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Compare the Samsung Galaxy S20 with the S20 FE

In the fall of 2020, Samsung released the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE. Samsung refers to this Fan Edition as the starter model of the S20 series. This device and the battery are larger. The S20 has a significantly better screen and is slightly more powerful. In this article, we'll take a closer look at the differences and similarities between the Samsung S20 and the S20 FE.

Samsung Galaxy S20 5G

128GB storage capacity | 6.2-inch Quad HD screen | Android 10.0
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  • You can see all the details of your game or series on the razor-sharp Quad HD screen.
  • With the 3 different cameras, you can take a sharp photo in any situation.
  • This device runs the most demanding apps and games without any problems.
  • The battery doesn't last as long as that of the Samsung S20 FE.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

128GB storage capacity | 6.5-inch Full HD screen | Android 10
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  • Thanks to the large 4500mAh battery, you can get through the day with regular use without having to recharge in between.
  • With the 3 different cameras, you can take a beautiful photo in every situation.
  • This device is powerful and never slows down with daily use.
  • It's difficult to operate the large 6.5-inch screen with one hand.
  • Due to the lack of HDR support, the colors on the screen aren't as bright as on the Samsung S20.

Comparison Samsung S20 and S20 FE

Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
Screen size 6.2 inches (15.75 centimeters) 6.5 inches (16.51 centimeters)
Screen quality Excellent Good
Speed class Excellent Very good
Battery capacity 4000mAh 4500mAh
Camera quality Excellent Very good

Screen and size

Samsung Galaxy S20 vs S20 FE size

Samsung S20: 6.2-inch Quad HD screen, rich colors

The Samsung Galaxy S20 has a screen size of 6.2 inches. This makes the device compact, but still large enough to comfortably watch a movie or series. The screen has a Quad HD resolution. This means that the photos and videos you view are razor-sharp. In addition, the screen supports High Dynamic Range (HDR). This makes contrasts more visible, causing the colors to splash off the screen. With a refresh rate of 120 times per second, games and animations look smooth.

Samsung S20 vs S20 FE screen

Samsung S20 FE: larger, but less sharp screen

With a screen size of 6.5 inches, the Samsung S20 FE is almost an inch larger. The larger screen offers more space for watching movie or series, for example, but it's more difficult to operate the device with one hand. With a Full HD resolution, the screen is considerably less sharp than that of the S20. In addition, the screen of this Fan Edition doesn't support HDR. This means that colors look a bit paler. With a refresh rate of 120 times per second, the screen is just as smooth.


Samsung S20 vs S20 FE computing power

Samsung S20: suitable for the most demanding tasks

The Samsung S20 has the powerful Exynos 990 processor and an enormous 12GB RAM. This makes the device suitable for the most demanding tasks. You can run 3D games and demanding apps such as Photoshop without the smartphone slowing down. You can store all your apps and files on the 128GB storage. You can also expand this with a memory card. You can charge the 4000mAh battery very quickly with the included fast charger. With regular use, you can barely get through the work or school day with this battery.

Samsung Galaxy S20 or S20 FE performance

Samsung S20 FE: larger battery

The S20 FE has the same processor as its big brother. You can also open demanding apps and games with the S20 FE. The 8GB RAM is large, but slightly smaller than that of the S20. For example, switching between several demanding apps can be a bit slower. The 128GB storage capacity is the same. The S20 FE also has a memory card reader. The 4500mAh battery of this device is large. You can easily get through the day without charging in between.


Samsung S20 or S20 FE camera

Samsung S20: 3 advanced cameras

The Samsung Galaxy S20 has 3 advanced cameras. In addition to the 12-megapixel standard lens, the device has a wide-angle lens and a telephoto lens. The 12-megapixel wide-angle lens has a large viewing angle, so large buildings and wide landscapes also fit completely into the photo. The 64-megapixel telephoto lens has 3x optical zoom. This means that you can zoom in up to 3 times without your photo losing sharpness. You can also make razor-sharp videos in 8K quality with the S20.

Samsung S20 or S20 FE photos

Samsung S20 FE: almost the same camera setup

Good camera quality is one of the pillars of the S20 series for Samsung. That is why you hardly compromise on camera quality with the S20 FE. This starter model of the S20 series has the same standard camera and wide-angle lens. Other than that, you record videos in 8K quality. The telephoto lens has, just like that of the S20, 3x optical zoom. With 8 megapixels, this lens has a slightly lower resolution. You only notice this when you print a photo in poster size.


Both the Samsung S20 and S20 FE are good smartphones. The S20 offers that little bit extra in all areas. For example, the Quad HD screen is sharper and more colorful than that of the S20 FE. The differences in the cameras and power are smaller, but there are some. The S20 FE offers a larger battery, which means you don't have to charge as often. Other than that, the Fan Edition is a bit larger, so it's more difficult to operate with one hand.

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