The $600 Samsung Galaxy S23 FE revives the corporate’s Fan Version of telephones, and it is promoting for a a lot lower cost than the unique $800 Galaxy S23. Samsung on Tuesday revealed the lower-priced flagship, which retains many higher-end options just like the inclusion of a telephoto lens for the digital camera and reverse wi-fi charging. There are noticeable adjustments, nevertheless, that may not have an effect on the cellphone’s general enchantment, however reveal how Samsung was capable of supply the cellphone at a $200 worth distinction. (Worldwide pricing wasn’t instantly out there, however its US worth roughly converts to £500 and AU$950.)
The S23 FE’s launch comes after Samsung paused the road in 2022, having launched the Galaxy S21 FE early that yr however determined to not release a Galaxy S22 FE. These telephones have aimed to offer as a lot of the flagship cellphone expertise as doable for much less cash, and in some instances enhance by together with a much bigger battery and display screen. Whereas Samsung does supply lots of Galaxy A phones priced at $450 and fewer, Samsung’s FE telephones are likely to concentrate on essentially the most noticeable options from its higher-end line whereas making cuts in areas that might be much less noticeable.
Within the case of the Galaxy S23 FE, Samsung determined to cut back by utilizing final yr’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor — however that processor remains to be fairly highly effective for many duties and could be present in Motorola’s $1,000 Razr Plus foldable cellphone. There’s additionally a noticeable change within the cellphone’s look, with the usual Galaxy S23 utilizing a extra shiny aluminum body than the aluminum used on the FE.
The Galaxy S23 FE has a 50-megapixel vast digital camera and a 12-megapixel ultrawide camer, just like the Galaxy S23, however its 8-megapixel telephoto digital camera is a minor step down from the common S23’s 10-megapixel zoom digital camera. The S23 FE additionally makes use of a 10-megapixel front-facing digital camera, versus the 12-megapixel one seen on the usual S23.
Nevertheless, the Galaxy S23 FE does embody a barely greater battery than the unique S23: 4,500 versus 3,900 mAh. The cellphone can also be somewhat greater than the Galaxy S23, with the FE together with a 6.4-inch show that makes it a hair shorter than the 6.6-inch show on the S23 Plus. The S23 FE’s show can run at a 120Hz refresh price, however will adapt between that 60Hz, relying on the cellphone’s exercise, to save lots of battery.
However apart from these variations, the cellphone shares many similarities with the Galaxy S23. That features Android 13, wired charging at a velocity of 25 watts, wi-fi charging together with the flexibility to wirelessly cost different units, an in-display fingerprint sensor and 128GB or 256GB storage choices. In contrast to the cheaper $450 Galaxy A54 5G, the S23 FE doesn’t embody expandable storage through microSD.
The cellphone might be out there in six colours at launch, with shops getting mint, purple, cream and graphite. Indigo and tangerine colours can even be out there by means of Samsung’s web site.
In my transient time utilizing the cellphone, I paired it with a Galaxy Watch 6, browsed web sites and took a couple of pattern pictures on the Samsung 837 showroom in New York.
Whereas I will want extra time with the cellphone to get a greater impression, my preliminary ideas put the Galaxy S23 FE as much less of another for “followers,” however extra as an choice to think about as a step up from the $499 Pixel 7A and the Galaxy A54. Whereas digital camera testing might be wanted to see how the FE compares to the 7A, the brand new Samsung cellphone does have a barely greater display screen than Google’s cellphone. The S23 FE additionally features a telephoto lens with a 3x optical zoom, which neither the 7A nor the Galaxy A54 embody.
The Galaxy S23 FE arrives within the midst of the busy fall cellphone season, debuting the night time earlier than earlier than Google plans to unveil its Pixel 8 line. Samsung can also be more likely to reveal the Galaxy S24 early subsequent yr, just a few months from now.
However the FE does present a extra premium choice for somebody trying to step up from telephones that usually value between $300 to $500, and it might present all of the necessities at that lower cost.