The Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition is reportedly on the way to replace the Galaxy S10 Lite in Samsung’s lineup, with the phone expected to debut in less than a week. And the leaked specs look pretty solid for the price, which would give the company a worthy rival to the upcoming iPhone 12.
The original Galaxy S20 remains one of the best Android phones, but not everyone has $999 to drop on a new handset. The Galaxy S20 Fan Edition should be more accessible for consumers who want premium features without the sticker shock.
SamMobile was the first to report on the existence of the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition, and since then we’ve seen other specs and details emerge about what is ostensibly a Galaxy S20 Lite.
Here’s everything we know about the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition so far.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition latest news (Updated Sept. 18)
Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition rumored specs
Screen: 6.5-inch AMOLED (120Hz)
CPU: Snapdragon 865
Rear cameras: 12MP main; 12MP ultrawide; 8MP telephoto
Battery size: 4,000 mAh or 4,500 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition price
The key selling point of the Galaxy S20 Fan edition is its price, but we don’t have a lot of evidence so far predicting a particular cost. The only report that we’ve seen that specifically mentions a price for the S20 FE is The Elec based out of South Korea, and the site mentions a price of $750.
This price would be a good $250 less than what the the standard Galaxy S20 cost at launch, and it should be competitive with the iPhone 12, whose rumored starting price is between $650 and $750.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition release date
Samsung Is going to hold an event on September 23 at 10 a.m. EDT/7 a.m. PDT, that’s billed as “Unpacked for Every Fan” that suggests it will launch the Galaxy S20 FE then. Such a launch date could steal the march on the iPhone 12, which is tipped to be revealed in October.
Besides the “for every fan” clue in in the invitation, there are other signs that the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition is about to launch. Samsung’s newest flagship recently cleared NFC certification, which usually happens a bit before launch.
For what it’s worth, The Elec has said the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition would come out in October, suggesting that Samsung may announce the phone next week, and then have a pre-order period before shipping the device in early October.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition specs
Nearly all of the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition specs have been leaked via WinFuture, revealing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 4,500 mAh battery (up from 4,000 on the standard S20. Additional leaks from Techmaniacs paint a similar picture, though it claims the battery will be 4,000 mAh and raises the possibility that Samsung could go with a Snapdragon 865 Plus system-on-chip instead.
Regardless of what chipset the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition uses, it will offer 5G conectivity.
The S20 Fan Edition will have a 6.5-inch 2,400 x 1080 AMOLED display, which is lower in resolution than the S20 but will still support a 120Hz refresh rate. Another Galaxy S20 FE leak from Samsung itself reveals that the device should come with 128GB of storage.
Leaked photos of the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition have surfaced courtesy of Jimmy Is Promo, who also provides confirmation of some specs. The Twitter leaker says that the 6.5-inch will have a “nice price.”
Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition cameras
On the camera front, you can expect a three-lens array that includes a 12-megapixel, f/1.8 main camera. As leaked by Ice Universe, you can expect a 12-MP main camera that uses Sony’s IMX555 sensor and not Samsung’s own 50MP Isocell GN1 sensor.
You can also expect a 12MP ultra-wide angle lens and a 8MP telephoto lens with a 3x optical zoom. We have not yet seen any leaks about the front cameras for the S20 FE.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition design and colors
The overall look of the Galaxy S20 FE should be similar to the regular S20, complete with an Infinity-O display with a cutout at the the top. Ice Universe says this punch hole will measure just 3.3mm, so the overall design should have an edge-to-edge display look.
The overall look is sleek with an edge-to-edge display. However, the S20 FE will apparently use a plastic back instead of glass in order to keep costs down.
We’ve also heard form Ice Universe that the design will be IP68 rated, so the S20 FE should be able to withstand being splashed or submerged in water.
Last but not least, the rumored colors for the Galaxy S20 FE include red, white, green and orange, though we’re not sure which options will be available in which regions. The two colors that leaked on Samsung’s Philippines website include Cloud Navy and Cloud Lavender.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition battery
We’ve also heard that the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition will feature a 4,500 mAh battery, which is the same as the Galaxy S20 Plus and pretty generous for something that’s not a flagship. The regular Galaxy S20 has a smaller 4,000 mAh battery, so the FE would be a step up.
Be aware that not everyone is convinced the S20 Fan Edition will have a larger battery, with some rumors suggesting Samsung will stick with the 4,000 mAh power pack found in the standard model.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition outlook
Probably the best thing about the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition is that it doesn’t look like Samsung is going to call it the Galaxy S20 Lite. No one wants a phone that’s called Lite, as it screams “lame.”
Based on the leaked specs of the Galaxy S20 FE, it should be one of the better Android phones for those looking for an alternative to the OnePlus 8 and iPhone 12 when it launches soon. We’ll know by next week just what Samsung has planned for the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition.