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Samsung Galaxy F23 is a Ridiculously Affordable Phone You Can't Buy
By RAHUL SRINIVAS
The Samsung Galaxy F23, launched in March 2022, is only available in one country — unless you find a way to have it shipped elsewhere — and is part of Samsung's strategy to regain their status as the top smartphone brand there. Samsung's Galaxy F series devices are co-branded with Walmart-owned Indian e-commerce platform Flipkart (that's what the F stands for) and are only sold in India.
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Priced at just over Rs 17,499 ($227), the Galaxy F23 is a reasonably large smartphone that offers a 120Hz display, measuring 6.6-inches across. This is an FHD+ panel of the IPS LCD type, with a waterdrop notch for the front camera and a layer of Gorilla Glass 5 for scratch resistance.
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The phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G, an 8nm chip that integrates the Adreno 619 GPU for graphics, while also offering support for 5G networks. The phone’s rear-facing camera array includes a 50MP primary camera, an 8MP secondary camera, and a 2MP macro sensor, as the front/selfie camera uses an 8MP sensor.
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The Galaxy F23 is a fairly heavy phone, weighing 198g, a large portion of which comes from the 5,000 mAh battery that also supports 25W fast charging. The phone comes with a charger in the box and runs OneUI 4.1 atop Android 12, with Samsung’s software update policy ensuring that it will benefit from two years of OS updates and four years of security updates.
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The Galaxy F23 comes in Aqua Blue and Forest Green, with two storage/RAM options on offer — the base variant that gets 4GB RAM and 128GB storage costs Rs 17499 ($227), while the 6GB+128GB variant costs Rs 18499 ($240). Apart from Flipkart, the phone will also be available for purchase directly from Samsung's online store and select brick and mortar stores across India.
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