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Samsung Galaxy S20 Lite: price, release date and ‘Fan Edition’ tease

We’ve been waiting for the Samsung Galaxy S20 Lite for a little while now, but the latest rumours are suggesting it may actually be called the Galaxy S20 ‘Fan Edition’. Either way, here’s everything we know about the upcoming smartphone. 

Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S20 has impressed since its release back in February, with the flagship phone packing great camera capabilities and all-round solid performance. But the potential arrival of a Galaxy S20 Lite could offer would-be S20 buyers the chance to pick up some of the same tech at a more attractive price.

Releasing a Lite version of its flagship device wouldn’t be out of character for Samsung. Earlier this year we got both the Galaxy S10 Lite and the Galaxy Note 10 Lite. These took much of what made their namesakes great, but offered it at a lower price.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Lite ‘Fan Edition’ release date

Twitter leaker, Ice Universe, suggests the phone is set to land in Q4 of 2020. That falls in line with our expectations and Samsung are likely to want the handset on the market in time for the retail-heavy Christmas holiday period.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Lite ‘Fan Edition’ name and price information

The Galaxy S10 Lite hit the market at £579 and the Galaxy S20 cost £799 on release. We’re expecting the base Galaxy S20 Lite to come in around the same price as the S10 Lite – around £550-£600. Twitter leaker, Ice Universe, cryptically teased fans in his latest post, saying: “Price nice.”

According to Sammobile – a site usually very reliable when it comes to news about the Korean brand – there is a Galaxy S20 Lite on the horizon and it’s being developed under the internal name ‘Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition’. This name also crops up in the below tweet from Ice Universe.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Lite ‘Fan Edition’ camera

Rumours regarding the camera that’ll sit on the back of the Fan Edition version of the S20 are a little sparse, however Samsung leaker Ice Universe has speculated that it won’t use the new Samsung ISOCELL GN1 sensor. Instead, it’ll pack the same IMX555 12-megapixel sensor as the regular  Galaxy S20.

This is far from a bad thing and we’re big fans of the camera on the S20, so bringing it to an expected cheaper device seems like a winner to us.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Lite ‘Fan Edition’ specs and features

The Sammobile report goes on to say that the phone should come with at least 128GB storage and boast One UI 2.5. This will be the version of Samsung’s Android skin that gets announced alongside the upcoming Note 20 series. We expect that phone, along with a more powerful Ultra version, to be unveiled and released at an announced August 5 event.

A post from Twitter-leaker Ice Universe suggests that the phone will come with a Snapdragon 865 chip, which is pretty much what we expected. The above Ice Universe tweet also suggests a 120Hz display – this would be first for a ‘cheaper’ Samsung phone – and an IP68 rating for water resistance.

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