Will Samsung be reintroducing the Galaxy S Fan Edition in 2023?
Samsung’s Galaxy S Fan Edition lineup has had an inconsistent track record. In 2020, the launch of the Galaxy S20 FE was met with much fanfare. However, since then, the company has only released one other FE phone, the less popular Galaxy S21 FE. Samsung had planned to introduce an affordable model every year, but it conveniently skipped the Galaxy S22 FE without giving any reason. According to reports, the global chip shortage was the culprit.
But now, there is renewed hope for Samsung’s Fan Edition. Rumors suggest that the Galaxy S23 FE is in development and may even replace one of Samsung’s A series devices. The question is, will the Galaxy S23 FE live up to the standards set by the Galaxy S20 FE, or will Samsung skip the 2023 FE phone altogether?
Here’s what we know so far about the Galaxy S23 FE
According to rumors, the Samsung Galaxy S23 FE is expected to replace the Galaxy A74 and become part of the Galaxy S23 lineup. Last year, Samsung cancelled the Galaxy S22 FE, despite many rumors about its launch.
Roland Quandt, a reliable source for insider information, has suggested on Twitter that there may not be an S23 FE this year. However, a lesser-known publication, SisaJournal, claims that the Galaxy S23 FE will launch in the fourth quarter of 2023.
It is difficult to determine the credibility of this source, so it is uncertain whether the rumors are true. Until Samsung confirms anything officially, we will have to wait to see if the Galaxy S23 FE will be released at all, and if so, when.
When will the Galaxy S23 FE be available?
Based on previous launch dates for Samsung’s Fan Edition phones, there is no set timeframe for the release of a new FE model. The release dates for the Galaxy S20 FE and S21 FE were in September 2020 and January 2022, respectively.
However, the scattered nature of these launches provides no insight into when the Galaxy S23 FE will be released. While there are rumors of a possible launch in the fourth quarter of 2023 or even as early as August or September, the phone’s uncertain fate makes it difficult to predict a concrete release schedule.
We will continue to monitor rumors regarding the Galaxy S23 FE launch and update this article with any new information on its release date.
What specs and features will be available for the Samsung Galaxy S23 FE?
The Fan Edition phones typically draw design inspiration from Samsung’s more premium Galaxy S series. While there are currently no leaked images of the Galaxy S23 FE, we anticipate that it will closely resemble the vanilla Galaxy S23 model.
While there is a possibility that Samsung may deviate from the design principles of the S23 series, we believe that any changes will likely be minor. At this time, it’s difficult to predict what the Galaxy S23 FE will look like without more reliable information.
However, if the phone does exist, it’s highly likely that we will see leaked images ahead of its official announcement.
Specifications and features
Twitter tipster Connor suggests that the Samsung Galaxy S23 FE may come with the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 SoC. This chipset was featured in many 2022 flagship phones, including the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4, and has performed well in all the devices we’ve reviewed. However, some people may feel that Samsung is deviating from the affordability aspect that has been a selling point of the Fan Edition series.
There are rumors that Samsung may have downgraded the processor on the S23 FE to reduce costs and offer a more affordable option to customers. A sketchy report from a Korean publication claims that the S23 FE will feature the older Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor that was used in the S22 series, which had issues with power efficiency and sustained performance.
According to the same publication, the Galaxy S23 FE will have a triple camera setup and a 120Hz OLED display. Nonetheless, the lack of credible information means that we cannot confirm any of these details.
As always, we’ll keep an eye out for more leaks and update this article with any fresh news about the Galaxy S23 FE.
What will the cost of the Samsung Galaxy S23 FE be?
SisaJournal predicts that the Galaxy S23 FE will cost between 20 and 30 percent less than the standard Galaxy S23 model with 256GB of storage, which costs $799. That would put the cost of the S23 FE at $560 and $640.
We caution you once more to take this information with a grain of salt. Before additional reliable sources come up and reveal more information regarding the Galaxy S23 FE, nothing can be claimed with certainty about the device.