Anyone in India looking for a phone around Rs 45,000 price point is bound to consider the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE and the OnePlus 8T. These are two new phones from two top phone makers in India and it is fair to assume that consumers are going to look at both. While ultimately it is up to you, the buyer, to pull the trigger, in case you are wondering how the two phones compare and what they offer with their respective price point, here is a quick comparison of the Galaxy S20 FE and the OnePlus 8T.
Now, there are a number of things we can talk about these phones. Like everything that the OnePlus 8T lacks. That IP rating for the dust and water-proof design, for example. Or what the Galaxy S20 FE doesn't have. For example, that lack of Snapdragon 865 in the Indian variant. And we can go on and on. But instead of that, let's keep it simple. We are simply going to tell you that at a price point of around Rs 45,000 that OnePlus 8T is a better choice, and much better value for money.
The reasons for this boil down to some important talk points. Not only the OnePlus 8T is cheaper by Rs 7,000, which is significant, as it starts at Rs 42,999 compared to Rs 49,999 for Galaxy S20 SE, it is also a better-looking phone, and a faster device.
OnePlus 8T vs Galaxy S20 FE: Making sense of specs
If you want your phone to look premium, the OnePlus 8T is a better choice. Unlike the plastic back in the Galaxy S20 FE and Gorilla Glass 3 layer on top of the screen, the OnePlus 8T comes with a full metal and glass body and Gorilla Glass 5 layer. It looks premium and in hand feels like one with its frosted glass finish. In comparison, the plastic of the Galaxy S20 FE feels like, well, plastic. Manufacturers are increasingly going back to using plastic in their premium phones, but let's hope in the future we get more phones like the OnePlus 8T rather than the S20 FE as far as build material is concerned.
On the display, both the phones seem evenly matched. They use AMOLED screens. The display size in the Galaxy S20 FE is 6.5-inch while the OnePlus 8T screen measures 6.55 inch. In other words, no practical difference in the screen size of the two phones. The resolution is also the same, which is 1200 x 2400 pixels with 120Hz screen refresh rate. As far as the quality of the screen is concerned, we have reviewed the OnePlus 8T and have found its screen to be excellent, an observation also confirmed DisplayMate that has given the screen A+ rating. The S20 FE screen should be good too given its specs, but that is all we can say about it.
Despite metal and glass body, and a sliver of larger screen, the OnePlus 8T is marginally and without any practical implications two grams lighter than the S20 FE that weighs 190 grams.
The camera performance, as far as specs are concerned, should be marginally more fun on the Galaxy S20 FE because it has a telephoto lens. The OnePlus 8T, on the other hand, has an ultra-wide angle lens along with the main camera. There are two more cameras on the OnePlus 8T a 2-megapixel macro camera and a 2-megapixel monochrome camera. They are likely to be of little use in use. The main camera on the OnePlus 8T uses a 48-megapixel sensor, and 16-megapixel sensor in the ultra-wide camera. The Galaxy S20 FE uses a 12-megapixel main camera, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera and a 8-megapixel telephoto lens camera. Performance between the main cameras of the OnePlus 8T and the Galaxy S20 FE is similar. Some differences here and there but practically not much to talk about it, this way or that.
On the front, OnePlus 8T has a 16-megapixel camera and F20 SE has a 32-megapixel camera. Again, performance in use is going to be similar.
On the battery part, the OnePlus 8T is better. It comes with a 4500 mAh battery with 65W charging and a 65W charger in the box. The S20 FE too comes with a 4500 mAh battery but with 25W fast charging, and only a 15W charger in the box. The S20 FE supports wireless charging.
OnePlus 8T wins it in performance
So far we are seeing that the OnePlus 8T and the Galaxy S20 FE are evenly matched, except in the design department where the OnePlus 8T wins it. But it is the performance why we recommend the OnePlus 8T. This phone comes with Snapdragon 865 and is well-tuned for performance by OnePlus. OnePlus are some of the fastest Android phones you can buy and the OnePlus 8T is no different. The Snapdragon 865 is well proven, and is used in top phones, including top gaming phones.
The OnePlus 8T also supports 5G, which is not that relevant for India right now but it's good to have.
The India variant of the Galaxy S20 FE, however, does not use the Snapdragon 865 unlike its global variant. Instead, it uses the Exynos 990. And that is, well in front of the Snapdragon 865, makes it look a little weaker.
We believe that the good performance of the OnePlus 8T is also due to the software. Unlike the One UI in the S20 FE which is based on older Android 10, the Oxygen OS 11 in the OnePlus 8T uses the latest Android 11. It is also a cleaner, simpler, sharper-looking user interface, although these things can be a little subjective. But subjective or not, we have seen that OnePlus phones, largely because of their software, remain fast for longer duration, and they also get Android updates quicker.
OnePlus 8T vs Galaxy S20 FE: Conclusion
Both of these are good phones. But we feel that the OnePlus 8T, which is significantly cheaper in India compared to the S20 FE, is a better option. It is also a better option because of its better chipset. Maybe globally, where the S20 FE uses a Snapdragon 865 and is priced cheaper than the OnePlus 8T, the Samsung phone could be a better choice but not in India.
There are a couple of other points. The OnePlus 8T lacks certification of dust and waterproof design, something that the S20 FE has. But we have seen in the past that despite lack of IP rating certification, which costs money, the OnePlus phones offer similar water and dust protection than other phones. Still, if IP rating matters to you, the S20 FE could be a better option, or maybe choose the OnePlus 8 Pro in that case because just at a few thousands rupees more that is a much better phone.
The S20 FE also comes with wireless charging. And support for a microSD card, which uses one of the two SIM slots. However, we don't think these are relevant for most consumers. If they are for you, well take into account when you are making your choice.
Overall, we think that price that is less by Rs 7,000 compared to the Galaxy S20 FE price, a more premium finish and design, A+ grade screen, faster performance, support for (futuristic but irrelevant right now) 5G, and the best software support and updates in the Industry make the OnePlus 8T a more compelling option than the S20 FE.