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Samsung's got another Galaxy S20 in store for its fans. And the device has been tailored for our unusual times.
The Galaxy S20 Fan Edition, also known as the FE, packs some high-end features found in the rest of the S20 lineup -- like low-band 5G connectivity -- but at a starting price of $699. That's $300 less than the regular Galaxy S20. Adding super-fast millimeter wave 5G connectivity for the Verizon model brings the price up to $749 (though the carrier is currently offering a promotional $50 discount for new customers).
What you need to know about the new Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra
Never let it be said that Samsung doesn't shake things up. Last year it gave us two Galaxy Notes for the first time since 2014. (Remember the Note 4 and Note Edge? Those were the days.) Just a few months ago, Samsung revealed a trio of new Galaxy S phones, including an oversized model that waltzed into the Galaxy Note's corner of the market. Which has left the top-end of the company's lineup feeling awfully crowded. And the crowd just gotAnd the crowd just got bigger. Samsung officially revealed the Galaxy Note 20 ($999) and Note 20 Ultra ($1,299) today, alongside a slew of other new devices at its online-only Unpacked event.
The 6.5-inch S20 FE has the same Snapdragon 865 processor as the rest of the lineup and includes IP68 water resistance. It sports three rear camera lenses, including a 30X Space Zoom like what's featured in the S20 and S20 Plus. It's available in six bright colors. One of the device's biggest differences from the rest of the lineup: The back is made of plastic instead of glass.
Samsung, which unveiled the FE on Wednesday during, hopes to attract people who shy away from a $1,000 phone but still want flashier features of the company's Galaxy S lineup. And it's those people who want that Galaxy S brand instead of the . During the novel coronavirus pandemic, that could turn out to be a lot of potential buyers.
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"It's very much a response [to the pandemic]," Drew Blackard, vice president of product management for Samsung Electronics America, said in an interview ahead of the news. "We've seen the need for a really more value segmented offer that focuses on those core features that we know our users love the most and prioritize the most."
The company had considered introducing a device that fell between the A Series -- which ranges from $110 .-- and the bottom end of the S Series, which starts at $999, Blackard said. It's done something similar in the past, like
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But the pandemic caused Samsung to speed up the FE's development and release, something it could do because it controls many parts of its supply chain. The FE, which goes on sale in the US on Oct. 2, arrives about seven months after the other S20 phones hit the market, whereas the S10 Lite became available in the US .
"One of Samsung's core advantages and competitive advantages in the market is speed," Blackard said. "We can very quickly design new products and get to market."
Samsung, which phones , with , most handset makers are seeing lower demand amid the raging novel coronavirus pandemic. , over 31 million have been infected and millions more are out of work, unsure when they'll next earn a steady paycheck.in the second quarter, has been introducing its new devices in a difficult environment. Instead of facing a strong market for
While tech overall has seen a spike in demand during the pandemic, the phone market has struggled. Consumers are opting for less expensive devices, saving their money altogether or spending their cash onand other . This year, because of the pandemic, according to CCS Insight.
These are our favorite accessories for Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra
At $999 or $1,299, the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra can safely be called flagship smartphones. And whether you're purchasing them unlocked or financing, you'll want to protect the devices. (Or if you opt for the Mystic Bronze colorway, you'll want to tastefully protect the device while showcasing the color.) © Provided by CNN DualPro for Samsung Galaxy Note 20 So you'll be glad to know we've rounded up the best accessories for the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra. Samsung has a full line of cases that give you an easy way to view notifications on the front, and OtterBox aims to keep your device super protected.
Samsung, despite launching its new Galaxy S20 lineup in March and its Apple shipped the most .over the following months, saw the biggest year-over-year drop of the world's top five phone makers in the second quarter, Canalys said. Samsung's 30% decline allowed to leapfrog it to become the world's biggest smartphone vendor for the first time, noted. It was the first time in nine years that a company other than Samsung or
Samsung now hopes the S20 FE helps turn things around.
"The new Galaxy S20 Fan Edition is ideal [for the current environment]," said Avi Greengart, an analyst at Techsponential. "It gives people differentiated features … all at a price people are looking to pay."
Samsung was counting on this year's Galaxy S20 lineup -- its-- to woo buyers who'd been waiting to upgrade their devices. Then COVID-19 swept across the globe. The US went into lockdown about a week after Samsung's Galaxy S20 lineup hit stores. Because consumers were worried about money -- and couldn't see the new devices in person -- demand fell. In July, Samsung said its from the previous year.
In the US, Samsung sold about 44% fewer Galaxy S20 models in the first four months of sales than thelast year, according to M Science, a data analytics provider that tracks stats like mobile adoption.
Die-hard Samsung fan criticizes the design of the upcoming affordable Galaxy S20 version
Samsung is about to launch the Galaxy S20 FE, a more affordable version of the Galaxy S20 series that was unveiled in the first half of the year. The phone will feature several compromises to keep the price down, both when it comes to design and hardware. A long-time Samsung leaker mocked the Galaxy S20 FE’s design after the phone was featured in a video preview on YouTube. Samsung shocked buyers a few months ago when it confirmed rumors that said the cheapest Galaxy S20 would cost $999. That was an incredible price hike for the handset, compared to Samsung’s pricing structure for the Galaxy S20 and the iPhone.
What Samsung has found is that its less expensive S20 model has attracted the most buyers in recent weeks. In a normal year, it's the priciest Galaxy S or Note phone that sells in the highest numbers, at least at first, Blackard said. About six to eight weeks later, after the mega fans have made their purchases, the lower end models sell better.
That happened this year but in a more pronounced way, Blackard said. Thewas the top-selling device of the lineup at launch, he said, just as the surpassed sales of the cheaper Note 20. But then the less expensive models became more popular.
"Within the first six to eight weeks [after] launch, you start to see that transition happen," Blackard said. "And in this case, it just happened more sharply than it did the year before."
Cheaper is king
Phone makers have responded differently to the pandemic. In the case of Apple, it likely developed. At $399, , and it includes a feature that's perfect for the times: a Touch ID fingerprint reader. That , versus the Face ID technology in Apple's pricier phones.
That device helped iPhone 12 lineup, in part because of pandemic-related production issues. Instead of arriving in September, as iPhones normally do, the devices ., even as the company delayed its high-end
Samsung's answer to the iPhone SE was its Galaxy A lineup, a batch of devices available overseas for years but arriving in the US for the first time. The four new Galaxy A51 . Samsung even introduced two devices, the $500 Galaxy A51 5G and the $600 to $650 Galaxy A71 5G, giving the South Korean company two of the cheapest 5G phones in the US.models ranged from $110 for the Galaxy A10 to $400 for the
The Galaxy S20 FE falls more in line with Apple's iPhone 11. It's part of the premium range but lower priced. The iPhone 11 has been one of Apple's top sellers over the past year.
Samsung hopes the FE performs the same way.
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