Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition: Everything We Know After Some Leaks!


Update August 21, 2020 (6:25 AM ET): The NFC Forum has now approved two versions of the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE. Review all the latest in the specifications and features section.

Initial article: 23 July 2020: sales of Samsung's flagship are slumping. While demand for more costly devices is dropping due to rising costs and the ongoing pandemic, we are seeing more manufacturers launching alternatives in the midrange. Possibly the new Samsung.

The firm is currently working on a repeat of its Galaxy S10 Lite based on the Galaxy S20 series, according to numerous sources. The official name is still up for consideration, but if it's going to be named the Galaxy S20 Lite or the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition, here's what we think about the upcoming affordable phone below.



Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition: Name And Release Date


According to a June 11 SamMobile article, the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition is reportedly under production with model numbers SM-G780 (global version) and SM-G781 (the US version). The Galaxy S10 Lite was launched with model number SM-G770, and all signs point to a successor to that particular machine.

What is now referred to from various sources as the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition, was originally supposed to be called the Galaxy S20 Lite. Although it seems the phone will still take its position on the lowest rung of Samsung 's flagship ladder, a new name evidently will be adopted.

The naming of the Fan Edition was first used by Samsung on a Galaxy Note 7 based smartphone that was re-released. Samsung does not want to re-adopt the name "Lite" because it suggests inferiority. That said, a Fan Edition thought does remind us of the troubled Note from Samsung.

In a June 25 article by ETNews there were more reports that the phone might come with support for S-Pen and adopt the title "Galaxy S20 Pen Edition," but it's possible that this was a case of mistranslation. Alternatively, this may lead to a Note 10 Lite successor, but considering that the Galaxy Note 20 series hasn't even been released yet, it could be too early for Samsung to focus on an even cheaper version.



Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition: Design


We were expecting the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition to draw design signals from its S20 sisters and it definitely does if a leaked render is to be believed. Tipster Evan Blass outed the render showing a familiar punch-hole panel with Infinity-O surrounded by thin bezels. The leaked version of the Galaxy S20 fan edition can be seen below.

The S20 Fan Edition is expected to feature a 6.5-inch screen, making it marginally larger than the 6.2-inch base S20 but smaller than the 6.7-inch Galaxy S10 Lite. It is not yet clear whether the phone will sport its S20 sibling's 3,200 x 1,440 AMOLED screen, or settle for an FHD+ display of lower resolution like the S10 Lite.

More renders spilled on August 17 via PriceBaba and OnLeaks, showing the device's possible rear design. While not confirmed, the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition can use the plastic frosted panel used on the Galaxy's Note 20. In addition, sketches suggest there will be three rear-facing cameras.

A SamMobile report on June 25 gave us an idea of the colorways we would also suspect, namely blue, violet and white. Dutch tech publication GalaxyClub cited another three potential colors on July 23, including purple, orange and red.

Renders posted to Evan Blass' Patreon on August 18 (seen above) revealed an even wider variety of colorways expected to grace the Galaxy S20 FE. The leak includes at least six elements, including light shades of black, orange and violet (or pink). Similar to the colorway used on the red Galaxy Note 20, there's also a bright red that joins a dark blue and white option.



Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition: Specs And Features




The three different versions will appear in the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition. Reportedly, SM-G780 is launching internationally with and without 5G. For the meantime only 5 G SM-G781 will be available. All models will feature the new Samsung One UI 2.5 skin layered over Android 10.

All will likely feature a Galaxy S10 Lite transferred microSD card slot, Galaxy S20 range UFS 3.0 storage, and an in-display fingerprint scanner as well. Nonetheless, it's doubtful we'll see a headphone port — something the S10 Lite and S20 series have both gone without.

The Snapdragon 865 is likely to be included in the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition as far as processing power goes, given that Samsung used the Snapdragon 855 in the S10 Lite. However, it is not clear if that option will be reserved for the rumored 5 G SM-G781 model. We will not rule out even the possibility of launching the 4 G systems with upper mid-range silicone.

ETNews and SamMobile previously claimed that there could also be 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, but a full specs sheet has yet to be released. If the Galaxy S10 Lite is any indication, a 512 GB storage option with at least 8 GB of RAM will probably be expected too.

On July 23, GalaxyClub announced that the S20 Fan Edition could feature a 4,500mAh rated battery that would be no change from the Galaxy S10 Lite. That's however 500mAh larger than the S20 unit.

For photography, The Elec 's July 20 article outlines the potential camera configuration for the unit. It is expected to feature three rear cameras, but there is no sign of a 64MP sensor or 108MP sensor at all. Alternatively, consumers can need to settle for a main 12MP snapper, a wide-angle 12MP camera and a 3x zoom 8MP telephoto camera. In the punch-hole is expected to feature a 32MP selfie camera.

In a tweet on July 26, Leaker Ice Universe indicated that the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition will sport a 12MP sensor, claiming it is the Sony IMX555 often used on the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 Plus. The track record of the leaker is not without question, but it should be remembered that this sensor is only used on these devices' Snapdragon models. For the Exynos models Samsung's ISOCELL S5K2LD is included. The Fan Edition is unlikely to feature the 50MP GN1 sensor which Samsung announced in May.

On 21 August, GSMArena spotted certification documents from the NFC Forum, pointing to two possible variants of the Galaxy S20 FE. Although the model numbers SM-G781V and SM-G780F are listed, the listing does not shed any light on the specifications of each.

That said, certain model numbers from earlier Geekbench listings are remembered by GSMArena. The SM-G781V allegedly had a Snapdragon 865 chipset, while the Exynos 990 was used for the SM-780F. Geekbench listings aren't necessarily the most credible information sources, so take that with a pinch of salt.



Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition: Pricing And Availability




And when is one of these Fan Editions you should pick up? In June ETNews proposed a launch date for the system in October.

An October debut corroborated a previously reported article by The Elec but also added a suggested price: $750. Although that would make the S20 Fan Edition cheaper than the Galaxy S20's $999 debut, it would be a significant improvement over the launch price of the Galaxy S10 Lite for $650 and the Galaxy A71 for ~$450.

Samsung does have an event scheduled to replace his IFA participation in early September, but it's not a straightforward year if the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition will appear there.

The Galaxy S20 Fan Edition is not expected to make an appearance at Samsung's August 5 case, but there are plenty of other products that might be.




Some Important Notes:


The unannounced "Fan Edition" (FE) of Samsung's Galaxy S20 has again leaked in new Evan Blass drawings. A number of leaks in recent months from the likes of SamMobile, Ice Universe and The Elec suggest that the phone will be a cheaper alternative to Samsung's Galaxy S20, close to the Galaxy S10 Lite it revealed earlier this year. The new renders, viewable on XDA Developers, display the six colors of the Galaxy S20 FE: blue, mint green , white, red, pink, and orange.

As you would suspect, the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition seems to have a style very similar to the current Galaxy S20. There is a hole-punch cutout for the selfie camera around the front (which sources have previously reported to have a 32-megapixel sensor) and a triple-camera setup around the back appears to be located within a rectangular camera hump. A source from The Elec reported that these would consist of a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera, an ultra-wide 12-megapixel camera, and an 8-megapixel telephoto with an optical zoom of 3 times.

Evan Blass renders look broadly similar to a series of unofficial renders that Pricebaba published over the weekend based on information from tipster Onleaks. Pricebaba estimates that the size for the phone would be between 6.4 and 6.5-inches wide, making it slightly bigger than the regular 6.2-inch Galaxy S20, but smaller than the 6.7-inch S20 Plus. This screen is rumored to have a refresh rate of 120Hz, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 with a 4,500mAh battery will reportedly power the phone.

Whether the name "Fan Edition" sounds familiar, it's because Samsung used it previously when it re-released the Galaxy Note 7 way back in 2017. The smartphone had a smaller battery than the original Note 7, after the original model had to be recalled when the battery started suffering from overheating problems and in some cases even caught fire.

The latest leak doesn't provide any new information on when or where to release the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition, but The Elec previously claimed that Samsung could sell it for 900,000 won (around $759) in October this year. That's opposed to a $999.99 base price for the original Galaxy S20.

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