Samsung may release the Galaxy S23 FE this year after all. Indeed, this phone has generated more conflicting reports than any other device in recent memory. For every rumor that denies the 2023 release of the Galaxy S23 FE, it seems like another one crops up to support it. And today, the mobile news sphere is on the supporting side.
It's been less than a week since we explored the possibility that the Galaxy S23 FE might not go on sale this year. But now, a new report from the Korean media citing supply chain sources says that Samsung Electronics will release the next Fan Edition device in Q4 2023.
Samsung allegedly finished picking its partners and suppliers for Galaxy S23 FE components. These suppliers want to start mass-producing S23 FE components in Q3 2023, and Samsung intends to release the finished product in Q4.
Citing market researcher Omdia, the same report states that Samsung should ship between 2 and 3 million Galaxy S23 FEs this year and 6-to-7 million units in 2024.
Galaxy S23 FE could cost the same or less than the S21 FE
The whole reason for releasing a Fan Edition smartphone is to offer a well-equipped smartphone for a price lower than the base Galaxy S model. And the Galaxy S23 FE may hit the market for the same or lower price than the Galaxy S21 FE.
The 2023 model could go on sale for anywhere between 800,000 and 900,000 won ($610-$686), whereas the Galaxy S21 FE went on sale for around 910,000 won / $699. The base Galaxy S23 128GB variant was released in February for $799, so the Galaxy S23 FE should land between that and the newly-announced Galaxy A54 5G, which starts at $449 in the USA and €490 in Europe.
The Galaxy S23 FE is expected to feature an AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and be powered by the same chipset Samsung used for the Galaxy S22 series in Qualcomm markets — the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.