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A few days ago we reviewed the Galaxy A13. Moving up from the A13 we have the Galaxy A23. This device is actually quite fantastic despite being a rather entry-level smartphone and priced at only RM999.

Why? Let us share with you the reason today.

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Design

So looking at this phone, we have a glossy plastic back and it is also available a few more color choices, just like the Galaxy A33. Some may like this super shiny reflective pastel color, some might not. I personally like it, though.

Samsung Galaxy A23

It’s just a bit weird that the SIM card tray has a different hue.

Samsung Galaxy A23

Screen

Looking at the screen, we have a very basic 6.4-inch PLS LCD screen with a resolution of 2408×1080 pixels at 60Hz refresh rate, just like the Galaxy A13. With that said, I’m okay with this screen. It looks good and does what it needs to do – but also has that weird tendency of being super dim when automatic brightness is turned on.

Samsung Galaxy A23

Again, a little software update can remedy this issue.

Performance

As for the performance, this phone comes with the Snapdragon 680 chipset, and surprisingly, you can technically play Genshin Impact on the Galaxy A23. Since update v2.7, optimizations had been done and these less powerful phones benefitted from that.

Samsung Galaxy A23
Stutters here and there, but it’s playable.

Sure, the gaming performance isn’t exactly the smoothest but at least it’s playable.

Cameras

There are a total of 4 cameras at the back of the phone and they remind me of the Galaxy A32’s camera bump. But the cameras are pretty much identical to the Galaxy A13’s cameras, but the main camera has OIS.

Samsung Galaxy A23

The pictures actually look good on the Galaxy A23. To have a look at all the pictures taken with the Samsung Galaxy A23, watch our video at the top of this review,

Battery life

In terms of battery life, the 5,000mAh battery inside Galaxy A23 can last for about 16 hours in our PCMark battery life test and that means with the Snapdragon 680, this phone can last for 2 days with a single charge too.

Samsung Galaxy A23

Charging speed

In terms of charging speed, that is something that I can’t properly test since we only have the phone for this review. Looking at Samsung’s website, this phone supports up to 25W so our Ugreen charger is able to handle that.

Samsung Galaxy A23

And sure enough, it takes about 90 minutes to charge from 15% to 100% – which is pretty much the same as the Galaxy A33, A53, and A73.

Software

For software – this phone comes with Samsung’s One UI 4.1 – as in the full-fledged One UI and not the Core variant – and here is where the separation line between One UI and One UI Core starts to blur. Yes, the One UI has a lot more features but for the A23, we still do not have Samsung Pay or Bixby Routines – just like the One UI Core on the Galaxy A13.

Samsung Galaxy A23

So yea, the Galaxy A23 with the One UI 4.1 is still missing a few features from the full-fledged One UI. But, if you don’t use those extra features, then the entire experience coming out of the UI is pretty much the same.

Should you buy the Samsung Galaxy A23?

Finally – for the price of RM999, I think the Samsung Galaxy A23 is an excellent phone for the sub-RM1,000 segment, even though it’s only RM1 below the threshold.

With that said, the Galaxy A23 is currently the cheapest smartphone with proper OIS for the main camera. And that is certainly a fantastic feature to have.

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