Samsung Galaxy A23 5G review: A mid-range phone that offers 5G, a good display, and a lasting battery life

If you are looking for a mid-range smartphone that offers 5G connectivity, a great battery life, and a decent display, Samsung might just have exactly what you need. 

Samsung Galaxy A23 5G is one of the latest models in the Galaxy A series of smartphones. With price starting at ₱17,990.00, this phone offers some good specs and features including a 6.6" FHD screen at 120Hz refresh rate, a 50MP quad camera, 5,000 mAh battery, and 5G connectivity. 

Samsung Galaxy A23 5G Design

The Galaxy A23 5G is built with a sturdy plastic frame and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. This phone comes in 4 different colors - Light Blue, Black, Orange, and Silver. 

On the left is the sim tray that supports up to two SIM cards and a separate slot for the microSD card. On the right are the volume rockers and the side key, which also houses the fingerprint sensor that I find really good and responsive. At the bottom, you have a 3.5mm jack for the headset, USB type C charging port, and the speakers. It does support Dolby Atmos, but only works with a headset or Bluetooth earphones.

The body is just about a good size for a nice grip, but the glossy plastic back tends to get slippery in time. Particularly this silver variant, its back is a fingerprint magnet, but it shouldn't be an issue if you're using a phone case. 

Samsung Galaxy A23 5G Connectivity

Internet speed is very important and the availability of a 5G connection is definitely a welcome upgrade. It's a good thing that we are seeing this technology becoming available on more affordable devices. While the Galaxy A23's 5G network availability depends on the location and network provider, this feature sure comes in handy if you happen to live in or visit an area with a strong 5G coverage. 

I did test it with gaming and streaming and didn't experience any lag at all, which is pretty awesome!

Samsung Galaxy A23 5G Performance and Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy A23 5G comes with Snapdragon 695 processor, 6GB/8GB RAM, and 128 GB storage that is expandable up to 1TB. 

The display does support 120 Hz refresh rate, which is great when I tried it on gaming. While the transitions and animations are really smooth, I find them a bit slow for some reason. Maybe it is just me, but I had to do some tweaking to suit my liking. 

One of the good features that this device has to offer is its battery. It comes with a 5,000 mAh battery and supports up to 25W fast charging, which I can say is pretty good for a budget phone. It's been about 2 days since this phone has been fully charged and it's still running at a good percentage with just average use - messaging/social media and browsing. That significant drop (around 30% I believe) in the graph is after two hours of playing games at maximum display and connectivity settings. 

Samsung Galaxy A23 5G Camera

The phone has a quad rear camera setup that includes a 50 MP main camera, 5 MP ultrawide, 2 MP macro, and 2 MP for depth. The front cam is an 8MP wide selfie camera.

I can say that the outputs are ok especially considering this unit's price tag. It does produce some quality sharp images with ample lighting. In low light, you'll start noticing some distortion and graininess, but the Night Mode helps deliver some slightly improved shots. 

Check out some of these raw test shots:




Edward Santos

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