4k resolution movies so that’s what you can expect from samsung’s new galaxy s20 fan edition smartphone as i said still not very affordable but at least it does trim down the price of the s20 a little bit while also cutting out some of the features that most people probably wouldn’t be that bothered about like a quad hd plus resolution and the crazy 64 megapixel telephoto camera of course it’s also got very strong competition from all kinds of great mid-range smartphones many of which boss 5g support for under 400 pounds these days so be interesting to hear your own particular thoughts are you tempted by the fan edition if not why not be greater here please do slap that down in the comments below and stay tuned hopefully for my full review coming soon and please do poke subscribe ding that notifications bell for more on the latest greatest deck and have yourselves a lovely rest of the week cheers everyone love you

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