Samsung announces the affordable Galaxy S20 FE

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Samsung has announced the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition: a colourful budget version of the S20 released earlier this year, and, as far as prices go, a direct answer to the iPhone 11.

The S20 Fan Edition – known as the S20 FE – carries a lot of the same specifications as the S20, with some slight tweaks to the design, such as upscaling some parts and lowering the quality of others. And while you can pick up the phone with standard 4G connectivity, a 5G model is also available. Let’s get into the specs.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE – A flagship budget phone

Samsung normally reserves cheaper and affordable phones for its Galaxy A series line, however the S20 FE appears to be a deliberate lower-spec alternative to the popular S20 model.

Price-wise, the phone has more in common with the iPhone 11 than anything else, being noticeably cheaper than the other S20 phones, although there is much more colour variety available for the device than the rest of the S20 line. The best part is that the technology inside the phone is solid, and for the most part you might not notice a difference between this phone and the flagship S20.

Six Samsung Galaxy S20FE phones in different colours

The S20 FE – features explored

The phone is 6.5 inches in size, with an 84.8% screen-to-body ratio – which is actually a little bigger than the S20, which is 6.2 inches, with an 89.5% screen-to-body ratio. Screen quality on the FE isn’t as good however, at 1080 x 2400 pixels, while the S20 is 1440 x 3200 pixels. If colours are a selling point for you, the phone will be available in Cloud Navy, Cloud Lavender, Cloud Mint, Cloud Red, Cloud White and Cloud Orange.

You’ll find four cameras on the device – three on the back (12MP wide, 8MP telephoto and 12MP ultrawide) and one on the front (32MP wide). This is at the omission of three key parts of the S20 – a 64MP telephoto camera, 10MP selfie camera and a secondary selfie camera – otherwise the cameras between the phones are mostly the same.

A blue Samsung Galaxy S20FE

The battery is 4,500mAh, bigger than the S20’s, which sat at 4,000mAh. It’s capable of fast charging and wireless charging, and you can expect it to last just over a day.

In Australia, the S20 FE comes in two different models in terms of memory and storage capacity. You can choose from 128GB with 6GB RAM or 256GB with 8GB RAM – this high-end memory model will also come with 5G. This is a lot more variety than what the S20 offered, which included just 128GB with 8GB RAM.

The processor is completely the same between both the S20 and S20 FE 5G – a Snapdragon 865, perfectly capable of loading apps quickly and playing mobile games smoothly. The 4G-only FE features a slightly less powerful Exynos 990 processor.

The FE’s GPU is slightly different, being an Adreno 650, whereas the S20 used a Mali-G77 MP11 (despite US models using the Adreno 650). Again this should be fine, and you’ll hardly notice a difference.

A Samsung Galaxy S20FE phone being held, with the screen turned on with a flower background

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: Prices, plans and release date

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE will be sold in Australia, starting at $999 for the 128GB storage and 6GB RAM model, and $1,249 for the 256GB storage, 6GB RAM and 5G model. The phone will be available for pre-order on September 30 and available in stores on October 2.

Given how much telcos love the Samsung Galaxy 20, it’s likely the S20 FE will be available on plans from multiple providers, and so far Telstra, Optus and Woolworths Mobile have confirmed pre-orders for the new device.

If you’re in the market for a new phone, you should also have a look for a new phone plan. Telcos are constantly changing what’s on offer in terms of data and bonuses, so while you’re going to the effort of picking out a new handset, a new plan should also be a priority. Below you’ll find a table with SIM-only prepaid and postpaid plans on offer, giving you a great starting point if you plan to buy the S20 FE outright and unlocked.

Here is a selection of postpaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database with a minimum of 10GB of data, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see a wide range of plans from other providers. This table includes products with links to referral partners.

Here is a selection of prepaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database with a minimum of 10GB of data, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see a wide range of plans from other providers. This table includes products with links to referral partners.

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