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Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition release date, rumours, features and specs

A pattern has started to emerge where Samsung launches its flagship Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series, followed by a “Lite” model, or more affordable model a few months later. 

With the Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra launching in March 2020 the follow-up is going to be the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition.

Here is everything we know about the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition.

Release date

  • 23 September 2020 announcement
  • October 2020 availability?

Samsung has confirmed that it will be hosting an event called Galaxy Unpacked for Every Fan. The invitation flashes through many phone colours – which have been leaked previous (see below) – so there’s little doubt that it’s for the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition. 

That event will be taking place on 23 September 2020 at 15:00 BST. You’ll be able to watch the launch live online. The S20 Fan Edition availability hasn’t been confirmed, but we’d expect it in store in October 2020.

Price

  • Cheaper than Galaxy S20
  • Around £580/$760 for 4G
  • Around $878 for 5G

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite started at £579 in the UK and $650 in the US, shaving a couple of hundred of the starting price for the Galaxy S10 range. That was for a 4G handset. The Galaxy S20 Fan Edition is rumoured to launch at 900,000 won, which is around £580 in the UK or $760 in the US, both of which are lower than the S20, as expected.

As the S20 Fan Edition will also come in a 5G version, we’re expecting a higher price, and around $878 has been suggested. That would make it under £700. 

Design

  • Different colours in Europe
  • Plastic rear/glasstic
  • IP68 waterproofing

Based on the leaks, it looks like the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition will follow an almost identical design to the Galaxy S20 but switch out the glass back for a plastic back. We wouldn’t be surprised to see “glasstic” like the standard Galaxy Note 20 and it’s said there will be a number of colour options in Europe, with a full range leaking. Those colours appear to be one of the main selling points, as Samsung is pushing those in the invite video.

The Galaxy S20 Fan Edition is expected to have a pronounced rectangular camera module on the rear – like the S20 series and Note 20 series both feature – and it’s said to have a 3.3mm punch hole front camera. 

The Galaxy S20 Fan Edition is thought to measure in the region of 161 x 73 x 8mm – around the same size as the Galaxy S20+ – and it’s claimed to have IP68 water and dust resistance. 

Display

  • 6.5-inches, 120Hz refresh rate, 2400 x 1080 pixels
  • Flat, AMOLED
  • Under display fingerprint sensor

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition is claimed to have a display of 6.5-inches, which would place it between the S20 and S20+. It’s also said to have a 120Hz refresh rate display, like the flagship S20 models offer. The resolution, however, takes a drop to 2400 x 1080 pixels. That’s still pretty good and gives a respectible 407ppi.

An AMOLED panel is expected and a centralised punch hole front camera is also reported. Rumours also suggest the device will offer an under-display fingerprint sensor.

Based on the renders, the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition will have a flat display rather than curved however, like the Galaxy S10 Lite. One move to offer a more affordable device is that the S20 Fan Edition will only get Gorilla Glass 3 protection on the front according to rumours.

collection: OnLeaks Pricebaba Renders

Hardware and specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865/Exynos 990
  • 8GB RAM, 128GB storage
  • 4500mAh battery

Initial rumours surrounding the Galaxy S20 FE suggested the device would offer the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset worldwide, and not Exynos in some regions, though a model with Exynos has now also appeared. According to the most recently leaks, there will be 4G and 5G versions, with the former powered by Exynos and the latter getting Qualcomm hardware. That will mean that in some markets you can get that Qualcomm-powered phone that fans are often calling for.

It’s reported both models will get 8GB of RAM, although there may be a 6GB Exynos version again to make it more affordable. 

The battery capacity has been rumoured as 4500mAh – the same as the Galaxy S20+.

Cameras

  • Triple rear (12MP + 12MP + 8MP)
  • 32MP front

According to reports, the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition will have a triple rear camera, like the Galaxy S20.

The camera make up is said to be close to the Galaxy S20 but without the larger 64-megapixel telephoto sensor. Instead, it is said to be made up of a 12-megapixel main, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide and a 8-megapixel telephoto sensor, with 3x optical zoom capabilities.

It’s suggested the front camera will have a 32-megapixel sensor.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition rumours: What’s happened so far?

Here is everything we have heard so far about the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition.

22 September 2020: Galaxy S20 Fan Edition hands-on video leaks ahead of Samsung event

A detailed hands-on video of the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition has leaked, confirming everything we already knew about it.

14 September 2020: Samsung announces Galaxy Unpacked for Every Fan

Samsung has confirmed a launch event, believed to be for the reveal of the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition.

4 September 2020: Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition gets fully revealed: Could be Samsung’s most appealing phone of 2020

Full specs for the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition have leaked.

2 September 2020: Galaxy S20 FE 4G and 5G models appear on Bluetooth SIG certification site

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE has appeared on the Bluetooth SIG certification website in 4G and 5G variants. The devices were spotted by MySmartPrice but the certification site offers no futher details on the devices.

31 August: The Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition pricing appears to have leaked

A report from SamMobile suggests the price for the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition.

25 August 2020: Galaxy S20 FE design revealed from every angle courtsey of Evan Blass

Leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks) shared several images and video of the Galaxy S20 FE on Twitter. His tweets are protected, so you need to follow him to see the device from every angle. But here’s one of the photos that he posted:

21 August 2020: New Samsung phones believed to be the S20 FE get NFC certification

Two devices that are believed to be versions of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition have passed through certification, raising a question over what will actually be powering this phone.

18 August 2020: Reliable leaker share S20 Fan Edition in six colours

Evan Blass has shared high quality images of the forthcoming Fan Edition of the Galaxy S20. 

17 August 2020: Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition renders tease a more affordable flagship phone

Reliable leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer worked with Pricebaba to produce a number of renders of the S20 Fan Edition. A few extra details were also revealed, including screen size, design details and measurements.

collection: OnLeaks Pricebaba Renders

13 August 2020: Galaxy S20 FE appears on Geekbench with Exynos 990

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE appeared on Geekbench with an Exynos 990 processor and 8GB of RAM, suggesting there might be an international variant after all. 

26 July 2020: Galaxy S20 FE camera details revealed

Leaker Ice Universe tweeted some details surrounding the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition cameras.

23 July 2020: Galaxy S20 FE battery capacity revealed in report

The Galaxy Club reported that the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE will feature the same battery as the Galaxy S20+, meaning a 4500mAh capacity. It’s also said to come in a number of colourful options in Europe.

17 July 2020: Galaxy S20 FE pricing and release date reported

South Korean site The Elec reported that the Galaxy S20 FE would be available in Ocotber 2020 and would cost 900,000 won, which is around £580 in the UK and $760 in the US. 

16 July 2020: Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition could be the hottest S20 model

Leaker Ice Universe tweeted that the Galaxy Fan Edition would feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, a 120Hz display, IP68 water and dust resistance and a punch-hole front camera. He also said “price nice” and claimed the device would arrive in Q4.

14 July 2020: Samsung Galaxy S20 Lite appears benchmark

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Lite has appeared on Geekbench with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor and 6GB of RAM.



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