The Samsung Galaxy S20 range was launched back in February. Now there is a new expansion called the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition. This is essentially a Galaxy S20 Lite except for the name, which means that it is cheaper than the rest of the range but still has many of the same features.
What exactly does it bring you when you choose the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition over the regular Galaxy S20? And is it an upgrade for the Samsung Galaxy S10?
To answer these questions and to make your purchase decision easier, we compared the three phones in all important areas. So read on for a complete look at each phone.
Once you pick up the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition, it should be clear that it is not a flagship because it has a plastic back while the other two models have glass.
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And the three look a bit similar from the front as they each have an all-screen design with a punch-hole camera. While the Samsung Galaxy S10 places the camera in the upper right corner, both the Galaxy S20 and the S20 Fan Edition place it in the middle of the top.
The back is a bit different visually too, as the S20 and S20 Fan Editions have a large camera block in the top left corner while the S10’s cameras run horizontally.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition is available in the colors Cloud Navy, Cloud Red, Cloud Lavender, Cloud Mint, Cloud White and Cloud Orange.
The Galaxy S20 is now available in the colors Cosmic Gray, Cloud Blue, Cloud Pink, Cloud White and Aura Red. The Galaxy S10 is available in the colors Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Green, Prism Blue, Canary Yellow, Flamingo Pink and Cardinal Red. and smoke blue. Note, however, that not all colors are necessarily available in all regions.
Their weights and dimensions also differ: the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition is available with 190 g and 159.8 x 74.5 x 8.4 mm, the Samsung Galaxy S20 with 163 g and 151.7 x 69.1 x 7 , 9 mm and the Samsung Galaxy S10 with 157 g and 149.9 mm x 70.4 x 7.8 mm. While none of these phones are particularly powerful, the S20 Fan Edition is the biggest and heaviest, but then it has the biggest screen.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition has a flat 6.5-inch screen with 1080 x 2400 AMOLED, making it the largest but lowest resolution of the three, as the standard Galaxy S20 has a 6.2-inch curved screen at 1440 x 3200 pixels (which makes it the highest resolution), and the Samsung Galaxy S10 is slightly smaller at 6.1 inches, with a 1440 x 3040 curved screen.
Not only is the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition a larger size than the Galaxy S10, as both it and the standard Samsung Galaxy S20 have a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz, while the Galaxy S10 is stuck at 60 Hz.
It’s worth noting, however, that on the standard S20, you’ll need to lower the resolution down to FHD + to get a refresh rate of 120Hz, which is the same as the S20 Fan Edition’s resolution.
When it comes to the screen, choosing between the S20 Fan Edition and S10 is mostly a choice between a larger screen with a higher refresh rate (in the case of the S20 Fan Edition) or a smaller one with a higher resolution (in the case of the S10) . In terms of overall quality, the standard Samsung Galaxy S20 beat both of them.
All three phones have triple lens cameras, and they’re also built pretty similar, but not identical.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition has a 12MP f / 1.8 main camera with optical image stabilization (OIS) as well as a 12MP f / 2.2 ultra-wide camera and an 8MP f / 2.4 telephoto camera OIS, 3x optical zoom and higher to 30x digital zoom.
The Samsung Galaxy S20, on the other hand, has a similar 12MP f / 1.8 main camera with OIS and a 12MP f / 2.2 ultra-wide camera. However, the telephoto camera is a 64MP 1: 2.0 camera with OIS, 3x lossless zoom and 30x digital zoom.
Finally, the Samsung Galaxy S10 has a 12-megapixel main snapper with a variable aperture that can move between 1: 1.5 and 1: 2.4. This has OIS too, but the sensor is smaller than the other two phones, which means it will have more problems in low light.
The Galaxy S10 also has an ultra-wide 16MP f / 2.2 camera and a 12MP f / 2.4 telephoto camera with OIS that supports 2x optical zoom.
If you switch to the front-facing cameras, you get a 32MP f / 2.2 on the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition, while the Samsung Galaxy S20 has a 10MP f / 2.2 and the Galaxy S10 has a 10MP f / 1.9 .
We need to give the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition a full review in order to properly assess its cameras. On paper, however, it sounds like it was a minor upgrade from the Galaxy S10, while the standard S20 probably has the best of three – certainly we were impressed with the cameras in our review.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition has the largest battery in the series with 4,500 mAh – and of course the largest screen, so that more power is consumed. It supports 25W fast charging, 15W wireless charging and reverse wireless charging.
The standard Samsung Galaxy S20 has a 4,000 mAh battery with the same charging specifications and the Samsung Galaxy S10 has a 3,400 mAh battery with 15W charging (both wired and wireless) and reverse wireless charging.
At the time of writing, we haven’t fully assessed the battery life of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition, but we’ve found that both the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S10 have solid battery life – conveniently over a day, but probably not up to two .
Technical data and functions
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition may be the lowest end model of the S20 range, but it doesn’t lack performance as it has 6 GB of RAM and either an Exynos 990 chipset (in the 4G model) or a Snapdragon 865 (in) the 5G one). The former is the top of its lineup, while the latter is easily beaten by the Snapdragon 865 Plus but can still be found in many flagships for 2020.
In fact, the standard Samsung Galaxy S20 has either the Exynos 990 or Snapdragon 865 chipset depending on the region (with the US getting the Snapdragon and most other places getting the Exynos), even though it’s paired with 8GB or 12GB of RAM .
Finally, the Samsung Galaxy S10 has either the Exynos 9820 or the Snapdragon 855, with the same region split up. They were both top-end in 2019 but were beaten by the chipsets in the S20 and S20 FE.
Although the S10 has 8 GB of RAM again, it has the worst chipset, but more RAM than the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition.
It may also have more storage space with a choice of 128GB or 512GB, while the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 Fan Edition both only have 128GB. However, all three phones also have a microSD card slot.
It’s worth noting that you can’t get 5G with the Galaxy S10. This is another benefit of the S20 and S20 fan editions. All three phones are running Android 10 at the time of this writing, but we’d expect them to get it updated to Android 11. Oh, and all three phones have on-screen fingerprint scanners too.
Price and availability
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition starts at £ 599 / AU $ 999 which you get the 4G model for. If you want the 5G version it goes up to $ 699 / £ 699 / $ 1,149 – this is also the only version available in the US. In the US and UK, the phone hits stores on October 2nd, while in Australia you will have to wait until October 9th.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 is available now and costs from £ 799 / AU $ 1,349 for a 4G version with 8GB of RAM. If you need 5GB and 12GB of RAM, look for $ 999 / £ 899 / AU $ 1,499. At least these were introductory prices, but some stores are now selling the phone for a little less. As with the Fan Edition, the 4G model is not available in the US.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 starts at $ 749 / £ 669 / AU $ 1,149 for 128GB of storage and goes up to $ 1,149 / £ 999 / AU $ 1,699 for 512GB, although it may be available for much less in some stores. As mentioned above, this phone only comes in a 4G version – there’s the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, but that’s actually a different phone.
In terms of starting price at least, the Samsung Galaxy S20 is the most expensive of these phones, as you’d expect, while the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition is theoretically the cheapest, but if you look around, the Galaxy S10 can probably be the cheapest at one found similar price or even a little less. But then the S10 is also smaller, less powerful and lacks 5G – all it really wins is the build and the resolution.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition retains many of the things you’d expect from a Samsung flagship, but comes at a much cheaper price point than the standard S20, presumably thanks to the plastic back and lower resolution screen.
Despite these trade-offs, it actually has the largest display and battery of the three phones compared here, and it can measure up to the rest in most other ways – at least on paper.
So if you don’t need the best of everything, this could make for a tempting buy unless you can find the Samsung Galaxy S20 at a good retail price (which is just around the corner with Amazon Prime Day at the time of writing) could do soon ).
The Samsung Galaxy S10 is now showing its age. So if you can’t find it for a part less than the Fan Edition, it probably isn’t your best bet. If you already have an S10, you probably don’t need to upgrade to the S20 Fan Edition as the improvements are minor and this is a step down in some ways.