S20 FE 4G with Snapdragon 865 Review
Yo! Suprise! Samsung Malaysia refreshes the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE LTE version with a Snapdragon 865 processor. When this smartphone was launch in Oct 2020 and reported here for the price RM2,699. At that time, the LTE version is powered by Exynos 990. I am not sure of any particular reason that Samsung refreshes this version with Snapdragon 865, but it is good news for me that I don't really favour the Exynos processor. Basically, there is no change in the rest of the hardware perspective and I am excited to share my user experiences with you on this unit.
Let's have a quick open box and hardware review. It has a charger, cable and the unit itself. The hardware specification is 8GB RAM and 128GB UFS 2.1 storage (I am very disappointed). The rear camera set up a 12-megapixel main sensor with f1.8 and Dual Pixel binding and OIS. 8-megapixel for telephoto lens and 12-megapixel for the ultrawide lens. Here are some sample shots on my Instagram profile.
Performance-wise, I don't think I need to do a benchmark test on Snapdragon 8 series chipset. But, I am going to show you my WETEST result with Mobile Legend Bang Bang. Once again, Samsung surprise me with the occasional frame rate drop. The damage is not significant but, you can feel it when you are playing the game. If I compare this with Samsung Galaxy A71, this unit performs far better than that. However, if I compare this with Samsung Galaxy A52, then we can clearly show that Snapdragon 720G has much more consistent performance.
Another thing that is worth talking about is the Samung Dex. This unique business software is upgraded to a new level. For those who didn't know, Samsung Dex is a "home screen" mode designed for the flagship version of the smartphone i.e Note series and S series. When you connect your Samsung smartphone to a monitor plus keyboard and mouse, you can switch on the Samsung Dex mode. It will change the interface like a Windows Desktop mode. However, to my surprise, Samsung has upgraded this version of Samsung Dex whereby I can connect to my current Windows PC and switch on a Samsung Dex mode. I will provide more details next time.
In conclusion, if you are looking for an upgrade from your old mid-range series smartphone, I think you will face a difficult situation because, with the price range less than RM2,000, you have many choices from other brands that offer almost the same performance and lower price range. Samsung is not really a cheap brand smartphone ya. But, for your business usage and stable performance, my recommendation is still the latest and greatest yet, Samsung Galaxy A52 or A72.
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