Samsung Galaxy S20 FE vs. Galaxy S20: What difference does $ 300 make? | Digital Trends Spanish


Only a few months had passed since the debut of the Galaxy S20, when the Korean company announced the launch of the Galaxy S20 FE (Fan edition). With a price that starts at $ 700, there is no doubt that it is one of the Samsung devices with the best price you can buy now. But besides being cheaper, is it really better than the cell phone that was launched just half a year ago? We answer this question by comparing the Galaxy S20 FE vs. Galaxy S20 in a variety of categories.

Specifically, we take a look at its specs, displays, designs, performance, batteries, and camera, and we review how each device fares in each area. By doing this, we hope to help you decide whether to buy the new Galaxy S20 FE or stick with the old Galaxy S20.

Specifications

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Samsung Galaxy S20
Dimensions 159.8 x 74.5 x 8.4mm (6.29 x 2.93 x 0.33 inches) 151.7 x 69.1 x 7.9 mm (5.97 x 2.72 x 0.31 inches)
Weight 190 grams (6.70 ounces) 163 grams (5.75 oz)
Screen size 6.5-inch Super AMOLED capacitive 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X capacitive
Screen resolution 2400 x 1080 pixels (407 dpi) 3200 x 1440 pixels (563 dpi)
Operating system Android 10, One UI 2.5 Android 10, One UI 2.5
Storage 128GB, 256GB 128 GB
MicroSD slot Yes Yes
Tap-to-pay services Samsung Pay, Google Pay Samsung Pay, Google Pay
Processor Exynos 990 (5G version: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865) Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
RAM 6GB, 8GB 8 GB (12 GB in the US)
Camera Rear: 12 MP wide, 8 MP telephoto, 12 MP ultra-wide

Frontal: 32 MP

Rear: 12 MP wide, 64 MP telephoto, 12 MP ultra-wide

Frontal: 10MP

Video 4K at 60 FPS 4K up to 60 FPS, 1080p at 30 FPS
Bluetooth version Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 5.0
Ports USB-C, 3.1 USB-C, 3.2
Fingerprint sensor Yes, on screen Yes, on screen
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Drums 4,500 mAh

Fast charge (25W)

Wireless fast charging (15W)

4,000 mAh

Fast charge (25W)

Wireless fast charging (15W)

Reversible wireless charging (4.5W)

App store Google Play Store Google Play Store
Network support AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint
Colors Navy blue, Lavender, Mint, Red and Orange Cosmic Gray, Blue, Pink, White and Aura
Price Starting at $ 699 in the US $ 1,000 US dollars

Design, display and durability

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The casual observer will be forgiven for thinking that the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE and the Galaxy S20 share identical designs. But, there are a number of subtle differences. First, the FE is larger than the S20, as well as being slightly thicker and 1 ounce heavier.

These increases, when combined with its 6.5-inch screen and larger bezel, could mean that some find it a little less comfortable to hold than the previous Galaxy S20.

The S20 FE also features a “glasstic“Which is a composite that looks and feels more like glass than standard plastic. It’s nice, but compared to the Gorilla Glass 6 on the original S20, it’s not that fancy or that fancy. Still, it’s comfortable, even if it’s not that aesthetically appealing.

The differences on the screen are interesting, and you may prefer one or the other depending on whether you value size over clarity. The FE’s 6.5-inch display has a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels, while the S20’s 6.2-inch display offers 3200 x 1440 pixels.

This makes a noticeable difference in sharpness, something that is further enhanced by the incorporation of Dynamic AMOLED display technology in the original S20, which enriches its colors and contrasts.

On the other hand, we noted in our review of the S20 that the sheer beauty of its display is overshadowed by its relatively small size. This does not affect the FE, so fans of large screens can lean towards the newer cell phone.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE and Galaxy S20 support a 120Hz refresh rate, further enhancing the high definition and smooth, realistic images each provides.

Both phones come with an IP68 rating, indicating that you can get away with submerging them in 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes. However, the original S20 looks better with its glass body and sharper display, so we’ll give it a small win this round.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S20

Performance, battery life and charging

S20 connector to compare the Galaxy S20 FE vs.  Galaxy S20

The two devices have largely the same specs, but with some notable differences. Both include the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, something that will help them handle the latest apps, as well as a significant degree of multitasking. However, the original S20 takes the lead with 8GB of RAM (in the US it comes with 12GB), while the FE offers just 6GB.

Users may find that this makes a difference in the way these phones handle the most computer-intensive games and applications, whereas the original S20 may be better at juggling multiple applications and open tasks at once.

Both devices provide 128GB of internal storage and include a MicroSD card slot, allowing you to have more internal memory space.

The S20 FE houses a 4,500 mAh battery, as opposed to the 4,000 mAh in the S20. The longevity of the FE’s battery is still not great compared to other devices, as the phone lasts just over a day with heavy use.

That said, the S20 doesn’t go that far, and our review found the battery drains about 15 percent before the end of a day of moderate to heavy use. Both cell phones support fast charging at 25 W, so you will have no problems recharging either of them quickly.

This round is a draw. The S20 performs better, but the S20 FE offers a longer battery life, so choosing a winner will depend on which one is more important to you.

Winner: Tie

Cameras

Cellphone seen from behind showing its cameras to compare the Galaxy S20 FE vs.  Galaxy S20

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE and Galaxy S20 share the same triple-lens rear camera setup, except for one difference. They both have 12 megapixel wide and ultrawide lenses, but the original S20 has a 64 MP telephoto lens, while the FE’s is only 8 MP.

This is significant if you tend to take regular zoom photos, but otherwise, the two phones are basically just as good for everyday photos. Our review of the FE found that it is as capable as the S20 in most situations, with photos that capture a wide dynamic range and provide a very good level of clarity.

The FE model offers 3x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom, just like the S20. However, the S20’s shots provide more detail, particularly at higher close-up levels. Both allow 4K video recording at 60 FPS. Still, with a noticeably more powerful telephoto lens, this round is a small win for the original S20.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S20

Software and updates

Cell phone on an agenda to compare the Galaxy S20 FE vs.  Galaxy S20

Both devices run on One UI 2, which is Samsung’s version of Android 10. As we have previously written, it is one of the best Android interfaces out there as it offers an intuitive, colorful and streamlined user experience.

It is well designed and clean, providing users with icons in consistent shapes throughout the system and a good level of customization. Also, it contains a useful dark mode, as well as a logically organized settings menu.

While Samsung may have acquired the ability to design operating systems, it is not yet up to date with updates. Users may find these to be a bit slow, at least compared to cell phones from Google and Apple. This is a problem that will affect both devices equally, so this round is a draw.

Winner: Tie

Special features

Visor close to cell phone front camera to compare the Galaxy S20 FE vs.  Galaxy S20

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE and S20 support 5G networks, including support for mmWave and sub-6 Hz 5G. Although 5G is not everywhere yet, its coverage continues to grow gradually in the US, so users in cities with 5G will enjoy using either cell phone.

Aside from 5G, both phones support a 120Hz refresh rate. This puts them in the same league as Samsung’s more expensive flagship devices, giving users a very seamless and seamless visual experience.

Winner: Tie

Price and availability

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE starts at $ 699 and can be ordered directly from Samsung, or through major carriers and at the vast majority of points of sale.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 is officially priced at $ 999 and is available from Samsung and all major carriers.

Overall winner: Samsung Galaxy S20

A person showing a cell phone to compare the Galaxy S20 FE vs.  Galaxy S20

The Samsung Galaxy S20 takes the overall victory in this competition, largely by virtue of its superior specs. Thanks to its 12 GB of RAM as standard, it can boast better performance than the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE.

In addition to the above, its more powerful telephoto lens also means that it has a superior camera system and its glass body gives it a more elegant look than the new FE, an impression reinforced by its sharper screen.

However, it must be said that this is a rather limited victory. Also, it is granted without taking into account the great price difference between the two cell phones, which stands at $ 300.

If this $ 300 is factored in, then the FE becomes the overall winner. It runs almost as fast as the S20 and offers longer battery life, a bigger screen, almost the same camera, the same amount of internal memory, both have 5G support and the same easy-to-use software.

If you want to save a good wad of cash, the FE version is definitely the best option.

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