Galaxy S20 FE sale starts in India, OnePlus 8T, Galaxy S20 and 3 other reasons why you should give it a pass
India Today Tech October 10, 2020
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition aka Galaxy S20 FE is now on sale, and can be pre-booked on Samsung website as well as other retail stores. The phone was launched recently in India at a price of Rs 49,999, and earlier we had highlighted that despite its name "fan edition" it is more of a cut down variant of the Galaxy S20 that makes little sense and too many compromises.
But for whatever it is worth, the phone is now on sale. Consumers who are pre-booking it get some offers on the Galaxy S20 FE. These are "special benefits" worth Rs 8000, although there is not much special about these benefits. The offer is basically Samsung e-store benefits worth Rs 4000, and up to Rs 4000 cashback if a HDFC Bank card is used to purchase the phone.
The Galaxy S20 FE comes with a 6.5-inch screen with resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels and 120Hz refresh. There is Exynos 990 doing duty inside the phone, and on the rear it has a triple-camera system. The phone has a plastic body with a metal frame. It supports fast charging of 25W but comes with only a 15W charger.
So should you pre book or buy the Galaxy S20 FE. It seems like a fine phone but there are better options, including Galaxy S20 that is now on sale with discounted prices. We give you 5 reasons to skip the Galaxy S20 FE.
Galaxy S20 Plus for Rs 49,999 on Flipkart
This is the reason number one why you should skip the Galaxy S20 FE. Basically, why settle for a phone that is a cut-down variant of something that is also available at the same price. Between the Galaxy S20 FE and the Galaxy S20+, which is a proper and thoroughly flagship phone, at the price of Rs 49,999, there is no question of even considering the S20 FE. The Galaxy S20+ will sell at the price of Rs 49,999 in the upcoming Flipkart Big Billion Days sale.
OnePlus 8 Pro vs Galaxy S20 FE: The Pro is better
There is very little difference between the prices of these two phones. The Galaxy S20 FE is for Rs 49,999 and the OnePlus 8 Pro with 8GB RAM is for Rs 54,999. At the same time, there are this offer or that, mostly from different banks, on the OnePlus 8 Pro. The result is that the OnePlus 8 Pro is something you can get by spending just a few thousand rupees more. And what more do you get with the 8 Pro? You get faster charging, a more beautiful phone with metal and glass body, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 with support for 5G compared to Exynos 990 in S20 FE, a better camera system and Android 11 with update to Oxygen OS 11, which is rolling out now.
And just in case, you find the OnePlus 8 Pro, more expensive compared to the Galaxy S20 FE, move to the third reason.
OnePlus 8T is coming
OnePlus 8T is coming soon. It is launching on October 14 and from all accounts it seems clear that not only the 8T will come with better hardware and design compared to the S20 FE plastic vs glass, Snapdragon 865 vs Exynos 990 but also be cheaper than the Samsung phone. At least you should wait until the OnePlus 8T launches.
Galaxy S20 FE compromises are too many
In a bid to reduce the price, the S20 Fan Edition comes with way too many compromises. If a consumer is spending Rs 49,999, it looks a little odd to buy a plastic phone, which the S20 FE is. Then there is the Exynos 990. In the global variant Samsung put Snapdragon 865 in the S20 FE but Indian users will get the Exynos again. The screen has noticeably larger bezels compared to what flagship phones offer. The bundled charger supports only 15W charging. You get the idea.
Xiaomi Mi 10T is coming
This is another phone that is going to compete with the Galaxy S20 FE and by all counts it seems that this will beat the Samsung phone in terms of price, specs and feature set. If you are a fan of Samsung, the S20 FE will still make sense for you after all it is a Fan Edition phone but on merits chances are that the Mi 10T will be better.