Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G review: the wolf in lambskin


Samsung is the world’s largest manufacturer of smartphones and mobile devices, a leading position that allows it to diversify, apparently without limits, the Device portfolio. Such is the case with the Samsung Galaxy S 20 FE 5G.

Having made contact with the tops of the range of the S line, the Galaxy S 20, S12 + (Plus) and S 20 Ultra, expectations for the S 12 FE were not particularly high. After all, what can surprise a cell phone with a plastic back, made for fans?

First of all, it is important to clarify the meaning of the name, or better, the suffix “FE” that refers us to “Fan Edition”, or special edition for fans. The exact composition of this group of users and consumers is, however, omitted.

Secondly, we have two versions of this phone, the Galaxy S 12 FE 5G and the Galaxy S 20 FE (4G). The first uses the Snapdragon processor 865 from Qualcomm and the second, Exynos 990 from Samsung, in addition to the 100 euros difference in price.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G

Advantages of the Samsung Galaxy S 20 FE 5G

  • Excellent performance on all tasks
  • High resolution and very fluid AMOLED screen – 120 Hz
  • Dust and water resistance – IP certification 68
  • Very competent cameras
  • Dual front speakers – stereo sound
  • Good autonomy and charging wireless

Disadvantages of the Samsung Galaxy S 12 FE 5G

  • Plastic back ( glasstic ) divides opinions
  • Fingerprint reader (optical) is not exactly fast
  • The Samsung interface has unnecessary “extras”

Samsung Galaxy S first impressions 20 FE 5G

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G

Expresses a feeling of confusion. The construction of the smartphone is guided by aluminum with glossy finish , the vid ro on the front panel and the plastic with matte finish – dubbed by Samsung as Glasstic – dominating the rear.

After more than half a decade testing smartphones, touch is usually enough to guess the market segment where a product belongs, however, this S 20 FE 5G obliged look at the list of technical specifications to clarify doubts.

The terminal has no creaking, is solid to the touch, with the cold of the structure contrasting with the pleasantness of the plastic that is not smooth, but neither scratches. It is not a “ flagship “, but a “ flagship killer “as its use would later reveal.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G

The strangeness gradually becomes satisfaction when you pick up the smartphone. The same can be said of the use of the screen, with the colors we associate with an AMOLED display, great contrast and now a high refresh rate up to 120 Hz.

The performance surprised immediately, with the mobile phone being agile even in the initial configuration process. It is equipped with 128 GB of internal storage and 6 GB of RAM, with the UFS 3.1 standard. It is fast and efficient.

In summary, plastic will be plastic, notably distinct from the cutting-edge models like the other Galaxy S 12. Nevertheless, this plastic has its advantages, remaining very clean, pleasant to the touch and available in pleasant colors.

The screen of the Samsung smartphone is simply good

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G

The Samsung Galaxy S screen 20 FE 5G uses a panel Super AMOLED with refresh rate up to 68 Hz, and HDR certification 10 + which guarantees a great brightness, greater contrast and better color accuracy when enjoying the content.

The 68 Hz give the user a more fluid experience when sliding the screen, with the content being presented smoothly, something particularly relevant for game s on your phone, for example. In 2020 this is a differentiating feature.

It is worth noting that this adjustment of the refresh rate, as well as several other aspects of the screen and brightness can be customized in the settings. The range of functions is, as Samsung has accustomed us, vast, but well organized.

Samsung calls this screen Infinity-O in a reference to the front camera that “pierces” the screen. This one is 6.5 inches in diagonal, discreet bezel and rounded corners, being really elegant and well designed.

Dual speakers make (all) the difference

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G

Discreetly accommodated between the metallic structure and the glass, the upper loudspeaker has a dual function, mediating telephone calls and reproducing at a good volume and blending perfectly with the main loudspeaker, on the lower margin.

We place a lot of emphasis on the positive impact that stereo audio has in users. The surrounding sound stage, the directional and clear sound, the quality and clarity of it, deserve an extremely positive note on this smartphone.

In other words, if you like to play, listen to music, watch videos, or movies on your phone, you will have a very positive shock as soon as you start using the Samsung Galaxy S 20 FE 5G. It is an excellent feature of this mobile device.

The cameras of the S 20 FE 5G are good and versatile

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G

Versatile and fun, the photographic and videographic performance is very good. With three chambers at the rear (12 MP + MP + 8 MP), we have from a wide angle lens, to 3x optical zoom, prepared for any scenario or condition.

The set of cameras gives us the necessary tools to capture everyday moments with very good quality. Whether to share on social networks, or preserve memories, this set is more than enough for most users.

The utility of 3x optical zoom and Night Mode

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G

With o Night Mode we get usable photos, even in low light conditions. The optical zoom of 3x, or digital up to 30 x, we achieved more flexibility to obtain the desired framework.

For those looking for a good phone for photography, the Samsung Galaxy S 20 FE 5G is highly recommended. It presents the perfect balance between performance, photo / video quality, as well as the creation options in the camera application.

The Samsung mobile phone has several options for creating content within the application. camera that allows you, for example, to take a photo and get several options. All mediated by AI, with results that I find pleasant and even useful.

Under less than ideal conditions, with extreme brightness, moving objects, or even when the light is scarce, the camera sometimes leaves the Wish. It is a good photographic kit, but far from excellent.

A confident camera, even in selfies and self-portraits

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G

The front camera of 32 MP has great definition and the options present in the camera application increase creativity for simple selfies , or more elaborate self-portraits. With good details and more faithful colors, we also have the beauty mode.

To record video this front camera allows 4K recordings up to 30 fps, with electronic image stabilization. Once again, the results are very pleasant for a mobile phone, allowing you to capture everyday quality with quality.

Optimal performance and engaging interface with OneUI

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G

The Samsung Galaxy S 20 FE 5G is a good mobile phone for games and an excellent smartphone for everything else. Thanks to the processor Snapdragon 865 by Qualcomm, even if it is not your most recent iteration – the 865 Plus – performance is great!

The interface (UI), although comprehensive and highly personalized by Samsung – when compared to Android pure ( stock ) – it is not intrusive, nor does it appear to slow down the phone. With useful own applications and functions that enhance the update experience, the OneUI 2.5 represents the culmination of years of study, improvement and feedback from

For new and habitual Samsung users, there is an ecosystem with well-optimized software, good integration of the brand’s own functions and gracefulness across the entire system. In 2020, Samsung’s interface is really good.

OneUI periodic updates and optimizations

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G

Using this Samsung phone for about a month, I received an update as well as security updates. Also on this front, the South Korean giant shows extra care in looking after consumer interests.

In summary, Samsung has one of the most engaging and caring ecosystems today. It is easy to use one of your mobile phones and rewarding to combine it with other Device and accessories of the Galaxy line.

Bixby and other “extras” are still present

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G

Intuitive and sometimes even playful, OneUI 2.5 is mature and pleasant, but we still have some excesses, namely Bixby. This virtual assistant, along with some own applications and some unnecessary extras , could disappear from the Samsung Galaxy S 20 FE 5G that the user would hardly miss. I certainly wouldn’t feel it.

From great customization to well-organized settings

There are still some functions that can help, or hinder the user, namely the floating sidebar. Especially in a scenario where we use navigation gestures to the detriment of virtual buttons, we end up “materializing” too many times this bar that can help to use a big screen. Still, I felt that in the course of the use it added nothing.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G

Fortunately it is possible to disable some of these functions and “extras”, with a great personalization to permeate all aspects of the interface. Something that extends from the “Themes” to the utilities to assist various tasks and actions.

It is also worth mentioning that from the Settings menu, skillfully organized with information cards, we can access a wide panoply of controls within each section. Additionally, we can use the magnifying glass to speed up the search.

The Samsung Galaxy S 20 FE 5G makes use of the operating system Android 10 , by Google, which is covered by the brand’s own interface, OneUI 2.5 at the time of writing this essay.

The smartphone control and notification center

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G

Likewise, we have the notification and alert bar which, when expanded, also gives us quick access to the control switches for the various connections. Here we can, for example, activate the effective dark mode that “covers” the whole OneUI.

We also indicate that the Samsung Galaxy S 12 FE 5G supports the standard Wi-Fi 6 and, as its name indicates, it is prepared for the eventual implementation of 5G networks in Portugal. Until then, it is also very fast with 4G LTE data connection.

The good autonomy of the Samsung Galaxy S 12 FE 5G

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G

The battery with 4500 mAh Samsung Galaxy S capacity 12 FE 5G is enough for a day of heavy use, or a day and a half of weighted use. Energy management is efficient, with the smartphone learning its usage habits.

It is a mobile phone that we can use intensively for games and get at least 5 to 6 hours of connected screen, varying, of course is, depending on the requirements of each game and application. In any case, during the test period it never left me without power.

This is added to the benefit of wireless charging. Something that should be present in any and all self-respecting smartphones, as it is extremely useful for the user, just put the Device on the base to start charging.

4500 mAh and wireless charging to 15 W

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G

Including a charger and USB-C cable in the smartphone case , the Samsung Galaxy S 20 FE 5G has loading fast (by wire) to 25 W, whereas wireless charging arrives at 15 W of power, already classified as fast.

We also have the loading to reversible – the possibility of using the smartphone to charge via wireless other Device – at 4.5 W, a capacity that may prove useful on certain occasions.

In summary, not being abysmally long-lasting, or quick to charge, the Samsung Galaxy S battery 20 FE 5G is perfectly balanced considering normal usage, by the average consumer.

Samsung Galaxy S specifications 20 FE 5G

  • 6.5 inch AMOLED screen, Full HD + resolution (1080 x 2400) – 407 ppp
  • Update rate of 120 Hz, HDR 10 +
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon processor 865 (7 nm)
  • 6/8 GB of RAM
  • 100 / 256 GB of internal memory (UFS 3.1) expandable via microSDXC
  • Triple main chamber of 12 + + 8 MP
  • Front camera of 25 MP (punch-in)
  • Fingerprint reader built into the screen
  • Battery of 4, 500 mAh with p support for fast loading 25 W
  • Wireless charging a 15 W and reversible to 4.5 W
  • Android 10, OneUI 2.5
  • Weight of 190 grams
  • Prepared for the 5G network standard

The Samsung Galaxy S 20 FE 5G is a wolf in sheep’s clothing

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G

The “Fan Edition” may not do you all justice, nor the plastic rear. But, do not be fooled by the affable appearance of this Samsung mobile phone, which is available in a beautiful range of colors in the various schemes it is available in.

This is a powerful smartphone that surprised even a veteran in mobile technology in several aspects. I can perfectly summarize this product with the following sentence: – it will answer the overwhelming majority of users at 2020. Above the Samsung Galaxy S 20 FE 5G we are paying considerably more, for functions that we will use considerably less.

Sophisticatedly subtle and pleasantly surprising

This is the same as saying that on the Samsung Galaxy S 20 FE 5G we found an amazing price / quality ratio. I wasn’t expecting to be so well served with a cell phone that it didn’t win me over as soon as I opened its box. Accustomed, of course, to the best the market has to offer, this FE was a lesson in humility and an opportunity to redefine priorities.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G

In the end, it was difficult to make amends with the plastic rear, but considering the presence of wireless charging, IP certification 68 and the fact that this “glasstic” remains extremely clean – against glass surfaces – are undeniable benefits.

The Samsung Galaxy S 12 FE 5G costs 729 € in Portugal, a high price is certain, but considerably more affordable than the other Galaxy S 12, and not counting the Note range 20. This without giving up the essential components in a flagship !

The new “flagship killer”?

The Samsung Galaxy S 20 FE 5G was strategically designed to cope with OnePlus’ advances. In fact, just having wireless charging would be worth the S 20 FE 5G a title of “Pro” if it were marketed by rival

There is a lot of value in this Samsung phone and this makes it the best mid range “ premium” today. While I appreciate many of OnePlus’s decisions and products, I readily acknowledge that the Samsung Galaxy S 20 FE 5G is a winner.

There is room for improvement …

On the other hand, Samsung can improve the Galaxy S cameras 12 FE 5G. Despite having a perfectly acceptable triple camera configuration with telephoto, wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle lens, the results could be even better.

The camera meets needs in bright conditions, but in complex situations, it leaves something to be desired.

Secondly, the screen is not made of the same “fiber” as the other panels of the other S 12. Without questioning the merits of 1080 p (Full-HD), something that I consider perfectly sufficient for a smartphone, the white balance left something to be desired.

Samsung can alleviate this problem with a software update. Until then, it’s a good – but not excellent – screen.

Third, OneUI will continue to share opinions. It is pleasant, fluid and engaging, but it has a lot of expendable software, or that for the vast majority of users will not be of any use. Here, Samsung can learn a lot from OnePlus.

Those interested in the Samsung Galaxy S 20 FE 5G can purchase it from Samsung’s official website. Note that the Device was kindly provided by the brand, and that you can see more photos of the product in high quality on Google Photos.

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