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Samsung Galaxy S23 FE review - The smartphone as a fan service

Only for fans? After a year hiatus, Samsung revives its Fan Edition with the Galaxy S23 FE. Find out in our test how much of a fan service you will really get or whether it simply squeezes in between the midrange and high-end.
(photo:Daniel Schmidt)

The Samsung Galaxy S23 FE follows after the Galaxy S21 FE, since there was no S22 FE. Samsung has already removed the microSD slot in the predecessor, even though it still used a Qualcomm SoC. But now this has been replaced by the inhouse Exynos 2200, which European customers already know from the Galaxy S22 series.

Otherwise, the Korean manufacturer has only made some adjustments, which also include the display, storage, and update provisions. What is clear is that the newest Fan Edition will be more affordable. While the S21 FE with 6/128 GB still had an MSRP of 749 Euros (~$816), the S23 FE now starts from 649 Euros (~$707) with 8/128 GB. Those who want to have twice the internal storage have to pay 699 Euros (~$761).

So is this a good deal? Or only a fan service?

Samsung Galaxy S23 FE (Galaxy S Series)
Processor
Samsung Exynos 2200 8 x 1.8 - 2.8 GHz, Exynos X2 / Cortex-A710 / A510
Graphics adapter
Memory
8 GB 
Display
6.40 inch 19.5:9, 2340 x 1080 pixel 403 PPI, capacitive, Dynamic AMOLED x2, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, glossy: yes, HDR, 120 Hz
Storage
128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash, 128 GB 
, 107.6 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: USB-C, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: proximity, accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, barometer, OTG, DeX
Networking
Wi-Fi 6E (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/ Wi-Fi 6E 6 GHz), Bluetooth 5.3, 2G (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 3G (Band 1, 2, 4, 5, 8), LTE (Band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 20, 26, 28, 32, 38, 40, 41, 66), 5G-Sub6 (Band 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 77, 78), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.2 x 158 x 76.5 ( = 0.32 x 6.22 x 3.01 in)
Battery
4500 mAh Lithium-Ion
Charging
wireless charging, fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 13
Camera
Primary Camera: 50 MPix (f/1.8, 1/1.56", OIS) + 12 MPix (ultra wide, f/2.2, 1/3.2") + 8 MPix (3x zoom, f/2.4, 1/4.4"); Camera2 API Level: Full
Secondary Camera: 10 MPix (f/2.4, FF)
Additional features
Speakers: Dual, Keyboard: onscreen, Android 14 and One UI 6.0 via update, 24 Months Warranty, eSIM, GNSS: GPS (L1, L5), Glonass (L1), Galileo (E1, E5a), BeiDou (B1, B2a); Bluetooth Audio Codecs: SBC, AAC, aptX, LDAC, SSC; HDR: HLG, HDR10, HDR10+; Head-SAR: 0.76 W/kg, Body-SAR: 1.045 W/kg; IP68; DRM Widevine L1, fanless, waterproof
Weight
209 g ( = 7.37 oz / 0.46 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
699 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
85.5 %
03/2024
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920
209 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.40"2340x1080
90.5 %
03/2023
Samsung Galaxy S23
SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740
167 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.10"2340x1080
88.8 %
02/2022
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
SD 888 5G, Adreno 660
177 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.40"2340x1080
88.9 %
11/2023
Google Pixel 8
Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7
187 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.20"2400x1080
89.4 %
05/2023
Motorola Edge 40 Pro
SD 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740
199 g256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash6.67"2400x1080
87.4 %
07/2023
Nothing Phone (2)
SD 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730
201.2 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.70"2412x1080

Case - The Galaxy S23 FE gets heavier and more colorful

All the color versions of the Galaxy S23 FE (photo: Daniel Schmidt)
All the color versions of the Galaxy S23 FE

The Samsung Galaxy S23 FE uses a fairly hefty aluminum frame whose sharp edges can dig into the palms. Since the edges are more rounded in the S23, that feels more comfortable to hold. The front and back of the Fan Edition are protected by Corning Gorilla Glas 5.

We notice a significant increase in weight. While its predecessor only weighed 177 grams (~6.2 oz) and a Galaxy 23 even only 167 grams (~5.9 oz), the Galaxy S23 FE brings a hefty 209 grams (~7.4 oz) to the scale. Even though the display and battery have a similar size than those of the S21 FE, the size of our test unit has increased in all dimensions, which is reflected in wide bezels and results in a rather mediocre display-to-surface ratio of 83%.

The Galaxy smartphone is available in six different color versions: Mint, Graphite, Cream, Purple, Indigo, and Tangerine. The latter two are available exclusively in the Samsung shop. All models have a glossy back that is prone to showing fingerprints. The workmanship leaves a good impression, and the transitions between the materials are tight and even. The S23 FE only responds to attempts of warping it with some very gentle creaking noises. In addition, it offers an IP68 certification again and is both dust and waterproof.

 (photo: Daniel Schmidt)
 (photo: Daniel Schmidt)
 (photo: Daniel Schmidt)
 (photo: Daniel Schmidt)
 (photo: Daniel Schmidt)
 (photo: Daniel Schmidt)
 (photo: Daniel Schmidt)

Size Comparison

162.1 mm / 6.38 inch 76.4 mm / 3.01 inch 8.6 mm / 0.3386 inch 201.2 g0.4436 lbs161.2 mm / 6.35 inch 74.8 mm / 2.94 inch 8.6 mm / 0.3386 inch 199 g0.4387 lbs158 mm / 6.22 inch 76.5 mm / 3.01 inch 8.2 mm / 0.3228 inch 209 g0.4608 lbs155.7 mm / 6.13 inch 74.5 mm / 2.93 inch 7.9 mm / 0.311 inch 177 g0.3902 lbs150.5 mm / 5.93 inch 70.8 mm / 2.79 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 187 g0.4123 lbs146.3 mm / 5.76 inch 70.9 mm / 2.79 inch 7.6 mm / 0.2992 inch 167 g0.3682 lbs148 mm / 5.83 inch 105 mm / 4.13 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 1.5 g0.00331 lbs

Equipment - Hardly any changes in the Galaxy S23 FE

The Samsung smartphone offers similar equipment as its predecessor. The USB 3.2 port (Gen. 1) continues to be included, mastering both OTG as well as wired image output, even though it isn't very fast with a transfer rate of 199.57 MB/s in our copy test. If you connect the S23 FE to an external display, you can either use the DeX desktop mode or simply mirror the contents. In either case, more than Full HD is not possible.

New is only a barometer included in the array of sensors and the support of Bluetooth 5.3. The power button continues to be a multi-function key that can be configured in the settings.

Top: SIM, microphone (photo: Daniel Schmidt)
Top: SIM, microphone
Left side (photo: Daniel Schmidt)
Left side
Right: volume, function key (photo: Daniel Schmidt)
Right: volume, function key
Bottom: speaker, microphone, USB, microphone (photo: Daniel Schmidt)
Bottom: speaker, microphone, USB, microphone

Software - Android 13 with 5 years of updates

While the Samsung Galaxy S23 FE was delivered originally with Android 13, at this point it has received the update to Android 14 and One UI 6.0. The update to One UI 6.1, which includes many of the new Galaxy AI functions that we already know from the Galaxy S24 Ultra, is supposed to follow at the end of March 2024 (we report).

Samsung promises a total of four major updates (up to Android 17) and five years of security patches.

Communication and GNSS - The Galaxy S23 FE masters tri-band WLAN

Although the Samsung Galaxy S23 FE doesn't support Wi-Fi 7 yet, Wi-Fi 6E and with that also the 6-GHz frequency band is supported. It achieves high and stable transfer rates when connected to our Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000 reference router.

In terms of mobile communication, the Samsung smartphone also offers good characteristics, supporting all the usual standards including 5G-Sub6.

Networking
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
iperf3 receive AXE11000
914 (min: 461) MBit/s ∼55%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
822 (min: 789) MBit/s ∼47%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1588 (min: 1465) MBit/s ∼88%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1446 (min: 1398) MBit/s ∼91%
Samsung Galaxy S23
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1659 (min: 1603) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1749 (min: 1253) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1799 (min: 1744) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1590 (min: 1562) MBit/s ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
iperf3 receive AXE11000
855 (min: 649) MBit/s ∼52%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
737 (min: 358) MBit/s ∼42%
Google Pixel 8
iperf3 receive AXE11000
891 (min: 440) MBit/s ∼54%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
867 (min: 459) MBit/s ∼50%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1570 (min: 1043) MBit/s ∼87%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1521 (min: 1325) MBit/s ∼96%
Motorola Edge 40 Pro
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
824 (min: 689) MBit/s ∼46%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
826 (min: 776) MBit/s ∼52%
Nothing Phone (2)
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1513 (min: 1097) MBit/s ∼84%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
799 (min: 577) MBit/s ∼50%
Average of class Smartphone
iperf3 receive AXE11000
655 (min: 34.8) MBit/s ∼39%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
692 (min: 40.5) MBit/s ∼40%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1536 (min: 229) MBit/s ∼85%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1364 (min: 598) MBit/s ∼86%
09018027036045054063072081090099010801170126013501440153016201710Tooltip
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE Samsung Exynos 2200, Samsung Xclipse 920; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1588 (1465-1658)
Google Pixel 8 Google Tensor G3, ARM Mali-G715 MP7; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1570 (1043-1725)
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE Samsung Exynos 2200, Samsung Xclipse 920; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1444 (1398-1497)
Google Pixel 8 Google Tensor G3, ARM Mali-G715 MP7; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1520 (1325-1685)
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE Samsung Exynos 2200, Samsung Xclipse 920; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø897 (461-932)
Google Pixel 8 Google Tensor G3, ARM Mali-G715 MP7; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø876 (440-911)
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE Samsung Exynos 2200, Samsung Xclipse 920; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø822 (789-857)
Google Pixel 8 Google Tensor G3, ARM Mali-G715 MP7; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø852 (459-948)
GPS Test: outdoors
Outdoors
GPS Test: indoors
Indoors

The Galaxy S23 FE succeeds in determining its location also indoors fairly quickly and with a high accuracy.

During a bike trip, we compare the Samsung smartphone with a Garmin Venu 2. Even though the fitness smartwatch is more accurate in built-up areas, the S23 FE is more accurate going around a lake, delivering some really good locating capabilities overall.

GNSS test route: around the lake
GNSS test route: around the lake
GNSS test route: turning point
GNSS test route: turning point
GNSS test route: overview
GNSS test route: overview

Telephone Functions and Voice Quality

In terms of phone calls, the Galaxy S23 FE offers a good overall package. It supports functions such as VoLTE and WLAN calls that are customary at this point. You only have to live without SIP account control integrated into the system, but eSIM support is also available.

Though the earpiece, the voice quality sounds really good, and most noises are filtered out reliably. However, we still found that the noise suppression was more powerful in a Galaxy S23 or S24. In speaker mode, the S23 FE impresses with a good microphone range (around 1.5 m, 5 ft) with only some minimal echo.

Cameras - No Expert RAW for the Galaxy S23 FE

Selfie taken with the Galaxy S23 FE
Selfie taken with the Galaxy S23 FE

The front camera of the Galaxy S23 FE has a lower resolution than that of its S23 sibling model and is also less light sensitive at f/2.4. There is also no autofocus. It still delivers good results in daylight conditions that are more than sufficient for social media, but you can easily see some image noise in weak light conditions. You can use it to record videos in Ultra HD resolution at up to 60 FPS.

The main camera is similar to that of its sibling models. As primary sensor, a 50-MP lens that also supports optical image stabilization (OIS) is used. This is accompanied by an ultrawide angle lens with a 12-MP resolution and a 3x optical zoom lens that offers an 8-MP resolution. None of the three lenses offers a macro function.

The performance of the main camera is quite good and also fairly similar to that of the Galaxy S23. However, we notice that the camera of the S23 FE offers a slightly lower dynamic range particularly in panorama pictures. In low-light conditions, both cameras perform at the same level, and the recordings of the ultrawide angle lens are also similar. When zooming, however, it becomes noticeable that the tele-lens only has a low resolution. The maximum digital zoom is 30x.

You don't have to accept any compromises in the settings of the camera app, and the two Pro modes as well as a RAW option are available. But those who are looking for the astro photography option, for example, won't be able to use it with the Galaxy S23 FE, since the Expert RAW app cannot be loaded using the Galaxy Store with the S23 FE.

You can record videos with the main camera in 8k/24, Ultra HD/60, Full HD/60 or HD/30. Not only can you select more frame rates (such as Full HD at 120 FPS) using the Pro mode, but there are also extensive settings, such as recording videos in the 21:9 format, for example.

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 cameraUltrawide angle5x zoomLow-light

Under controlled light conditions, our test chart looks slightly over-sharpened in the center of the image. Towards the edges, the sharpness lowers fairly quickly, but it still remains at a moderate level.

While the color reproduction is decent, particularly some blue tones show some very high DeltaE deviations, which is also reflected in a visible over-saturation.

ColorChecker
1.2 ∆E
3.3 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
6.7 ∆E
3.7 ∆E
12.7 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
3.8 ∆E
1.8 ∆E
5.7 ∆E
12.1 ∆E
2.8 ∆E
2.2 ∆E
2.7 ∆E
1.4 ∆E
14.4 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
2 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
4 ∆E
5.7 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy S23 FE: 5.01 ∆E min: 1.2 - max: 14.36 ∆E
ColorChecker
14.1 ∆E
15.7 ∆E
19.5 ∆E
16.9 ∆E
22.6 ∆E
25.1 ∆E
15.2 ∆E
15.8 ∆E
15 ∆E
21.1 ∆E
21.4 ∆E
25 ∆E
14.6 ∆E
22.3 ∆E
9.4 ∆E
19.3 ∆E
19.5 ∆E
24.4 ∆E
16.9 ∆E
16.2 ∆E
21.3 ∆E
23.1 ∆E
20.1 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy S23 FE: 18.63 ∆E min: 9.39 - max: 25.09 ∆E

Accessories and Warranty - The Samsung smartphone comes with a USB cable

The extent of included accessories of the Galaxy S23 FE is rather small: In addition to a USB cable, you only get a SIM tool and a few leaflets.

In Germany, the warranty period is 24 months and can be extended by the Care+ package. Depending on the selected duration and extent, this costs between 49 and 139 Euros (~$53 to $151).

Input Devices and Operation - Optical fingerprint reader in the Galaxy S23 FE

The capacitive touchscreen of the Samsung Galaxy S23 FE responds quickly and reliably to all inputs. Its Corning Gorilla Glas 5 offers very good sliding characteristics and there is no additional protective foil on top of it.

The linear vibration motor is very quiet even at the most powerful level. So those who prefer a crisp feedback might not be too happy with this.

An optical fingerprint sensor is integrated into the display for biometric security. It responds with an attractive speed and works reliably. In addition or alternatively, you can also setup a less secure face recognition using the front camera.

Display - AMOLED at up to 120 Hz

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

The Samsung Galaxy S23 FE has a 6.4-inch AMOLED display that offers an extended Full-HD resolution and refresh rate of up to 120 Hz. However, this is not an LTPO panel, so that the system can only automatically switch the refresh rate between 60 and 120 Hz.

As expected, the display brightness was improved compared to the predecessor, although it still remains significantly below that of a Galaxy S23 or an S24. With a pure white background and activated brightness sensor, we measure 908 cd/m² on average. With an even distribution of bright and dark areas (APL18), the values increase up to 1,367 cd/m², and we measure a peak value of 1,410 cd/m² during HDR reproduction. If you adjust the brightness manually, the maximum brightness is 414 cd/m².

With its low minimal brightness and optional blue light filter, the Galaxy S23 FE is equipped with some important features to also go easy on the eyes even in the dark. Contrary to that, we also see some varying OLED flickering. At minimal brightness its frequency flickers between 120 and 240 Hz. Even though this still looks fairly harmless in our measurement series at a fixed zoom level and minimal brightness, this is due to the scaling, and you can see an enlarged version of the amplitude in the info box. If you slightly increase the brightness, you have to live with a relatively low 120 Hz, but then the amplitude remains very constant. The frequency only doubles starting from 47% of the manual brightness. So sensitive users can expect some difficulties here.

896
cd/m²
903
cd/m²
921
cd/m²
897
cd/m²
897
cd/m²
923
cd/m²
903
cd/m²
911
cd/m²
925
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 925 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 908.4 cd/m² Minimum: 1.63 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 97 %
Center on Battery: 897 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.2 | 0.5-29.43 Ø5
ΔE Greyscale 1.7 | 0.57-98 Ø5.3
99.4% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.08
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Dynamic AMOLED x2, 2340x1080, 6.40
Samsung Galaxy S23
Dynamic AMOLED 2x, 2340x1080, 6.10
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 2340x1080, 6.40
Google Pixel 8
OLED, 2400x1080, 6.20
Motorola Edge 40 Pro
P-OLED, 2400x1080, 6.67
Nothing Phone (2)
OLED, 2412x1080, 6.70
Screen
-25%
-6%
17%
13%
17%
Brightness middle
897
1125
25%
758
-15%
1450
62%
1056
18%
951
6%
Brightness
908
1122
24%
758
-17%
1410
55%
1055
16%
948
4%
Brightness Distribution
97
96
-1%
99
2%
92
-5%
92
-5%
98
1%
Black Level *
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
2.2
3.2
-45%
1.5
32%
1.1
50%
1.28
42%
1
55%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
3.1
4.9
-58%
3.1
-0%
4.2
-35%
2.85
8%
2.2
29%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
1.7
3.3
-94%
2.3
-35%
2.1
-24%
1.7
-0%
1.6
6%
Gamma
2.08 106%
1.97 112%
2.06 107%
2.24 98%
2.206 100%
2.203 100%
CCT
6617 98%
6504 100%
6378 102%
6584 99%
6320 103%
6516 100%

* ... smaller is better

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 detected 120 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 120 Hz (worst case, e.g., utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 120 Hz is very low, so the flickering may cause eyestrain and headaches after extended use.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17900 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

minimal display brightness
min.
25% display brightness
25%
50% display brightness
50%
75% display brightness
75%
maximum manual display brightness
100%

Measurement series at fixed zoom level and various brightness settings

The Samsung Galaxy S23 FE achieves its most natural color reproduction in the Natual display mode, which offers a good calibration and targets the sRGB color space.

The default Vivid mode looks cooler and produces more saturated colors.

Grayscale (Display mode: Natural, Target Color Space: sRGB)
Grayscale (Display mode: Natural, Target Color Space: sRGB)
Colors (Display mode: Natural, Target Color Space: sRGB)
Colors (Display mode: Natural, Target Color Space: sRGB)
Color Space (Display mode: Natural, Target Color Space: sRGB)
Color Space (Display mode: Natural, Target Color Space: sRGB)
Saturation (Display mode: Natural, Target Color Space: sRGB)
Saturation (Display mode: Natural, Target Color Space: sRGB)

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
1.59 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.836 ms rise
↘ 0.751 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 4 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (21.5 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
1.44 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.702 ms rise
↘ 0.7355 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 3 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (33.7 ms).

The Galaxy S23 FE is well equipped for outdoor usage, offering a sufficiently high brightness. Only on very sunny days, there might be some slight limitations, but those could also be traced back to reflections on the screen surface.

Outdoors
Outdoors
Outdoors
Outdoors

The viewing angle stability of the AMOLED panel is good. Even from very steep viewing angles, the loss in brightness turns out minimal. While we did not notice any color tint, the display then becomes slightly cooler, but this doesn't represent any hindrance in everyday operation.

Viewing angle stability of the Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Viewing angle stability of the Samsung Galaxy S23 FE

Performance - The Galaxy S23 FE uses an Exynos 2200

The Samsung Galaxy S23 FE is run by the Exynos 2200 that we already know from the Galaxy S22 series. The processor is supported by 8 GB of working memory.

Correspondingly, the performance also turns out similar to that of the two-year old flagship models. The system benchmarks even turn out slightly worse, which can probably be traced back to the newer software.

But the Galaxy S23 FE still delivers a very smooth system performance in everyday operation. 

Geekbench 5.5
Single-Core
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
1549 Points +33%
Motorola Edge 40 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
1418 Points +22%
Google Pixel 8
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 8192
1260 Points +9%
Nothing Phone (2)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
1255 Points +8%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
1161 Points
Average Samsung Exynos 2200
  (1133 - 1161, n=4)
1148 Points -1%
Samsung Galaxy S22
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
1145 Points -1%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
1092 Points -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (119 - 2138, n=218, last 2 years)
916 Points -21%
Multi-Core
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
4974 Points +32%
Motorola Edge 40 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
4192 Points +11%
Nothing Phone (2)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
4045 Points +7%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
3768 Points
Average Samsung Exynos 2200
  (3474 - 3768, n=4)
3600 Points -4%
Samsung Galaxy S22
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
3474 Points -8%
Google Pixel 8
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 8192
3395 Points -10%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
3204 Points -15%
Average of class Smartphone
  (473 - 6681, n=218, last 2 years)
3004 Points -20%
Geekbench 6.2
Single-Core
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
1984 Points +24%
Nothing Phone (2)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
1719 Points +7%
Google Pixel 8
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 8192
1653 Points +3%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
1601 Points
Average Samsung Exynos 2200
  ()
1601 Points 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (193 - 2930, n=103, last 2 years)
1409 Points -12%
Multi-Core
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
5149 Points +31%
Nothing Phone (2)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
4584 Points +16%
Google Pixel 8
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 8192
4225 Points +7%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
3938 Points
Average Samsung Exynos 2200
  ()
3938 Points 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (845 - 7408, n=103, last 2 years)
3888 Points -1%
Antutu v9 - Total Score
Motorola Edge 40 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
1249078 Points +52%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
1134684 Points +38%
Nothing Phone (2)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
932991 Points +13%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
822897 Points
Samsung Galaxy S22
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
813746 Points -1%
Average Samsung Exynos 2200
  (704479 - 850401, n=4)
797881 Points -3%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
743221 Points -10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (102602 - 1650926, n=153, last 2 years)
738503 Points -10%
Google Pixel 8
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 8192
603046 Points -27%
Antutu v10 - Total Score
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
1508318 Points +34%
Average of class Smartphone
  (281399 - 2162423, n=51, last 2 years)
1249818 Points +11%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
1124908 Points
Average Samsung Exynos 2200
  ()
1124908 Points 0%
Google Pixel 8
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 8192
1107295 Points -2%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Nothing Phone (2)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
16612 Points +22%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
15270 Points +13%
Motorola Edge 40 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
15130 Points +11%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
14107 Points +4%
Samsung Galaxy S22
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
14068 Points +4%
Average Samsung Exynos 2200
  (12579 - 14998, n=4)
13805 Points +2%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
13573 Points
Average of class Smartphone
  (4761 - 21385, n=213, last 2 years)
11798 Points -13%
Google Pixel 8
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 8192
10897 Points -20%
CrossMark - Overall
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
1221 Points +38%
Nothing Phone (2)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
1116 Points +26%
Average Samsung Exynos 2200
  (888 - 1129, n=4)
979 Points +10%
Samsung Galaxy S22
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
957 Points +8%
Google Pixel 8
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 8192
955 Points +8%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
888 Points
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
871 Points -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (200 - 1474, n=165, last 2 years)
837 Points -6%
Motorola Edge 40 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
778 Points -12%
BaseMark OS II
Overall
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
8830 Points +23%
Nothing Phone (2)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
7839 Points +9%
Motorola Edge 40 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
7466 Points +4%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
7179 Points
Samsung Galaxy S22
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
6991 Points -3%
Google Pixel 8
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 8192
6974 Points -3%
Average Samsung Exynos 2200
  (6319 - 7186, n=4)
6919 Points -4%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
5839 Points -19%
Average of class Smartphone
  (411 - 11438, n=165, last 2 years)
5745 Points -20%
System
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
14401 Points +30%
Nothing Phone (2)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
12171 Points +10%
Samsung Galaxy S22
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
11210 Points +1%
Motorola Edge 40 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
11159 Points +1%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
11081 Points
Average Samsung Exynos 2200
  (10464 - 11373, n=4)
11032 Points 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2376 - 16475, n=165, last 2 years)
9678 Points -13%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
9119 Points -18%
Google Pixel 8
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 8192
8251 Points -26%
Memory
Google Pixel 8
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 8192
9115 Points +20%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
8871 Points +17%
Nothing Phone (2)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
8458 Points +11%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
7614 Points
Average Samsung Exynos 2200
  (6212 - 7614, n=4)
6771 Points -11%
Motorola Edge 40 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
6601 Points -13%
Samsung Galaxy S22
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
6413 Points -16%
Average of class Smartphone
  (670 - 12716, n=165, last 2 years)
6250 Points -18%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
6248 Points -18%
Graphics
Motorola Edge 40 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
26837 Points +50%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
26748 Points +49%
Nothing Phone (2)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
19110 Points +7%
Google Pixel 8
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 8192
18975 Points +6%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
17941 Points
Average Samsung Exynos 2200
  (17104 - 17941, n=4)
17447 Points -3%
Samsung Galaxy S22
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
17269 Points -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (697 - 58651, n=165, last 2 years)
14101 Points -21%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
13588 Points -24%
Web
Samsung Galaxy S22
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
1924 Points +10%
Nothing Phone (2)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
1919 Points +9%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
1779 Points +1%
Average Samsung Exynos 2200
  (1434 - 1960, n=4)
1768 Points +1%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
1755 Points
Google Pixel 8
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 8192
1657 Points -6%
Motorola Edge 40 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
1572 Points -10%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
1501 Points -14%
Average of class Smartphone
  (10 - 2145, n=165, last 2 years)
1494 Points -15%
UL Procyon AI Inference for Android - Overall Score NNAPI
Google Pixel 8
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 8192
25563 Points +146%
Average of class Smartphone
  (207 - 84787, n=150, last 2 years)
21814 Points +110%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
16702 Points +61%
Motorola Edge 40 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
15782 Points +52%
Nothing Phone (2)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
13807 Points +33%
Average Samsung Exynos 2200
  (10374 - 10841, n=2)
10608 Points +2%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
10374 Points
Geekbench ML
0.6 TensorFlow Lite CPU
Average of class Smartphone
  (509 - 1342, n=8, last 2 years)
1129 Points +122%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
509 Points
Average Samsung Exynos 2200
  ()
509 Points 0%
0.6 TensorFlow Lite GPU
Average of class Smartphone
  (978 - 1478, n=8, last 2 years)
1185 Points +16%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
1021 Points
Average Samsung Exynos 2200
  ()
1021 Points 0%
0.6 TensorFlow Lite NNAPI
Average of class Smartphone
  (378 - 3410, n=8, last 2 years)
894 Points +116%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
413 Points
Average Samsung Exynos 2200
  ()
413 Points 0%

The Samsung Xclipse 920, which is based on the RDNA 2 architecture of AMD, was the first GPU for smartphones of its time that supported hardware-based raytracing. This is a benefit that should also please users of the Galaxy S23 FE. However, in the benchmarks we also notice that some of the more modern GPUs are significantly faster. Even the Adreno 730 in the Nothing Phone (2) offers a performance that is between 20 and 56% higher.

3DMark / Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
3699 Points +117%
Motorola Edge 40 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
3503 Points +106%
Nothing Phone (2)
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2538 Points +49%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2439 Points +43%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1702 Points
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
974 Points -43%
3DMark / Wild Life Extreme
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
3857 Points +127%
Motorola Edge 40 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
3280 Points +93%
Nothing Phone (2)
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2754 Points +62%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2422 Points +42%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1702 Points
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1500 Points -12%
3DMark / Wild Life Unlimited Score
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
13911 Points +116%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
8977 Points +39%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
6440 Points
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5872 Points -9%
3DMark / Wild Life Score
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
8635 Points +36%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
6350 Points
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5683 Points -11%
3DMark / Solar Bay Score
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5603 Points +56%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
3589 Points
3DMark / Solar Bay Unlimited Score
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5583 Points +54%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
3631 Points
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
6185 Points +44%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4995 Points +16%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4378 Points +2%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4288 Points
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
21767 Points +85%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
13546 Points +15%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
11774 Points
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
11309 Points -4%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
13955 Points +65%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
9813 Points +16%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
8483 Points
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
8366 Points -1%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps +1%
Motorola Edge 40 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps +1%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps +1%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
119 fps 0%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
119 fps
Nothing Phone (2)
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps -50%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Offscreen
Motorola Edge 40 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
479 fps +120%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
459 fps +111%
Nothing Phone (2)
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
349 fps +60%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
317 fps +45%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
218 fps
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
178 fps -18%
GFXBench 3.0 / Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps +7%
Motorola Edge 40 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps +7%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
112 fps
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
103 fps -8%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
78 fps -30%
Nothing Phone (2)
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps -46%
GFXBench 3.0 / 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Motorola Edge 40 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
301 fps +123%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
271 fps +101%
Nothing Phone (2)
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
211 fps +56%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
135 fps
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
109 fps -19%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
97 fps -28%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps +35%
Motorola Edge 40 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps +35%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
89 fps
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
73 fps -18%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
65 fps -27%
Nothing Phone (2)
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps -33%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Motorola Edge 40 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
214 fps +112%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
186 fps +84%
Nothing Phone (2)
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
134 fps +33%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
101 fps
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
92 fps -9%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
75 fps -26%
GFXBench / Car Chase Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
109 fps +95%
Motorola Edge 40 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
107 fps +91%
Nothing Phone (2)
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
59 fps +5%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
58 fps +4%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
56 fps
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
42 fps -25%
GFXBench / Car Chase Offscreen
Motorola Edge 40 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
125 fps +98%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
123 fps +95%
Nothing Phone (2)
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
76 fps +21%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
74 fps +17%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
63 fps
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
45 fps -29%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
98 fps +133%
Motorola Edge 40 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
85 fps +102%
Nothing Phone (2)
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
59 fps +40%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
56 fps +33%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
42 fps 0%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
42 fps
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
63 fps +125%
Motorola Edge 40 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
61 fps +118%
Nothing Phone (2)
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
42 fps +50%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
37 fps +32%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
28 fps
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
25 fps -11%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps +94%
Motorola Edge 40 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps +94%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
75 fps +21%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
62 fps
Nothing Phone (2)
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps -3%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
51 fps -18%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Motorola Edge 40 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
151 fps +96%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
141 fps +83%
Nothing Phone (2)
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
113 fps +47%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
99 fps +29%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
77 fps
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
54 fps -30%
GFXBench / 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
30 fps +150%
Motorola Edge 40 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
28 fps +133%
Nothing Phone (2)
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
20 fps +67%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
16 fps +33%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
12 fps

The Samsung Galaxy S23 FE offers a good browser performance in the benchmarks. Only in Jetstream 2.0, the result is surprisingly low even after several attempts. However, nothing similar can be noticed in everyday operation.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Nothing Phone (2) (Chrome 114)
178.548 Points +1189%
Samsung Galaxy S23 (Chrome 109)
158.595 Points +1045%
Average of class Smartphone (13.8 - 351, n=173, last 2 years)
106.1 Points +666%
Google Pixel 8 (chrome 116)
104.25 Points +653%
Motorola Edge 40 Pro (Chrome 112)
100.8 Points +628%
Average Samsung Exynos 2200 (13.8 - 107.4, n=4)
78.6 Points +468%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G (Chrome 96)
63.9 Points +361%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE (Chrome 121)
13.847 Points
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Nothing Phone (2) (Chrome 114)
162 runs/min +18%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE (Chrome 121)
137 runs/min
Samsung Galaxy S23 (Chrome 109)
136 runs/min -1%
Google Pixel 8 (chrome 116)
136 runs/min -1%
Average Samsung Exynos 2200 (105 - 137, n=4)
115.3 runs/min -16%
Average of class Smartphone (14.9 - 445, n=157, last 2 years)
107.1 runs/min -22%
Motorola Edge 40 Pro (Chome 112)
70.4 runs/min -49%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G (Chrome 96)
46.92 runs/min -66%
WebXPRT 4 - Overall
Nothing Phone (2) (Chrome 114)
147 Points +13%
Samsung Galaxy S23 (Chrome 109)
146 Points +12%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE (Chrome 121)
130 Points
Average Samsung Exynos 2200 ()
130 Points 0%
Average of class Smartphone (22 - 202, n=160, last 2 years)
100.2 Points -23%
Motorola Edge 40 Pro (Chrome 112)
99 Points -24%
Google Pixel 8 (chrome 116)
94 Points -28%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Samsung Galaxy S23 (Chrome 109)
59913 Points +17%
Nothing Phone (2) (Chrome 114)
52931 Points +3%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE (Chrome 121)
51202 Points
Google Pixel 8 (chrome 116)
47776 Points -7%
Average Samsung Exynos 2200 (34055 - 51202, n=4)
42162 Points -18%
Average of class Smartphone (4633 - 89112, n=212, last 2 years)
33588 Points -34%
Motorola Edge 40 Pro (Chrome 112)
31254 Points -39%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G (Chrome 96)
31070 Points -39%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total
Average of class Smartphone (388 - 9999, n=173, last 2 years)
1595 ms * -90%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G (Chrome 96)
1417 ms * -69%
Average Samsung Exynos 2200 (840 - 1566, n=4)
1306 ms * -55%
Motorola Edge 40 Pro (Chrome 112)
1265.2 ms * -51%
Google Pixel 8 (chrome 116)
998 ms * -19%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE (Chrome 121)
840.3 ms *
Nothing Phone (2) (Chrome 114)
755.5 ms * +10%
Samsung Galaxy S23 (Chrome 109)
701.7 ms * +16%

* ... smaller is better

Depending on the version, the Galaxy S23 FE uses either 128 or 256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage. This turns out very fast in its class, even though it is clearly surpassed by the more modern UFS 4.0 storage.

Samsung Galaxy S23 FESamsung Galaxy S23Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5GGoogle Pixel 8Motorola Edge 40 ProNothing Phone (2)Average 128 GB UFS 3.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-3%
-19%
-15%
106%
25%
-16%
-7%
Sequential Read 256KB
1657.44
3133.7 ?(UFS 4.0)
89%

1686.71 ?(UFS 3.1)
2%

1639
-1%
1655.48
0%
3434.4
107%
1949.5
18%
Sequential Write 256KB
994.67
844 ?(UFS 4.0)
-15%

628.53 ?(UFS 3.1)
-37%

760
-24%
895.86
-10%
2887.4
190%
1517.6
53%
Random Read 4KB
322.32
427.61 ?(UFS 4.0)
33%

343.65 ?(UFS 3.1)
7%

245.1
-24%
183.55
-43%
451.3
40%
287.5
-11%
Random Write 4KB
288.23
156.69 ?(UFS 4.0)
-46%

130.26 ?(UFS 3.1)
-55%

211.2
-27%
266.68
-7%
539
87%
403.8
40%

Games - Samsung smartphone with a decent gaming power

The Xclipse 920 offers sufficient performance for all games from the Play Store. We analyzed several games using GameBench in more detail. PUBG can be run in HDR setting at best, and more than 40 FPS are not possible in Balanced or HD mode. Even though up to 60 FPS are possible in Genshin Impact, there continue to be some small stutters from time to time particularly in the demanding settings.

The available performance should be more than sufficient for most games, even though enthusiasts won't get all their wishes fulfilled. As most other Galaxy smartphones, the Galaxy S23 FE is also able to use the Gaming Hub.

PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
Genshin Impact
Genshin Impact
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Samsung Galaxy S23 FE; Genshin Impact; lowest 120 fps: Ø59.5 (44-61)
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE; Genshin Impact; medium 120 fps: Ø59.3 (41-61)
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE; Genshin Impact; highest 120 fps: Ø58.2 (45-61)
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE; PUBG Mobile; Smooth: Ø58.3 (38-60)
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE; PUBG Mobile; Balanced: Ø39.5 (31-41)
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE; PUBG Mobile; HD: Ø39.8 (36-41)

Emissions - The Fan Edition offers dual-speakers

Temperatures

During idle operation, the surface temperatures of the Galaxy S23 FE are comfortably low. As expected, they increase steeply during the stress test, which we simulate with the Burnout Benchmark. Even though they are not low at up to 46.8 °C (116 °F), the temperatures still remain within limits that give no reason for concern.

In the stress test with 3DMark, the improved cooling advertised by Samsung becomes noticeable, since the S23 FE is able to maintain its performance over long load periods better than for example a Galaxy S22, which uses the same SoC. But there is still a noticeable loss in performance.

Max. Load
 44.1 °C
111 F
45.3 °C
114 F
42.8 °C
109 F
 
 46.2 °C
115 F
46.8 °C
116 F
44 °C
111 F
 
 45.9 °C
115 F
46.2 °C
115 F
44.8 °C
113 F
 
Maximum: 46.8 °C = 116 F
Average: 45.1 °C = 113 F
41 °C
106 F
45.5 °C
114 F
45.6 °C
114 F
43.1 °C
110 F
44.5 °C
112 F
46.5 °C
116 F
42.9 °C
109 F
46.3 °C
115 F
46.8 °C
116 F
Maximum: 46.8 °C = 116 F
Average: 44.7 °C = 112 F
Room Temperature 20.3 °C = 69 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 45.1 °C / 113 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 46.8 °C / 116 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 56 °C for the class Smartphone.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 46.8 °C / 116 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.2 °C / 76 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

3DMark
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
83.4 % +19%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
69.9 %
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
68.6 % -2%
Motorola Edge 40 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
65.7 % -6%
Nothing Phone (2)
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60.2 % -14%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
58.6 % -16%
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Nothing Phone (2)
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
87.3 % +19%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
79 % +7%
Motorola Edge 40 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
74.6 % +1%
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
73.5 %
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
56.1 % -24%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
53.8 % -27%
Solar Bay Stress Test Stability
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
69 %
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Samsung Galaxy S23 FE Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.4.1: Ø8.59 (7.53-10.2)
Samsung Galaxy S23 Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø15.5 (12.4-23.1)
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 1.0.6.5: Ø30.9 (26.6-38.1)
Samsung Galaxy S23 Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø58.5 (52.3-76.3)
Samsung Galaxy S23 Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Unlimited Stress Test Stability: Ø66.7 (56-85.8)
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Solar Bay Unlimited Stress Test Stability; 1.0.6.5: Ø9.91 (8.77-12)
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Solar Bay Stress Test Stability; 1.0.6.5: Ø9.78 (8.18-11.9)

Speakers

The two speakers of the Samsung Galaxy S23 FE produce good sound in the medium volume range. If you turn up the volume of the smartphone, the lack of bass becomes more noticeable, and the highs tend to get slightly distorted at times.

You can use the USB-C port for sound output for wired headphones. For a wireless connection, Bluetooth 5.3 is available, but as with its other smartphones, Samsung doesn't offer many of the modern audio codecs. Even though streaming to several Bluetooth receivers is also possible, only the SBC codec is then used.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2028.631.52525.927.23123.424.74027.331.15036.240.26325.426.68016.626.510016.932.212514.742.816013.152.420015.152.925014.35631511.657.34001058.75009.163.863011.162.38009.167.6100011.873.812501577.5160011.377.620001278.7250012.377.7315012.778.8400012.682.5500013.175.6630013.470.1800013.569.81000013.570.91250013.6651600013.662.5SPL24.788.8N0.671.7median 13.1median 69.8Delta1.39.738.439.631.239.125.129.629.932.132.137.623.133.523.63422.433.316.839.316.550.513.45414.153.512.954.31357.211.768.111.671.712.97613.377.213.176.312.473.812.673.512.571.912.475.712.778.413.181.413.579.713.678.213.478.113.681.313.474.425890.677.6median 13.1median 74.41.29.2hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseSamsung Galaxy S23 FEGoogle Pixel 8
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (88.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 20.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.9% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.3% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (17.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 9% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 84% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 29% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 63% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Google Pixel 8 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (89 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 26.8% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (6.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.2% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (16.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 4% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 93% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 21% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 74% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Battery Life - The Exynos remains power hungry

Power Consumption

In terms of the power consumption, the Galaxy S23 FE shows itself as fairly power hungry. The values are higher than those of the Galaxy S23 already during idle operation, and the SoC consumes a lot of power under load.

The Samsung smartphone can be charged at up to 25 watts with a wired charger, which takes up to 1.5 hours for a full charge. Wireless charging and wireless PowerShare are also supported.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.03 / 0.24 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.69 / 1.15 / 1.26 Watt
Load midlight 15.93 / 16.09 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
4500 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S23
3900 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
4500 mAh
Google Pixel 8
4575 mAh
Motorola Edge 40 Pro
4600 mAh
Nothing Phone (2)
4700 mAh
Average Samsung Exynos 2200
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
44%
1%
25%
16%
13%
17%
6%
Idle Minimum *
0.69
0.57
17%
1.01
-46%
0.56
19%
0.7
-1%
0.9
-30%
Idle Average *
1.15
0.74
36%
1.5
-30%
1.08
6%
0.8
30%
1.1
4%
1.038 ?(0.71 - 1.19, n=4)
10%
Idle Maximum *
1.26
0.83
34%
1.6
-27%
1.17
7%
1.3
-3%
1.4
-11%
Load Average *
15.93
4.26
73%
5.54
65%
8.01
50%
10
37%
5
69%
Load Maximum *
16.09
6.16
62%
9.16
43%
8.89
45%
13.7
15%
10.4
35%

* ... smaller is better

Power Consumption: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

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