This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Samsung has announced a new addition to the Galaxy S20 series, the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition.
It has the same high-end specifications as the flagship Galaxy S20, including a Snapdragon 865 processor, three cameras (wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle, and telephoto), and a 120Hz display, but with some specifications such as the resolution and amount of RAM in the mid-range to keep the price down, the so-called "affordable flagship" positioning of the product.
Key specifications of the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition include a Snapdragon 865 processor, 6GB RAM (8GB to 16GB for the S20, depending on the model), 128GB internal storage (microSDXC slot supports up to 1TB), 6.5-inch Super AMOLED Display (2400 x 1080, 120Hz), etc.
The rear cameras are 12MP f/1.8 wide-angle (optical image stabilization supported, dual pixel AF), 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide angle, and 8MP triple optical zoom. It has the same triple-camera configuration as the normal S20 5G. (The S20+ 5G and S20 Ultra have a quad configuration with a time-of-flight camera on it.)
The front-facing camera, on the other hand, carries a 32MP sensor, which is more than the S20 / S20+. (The top-end ultra-high-end S20 Ultra has 40MP on the front.)
Other than that, the housing material has been changed from metal to polycarbonate, and there are six pops of color to choose from. It has IP68 waterproofing and 4,500 mAh battery capacity, which is more than the unmarked S20 and is common to the S20+.
The key price is $700 in the U.S. for the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition sub6 5G model and $750 for the millimeter-wave 5G-enabled model, exclusive to carrier Verizon. Pre-orders are available starting September 23.
It's not an inexpensive mid-range model in absolute terms, but it's cheaper than the S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra, which were available from $1,000 and up, depending on the model, and is positioned to compete with sub-$1,000 models from competitors.
It will be released in the US on October 2. The term "Fan Edition" alone doesn't tell us much about whether it's above or below the regular S20, or if it's a limited edition with a different value, but it seems to indicate that this is a model that's going to be available "to all fans," meaning that it's more affordable to more consumers than the more expensive high end, which has a limited buyer base. It seems to be an iPhone XR-like mentality that they didn't call it the S20 Lite to avoid giving it a cheap, low-end image.
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