When Samsung launched the Galaxy S21 FE in early January last year, everyone was confused…
The S21 FE was always going to be a relatively low-end phone compared to the then-soon-to-be-released Galaxy S22, which of course was Samsung’s new flagship, coming with a refreshed design, new processor, cameras, and just $100 more than . The S21 FE launched at $700, packing last year’s hardware, including the processor, display and cameras.
When the Galaxy S22 finally launched almost exactly a month later, the S21 FE still made zero sense on paper; I even advised our readers to “act like the Galaxy S21 FE doesn’t even exist.” Now I definitely wasn’t
right then and there, but time proved my judgment to be of conflicting accuracy.
Hence the potential existence of a brand new one The Galaxy S22 FE is a real reason to be excited, not confused (like we were back when Samsung launched the S21 FE). Will the Galaxy S22 FE make a surprise appearance at Samsung’s upcoming showcase? The February 1st event is unboxed, and are you buying it instead of the new Galaxy S23?
Let’s discuss early…
The Galaxy S22 FE is rumored to launch alongside the Galaxy S23, “threatening” Samsung’s true flagship phones in 2023.
A render that looks like a mix between the Galaxy S22 and the Galaxy S23.
While rumors in 2022 have led us to believe that it’s increasingly likely that the S21 FE is Samsung’s last Fan Edition phone, marking the end of the road for Samsung’s affordable flagship lineup, the FE, may not be dead after all. Named Leakster. Connor or @OreXda on Twitter now tells us to hold our breath… for the Galaxy S22 FE, which (if its existence wasn’t enough of a surprise) could be unveiled at the Galaxy S23 launch event (scheduled for February 1st), or Unpacked during Part 2,” hinting at another Samsung event that could help right after the Galaxy S23 launch.
Among the tweets/replies, Connor and another leaker by name RGcloudS: seems to have revealed a few more details about the Galaxy S22 FE and Samsung’s future plans for the “FE” series.
- The Galaxy S22 FE is expected to (sort of) replace what would be the Galaxy A74 or Samsung’s high-end ‘A’ series mid-range phone in 2023.
- The Galaxy S22 FE (according to conflicting reports) could be powered by last year’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset (not the 8+ Gen 1) or the Exynos 2200, which was significantly dropped from the S21 FE last year in favor of the Snapdragon 888 : ; since the 2200 isn’t a better chip than the 8 Gen 1, the only logical reason for Samsung’s supposed decision to go back to the Exynos 2200 is that the company might have stacks of 2200s.
- The Galaxy S22 FE is said to pack Samsung’s own 108MP ISOCELL HM6 main camera sensor with a 1/1.6-inch size, support for up to 8K 24fps video recording, PD autofocus, and 9-to-1 pixel placement ( takes a 12MP photo by default. ); Perhaps the most remarkable Android phone with this camera sensor Xiaomi 12T, which provides very good quality of photos and videos
- The Galaxy S22 FE is now set to be the last “Fan Edition” phone released by Samsung, as multiple leakers tell us not to expect a Galaxy S23 FE this time next year, meaning if it does exist , the S22 FE will be it. the last Galaxy phone of its kind
As long as it’s around, the reasonably priced Galaxy S22 FE could easily be the best value Android flagship for most of 2023.
The new Galaxy Buds Live are expected to join the rumored Galaxy S22 FE at a launch event this spring.
The only two big question marks left here seem to be the two most important details about the alleged Galaxy S22 FE; is it really an existing device (are the leaks true) and if so how much will it cost?
I can tell you right away that I wouldn’t be in too much of a hurry to celebrate. That is, the leaks tell us thereis Galaxy S22 FE, and even though the FE is expected to land where the Galaxy A74 would (said to be retired by Samsung), that means the FE “could » cost up to $500 because… that’s last year’s A74 price (converted from INR). itit seems Like the leaks, it doesn’t take into account the fact that (unlike the Galaxy A73, which was exclusive to India) the Galaxy S22 FE is set to launch on a global scalei.e. $500 (INR 41,999) is high (and I mean high). high) is unlikely to come out.
If Samsung really decided to pack the S22 FE with last year’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1/Exynos 2200, I could see that making it possible to get Galaxy S22 FE, which costs $600or $200/$250 less than the expected price of the entry-level Galaxy S23 flagship.
Pixel 7 or Galaxy S22 FE: The Android Flagship Kings of 2023 (Affordable)
The Pixel 7 could be the Galaxy S22 Fe’s biggest competitor.
Speaking of the Pixel 7, and knowing that (again, at least in my book) the Pixel 6 and the Galaxy S21 FE were the best value Android flagships of 2022, a hypothetical comparison between the new S22 FE and the Pixel 7 is kind of inevitable. is …
And since it’s (still) very hypothetical, I’ll cut it short and tell you that when it comes to the best affordable Android flagship phone of 2023, I’d put my money on the (hypothetical) Galaxy S22 FE!
This is probably more ironic than you can imagine, because before the new Galaxy S22 FE leaked (in other words, before this phone was still considered dead), I released story where I (unexpectedly) awarded the title of best Android flagship phone available (at least in early 2023) to the Pixel 7 (agree/disagree with me in the comments section).
But now, taking all the leaks into account (again, take them with a pinch of salt), the Galaxy S22 FE is shaping up to be:
- FasterthanthatPixel7:00 thanks to a newer flagship chip and more RAM
- With a better quality screen than the Pixel 7Thanks to the 120Hz refresh rate and (expectedly) higher brightness
- A better camera system than the Pixel 7thanks to the sheer versatility of its camera system
- With longer software compared to Pixel 7Thanks to four years of Android updates instead of just three on the Pixel
- Significantly lighter than the Pixel 7and therefore easier to handle (last year’s S21FE weighs 177g, or 20g less than the Pixel 7)
Finally, it looks like the Galaxy S22 FE is ready to come out and shine, stealing the crown of “best affordable Android flagship phone” from the Pixel 7. Samsung’s “Something Else” phone is just a must. exist and be at pricesfairly in order to make a big splash in the Android phone market in 2023.
In fact, I’d argue that even if the Galaxy S22 FE keeps the same launch price as the S21 FE ($700), it still has a strong chance of being the easiest Android phone to offer for at least the first half of the year. In 2023, Samsung being Samsung, the new FE will likely be significantly cheaper 1-2 months after release, be it on Amazon or eBay. “After sales” is the best way to buy any Samsung (or Google) phone.
So, are you hoping that the S22 FE is Samsung’s well-kept secret, or do you think the company should probably give it up and ditch the Fan Edition series now, a year ahead of the rumors? As always, the comments section is open.