Greatest-kept Samsung secret! Cheaper flagship-grade cellphone than Galaxy S23 to steal present quickly?


When Samsung launched the Galaxy S21 FE in early January final yr, everybody was confused…

The S21 FE was all the time going to be a comparatively inferior cellphone in comparison with the then soon-to-launch Galaxy S22, which after all was Samsung’s new flagship, coming with a refreshed design, a brand new processor, cameras, and at solely $100 greater than the S21 FE, which launched at $700, packing final yr’s {hardware}, together with processor, show, and cameras.

When the Galaxy S22 lastly launched nearly precisely a month later, the S21 FE nonetheless made zero sense on paper – I even suggested our readers to “act just like the Galaxy S21 FE does not even exist”. Now, I wasn’t essentially

proper then and there, however time has confirmed that my judgment was of blended accuracy.

Though the Galaxy S21 FE (certainly) didn’t make a lot sense priced at $700, because of reductions and resale provide, the Fan Version cellphone quickly became what was arguably the perfect Android flagship cellphone by way of sheerworth, and issues stayed this manner all through 2022! That’s a spectacular flip of occasions for what was anticipated to be an irrelevant system, and even when the one purpose for that’s the truth that Samsung (or Android generally) telephones depreciate in worth faster than Bitcoin, what issues is the underside line!And the underside line is that in response to Amazon evaluations (one of many few public evaluation metrics obtainable to the general public), the S21 FE was a very fashionable cellphone and a really preferred one too! In reality, maybe evne extra fashionable than the Galaxy S22 (once more, on Amazon!) , and with higher evaluations general. Therefore, it’s truthful to say the S21 FE was the individuals’s alternative of flagship-grade Samsung cellphone for 2022.

That is why the potential existence of a model new Galaxy S22 FE is an actual purpose to be excited, quite than confused (like we had been again when Samsung launched the S21 FE)! Is the Galaxy S22 FE going to make a shock look throughout Samsung’s upcoming Unpacked occasion on February 1 and do you have to purchase it as a substitute of the brand new Galaxy S23?

Let’s have an early dialogue…

Galaxy S22 FE rumored to launche alongside Galaxy S23, “threatening” Samsung’s actual flagship telephones for 2023

Although rumors all through 2022 made us consider it’s more and more doubtless the S21 FE was Samsung’s final Fan Version cellphone, pointing in the direction of the tip of the highway for Samsung’s reasonably priced flagship sequence, the FE won’t be lifeless in spite of everything!Leakster by the identify of Connor or @OreXda on Twitter is now telling us to carry our breath for the… Galaxy S22 FE, which (if its existence wasn’t sufficient of a shock), could be unveiled through the Galaxy S23 launch occasion (scheduled for February 1), or through the “Unpacked: Half 2”, which hints at a special Samsung occasion that could be assist quickly after the Galaxy S23 launch.

In a sequence of Tweets/replies, Connor and one other leakster by the identify of RGcloudS appear to have unveiled a couple of extra particulars in regards to the Galaxy S22 FE and Samsung’s future plans for the “FE” line:

  • Galaxy S22 FE is (type of) anticipated to exchange what would’ve been the Galaxy A74, or Samsung’s high-end “A” sequence mid-range cellphone for 2023

  • Galaxy S22 FE (in response to conflicting studies) could be powered by final yr’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset (not the 8+ Gen 1) or the Exynos 2200, which was notably disregarded from the S21 FE final yr in favor of the Snapdragon 888; because the 2200 is not a greater chip than the 8 Gen 1, the one logical purpose for Samsung’s alleged resolution to return to utilizing the Exynos 2200 is that the corporate may need piles of 2200s laying round

  • Galaxy S22 FE is claimed to pack Samsung’s personal 108MP ISOCELL HM6 main digicam sensor, measuring 1/1.6-inches, with help for as much as 8K 24fps video, PD autofocus, and 9-to-1 pixel-binning (snaps 12MP photographs by default); maybe probably the most notable Android cellphone with this digicam sensor is the Xiaomi 12T, which delivers superb picture and video high quality

  • Galaxy S22 FE is now set to be the final “Fan Version” cellphone launched by Samsung, as a number of leaksters inform us to not count on a Galaxy S23 FE round this time subsequent yr, which means if it does exist, the S22 FE could be the final Galaxy cellphone of its form

So long as it exists, a fairly-priced Galaxy S22 FE may simply turn out to be the best-value Android flagship cellphone for many of 2023

The one two massive query marks that stay right here appear to be two most vital particulars in regards to the supposed Galaxy S22 FE – is it actually an present system (are the leaks appropriate) and whether it is – how a lot wouldn’t it price!

I can instantly inform you that I nonetheless wouldn’t be too fast to have fun! In different phrases, the leaks are telling us thereis a Galaxy S22 FE, and even that the FE is predicted to slip within the place of what would’ve been the Galaxy A74 (reportedly retired by Samsung) – which means the FE “may” price as little as $500, as a result of… that is the worth of final yr’s A74 (transformed from INR).That being stated, itappears just like the leaks don’t have in mind the truth that (not like the Galaxy A73 which was unique to India) the Galaxy S22 FE ought to launch globally, which means the $500 (INR 41,999) worth is extremely (and I imply extremely) unlikely to pan out!

If that’s certainly Samsung’s plan, it’s fairly straightforward to guess that the Galaxy S22 FE would hold just about the very same {hardware} from the Galaxy S21 FE (after all, save for the upgraded chip), and be exactly (very, very exactly) geared toward dethroning the Google Pixel 7 from the best-value Android flagship throne!

Pixel 7 or Galaxy S22 FE – the (reasonably priced) Android flagship kings of 2023?

Talking of the Pixel 7 and realizing that (once more, at the least in my e-book) the Pixel 6 and Galaxy S21 FE had been the best-value Android flagship telephones of 2022, a hypothetical comparability between the brand new S22 FE and Pixel 7 is type of unavoidable…

And since that’s (nonetheless) a really hypothetical “versus”, I’ll hold it quick, and inform you that in relation to what might be the perfect reasonably priced Android flagship cellphone of 2023, I’d put my cash on the (alleged) Galaxy S22 FE!

That’s most likely extra ironic than you may notice, as a result of previous to the brand new Galaxy S22 FE leaks (in different phrases, whereas this cellphone was nonetheless thought-about lifeless), I launched a story during which I (unsurprisingly) awarded the title of finest reasonably priced Android flagship cellphone (at the least at first of 2023) to the Pixel 7 (be at liberty to agree/disagree with me within the remark part).

However, now, with all leaks thought-about (once more, take them with a very good pinch of salt), the Galaxy S22 FE is shaping as much as be:

  • QuickerthanthePixel7 because of having a more recent flagship chip and extra RAM
  • With a higher-quality show than the Pixel 7, thank to 120Hz refresh fee and (anticipated) increased brightness
  • An (arguably) higher digicam system than the Pixel 7, because of the sheer versatility of its digicam system
  • With longer software program help in comparison with the the Pixel 7, because of 4 years of Android upgrades versus solely three for Pixel
  • Significantly lighter than the Pixel 7, and due to this fact simpler to deal with (las yr’s S21FE weighs 177g or 20g lower than the Pixel 7)

Ultimately, the stage seems to be set for the Galaxy S22 FE to come back out and shine, stealing the “finest reasonably priced Android flagship cellphone” crown from the Pixel 7. Samsung’s “One Extra Factor” cellphone simply must exist and be pricedpretty with a purpose to handle to make an enormous splash within the Android cellphone market in 2023.

In reality, I’d argue that even when the Galaxy S22 FE retains the identical launch worth because the S21 FE ($700), it’d nonetheless have a terrific probability at changing into the best to suggest Android cellphone at the least for the primary half of 2023, as a result of Samsung being Samsung, the brand new FE will doubtless be considerably cheaper as quickly as 1-2 months after its launch – whether or not that’s on Amazon or eBay. “After reductions” is one of the best ways to purchase any Samsung (or Google) cellphone.

So, are you hoping the S22 FE is Samsung’s well-kept secret or do you assume the corporate ought to most likely name it quits and retire the “Fan Version” lineup proper now, a yr sooner than rumored? As all the time, the remark part is open!



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