Saturday, January 16, 2021

Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition: a high-end Android phone

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If you’re a firm believer in a company’s product line, you’ll pay top dollar for a special edition, right? Then color me with the naming scheme of Samsung’s latest phone, the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition. It offers the best features of the flagship Galaxy s20 earlier this year for … $ 300 Less.

Samsung was able to lower the price by using cheaper components and materials, like favoring plastic on the back over glass and including a cheaper charging adapter in the box. With these austerity measures, Samsung is able to produce a phone that offers features comparable to the $ 1,000 Galaxy S20 – outstanding performance, a large 120Hz screen, similar cameras – but which only sells for $ 700. At this price, the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition is what most people – not just Fans– should buy if they are looking for a premium product android phone with all the important advantages.

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I say important pluses, because the original Galaxy S20 has a lot of fluff, like 8K video recording. Samsung removed this from the new S20 FE, but since no one has 8K TV, you don’t miss much. Shooting in 4K is quite good, with the FE producing well-stabilized and sharper images than Android competitors like the Google pixel 5 and OnePlus 8T.

More fluff? The S20 also has 12 gigabytes of RAM. This is overkill, as evidenced by the fact that the S20 FE does perfectly well on half as much. The performance is practically the same, that is to say flawless. After all, both phones are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 processor, and I had no issues running intensive games like Genshin impact at the highest graphics settings or by quickly switching between my favorite apps. The S20 FE also retains the 120Hz screen refresh rate, which adds an extra layer of polish to everyday use.

It has a 6.5-inch AMOLED display that’s crisp, colorful and bright enough to read on the sunniest days, but it sits somewhere between the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 Plus. If you’re looking for a more compact Android phone, the aforementioned Pixel 5 is the way to go, but the larger S20 FE is manageable with one hand. (Note: I make have big hands.) At least the plastic back won’t break if the phone pops out of your fingers. Of course, the FE doesn’t feel as luxurious as the S20 with its double-sided glass, but I’ll take that compromise. Also, the FE comes in more colors which gives it an edge in my book.

It should be noted that the more expensive S20 packs more pixels into its smaller screen and has updated display technology (Dynamic AMOLED) which can be even brighter with better colors, contrast and brightness in some of the content you watch. It also has thinner edges (bezels) around the screen. Honestly? These differences are not worth $ 300 more.

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