The first quarter of 2022 has been a busy time for Samsung as the South Korean company once again launched an ultra-modern Samsung Galaxy F23 5G device. Samsung on its mission of providing a better alternative to its pricey flagship phones introduces the Galaxy F23 5G that offers great value for money. It’s a delicate balance how Samsung manages to please every fan without compromise in value. This is a welcome trend and one we’ll love to see on other Samsung smartphones.
The Samsung Galaxy F23 5G is an honest step up from last year’s Galaxy F22. One of the biggest upgrades of the phone is the highly effective Snapdragon 750G 5G chipset. However, other features that caught our attention is a highly predominant digital camera, decent display resolution, and battery. On the outer impressions of the phone, it’s quite disappointing that the Galaxy F23 5G does not have any main beauty improvements.
Does the Samsung Galaxy F23 5G has enough in its armoury to please consumers who want a serious bang for their buck? Here’s our unbiased review and verdict about the phone, along with its current price in the US and Nigeria.
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Samsung Galaxy F23 5G Key Specifications
- Display: 6.6-inch IPS LCD, 120Hz
- Resolution: 1080 x 2400 pixels
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 750 5G
- Front Camera: 8-megapixel
- Rear Camera: 50-megapixel + 8-megapixel + 2-megapixel
- RAM: 4GB /6GB
- Storage: 128GB
- Battery Capacity: 5000mAh
- OS: Android 12, One UI 4.1
Design and Display
The little upgrade on the design of the Galaxy F23 5G can be seen on the back panel. The square camera module is now rectangular which gives the phone a flagship-like look. The back of the phone has a matte finish that accords with its shiny body. The fingerprint-resistant smudges are not clearly visible on the forest colour variant which is superb. However, there’s no silicon case out of the box, thereby making you spend extra bucks.
At 198g, the Samsung Galaxy F23 5G is neither heavy nor light but rather sturdy irrespective of its all-plastic physique. The decision of embedding the fingerprint scanner inside the power button is a welcomed development.
The volume rockers are positioned beside the power button for easy accessibility. Underneath the phone is a USB-C port, 3.5mm headphone jack, and single speaker. Meanwhile, the SIM tray sits on the left and it contains two nano-SIMs in addition to a microSD card.
The display of the Galaxy F23 5G has improved in some areas in comparison with its predecessor. The phone retains the LCD panel but with a top-end 120Hz refresh rate. It also has a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection unlike most phones with the same price.
The Samsung Galaxy F23 5G has a 6.6-inch display that’s showing at 1080 × 2400 pixels (FHD+) resolution. Apart from the poor display panel, other features of the phone’s screen are top-notch. The colours are vivid and vibrant enough to give you the best gaming or movie session experience.
Samsung Galaxy F23 5G: Cameras
The Samsung Galaxy F23 5G has a total of 68MP sensors in its quad-camera setup with one upfront and three at the back. The phone’s rear camera department is headed by a 50MP lens with an f/1.8 aperture that’s assisted by an 8MP ultra-wide camera and a 2MP macro lens. There’s an 8MP lens in the front that takes care of selfies.
The phone’s camera app is feature-rich with lots of camera modes that are equally on Samsung’s flagship devices. The camera does a nice job in taking landscape and close-up photos, especially in the daytime. However, low light efficiency is where the camera fails although it has slightly improved compared to Galaxy F22.
The selfie camera’s performance is surprisingly good, especially in daylight settings. It captures detail accurately and you can equally get blur-free shots. The photos taken were above common much to our surprise.
The new Samsung Galaxy F23 5G can shoot videos at 4k, although without the best optical image stabilization (OIS). The camera app allows you to switch from the main camera to an ultra-wide lens while recording a pretty good video. However, shooting in poor lighting conditions is something below average even at 1080p and the OIS didn’t perform well if you’re moving around whereas filming.
Performance and Software
The Samsung Galaxy F23 5G will get the much-needed speed boost with the power efficiency of the Snapdragon 750G SoC chip. Samsung has opted for a top-end processor, unlike the MediaTek Helio G80 chipset that’s on the Galaxy F22.
The device is certainly among the fastest at this price tag and can effectively serve you on everyday use likewise in hard-core gaming. There’s a two 4GB and 6GB of RAM options with a single storage variant of 128GB.
The Galaxy F23 5G runs on Android 12 based One UI 4.1 update. Samsung has promised two years of software updates and four years of security updates for its devices. This means the Galaxy F23 5G will be getting up to the Android 14 update.
The Samsung Galaxy F23 5G presents expertise for lovers of midrange phones. The interface isn’t that great as you won’t be getting an always-on-display like most Samsung flagship phones. However, a nicely loaded One UI comes with some nice pre-installed apps aside from the standard Samsung, Google, and Microsoft apps.
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The battery of the Galaxy F23 5G has a slight decrease from that of its predecessor. However, a 5000mAh battery is very sufficient for every user, operating for more than 48 hours on moderate use.
Fortunately, Samsung equipped the Galaxy F23 5G with a 25W fast charger although you’ll need to buy it separately as it’s not included in the phone’s box. It’ll take the 25W charger less than 1 hour, 30 mins to completely power the battery from 0 to 100%.
Samsung Galaxy F23 5G: Price and Availability
- Price in the US: $327
- Price in Nigeria: ₦190,000
The Samsung Galaxy F23 5G price starts at ₦190,000 ($327) for the base 4GB of RAM with a 128GB storage variant. There’s an upgraded 6GB RAM variant with the same storage that’s selling at ₦230,000 ($396).
For the availability, the Samsung Galaxy F23 5G had its global launch on March 08, 2022. The phone will be available for purchase nationwide at every accredited retailer, shop, and slot. Also, you can for any of the handset’s variants at all top online stores worldwide.
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Samsung Galaxy F23 5G Full Specifications
- Brand: Samsung
- Model: Galaxy F23 5G
- Release Date: March 08, 2022
- Operating System: Android 12, One UI 4.1
- Weight: 198g
- Colours: Aqua Blue, Forest Green
- Touchscreen: YES
- Type: IPS LCD, 120Hz
- Display Size: 6.6-inches
- Screen Resolution: 1080 x 2400 pixels
- Dimensions: 165.5 x 77 x 8.4 mm (6.52 x 3.03 x 0.33 in)
- Facelock Support: YES
- In-display fingerprint scanner: No
- Sensors: Fingerprint (side-mounted)
- Chipset: Qualcomm SM7225 Snapdragon 750G 5G (8 nm)
- CPU: Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 570 & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 570)
- GPU: Adreno 619
- RAM: 4GB /6GB
- Inbuilt Storage: 128GB
- SD Card slot: Yes
- Rear Flash: Dual-LED Flashlight
- Rear Camera: 50MP f/1.8 (wide), 8MP f/2.2 (ultra-wide), 2MP f/2.4 (macro)
- Video: 1080p @30fps
- Front Camera: 8MP f/2.2 (wide)
- Front Flash: —
- Wi-Fi: YES
- Bluetooth: 5.0
- USB: MicroUSB-C 2.0
- GPS: YES
- WLAN: YES
- SIM: (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- Technology: GSM / HSPA / LTE / 5G
- 3G Support: Yes
- 4G/ LTE Support: Yes
- 5G Support: Yes
- Speed: HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A, 5G
- Capacity: Li-Po 5000mAh, non-removable
- Fast Charge: 25W
- Price in Nigeria: ₦190,000
- Price in Dollar: $327