Samsung Galaxy S20 FE vs Galaxy S20+: What is the distinction?

(-) – Samsung introduced the Galaxy S20 Fan Version, or Galaxy S20 FE in September 2020. It is a lighter tackle the Galaxy S20 household, providing lots of the essential specs, however making a number of cuts so it is just a little extra reasonably priced.

It goes head-to-head with the Samsung Galaxy S20+, which was our decide of the 2020 fashions, and now its successor, the S21+, introduced in January 2021.

Let’s check out how these three telephones evaluate.

Costs and availability

  • Galaxy S20 FE: £599 (4G), £699 (5G)
  • Galaxy S20+: £999 (5G)
  • Galaxy S21+: £949 (5G)

Worth comparisons are just a little tough provided that there are such a lot of totally different variations of the Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S21+ globally. However the straightforward model is that this: the Galaxy S20 FE is cheaper, irrespective of which you select.

Even with reductions from the unique launch value, the S20+ continues to be dearer than the S20 FE, and with the S21+ being newer, it too is of course dearer than the S20 FE.

Not all areas get all fashions of the S20+, S21+ or all variations of the S20 FE, however whichever manner you narrow it, the FE prices much less.


Construct and dimensions 

  • Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: 159.8 x 74.5 x 8.4mm, 190g
  • Samsung Galaxy S20+: 161.9 x 73.7 x 7.8mm, 186g
  • Samsung Galaxy S21+: 161.5 x 75.6 x 7.8mm, 202g

The largest design distinction is within the show, with the S20+ having curved show edges, whereas the S21+ and S20 FE are each flat shows. That makes the Galaxy S20+ look just a little extra premium from the entrance.

The sizes of the S20+, S21+ and the S20 FE are surprisingly shut. There’s a number of millimetres distinction, with the FE being barely shorter and barely wider than each. The S20 FE can be just a little thicker than the S20+ and S21+, not that you just’d discover, and there are wider bezels on the S20 FE so the FE would not look fairly as premium because the S20+ or S21+.

The S20+, S21+ and S20 FE all supply IP68 waterproofing and stereo audio system supporting Dolby Atmos. The S20 FE and S20+ have an identical digicam association on the again of the cellphone too, whereas the S21+ sees a barely totally different, with the body extending to affix the digicam housing. It is a extra refreshing look and we would say the Galaxy S21+ is probably the most distinctive in its appears to be like.

One of many main variations to notice is that the rear of the S20 FE is glasstic – plastic – moderately than glass of the S20+. The S21+ is plastic too. Whereas much less premium, the plastic end is extra sturdy, cheaper and fewer prone to collect fingerprints so it isn’t essentially a nasty factor.

The Galaxy S20 FE is available in a spread of colors – blue, purple, lavender, mint, white, orange – whereas the Galaxy S20+ is all in regards to the critical gray, black and light-weight blue fashions. The S21+ in the meantime is available in black, silver, violet and pink.

In actuality, there’s little or no distinction between the S20+ and S20 FE, and even much less between the S21+ and S20 FE, except for the design change on the rear, though the Galaxy S20+ might be the system that appears and feels probably the most premium.


  • Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: 6.5-inch, 120Hz, AMOLED, Full HD+
  • Samsung Galaxy S20+: 6.7-inch, 120Hz, AMOLED, Quad HD+
  • Samsung Galaxy S21+: 6.7-inch, 48-120Hz, AMOLED, Full HD+

In relation to the show, the S20+, S21+ and S20 FE use the identical sort of panel, AMOLED, and in all three circumstances there’s a punch gap for the entrance digicam. The S20 FE is just a little smaller, however there’s not a lot in it.

There is a distinction within the decision. The Samsung Galaxy S20+ affords 3200 x 1440 pixels (524ppi), whereas the Galaxy S20 FE and Galaxy S21+ supply 2400 x 1080 pixels (404ppi). Technically, the S20+ can render finer element than the S20 FE and S21+ – however Samsung’s default on the S20+ is Full HD and many individuals by no means use the complete decision, so it is arguably, no massive loss.

There’s additionally fairly a giant distinction in how the refresh price is dealt with. The Galaxy S20+ affords 120Hz, however not at full decision (not that that issues). The S20 FE additionally affords 120Hz, however the S21+ goes one additional providing adaptive refresh charges between 48-120Hz. Meaning the S21+ can provide the greatest refresh price for the content material you are , saving battery when you do not want sooner charges. 

Leaving curved edges to 1 facet, the choice is basically about pixels – the older Galaxy S20+ has the very best decision, however should you’re within the sooner refresh charges, then the Galaxy S21+ has the most effective providing.


Core {hardware} and battery

  • Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (5G), Exynos 990 (4G), 6GB/128GB, 4500mAh
  • Samsung Galaxy S20+: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (4/5G), Exynos 990 (4/5G), 8/12/128GB, 4500mAh
  • Samsung Galaxy S21+: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 (5G), Exynos 2100 (5G), 8GB/128/256GB, 4800mAh

In relation to the core {hardware}, the story actually reveals itself. The headline is that the Galaxy S20 FE 5G model is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 globally. The 4G model is Exynos 990, however the 4G model is not obtainable in all areas (just like the US).

The Galaxy S20+ is far more difficult: there are 4 and 5G variations of each the Snapdragon 865 and the Exynos 990. In Europe, it is the Exynos 990 model that has been obtainable – so the S20 FE is an opportunity to get a Qualcomm-powered Samsung system, however be sure you purchase the 5G model.

The Galaxy S21+ in the meantime, is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 or the Exynos 2100, relying on the area. All fashions are 5G, with no 4G fashions. There’s little distinction between these variations, nonetheless, as Snapdragon 888 and Exynos 2100 seem like shut in efficiency.

With the S20 FE, there is a discount in RAM to 6GB with 128GB storage in comparison with the 8GB or 12GB choices of the S20+ and the 8GB possibility of the S21+. In actuality, the discount in RAM is unlikely to have a big effect on how the cellphone runs.

MicroSD storage enlargement is supported on each the S20+ and S20 FE units, however not on the S21+.

The S20+ and S20 FE have the identical battery capability at 4500mAh, whereas the S21+ will increase this to 4800mAh. The S20 FE has barely better endurance due to the marginally decrease spec show, which the S21+ can be prone to profit from, however there is not a lot distinction between the S20+ and S20 FE based mostly on our expertise. 


  • Galaxy S20 FE:
    • Principal: 12MP, f/1.8, 1.8µm, OIS
    • Tele: 8MP, f/2.4, 1.0µm, OIS, 3x optical
    • Extremely-wide: 12MP, f/2.2, 1.12µm
    • Entrance: 32MP, f/2.2, 0.8µm, FF
  • Galaxy S20+:
    • Principal: 12MP, f/1.8, 1.8µm, OIS  
    • Tele: 64MP, f/2.0, 0.8µm, OIS, 3x hybrid optic
    • Extremely-wide: 12MP, f/2.2, 1.4µm
    • DepthVision
    • Entrance: 10MP, f/2.2, 1.22µm, AF
  • Galaxy S21+:
    • Principal: 12MP, f/1.8, 1.8µm, OIS  
    • Tele: 64MP, f/2.0, 0.8µm, OIS, 3x hybrid optic
    • Extremely-wide: 12MP, f/2.2, 1.4µm
    • Entrance: 10MP, f/2.2, 1.22µm, AF

There’s rather a lot in widespread between the Samsung Galaxy S20+, S21+ and the Galaxy S20 FE cameras. Broadly they’ve the identical choice, based mostly across the identical major digicam. That is a 12-megapixel digicam with massive pixels.

It is joined by ultra-wide and telephoto cameras, however right here the specs are totally different. The ultra-wide can be a unique sensor and with a swap to a smaller sensor within the S20 FE, it isn’t fairly nearly as good because the efficiency of the S20+ and S21+.

With the telephoto, the large swap is from a 64-megapixel sensor on the S20+ and S21+ to an 8-megapixel sensor on the S20 FE. It is a completely totally different method from the {hardware}, with the S20 FE providing 3x optical zoom, whereas the S20+ and S21+ providing hybrid optic zoom. That is really a cropped model from the 64-megapixel sensor in these cameras. All of the camersa supply digital zoom all the way in which as much as 30x.

The 64-megapixel digicam on the S20+ and S21+ additionally handles 8K video seize, whereas there is no 8K seize on the S20 FE. The Galaxy S21+ boosts efficiency on video, providing 4K 60fps on all cameras (back and front), which the opposite units cannot match.

The S20+ has an honest 10-megapixel digicam selfie, which the S21+ additionally affords. Samsung moved to a 32-megapixel entrance digicam for the S20 FE. There would not appear to be any logic to this transfer that we are able to see and it is fastened focus moderately than autofocus, so it is just a little weaker in efficiency. Lastly, the S20+ additionally has a DepthVision sensor, the one mannequin to supply it, however it would not appear to do this a lot.

Total, there’s little between the efficiency of those fashions. Typically talking, the efficiency from the primary digicam and ultra-wide is comparable, whereas the zoom affords the identical performance too. The Galaxy S21+ is the newest mannequin with a number of further choices, together with boosted video seize choices, so for us, it is the most effective digicam possibility.



Provided that the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is the cheaper cellphone, it has rather a lot going for it. So what do you really miss out on? There are some small digicam adjustments, though the expertise goes to be broadly the identical because the S20+ and S21+.

There are some minor spec adjustments like much less RAM, though that in all probability will not have a huge effect in every day use, in comparison with the choice for these in Europe to get a Qualcomm system as a substitute of Exynos, which is prone to be widespread and a bonus over the Galaxy S20+.

There are variations within the show, with the Galaxy S20+ being the one mannequin with curves in the direction of the perimeters and the one mannequin to supply that greater decision. The S20 FE has related show traits to the S21+, though the latter is barely higher by way of the refresh price. If refresh price is an important factor, then the S21+ is probably going the best choice for you.

Lastly, there’s the plastic or glass again. Certain, you will not have probably the most premium end should you decide plastic, however on the identical time, you may have extra cash in your pocket. The Galaxy S20+ and the Galaxy S21+ are each dearer, with the one actual benefit from the S20+ being a few premium options; whereas the Galaxy S21+ is barely extra highly effective, the query is whether or not that is a worthy return for the extra value over the S20 FE.

Contemplating all this, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE nonetheless appears to be like enticing, being probably the most reasonably priced of all these units, with just a few minor downsides in comparison with these different Galaxy S fashions.

Writing by Chris Corridor. Enhancing by Britta O’Boyle.

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