Release date, rumors, specs, all we want to see

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Update: July 12, 2023 (12:37 PM ET): We’ve updated the Samsung Galaxy S23 FE rumor hub with a Geekbench spotting that appears to confirm an Exynos processor.


Original article: Samsung hasn’t had the most consistent relationship with its Galaxy S Fan Edition lineup. Since launching the Galaxy S20 FE model in 2020 to much fanfare, the company has only released one other FE phone, namely the far-less-well-received Galaxy S21 FE. While Samsung originally planned to supplement its flagship Galaxy S series with a new affordable model every year, it conveniently gave the Galaxy S22 FE a pass. We never even got a reason from Samsung for canceling the S22 FE. However, the company reportedly failed to execute its plans due to the global chip shortage.

Now, fresh rumors have once again stirred up hope for a new Fan Edition phone. The Galaxy S23 FE is reportedly in the works to replace one of Samsung’s A series devices. Will the company resurrect the glory of the Galaxy S20 FE? Or will it skip the 2023 FE phone altogether? Here’s everything we know about the Galaxy S23 FE.

Will there be a Samsung Galaxy S23 FE?

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If rumors are to be believed, the Samsung Galaxy S23 FE will replace what would have been the Galaxy A74 to join the current Galaxy S23 lineup. This would have been the most high-end A-series phone to launch globally in 2023, following last year’s Galaxy A73, which introduced 108MP cameras to the range.

While Roland Quandt from WinFuture — a journalist with a pretty good track record of revealing information before it’s announced — went on Twitter in March to say, “It sure doesn’t look like there’ll be an S23 FE this year,” other reports are suggesting otherwise.

A not-so-well-known Korean publication called SisaJournal went on record in mid-March, claiming that Samsung is indeed planning to launch the Galaxy S23 FE in the fourth quarter of this year. That would give it a launch timeframe anywhere between October and December 2023. However, we wouldn’t put too much faith in this since we can’t vouch for the news outlet’s credibility.

But SamMobile and Korea’s Maeil business news outlet both claimed in early April that the Galaxy S23 FE was indeed in the works. A battery leak in June added fuel to that fire. And later in June, leaked renders of the device were surfaced by tipster OnLeaks.

So as of now, the existence of the Galaxy S23 FE is looking likely. We’ll need to wait for Samsung to give us some official confirmation, but that might come just before the phone’s launch. That is, if a Galaxy S23 FE is coming out at all.

What is the Galaxy S23 FE release date?

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  • Samsung Galaxy S20 FE — September 23, 2020
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 FE  — January 11, 2022

As you can see from previous launch dates of Samsung’s Fan Edition phones, there’s no set timeframe for when the company will release a new FE model. The scattered nature of the previous FE launches tells us nothing about the Galaxy S23 FE release date. There’s the fourth quarter launch prediction by the Korean publication we mentioned above. This Q4 2023 release window was corroborated by SamMobile as well.

Another Korean outlet, Hankookireported that Samsung might launch the Galaxy S23 FE as early as August or September. In April, SamMobile also claimed the phone would arrive in the fourth quarter of 2023. Twitter tipster Revegnus predicts that the phone could launch even earlier, sometime in July, before Samsung launches the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Z Flip 5. As per the leaker, Samsung Galaxy S23 series sales have become sluggish, so there’s talk of launching the S23 FE early in certain regions.

It seems that Revegnus may have been on to something, as SamMobile came back in June to assert that the phone will launch in Q3 2023. The outlet also claimed the device would first arrive in select markets with a wider release to come in Q4 2023 and Q1 2024.

We’ll keep an eye out for more rumors regarding the launch of the Galaxy S23 FE and update this article with any potential release information.

What features and specs will the Samsung Galaxy S23 FE have?

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We still aren’t 100% sure that a Galaxy S23 FE is even coming at all, but we do have quite a few leaks already about some of its specs and what it could look like.

Design

The Fan Edition phones usually take inspiration from the design of the more premium Galaxy S series. Of course, there’s always a chance that the company could do something different. Judging by leaked renders provided by tipster OnLeaks, it looks like the S23 FE follows in line with the rest of the S23 series.

The design is so close to the base model Galaxy S23 that the only difference appears to be where the LED flash is located. On the base model, the flash is aligned with the top camera sensor. In contrast, the flash on the FE model is situated between the top and middle camera.

Along with these renders, the leak provided the dimensions as well. It appears the phone could be 158 x 76.3 x 8.2mm. This would be about the same size as the Galaxy S23 Plus, albeit slightly thicker.

Specs and features

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SamMobile and Maeil both asserted in April that the Exynos 2200 processor will power the Galaxy S23 FE. Yes, that would be the same chipset found in European Galaxy S22 models. This would be a disappointment as the Exynos processor was beset by performance woes, not to mention that it would be woefully underpowered when compared to a Galaxy S23, which kind of flies in the face of the Fan Edition concept.

This Exynos 2200 rumor was further supported when a prototype of the phone was spotted on Geekbench, which came with an Exynos 2200 chip and 8GB of RAM. But Maeil claims Samsung has made unspecified “design changes” to the chip to improve yield rates, so hopefully, these tweaks result in better performance and efficiency too.

It sounds like we should expect a flagship processor from 2022 in the Galaxy S23 FE.

Elsewhere, the aforementioned Korean publication also claims that the Galaxy S23 FE would feature a triple camera setup and a 120Hz OLED display.

The SamMobile article that alleged the FE would have an Exynos chip also revealed a few more apparent features. The most notable upgrade is a switch to a 50MP main camera instead of the 12MP shooter on previous models. The information was reaffirmed by GalaxyClub, which reported in May that the upcoming phone would have a 50MP main camera that’s similar to the base Galaxy S23.

Otherwise, the phone is said to offer 128GB to 256GB of storage and a 4,500mAh battery.

The Galaxy S23 FE reportedly passed through China’s 3C certification body in late June, listing 25W wired charging capabilities. So don’t get your hopes up for a charging speed boost over the base S23. The listing suggests you won’t get a charger in the box, either, which wouldn’t be a surprise.

Watch this space for more information as and when leaks reveal new things about the Galaxy S23 FE.

What will the Samsung Galaxy S23 FE price be?

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  • Samsung Galaxy S20 FE — $699
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 FE — $699

According to SisaJournal, the Galaxy S23 FE price is expected to be around 20-to-30% cheaper than the basic $799 Galaxy S23 model with 256GB storage. That would make the S23 FE’s price somewhere around $560 – $640.

Once again, we advise you to take this information with a generous helping of salt. Nothing can be said for sure about the Galaxy S23 FE before more credible sources come forward to spill the beans on the phone. However, a $599 price would make a lot of sense. That would put the Galaxy S23 at $799, the Galaxy S22 at $699, and the Galaxy S23 FE at $599.

Regardless, it’s worth noting that the Galaxy S20 FE and S21 FE both started at $700. So it would be a very unexpected move if the Galaxy S23 FE came in under this price point.

Samsung Galaxy S23 FE: What we want to see

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A chip not older than the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1

There were multiple issues with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip ranging from power consumption to overheating problems. Samsung should avoid the chip and opt for newer SoC. We wouldn’t mind the slightly older Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 at all. It’s much more efficient than the Gen 1 thanks to TSMC’s superior manufacturing node against chips like the 8 Gen 1 produced by Samsung’s foundry.

Unfortunately, the most predominant rumors right now suggest the Exynos 2200 powering the Galaxy S23 FE. We’re still holding out hope for something better, though.

Camera upgrades

The Galaxy S23 FE is long overdue for a camera update. The S21 FE’s photography skills failed to impress because it featured the same core capabilities as the S20 FE. We sure hope Samsung moves on from the aged 12MP main + ultrawide shooters and the pointless 8MP telephoto sensor it presented on the previous Fan Edition phone. It would be great if the company could match the camera setup of the standard Galaxy S23 model or at least keep the larger pixel size and the improved AI photography skills of devices like the Galaxy Z Flip 4.

More RAM

The Galaxy S21 FE offered a measly 6GB of RAM on the base model. We hope Samsung ups that to at least 8GB so that multitasking and opening heavy apps isn’t an issue on the Galaxy S23 FE.


Have any Galaxy S23 FE leaks to share with us? Send us a tip, and we’ll be sure to check it out.



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