The leaks preceding the upcoming release of the Samsung Galaxy S23 FE inform us about the technical sheet of the device. Bad news, it could not count on the same advantage as the Galaxy S21 FE regarding the version of Android installed by default.
Expected in the coming days alongside a “FE” version of the Galaxy Tab S9 and Galaxy Buds, the future Galaxy S23 FE lets slip another important piece of information at the beginning of October: it would not be ahead of its peers regarding the preinstalled version of Android.
As a reminder, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE (which inevitably precedes the Galaxy S23 FE) had been postponed for so long that Samsung was ultimately forced to launch it with a more recent Android version than expected.
No particular advantage either regarding the Android version
When it arrived on the market in January 2022, the device was equipped right out of the box with Android 12… instead of Android 11. A significant advantage which allows it to benefit from longer software coverage according to the rules in force at Samsung (which promises four consecutive major Android updates before the end of support).
Clearly, this feature makes it the only smartphone in the S21 range to be eligible for Android 16, at least when the time is right. Its cousins will not go beyond Android 15. In any case, this is an advantageous situation that future buyers of the Galaxy S23 FE will probably not experience.
A leaked benchmark shows us that the device would be delivered under Android 13, without any particular lag with the rest of the range. Unlike the Galaxy S21 FE, it would therefore not benefit from an additional year of support.
A small disappointment to which is added the presence of an old generation processor, corroborated by a leak a few days ago. We learned last week that the device would not benefit from a brand new processor, but rather from a relatively dated SoC: the Exynos 2200 (and probably the Sanpdragon 8 Gen 1 across the Atlantic).
This chip launched at the very beginning of 2022 should therefore equip Samsung’s affordable premium smartphone… instead of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 installed on board the Galaxy S23, S23 Plus and S23 Ultra, marketed earlier this year. As pointed out SamMobilethe device would therefore not rely on the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4, launched in 2022, which would nevertheless have made sense.