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Like most markets outside North America, India got the Exynos variant of Samsung’s fantastic upper-mid-range Galaxy S20 FE. This model simply isn’t on par with its Snapdragon-powered sibling on several fronts, including 5G connectivity. Now, Samsung is bringing the S20 FE 5G to the Indian market right around the time OnePlus is set to drop its 9-series flagships in a similar price bracket.
The Galaxy S20 FE with Exynos 990 didn't quite take off as the S10 Lite did in India, most likely because of some known shortcomings of Samsung's chip. The company will hope that offering the Snapdragon 865-powered model can claw back some sales for a device that has been very popular in other markets. This new option has little to do with 5G, as India is yet to jump on the 5G bandwagon. But it still makes sense because Qualcomm processors enjoy a better reputation among Indian consumers.
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As for their differences, the Snapdragon Galaxy S20 FE is expected to be better at power efficiency and sustained performance over its Exynos counterpart. There could also be a price variation between the two, but we don’t have any official word on that yet. We should hear more from Samsung before S20 FE 5G sales begin on March 30.
As expected, the Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S20 FE 5G is priced higher than its 4G-only sibling, though the difference isn’t as substantial. The new variant comes with a sticker price of ₹55,999 (~$765) but will be sold for ₹47,999 (~$656) initially. In comparison, the Exynos model currently retails for ₹44,999 (~$615). If Samsung’s track record is anything to go by, this introductory price will likely stick around for quite a while.
This discounted price is available across several retail channels, including samsung.com, amazon.in, and Samsung’s own and partner offline stores starting today, March 31. In terms of performance, the Indian 5G variant should be comparable to the one we reviewed and liked quite a lot.
- June Hizole