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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G Smartphone Review: After Community feedback, the best Galaxy S20

Darling of the public. Samsung has the 6.5-inch Galaxy S20 FE 5G - FE stands for fan edition - completely on the desires of the Galaxy-S20 Community. The result can be seen, because the fan edition is so far the fastest Galaxy-S20 model and is outstanding in nearly all other areas. In addition, it is surprisingly inexpensive by high-end standards.
Manuel Masiero, 👁 Daniel Schmidt, Brian Burriston (translated by DeepL / Ninh Duy),

The Galaxy-S20 models Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra from Samsung are among the best smartphones on the market. With the Galaxy S20 FE 5G the manufacturer now has Galaxy S20 number four. From a buyer's view, one could say this is fortunate.

The Galaxy S20 FE 5G is actually the successor of the Galaxy S10 Lite, but has nothing to do with a slimmed down version, because as the test shows, it is even faster than the top model Galaxy S20 Ultra.

The "FE" abbreviation in the product name stands for "Fan Edition". It means Samsung has incorporated feedback from the Galaxy-S20 community into the development of the Galaxy S20 FE 5G. Therefore, for example, the case, the display size, and the SoC were optimized. Also, 730 Euro (~$865) for the fan edition is a budget price for a high end smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G (Galaxy S20 Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 8 x 2.4 - 2.8 GHz, Cortex-A77 / A55 (Kryo 585)
Graphics adapter
Memory
6144 MB 
, LPDDR5
Display
6.50 inch 20:9, 2400 x 1080 pixel 407 PPI, capacitive, Super AMOLED, Infinity-O Display, FHD+, glossy: yes, HDR, 120 Hz
Storage
128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash, 128 GB 
, 102.4 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: USB-C, Card Reader: microSD up to 1 TB (FAT, FAT32, exFAT), 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Optical Fingerprint sensor, Accelerometer, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, Proximity sensor, 4x4 MIMO, DRM Widevine L1, Camera2 API Level 3
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G (850, 900, 1.800, 1.900 MHz), 3G (Band 1/2/4/5/8), 4G (Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/20/26/28/32/38/40/41/66), 5G (Sub-6 Bands 1/3/5/7/8/28/40/41/78), Head SAR 0,503 W/kg, Body SAR 1,355 W/kg, Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.4 x 159.8 x 74.5 ( = 0.33 x 6.29 x 2.93 in)
Battery
0 Wh, 4500 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Charging
wireless charging, fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 10
Camera
Primary Camera: 12 MPix Triple Lens: 12 MP Wide-angle Camera (1,8 µm, f/1.8, Dual Pixel AF, OIS) + 12 MP Ultra Wide Camera (1.12 µm, f/2.2) + 8 MP Telephoto Camera (1.0 µm, f/2.4, 3x optical zoom, 30x digital zoom, OIS, Tracking AF), videos up to [email protected]
Secondary Camera: 32 MPix 32 MP Selfie camera (0.8 µm, f/2.0), videos up to [email protected]
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos technology, Keyboard: virtual, 15W adapter, USB-C cable, SIM Tool, Quick Start Guide, Warranty Information, One UI 2.5, 24 Months Warranty, IP68, fanless, waterproof
Weight
190 g ( = 6.7 oz / 0.42 pounds), Power Supply: 40 g ( = 1.41 oz / 0.09 pounds)
Price
730 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Comparison devices

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
88 %
11/2020
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
SD 865, Adreno 650
190 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.50"2400x1080
88 %
03/2020
Samsung Galaxy S20
Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11
163 g128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash6.20"3200x1440
88 %
04/2020
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11
188 g128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash6.70"3200x1440
88 %
04/2020
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
SD 865, Adreno 650
208 g256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash6.67"2340x1080
88 %
04/2020
OnePlus 8 Pro
SD 865, Adreno 650
199 g256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash6.78"3168x1440
89 %
04/2020
Huawei P40 Pro
Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16
209 g256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash6.58"2640x1200

With its 6.5-inch case, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G fills a gap in the Galaxy-S20 Portfolio. The Galaxy S20 is considered small for high-end phones with its 6.2-inch form factor, while the Galaxy S20+ (6.7 in) and Galaxy S20 Ultra (6.9 in) might be too large and unwieldy for some users.

Although the Galaxy S20 FE 5G has a very durable and torsion resistant aluminum frame, its back consists of plastic instead of glass as with the past Galaxy-S20 models. While this does not feel too premium there is an advantage. The polycarbonate back in a matte color tone offers much more resistance to the fingers than the glass surfaces of the Galaxy-S20 colleagues. The Galaxy S20 FE 5G therefore lies more securely in the hand and is also less prone to fingerprints.

The display of the Galaxy S20 FE 5G protected by Gorilla glass 3 is not rounded off at the corners and edges, but flat. Compared to the curved displays of the other Galaxy-S20 smartphones, however, this can prove to be an advantage, because the incident light is always reflected at the same angle and color shifts at the edges are thus excluded. The fingerprint sensor is located under the display, but uses an optical recognition method instead of ultrasound.

The Galaxy S20 FE 5G is certified to IP68 and therefore water and dust protected. Samsung offers the smartphone in 6 color variants: "Cloud White" and "Cloud Navy" (dark blue) are rather discreet, while "Cloud Lavender", "Cloud Mint", "Cloud Orange" and the "Cloud Red" of our test device are quite eye-catching.

Size comparison

165.3 mm / 6.51 inch 74.3 mm / 2.93 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 199 g0.4387 lbs162.6 mm / 6.4 inch 74.8 mm / 2.94 inch 8.96 mm / 0.3528 inch 208 g0.4586 lbs161.9 mm / 6.37 inch 73.7 mm / 2.9 inch 7.8 mm / 0.3071 inch 188 g0.4145 lbs159.8 mm / 6.29 inch 74.5 mm / 2.93 inch 8.4 mm / 0.3307 inch 190 g0.4189 lbs158.2 mm / 6.23 inch 72.6 mm / 2.86 inch 8.95 mm / 0.3524 inch 209 g0.4608 lbs151.7 mm / 5.97 inch 69.1 mm / 2.72 inch 7.9 mm / 0.311 inch 163 g0.3594 lbs

Features - Hybrid Dual-SIM and 128 GB memory

The Galaxy S20 FE 5G has a 128 GB internal memory, which can be expanded by up to 1 TB via microSD card. Besides media data, it is also possible to store app data on it. Because the memory card occupies the second microSD slot, only one SIM card fits into the smartphone.

While the Galaxy S20 FE 5G always has 6 GB RAM, 128 GB internal memory and the Snapdragon 865, the LTE version equipped with the Exynos 990 is available in two versions: The 128 GB version also comes with 6 GB RAM, while the 256 GB version comes with 8 GB RAM.

The USB-C port of the Galaxy S20 FE 5G runs at USB 3.2 speed, supports USB OTG and thus also allows the connection of peripherals and storage devices. At the same time, it supports image output via HDMI and DisplayPort adapters.

left: no connections
left: no connections
right: power button, volume rocker
right: power button, volume rocker
Top: Microphone, Hybrid Dual SIM/microSD
Top: Microphone, Hybrid Dual SIM/microSD
Bottom: microphone, USB-C, loudspeaker
Bottom: microphone, USB-C, loudspeaker

Software - Android 10; OneUI 2.5 for the fan edition

Samsung equips the Galaxy S20 FE 5G with Android 10 and its user interface OneUI 2.5. At the time of testing (mid-November), the Android security patches were as of October 1, 2020 and thus quite up-to-date.

In addition to the Google apps and a small collection of own apps such as Samsung Health, Galaxy Wearable, Bixby or AR Zone, there are also a handful of apps from third-party providers, including Microsoft Office and OneDrive, Facebook, Spotify and Netflix. However, apart from Netflix and OneDrive, they can all be uninstalled.

Communication and GPS - fast WLAN, precise positioning

Over short distances the Galaxy S20 FE 5G communicates over Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC. Connection to local networks is over WiFi 6 (WLAN 802.11ax) and, according to Samsung, uploads and downloads are up to 1.2 GBit/s. With our reference router, the Netgear Nighthawk AX12, it provides up to 798 MBit/s with stable data throughput. The low transmission and reception power, which is only low at the very beginning, is due to the router's wake-up and is therefore negligible.

For the mobile data access the Galaxy S20 FE 5G supports all modern standards and combines this with a very broad frequency coverage. Using LTE the smartphone reaches up to 1.6 GBit/s for downloads (LTE Cat. 19). Samsung puts the maximum LTE upload speed at 211 Mbit/s (LTE Cat. 18).

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 865, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
883 (834min - 919max) MBit/s ∼100% +11%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Mali-G77 MP11, Exynos 990, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
835 (808min - 847max) MBit/s ∼95% +5%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 865, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
831 (745min - 872max) MBit/s ∼94% +4%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Mali-G77 MP11, Exynos 990, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
827 (791min - 846max) MBit/s ∼94% +4%
Huawei P40 Pro
Mali-G76 MP16, Kirin 990 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
821 (388min - 998max) MBit/s ∼93% +3%
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Adreno 650, SD 865, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
798 (409min - 853max) MBit/s ∼90%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.9 - 1414, n=623)
288 MBit/s ∼33% -64%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Huawei P40 Pro
Mali-G76 MP16, Kirin 990 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
1544 (797min - 1619max) MBit/s ∼100% +121%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Mali-G77 MP11, Exynos 990, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
882 (847min - 902max) MBit/s ∼57% +26%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 865, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
876 (767min - 904max) MBit/s ∼57% +25%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Mali-G77 MP11, Exynos 990, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
863 (759min - 898max) MBit/s ∼56% +23%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 865, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
816 (403min - 832max) MBit/s ∼53% +17%
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Adreno 650, SD 865, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
699 (347min - 764max) MBit/s ∼45%
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.4 - 1599, n=623)
274 MBit/s ∼18% -61%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø783 (409-853)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø687 (347-764)
GPS reception in the building
GPS reception in the building
Outdoor GPS Reception
Outdoor GPS Reception

To determine its current position, the Samsung smartphone uses the satellite networks GPS, Galileo, GLONASS and BeiDou. Both inside buildings and outdoors, it can locate us quickly and with an accuracy of up to 3 meters (~10 ft).

On an approximately 12-kilometer (~7.5 mi) bicycle tour, the latest Galaxy-S20 model will have to prove whether it is just as good at locating us when we are on the move. Result: Apps provide the smartphone with fairly accurate position data, because it works almost as accurately as the professional navigation device Garmin Edge 500, which follows the route for comparison.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G: Total distance
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G: Total distance
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G: Lake
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G: Lake
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G: Turning point
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G: Turning point
Garmin Edge 500: Total distance
Garmin Edge 500: Total distance
Garmin Edge 500: Lake
Garmin Edge 500: Lake
Garmin Edge 500: Turning point
Garmin Edge 500: Turning point

Phone features and voice quality - VoLTE and VoWiFi, but no eSIM

The Galaxy S20 FE 5G produces good voice quality. With telephone calls there are no communication problems. Both parties hear each other clearly. Also, the communication over loudspeaker and handsfree microphone works very well. VoLTE and VoWiFi are on board. The eSIM function specified in the technical data was nowhere to be found, but it is possible that Samsung will supply it via update.

Cameras - very good triple camera in Galaxy S20 FE 5G

Main camera
Main camera
Front-camera
Front-camera

The Galaxy S20 FE 5G does not go all out with the camera equipment as found in the spectacular 108 MP lens of a Galaxy S20 Ultra. Instead, the Galaxy S20 FE 5G is more oriented towards the Galaxy S20, because it also uses a main camera with three lenses based on the Sony IMX555 sensor.

The triple camera consists of a 12 MP wide-angle camera, a 12 MP resolution ultra-wide-angle camera and an 8 MP telephoto camera. The wide-angle and telephoto cameras each have an optical image stabilizer, which is particularly beneficial for the telephoto camera, as it also has a 3x optical zoom. If you want to get even closer to objects, the magnification seamlessly changes to a 30x digital zoom, which can be adjusted in 0.1 steps like the optical zoom.

The front-facing camera is 32 MP and takes up, like the main camera, videos in maximally 4K with 60 FPS. The Galaxy S20 FE 5G cannot record 8K videos.

Although the technical data of the triple camera is not impressive, the Galaxy S20 FE 5G succeeds with qualitatively very good photographs.

Photos taken with the wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle camera are convincing in good lighting conditions with lots of dynamics, realistic colors and high image sharpness. You won't notice that the telephoto camera only has a resolution of 8 MP. Only at high zoom factors does it fall a little behind the strong Galaxy-S20 competition. The lenses can also handle weak light well - all in all a great performance.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Tageslicht-Szene 1Tageslicht-Szene 2Weitwinkel5-facher ZoomLowlight-Umgebung

Under controlled lighting conditions, we subject the camera to further tests. In bright ambient light (lower color chart), the Galaxy S20 FE 5G comes pretty close to the reference colors and has a special knack for grayscales. It also shows the test chart very sharply. However, weak lighting conditions (upper color chart, 1 Lux) noticeably impair the color accuracy. The camera cannot get many details out of the test chart.

ColorChecker
29.6 ∆E
53.9 ∆E
39.4 ∆E
34.8 ∆E
45.2 ∆E
61.5 ∆E
52.9 ∆E
34.8 ∆E
42.6 ∆E
29.4 ∆E
64.3 ∆E
63.2 ∆E
31.9 ∆E
47.7 ∆E
37.3 ∆E
74.2 ∆E
44.1 ∆E
41.9 ∆E
80.8 ∆E
70.2 ∆E
52 ∆E
36.9 ∆E
24.4 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G: 46.13 ∆E min: 13.91 - max: 80.83 ∆E
ColorChecker
13.6 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
10.4 ∆E
18.4 ∆E
8.1 ∆E
4.8 ∆E
9.8 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
10.1 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
8.3 ∆E
10.4 ∆E
9.2 ∆E
2.2 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
10 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
1.9 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
6.9 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
3.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G: 7.82 ∆E min: 1.86 - max: 18.42 ∆E

Accessories and warranty - 25-watt power supply only available as an option

Samsung attaches a modular 15-watt power supply, a USB cable, a SIM tool, a quick start guide and warranty information to the Galaxy S20 FE 5G. The smartphone can be charged with up to 25 watts. Samsung offers a suitable power supply unit in its webshop along with other accessories.

On the Galaxy S20 FE 5G there is a 24-month warranty. As extra protection one can book Samsung Care+.

Input devices; operation - very fluid due to 120 Hz display

The 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display of the Galaxy S20 FE 5G is already protected ex works by an additional protective film, which can, however, be removed and replaced by others. One feels the transition between display glass and protective foil relatively clearly, which is not disturbing but is not a high-quality feel.

With the processing of inputs, the Galaxy S20 FE 5G exposes no weaknesses. The 10-point touch screen works very precisely and the 120 Hz display makes operation very smooth. This also applies to the fingerprint sensor, which sits underneath the display, and the face recognition, which still works quite well even in weak ambient light.

Keyboard on edge
Keyboard on edge
Keyboard crossways
Keyboard crossways

Display - bright Super-AMOLED panel with crisp colors

Subpixels
Subpixels
DC dimming above 30
DC dimming above 30

Samsung provides the Galaxy S20 FE 5G with a brilliant Super AMOLED display, which has a resolution of 2400x1080 pixels (FHD+) and delivers a very smooth display thanks to its 120 Hz refresh rate. In contrast to the Galaxy-S20 relation, which all use a resolution of 3200x1440 pixels, the Galaxy S20 FE 5G does not achieve such a high pixel density, which is not at all noticeable, however, because the display is also so very sharp. The other Galaxy-S20 models also achieve 120 Hz, but must reduce their resolution to FHD+.

With an average of 721.1 cd/m², the display of the Galaxy S20 FE 5G shines very brightly and is not a bit inferior to the S20 relatives. With evenly distributed bright and dark image areas (APL50) even up to 957 cd/m² are possible. If the brightness sensor is switched off, the luminance drops to a maximum of 340 cd/m². At minimum brightness setting we measure 1.4 cd/m².

For brightness control the AMOLED panel uses pulse width modulation (PWM). This works in a low frequency range from 117.9 to 227.3 Hz, which can be disturbing for sensitive people. However, PWM flickering only occurs at display brightness levels of 30% and less. Above this level, automatic DC dimming starts, which operates at a fairly constant 120 Hz.

704
cd/m²
715
cd/m²
735
cd/m²
707
cd/m²
714
cd/m²
743
cd/m²
712
cd/m²
721
cd/m²
739
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 743 cd/m² Average: 721.1 cd/m² Minimum: 1.4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 95 %
Center on Battery: 714 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.8 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.7
ΔE Greyscale 2 | 0.64-98 Ø5.9
95.7% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.16
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Super AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.50
Samsung Galaxy S20
AMOLED, 3200x1440, 6.20
Samsung Galaxy S20+
AMOLED, 3200x1440, 6.70
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Super AMOLED, 2340x1080, 6.67
OnePlus 8 Pro
AMOLED, 3168x1440, 6.78
Huawei P40 Pro
OLED, 2640x1200, 6.58
Screen
-5%
-0%
26%
33%
11%
Brightness middle
714
745
4%
740
4%
753
5%
796
11%
584
-18%
Brightness
721
740
3%
747
4%
762
6%
779
8%
576
-20%
Brightness Distribution
95
97
2%
94
-1%
96
1%
94
-1%
95
0%
Black Level *
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
1.8
2.67
-48%
2.6
-44%
0.9
50%
0.68
62%
1.1
39%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
5.1
4.52
11%
4.57
10%
1.6
69%
1.55
70%
2.3
55%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2
2
-0%
1.5
25%
1.5
25%
1.1
45%
1.8
10%
Gamma
2.16 102%
2.092 105%
2.269 97%
2.24 98%
2.237 98%
2.16 102%
CCT
6588 99%
6240 104%
6284 103%
6415 101%
6310 103%
6355 102%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 227.3 Hz ≤ 30 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 227.3 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 30 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 227.3 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9653 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The screen of the Galaxy S20 FE 5G convinces with its very vivid and precise color display. The default screen mode is "Vivid", which covers just over 96% of the DCI-P3 color space. The second screen mode "Natural" is limited to the smaller sRGB color space, but with delta E values of 2 and smaller, it provides even more accurate color reproduction.

Color fidelity (screen mode Natural, target color sRGB)
Color fidelity (screen mode Natural, target color sRGB)
Color fidelity (screen mode Vivid, target color P3)
Color fidelity (screen mode Vivid, target color P3)
Color space (screen mode Natural, target color sRGB)
Color space (screen mode Natural, target color sRGB)
Color space (screen mode Vivid, target color P3)
Color space (screen mode Vivid, target color P3)
Grayscale (screen mode Natural, target color sRGB)
Grayscale (screen mode Natural, target color sRGB)
Grayscale (screen mode Vivid, target color P3)
Grayscale (screen mode Vivid, target color P3)
Color saturation (screen mode Natural, target color sRGB)
Color saturation (screen mode Natural, target color sRGB)
Color saturation (screen mode Vivid, target color P3)
Color saturation (screen mode Vivid, target color P3)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
2.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 1.2 ms rise
↘ 1.6 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 1 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
2.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 1.6 ms rise
↘ 1.2 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 1 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (38.6 ms).

Due to its immense brightness reserves, outdoor use is absolutely no problem for the Galaxy S20 FE 5G. Also, the viewing angle stability is perfect.

Outdoor use under cloudy skies
Outdoor use under cloudy skies
Viewpoint
Viewpoint

Performance - the fastest smartphone in the Galaxy-S20 series

While every other Galaxy-S20 smartphone works with the Exynos 990, the stronger Snapdragon 865 and thus the better high-end SoC calculates in the Galaxy S20 FE 5G. With the synthetic benchmarks the Galaxy S20 FE 5G beats the internal competition in all tests.

Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 6144
3252 Points ∼97%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
2731 Points ∼82% -16%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
2899 Points ∼87% -11%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
3338 Points ∼100% +3%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
3318 Points ∼99% +2%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
3165 Points ∼95% -3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (2687 - 3449, n=19)
3262 Points ∼98% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (421 - 4160, n=151)
1959 Points ∼59% -40%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 6144
903 Points ∼96%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
903 Points ∼96% 0%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
944 Points ∼100% +5%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
906 Points ∼96% 0%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
909 Points ∼96% +1%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
779 Points ∼83% -14%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (764 - 924, n=19)
902 Points ∼96% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (124 - 1604, n=151)
567 Points ∼60% -37%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 6144
11680 Points ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
10431 Points ∼89% -11%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
10583 Points ∼91% -9%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
10952 Points ∼94% -6%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
11153 Points ∼95% -5%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
11341 Points ∼97% -3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (9202 - 15299, n=20)
11252 Points ∼96% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2630 - 15299, n=551)
6067 Points ∼52% -48%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 6144
13276 Points ∼90%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
14708 Points ∼100% +11%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
14760 Points ∼100% +11%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
13142 Points ∼89% -1%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
13471 Points ∼91% +1%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
14352 Points ∼97% +8%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (10990 - 19989, n=19)
13591 Points ∼92% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1077 - 19989, n=704)
6655 Points ∼45% -50%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 6144
3712 Points ∼91%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
3112 Points ∼77% -16%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
3230 Points ∼80% -13%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
3830 Points ∼94% +3%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
3888 Points ∼96% +5%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
4057 Points ∼100% +9%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (1788 - 4061, n=17)
3560 Points ∼88% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1740 - 4061, n=203)
2656 Points ∼65% -28%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 6144
7618 Points ∼87%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
6315 Points ∼72% -17%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
8783 Points ∼100% +15%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
8173 Points ∼93% +7%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
8279 Points ∼94% +9%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
6360 Points ∼72% -17%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (7618 - 9104, n=17)
8246 Points ∼94% +8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (203 - 11259, n=203)
3067 Points ∼35% -60%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 6144
6174 Points ∼93%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
5139 Points ∼78% -17%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
6355 Points ∼96% +3%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
6578 Points ∼99% +7%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
6618 Points ∼100% +7%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
5648 Points ∼85% -9%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (4604 - 6961, n=18)
6335 Points ∼96% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (253 - 6977, n=203)
2710 Points ∼41% -56%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 6144
5176 Points ∼90%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
4063 Points ∼71% -22%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
4495 Points ∼78% -13%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
5277 Points ∼92% +2%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
5506 Points ∼96% +6%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
5728 Points ∼100% +11%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (5028 - 5780, n=18)
5384 Points ∼94% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (573 - 5780, n=558)
2276 Points ∼40% -56%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 6144
8633 Points ∼92%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
8106 Points ∼86% -6%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
9190 Points ∼98% +6%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
9356 Points ∼100% +8%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
9379 Points ∼100% +9%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
6771 Points ∼72% -22%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (8633 - 9567, n=18)
9386 Points ∼100% +9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (75 - 12146, n=558)
2271 Points ∼24% -74%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 6144
7517 Points ∼93%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
6638 Points ∼82% -12%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
7459 Points ∼92% -1%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
7986 Points ∼98% +6%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
8111 Points ∼100% +8%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
6508 Points ∼80% -13%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (7517 - 8269, n=19)
8053 Points ∼99% +7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (93 - 9643, n=559)
2099 Points ∼26% -72%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 6144
5110 Points ∼89%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
3935 Points ∼69% -23%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
4455 Points ∼78% -13%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
4283 Points ∼75% -16%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
5480 Points ∼96% +7%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
5718 Points ∼100% +12%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (3956 - 5765, n=18)
5101 Points ∼89% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (375 - 5765, n=590)
2193 Points ∼38% -57%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 6144
11956 Points ∼94%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
11301 Points ∼89% -5%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
9471 Points ∼74% -21%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
12694 Points ∼100% +6%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
12665 Points ∼100% +6%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
7905 Points ∼62% -34%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (11956 - 13044, n=18)
12718 Points ∼100% +6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (70 - 22052, n=590)
3096 Points ∼24% -74%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 6144
9213 Points ∼94%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
7981 Points ∼81% -13%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
7576 Points ∼77% -18%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
8823 Points ∼90% -4%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
9807 Points ∼100% +6%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
7286 Points ∼74% -21%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (8499 - 10090, n=18)
9531 Points ∼97% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (88 - 11895, n=590)
2550 Points ∼26% -72%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 6144
5144 Points ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
3963 Points ∼77% -23%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
4180 Points ∼81% -19%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
4895 Points ∼95% -5%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
4987 Points ∼97% -3%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
4971 Points ∼97% -3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (4582 - 5209, n=18)
4951 Points ∼96% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (435 - 5318, n=638)
2149 Points ∼42% -58%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 6144
8629 Points ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
8411 Points ∼97% -3%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
8469 Points ∼98% -2%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
8299 Points ∼96% -4%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
8106 Points ∼94% -6%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
6465 Points ∼75% -25%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (6511 - 9167, n=18)
8212 Points ∼95% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (53 - 11573, n=638)
1894 Points ∼22% -78%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 6144
7500 Points ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
6732 Points ∼90% -10%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
6896 Points ∼92% -8%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
7157 Points ∼95% -5%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
7117 Points ∼95% -5%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
6060 Points ∼81% -19%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (5996 - 7653, n=19)
7156 Points ∼95% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (68 - 9138, n=639)
1795 Points ∼24% -76%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 6144
4841 Points ∼97%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
4015 Points ∼81% -17%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
4124 Points ∼83% -15%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
4729 Points ∼95% -2%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
4928 Points ∼99% +2%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
4975 Points ∼100% +3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (3965 - 5274, n=18)
4841 Points ∼97% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (293 - 5301, n=680)
2020 Points ∼41% -58%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 6144
11632 Points ∼94%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
6388 Points ∼52% -45%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
6392 Points ∼52% -45%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
12394 Points ∼100% +7%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
11371 Points ∼92% -2%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
7499 Points ∼61% -36%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (10665 - 13305, n=18)
11773 Points ∼95% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (43 - 16670, n=679)
2514 Points ∼20% -78%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 6144
8868 Points ∼97%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
5646 Points ∼62% -36%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
5696 Points ∼62% -36%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
9123 Points ∼100% +3%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
8811 Points ∼97% -1%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
6739 Points ∼74% -24%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (8215 - 9611, n=18)
8923 Points ∼98% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (55 - 11256, n=682)
2148 Points ∼24% -76%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 6144
46963 Points ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
27431 Points ∼58% -42%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
32384 Points ∼69% -31%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
32240 Points ∼69% -31%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
46731 Points ∼100% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (17817 - 58293, n=17)
33986 Points ∼72% -28%
Average of class Smartphone
  (735 - 59268, n=824)
15851 Points ∼34% -66%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 6144
110875 Points ∼74%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
48476 Points ∼32% -56%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
150281 Points ∼100% +36%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
149017 Points ∼99% +34%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
82652 Points ∼55% -25%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (110875 - 154375, n=17)
145570 Points ∼97% +31%
Average of class Smartphone
  (536 - 224130, n=822)
28668 Points ∼19% -74%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 6144
85130 Points ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
41415 Points ∼49% -51%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
82937 Points ∼97% -3%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
82562 Points ∼97% -3%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
70593 Points ∼83% -17%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (56045 - 112989, n=17)
82107 Points ∼96% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (662 - 117606, n=822)
21990 Points ∼26% -74%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 6144
207 fps ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
199 fps ∼96% -4%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
199 fps ∼96% -4%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
203 fps ∼98% -2%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
206 fps ∼100% 0%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
152 fps ∼73% -27%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (168 - 209, n=19)
203 fps ∼98% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.5 - 322, n=822)
47.9 fps ∼23% -77%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 6144
118 fps ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
60 fps ∼51% -49%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
60 fps ∼51% -49%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
90 fps ∼76% -24%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
60 fps ∼51% -49%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
60 fps ∼51% -49%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (50 - 138, n=19)
76.1 fps ∼64% -36%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 142, n=831)
32.2 fps ∼27% -73%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 6144
119 fps ∼94%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
108 fps ∼86% -9%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
126 fps ∼100% +6%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
122 fps ∼97% +3%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
126 fps ∼100% +6%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
118 fps ∼94% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (96 - 130, n=19)
122 fps ∼97% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.8 - 180, n=727)
28.5 fps ∼23% -76%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 6144
111 fps ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
60 fps ∼54% -46%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
60 fps ∼54% -46%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
88 fps ∼79% -21%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
60 fps ∼54% -46%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
59 fps ∼53% -47%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (50 - 111, n=19)
72.2 fps ∼65% -35%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 117, n=735)
23.4 fps ∼21% -79%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 6144
84 fps ∼95%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
85 fps ∼97% +1%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
85 fps ∼97% +1%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
86 fps ∼98% +2%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
88 fps ∼100% +5%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
75 fps ∼85% -11%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (67 - 90, n=20)
85 fps ∼97% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.87 - 117, n=590)
22.8 fps ∼26% -73%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 6144
83 fps ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
59 fps ∼71% -29%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
59 fps ∼71% -29%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
77 fps ∼93% -7%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
60 fps ∼72% -28%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
52 fps ∼63% -37%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (43 - 83, n=20)
60.5 fps ∼73% -27%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 110, n=592)
20.3 fps ∼24% -76%
GFXBench
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 6144
32 fps ∼97%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
22 fps ∼67% -31%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
33 fps ∼100% +3%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
30 fps ∼91% -6%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
31 fps ∼94% -3%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
23 fps ∼70% -28%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (18 - 32, n=21)
27.5 fps ∼83% -14%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.61 - 60, n=350)
11.7 fps ∼35% -63%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 6144
20 fps ∼91%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
20 fps ∼91% 0%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
22 fps ∼100% +10%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
20 fps ∼91% 0%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
20 fps ∼91% 0%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
19 fps ∼86% -5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (20 - 21, n=21)
20.1 fps ∼91% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.21 - 101, n=348)
8.25 fps ∼38% -59%
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 6144
48 fps ∼92%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
50 fps ∼96% +4%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
52 fps ∼100% +8%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
47 fps ∼90% -2%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
48 fps ∼92% 0%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
36 fps ∼69% -25%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (28 - 53, n=21)
42.9 fps ∼83% -11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.4 - 60, n=354)
17.5 fps ∼34% -64%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 6144
47 fps ∼81%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
54 fps ∼93% +15%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
58 fps ∼100% +23%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
54 (20min) fps ∼93% +15%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
54 fps ∼93% +15%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
50 fps ∼86% +6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (27 - 56, n=21)
51.9 fps ∼89% +10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.6 - 257, n=353)
20.1 fps ∼35% -57%
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 6144
51 fps ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
50 fps ∼98% -2%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
51 fps ∼100% 0%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
50 fps ∼98% -2%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
51 fps ∼100% 0%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
44 fps ∼86% -14%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (39 - 54, n=20)
50.5 fps ∼99% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.6 - 75, n=515)
15.2 fps ∼30% -70%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 6144
48 fps ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
43 fps ∼90% -10%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
45 fps ∼94% -6%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
45 fps ∼94% -6%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
45 fps ∼94% -6%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
31 fps ∼65% -35%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (25 - 48, n=20)
40.1 fps ∼84% -16%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.1 - 60, n=519)
13.4 fps ∼28% -72%
AnTuTu v8 - Total Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 6144
572485 Points ∼96%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
504192 Points ∼85% -12%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
296746 Points ∼50% -48%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
595466 Points ∼100% +4%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
585231 Points ∼98% +2%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
496966 Points ∼83% -13%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (527301 - 607937, n=20)
577591 Points ∼97% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (53335 - 622888, n=139)
326530 Points ∼55% -43%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 6144
1604 Points ∼98%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
1274 Points ∼78% -21%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
1378 Points ∼85% -14%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
1514 Points ∼93% -6%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
1496 Points ∼92% -7%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
1629 Points ∼100% +2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (1276 - 1650, n=19)
1467 Points ∼90% -9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (7 - 1745, n=754)
836 Points ∼51% -48%
Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 6144
11833 Points ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
10703 Points ∼90% -10%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
10803 Points ∼91% -9%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
11567 Points ∼98% -2%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
11842 Points ∼100% 0%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
10138 Points ∼86% -14%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (11399 - 12073, n=19)
11701 Points ∼99% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (18 - 16996, n=754)
2591 Points ∼22% -78%
Memory (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 6144
5304 Points ∼67%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
4271 Points ∼54% -19%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
3775 Points ∼48% -29%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
7945 Points ∼100% +50%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
7240 Points ∼91% +37%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
6038 Points ∼76% +14%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (5304 - 8874, n=19)
7136 Points ∼90% +35%
Average of class Smartphone
  (21 - 8874, n=754)
1948 Points ∼25% -63%
System (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 6144
9458 Points ∼94%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
8843 Points ∼88% -7%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
9281 Points ∼92% -2%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
10002 Points ∼99% +6%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
10058 Points ∼100% +6%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
9782 Points ∼97% +3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (8421 - 10147, n=19)
9736 Points ∼97% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (369 - 14189, n=754)
3553 Points ∼35% -62%
Overall (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 6144
5555 Points ∼91%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
4764 Points ∼78% -14%
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
4779 Points ∼79% -14%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
6072 Points ∼100% +9%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
5993 Points ∼99% +8%
Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
5589 Points ∼92% +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (5264 - 6273, n=19)
5861 Points ∼97% +6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 6273, n=754)
1823 Points ∼30% -67%

Web surfing with the Galaxy S20 FE 5G and its 120-Hz display is very smooth with no delays or dropouts. The benchmark results don't show such a rosy picture because the Snapdragon 865 does not always perform here as well as the Exynos 990. However, the difference is not noticeable during surfing.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Huawei P40 Pro (Huawei Browser 10.1)
69.956 Points ∼100% +55%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro (Chrome 81)
64.958 Points ∼93% +44%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (45.2 - 77, n=17)
63.9 Points ∼91% +41%
OnePlus 8 Pro (Chrome 80)
63.374 Points ∼91% +40%
Samsung Galaxy S20 (Chrome 80)
53.863 Points ∼77% +19%
Samsung Galaxy S20+ (Chrome 80)
50.566 Points ∼72% +12%
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G (Chrome 81.0.4044.138)
45.219 Points ∼65%
Average of class Smartphone (9.13 - 161, n=214)
42.4 Points ∼61% -6%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Huawei P40 Pro (Huawei Browser 10.1)
116.61 Points ∼100% +57%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro (Chrome 81)
115.43 Points ∼99% +56%
OnePlus 8 Pro (Chrome 80)
114.78 Points ∼98% +55%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (74.2 - 126, n=18)
111 Points ∼95% +50%
Samsung Galaxy S20 (Chrome 80)
93.499 Points ∼80% +26%
Samsung Galaxy S20+ (Chrome 80)
89.329 Points ∼77% +20%
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G (Chrome 81.0.4044.138)
74.18 Points ∼64%
Average of class Smartphone (10 - 375, n=648)
49.6 Points ∼43% -33%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Huawei P40 Pro (Huawei Browser 10.1)
71.8 runs/min ∼100% +71%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro (Chrome 81)
68.6 runs/min ∼96% +63%
OnePlus 8 Pro (Chome 80)
67.7 runs/min ∼94% +61%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (30.6 - 74.5, n=17)
63.4 runs/min ∼88% +51%
Samsung Galaxy S20+ (Chome 80)
62.8 runs/min ∼87% +49%
Samsung Galaxy S20 (Chome 80)
50.8 runs/min ∼71% +21%
Average of class Smartphone (6.42 - 196, n=195)
44.8 runs/min ∼62% +6%
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G (Chrome 81.0.4044.138)
42.1 runs/min ∼59%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G (Chrome 81.0.4044.138)
127 Points ∼100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (97 - 127, n=19)
106 Points ∼83% -17%
OnePlus 8 Pro (Chrome 80)
104 Points ∼82% -18%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro (Chrome 81)
101 Points ∼80% -20%
Samsung Galaxy S20 (Chrome 80)
97 Points ∼76% -24%
Samsung Galaxy S20+ (Chrome 80)
86 Points ∼68% -32%
Average of class Smartphone (19 - 194, n=285)
70.8 Points ∼56% -44%
Huawei P40 Pro
Points ∼0% -100%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Huawei P40 Pro (Huawei Browser 10.1)
23690 Points ∼100% +62%
OnePlus 8 Pro (Chrome 80)
23678 Points ∼100% +62%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro (Chrome 81)
22834 Points ∼96% +56%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (14606 - 24467, n=19)
21838 Points ∼92% +50%
Samsung Galaxy S20 (Chrome 80)
18162 Points ∼77% +24%
Samsung Galaxy S20+ (Chrome 80)
18094 Points ∼76% +24%
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G (Chrome 81.0.4044.138)
14606 Points ∼62%
Average of class Smartphone (894 - 58632, n=817)
8268 Points ∼35% -43%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (460 - 59466, n=843)
9569 ms * ∼100% -229%
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G (Chrome 81.0.4044.138)
2910.8 ms * ∼30%
Samsung Galaxy S20 (Chrome 80)
2511.2 ms * ∼26% +14%
Samsung Galaxy S20+ (Chrome 80)
2488.3 ms * ∼26% +15%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (1839 - 2911, n=20)
2032 ms * ∼21% +30%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro (Chrome 81)
2021.2 ms * ∼21% +31%
OnePlus 8 Pro (Chrome 80)
1944.7 ms * ∼20% +33%
Huawei P40 Pro (Huawei Browser 10.1)
1913.7 ms * ∼20% +34%

* ... smaller is better

With the data throughput the Galaxy S20 FE 5G leaves nothing to complain about: Its UFS 3.1 memory is a powerhouse and ensures very short loading times. With our reference memory card, the Toshiba Exceria Pro M501, the smartphone achieves a maximum of 85.9 MByte/s and is therefore no faster on the move than the competition.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5GSamsung Galaxy S20Samsung Galaxy S20+Samsung Galaxy S20 UltraAverage 128 GB UFS 3.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-8%
-6%
-6%
-1%
-59%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
68.6 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
57.7 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-16%
57.6 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-16%
58.25 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-15%
68.8 (68.6 - 69, n=2)
0%
51.4 (1.7 - 87.1, n=552)
-25%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
85.85 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
66.3 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-23%
66.8 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-22%
67.55 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-21%
85.9 (85.9 - 86, n=2)
0%
69.2 (8.1 - 96.5, n=552)
-19%
Random Write 4KB
218.37
228.1
4%
229.8
5%
221.37
1%
205 (121 - 244, n=6)
-6%
39.2 (0.14 - 319, n=917)
-82%
Random Read 4KB
228.4
205.3
-10%
199.6
-13%
202.43
-11%
209 (133 - 231, n=6)
-8%
62.2 (1.59 - 325, n=917)
-73%
Sequential Write 256KB
676.12
669.9
-1%
694.3
3%
697.08
3%
700 (674 - 728, n=6)
4%
136 (2.99 - 1321, n=917)
-80%
Sequential Read 256KB
1528.12
1541.7
1%
1603.1
5%
1632.02
7%
1553 (1348 - 1659, n=6)
2%
358 (12.1 - 2037, n=917)
-77%

Games - only few games support the 120 Hz display

The Adreno 650 graphics chip integrated in the Snapdragon 865 displays current Android games as smooth as butter, even in maximum graphic detail. In our test selection of games, whose frame rates we determined with the Gamebench tool, we couldn't find a title that supports the 120 Hz display. This is possible with Armajet, but at a maximum of 60 FPS. PUBG Mobile ran in the HD setting with a maximum of 30 FPS, but played very smoothly like all other games.

Armajet
Armajet
PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
0102030405060Tooltip
; Armajet; 1.55.5: Ø59 (56-60)
; PUBG Mobile; 1.0.0: Ø30 (29-31)

Emissions - Cool in operation, but throttling under load

Temperature

Under load the Galaxy S20 FE 5G reached a maximum of 35.1 °C (95.18 °F) and remained constant, however, there is throttling. As the  battery test of GFXBench shows, this happens only from the graphically intense Manhattan scenario, not an everyday workload. In this case, the performance drops after the first of 30 runs, which is reduced even further in the further course of the test. On the other hand, in the graphically simpler T-Rex scenario, the frame rates remain at the same high level until the end.

GFXBench battery test T-Rex
GFXBench battery test T-Rex
GFXBench battery test Manhattan
GFXBench battery test Manhattan
Max. Load
 32.6 °C
91 F
33.2 °C
92 F
30.9 °C
88 F
 
 33.2 °C
92 F
33.1 °C
92 F
30.8 °C
87 F
 
 33 °C
91 F
33.2 °C
92 F
30.6 °C
87 F
 
Maximum: 33.2 °C = 92 F
Average: 32.3 °C = 90 F
29.8 °C
86 F
30 °C
86 F
31.7 °C
89 F
29.2 °C
85 F
30.4 °C
87 F
33 °C
91 F
29.7 °C
85 F
31.2 °C
88 F
35.1 °C
95 F
Maximum: 35.1 °C = 95 F
Average: 31.1 °C = 88 F
Power Supply (max.)  27.8 °C = 82 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 32.3 °C / 90 F, compared to the average of 32.9 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 33.2 °C / 92 F, compared to the average of 35.3 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 35.1 °C / 95 F, compared to the average of 33.9 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.6 °C / 82 F, compared to the device average of 32.9 °C / 91 F.

Speakers

Speaker Pink Noise
Speaker Pink Noise

The stereo speakers of the Galaxy S20 FE 5G provide a decent sound, but are no more than average.

Via Bluetooth and USB-C you get a much better sound, whereby the dual audio feature can be activated additionally with the former. If two Bluetooth audio devices are paired with the smartphone, the sound can then be played over both at the same time. In addition, there is the Music Share function, which turns the Samsung into a Bluetooth hub for other Galaxy mobile devices that also support this feature.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2030.429.72523.323.8312622.24022.627.25034.538.96319.927.68014.728.410014.429.212514.934.916017.85120018.95125011.756.731513.960.34001361.850010.364.663010.467.280012.472.1100011.175.5125011.278.5160012.779.5200012.381.3250012.680.5315012.780.5400012.780.9500012.777.4630013.576.1800014661000013.561.31250014.959.2160001656SPL24.890.1N0.678.3median 12.7median 66Delta111.141.341.337.5382933.531.633.133.237.328.328.823.325.423.323.824.231.220.540.91945.817.650.216.952.516.255.416.463.218.365.116.166.714.772.714.276.614.777.213.976.214.377.414.975.814.873.815.369.414.965.21567.415.56916.462.61662.772.427.585.926.1159.7median 16median 65.2210.7hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseSamsung Galaxy S20 FE 5GSamsung Galaxy S20
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (90.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 18.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 8% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (4.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 10% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (21.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 27% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 60% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 54% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 38% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Samsung Galaxy S20 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (85.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 24.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.9% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 32% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 56% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 57% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 35% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Battery life - persistent Samsung smartphone

Energy consumption

The Galaxy S20 FE 5G consumes significantly less power than several other smartphones equipped with the Snapdragon 865. It supports USB Power Delivery 3.0, wireless charging and Wireless PowerShare, which enables it to charge other devices inductively.

The 4500 mAh battery is filled in just under 1:40 hours using the supplied 15-watt power supply unit. The optional 25-watt power supply is even quicker.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.01 / 0.25 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.75 / 1.41 / 1.44 Watt
Load midlight 3.84 / 7.67 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
4500 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S20
4000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S20+
4500 mAh
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
4500 mAh
OnePlus 8 Pro
4510 mAh
Huawei P40 Pro
4200 mAh
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
-28%
-44%
6%
-109%
1%
-47%
-15%
Idle Minimum *
0.75
0.9
-20%
1
-33%
0.61
19%
2.2
-193%
0.92
-23%
1.175 (0.52 - 2.2, n=18)
-57%
0.892 (0.2 - 3.4, n=911)
-19%
Idle Average *
1.41
1.5
-6%
1.7
-21%
1.19
16%
3.3
-134%
1.41
-0%
2.08 (1.19 - 3.43, n=18)
-48%
1.758 (0.6 - 6.2, n=910)
-25%
Idle Maximum *
1.44
2
-39%
2.3
-60%
1.23
15%
3.7
-157%
1.47
-2%
2.34 (1.23 - 4, n=18)
-63%
2.04 (0.74 - 6.6, n=911)
-42%
Load Average *
3.84
4.8
-25%
5.8
-51%
4.18
-9%
5.9
-54%
3.35
13%
5.28 (3.5 - 7.4, n=18)
-38%
4.12 (0.8 - 10.8, n=905)
-7%
Load Maximum *
7.67
11.5
-50%
11.8
-54%
8.53
-11%
8.3
-8%
6.37
17%
9.73 (7.67 - 12.3, n=18)
-27%
6.12 (1.2 - 14.2, n=905)
20%

* ... smaller is better

Battery life

The 4500 mAh battery gives the Galaxy S20 FE 5G long runtimes, even if you have activated the 120 Hz display like we did during the measurements. During continuous playing of the H.264 test video, the smartphone manages an impressive 20:32 hours. In simulated web surfing it is still a good 12:42 hours.

In order to get still longer run times out of the Galaxy S20 FE 5G, one can adapt the energy saving options or simply switch to a 60 Hz display. When web surfing, for example, with 60 Hz, the running time extends from 12:42 to 13:33 hours, three-quarters of an hour.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
33h 30min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
12h 43min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
20h 32min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 15min
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
4500 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S20
4000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S20+
4500 mAh
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
4500 mAh
OnePlus 8 Pro
4510 mAh
Huawei P40 Pro
4200 mAh
Battery Runtime
-6%
-8%
-6%
6%
-15%
Reader / Idle
2010
2105
5%
2041
2%
2133
6%
2103
5%
1474
-27%
H.264
1232
809
-34%
978
-21%
973
-21%
1023
-17%
1137
-8%
WiFi v1.3
763
726
-5%
794
4%
865
13%
923
21%
743
-3%
Load
255
279
9%
218
-15%
198
-22%
296
16%
198
-22%

Pros

+ water- and dustproof according to IP68
+ 5G & NFC
+ Dual-SIM
+ very good triple camera
+ 3x optical zoom
+ very bright AMOLED display
+ 120 Hz
+ very fast SoC
+ long battery life

Cons

- Plastic instead of glass back
- no headphone jack
- Hybrid SIM slot
- Throttling under load

Verdict: Customized Galaxy S20

On trial: Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G. Test equipment provided by Samsung Germany and
On trial: Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G. Test equipment provided by Samsung Germany and

With the fan edition of the Galaxy S20 Samsung lands a genuine hit. With the Galaxy S20 FE 5G buyers get a very bright super AMOLED display inclusive 120-Hz refresh rate, a very good triple camera with 3x optical zoom and a long running 4500-mAh battery. Its 6.5-inch form factor also makes it more handy than the Galaxy S20+ and the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

The fan edition carries its name rightfully: The Galaxy S20 FE 5G convinces by its very good price-performance ratio and brings along all core qualities, that characterize the remaining Galaxy-S20 smartphones.

With the Snapdragon 865, the Galaxy S20 FE 5G has still another asset, because that makes it the fastest Galaxy-S20 smartphone - since the other Galaxy S20 models use the slower Exynos 990. The fan edition wins also still another further performance comparison: the Galaxy S20 FE offers an LTE variant. This is even less at 633 Euro (~$751), but it uses the slower Exynos 990.

There are compromises only in the choice of material, because with its polycarbonate back and its somewhat thicker display edge, the FE cannot quite match haptically and optically, its Galaxy-S20 colleagues. You also have to live without a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G - 11/16/2020 v7
Manuel Masiero

Chassis
88%
Keyboard
70 / 75 → 93%
Pointing Device
91%
Connectivity
67 / 70 → 96%
Weight
89%
Battery
91%
Display
89%
Games Performance
61 / 64 → 95%
Application Performance
81 / 86 → 95%
Temperature
93%
Noise
100%
Audio
72 / 90 → 80%
Camera
75%
Average
82%
88%
Smartphone - Weighted Average