By now, we are largely expecting Samsung to jump the gun during a September 23 Unpacked event, and introduce a successor to the S10 Lite or Note 10 Lite concept models of last year with the so-called Galaxy S20 FE, for Fan Edition.
Very good Samsung Galaxy S20 FE specs for an even better price
- 6.5″ FHD+ Super AMOLED (405 PPI) vs 6.2″ QHD+ Dynamic AMOLED (566 PPI)
- 6GB vs 12GB RAM
- 12MP wide + 12MP ultrawide + 8MP telephoto (3x optical zoom) vs 12MP wide + 64MP secondary + 12MP ultrawide
- 32MP vs 10MP front camera
- 4000-4500mAh vs 4,000mAh battery
- 15W vs 25W wired fast charging support
- 3.5mm headphone jack on the Galaxy S20 FE
- ‘Glasstic’ vs Glass body
- $700-$750 vs $999.99
Interestingly enough, the S20 FE will have a lighter aluminum frame and Samsung’s Glasstic body material like the Note 20, another way to keep costs down. The 120Hz display won’t have adaptive refresh, hinting that it will carry the older LTPS tech from the S20 models instead of the Note 20 Ultra. The 12MP main camera will arrive with f/1.8 lens aperture, nothing to write home about, while the 8MP 3x telephoto one and the 12MP ultrawide camera will carry f/2.2 apertures.
The biggest and most pleasant surprise, however, is the first credible Galaxy S20 FE price confirmation we get. It will be sold for €729 in Greece, which means that it might go for €699 in other countries at the Old Continent.
This bodes very well for the rumored sub-$700 US base price, and would be a great entry tag for a Snapdragon 865 Plus-laden phone from Samsung. Moreover, the 1080p display will be gentler on the battery than the S20 series QHD+ resolutions, while the Glasstic back means the S20 FE would be a phone you won’t have to baby.