Well, as we progress into the second week of october - the most exciting week of 2020 for tech enthusiasts , I must say! What with the launch of Google Pixel 4a, iPhone 12, Realme 7i, Xiaomi Mi 10T series, OnePlus 8T, Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, Samsung Galaxy F41, and lot of other smartphones. It's literally raining smartphones ! But, today we are here to see which one among the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE ( apparently Fan Edition) and the OnePlus 8T , has the best offering for the price. Mind you, that the OnePlus 8T hasn't been launched officially yet and this comparison is almost 90% correct base don various leaks and confirmed rumors. So, let's dive into it! Also, we are comparing with Galaxy S20 FE 4G model with Exynos 990.
Let's start off with the elephant in the room - the processor under the hood! Galaxy S20 FE is surprisingly still rooting for the Exynos 990 chipset while the OnePlus 8T will be powered by the Snapdragon 865 or 865+ chipset. It has been proven multiply by many reviewers that the Snapdragon version is way more energy efficient and powerful than the Exynos 990. But, according to Samsung it's the same chipset powering the Note 20 Ultra , S20 Series ....... (* slow claps *) Anyway, going by that point we still do get "flagship" processor for the S20 FE. But, purely based on user experience and benchmark scores, this round goes in favor of the OnePlus 8T.
Next, we will jump to something that's going to be a really tight war - Display! Both the models offer 120 Hz refresh rate HDR 10+ viewing experiences. Both are 6.5 inches is size and the ppi is almost same around 400. So, what then will distinguish them ? One is the S20 FE will be protected by Gorilla Glass 3 while the OnePlus 8T will be protected by Gorilla Glass 6. Well, that was kind of expected given how Samsung had to cut corners somewhere. Also, both have flat screens which is very much appreciated by a lot of people ! I personally find the curved screen much more premium and catches lot of attention. So, this round is a tie !
The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE has more or less maintained the same design as the Galaxy S20 except with triple camera setup on the back. Also, the body is plastic which is not like the one you find in budget phones but "premium" plastic with matte finish and is available in 6 colors - orange, blue, white, green, black, pink. The Oneplus 8T would most probably come with glass back similar to the Oneplus 8 or 8 pro. The rear cutout however is similar to the Galaxy S20 with quad camera setup. OnePlus 8T looks to be available in just 2 colors I think Green and Black. So, design wise I think this round I would give it to Galaxy S20 FE for its aesthetically pleasing looks and form factor.
I know this round is the toughest one, but bear with me on this one. Galaxy S20 FE on the rear packs 3 interesting cameras - 12MP (wide) with OIS, 12 MP (Ultra Wide) , 8MP (telephoto) with OIS. Now, I think this is a perfect combo that Samsung has identified and not added just another camera for hyping the spec sheet. All three of them essentially cover 90% of the use cases for any consumer. The OnePlus 8T however, likes to do the talking with numbers. So, it packs 4 cameras - 48MP (Wide) with OIS, 16MP Ultra Wide, 5MP macro and 2MP depth. We have seen OnePlus 8 or 8 pro perform well in almost all conditions including low light conditions, but I simply don't understand the need for macro or depth sensor. They could have gone for 8MP telephoto easily. Now, the real life photos comparison are yet to be done, but if the history is of any indication it will be close battle. The front selfie cameras are same in both cases - 32MP ultrawide angle sensor with punch hole setup. But, the S20 FE can capture 4K 30fps/60fps while the OnePlus 8T can capture 1080p 30fps. So, I'm going to go with Galaxy S20 FE for it's advanced image processing and telephoto zoom and 4K 60 fps on selfie.
Battery Backup :
The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE and the OnePlus 8T both pack 4500 Mah battery , but... but the S20 FE supports 25W fast charging (only 15W power brick included in the box) and the OnePlus 8T , my friends supports 65W fast charging. (not sure if we would see the 65W charger in the box) . And both would support wireless charging. So, this round clearly goes in favor of OnePlus 8T!
Well, this is a no brainer. S20 FE supports 4G while the OP 8T supports 5G. Now, this gets interesting because - do we really need 5G as of now when there's no service provider ? Or is it something that you want to invest on and wait for the providers to start 5G in next couple of years ? that's your call! I personally wouldn't mind either, but from the point of view being future proof OP 8T is clearly got it covered.
As of now, both models do not have official pricing yet. But, the Galaxy S20 FE is said to be priced at Rs.50 K while the OnePlus 8T is said to be priced between Rs.40K to Rs.43K . This is clearly in favor of OnePlus 8T
Manufacturing Location :
Samsung - South Korea
OnePlus 8T - China
Overall, both the phones have very similar features and specs and it's tough to decide on one. In some place Galaxy S20 FE is better and in some places OnePlus 8T is better. It's a close call and finally upto the users as to what they feel is more important. According to me, if I had to choose a winner I think it would be the OnePlus 8T by slight margin mainly because of its pricing. If Samsung had priced it correctly at around 40K just like the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite, I would have tilted to Samsung. I just feel with 4G, plastic back, triple camera, flat screen and cheaper chip compared to SD 865, I think the pricing could have come down easily be Rs. 40K , but don't see that happening. Also, there's soon going to be an announcement for Samsung Galaxy Note 20 FE which is again going to be an interesting one. So, stay tuned for that one!
Do let me know which phone would you rather go for ?