While the end of the year is usually the time for Apple and Google to shine with the newest iPhone and Pixel releases, Samsung has thrown out a surprise announcement — revealing the ‘fan edition’ version of its Galaxy S23 series.
The ‘fan edition’ takes the favourite features of that particular device, and packs them into a new model which is typically more affordable than the main Galaxy range it’s based on.
Samsung had previously released its ‘FE’ version of the flagship S series shortly before the next generation of Galaxy S was announced, but skipped out on releasing an S22 FE earlier in 2023. Not only is the reemergence of the ‘FE’ a bit of a surprise, but so is the timing of the launch.
However, Samsung isn’t done with just the Galaxy S23 FE. It has also announced more ‘FE’ devices in its product lineup, with the Galaxy Tab S9 FE and Tab S9 FE+, along with the Galaxy Buds FE. So, if you’re a fan of Samsung and want to see what the latest ‘FE’ releases have in store, read on to find out more.
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The Samsung Galaxy S23 FE features and specs
Touted as a phone featuring the S series’ iconic design with a smooth gaming performance and pro-grade cameras, the Samsung Galaxy S23 FE makes fan-favourite features more affordable, with prices starting at $999 AUD RRP.
The Galaxy S23 FE features a ‘floating camera’ design on the back and a premium finish with IP68 water and dust resistance, along with a 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display and up to 120Hz refresh rate. It also features Vision Booster technology, which automatically detects bright lighting conditions to keep the screen as vivid as the main S23 series. You’ll also get a 4nm processor with a vapour chamber to help control heat, along with a 4,500mAh battery (a significantly larger battery compared to the standard S23’s 3,900mAh).
When it comes to cameras, Samsung pulls out all the big guns, with pro-grade lenses being one of the ‘fan favourite’ features that are often packed into the FE phones. The S23 FE carries a triple rear-camera setup with 12-megapixel ultra-wide and 8-megapixel telephoto cameras, and you can capture sharp details with its 50-megapixel high-resolution main lens with 3x optical zoom. For your selfies, you’ll get a 10-megapixel front-facing camera.
Samsung has also packed in some extra camera and editing features like its Nightography mode, Pro Mode, AI-powered editing tools and Camera Assistant app, which can help you choose the automated features for a more customised experience.
You’ll be able to pick up the Samsung Galaxy S23 FE from October 12, 2023 from select retailers and telcos in 128GB and 256GB storage sizes, with prices at $999 AUD RRP and $1,099 AUD RRP respectively. The S23 FE comes in Mint, Cream, Graphite and Purple colours, while its bold Tangerine and stylish Indigo colours are available exclusively through the Samsung online store.
- $999 (128GB) and $1,099 (256GB) AUD RRP
- 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display
- Up to 120Hz refresh rate
- Advanced Exynos 2200 4nm processor
- 5G connectivity
- Triple rear camera setup (50MP main + 12MP ultra-wide + 8MP telephoto)
- 10MP front-facing camera
- 128GB and 256GB built-in storage
- 8GB RAM
- 4,500mAh battery with fast charging
- IP68 water and dust resistance
- Android 13 operating system
- Available in Mint, Purple, Cream and Graphite colours (Tangerine and Indigo only available through the Samsung online store)
Galaxy Tab S9 FE and Tab S9 FE+ features and specs
If you’re in the market for a new tablet, Samsung has released not one but two ‘fan edition’ versions of the Galaxy Tab S9 series. The S9 FE and S9 FE+ offer large screen viewing, IP68 durability, S-Pen compatibility and versatility, whether you’re an artist, student, creator, gamer or you’re using it for work.
The S9 FE features a 10.9-inch display and the S9 FE+ includes a larger 12.4-inch display, both with up to 90Hz automatic refresh rate. You’ll also get Vision Booster technology to brighten the screen in outdoor environments, by optimising colour and contrast in darker areas of the screen. The battery of the S9 FE+ is capable of lasting up to 20 hours of video play on a single charge thanks to its 10,090mAh battery, while the S9 FE includes a 8,000Mah battery.
Samsung has included a range of creative tools and apps that you’ll find with the Galaxy Tab S9 series, including Goodnotes, Clip Studio Paint and Luma Fusion.
The Galaxy Tab S9 FE comes in 128GB (with 6GB RAM) and 256GB (with 8GB RAM) storage sizes, while the Tab S9 FE+ comes in 128GB (with 8GB RAM) and 256GB (with 12GB RAM) storage sizes. You’ll also be able to boost the storage with up to 1TB of expandable micro SD storage.
The Galaxy Tab S9 FE series starts at $749 AUD RRP and is available from a range of retailers from October 12, 2023, and comes in Mint, Silver, Grey and Lavender colours.
Galaxy Buds FE features and specs
Lastly, Samsung has released a new version of its Galaxy Buds with the new Galaxy Buds FE, featuring Samsung’s innovative sound experience. You’ll get deep bass and rich sound, along with Active Noise Cancellation. The buds’ Ambient Sound also enables you to hear more of what you want and less of what you don’t, and with its AI-powered Deep Neutral Network, your voice will be separated from background noise if you use the buds to make hands-free calls.
You’ll get up to 8.5 hours of playback with the earbuds alone, and up to 30 hours using the charging case. When using the noise cancellation, you’ll still get up to six hours of playback from the earbuds and up to 21 hours using the case.
The Galaxy Buds FE are designed to be comfortable for long-time wear, and are customisable with three different sizes of ear tips and two different sizes for wingtips. You can pick up the Galaxy Buds FE for $199 AUD RRP from retailers from October 12, 2023, with Graphite and White colour options available.
Phone plans for the Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
If you choose to buy your Samsung Galaxy S23 device outright, you’ll need to pair it with a SIM-only phone plan. The below tables feature a range of prepaid and postpaid SIM-only plans, and you can use our free phone plan comparison tool to compare more plans and providers.
Here is a selection of postpaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database with a minimum of 10GB of data, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Try using our mobile phone plan comparison tool to see a wide range of plans from other providers. This table includes products with links to referral partners.
Here is a selection of prepaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database with a minimum of 10GB of data each month, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. If you want to compare a larger range of offers from other providers, use our phone plan comparison tool. This table includes products with links to referral partners.