Samsung launched Galaxy A23 5G for the entry-level smartphone market segment without making compromises on the quality and spec sheet of the device. Galaxy A23 is packed with a wide display, quad camera setup, an impressive 4GB RAM, Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 chipset, and a 5000mAh battery with 25W fast charging support among other features.
Moreover, Samsung has been advertising the device as a lag-free 5G smartphone, which users shouldn’t confuse with lag-free performance as turns out the marketing campaign is only talking about the seamless 5G connectivity. Samsung Galaxy A23 5G price in India currently is Rs 21,999 for the 5G variant, which means to say that the same smartphone is also available in a 4G variant.
So, is Samsung Galaxy A23 5G worth spending Rs 21,999 on? Is this the smartphone you should be considering as your next smartphone upgrade? Let’s find out in our in-depth Samsung Galaxy A23 5G review.
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G Specifications
- 60-inch PLS LCD display with 120Hz refresh rate, 1080x2408px resolution, 20.07:9 aspect ratio and 400ppi
- Qualcomm SM6375 Snapdragon 695 5G (6 nm) Chipset, Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 660 Gold & 6×1.7 GHz Kryo 660 Silver); Adreno 619
- 64GB/4GB RAM, 64GB/6GB RAM, 128GB/4GB RAM, 128GB/6GB RAM, 128GB/8GB RAM memory with microSDXC (dedicated slot)
- Android 12 OS, One UI 4 software
- Quad rear camera setup with 50 MP main wide, 5 MP ultra-wide angle; 2 MP macro; 2 MP depth
- 8 MP primary selfie shooter
- 5000mAh battery with 25W wired fast charging support
- 5G enabled
- Fingerprint reader (side-mounted), Virtual proximity sensing
A Quick Samsung Galaxy A23 Unboxing Check
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G comes bundled in a regular retail packaging box and besides the smartphone, the box is pretty much empty, to say the least. All you really get inside the retail box is a SIM ejector pin so that you can at least stick your SIM card in the device, a quick start guide and a USB C cable.
That’s basically it. This, however, should not be massively shocking for anyone that the brand decided to not include a power adapter or even a plastic protective case at this point but it is still a little disappointing.
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G Design and Build
The Galaxy A23 5G with its massive 6.6-inches size is thankfully isn’t too heavy. It weighs 197 grams and does support a one-handed mode. The skinniest bezels surrounding the humongous display don’t look any bad or good.
Flip it around and you get the back panel of the Galaxy A23 5G. It is a simple matte plastic finish somewhat similar to all A series Galaxy smartphones and plastic is standard for smartphones at this price point. Thanks to that matte finish, the back panel doesn’t seem to attract fingerprints or scuffs too easily.
Samsung provides a respectable choice of colour options as well with the trademark enthusiastic variant monikers such as Awesome Black, Awesome White, Awesome Blue and Orange.
Galaxy A23 – 6.60-inch PLS LCD Display and 50 MP Primary Camera
Samsung doesn’t usually disappoint when it comes to smartphone displays and the A23 also serves with its 6.6-inch LCD display. The display is supported with a 120Hz refresh rate, 1080×2408 pixel picture resolution, a 20.07:9 aspect ratio and 400ppi among other features.
Overall, Galaxy A23 does serve the purpose of providing a decent display that can be your streaming partner. The images and colours are quite sharp even in this massive size display/
As for the camera setup, straight from the spec sheet, it doesn’t highlight anything extraordinary and doesn’t disappoint either. What we get in a Galaxy A23 is a 50-megapixel primary camera sensor with optical image stabilization built-in.
Now the 50-megapixel primary camera sensor works all right as long as the lighting is proper but in strong contrast and in more ambient lighting, the camera setup shows the lethargic side in getting decent enough shots.
Galaxy A23 Performance – one UI Software, Snapdragon 695 Processor and 64GB/4GB Storage
Analysing the performance of Galaxy A23 5G, let’s start with the software. The software you get is Android 12 and Android 13 should be coming soon. You also get Samsung’s One UI. Samsung has done a decent job when it comes to software updates and it is reassuring the with A23 that it is offering at least three years of os and security updates.
The security patching is bang up to date on Galaxy A23 and anyone who’s used a Samsung one UI smartphone in the past will not have any issues in adjusting to this one.
All of Samsung’s usual apps have been added on top where you get a smart app for connecting to all your smart home gadgetry, a Samsung peer for your contactless payment, and Samsung Health in case you want to do jogging or work out. You also have a few apps such as Facebook and LinkedIn pre-installed.
As for storage, the Galaxy A23 5G comes with 64 GB of space and 4GB of RAM. The storage, however, shouldn’t be a problem because Samsung is providing MicroSD memory card support so that you can easily expand the storage up to a full terabyte.
The Galaxy A23 has an added bonus the microSD memory card slot that is actually separate from the Dual SIM slots. So, you can have a memory card and two SIM supported in there simultaneously.
Now, let’s move to the processor and we do see a problem here. Running the show on the Galaxy A23 is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 chipset which is one of the most powerful chipsets you can get in the market today. But the issue here is that Samsung has backed Snapdragon 695 with just 4GB of RAM.
This combination of specs can certainly have a detrimental impact on the performance of the smartphone as we did notice lagging behaviour from A23 as some apps were taking a little longer to load or sometimes the display isn’t as smooth or responsive as you would want to have a decent smartphone experience.
However, if you are looking for a smartphone for regular everyday usage and don’t expect too much, Galaxy A23’s RAM and chipset combination shouldn’t both you.
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