Forget Apple And Google, This Surprise Phone Is 2020’s Unlikely Brilliant Device
As a new class of over-priced mechanical marvels and ultra high-end smartphones emerges, ‘affordable’ handsets are becoming more powerful and cheaper. September’s bloated launch schedule is solid proof of that.
Manufacturers have to strike a balance between cost, performance, build quality and some special extras to stand out from the crowd. Because of this, when I’m not reviewing a phone, I’ll plump for a Google Pixel because I think they offer most of the above with some unique AI features thrown in. Read why that’s so important here.
But rivals are starting to crowd Google’s space, with Apple reportedly dropping the entry level iPhone 12 price to $649. I’m eagerly awaiting my Pixel 5 review unit to arrive, but until that lands it is Samsung’s new Galaxy S20 FE 5G that has taken my sim card hostage. And it’s growing on me, fast. Here’s why.
The 120Hz refresh rate is such an important display feature in 2020. It makes a huge difference to your smartphone experience. That refresh rate is aided by Samsung’s Super AMOLED technology, which remains unmatched. There’s no QuadHD option like on more expensive Galaxy phones, but I’m not missing it.
I usually opt for FHD at 120Hz on my Galaxy Z Fold 2, instead of 60Hz at the higher resolution because the fluidity is noticeable and addictive, particularly when gaming or watching videos. A 120Hz refresh rate on Samsung’s excellent display tech, at this price range, is an important differentiator.
The 4500mAh battery, too, borrows from age-old mid-range phone principles: it’s cheaper, it’s worse, but it lasts. On moderate usage, the FE lasts comfortably past 24 hours.