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Samsung Galaxy F23 5G review: Is it sufficient to differentiate itself in this segment?

Samsung Galaxy F23 5G Review: Samsung’s latest mid-range smartphone is 5G ready and packs a punch in terms of features. However, is that sufficient to differentiate yourself from the competition?

When Samsung launched the Galaxy F23 5G, I was a little taken aback by the price – Rs 17,499. The reason: Samsung already stated that it would eliminate the charger included in the box. Typically, phones in this price range include a charger, which is what the majority of consumers expect. Fast charging at 33W is almost ubiquitous in this segment these days.

Samsung, on the other hand, looks to be taking a different approach, removing chargers from its whole device lineup. Whether with or without a charger, the Galaxy F23 5G’s performance in regular use remains an open subject. Here is our assessment.

Samsung Galaxy F23 5G specifications: 6.6-inch Full HD+ screen with 120 Hz refresh rate | 4GB or 6GB RAM + 128GB storage with support for 1TB expandable storage | 50MP main camera + 8MP ultra-wide and 2MP macro| 8MP selfie camera | 5,000mAh battery with support for 25W fast charging | Samsung’s One UI 4.1 based on Android 12 | Colors: Forest Green and Aqua Blue

In India, the Samsung Galaxy F23 5G costs Rs 17,499 for the 4GB+128GB variant and Rs 18,499 for the 6GB+128GB variant.

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What’s excellent about the Samsung Galaxy F23 5G?

The Samsung Galaxy F23 5G in Forest Green is pretty attractive, with a simplistic appearance. The phone is entirely made of plastic, but the build quality is excellent, and the phone features a triple camera on the back that does not protrude excessively. The fingerprint sensor is integrated inside the right-side power button. It does continue to the bottom with the headphone jack.

While the 6.6-inch LCD display is prone to smudges, it performs admirably in the majority of situations. Yes, it is rather reflective in direct sunshine, and you will need to increase the brightness outside. Samsung has added an adaptable smoothness feature, which automatically adjusts the refresh rate up to 120Hz. This is also better for battery life than the normal switch to 60Hz or 120Hz option found on the majority of phones in this price range.

Samsung Galaxy F23 5G
Samsung Galaxy F23 5G

The display itself performs admirably for daily browsing, watching Netflix episodes, and so on, and should satisfy the majority of users. The audio experience could be improved, but again, this is not a deal-breaker.

The Galaxy F23 5G is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G, which was previously seen in the Xiaomi Mi 10i, OnePlus Nord CE 5G, and others. According to Samsung, the phone supports 12 5G bands, which means it should be future-proof for the majority of people seeking for a long-term gadget. I have the 6GB RAM version, and the RAM + option allows you to increase the RAM by another 6GB.

For general surfing and daily use, the Samsung Galaxy F23 5G performs admirably, though I did notice some sluggishness at times. When I played Asphalt 9 at the maximum display settings, the experience was not entirely seamless, and the phone became quite warm near the top. When rendering with Genshin Impact, there was a perceptible lag, even at the lowest settings. However, I was able to play the game without incident.

The Galaxy F23 5G features a triple rear camera configuration of 50MP+8MP+2MP, as well as an 8MP front camera. The camera performs admirably in bright outside conditions, capturing clear images with accurate colour reproduction. Even vibrant hues like as reds and maroons are handled expertly and avoid appearing burnt out. Night mode photographs are bright, but at the expense of detail, which is not optimal in most situations. However, the overall camera performance is comparable to that of the majority of phones in this price range.

The phone features a 5000mAh battery that comfortably lasts more than a day with moderate usage and slightly more than a day with heavy usage. The issue is that there is no charger included, and it only allows 25W fast charging. Although I did have an older Samsung charger from the Note 9 series, it took about two hours to charge the phone to 100%.

The phone is powered by Android 12 with the One UI 4.1 skin on top. Samsung also promises two years of software updates for the smartphone, which implies it will at the very least receive Android 13 and 14. Additionally, it will include four years of security upgrades, which is excellent news.

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What’s not to like about the Samsung Galaxy F23 5G?

One observation I made was that the fingerprint sensor was not always reliable. At times, an error message would display and the device would not unlock, while at other times, it functioned flawlessly. I’m not sure why this continued to occur, but it was a reoccurring issue.

Samsung Galaxy F23 5G
Samsung Galaxy F23 5G

The front camera takes standard selfies. The 8MP does appear to be a compromise in this class when compared to what competitors provide. While photographing at night, the primary camera was unable to preserve the subject’s details.

Finally, the tablet becomes heated when playing games with high graphics settings, and I noticed lag and stuttering with Genshin Impact even at the lowest settings. What I especially disliked were Samsung’s notifications promoting its Galaxy Store, etc., and turning them off via the settings took a long time.

Should you consider the Samsung Galaxy F23 5G?

The Galaxy F23 5G performs admirably in this pricing range. The display is excellent, the battery is amazing, and the camera and overall performance should satisfy the majority of users. Additionally, it supports 5G, making it a future-proof phone in this segment. However, the performance is not flawless.

However, customers may be disappointed by the lack of a charger. Not everyone will be able to use their old Samsung 25W charger with this new phone. If one wishes to purchase the official Samsung charger and cable, the price is Rs 1,999 as indicated on the website. The phone will cost approximately Rs 20,000 in this situation. When compared to the Redmi Note 11 Pro or Pro+ or even the Realme 9 series, Samsung’s F23 is clearly inferior.

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