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Is the Samsung Galaxy F23 with a 6.6-inch screen, triple camera setup, 5,000mAh battery, and Snapdragon 750G a good deal? Read our Samsung Galaxy F23 review now.

It seems that the affordable smartphone sector has a lot on its back! To appeal to a wider audience, these smartphones try to keep almost everything from good cameras and fast processors to larger displays. And the new addition to the affordable smartphone segment family is the Samsung Galaxy F23. With nearly three thousand dollars more than the previous iteration of the Galaxy F22, it brings an FHD+ TFT display instead of an AMOLED and its battery size has been reduced by 1,000 mAh. Though, there are still some notable upgrades like the Snapdragon 750G processor, 120Hz refresh rate, and now with 5G connectivity.

Samsung Galaxy F23 5G competes with many other budget smartphone competitors like Xiaomi, Realme, Vivo, Moto G71 and many more. So, is the Samsung Galaxy F23 just part of the big budget smartphone rush? Or does it bring something new to the table? Well, I can’t say that based on numbers and specs only on paper! Obviously, there are a lot of questions about it. To find the answers, I used it for about two weeks, and this is what I found.

Samsung Galaxy F23 design

Instead of using the primary color options, the Samsung Galaxy F23 comes in two new shades – Forest Green and Aqua Blue, while featuring a minimalist design on the back. The rear cameras are positioned vertically along with the lamp on a rectangular unit that protrudes from the main panel. While the plastic case at the back has a matte finish with a glossy bezel on the sides. Although it is a large smartphone and weighs around 198 grams, it feels comfortable to hold with a frame that is curved on the sides. The back panel is not scratched, but faint smudges can be seen without hampering its overall appearance. While it’s at the front, it comes with an Infinity-U screen design on the top (that’s what Samsung likes to call it!).

Samsung Galaxy F23 screen

The Galaxy F22 was launched last year with a Super AMOLED display while the Samsung Galaxy F23 switched to a 6.6-inch FHD+ TFT display. Whatever the reason for this reduction, the truth is that you won’t miss out on much from your viewing experience. It brings bright and vibrant colors, but yes, you won’t experience the same under bright sunlight! The screen struggles to bring in quite a bit of brightness and color which makes it a bit difficult to read and check the smartphone. Well, the 120Hz refresh rate along with the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 is a huge boost from the previous F series smartphone which only gets 90Hz of refresh rate. This makes the Galaxy F23’s display worthy of gaming with ease.

Samsung Galaxy F23 performance

This is the first F-series smartphone from Samsung to use the Snapdragon 750G processor with 5G connectivity. It combines two memory options of 4 GB and 6 GB of RAM along with a storage capacity of 128 GB, which can be expanded up to 1 TB via a memory card. Here, I used the 6GB RAM variant for the review, which did not show any stuttering or lag while moving from one app to another, using it for daily use or even for casual gaming. But if you’d rather go ahead and play long hours with HD games like Call of Duty, BGMI, or Asphalt 9, the phone starts to get tired and even heats up.

On the software side, the Galaxy F23 runs One UI 4.1 based on Android 12 which features a clean and easy-to-use interface loaded with a number of customizable options – from texts and themes to color palettes for app icons. Even though it comes with some pre-installed apps from Samsung and third parties, they stay there silently without pushing unnecessary notifications. Also, if you don’t want to keep it, you have the easy option to uninstall it whenever you want. As for audio, it comes with a 3.5mm audio jack and speakers that are loud enough to room. Well for security, it features face recognition as well as a fingerprint sensor in the unlock button that sometimes struggles to recognize the fingerprint quickly.

This comes with 5G connectivity which is still on paper in India and when we will use it is still unknown. Despite this, I used Vodafone’s 4G network, which made the experience of connecting and connecting to the Internet hassle-free.

Samsung Galaxy F23 Battery

One of the great features of the Galaxy F23 is its battery power. For normal use, including calling, texting, scrolling through social media and listening to music, the 5,000mAh battery can allow the phone to run for more than a day. Whereas, if you are going to enjoy binge-watching or long hours of gaming, you will of course need to charge it at the end of the day. But this was a rare case for me because I didn’t play games for hours on end.

But here comes another Samsung setback, you won’t even get the charging adapter inside the box of a budget smartphone now! Unfortunately, either you need to buy a Samsung support 25W charger or you have to settle for any other existing charger from other smartphones. I tried charging it with a 30W charging adapter which can power it up from 0 to 100 percent in about 1.5 hours.

Samsung Galaxy F23 cameras

The camera performance output with the Galaxy F23 was a surprise considering the price of the smartphone! By setting the triple camera on the back on a rectangular module featuring a 50MP primary sensor, an 8MP wide-angle camera, and a 2MP depth sensor, it managed to deliver more than expected. The photos turned out to be bright, sharp, and true to their color in daylight. Well, in indoor photography, the photos seem to have softer details naturally but without hampering the color tones. Even in low-light situations, the camera was able to capture enough light to bring images with detail and colour. Likewise, the macro mode is not very useful unless you show your complete dedication to keeping the focus on one element! Hence, I preferred to take close-up shots with only the primary camera.

While portrait mode cannot define edges well in images. Although the bokeh effect is decent, it comes with the option to customize after the photo. Not only that, Samsung has integrated a ‘Fun’ mode into the camera that takes filters directly from Snapchat – which may be interesting to social media fans for sure. Having said that, the 8MP selfie camera was also able to bring in selfies with evenly distributed lighting on the face as well as the background without changing skin tone colors – in daylight as well as artificial lights.

For a clearer picture, check out our camera samples here…

Speaking of video recording, the Galaxy F23 supports Super Steady Mode which was even capable of shooting steadily moving subjects but the auto focus caused jitters in the video. Well, there is not much to complain about the Galaxy F23 camera while considering the price, it is neither great nor bad! Just decent.

Rule

at a price of Rs. 15,999 for the 6GB variant, the Samsung Galaxy F23 offers just about everything in a well-balanced way. From a simple, modern design, a 120Hz refresh rate display, long battery life, clean software, 5G connectivity and decent camera performance – it’s easy to recommend the Galaxy F23 to anyone looking for a budget smartphone for casual use while keeping everything on board. . But the missing charging adapter from a low-cost smartphone is what disappoints me even more. In this case, buying a new Samsung 25W charger will eventually drive up the phone’s price.

Though, there is a wave of smartphones under Rs. 20,000 price segments to choose from. For gamers, the Vivo T1 is there to keep in mind, while the Redmi Note 11S offers an AMOLED display and better charging, but only consider if you don’t care too much about 5G connectivity. Otherwise, Realme 9 Pro with its design quotient and 33W charging could also be a great option.

product name

Galaxy F23 5G

Positives

  • Great battery life
  • Good camera performance
  • Clean software experience

cons

  • The charging adapter is missing
  • Seeing the screen under the sunlight
  • slow charging

to set

  • Show

    6.6 inch FHD + TFT screen

  • battery

    5000 mAh, 25W wired charging

  • rear cameras

    50 mega pixel + 8 mega pixel + 2 mega pixel

  • front camera

    8 mega pixel

  • You

    Android 12, One UI 4.1