Samsung’s FE series makes a triumphant return, this time with an enticing twist: the inclusion of Galaxy Buds. The Galaxy S23 FE, true to the “value flagship” concept, offers the expected top-tier specs at a refreshingly sensible price of $599. This marks a significant drop from the $699 price tag of its predecessor, the S21 FE.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy Tab S9 FE steps onto the scene with sturdy water and dust resistance, setting you back just $449, a far cry from the standard S9’s starting price of $799. However, it’s important to note that in the quest for affordability, the Tab S9 FE opts for an LCD panel, trading the OLED glory. And if you’re looking to dip your toes into the world of active noise-cancellation earbuds without diving into the deep end, the Galaxy Buds FE presents a fantastic option at just $99.
Samsung has heeded the past and rectified the pricing blunder of the S21 FE, offering a value-packed device that doesn’t compete directly with its flagship sibling, the S23. The S23 FE doesn’t skimp on features, maintaining a 6.4-inch 120Hz OLED display, complete with a full IP68 rating for water and dust resistance – a luxury not always found in the midrange Galaxy A-series devices.
Yet, there’s a delightful twist to this year’s FE lineup – fun and vibrant colours. The S23 FE is available in an array of eye-catching hues, including mint, cream, graphite, and purple. Opt for a purchase via Samsung’s website, and you’ll even discover indigo and tangerine options to suit your style.
Under the hood, the S23 FE boasts 8GB of RAM, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset. While it may not be the absolute latest, it still outshines typical midrange devices. The inclusion of wireless charging and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera, in addition to the 50-megapixel primary and 12-megapixel ultrawide cameras, elevates the photography experience beyond what’s expected in its class.
The Galaxy Buds FE, with a design reminiscent of the Galaxy Buds Plus, provide up to six hours of playback with active noise cancellation. With an IPX2 rating, they can endure light water exposure, though they’re not meant for torrential downpours or underwater adventures. While wireless charging is absent, you’ll find an elegant simplicity in classic colours – graphite and white.
The Tab S9 FE lineup offers options in display size: 10.9 inches and 12.4 inches. These tablets favor LCD panels and a 90Hz refresh rate, a slight departure from their OLED-equipped siblings. The FE versions opt for the Exynos 1380 chipset, distinct from the regular S9’s Qualcomm processor. Nonetheless, they both generously include an S Pen stylus in the box and maintain the coveted IP68 ratings. For those who appreciate variety, you can choose from an array of colours, including grey, mint, silver, and lavender.
The Samsung Galaxy S23 FE goes on sale starting October 26th, boasting 128GB of storage. As for the Galaxy Buds FE, Galaxy Tab S9 FE, and S9 FE Plus, you can grab them from select carriers beginning October 5th, with Samsung’s website sales kicking off on October 10th. Samsung has certainly reinvigorated its FE series, ensuring that value doesn’t compromise fun or performance.
Please complete spec of the Galaxy S23 FE as provided by Samsung,
Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display
Super Smooth, Adaptive 120Hz refresh rate (60~120Hz)
|*Measured diagonally, actual viewable area is less due to rounded corners and camera hole.|
|Dimensions & Weight||76.5 X 158 X 8.2mm, 209g|
|Camera||12MP Ultra-Wide Camera
50MP Wide Camera
8MP Telephoto Camera
10MP Front Camera
|Advanced 4nm Processing|
|*May differ by market and carrier.|
|8GB + 128GB
8GB + 256GB
|* Available storage capacity is subject to preloaded software.
* Memory option may vary by market.
|*Typical value tested under third-party laboratory condition. Typical value is the estimated average value considering the deviation in battery capacity among the battery samples tested under IEC 61960 standard. Rated (minimum) capacity is 4,370mah. Actual battery life may vary depending on network environment, usage patterns and other factors.|
|Charging*||Wired charging*: Up to 50% charge in around 30 mins with 25W Adapter**
Fast Wireless Charging 2.0***
|*Wired charging compatible with QC2.0 and AFC.|
|**25W Power Adapter sold separately. Use only Samsung-approved chargers and cables.|
|***Wireless charging compatible with WPC.|
|****Wireless PowerShare is limited to Samsung or other brand smartphones with Qi wireless charging, such as Galaxy S23 Ultra, S23+, S23, Z Fold 5, Z Fold 4, Z Flip4, S22 series, Z Fold3 5G, Z Flip 5, Z Flip3 5G, S21 FE 5G, S21 series, Z Fold2, Note20 series, S20 series, Z Flip, Note10, Note10+, S10e, S10, S10+, Fold, S9, S9+, S8, S8+, S8 Active, S7, S7 edge, S7 Active, S6, S6 edge, S6 Active, S6 edge+, Note9, Note8, Note FE and Note5. Only available with certain Samsung Galaxy wearables such as Galaxy Buds2 Pro, Buds2, Buds Pro, Buds Live, Watch5, Watch5 Pro, Watch4, Watch4 Classic, Watch3, Watch Active2, Watch Active, Gear Sport, Gear S3, Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Buds. If battery power is lower than 30% Wireless PowerShare may not function. May not work with certain accessories, covers, other brand devices or some Samsung wearables. During PowerShare, it may affect call reception or data services, depending on your network environment.|
|Network and Connectivity||5G*, LTE**, Wi-Fi 6E***, Wi-Fi Direct Bluetooth® v 5.3|
|*Requires optimal 5G network connection, available in select markets. Check with your carrier for availability and details. Download and streaming speeds may vary based on content provider, server connection and other factors.
**Availability of LTE model varies by market and carrier. Actual speed may vary depending on market, carrier, and user environment.
***Wi-Fi 6E network availability may vary by market, network provider and user environment. Requires optimal connection. Will require a Wi-Fi 6E router.
|Security||Samsung Knox, Samsung Knox Vault|
|*IP68 Rating: Conducted under lab test conditions. Water resistant in up to 1.5 meters of fresh water for up to 30 minutes and protected from dust, dirt, and sand. Rinse residue/dry after wet. Not advised for beach or pool use. Water and dust resistance of your device is not permanent and may diminish over time.|