Galaxy S20 Fan Edition leaks in its entirety a week before launch
Samsung is all set to release its affordable flagship -the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition (FE)- on September 23. Once again, the rumor mill has ruined Samsung's grand reveal by leaking the smartphone in its entirety a week before its release. However, there was very little left to our imagination as previous reports told us a fair bit about the device.
Renowned leaker Evleaks posted an infographic showcasing the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition's specifications. For starters, it is confirmed to run a 5G-ready Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC. However, it doesn't guarantee that all Galaxy S20 FE variants will ship with the silicon. There is still a possibility that Samsung will offload its remaining Exynos 990 stock into some 4G-only versions. Memory and storage appear to be restricted at 8GB and 128GB for now. If the Galaxy S10 Lite is anything to go by, this could be our only option.
The Galaxy S20 Fan Edition comes with a 6.5-inch AMOLED panel clocked at 120Hz. Samsung has retained its centrally-placed hole-punch design, and that's where the 32MP selfie camera resides. As foretold by an earlier leak, the phone's triple-camera array consists of a 12MP wide-angle, 12MP ultra-wide-angle, and an 8MP telephoto lens. The camera also comes with several One UI 2.1 features like Single Take Mode, Pro Video Mode, and more. It also retains some of the Galaxy S20's Space Zoom branding (not on the camera module, thankfully) and offers up to 30x zoom in all. The camera modules will likely be the same ones we saw on the Galaxy S10/Note 10 series. Lastly, low-light photography will be a lot easier thanks to the included Night Mode.
Last year's Galaxy S10 Lite lacked several key features that distinguished it from the non-Lite variants. One of them happened to be support for wireless charging and IP68 water resistance. Thankfully, the Galaxy S20 FE comes with support for both. Wireless Powershare functionality is enabled, too, allowing you to use the phone's massive 4,500mAh battery to charge smaller peripherals like wireless earbuds. The phone is expected to retail at US$700, making it an excellent deal for those on a budget. Barring the somewhat average camera setup and the lack of an S Pen, the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition is objectively better than the US$1,000 Galaxy Note 20 in every way.