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Review: Samsung Galaxy A23 (6GB+128GB)
Review: Samsung Galaxy A23 (6GB+128GB)

Review: Samsung Galaxy A23 (6GB+128GB)

Last April, Samsung launched its latest Galaxy A series line-up with the Galaxy A53 5G, Galaxy A23, and Galaxy A13 targeting creators, young achievers and professionals who is looking for a phone with awesome innovative features.

Among the three Galaxy A series models we will be reviewing one of their budget-friendly smartphone the Galaxy A23. The Galaxy A23 is priced at PHP13,990 now available at all Authorized Samsung Stores, authorized resellers and online e-commerce stores on Lazada and Shopee.

Let’s find out more what the Samsung Galaxy A23 has to offer.

Unboxing

The overall packaging box of the Samsung Galaxy A23 is made of a thick cardboard material in matte finish. It gets a very simple plain design with the front having the image of the Galaxy A23 and the models name on the left side only.

Inside the retail box you have the Galaxy A23 unit, USB-A to USB-C cable, 15W USB power adapter, SIM ejector tool, Samsung Care+ flyer and Quick Start Guide.

Some accessories missing that you may have to buy for the Galaxy A23 are a protective case, wired earphones and screen protector.

Design and Build Quality

We have this perky Peach color for our review however if you want another color the Galaxy A23 has three more colorways in Black, Blue and White. It weighs around 195 grams and the thickness at 8.4mm.

The material of the back panel and frame is made of durable plastic with both having a very smooth glossy finish. It has a quad camera setup with a LED flash housed in a rectangular camera module located on the top left corner and a Samsung logo at the bottom.

The design of the camera module has a slight protrusion but blends very well into the smooth cover panel just like the one we tested a few weeks ago with the Galaxy A53 5G.

With the smooth glossy finish on the rear panel it tends to be a bit slippery and prone for fingerprint smudges. Although it just feels a bit bulky, it’s still a comfortable phone to hold on even with just one hand.

We found the volume rockers and the power/sleep button that doubles as a fingerprint reader on the right side. The left side houses only the SIM card tray. The bottom part you have a 3.5mm headphone jack, microphone, speaker grille and a USB-C port. While the top you’ll just find the microphone only.

On the front, the bezels all-around the display are visibly thick especially the bottom part. The front-facing camera has a V-shaped notch which is still common on some entry or mid-range phones today.

The nice thing on the Galaxy A23 display it is protected with Gorilla Glass 5 that can withstand damage against drops or scratches.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy A23 has a large 6.6-inch Full HD+ display using PLS TFT LCD technology. The resolution is acceptable at 1080 x 2408 pixels.

Refresh rate of the screen gets a standard 60Hz and goes up to 90Hz. Using the 60Hz refresh rate can offer more longer battery life on the phone. The 90Hz on the other hand offers a smooth and fast scrolling experience.

So far, looking at the display it is sharp, decently bright and shows off nice vibrant colors. The screen looks great especially during indoors or at night. You’ll have a bit of a struggle using the Galaxy A23 during direct sunlight.

Display settings offer more features such as dark mode, adaptive brightness, eye comfort shield, adjust the font size and activate the edge panels that can quickly access your favorite applications and features.

Hardware and Performance

Hardware specs inside the Samsung Galaxy A23 is equipped with a 2.4GHz Snapdragon 680 octa-core processor, Adreno 610 GPU, and 128GB storage expandable up to 1TB.

For its internal memory it offers a 6GB memory with RAM Plus feature that you can use your phone’s storage to provide a virtual memory allowing more apps to stay open in the background. You may choose to add either 2GB, 4GB or maximum of 6GB for the virtual memory.

Here are our benchmark scores on the Samsung Galaxy A23:

  • Geekbench – 382 Single Core / 1645 Multi-Core Score
  • PC Mark – 7198 Work 3.0 Performance Score
  • 3D Mark – 446 (Average frame rate – fps: 2.70)
  • Disk Speed Test – Read 740 MB/s and Write 202 MB/s

As for the sound quality on the Galaxy A23, it gets an average performance for me. Mostly, all the sounds are coming out from the single bottom-firing speaker. The quality seems a bit flat with less bass but you still get clear vocals, few good mid-tones and producing bright high-pitched audio.

You’ll get better audio performance on the Galaxy A23 using any Bluetooth or wired earphones with its Dolby Atmos feature which is much more fuller, produced good bass, clear vocals, better mid-tones and trebles.

As for the SIM Card tray, it accepts two standard Nano-SIM card while the third slot for a microSD card.

Camera

It features a quad-camera with a LED flash on its back comprising of a 50MP f1.8 main camera, 5MP f2.2 ultra-wide, 2MP f2.4 depth camera and 2MP f2.4 macro lens. The ultra-wide camera gives you a 123-degree field of view to add more perspective in your shots.

The camera on the front gets an 8MP f2.2 lens. In case you need a front flash for low light situation the whole display will emit a white light when you turn on the flash option.

You get a few shooting modes ready on the camera app which you can swipe from left to right to switch either in portrait, photo, and video. Additional shooting modes are the pro, panorama, food, night, macro, slow motion and Samsung’s augmented reality feature the AR zone. Meanwhile swiping up and down the camera app will switch between the front and rear cameras.

When it comes to picture quality on the Samsung Galaxy A23 you’ll get decent photos during bright or well-lighted conditions especially on the 50MP main, ultra-wide camera and front facing camera.

On a well lighted environment, our shots produced considerable details, exposure is good, there’s sharpness and colors not too oversaturated but a bit of noise is present. We find them still to be pleasing and worthy for your social media posts.

During low-light the standard photo mode produces more softer and a few more quantity of noise on the shots which is much more existent on the ultra-wide camera. On night mode it will just take out the noise and you’re still having those soft hazy shots.

You have 10x zoom capabilities on the camera app but then will produce a soft and cloudy quality.

Portrait shots are also good still with details, nice colors and exposure but we would recommend to capture during bright conditions.

Overall, the camera on the Galaxy A23 are just good enough as we would expect especially in the budget phone category.

Here are some sample photos taken using the Samsung Galaxy A23.

Ultra-wide 0.5x – Outdoor – Cloudy

Ultra-wide 0.5x – Outdoor – Sunny

1x Photo mode – Outdoor – Sunny

Macro mode – Outdoor – Sunny

Macro mode – Indoor – Low light

Selfie Photo Mode – Indoor – Ambient Light

Selfie Portrait Mode – Indoor – Ambient Light

Wide Selfie Photo Mode – Indoor – Ambient Light

Selfie – Left photo using Night mode, Right Photo mode with flash on

For your videos, you can record up to 1080p and 720p at 30 frames per seconds with a built-in optical image stabilization for a more smooth and steady capture.

The quality of videos are just upright the same thing on the photo which we recommend that you record on good lighting conditions and it endures a lot more noise on low light situations and much more on the night.

Here’s a test video sample on the Galaxy A23.

Software

You’re getting Samsung’s latest One UI version 4.1 based on Android 12 on the Galaxy A23. It comes with a some pre-installed apps like Facebook, Spotify, Netflix, Lazada, TikTok, Shopee plus the standard customary apps from Google and Microsoft.

Swiping on the left side of your home screen opens the Google news feed based from your previous entries.

Samsung proprietary apps included are the Galaxy Shop, Samsung Health, Smart Things, Samsung Members, Samsung 321 and more. While all your games, gamer profile and play history are all located in the Game Launcher.

One of the great features of the One UI is the option to choose and change the color palette of your device based from the colors of your wallpaper.

Battery and Security

The Galaxy A23 has a large 5,000 mAh battery with support up to 25W fast charging though you will already be receiving a standard 15W charger from the box. The 15W charger uses a USB-A to USB-C cable but you could opt to buy the 25W charger with all of both ends in USB-C.

Charging the device from 0% to 100% took us around 1 hour and 43 minutes. A 15-minute charge juice up the battery to just 15% then after 30-minutes it went to 47%.

Under the phone settings of your battery you have features such as adaptive battery to further extend the battery life of the device based on your usage. Limit battery usage for apps that you don’t use often with background usage limits. Power saving which lets you choose additional limits to save more battery when this is enabled. Protect battery option extending the lifespan of your battery limiting the maximum charge to 85 percent only.

Samsung claims that the battery life on the Galaxy A23 can last up to 2 days which is kind of true if you’re a light user or not going to use the phone all the time. I did experience this after leaving the phone for almost three days on my desk due to the regular onsite events I attended that week. To my surprise when I checked on the phone I still have 29% remaining on my battery. So, stand-by-time on this phone is pretty solid.

Battery quickly drains fast on the Galaxy A23 if you’re a heavy user including playing games consistently, watching entertainment content or using it for work making the device not able to reach you throughout the whole day.

For security and biometrics, the Galaxy A23 also has a fast side-mounted fingerprint sensor clubbed with the power button, face recognition and the usual screen lock type either pattern, pin or password.

For face recognition you can add alternative appearance to enhance or secure recognition like brighten screen, require open eyes or faster face detection which is less secure so we suggest you turn this off.

To ensure your data are safe it has the Samsung Knox 3.8 version providing an additional security against malware or remote attacks on your device.

What We Like

  • Large Display
  • Gorilla Glass 5 Protection
  • Dolby Atmos
  • Good Battery Life
  • Modern Design
  • Expandable Storage via MicroSD
  • RAM Plus Feature
  • 90Hz Refresh Rate
  • Decent Main Camera
  • Latest and Customizable Software with One UI 4.1
  • Samsung Knox

What We Want

  • Stereo Speakers
  • Punch-hole Notch
  • AMOLED Screen
  • 25W Power Adapter
  • Protective Case

Full Specifications

  • Price: Php 13,990
  • Colors: Black, Blue, Peach, White
  • Display: 6.6-inch FHD+
  • Refresh Rate: 90Hz
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2408 pixels
  • Color Depth: 16M
  • Display Technology: PLS TFT LCD
  • Processor: 2.4Ghz Snapdragon 680 Octa-core
  • GPU: Adreno 610
  • Memory: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB, MicroSD up to 1TB
  • Rear Camera: 50MP f1.8 OIS, 5MP f2.2, 2MP f2.4, 2MP f2.4
  • Front Camera: 8MP f2.2
  • Battery: 5000 mAh
  • OS: One UI 4 based on Android 12
  • Network: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE
  • SIM: Dual-SIM (SIM1+SIM2+MicroSD)
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Virtual Light Sensing, Virtual Proximity Sensing
  • Connectivity: USB Type-C, GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, 3.5mm Stereo, Bluetooth v5.0, 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac 2.4G+ 5GHz, VHT80, Smart Switch (PC version), Wi-Fi Direct
  • Dimensions: 165.4×76.9×8.4mm
  • Weight: 195g

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About The Author

Raymund Ravanera is an accomplished and experienced graphic designer with almost 20 years of creative expertise working in the graphic design industry. He loves the latest gadgets, food and movies. Currently, he owns and manages megabites.com.ph, an online technology and lifestyle blog since 2015.

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