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Samsung Galaxy M23 review - Samsung's inexpensive phone gets 5G and 120 Hz

Back to IPS. Samsung has finally taken the step to 5G with the Galaxy M23, but the AMOLED screen has been dropped. Are the Koreans lagging behind the market or do they once again build a decent and inexpensive mid-range phone? We will find out in the review.
Samsung Galaxy M23 (Galaxy M Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G 8 x 1.8 - 2.2 GHz, Kryo 570 (Cortex-A77/A55)
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
6.60 inch 20:9, 2408 x 1080 pixel 400 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes, 120 Hz
Storage
128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash, 128 GB 
, 113 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: 3.5mm audio jack, Card Reader: microSD up to 1 TB, dedicated, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, gyroscope, compass
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B2/​B4/​B5/​B8), 4G (B1/​B2/​B3/​B4/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B12/​B17/​B20/​B26/​B28/​B38/​B40/​B41/​B66), 5G (n1/​n3/​n5/​n7/​n8/​n20/​n28/​n38/​n40/​n41/​n66/​n78) , Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.4 x 165.5 x 77 ( = 0.33 x 6.52 x 3.03 in)
Battery
5000 mAh Lithium-Polymer, 25W charging (Samsung AFC)
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 12
Camera
Primary Camera: 50 MPix f/​1.8, phase comparison-AF, LED-flash, Videos @2160p/​30fps (Camera 1); 8.0MP, f/​2.2, wide angle lens (Camera 2); 2.0MP, f/​2.4, depth of field (Camera 3)
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix f/​2.2, Videos @1080p/​30fps
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, USB cable, SIM tool, Android 12, 24 Months Warranty, SAR: 0.775W/​kg (head), 1.091W/​kg (body), fanless
Weight
198 g ( = 6.98 oz / 0.44 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
289 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
81.1 %
06/2022
Samsung Galaxy M23
SD 750G 5G, Adreno 619
198 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.60"2408x1080
79.8 %
12/2020
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
SD 750G 5G, Adreno 619
193 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.60"1600x720
79 %
12/2021
Samsung Galaxy M22
Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2
186 g128 GB eMMC Flash6.40"1600x720
80.2 %
05/2022
realme 9 5G
SD 695 5G, Adreno 619
191 g64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.60"2412x1080

Case and features - Matt and sturdy chassis

The Galaxy M-series is supposed to offer even more for its price than the Galaxy A-series but is not available at all retailers. The Galaxy M23 is an inexpensive mid-range phone in the series. The predecessor Galaxy M22 was conspicuous for numerous compromises, for example, 5G was not included and there was no option to record 4K videos.

The casing of the 2022 model has changed considerably: there is one lens less, but the camera module now protrudes clearly from the casing. The back is matte and without a haptically noticeable pattern like the predecessor. The color options are very interesting with copper-colored Orange Copper or the very bright Light Blue. Our test device comes in a Deep Green color, which looks classy.

The Galaxy M23 is considerably heavier and a bit bigger than its predecessor, but it feels good in the hand. The front glass convinces with its stability and does not allow pressure to get through to the display. Pressure marks appear in the liquid crystal when twisting, but the casing looks quite resistant and high-quality overall.

4 GB of working memory is standard in this price range, as is 128 GB of mass storage. The microSD slot is separate, so it can be used with 2 SIM cards at the same time. It works with good speed in our copy test, and it is on a decent level in the synthetic storage benchmark.

Size comparison

165.5 mm / 6.52 inch 77 mm / 3.03 inch 8.4 mm / 0.3307 inch 198 g0.4365 lbs164.4 mm / 6.47 inch 75.9 mm / 2.99 inch 8.6 mm / 0.3386 inch 193 g0.4255 lbs164.3 mm / 6.47 inch 75.6 mm / 2.98 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 191 g0.4211 lbs159.9 mm / 6.3 inch 74 mm / 2.91 inch 8.4 mm / 0.3307 inch 186 g0.4101 lbs
SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Samsung Galaxy M23
  (Angelbird V60)
36.6 MB/s ∼100%
realme 9 5G
  (Angelbird V60)
26.3 MB/s ∼72% -28%
Average of class Smartphone
  (10.9 - 59.2, n=100, last 2 years)
26.3 MB/s ∼72% -28%
Samsung Galaxy M22
  (Angelbird V60)
24 MB/s ∼66% -34%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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Samsung Galaxy M23 Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø35.2 (23.8-44.8)
Samsung Galaxy M22 Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 128 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø31.6 (25.8-40.4)
realme 9 5G Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø37.1 (26.6-49.6)
Samsung Galaxy M23 Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø59.1 (49.8-63.4)
Samsung Galaxy M22 Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 128 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø54.3 (1.78-65.4)
realme 9 5G Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø74.6 (34.7-88)

Communication, software and operation - Few updates

Finally, the Galaxy M23 also features 5G, we sorely missed the fast mobile standard in the predecessor. In addition, there are some 4G frequencies, so you can also use the mobile Internet with greater confidence when traveling abroad.

WiFi 5 is on board. The transfer rates in our test with the reference router Asus GT-AXE11000 are on class level.

During our test, we randomly check the smartphone's reception quality every now and then and compare it with other smartphones in the same location. The Galaxy M23 does quite well here and can reliably access the 4G network, but often offers one bar less reception than high-end phones.

Samsung does not guarantee software updates for the inexpensive Galaxy M devices and only issues a security patch every 3 months. Currently, Galaxy M23 has Android 12 and OneUI 4.1 installed, the security updates are from March 2022 and thus need to be refreshed soon.

The 120 Hz screen enables a smooth operation of the phone, and the touchscreen responds very accurately and quickly to inputs. The fingerprint sensor is located in the standby button on the casing's right. It can remain active even when the screen is turned off and unlocks the system reliably and almost without delay. Unlocking via facial recognition is also possible, but it is relatively insecure due to the pure software solution and thus cannot be used for unlocking online banking apps, for example.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AX12
Samsung Galaxy M22
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
349 (324min - 355max) MBit/s ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
328 (323min - 332max) MBit/s ∼94%
iperf3 receive AX12
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
329 (307min - 340max) MBit/s ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy M22
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
328 (292min - 342max) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Samsung Galaxy M23
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
363 (341min - 377max) MBit/s ∼100%
realme 9 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
362 (329min - 376max) MBit/s ∼100% 0%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
realme 9 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
341 (330min - 352max) MBit/s ∼100% 0%
Samsung Galaxy M23
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
340 (323min - 348max) MBit/s ∼100%
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; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø339 (323-348)
; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø363 (341-377)

Cameras - Galaxy camera with 50 megapixel

Front-facing camera sample
Front-facing camera sample

A high-resolution camera with 50 megapixels is used as the main camera in Samsung's Galaxy M23. It takes pictures with 12 megapixels by default, so it uses 4 pixels as one pixel each and thus increases the light sensitivity

HDR pictures turn out well, the image sharpness could be higher overall, and larger areas show a clear pixel pattern. In low light, the brightening is decent and some details can still be recognized.

The wide-angle camera takes decent pictures for snapshots, but details can hardly be made out here, the quality is too low for that. The correction of distortions at the edges is also rather mediocre. It is not possible to zoom continuously between the two lenses, only to switch directly. A macro lens like in the predecessor is no longer available.

Videos can now be recorded in 4K with 30 fps with the main camera. Even in lower light, the recordings are still convincing with relatively low image noise. We also like the performance of the autofocus and the exposure compensation.

The selfie camera takes quite good pictures that can be enlarged a bit without losing too many details.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Main cameraMain cameraLow LightWide angle
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ColorChecker
15.5 ∆E
13.1 ∆E
16.1 ∆E
17.5 ∆E
16.2 ∆E
10.8 ∆E
16.4 ∆E
12 ∆E
10 ∆E
8.7 ∆E
10.3 ∆E
14.4 ∆E
6.7 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
9.5 ∆E
8.3 ∆E
9.2 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
3.2 ∆E
7.2 ∆E
11.8 ∆E
11.9 ∆E
6.9 ∆E
3.4 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy M23: 11.11 ∆E min: 3.17 - max: 17.45 ∆E
ColorChecker
29.6 ∆E
54.1 ∆E
39.8 ∆E
34.8 ∆E
45.6 ∆E
61.9 ∆E
52.5 ∆E
36.1 ∆E
42.3 ∆E
29 ∆E
64.2 ∆E
63.5 ∆E
31.5 ∆E
47.7 ∆E
37.4 ∆E
74 ∆E
44.1 ∆E
42 ∆E
80.9 ∆E
69.4 ∆E
51.5 ∆E
36.9 ∆E
24.4 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy M23: 46.13 ∆E min: 13.91 - max: 80.86 ∆E

Display - IPS instead of OLED? A good choice here

Subpixel structure
Subpixel structure

Was there a slight blue cast in the Galaxy M22 AMOLED screen, the Galaxy M23 has to make do with an IPS screen. The high maximum brightness, the fast 120 Hz, the lack of PWM flickering, and the Full HD resolution make the change in display technology seem quite reasonable.

Thus, you have to put up with a bit less contrast and the accuracy of the color reproduction is only good and not very good like in the predecessor. In addition, the screen of the Galaxy M23 has a slight blue cast over the colors and grayscale.

540
cd/m²
536
cd/m²
482
cd/m²
546
cd/m²
551
cd/m²
487
cd/m²
548
cd/m²
533
cd/m²
502
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 551 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 525 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 551 cd/m²
Contrast: 1378:1 (Black: 0.4 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.57 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.3
ΔE Greyscale 5.1 | 0.64-98 Ø5.6
99.9% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.31
Samsung Galaxy M23
IPS, 2408x1080, 6.60
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
AMOLED, 1600x720, 6.60
Samsung Galaxy M22
Super AMOLED, 1600x720, 6.40
realme 9 5G
IPS, 2412x1080, 6.60
Response Times
66%
71%
-8%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
36 ?(17, 19)
10 ?(5, 5)
72%
8 ?(5, 3)
78%
48 ?(23, 25)
-33%
Response Time Black / White *
22 ?(7, 15)
9 ?(5, 4)
59%
8 ?(5, 3)
64%
18 ?(7, 11)
18%
PWM Frequency
242.7
123.2
Screen
16%
32%
-8%
Brightness middle
551
466
-15%
539
-2%
589
7%
Brightness
525
462
-12%
542
3%
561
7%
Brightness Distribution
87
85
-2%
95
9%
90
3%
Black Level *
0.4
0.5
-25%
Contrast
1378
1178
-15%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
4.57
2.06
55%
1.21
74%
4.33
5%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
6.56
6.14
6%
4.17
36%
8.39
-28%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
5.1
1.8
65%
1.5
71%
5.9
-16%
Gamma
2.31 95%
2.105 105%
2.179 101%
2.063 107%
CCT
7750 84%
6444 101%
6653 98%
8021 81%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
41% / 29%
52% / 42%
-8% / -8%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
22 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 7 ms rise
↘ 15 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.4 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 35 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (23.1 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
36 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 17 ms rise
↘ 19 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.25 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 37 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (36.5 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 19959 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN Saturation
CalMAN Saturation

Performance, emissions and battery life - Decent power and endurance

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G is a good choice as SoC for the low-priced smartphone. Although it is a bit older, it offers class-leading performance rates and enables smooth system operation in most everyday situations.

At first glance, some graphics benchmarks seem very similar to those of the Galaxy M22 and yield very similar rates. On the one hand, one should not forget that the Galaxy M23 renders in a higher resolution by default, so the performance is definitely higher here and the picture quality is also better. On the other hand, it is partly offscreen tests that are rendered in a fixed resolution where the performance is significantly lower than that of the Galaxy A42 5G with the same SoC.

The fast UFS memory installed in the Galaxy M23 helps to push the system performance forward. It reduces waiting times, for example during loading.

The smartphone can heat up considerably, especially in the upper left area, when the system is under load. However, the rates are still within the normal range.

The mono speaker on the lower edge sounds quite decent and can also get quite loud with up to 89.3 dB(A). There is also a 3.5 mm jack for the headphone connection and Bluetooth 5.0. However, as with many Samsung phones, access to the latest aptX codecs is missing for wireless connectivity.

Like the predecessor, the Galaxy M23 can be charged with a maximum of 25 watts, but a charger is no longer included. This is not so bad in view of the fact that Samsung only included a weak 15-watt charger with the predecessor. However, the battery runtimes are much weaker compared to the predecessor, which might be due to the screen's higher resolution and the higher refresh rate. However, the phone's stamina is not bad at all with 16:44 minutes in our WLAN test.

Geekbench 5.4
Single-Core (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
643 Points ∼93%
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
658 Points ∼95% +2%
Samsung Galaxy M22
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
373 Points ∼54% -42%
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
692 Points ∼100% +8%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (632 - 658, n=8)
647 Points ∼93% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1755, n=269, last 2 years)
689 Points ∼100% +7%
Multi-Core (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
1846 Points ∼83%
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
1979 Points ∼89% +7%
Samsung Galaxy M22
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1355 Points ∼61% -27%
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
1914 Points ∼86% +4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (1792 - 2009, n=8)
1904 Points ∼85% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 4914, n=269, last 2 years)
2236 Points ∼100% +21%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
9800 Points ∼96%
Samsung Galaxy M22
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
6172 Points ∼60% -37%
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
9776 Points ∼95% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (8035 - 9800, n=4)
8801 Points ∼86% -10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 18567, n=174, last 2 years)
10245 Points ∼100% +5%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
1757 Points ∼60%
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
2828 Points ∼96% +61%
Samsung Galaxy M22
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1351 Points ∼46% -23%
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
2949 Points ∼100% +68%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (1757 - 2828, n=8)
2644 Points ∼90% +50%
Average of class Smartphone
  (78 - 9138, n=182, last 2 years)
2446 Points ∼83% +39%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
1593 Points ∼56%
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
2667 Points ∼94% +67%
Samsung Galaxy M22
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1195 Points ∼42% -25%
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
2831 Points ∼100% +78%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (1593 - 2667, n=8)
2478 Points ∼88% +56%
Average of class Smartphone
  (62 - 11573, n=182, last 2 years)
2513 Points ∼89% +58%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
2749 Points ∼77%
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3588 Points ∼100% +31%
Samsung Galaxy M22
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2487 Points ∼69% -10%
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3455 Points ∼96% +26%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (2749 - 3588, n=8)
3390 Points ∼94% +23%
Average of class Smartphone
  (688 - 5262, n=182, last 2 years)
2850 Points ∼79% +4%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
2910 Points ∼71%
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
2990 Points ∼73% +3%
Samsung Galaxy M22
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1368 Points ∼34% -53%
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3098 Points ∼76% +6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (2910 - 2990, n=8)
2947 Points ∼72% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (91 - 11909, n=243, last 2 years)
4077 Points ∼100% +40%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
2760 Points ∼52%
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
2845 Points ∼54% +3%
Samsung Galaxy M22
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1202 Points ∼23% -56%
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3008 Points ∼57% +9%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (2738 - 2845, n=8)
2793 Points ∼53% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (73 - 20955, n=243, last 2 years)
5269 Points ∼100% +91%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3595 Points ∼99%
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3636 Points ∼100% +1%
Samsung Galaxy M22
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2644 Points ∼73% -26%
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3462 Points ∼95% -4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (3452 - 3659, n=8)
3570 Points ∼98% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (635 - 5793, n=243, last 2 years)
3236 Points ∼89% -10%
Wild Life Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
644 Points ∼21%
Samsung Galaxy M22
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
689 Points ∼22% +7%
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
1197 Points ∼39% +86%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (644 - 3658, n=7)
1406 Points ∼46% +118%
Average of class Smartphone
  (216 - 10062, n=200, last 2 years)
3079 Points ∼100% +378%
Wild Life Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
635 Points ∼18%
Samsung Galaxy M22
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
685 Points ∼20% +8%
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
1197 Points ∼35% +89%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (635 - 1119, n=7)
1036 Points ∼30% +63%
Average of class Smartphone
  (205 - 11700, n=206, last 2 years)
3437 Points ∼100% +441%
Wild Life Extreme (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
193 Points ∼19%
Samsung Galaxy M22
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
176 Points ∼18% -9%
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
356 Points ∼36% +84%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (193 - 340, n=4)
300 Points ∼30% +55%
Average of class Smartphone
  (22 - 3080, n=164, last 2 years)
1002 Points ∼100% +419%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
189 Points ∼19%
Samsung Galaxy M22
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
173 Points ∼17% -8%
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
352 Points ∼35% +86%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (189 - 334, n=4)
296 Points ∼30% +57%
Average of class Smartphone
  (101 - 2876, n=159, last 2 years)
992 Points ∼100% +425%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
7.1 fps ∼22%
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
33 fps ∼100% +365%
Samsung Galaxy M22
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
17 fps ∼52% +139%
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
19 fps ∼58% +168%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (7.1 - 33, n=8)
17.3 fps ∼52% +144%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4.7 - 104, n=265, last 2 years)
29.6 fps ∼90% +317%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
17 fps ∼47%
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
20 fps ∼56% +18%
Samsung Galaxy M22
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
9.2 fps ∼26% -46%
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
21 fps ∼59% +24%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (17 - 20, n=8)
19.4 fps ∼54% +14%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.9 - 136, n=266, last 2 years)
35.8 fps ∼100% +111%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
11 fps ∼52%
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
21 fps ∼100% +91%
Samsung Galaxy M22
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
9.8 fps ∼47% -11%
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
12 fps ∼57% +9%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (6.7 - 21, n=8)
11.7 fps ∼56% +6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3 - 69, n=266, last 2 years)
20.6 fps ∼98% +87%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3.3 fps ∼24%
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
7.4 fps ∼54% +124%
Samsung Galaxy M22
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
3.3 fps ∼24% 0%
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
7.8 fps ∼57% +136%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
  (3.3 - 7.6, n=8)
6.9 fps ∼51% +109%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.7 - 52, n=266, last 2 years)
13.6 fps ∼100% +312%
Samsung Galaxy M23Samsung Galaxy A42 5GSamsung Galaxy M22realme 9 5GAverage 128 GB UFS 2.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-7%
-60%
-55%
-26%
-3%
Sequential Read 256KB
867.2
963
11%
292
-66%
511
-41%
775 ?(427 - 1011, n=102)
-11%
944 ?(45.6 - 2037, n=260, last 2 years)
9%
Sequential Write 256KB
500.3
476
-5%
187.8
-62%
120.6
-76%
290 ?(13.6 - 719, n=102)
-42%
503 ?(11.9 - 1485, n=260, last 2 years)
1%
Random Read 4KB
187.9
168.5
-10%
99.7
-47%
88.5
-53%
150.4 ?(92.6 - 239, n=102)
-20%
170.9 ?(13.5 - 345, n=260, last 2 years)
-9%
Random Write 4KB
189.5
147.7
-22%
70.2
-63%
95.4
-50%
129.8 ?(18.2 - 290, n=102)
-32%
167.4 ?(30.3 - 475, n=261, last 2 years)
-12%

Temperature

Max. Load
 39 °C
102 F
37.1 °C
99 F
32.9 °C
91 F
 
 42.9 °C
109 F
36.7 °C
98 F
33.3 °C
92 F
 
 42.8 °C
109 F
37.1 °C
99 F
33.6 °C
92 F
 
Maximum: 42.9 °C = 109 F
Average: 35.6 °C = 96 F
34.2 °C
94 F
38.1 °C
101 F
42.4 °C
108 F
34.4 °C
94 F
37.9 °C
100 F
44.2 °C
112 F
35 °C
95 F
38.6 °C
101 F
43.8 °C
111 F
Maximum: 44.2 °C = 112 F
Average: 38.7 °C = 102 F
Power Supply (max.)  42.3 °C = 108 F | Room Temperature 21.6 °C = 71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 35.6 °C / 96 F, compared to the average of 32.8 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 42.9 °C / 109 F, compared to the average of 35.1 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 44.2 °C / 112 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.5 °C / 82 F, compared to the device average of 32.8 °C / 91 F.


Heatmap Front
Heatmap Front
Heatmap Back side
Heatmap Back side

Speaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2039.239.42533.932.2312728.94032.432.3503632.36330.9268019.42210019.922.712515.524.816015.937.120012.342.225012.947.931512.952.94009.957.450010.262.263013.463.98001773.6100014.278.9125012.878.7160011.782.4200010.281.3250011.67731501379.840001574.450001661.9630014.656.6800015.269.71000015.9711250016.360.31600016.659.8SPL26.289.3N0.769.4median 14.2median 62.2Delta1.912.45337.544.542.533.73533.435.535.839.230.131.621.3252124.516.321.814.731.412.94114.348.51351.310.856.412.363.913.56619.5701576.414.176.214.973.411.970.612.866.515.46316.569.416.776.217.2741866.817.96517.667.918.350.92884.10.956.2median 15median 662.110hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseSamsung Galaxy M23realme 9 5G
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Samsung Galaxy M23 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (89.3 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 24.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 11.3% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 9.6% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (13.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (27.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 80% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 13% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 87% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 9% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

realme 9 5G audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 29.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.8% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 48% of all tested devices in this class were better, 13% similar, 40% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 68% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 25% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life

Samsung Galaxy M23
5000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
5000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy M22
5000 mAh
realme 9 5G
5000 mAh
Average of class Smartphone
 
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
1004
967
-4%
1126
12%
1029
2%
907 ?(424 - 1953, n=267, last 2 years)
-10%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
16h 44min

Pros

+ bright, high-resolution screen
+ no PWM
+ fast UFS memory
+ decent camera system
+ long battery life
+ 5G

Cons

- only few software updates
- noticeable warming under load
- modern aptX codecs are missing

Verdict - A successful upgrade

In review: Samsung Galaxy M23.
In review: Samsung Galaxy M23.

Although an IPS screen sounds like a step backward compared to the predecessor with an AMOLED display at first glance, there are some advantages, especially for cheap phones: Samsung managed to increase the resolution and frame rate due to the cheaper IPS panel. In addition, the PWM flickering, which is annoying for some, is eliminated and you do not have to make any concessions in terms of maximum brightness.

Sure, those who love the even illumination and high contrast of AMOLED panels will get a bit less with the Galaxy M23, but overall the phone seems to be a more well-rounded package compared to the predecessor: there is now 5G, the possibility to record 4K videos, and faster memory.

Samsung's Galaxy M23 comes without OLED and PWM, but with 5G, and fast memory. Not such a bad swap in our eyes.

However, the Galaxy M23 still has a mediocre update cycle and a noticeable temperature increase under load. There is also no macro lens anymore, which reduces the flexibility of the camera system a bit. The battery runtimes are not quite as good as the predecessor, but still on a high level.

If it should be an OLED display for little money after all, then the predecessor Galaxy M22, the Motorola Moto G41, or the Redmi Note 11 could be seen as alternatives, but all three are only 4G phones. More power is available in the Xiaomi Poco M4 Pro, which features 5G but also has to do without an OLED panel.

Price and availability

Directly from the manufacturer 279 Euros for the Galaxy cell phone. On the Internet, the Samsung Galaxy M23 is already available for considerably less at the time of testing, starting at around 222 Euros. Our partner stores notebooksbilliger.de and amazon.de also have a smartphone on offer.

Samsung Galaxy M23 - 06/06/2022 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
82%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
94%
Connectivity
49 / 70 → 70%
Weight
88%
Battery
91%
Display
85%
Games Performance
35 / 64 → 54%
Application Performance
65 / 86 → 76%
Temperature
88%
Noise
100%
Audio
68 / 90 → 76%
Camera
62%
Average
75%
81%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Florian Schmitt, 2022-06- 8 (Update: 2022-06- 8)