If you were paying attention last year, you would have noticed that Samsung didn’t release a more affordable version of its flagship smartphone. That could change, with a Samsung Galaxy S23 FE heading to market according to a (very reliable) leaker.
We’re not sure what prompted the return to the afforda-phone, or why an S22 FE wasn’t launched last year, but @OnLeaks reckons it’s coming. When it comes to insider Samsung info, he tends to be super reliable. But while the look of the thing is apparently known — renders are available on a website called SmartPrix — less is known about the where, when, and what of the Galaxy S23 FE.
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— Steve H.McFly (@OnLeaks) June 28, 2023
That doesn’t mean there isn’t speculation happening. The @OnLeaks leak includes some detail on the screen and dimensions — Samsung’s apparently packing the affordable S23 pretender with a 120Hz 6.4in AMOLED display, an under-display fingerprint reader, and a rear camera array that looks to have been borrowed from Samsung’s Galaxy A54.
There’s some confusion about the phone’s other details. Some sources reckon it’ll use the same processor as the Galaxy S22 lineup — Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Others believe that Samsung’s own Exynos 2200, which has had a hard time coming to market, could make it into this smartphone. RAM and storage options are more or less guesses at this point but 6GB/8GB RAM variants with 128GB/256GB storage choices are safe bets for now.
The Galaxy S23 FE also isn’t firmly confirmed for any set locations, meaning we may or may not see it launch in South Africa. It’s possible that it’ll launch in some areas around Q3 2023, followed by other territories at the end of the year and the first few months of 2024. Why the staggered rollout? We’ll make sure to ask Samsung when this device becomes official. There’s likely to be a folding phone announcement soon, too. Perhaps the South Korean company will slip it in there?