When we talk about a ‘flagship smartphone’ only one thing comes to our mind, which is the Price! According to the tradition, smartphone makers nowadays start their flagship smartphone with a price tag of at least $999.
Recently, Samsung has introduced a new rival of the entire flagship smartphone segment with the launch of Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition (FE). This phone not only offers a premium design and attractive color options but also packs with power-user features that compete directly against a flagship at costs you just $599.
On the flip side, by receiving a massive response from customers, Samsung has decided to launch a Fan Edition version of its flagship models every year.
The South Korean smartphone maker first used the Fan Edition branding with the Galaxy Note 7 FE. Three years later, the company brought back the branding for the Galaxy S20 FE. You can also call the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE a ‘Lite’ variant to Galaxy S20 and a successor to the Galaxy S10 Lite.
The Galaxy S20 FE is available in 4G and 5G variants. Inside the phone, the 5G variant is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC while the 4G variant has Samsung’s own Exynos 990. As usual, Galaxy S20 FE buyers in India or any European country will get the 4G variant equipped with Exynos 990 SoC.
It is interesting that Samsung has revealed the 5G Galaxy S20 FE with only 6GB of RAM. On the other hand, the 4G variant comes in 6GB and 8GB RAM variants.
Let’s talk about its qualities which make Galaxy S20 FE a better choice over any other Android smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition has an interesting design, which makes it look identical to the front side of Galaxy S20. However, the display bezels of this smartphone are larger than the Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra.
For an affordable flagship, the lack of something like Gorilla Glass 6 is a sore omission and a similar feel comes from Galaxy S20 FE. On the other hand, the hole punch front camera is smaller compared to the Galaxy M51, and the front punch hole in OnePlus 8 Pro.
The Galaxy S20 FE comes with a flat display and this is a plus point for the consumers who want to install any type of case and cover and don’t like curved edges.
The side panel of the device looks like glass but it polished with aluminum. The aluminum frame is well curved on all sides. On the rear, you will get a triple rear camera setup which is placed on the top left corner, and the design makes it look similar to the Galaxy Note 20 series. Still, the back panel of this device is disappointing because it made with matte plastic.
Samsung will give 3 major Android OS updates to the Galaxy S20 FE:
Samsung launched Galaxy S20 Fan Edition with Android 10 and this device will get updates up to Android 13.
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Complete specs of Galaxy S20 FE:
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE sports a 6.5-inch flat FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-O Display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The device has a triple rear camera setup including a 12MP ultra wide-angle camera, a 12MP wide-angle camera, and an 8MP telephoto camera. On the front side, you’ll find a 32MP front camera for selfies.
With the Galaxy S20 FE, users can access ultra-fast speeds thanks to its full 5G band compatibility. With 5G connectivity and access to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you can enjoy an advanced mobile gaming experience. From the battery perspective, it packs a 4,500mAh All Day Battery and Super Fast Charging.
Samsung is offering the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition in six vibrant color variants including, Cloud Red, Cloud Orange, Cloud Lavender, Cloud Mint, Cloud Navy, and Cloud White. While the Galaxy S20 FE starts at $699 for the 5G variant in the United States.
Here’s why Samsung apps start getting One UI 6 support ahead of official release
After One UI 5.1, we started hearing a lot of news, leaks, and rumors about the upcoming One UI 6. Recently, Samsung has also started releasing One UI 6.0 support for stock apps, starting with the Calculator app.
Looking at all this, we can expect that Samsung will provide this support to more apps in the future too. But the question is, why is Samsung providing One UI 6.0 support to its stocks apps before the official release? If you are thinking that by getting their support, you will get some new features in your apps, then it is not only the reason.
Samsung One UI 6.0 support can also bring new features for apps, but the main reason for this is something else. But what? The answer is that Samsung is going to release a new One UI update in the coming weeks or months and the company aims to make its stock apps compatible with that accordingly. Once the app is supported, the app will not stop working or get crash whenever the company releases that update for the smartphone.
A recent report revealed that Samsung’s stable Android 14 update will be available in October. This is the same time frame as last year’s UI rollout, with the latest Galaxy S lineup being the first to secure it. Meanwhile, beta activity is seeing an early start if everything goes as planned by the internals.
Still, for the time being, we can consider this information as a pinch of salt as the company has not yet announced any official timeline for One UI 6.0.
Instead of Camera, Samsung should bring battery upgrade to flagships
Nowadays, smartphones are being heavily used for gaming and photography. Accordingly, phone makers are focussing more and more on upgrading the imaging capabilities and performance of chipsets. So why not, Samsung should now bring battery upgrade to Galaxy flagships.
Battery upgrade should be the next aim
The recently launched Galaxy S23 Ultra brings a high-profile 200-megapixel camera, allowing users to capture lossless shots, even when cropped. With great collaboration between hardware and software, the new Samsung flagships offer peace of mind to consumers, when it comes to battery life.
In addition to camera lovers, people prefer buying a smartphone, which offers great battery life without compromising features and power specifications. In the same way, Samsung is reportedly working, and there’s still room for improvements in flagships battery life.
The Galaxy S24 Ultra could come with a new battery technology inspired by electronic vehicles. The company is considering stacked battery technology for smartphones, which will reduce the size keeping the same mAh and enhanced lifespan.
Since the stacked battery tech could leave more gap inside the phone, Samsung might not think about increasing mAh on flagship phones. Instead, the company may use an additional vacant area for upgrading other hardware elements and better placement.
The S23 Ultra even defeated the years-old leader iPhone in terms of battery performance, thanks to the “Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy” processor. Exynos 2400 is reportedly coming to the S24 series in certain markets, which re-creates concern about the phone’s battery life and performance.
That said, Samsung should focus on increasing premium Galaxy phones’ battery life so users can use them longer with a single charge. 45W fast charging is doing quite well, just improvements to battery life would prove as cherry on the cake.
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Poll Results: May 12, 2023
We ran a poll that received 106 votes from our readers’ community. Among all, about 70 percent of readers voted in favor of a battery upgrade instead of the camera, while 23.6 percent want both upgrades together. Meanwhile, 6.6 percent of voters still want Samsung to focus on flagship camera upgrade.
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Samsung 4+5 strategy meets today’s demands of consumers
Tech industry is currently facing a global downturn, forcing companies to shut down businesses in hopeless markets. Promotion no longer remains the only way to sell more smartphones as consumers start comparing products on different aspects; reliability, security and software support.
Samsung, unquestionably meets the demands of consumers, thanks to its 4+5 strategy, ensuring longer Android OS and security updates support. The company is the biggest Android seller in the world, and of course leads the market too, beating rivals like Apple.
Since the Samsung 4+5 strategy still lags behind Apple, when it comes to software support, it is record-breaking in the Android segment. As vendors stop including pre-built charging adapters to reduce e-waste, the EU also mandated longer software support so consumers can keep using a phone longer.
“At Samsung, you get not 1, not 2, not 3, but 4 times Android OS updates. And 5 years is a long time, so your palm-sized pal will be in good hands with new regular security patches.”
Software updates play a key role in continuing great smartphone experiences, as well as the releases come with new features and optimization. Android is open source and gets packed with numerous flaws, Google patches them through security releases every month.
Accordingly, Samsung rolls out monthly patches to a large number of Galaxy devices, which ensures the most reliable system and user data protection. Android OS usually gets a new version in the second half of every year, bringing new useful features and life-saving tools to consumers.
Samsung, with its amazing One UI, dominated the Android market. The custom skin is neat, clean, and intuitive, ensuring smoother and more stunning experiences on Galaxy smartphones and tablets. Google introduces 1 each year, but Samsung utilizes it thrice (x.0/x.1/x.1.1), cool enough?
Until the second half of 2020, Samsung supplied two OS updates to all Galaxy devices. Later, the company raised the bar of software and reached up to 3, matching the Android maker. With the S22 launch, the Korean tech giant promised to bring up to 4 OS and 5 years of patches to select Galaxy models.