An intriguing Snapdragon-powered version of the Samsung Galaxy S23 FE has surfaced in benchmarks, hinting at a Qualcomm variant for select markets. The phone was previously rumored to only come in an Exynos chipset model.
The Galaxy S23 FE benchmarked on Geekbench features model SM-S711U1 and packs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. This would make it the first S23 series phone to offer Snapdragon and Exynos variants.
Prior leaks suggested the S23 FE would only have the Exynos 2200 chip found in European Galaxy S22 models. The newly revealed Snapdragon model points to potential US availability with better performance.
However, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 that powers the Galaxy S23 FE is built on Samsung’s foundry rather than TSMC. This could result in inferior efficiency compared to TSMC-produced Snapdragon chips.
Rumors indicate the Exynos-based S23 FE will come with a 4500mAh battery and 25W charging. Other leaked specs include 6/8GB of RAM, 128/256GB of storage, and an optical in-display fingerprint sensor.
The rear camera setup is expected to have a 50MP primary, 12MP ultrawide, and 8MP 3x telephoto lens. The front may pack a 12MP selfie camera.
Regarding design, the S23 FE should retain the Contour Cut camera and overall look of the S22 series. The launch is rumored for August 2023 at around $700, filling the value flagship slot.
Availability of both Snapdragon and Exynos S23 FE models gives Samsung supply flexibility but could frustrate users depending on regional variant. Overall, the S23 FE looks to deliver S23 capabilities at an affordable price point.