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Samsung launches the Galaxy S20 FE 5G with the Snapdragon 865 SoC in India

The S20 FE is on its way to India. (Source: Samsung)
The S20 FE is on its way to India. (Source: Samsung)
Samsung has announced that sales of the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition (or FE) in the Indian market are about to begin. Then again, those wondering why as the OEM has already done so may be interested to know that it means the Snapdragon 865-powered version this time. It will be available from March 30, 2021, although consumers are advised to register their interest in the device now.

The Galaxy S20 FE offers many of its series' better attributes, albeit in a slightly less premium package overall, and, thus, at a reduced cost. It has been available in numerous markets for months now, although only in Exynos 990 form for many of them, India included. However, Samsung has now addressed this with a launch announcement for the Snapdragon 865 variant of this upper-mid-ranger.

It will be released on March 30, 2021 via Samsung's region-specific web-store, on a page that currently hosts a sign-up sheet for quick access to updates on the event in question. This, then, is potentially terrible timing - but only if you are, for example, OnePlus.

This OEM is one of a few that has just launched its own latest flagships in India (or may be just about to). However, many thrifty consumers may now be inclined to go with the S20 FE as a potential bargain alternative with a nearly-new Qualcomm flagship processor instead. Then again, the OEM has yet to reveal its price in its new market.

However, should Samsung hit that note right, it may have the opportunity to blow many other phones out of the water, newer features or not. This might hold true even despite the presence of the 9R, OnePlus' first-ever India-exclusive flagship variant, powered by a Snapdragon 870 processor.

However, not even this chipset's status as an 865+ refresh might prevent the FE from pulling the rug out from under the 9R in front of decently tech-savvy potential customers. All in all, the OEM’s decision to start this S20 variant’s sales in India now might prove a considerable coup in this segment of the Indian market.

The Exynos 990 S20 FE is also available on


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-03-26 (Update: 2021-03-27)