Samsung Galaxy S20 FE vs. OnePlus 8T: Which should you buy?

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE vs. OnePlus 8T
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE vs. OnePlus 8T (Image credit: Apoorva Bhardwaj / Android Central)

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

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Thanks to outstanding hardware and insane value, the Galaxy S20 FE is one of the best Android phones you can buy today. Samsung nailed the basics here, with the phone offering a 120Hz AMOLED panel, same primary camera as the Galaxy S20, IP68 rating, wireless charging, and all-day battery life.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

Flagship killer

Fluid 120Hz AMOLED display
Snapdragon 865 with 5G connectivity
Same 12MP camera as regular S20
IP68 dust and water resistance
15W wireless charging
Three Android version updates
Polycarbonate back
No 3.5mm jack

OnePlus 8T

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The OnePlus 8T sets a new standard for performance on Android. It is powered by the Snapdragon 865 chipset, has a 120Hz AMOLED panel, comes with an exciting new 65W fast charging system, and runs Android 11 out of the box. It misses out on the extras, but if you want one of the fastest phones money can buy, get the 8T.

OnePlus 8T

Performance beast

Gorgeous 120Hz AMOLED display
Snapdragon 865 with 5G connectivity
Android 11 out of the box
65W wired charging
Metal-and-glass design
No IP rating
No wireless charging
Doesn't offer the same value

With the Galaxy S20 FE, Samsung is throwing its hat in the affordable flagship category. The phone shares the same foundation as the regular Galaxy S20 — including the same camera, 120Hz display, and Snapdragon 865 — but the fact that it is much more affordable makes it a standout value. In fact, it offers such a good value that it overshadows the OnePlus 8T.

Galaxy S20 FE vs. OnePlus 8T: The two best value flagships of 2020

With traditional flagships now regularly costing over $1,000, manufacturers are increasingly looking at the $600 to $800 category to offer affordable options that still deliver the latest internal hardware. That's the case with both the Galaxy S20 FE and the OnePlus 8T. The Galaxy S20 FE in particular is astounding as it costs just $700 (opens in new tab), and we just haven't seen Samsung offer this kind of value for a really long time.

By contrast, the OnePlus 8T starts off at $749 (opens in new tab) and doesn't quite deliver the same kind of value as the Galaxy S20 FE. With OnePlus building its entire business around value, it's strange to see Samsung offer more in this area with the S20 FE.

Let's take a detailed look at what's on offer with either device. The Galaxy S20 FE shares a similar design aesthetic as the Galaxy S20 series, but the camera housing is more in line with the Note 20. In short, you're getting a phone that looks just as modern as other Android flagships, and as a bonus, Samsung is offering the S20 FE in exciting color options.

Both phones offer a great value, and come with a modern design with gorgeous color options.

The one issue on the design side of things is that the Galaxy S20 FE has a polycarbonate back, unlike the glass finishes on the regular S20 series. To Samsung's credit, the matte finish at the back does a great job hiding the fact that the material is polycarbonate, and although there's no glass back, you're not missing out at all. Particularly considering Samsung retained the same hardware as the S20, it's decision to go with a plastic back is a smart one.