Samsung Galaxy A20e review
The looks of a premium phone wrapped up in a budget-friendly device
Our Samsung Galaxy A20e review finds a phone that looks stunning with a near-bezel less screen that has a small dewdrop notch for the camera lens. These looks have been reserved for flagship phones but now come to the affordable end of the market, with prices starting from £11 per month on a 24-month contract
The Infinity-V Display engages you in a cinematic experience
The Samsung Galaxy A20e has an ample 5.8” Infinity-V Display and the V moniker denotes that there is a small notch in the centre of the screen. This notch is where the lens of the selfie camera sits.
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The display is vibrant and colourful and with HD+ resolution (720x 1560 pixels), detailed imagery is on offer. The elongated and extended display has a 19.5:9 screen ratio and this helps you to get lost in your favourite TV shows, games, films, and video recordings.
Quadruple colour variants make it easy to match your style
The Galaxy A20e is available in four colour options in the UK. These colour options include Black, Coral, White, and Blue. The phone isn’t amazingly thin at 8.4mm thick, but it is extremely light at 141g.
Plenty of RAM has things running smoothly
We don’t find a blazingly fast processor like that of high-end phones, but decent processing speeds are on offer by the octa-core 1.6GHz processor. With 3GB of RAM, games run smoothly and you can multitask in split-screen or pop-up views.
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Phone Set Up
Smart Switch makes it easy to get started
The Samsung Galaxy A20e has the Smart Switch feature and this makes it easy to bring over the content from your old mobile phone. There is a healthy amount of internal memory for this (32GB), and there is an up to 512GB microSD memory card slot, should you need more memory in the future.
Biometric security unlocks the phone with a touch or a glance
Securing your new phone should be a priority and biometrics offer the best solution. There are a rear fingerprint scanner and support for face recognition. If you prefer to go old-school, then you can set up a PIN code.
One UI greatly improves the usability
The One UI user interface really transforms the ease-of-use. One UI makes content and features easier to find and puts buttons and links in the bottom half of the screen, making one-handed use comfortable and practical.
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One UI is based on the Android Pie operating system and this gives you access to two stores (Galaxy Apps and the Play Store) for downloading apps and content.
The pro-loaded content, features, and apps include:
- Night Mode
- Samsung Notes
- Samsung Health
- Data Saver
- Dolby Atmos surround sound
There is also support for SmartThings and this feature lets you connect to nearby devices and smart home devices, such as a smart TV or a smart refrigerator.
Game Launcher lets you focus on performance or power efficiency
Game Launcher puts all of your games in one place and lets you do cool things such as record your gaming sessions or set out how notifications appear. You can also change between three performance modes; balanced, focus on power saving, and focus on performance.
Kids Home creates a safe environment for your children
The Samsung Galaxy A20e has a very useful Kids Home environment. You can turn on Kids Home through the notifications panel and this creates a separate space with safe apps. You can limit daily playtime and view the activity of your child.
Camera & Video
The ultra-wide lens has a field of view that is the same as the human eye
With a dual camera, the Samsung Galaxy A20e puts the power to capture better photos within easy reach. The camera has a 13MP main lens and a 5MP ultra-wide lens. This ultra-wide lens has a 123-degree field of view, which is the same as the human eye. What is really clever is that the camera automatically switches to Wide Shot Mode, if it is needed.
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Camera apps and tools include:
- Clear photos day or night
- Live Focus (background blur)
- 4x digital zoom
- Burst Shot
- Create GIF
- Quick Launch
- Create Stories
- Full HD video recording
- AR Sticker
Selfie Focus creates a blended background to make your portraits stand out
The Samsung Galaxy A20e has an 8MP selfie camera and Selfie Focus, which blends the background and puts the focus on your features. With Smart Beauty Mode, you can enhance your looks to ensure you always look your best.
Play music, watch videos and browse the web all day long
The Samsung Galaxy A20e has a 3,000mAh capacity battery and 15W Fast Charging is possible through the symmetrical USB Type-C charging port. The battery lasts very well and can offer up to:
- 61 hours of audio playback
- 19 hours talk time
- 15 hours of internet use, or
- 14 hours of video playback
Written by: Michael Brown