Best-kept Samsung secret! Cheaper flagship-grade phone than Galaxy S23 to steal the show quickly?

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

The S21 FE was at all times going to be a comparatively inferior phone in contrast to 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 extra 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 virtually precisely a month later, the S21 FE nonetheless made zero sense on paper – I even suggested our readers to “act like the Galaxy S21 FE would not even exist”. Now, I wasn’t essentially

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

Although the Galaxy S21 FE (certainly) did not make a lot sense priced at $700, thanks to reductions and resale givesthe Fan Edition phone quickly was what was arguably the greatest Android flagship phone by way of sheerworth, and issues stayed this fashion all through 2022! That’s a spectacular flip of occasions for what was anticipated to be an irrelevant gadget, and even when the solely purpose for that’s the indisputable fact that Samsung (or Android basically) telephones depreciate in worth faster than Bitcoin, what issues is the backside line!And the backside line is that in accordance to Amazon critiques (one in every of the few public evaluate metrics accessible to the public), the S21 FE was a very talked-about phone and a really preferred one too! In reality, maybe much more fashionable than the Galaxy S22 (once more, on Amazon!), and with higher critiques total. Hence, it is truthful to say the S21 FE was the folks’s selection of flagship-grade Samsung phone for 2022.

That’s why the potential existence of a model new Galaxy S22 FE is an actual purpose to be excited, moderately than confused (like we have 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 must you purchase it as a substitute of the new Galaxy S23?

Let’s have an early dialogue…

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

Although rumors all through 2022 made us consider it is more and more doubtless the S21 FE was Samsung’s final Fan Edition phone, pointing in direction of the finish of the highway for Samsung’s reasonably priced flagship collection, 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 maintain our breath for the… Galaxy S22 FE, which (if its existence wasn’t sufficient of a shock), could be unveiled throughout the Galaxy S23 launch occasion (scheduled for February 1), or throughout the “Unpacked : Part 2”, which hints at a special Samsung occasion which may assist quickly after the Galaxy S23 launch.

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

  • Galaxy S22 FE is (kind of) anticipated to change what would’ve been the Galaxy A74, or Samsung’s high-end “A” collection mid-range phone for 2023

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

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

  • Galaxy S22 FE is now set to be the final “Fan Edition” phone launched by Samsung, as a number of leaksters inform us not to anticipate a Galaxy S23 FE round this time subsequent yr, that means if it does exist, the S22 FE could be the final Galaxy phone of its type

As lengthy because it exists, a fairly-priced Galaxy S22 FE may simply turn out to be the best-value Android flagship phone for many of 2023

The solely two large query marks that stay right here appear to be the two most necessary particulars about the supposed Galaxy S22 FE – is it actually an current gadget (are the leaks appropriate) and whether it is – how a lot would it not price!

I can instantly inform you that I nonetheless would not 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 slide in the place of what would’ve been the Galaxy A74 (reportedly retired by Samsung) – meaning 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 like the leaks do not take note of the indisputable fact that (not like the Galaxy A73 which was unique to India) the Galaxy S22 FE ought to launch globallythat means the $500 (INR 41,999) worth is extremely (and I imply extremely) unlikely to pan out!

If that is certainly Samsung’s plan, it is fairly simple 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?

Speaking of the Pixel 7 and realizing that (once more, a minimum of in my ebook) the Pixel 6 and Galaxy S21 FE have been the best-value Android flagship telephones of 2022, a hypothetical comparability between the new S22 FE and Pixel 7 is kind of unavoidable …

And as a result of that is (nonetheless) a really hypothetical “versus”, I’ll hold it quick, and inform you that when it comes to what could possibly be the greatest reasonably priced Android flagship phone of 2023, I’d put my cash on the (alleged ) Galaxy S22 FE!

That’s in all probability extra ironic than you would possibly understand, as a result of prior to the new Galaxy S22 FE leaks (in different phrases, whereas this phone was nonetheless thought-about lifeless), I launched a story during which I (unsurprisingly) awarded the title of greatest reasonably priced Android flagship phone (a minimum of in the starting of 2023) to the Pixel 7 (be at liberty to agree/disagree with me in the remark part).

But, now, with all leaks thought-about (once more, take them with a great pinch of salt), the Galaxy S22 FE is shaping up to be:

  • FasterthanthePixel7 thanks to having a more recent flagship chip and extra RAM
  • With a higher-quality show than the Pixel 7thanks to 120Hz refresh fee and (anticipated) larger brightness
  • An (arguably) higher digital camera system than the Pixel 7thanks to the sheer versatility of its digital camera system
  • With longer software program help in contrast to the Pixel 7thanks to 4 years of Android upgrades versus solely three for Pixel
  • Considerably lighter than the Pixel 7and due to this fact simpler to deal with (final yr’s S21FE weighs 177g or 20g much less than the Pixel 7)

In the finish, the stage seems set for the Galaxy S22 FE to come out and shine, stealing the “greatest reasonably priced Android flagship phone” crown from the Pixel 7. Samsung’s “One More Thing” phone simply wants to exist and be pricedpretty so as to handle to make an enormous splash in the Android phone market in 2023.

In reality, I’d argue that even when the Galaxy S22 FE retains the similar launch worth as the S21 FE ($700), it’d nonetheless have an incredible probability at changing into the best to advocate Android phone a minimum of for the first half of 2023, as a result of Samsung being Samsung, the new FE will doubtless be considerably cheaper as quickly as 1-2 months after its launch – whether or not that is on Amazon or eBay. “After reductions” is the greatest approach to purchase any Samsung (or Google) phone.

So, are you hoping the S22 FE is Samsung’s well-kept secret or do you suppose the firm ought to in all probability name it quits and retire the “Fan Edition” lineup proper now, a yr earlier than rumored? As at all times, the remark part is open!

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