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With Samsung’s Galaxy S20 series being one of the more high-end smartphones in the market, the smartphone giant has unveiled a more affordable addition coming to the family.
It’s not unusual for Samsung to launch a “lite” version of its flagship models, although the name has varied from time to time. It is called Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition and aims to be much more affordable so that the masses can enjoy access to a version of the Galaxy S20.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition is said to be in the works for a while, and leaks surrounding the handset have been aplenty. Reports suggest the phone will be unveiled towards the end of September or beginning of October. Key specifications and renders of the phone have also surfaced online ahead of this probable launch. We here at Boxedtech have been keeping our eye on all the information pouring in and collating it for your benefit.
But, how is the phone cutting cost while still maintaining its lustre and quality? Let us dive into the leaked specifications and decide how we feel about the upcoming launch.
For their fan edition, Samsung is reportedly swapping out the Snapdragon 865 found in most retail versions of the S20 for the less exciting Exynos 990. According to leaks, 5G and 4G editions will be available, with the former integrating Snapdragon 865, while the latter being powered by the Exynos 990.
Given the controversial disparity between Samsung and Qualcomm’s flagship processors, there is a justifiable outcry by techies. This could be a bit of a situation as consumers were worried about heat dissipation and performance concerns about the difference in components inside. The 5G budget version of the S20 could outperform the Exynos-toting Note 20 could be preferred in this situation.
The 6.2” QHD display has been ditched in favour of an FHD version with a pixel density of 407ppi. That said, the leaked reports suggest that the screen will still have a 120Hz refresh rate, making it ideal for gaming.
The leaked renders suggest that the phone will have a hole-punch flat display with the cutout placed in the top centre. At the back, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition is reported to have a rectangular-shaped camera module. The phone is said to be measured at 74.5 x 159.8 x 8.4mm thin and weigh 190g. There’s expected to be an in-display fingerprint scanner on board. It is also reported to run on Android 10-based Samsung One UI 2.x software.
Connectivity options are expected to include 5G (depending on the model), 4G LTE, Bluetooth v5, NFC, Wi-Fi 6, and USB Type-C port. The handset is said to support wireless and reverse wireless charging. It is expected to have two stereo speakers with optimisation by AKG and a metal frame.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition’s primary camera is a 12MP, f/1.8 lens that has dual-phase detection autofocus and optical image stabilisation. That unit is paired with a 12MP, f/2.2,123-degree, wide-angle lens and an 8MP, f/2.0 telephoto lens with OIS. Upfront, there’s a 32MP camera poking through the tiny hole in the phone’s display with f/2.0 aperture.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition is expected to have a triple camera setup with a 12MP main camera, f/1.8 aperture, a 12MP wide-angle shooter with 123-degree field-of-view, an 8MP zoom camera and f/2.0 aperture that will offer 3x optical zoom.
All handsets will have 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a 4500mAh battery, Bluetooth 5.0 and WiFi 6 as standard, equipped with a 15W charger.
Sensors onboard are tipped to include accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetic sensor, hall sensor, light sensor and virtual proximity sensor. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition is expected to be IP-68 water and dustproof.
All for the price of £580 instead of the whopping £899 tagged unto the Samsung S20.
This phone will reportedly sit alongside the flagship Samsung Galaxy S20 series but will have toned-down specifications to make the price tag more aggressive. Of course, there won’t be a Samsung Pen. The phone will be available in bright colours like orange, lavender, green, red and navy blue.
The Galaxy S20 Fan Edition could be announced in the next few weeks as part of Samsung’s aggressive campaign to launch a new phone each month, but this is subject to speculation.
Be sure to check back to our website to see any updates on the much-awaited Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan edition.
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