Samsung slims its Galaxy S20 price tag with the affordable ‘Fan Edition’

While plenty of attention is focused on Samsung’s super premium Z Fold2 device right now, the company has released the latest model in its dominant Galaxy S20 series, slimming a few things and straightening out the price point for a “Fan Edition”.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE takes much of what makes its more expensive cousins so great and balances it with a more attractive price point, bubbling just above 1k for the 5G model, and slightly below that four-figure barrier for the 4G. This has trimmed a few of those super-powered specs of the Ultra, but as you can see from the spec sheet below, compromises are minimal.

Note this spec sheet is based on the 5G model.

Display
6.5-inch flat FHD+ Super AMOLED (407ppi)
Infinity-O Display (1080×2400)
HDR10+ certified
120Hz refresh rate
Camera
Ultra-Wide 12MP/Wide-Angle 12MP/Telephoto 8MP/Front Selfie 32MP
Space Zoom
Optical Zoom 3X, Super Resolution Zoom 30x
4K Video Recording
Memory
6GB/8GB RAM
128GB/256GB internal storage + MicroSD Slot (up to 1TB)
Processor
7mm 64-bit Octa-Core Processor
3.0GHz (Maximum Clock Speed) + 2.4GHz + 1.8GHz
Battery
4,500 mAH – smart optimised, over 50% charge in 30 minutes
Network
5G/LTE (Single SIM/Dual Sim)
Charging
Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
Authentication
Pattern, PIN, password
Dimension
74.5 x 159.8 x 8.4mm, 190g

The appearance of this Fan Edition marks Samsung’s close relationship with consumers, actioning feedback to retain standout features and drop the price at the same time. This means the FE still has a super smooth scrolling display, powerful AI camera, advanced chipset, hyper-fast connectivity, all-day battery, expandable storage, and a streamlined premium design.

“We are constantly speaking to our fans and taking feedback, and we heard what they loved the most about our Galaxy S20 series, what features they used most often and what they would want to see in a new smartphone” said Dr. TM Roh, President and Head of Mobile Communications Business for Samsung Electronics. “The S20 FE is an extension of the Galaxy S20 family and is the start of a new way to bring meaningful innovation to even more people to let them do the things they love with the best of Galaxy”.

Samsung’s designers have also been generous with the colourways available for the FE, with six different options for customers across Cloud red, orange, lavender, mint, white, and navy. All colours feature a premium textured haze effect that minimises fingerprints and smudges.

The Galaxy S20 Fan Edition pre-sale for Australia will take place from Friday 25th September, with general retail available from Friday 9th October. The 5G model retails for A$1,419, while the 4G model sits at $999. Note that, as with other S20 releases, pre-orders will include an offer of Samsung Galaxy Buds Live.

All information can be found here.

Chris Singh

Chris Singh is the Deputy Editor of the AU review and a freelance travel writer. You can reach him on Instagram by following @chrisdsingh.