The Galaxy S23 FE is an interesting device, not because of performance or any major surprises, but more of the fact that this has pretty much the same design uniformity as the rest of Samsung’s lineup this year.
The one thing that would have separated it from the A series design is those bezels, but it’s noticeably thicker than what we got with the S21 FE, and can barely be told apart from the Galaxy A54.
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Samsung Galaxy S23 FE Price In Nigeria
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE Costs around ₦717,000 in Nigeria. The international version comes with Exynos 2200 while the US version comes with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.
Samsung’s FE line of devices has always been sort of the bridge between the flagship and the midrange Samsung devices. It’s flagship but not quite flagship, and midrange but also not quite midrange. Sporting mostly specifications from last year’s S22 series, but didn’t measure up in build quality and other features.
Samsung didn’t release an A74 this year probably because the A70 series were getting too close to the FE. I was actually recommending the S21 FE last year whenever someone mentioned getting an A73 because it wasn’t that far apart in price.
To properly separate it from the A series in build quality Samsung used an aluminium frame, and that makes a lot of difference in how it feels on the hands. You can easily tell it’s a more premium phone.
Its display is Samsung’s Dynamic AMOLED with up to 1450 nits of peak brightness and HDR10+ support. I need not dwell on the quality of Samsung displays, I believe we all know what they’re capable of.
As for the bezel, everyone seems to be complaining about it, while I think it should’ve been slimmer, it really does not affect user experience in any way, and it’s something you don’t spend time looking at, nor does it make the display unattractive.
All while I have used it, at no point did I pick it up and was conscious of the bezel size. But that doesn’t excuse the fact that it has the most bezels on any phone around its price. While it’s not a deal breaker, it should’ve been better. I mean the S21 FE had really slim bezels.
Also had Gorilla Glass Victus on the display by the way, plus a plastic back, so it’s actually a more durable phone. Back to this. We get a 120hz refresh rate which is very smooth.
Software & UI
It’s currently running on One UI 5.1 and the current Android version 13. One UI 6 and Android 14 is already at the door. With 4 years of OS upgrades, there’s no complaint as far as the software performance and support are concerned.
Storage, RAM & Fingerprint
There are two storage variants for the S23 FE – 128 and 256GB, both with 8GB of RAM. No expandable storage option. As an improvement from the S21 FE, this supports eSIM alongside dual nano SIM cards.
The optical fingerprint scanner works just fine in my experience. Performance wise I’ve not had any problems using the S23 FE for day-to-day tasks.
Processor & Performance
While it’s an FE device, it does perform like a flagship thanks to the Exynos 2200 which has been well-optimised for the S23 FE Most might prefer the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 version which is meant for the US, but there’s really nothing to complain about the Exynos 2200 except for gaming which we’ll talk about shortly.
It doesn’t heat up, nor does it have any of the early complaints associated with the S22 series of last year which has the same processor. Samsung has properly optimized it, also improving the cooling system here for better efficiency.
Battery Life & Charging
We get a 4500mAh Battery with the S23 FE and 25w Fast Charging. It also supports 15w fast wireless charging and reverse wireless wireless charging. Battery life has been solid for me, can go the whole day and average 6 to 7 hours of screen on time with average use.
Camera & Video recording
It comes with an improved 50MP Main camera which is an upgrade from the 12MP on the S21 FE, alongside an 8MP Telephoto Camera with 3x optical zoom, and a 12MP ultra-wide. The selfie camera is 10MP. That’s less than the 32MP we had on its predecessor.
The Galaxy S23 FE is capable of shooting 8K videos at 24 frames per second. You will get good 8K footage, however, stabilization at 8K is not as good as you’ll get with 4K and below. 8K is only possible from the rear camera. It can shoot 4K at 30 or 60fps from both selfie and rear cameras. The low-light video performance is impressive.
This device is difficult for me to recommend especially here in Nigeria for its price which can get you an S22 Ultra or S23 Plus as I mentioned before. Let me just say that the S23 FE is overpriced. If you can get it at a significantly discounted price, then it’s a good one.
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