Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition: Everything we know so far (Update: July 27)
Update: July 27, 2020 (2:30AM ET) : We’ve updated our Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition hub with fresh rumors of the phone’s possible camera specifications.
Original article: July 23, 2020 (7:15AM ET) : Samsung’s flagship sales are slumping . As demand for more expensive devices drops due to rising prices and the ongoing pandemic, we’re seeing more manufacturers release mid-range alternatives. Samsung could be the latest.
According to multiple reports, the company is currently working on a repeat of its Galaxy S10 Lite based on the Galaxy S20 range. Its official name is still up for debate, but whether it’ll be called the Galaxy S20 Lite or Galaxy S20 Fan Edition, here’s everything we think we know about the forthcoming affordable phone below.
Name and release date
The Galaxy S20 Fan Edition is reportedly under development with model numbers SM-G780 (global version) and SM-G781 (US version), according to a SamMobile report from June 11. The Galaxy S10 Lite released with model number SM-G770, so all signs point towards a sequel to that particular device.
What is now being referred to as the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition from multiple sources, was originally thought to be called the Galaxy S20 Lite. While it seems that the phone will still take its place on the lowest rung of Samsung’s flagship ladder, it’ll seemingly adopt a new moniker.
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The Fan Edition title was first used by Samsung on a re-released device based on the Galaxy Note 7 . Samsung may not want to adopt the “Lite” again name as it implies inferiority. That said, the thought of a Fan Edition does remind us of Samsung’s troubled Note.
There were further suggestions made in a June 25 report by ETNews that the phone could come with S-Pen support and adopt the “Galaxy S20 Pen Edition” title, but it’s likely that this was a case of a mistranslation. This could point to a Note 10 Lite sequel instead, but considering the Galaxy Note 20 series hasn’t even launched yet, it may be too early for Samsung to be working on an even cheaper version.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition: Design
Expect a device to draw design cues from its S20 sisters. This includes the Infinity-O punch hole in its display and the rectangular camera array at the rear.
It’s rumored that the S20 Fan Edition will sport a 6.5-inch screen, making it slightly larger than the base 6.2-inch S20, but smaller than the 6.7-inch Galaxy S10 Lite. It’s not yet clear if the phone will sport the 3,200 x 1,440 AMOLED screen of its S20 sibling, or settle for a lower resolution FHD+ display like the S10 Lite.
A SamMobile report on June 25 gave us an idea of the colorways we could expect too, namely blue, violet, and white. On July 23, Dutch tech publication GalaxyClub cited an additional three possible shades, including green, orange, and...