- Snapdragon in Samsung S23 FE may be exclusive to US, disappointing fans in other countries.
- $699 pricing makes S23 FE attractive, despite older chipset.
- Appeal depends on design, features, value proposition alongside chipset choice.
While Samsung has previously launched all it’s Fe variants with cheaper chips, S23 might be an exception. But not for everyone. The US version of the highly anticipated Galaxy S23 FE has recently undergone benchmark testing, revealing that it will be powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, the same processor used in the Galaxy S22 series. While this chip is still high-end, its age raises concerns about the S23 FE’s cutting-edge status compared to its predecessors.
Unlike previous Fan Edition models, which utilized the same chips as their non-FE counterparts, the S23 FE might not follow the same pattern. There are indications that the Snapdragon variant of the S23 FE could be exclusive to the United States, leaving fans in other countries disappointed.
The undeniable reality is that many Samsung enthusiasts have a preference for Snapdragon chips, and the absence of a Snapdragon-powered S23 FE variant outside the US market might disappoint them. Samsung could potentially introduce the Snapdragon variant in some markets at a later stage, as it has done in the past. However, at present, it appears that most S23 FE buyers will have to settle for the Exynos 2200 version.
The question remains: Will consumers be eager to purchase the Galaxy S23 FE? Despite not featuring the latest chipsets, its aggressive Fan Edition pricing, expected to be around $699, will make it an attractive proposition. Samsung will likely aim to create some distance between the S23 FE launch and that of the Galaxy S24, especially if the upcoming S24 series boasts a significantly improved Exynos chip.
As we eagerly await the official release of the Galaxy S23 FE, Samsung faces the delicate task of balancing chipset choices and meeting fan expectations. The true appeal of the S23 FE will depend on how well it delivers on other aspects, such as design, features, and value proposition, alongside its chosen processors.