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Samsung Galaxy S23 FE and Galaxy Buds FE Announced – See Specs, Price and Release Date

Samsung recently announced three new Fan Edition devices – the Galaxy S23 FE, Galaxy Tab S9 SE, and Galaxy Buds FE. These Galaxy FE devices are cheaper variants of their high-end counterpart. If you want most of the features of, for example, the Galaxy S23, but it’s out of your budget, then the S23 FE may suit your needs and budget. Although, I have yet to see them listed on popular retailers. You can check out Samsung’s official news release below for more details, including their specs, prices, and release dates.

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Samsung Galaxy S23 FE, Galaxy Tab S9 FE and Galaxy Buds FE Bring Standout Features to Even More Users

Samsung Electronics is announcing the latest FE series addition to the Samsung Galaxy ecosystem — the new Galaxy S23 FE, Galaxy Tab S9 FE and S9 FE+, and Galaxy Buds FE. Known for their iconic and durable designs, advanced performance, cutting-edge camera and audio capabilities, and so much more — these are the most epic FE devices yet. For those who want to experience Galaxy flagship devices for the first time, the new FE devices are the perfect entry point.

TM Roh, President and Head of Mobile eXperience Business at Samsung Electronics:
“At Samsung, we are committed to bringing world-class innovation to everyone through epic mobile experiences that fit their lifestyle,”. “Our new FE devices are packed with crowd-pleasing premium capabilities that, on their own or as part of a connected ecosystem, let Galaxy users maximize their creativity and productivity.”

Galaxy S23 FE: The Galaxy S Series’ Iconic Design, Pro-Grade Camera and Smooth Gaming Performance Are Designed To Elevate Your Everyday

Galaxy S23 FE stays true to the iconic S series design with its new floating camera and premium finish protected with IP68 water and dust resistance for an even sleeker display. Plus, it features recycled materials and packaging, packing a punch with durability, functionality, and sustainability. Offered in new, vibrant colors, Galaxy S23 FE allows users to select the device color that best fits their style.

Everyday moments come to life on Galaxy S23 FE with pro-grade camera features to help you capture amazing photos and videos. See sharp details in every scene with a 50MP high-resolution lens and 3X optical zoom. After dark, Nightography on Galaxy S23 FE lets you take clear selfies and portraits in lifelike colors. With advanced digital image stabilization (VDIS), take steady shots on the go using the rear camera with an optical image stabilizer (OIS) angle.

When it comes to creating perfectly sharable content, Galaxy S23 FE is an editing studio on the go. In Pro Mode, controls for shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and more can be manually adjusted to your preferences. Capture customized shots with the Camera Assistant app and choose which automated features to use for a fully customized shooting experience. With the freedom to create and customize, the Galaxy S23 FE camera has AI-powered editing tools to help elevate your creations.

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For gaming and streaming, Galaxy S23 FE’s powerful processor makes every action rapid and fluid with a vapor chamber that helps to control heat and sustain performance. The long-lasting 4,500mAh battery intuitively adjusts to conserve energy, charging up to 50 percent in just 30 minutes with a 25W Adapter. All this power comes to life on a bright, super-smooth 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display. Based on your surroundings, Vision Booster technology on Galaxy S23 FE automatically detects bright lighting conditions, keeping the screen vivid just like flagship models.

Galaxy Buds FE: Superior Sound, Powerful ANC, and Ergonomic Design Expand the Excellent Audio Experience to More Users

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Galaxy Buds FE brings Samsung’s industry-leading sound experience to more users. Its powerful bass offers a deep and rich sound that allows you to enjoy music the way the artist intended, while powerful Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and Ambient Sound enable you to hear more of what you love and less of what you don’t. Also, the automatic personalized beamforming of the advanced three-microphone system, along with an AI-powered Deep Neutral Network (DNN), separates your voice from unwanted background noise for clearer calls.

Boasting the longest battery life in the Buds series, Galaxy Buds FE provides up to 8.5 hours of playback with earbuds, totaling up to 30 hours, including the charging case. Even when using ANC, users can get up to 6 hours of playback with earbuds and up to 21 hours, including the case. Inspired by the iconic and ergonomic design of the series, Galaxy Buds FE are engineered to be comfortable enough to wear for a long time and enable a more customized fit with three different sizes of ear tips and two different sizes of wingtips.

One Seamlessly Connected Galaxy Ecosystem

With new FE devices, it’s easier than ever to experience the full power of the connected Galaxy ecosystem. Productivity is intuitive with Multi Control, which enables users to drag and drop content easily between multiple Galaxy devices. Copy and paste or drag and drop between smartphone and tablet. When creativity strikes, simply transfer videos or images from smartphone to tablet with Quick Share, for easier editing.

Galaxy Buds FE is the perfect companion when it is time for immersive entertainment. Auto Switch intelligently switches sound between your smartphone, tablet, and even watch and TV – based on your usage with no manual adjustments required. Also, SmartThings Find helps you track down misplaced Buds and also sound an alarm should they be left behind.

All these devices and connectivity capabilities uphold Samsung’s commitment to providing secure and private experiences. Galaxy S23 FE and Galaxy Tab S9 FE series are backed by Samsung Knox protection, meaning personal information is kept that way by default.

Mindfully Crafted for the Planet

With the latest FE devices, Samsung advances its commitment to the environment by scaling its latest purposeful innovations throughout the ecosystem.

Galaxy S23 FE features a wide variety of recycled materials found in both internal and external device components, including pre-consumer recycled aluminum and glass and post-consumer recycled plastic sourced from discarded fishing nets, water barrels, and PET bottles.

The Galaxy Tab S9 FE series is also comprised of recycled materials. Select internal and external components use pre-consumer recycled aluminum and post-consumer recycled plastics.

The new Galaxy S23 FE and Galaxy Tab S9 FE series are designed to last with four generations of OS upgrades and five years of security updates. To enhance longevity, users can also leverage programs such as Samsung Care+, a support service for accidental damages, repairs, and more.

Supporting a more positive impact on the planet does not stop at smartphones and tablets. Galaxy Buds FE incorporates post-consumer recycled plastics sourced from discarded fishing nets and water barrels in its product design.

Pricing and Availability

Beginning October 5, Galaxy S23 FE will be available in select markets, with Buds FE available starting October 10. The Galaxy S23 FE series is available from $599 in modern, bold colors, including Mint, Cream, Graphite, Purple Indigo, and Tangerine are also available exclusively at Samsung.com. Galaxy Buds FE are available for $99 in two distinct, modern colors: Graphite and White.

I don’t see the Galaxy S23 FE and Buds FE listed in online stores yet. But you can check out their non-FE variant’s current pricing and availability below. (#ad)

Samsung Galaxy S23 is available on Amazon here.
Galaxy Buds Wireless Earbuds is available on Amazon here.

Samsung Galaxy S23 FE Specifications

Display6.4-inch FHD+
Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display
Super Smooth, Adaptive 120Hz refresh rate (60~120Hz)
*Measured diagonally, actual viewable area is less due to rounded corners and camera hole.
Dimensions & Weight76.5 X 158 X 8.2mm, 209g
Camera12MP Ultra-Wide CameraF2.2, FOV 123˚50MP Wide CameraF1.8, FOV 84˚Adaptive Pixel8MP Telephoto Camera3x Optical Zoom, F2.4, FOV 32˚10MP Front CameraF2.4, FOV 80˚
 APAdvanced 4nm Processing
 *May differ by market and carrier.
Memory & Storage8GB + 128GB
8GB + 256GB
* Available storage capacity is subject to preloaded software.
* Memory option may vary by market.
Battery4,500mAh
*Typical value tested under third-party laboratory condition. Typical value is the estimated average value considering the deviation in battery capacity among the battery samples tested under IEC 61960 standard. Rated (minimum) capacity is 4,370mah. Actual battery life may vary depending on network environment, usage patterns and other factors.
Charging*Wired charging*: Up to 50% charge in around 30 mins with 25W Adapter**
Fast Wireless Charging 2.0***
Wireless PowerShare****
*Wired charging compatible with QC2.0 and AFC.
**25W Power Adapter sold separately. Use only Samsung-approved chargers and cables.
***Wireless charging compatible with WPC.
****Wireless PowerShare is limited to Samsung or other brand smartphones with Qi wireless charging, such as Galaxy S23 Ultra, S23+, S23, Z Fold 5, Z Fold 4, Z Flip4, S22 series, Z Fold3 5G, Z Flip 5, Z Flip3 5G, S21 FE 5G, S21 series, Z Fold2, Note20 series, S20 series, Z Flip, Note10, Note10+, S10e, S10, S10+, Fold, S9, S9+, S8, S8+, S8 Active, S7, S7 edge, S7 Active, S6, S6 edge, S6 Active, S6 edge+, Note9, Note8, Note FE and Note5. Only available with certain Samsung Galaxy wearables such as Galaxy Buds2 Pro, Buds2, Buds Pro, Buds Live, Watch5, Watch5 Pro, Watch4, Watch4 Classic, Watch3, Watch Active2, Watch Active, Gear Sport, Gear S3, Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Buds. If battery power is lower than 30% Wireless PowerShare may not function. May not work with certain accessories, covers, other brand devices or some Samsung wearables. During PowerShare, it may affect call reception or data services, depending on your network environment.
OSAndroid 13
Network and Connectivity 5G*, LTE**, Wi-Fi 6E***, Wi-Fi Direct Bluetooth® v 5.3
*Requires optimal 5G network connection, available in select markets. Check with your carrier for availability and details. Download and streaming speeds may vary based on content provider, server connection and other factors.
**Availability of LTE model varies by market and carrier. Actual speed may vary depending on market, carrier, and user environment.
***Wi-Fi 6E network availability may vary by market, network provider and user environment. Requires optimal connection. Will require a Wi-Fi 6E router.
SecuritySamsung Knox, Samsung Knox Vault
Water ResistanceIP68
*IP68 Rating: Conducted under lab test conditions. Water resistant in up to 1.5 meters of fresh water for up to 30 minutes and protected from dust, dirt, and sand. Rinse residue/dry after wet. Not advised for beach or pool use. Water and dust resistance of your device is not permanent and may diminish over time.

Samsung Galaxy Buds FE Specifications

Dimensions & WeightEarbud: 17.1 x 19.2 x 22.2mm, 5.6g
Charging Case: 50.0 x 27.7 x 50.0mm, 40.0g
Speaker1-way
Microphone3 mics (2 outer + 1 inner)
Battery CapacityEarbuds: 60mAh (typical)
Charging Case: 479mAh (typical)
*The typical capacity has been tested by Samsung using pre-released version of Galaxy Buds FE. The typical capacity is the estimated average capacity considering the deviation in battery capacity among the battery samples tested under IEC 61960 standard. Actual battery life may vary depending on the network environment, usage patterns, and other factors.
Play TimeUp to 6 hours / Total up to 21 hours (ANC on)
Up to 8.5 hours / Total up to 30 hours (ANC off)
*Earbuds provide up to 6hrs play time with ANC on (up to 8.5 hrs with ANC off), while the case provides up to 21 hours of battery life with ANC on (up to 30 hours with ANC off) when the case and earbuds are charged to 100%. Based on internal testing. Audio playback time tested by pairing a pre-production Galaxy Buds FE to a recently released Galaxy smartphone with default settings including ANC on. Actual battery life may vary and depend on network environment, usage patterns, and other factors.
Talk TimeUp to 3.5 hours / Total up to 13h (ANC on)
Up to 4 hours / Total up to 14h (ANC off)
*Earbuds provide up to 3.5hrs voice call time with ANC on (up to 4 hrs with ANC off), while the case provides up to 13 hours of battery life with ANC on (up to 14 hrs with ANC off) when the case and earbuds are charged to 100%. Based on internal testing. Voice call time tested by pairing pre-production Galaxy Buds FE to a recently released Galaxy smartphone with default settings including ANC on. Actual battery life may vary and depend on network environment, usage patterns, and other factors.
ConnectivityBluetooth® 5.2, Auto Switch
Codec: Scalable (Samsung Proprietary), AAC, SBC
SensorsProximity, Hall, Touch
CompatibilityAndroid 8.0 or higher with more than 1.5GB of RAM
*Some features may not be available on non-Samsung devices. Availability may vary by market, carrier or connected devices.
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