Samsung reportedly working on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 powered Galaxy S20 Lite
It's been a while since Samsung was in the business of releasing watered-down versions of its flagship devices. So it was quite surprising when Samsung released the Galaxy S10 Lite earlier this year. The device appears to have sold quite well, as its successor is reportedly in the works.
Sammobile heard from an insider that Samsung is working on the Galaxy S20 Lite. Much like the Galaxy S20 series, the device will come in three variants. Unlike the Galaxy S20 series, however, there aren't going to be any Plus and Ultra shenanigans this time around. One will allegedly be a 5G-ready version, while the other will be restricted to 4G. The phones will reportedly ship with 128GB of internal storage and run One UI 2.5 out of the box, indicating that they won't be released until after the Galaxy Note 20 series.
The insider also suggests that all three variants of the Galaxy S20 Lite will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC. It'll be interesting to see how Samsung keeps the Galaxy S20 Lite's price low, as the SoC is notorious for its prohibitive cost. We're likely looking at compromises in the screen resolution, wireless charging ability, type of storage used, and the camera prowess.
The performance differential between the Snapdragon 865 and the Exynos 990 is quite significant. It'll be nothing short of a public relations nightmare if a 'Lite' version of a flagship manages to outperform the 'real deal'. It's a bit of a catch-22 situation, as Samsung cannot overtly nerf the Snapdragon 865 on the Galaxy S20 Lite. The variance in performance will be picked up immediately, which will inadvertently result in more negative press.