Phone Comparisons: Samsung Galaxy S20 vs Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

AH Samsung Galaxy S20 vs Galaxy S20 FE comparison
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The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is the company’s newest flagship. This is actually the company’s budget flagship. It is a direct competitor to some of the company’s better-known flagship-grade phones, like the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+. Well, in this article, we’ll compare the one that is the closest to the Galaxy S20 FE in terms of pricing. The Samsung Galaxy S20 vs Samsung Galaxy S20 FE comparison is coming. Many consumers will probably consider both of these, if opting for one of Samsung’s flagships.

The Galaxy S20 FE is the more affordable smartphone, and it has all the main features from the Galaxy S20, pretty much. That being in mind, it’s quite a competitor, and many people may navigate towards it. Well, the Galaxy S20 is still, technically, a more prominent device, so comparing the two should be interesting.

As per usual, we’ll kick things off by comparing the spec sheets of these two smartphones. They do have a lot of things in common, but they’re not exactly the same in this regard. Following that, we’ll compare them across a number of other categories. Categories such as design, display, performance, battery, cameras, and audio. That being said, let’s kick off the Samsung Galaxy S20 vs Samsung Galaxy S20 FE comparison.

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Specs

Samsung Galaxy S20Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
Screen size6.2-inch WQHD+ Dynamic AMOLED display (120Hz)6.5-inch fullHD+ Super AMOLED display (120Hz)
Screen resolution3200 x 14402400 x 1080
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 865 / Exynos 990Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
RAM12GB (LPDDR5)6GB (LPDDR5)
Storage128GB; Expandable up to 1TB128GB; Non-Expandable
Rear cameras12MP (f/1.8 aperture, 79-degree angle lens)
64MP (f/2.0 aperture, 76-degree angle lens)
12MP(f/2.2 aperture, ultrawide 120-degree lens)
12MP (f/1.8 aperture, 1.8um pixel size, Dual Pixel AF, OIS)
12MP (f/2.2 aperture, 123-degree FoV, 1.12um pixel size, ultrawide)
8MP (f/2.4 aperture, 1.0um pixel size, telephoto, 3x optical zoom, OIS)
Front cameras10MP (f/2.2 aperture, 80-degree angle lens)32MP (f/2.2 aperture, 80-degree FoV, 0.8um pixel size)
Battery4,000mAh, non-removable, 25W fast battery charging, fast wireless charging, reverse charging4,500mAh, non-removable, 25W wired charging, 10W wireless charging, Wireless PowerShare
Dimensions152 x 68 x 7.9mm159.8 x 74.5 x 8.4mm
Weight164 grams190 grams
Connectivity5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C
SecurityIn-display fingerprint scanner (ultrasonic)In-display fingerprint scanner (optical)
OSAndroid 10
One UI 2.0
Android 10
One UI 2.5
Price$999$699
BuySamsungSamsung

Samsung Galaxy S20 vs Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: Design

These two smartphones do look quite similar. They do not use the same build materials, though. The Galaxy S20 is made out of metal and glass, while the Galaxy S20 FE combines metal with plastic. Both phones have a frame made out of metal. The Galaxy S20 has glass on its back, while the Galaxy S20 FE has plastic. The Galaxy S20 FE is the boxier of the two phones, which is easily noticeable.

The Galaxy S20 comes with thinner bezels, and it also has a curved display. The Galaxy S20 FE opted for a flat display, and slightly thicker bezels. Bezels on this phone are also quite thin, though, so keep that in mind. Physical buttons are placed on the right-hand side of both smartphones.

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Both phones are curved on the back, while the Galaxy S20 FE is less slippery. It is also the heavier of the two, at 190 grams. The Galaxy S20 weighs 163 grams. The Galaxy S20 is shorter, narrower, and thinner than the Galaxy S20 FE. That is not surprising as it has a smaller display, and thinner bezels than its sibling. It’s also worth noting that both phones have a Type-C USB port, and neither has a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Samsung Galaxy S20 vs Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: Display

When it comes to displays, the Galaxy S20’s is superior on paper, but not by much. Both of these displays deliver 120Hz refresh rate, and both are AMOLED panels. The Galaxy S20’s is newer, and sharper, though. The Galaxy S20 features a 6.2-inch QHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X display. The Galaxy S20 FE, on the other hand, comes with a 6.5-inch fullHD+ Super AMOLED panel.

The Galaxy S20 also offers better display protection. It comes with a sheet of Gorilla Glass 3 on top of its panel. The Galaxy S20 FE utilizes Gorilla Glass 3. Both panels support HDR10+ content, and both offer an always-on display function. The Galaxy S20 also comes with a higher screen-to-body ratio, due to the fact its bezels are thinner. The display aspect ratio is the same on both phones, it’s 20:9.

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Now, in real-life, both of these panels are great. The colors are punchy, the displays look vivid, and the viewing angles are great as well. Content on both displays will be quite smooth thanks to such a high refresh rate, especially when it comes to scrolling. The Galaxy S20 FE is inferior in this category, but as mentioned earlier, it’s not trailing by a lot. Many people wouldn’t be able to see the difference between a fullHD+ and QHD+ panel, and both displays look great in real-life.

Samsung Galaxy S20 vs Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: Performance

What about the performance? Well, you’ll get pretty much the same performance here, to be quite honest. Both of these phones are fueled by the Snapdragon 865 (Exynos 990 is included in some regions for the Galaxy S20), and both of them come with plenty of RAM. The Galaxy S20 offers 8GB of RAM, while the Galaxy S20 FE has 6 or 8GB, depending on the region. In most of them, however, it will ship with 6GB.

UFS 3.0 flash storage is included on the Galaxy S20, while UFS 3.1 comes on the Galaxy S20 FE. The difference between those is not that huge, and it’s not noticeable in terms of performance. Both of these phones perform admirably, we’re comparing Snapdragon 865 Galaxy S20 with the Galaxy S20 FE here. Some Exynos 990 Galaxy S20 units had their fair share of performance issues thus far.

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You can expect both of these phones to be buttery smooth, at least for the foreseeable future. They can open apps really fast, while multitasking is also great. You don’t have to worry about content consumption either, and the same goes for gaming. In other words, no matter what you throw at these two handsets, they’ll be able to handle it. These are flagship-grade phones after all, and they do behave as such.

Samsung Galaxy S20 vs Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: Battery

When it comes to battery life, both of these phones do fairly well. The Galaxy S20 FE should be able to provide you more in this regard, though. It not only comes with a larger battery, but its display resolution is lower. You still can’t force the Galaxy S20 to utilize 120Hz refresh rate and QHD+ resolution at the same time, though, so… the difference won’t be huge. The Galaxy S20 FE should be able to make sure you don’t run out of juice by the end of the day, even for more demanding users.

Heavy use on the Galaxy S20 may force you to reach for a charger, but it all depends. Usage habits are different from one person to the other, so some of you may get 6+ hours of screen-on-time on both phones, while others may not be able to reach that much. Graphically-intensive tasks will deplete the battery faster, naturally. So, it all depends on how you use your phone. Generally speaking, though, both phones offer really good battery life, and that is not something you should worry about.

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Now, when it comes to charging, both phones offer fast wired charging, and wireless charging. You’ll be able to get a maximum of 25W via wired (up to 15W with the included adapter), and 15W via wireless charging. Both devices also offer Wireless PowerShare, for reverse wireless charging.

Samsung Galaxy S20 vs Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: Cameras

When it comes to cameras, things are quite interesting here. These two devices have the same main camera. We’re looking at a 12-megapixel unit with an f/1.8 aperture, 1.8um pixel size, and OIS. This camera is actually quite capable, in all environments. You’ll get pretty much the same results when using that camera, on both phones. That’s not surprising considering that the software is the same, and that camera sensor as well.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Camera: Space Zoom

Pictures during the day turn up really vibrant and detailed, with good white balance, and dynamic range. There’s plenty of detail in such shots, even though both devices are a bit heavy when it comes to image processing. Many people prefer that look, though. When the light goes away, they do perform admirably as well. I wouldn’t say they’re the best in the business, but they’re really good. That camera can provide good-looking shots with not much noise, while it managed to keep a lot of details as well.

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The telephoto shooter on the Galaxy S20 is more capable than the one on the Galaxy S20 FE, but the difference is not that big, to be quite honest. The same goes for the ultrawide camera as well, as the Galaxy S20 FE is inferior in that regard as well. The difference in camera performance is not that big in general, so if that’s what worries you, get the Galaxy S20 FE without the fear you’re missing out on something.

Audio

Both of these phones offer stereo surround sound. The audio aspect of things is tuned by AKG on both devices. You’ll find the main speaker at the bottom of both phones, while the secondary is placed above the display. Neither of these two devices has an audio jack, by the way, you’ll have to rely on a Type-C port, or Bluetooth connectivity.

Now, when it comes to output, they’re both really good. Those speakers are more than capable enough, and the same goes for audio over a good pair of headphones. We did not notice much difference between the two setups, to be quite honest. Audio is good across the board, though the bass could be a bit stronger on both phones. The speakers do get quite loud, and the distortion is minimal at the very highest volume setting.

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