Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G review Ticks nearly all the boxes

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G review Ticks nearly all the boxes

Samsung has launched a 5G variant of the Galaxy S20 FE smartphone. The 4G variant was introduced back in October 2020 and came with an Exynos chipset. The new 5G variant gets a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, which is in fact the only major difference between the two phones.

Still, Samsung is offering users a future-ready phone coupled with flagship experience at a more affordable price point compared to its other 5G-ready phones. To make the deal more attractive, Samsung is selling the Galaxy S20 FE 5G at an introductory price of Rs 47,999, down from Rs 55,999. So, has Samsung managed to offer a value for money phone under Rs 50,000? Find out in our detailed review.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G review: What is good?

You still get the same design as seen on the older flagship Galaxy S20 series. There’s no glass back, but the polycarbonate rear panel with matt finish and metallic frame looks and feels premium too. The good thing is it doesn’t catch fingerprints or smudges and it isn’t slippery, so you can use the phone without a case and flaunt it.

The device does have a slightly protruding rear camera module, which means the phone does not lie flat on a table. Samsung doesn’t bundle a transparent case in the box. In case you want one, you will have to buy it.

It is worth noting that there is no 3.5mm headphone jack, which has become a norm for premium phones. We are in 2021, and you will get good enough neckband-style or TWS wireless earphones for around Rs 3,000, so you don’t need to worry about that.

The device is being offered in different colours, but the Cloud Mint colour of the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G is subtle and quite mesmerising. You will have to see it to believe it because the photos don’t do justice. There is an IP68 rating for water and dust protection, which is great to see at this price point as no other Android phone is currently offering it. The Fan Edition of the Galaxy S20 is very well built and the device feels solid in hand.

The device was originally launched with Android 10 and is currently running on Android 11. As Samsung has promised that the device will get 3 years of major Android OS update, the Galaxy S20 FE will get Android 13 as well.

Samsung phones offer a feature-rich UI that make your smartphone experience a lot better. The one-handed user interface is just great and makes it quite easier to use a big 6.5-inch phone using one hand. With OneUI 3.0, you get features like Easy mode, Edge Panels for quickly accessing key apps, side key settings, Dual Messenger feature, and more.

Samsung’s Always-on-Display (AOD) feature is just great and you get some interesting options to configure it as per your preference. Though, I couldn’t use it a lot as it reduces the battery percentage by a certain margin.

You get some bloatware too. The device ships with a few Samsung apps that are not necessary. These include a Web browser, Samsung Shop app, Samsung Global Goals and more. There are Microsoft apps as well, including Outlook, Office, and OneDrive. You get an option to uninstall most of the apps to get some extra storage space.

Camera performance

The Galaxy S20 FE 5G has a triple rear camera setup, including a 12MP primary camera with OIS support and a 12MP ultra-wide camera. There is also an 8MP telephoto camera with 3X optical zoom. On the front is a 32MP selfie camera.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE review: Should you buy it?

At Rs 47,999, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G is a good option and you can buy it as there are several reasons for it. First of all, you get a smooth and fluid performance. The design, and the vibrant display is another advantage. There are phones in the market that offer great power, but doesn’t offer good camera performance. With Galaxy S20 FE, you get both – good camera setup and overall great performance.

The device is also IP68 rated and supports wireless charging, which no other Android phone is offering at this price point. We also got good enough battery life with general usage. Samsung has made the right trade-offs in every department, but bundles only a 15W charger, which could be an issue for some.