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Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition

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8. Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition

Flagship specs at a more affordable price

Release date: September 2020
Weight: 190g
Dimensions: 159.8 x 74.5 x 8.4mm
OS: Android 10
Screen size: 6.5-inch
Resolution: 2400 x 1080
CPU: Snapdragon 865
RAM: 6/8GB
Storage: 128/256GB
Battery: 4,500mAh
Rear camera: 12MP+8MP+12MP
Front camera: 32MP
Reasons to buy
+Still good specs for the price+Large screen+Big battery
Reasons to avoid
-Middling camera specs-No Android 11 yet?

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition is 2020's version of the Samsung S10 Lite and the S10e before it – the best of the flagship specs with a few trimmed features to save costs. 

Why it's ranked 8th: The S20 Fan Edition is a good combination of specs and cameras, making it a good value for and Android phone with a signature Samsung polish that puts it ahead of most phones at the same price tier. 

Screen: The 6.5-inch Infinity-O AMOLED screen is plenty sharp at Full HD Plus, even if its not quite the WQHD resolution of its pricier siblings, nor does it have the 120Hz refresh rate. It retains an in-screen fingerprint sensor, leaving the phone's back unblemished.

Battery life: The Galaxy S20 Ultra has a huge 4,500mAh battery, helpful for Wireless PowerSharing and mundane binging or gaming you're doing. We found it lasted a day or more, though we still haven't hit the two-day battery life threshold yet. 

Camera: The cameras are another area of trimmed capability: while the 12MP main shooter is fine, but not quite the high-megapixel of the S20 and especially the 108MP S20 Ultra. The other cameras are perfectly suitable, including the 12MP ultra-wide lens, an 8MP telephoto with 3x optical zoom, and a hefty 32MP selfie shooter in a punch-hole.

Read our Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition review