Coming into 2020, one of the phones I was most looking forward to was the Google Pixel 5. I feel like I’m in the minority of people who really enjoyed the Pixel 4 (especially the XL model), so I was in ecstasy to see how Google will improve it with its successor.
As the rumors and reports about the phone clearly showed that this year’s Pixel will make a big change compared to previous releases, I was quite surprised at first. I loved unlocking the face of the Pixel 4, appreciating Google, trying something new with Motion Sense, and hearing that Google was eventually scaling things up to make a more boring device sink my interest. Like many people reading this, this view has begun to change in light of everything that has thrown us this year.
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Spending costs have been estimated, budgets have tightened and now I feel much more excited about smartphones, whose ultimate goal is to provide the best possible value. This renewed my interest in the Pixel 5 and after its official presentation on September 30, I couldn’t wait to pick it up. A few days ago, however, I was sent to the Galaxy S20 FE to check. After using the phone for about 48 hours at the time of writing this article, my interest in the Pixel 5 is slipping away again.
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It seems that everyone talking about the S20 FE right now, but if this is your first time hearing about it, here’s the elevator step. The Galaxy S20 FE is essentially the same phone as the S20 or S20 +, but makes a few special trade-offs to reach a retail price of $ 700 (and currently only sells for $ 600).
Galaxy S20 FE has everything you would want in a flagship, minus the insane price.
Compared to the S20 and S20 +, which sell for $ 1000 and $ 1200, respectively, the significantly lower price of the S20 FE may make you think it’s a significantly worse phone. Shaking him as my daily driver for two days, I can honestly say that this is absolutely not the case. In fact, the S20 FE is probably one of the best Android phones in 2020.
There are a few things about the S20 FE that really stand out to me, the first of which is its display. This is a 6.5-inch AMOLED panel with a resolution of 2400 x 1080, along with a refresh rate of 120Hz. Compared side by side with the Note 20 Ultra – which costs $ 1400 – S20 FE looks just as good for my eyes. The colors are super vivid, the viewing angles are excellent and the presence of this ultra fast refresh rate gives the S20 FE a feeling of speed and smoothness that is not common in this price range. Not to mention, the flat screen design is – and always will be – better than curved ones.
Part of the fluid speed mentioned above is due to the internal elements of the phone, which are just as impressive. Thanks to the Snapdragon 865 (exactly the same chip found in the regular S20 series) and 6 GB of RAM, I had zero performance issues. Using the S20 FE for checking email, scrolling through Twitter, or playing graphically demanding games, nothing in the experience reminds me that I’m using a “valuable” phone. It’s as fast and responsive as I could ask for, and even more so than the regular Note 20, thanks to this 120Hz screen.
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Samsung could drop the ball in any category, but the great thing about the S20 FE is that there isn’t a single critical aspect of the phone that is bad or annoying. The 4500 mAh battery allows great durability, you can expand the spacious 128 GB of storage with a microSD card, and the trio of rear cameras (including primary, ultra-wide and 3x telephoto sensor) hold up wonderfully.
The only aspect of the phone that I see some people complaining about is the build quality, but even then I would make an argument in favor of the Galaxy S20 FE. Samsung opted for a plastic construction instead of glass, and while that caused a lot of people when Samsung made the same decision for the Note 20, it looks appropriate for the S20 FE.
Even the plastic design, the biggest scam of the S20 FE, is excellent.
This is not only a smart way to reduce costs, but also the plastic used in the phone feels really OK. It is incredibly strong, does not squeak at all and has a nice matte finish that keeps fingerprints at bay. Samsung also offers you a wide range of fun colors to choose from, one of my favorites being the orange I have.
Perhaps the best compliment I can give the Galaxy S20 FE is that I just use it the way I would use it with any flagship phone. It runs all my apps and games as fast as I could ask, I enjoy watching YouTube videos on it, I never have to worry about battery life, and I can confidently take pictures with it and know I’ll get great result. Pair it all with features like a permanently on display, a reliable on-screen fingerprint sensor and wireless charging, and it’s virtually impossible to find a bone to take with the S20 FE – especially when you consider Samsung’s recent commitment to three years of major updates. OS for your phones.
This is all fantastic news for you and me, but it’s also a little disturbing for Google. I still think the Pixel 5 looks like a really tempting smartphone, but Samsung’s work with the S20 FE has put things in perspective for me.
I know I still prefer Google’s cameras and software interface to Samsung’s, but from the moment I’m standing, these are the only two advantages the Pixel 5 already has. The final decisions (obviously) will be kept until we can review the phone, but if you ask me, a difficult battle is ahead.
To say I’m completely uninterested in the Pixel 5 may be a little rude, but Samsung has certainly tried it for the money.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
Samsung has just won the leading value race
The idea behind the Galaxy S20 FE is simple: offer an almost identical experience found in the regular S20 series, and sell it for significantly less money. Samsung’s performance of all this is almost perfect, as the S20 FE offers a completely pleasant leading experience that does not disturb the bank.
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