Months after the release of the Galaxy S23, S23+ and S23 Ultra, Samsung introduced the fan version of the Galaxy S23. It offers many of the best features of the original devices at a lower price. The release has many wondering how the S23 stacks up against its peers and whether the affordable option lives up to the hype of the S23 series.

Let’s take a look at the differences between the Galaxy S23 and S23 Fan Edition to help you choose your new phone!

Dimensions and construction

Galaxy S23 FE vs Galaxy S23

  • Samsung Galaxy S23: 146.3 x 70.9 x 7.6 mm; 168 grams; IP68 rating
  • Samsung Galaxy S23 FE:  158 x 76.5 x 8.2 mm; 209 grams; IP68 rating

At first glance, it may be difficult to tell the S23 and S23 FE apart because of their similarities.

The Galaxy S23 comes in four colors: lavender, cream, green and phantom black. If you buy it directly from Samsung’s website, you can choose from two other colors, Lime and Graphite. The S23 FE is also available in four colors: graphite, cream, mint and purple. Similarly, you can also choose between two unique colors, tangerine and indigo.

Both devices are IP68 rated, meaning they are dust and water resistant. The S23 FE’s glass front and back are both protected by Gorilla Glass 5 with an aluminum frame. On the other hand, the S23’s glass front and back are reinforced with stronger Gorilla Glass Victus 2. The S23 Fan Edition also weighs more than the S23 due to its larger display.

Regardless of how durable the S23 series is, we recommend using a solidly built case for your Galaxy S23 to protect it from drop damage.


Galaxy S23 FE vs Galaxy S23

  • Samsung Galaxy S23: 6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display; 2340×1080 resolution; 120 Hz adaptive refresh rate; Maximum brightness 1750 nits
  • Samsung Galaxy S23 FE: 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display; 2340×1080 resolution; 120 Hz adaptive refresh rate; Maximum brightness 1450 nits

The Galaxy S23 FE is slightly larger than its predecessor with a 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display compared to the S23’s 6.1-inch display. Both devices have a similar punch-hole cutout at the top that houses the front-facing camera.

Another thing you might notice when holding both devices side by side is that the bezels on the S23 FE are thicker, which significantly affects your viewing experience.

While thicker bezels aren’t ideal, an AMOLED display like the S23 has a 120Hz refresh rate. Overall, both devices are not much different in terms of display as they have the same refresh rate and resolution. The thicker bezels could be a problem for some, but the larger display definitely makes up for it.

The Samsung Galaxy S23 has a maximum brightness of 1200 nits and a maximum brightness of 1750 nits, which provides excellent outdoor visibility. In contrast, the Galaxy S23 FE offers a screen with a maximum brightness of 1450 nits.


  • Samsung Galaxy S23:  Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
  • Samsung Galaxy S23 FE:  Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

Although the display and design of both the devices are not much different, the S23 Fan Edition is slightly less in terms of processing power. The S23 FE is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, which is a step down from the S23’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, while offering commendable power efficiency.

However, you’re unlikely to notice a significant performance difference between the two devices in real-time use.

The Galaxy S23 FE uses Samsung’s own Exynos processor outside the US.


Galaxy S23 FE vs Galaxy S23

  • Samsung Galaxy S23:  50 MP, f/1.8 primary (wide) with dual-pixel PDAF and OIS. 10 MP, f/2.4 secondary (telephoto) with PDAF, OIS and 3x optical zoom. 12 megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide with 120-degree field of view; 12-megapixel f/2.2 (wide) selfie camera with dual PDAF pixels
  • Samsung Galaxy S23 FE:  50 MP, f/1.8 main (wide), with PDAF and OIS; 8 MP, f/2.4 secondary (telephoto) with PDAF and 3x optical zoom. 12 MP, f/2.2, ultra-wide with 123-degree field of view; Selfie camera 10 MP f/2.4 (wide).
The Samsung Galaxy S23 and Fan Edition both have triple rear camera setups and share the same primary and ultra-wide sensors. Both devices use a 50-megapixel main camera, which allows you to capture images with incredible detail even in low-light conditions.

There are a few minor differences between the other cameras. For example, the S23 Fan Edition has an 8-megapixel telephoto lens, while its predecessor has a 10-megapixel telephoto lens.

In terms of selfie camera, there is a difference between Samsung Galaxy S23 and S23 Fan Edition. The S23 has a 12-megapixel selfie camera, while the Fan Edition has a slightly more powerful 10-megapixel selfie camera.

Battery life and charging

  • Samsung Galaxy S23:  3900mAh; Support for 25W wireless charging, 10W wireless charging, and 4.5W reverse wireless charging.
  • Samsung Galaxy S23 FE:  4500mAh; Support for wired and wireless charging of 25 watts
Since the Galaxy S23 FE is slightly larger than the standard S23 model, it has a larger battery, with a 4,500 mAh cell. While the S23 has a 3,900 mAh battery, we can’t claim that the S23 FE will last much longer without charging. This is because the standard model uses a more efficient chipset than the Fan Edition, which may give it a slight advantage.

When it comes to charging speed, Samsung claims that both devices can charge 50% of their battery in just 30 minutes thanks to the 25W wired charging support. Both devices support Wireless PowerShare, which allows users to turn their devices into a charging station to fuel the Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Buds, and even another device.

Both the S23 and Fan Edition support wireless charging as well.

Pricing and storage options

  • Samsung Galaxy S23:  $799.99 for 128GB; $859.99 for 256GB
  • Samsung Galaxy S23 FE:  $629.99 for 128GB; $689.99 for 256GB

The Samsung Galaxy S23 and S23 FE both come with 128GB base storage, starting at $799 and $629, respectively. The S23 and its Fan Edition are available in two different memory configurations: 128GB and 256GB.

Both the S23 and S23 FE come with 8GB of RAM, which ensures smooth multitasking and responsive performance.

Galaxy S23 vs Galaxy S23 FE: Which phone will you buy?

While both devices have significant similarities, there is a significant price difference between the two. If you’re looking to buy a phone for basic everyday tasks like texting and calling, the S23 FE is an affordable option that retains the features that make the S23 series so popular.

As long as you’re looking for a more powerful and efficient chipset and a camera with incredible detail, you can’t ignore the S23 Fan Edition. In fact, you’ll get a slightly bigger screen and a bigger battery, and you’ll save a few hundred bucks while you’re at it!