Samsung Galaxy S20 FE review

You can’t argue with the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G’s specs and price

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G isn’t a cheap phone, costing $699 / £699 (or £599 for the 4G version, available in the UK). However, it’s still a great value option for anyone who wants all the power of the Galaxy S20 without its sky-high price. In day-to-day use, the phone flies, its cameras impress, and the fact it sports added extras like water resistance, and wireless charging give it the edge over much of the competition.


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    Great cameras for the price

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    Fast performance

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    Fantastic display


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    Plastic feel

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    Samsung’s UI is heavy

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    Doesn’t ship with fast charger

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Samsung’s Galaxy S20 line was generally well-received, but the premium attached to the series is undeniably high. Thankfully, it seems like this year’s trend — more affordable alternatives from big-name brands isn’t bypassing Samsung. The new Galaxy S20 FE (short for Fun Edition) combines much of what made the S20 excellent.

Specs-wise, you still get flagship power, a bit battery, and ample storage, not to mention IP68 water and dust resistance and wireless charger compatibility. Better yet, Samsung’s swapped out the 64MP digital zoom of the S20 for an 8MP 3x zoom equivalent telephoto camera, which should please purists. You’ll lose the shiny glass back of the S20, a bit of screen resolution, and an autofocusing ultrawide and selfie camera, but given the S20 FE’s price, these seem like worthwhile trade-offs.  

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.