Introduction and specs
Samsung has been going strong with its mid-range lineup in the last couple of years, and the Galaxy A23 is yet another iteration of its low-end to mid-range offering. As it’s usually the case with budget Samsung phones, the main focus seems to be the camera department. We often see better ultrawide solutions and more advanced main cameras used in Samsung’s midrangers, compared to rivals, that is.
The Galaxy A23 is no exception to the rule. Despite being a budget handset, it carries a 50MP main camera, which also happens to be optically stabilized. The other three cameras don’t stand out in any way, though.
We also have a big 6.6-inch display, which is not OLED, but we rarely get to see an OLED around these price points. Something had to give, after all, and it’s understandable.
Samsung Galaxy A23 specs at a glance:
- Body: 164.5×76.9×8.4mm, 195g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), plastic frame, plastic back.
- Display: 6.60″ PLS LCD, 90Hz, 1080x2408px resolution, 20.07:9 aspect ratio, 400ppi.
- Chipset: Qualcomm SM6225 Snapdragon 680 4G (6 nm): Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Kryo 265 Gold & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo 265 Silver); Adreno 610.
- Memory: 64GB 4GB RAM, 64GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM; eMMC 5.1; microSDXC (dedicated slot).
- OS/Software: Android 12, One UI 4.1.
- Rear camera: Wide (main): 50 MP, f/1.8, PDAF, OIS; Ultra wide angle: 5 MP, f/2.2, 123˚, 1/5″, 1.12µm; Macro: 2 MP, f/2.4; Depth: 2 MP, f/2.4.
- Front camera: 8 MP, f/2.2, (wide).
- Video capture: Rear camera: 1080p@30fps; Front camera: 1080p@30fps.
- Battery: 5000mAh; Fast charging 25W.
- Misc: Fingerprint reader (side-mounted); FM radio; 3.5mm jack; Virtual proximity sensing; No ambient light sensor.
The Snapdragon 680 SoC powering the device is a recent one with fairly capable CPU, which offers a substantial upgrade over older Snapdragon 6xx chipsets. That’s not to say there aren’t some considerable drawbacks of the said platform, including the lack of 4K video recording and 5G connectivity. Then again, some of the said issues plague current mid-range smartphone alternatives using the Snapdragon 6xx series in 2022. More on that later.