Both Samsung and OnePlus have launched their affordable flagship champions in the market. From Samsung, you have the beloved Fan Edition version of their 2021 flagship – the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G, while from OnePlus, we have the regular OnePlus 9. So buyers might be confused about which one deserves their hard-earned money. In this article, we compare the two phones and tell you five reasons why you should choose the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G over the OnePlus 9.
1. Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G offers a more versatile primary camera
The first reason you should choose the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G over the OnePlus 9 is its rear camera setup. Samsung Galaxy S20 FE boasts a pro-grade Triple Camera at the back consisting of a 12MP Ultra-wide camera, a 12MP wide camera, and an 8MP telephoto camera. With the OnePlus 9, you lose out on the telephoto lens. Instead of the telephoto lens, the OnePlus 9 has a monochrome lens, which in theory should help in improving the colour profile of the pictures. That said, in real-life performance, we don’t think that anyone can spot the improvements.So, most users will prefer the more practical telephoto lens of the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE as it brings 3x optical zoom, allowing you to capture faraway subjects without any loss in quality. You also get a 30x Super Resolution Zoom feature that works far better than OnePlus 9’s 10x digital zoom feature. The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G also has better low-light performance thanks to its Dual-pixel sensor and enhanced computation photography. With bigger pixels and enhanced camera AI, the cameras pull in more light, even in dark environments. The camera also shoots multiple frames at once and combines them to produce clear nighttime shots with more details and less noise.
With Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G, you also get exclusive camera features such as Night Hyperlapse, Single Take, and Live Focus Video. Our favourite is the Single Take feature that allows you to shoot for up to 15 seconds and presents you with a variety of videos and photos, shot using all three of the rear cameras. With one tap, you can capture close-up shots, ultra-wide shots, black-and-white shots, Hyperlapse video, Boomerang video, and more. With this feature, you don’t need to decide on the framing of shots beforehand. Just use Single Take and capture them all.
2. Better front-cameras for beautiful selfies and vlogs
The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G boasts a 32MP (F2.2) selfie shooter against the 16MP (F2.4) selfie camera of the OnePlus 9. Keeping the megapixels aside, the selfie shooter on the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G is more capable and better suited for the new generation who spend as much time shooting selfies and vlogs as they do shooting with the primary cameras. The selfies captured with Samsung Galaxy S20 FE are more vivid and have more details.
Even if you are not able to spot the differences between the selfies, you will immediately notice the vast quality difference in the video. The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE can capture 4K video at 60fps, while the OnePlus 9 restricts you to 1080p video at 30fps. Whether you talk about details, colour profile, movement, or anything else, there’s no doubt that the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE captures better selfie videos than the OnePlus 9.
3. Get extreme durability with IP68 certification
One of the first features companies axe for their affordable flagship is the IP certification. Samsung knows that fans hate this compromise, and being the fan edition that it is, the Samsung Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G is IP68 water and dust resistant. That means the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G can withstand 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes. You can carry your phone with you anywhere you go.
4. Never run out of storage with up to 1TB of external storage support
You can never have enough storage on your smartphone. High-resolution photos and 4K videos, along with movies, TV series, and games, take up a lot of space on our phones. The worst thing you can experience while capturing your favourite moments is a low storage warning. With the OnePlus 9, you are stuck with the offered 128GB and 256GB storage choices. There’s no such restriction with the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G. With its external microSD card support, you can add up to 1TB of storage. It’s especially beneficial for content creators who spend hours and hours recording and creating their next masterpiece.
5. Unmatched Galaxy experience with Samsung exclusive features
When you buy the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, you are not only getting the hardware that you pay for but also the unmatched Galaxy experience that Samsung has refined over more than a decade. Samsung understands that your smartphone holds your most private information and moments, so you get Samsung Knox. Being a Knox device, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G comes with hardware-backed encryption, so your data is always safe. Samsung Galaxy S20 FE also supports the Wireless DeX feature that allows you to connect your phone to an external display and use it as a desktop. You can use it to get serious work done or give your next presentation. Apart from these, you get Samsung Pay, guaranteed timely updates till Android 13, and several other features that enhance the overall smartphone experience.
If you consider all the features that we have discussed, you will see that the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G is a better choice than the OnePlus 9 for a vast majority of users. Even when you factor in the pricing, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G comes out to be a better value for money. While the phone is priced at Rs 54,999 in India, you can knock Rs 8,000 off that amount by getting instant cashback. This makes the device cheaper than the OnePlus 9, which starts at Rs 49,999. If you are in the market for a new phone, don’t waste any more time and buy the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G. The phone is now available via Samsung.com, Amazon.in, and leading retail outlets across India.