We thought Samsung's year was over but it had one last surprise in store. The Korean unveiled three new products last night: the Galaxy S23 FE, the Galaxy Tab S9 FE (and its Plus variant) and the Galaxy Buds FE.
With this range, Samsung inserts a series of products between its premium (Galaxy S) and mid-range (Galaxy A) models. A good compromise for those who cannot afford to sell an item each year for a premium smartphone or tablet but enough to enjoy essential technological advances.
Galaxy S23 FE: wait and see
Let's start with the bad news: the Galaxy S23 FE will not be available in France for the end-of-year holidays. Moreover, at the time of writing these lines, the price and release date of this model in Europe remain unknown.
See you at the beginning of 2024 to find out if the Samsung's proposal is interesting. This proposal, precisely, consists of taking the main technologies of the Galaxy S23 by stripping them of their gadgets.
The Galaxy S23 FE therefore takes up the design of the Galaxy S23 with more recycled materials (aluminum, glass, plastic) and flashier colors (sea green, purple, blue or even orange). All IP 68 certified .
Photo-wise, few sacrifices. We find the same 50 MP main sensor as the S23 and S23+. It is accompanied by less muscular optics, namely an ultra wide-angle with 12 MP sensor. At the front, the sensor goes to 10 MP.
The screen is also up to par with a premium model. With Dynamic AMOLED 2X technology, it stretches over a diagonal of 6.4’’with Full HD+ definition and an adaptive refresh rate of 120 Hz.
Samsung makes more concessions under the hood with an Exynos 2200 chip that is less muscular than the latest Qualcomm SoC. Otherwise, the 4,500 mAh battery charges wired and wirelessly, like the S23.
Galaxy Tab S9 FE and FE+: tablets (not) in chocolate
Are you more of a tablet person? Samsung has something for you too. Like the Galaxy S23 FE, the Galaxy Tab S9 FE and FE+ complete Samsung's offerings in the tablet market.
Positioned between the Galaxy Tab A and Galaxy Tab S9/S9+/S9 Ultra , the Galaxy Tab S9 FE and FE+ stand out for their versatility. With the exception of their screen size (and battery), the two tablets share the same technical sheet.
Inspired by the Tab S9, they are IP68 certified and come with an S- Pen comes in box (without remote control functions).
To contain costs, Samsung integrates 10.9'' and 12.4'' LCD screens in place of AMOLED,but still offers a refresh rate of 90 Hz.
< p>The Korean is also more timid in terms of technical specificities, notably the integration of an Exynos 1380 chip.
The brand intends above all to rely on its ecosystem, the interoperability between its devices as well as the DeX mode allowing you to transform your tablets into small PCs running Android.
The good news is that the Galaxy Tab S9 FE and FE+ will be available for the holiday season. They are even now at a price of 529 euros for the FE and 699 euros for the FE+, in WiFi version with 128 GB of storage.
Galaxy Buds Pro: budget headphones
Finally – and this is undoubtedly the best of these announcements – Samsung launches new wireless headphones for small budgets. The Galaxy Buds FE, available now, are priced at 109 euros.And for this price, Samsung offers, on paper, a promising audio experience.
In a design inspired by Galaxy Buds+, the Buds FE include the essentials of a good pair of wireless headphones. Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity, IPX2 certification and active noise cancellation are on the program.
Samsung promises up to 30 hours of battery life without noise reduction and up to 8 hours of listening time. Wireless charging is not available. “You have to know how to make sacrifices” said the other.
Like the rest of the products announced, the Buds FE fit perfectly into the Samsung ecosystem with quick pairing, Auto Switch (switches from one device to another without transition) and Smart Things Find (to locate headphones when they are lost or stolen).
There is no doubt that < strong>these Galaxy Buds FE will be found under many treesfor the end-of-year holidays.