After last year’s Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite, it was always likely that Samsung would launch a Samsung Galaxy S20 Lite, but we are only now hearing rumors about it. According to sources speaking with SamMobile, a new S20 model known internally as the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition is in development. Apparently, it is not clear whether it will be launched under that name or as the Samsung Galaxy S20 Lite, but an S20 Lite is what it is supposed to be essential.
The sources say that this phone has the model number SM-G780 for the worldwide versions and SM-G781 for the US, and this makes it clear that it is a Galaxy S10 Lite successor since that phone has the model number SM-G770. As for what you can expect from the Samsung Galaxy S20 Lite, the worldwide version will apparently be available both with and without 5G, while the US will only come in a 5G variant.
It is also likely that it will have at least 128GB of storage, and that Android 10 will run over the top with Samsung’s One UI 2.5, the latter being so new that there are no phones yet, but it is likely to make its debut on the Samsung Galaxy Note 20.
Not much is known yet about the Samsung Galaxy S20 Lite, but if it follows in the footsteps of the S10 Lite, it probably has the same chipset as the rest of the Galaxy S20 series, namely the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865.
That’s the top-end Android chipset at the moment, and it could mean that the S20 Lite is actually more powerful than the standard S20 outside the U.S. because as SamMobile notes, Samsung’s main flagships usually have an Exynos chipset instead of a Snapdragon one outside the U.S., but the S10 Lite came with a Snapdragon everywhere, and this year’s top Exynos chip is not as good as the Snapdragon 865.
We don’t know when the Samsung Galaxy S20 Lite might land, or what it might cost, but for reference, the Galaxy S20 Lite launched in January, and sold for $650 / £579 (roughly AU$940). The sources haven’t heard a word of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Lite either, even though there is a Note 10 Lite, but that doesn’t mean they won’t come.