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Samsung Galaxy S23 FE Display test

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We put the Samsung Galaxy S23 FE through our rigorous DXOMARK Display test suite to measure its performance across six criteria. In this test results, we will break down how it fared in a variety of tests and several common use cases.

Overview

Key display specifications:

  • 6.4 inches Dynamic AMOLED 2X (~85.1% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Dimensions: 158.0 x 76.5 x 8.2 mm (6.22 x 3.01 x 0.32 inches)
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels, (~403 ppi density)
  • Aspect ratio: 19.5:9
  • Refresh rate: 120 Hz

Scoring

Sub-scores and attributes included in the calculations of the global score.

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117

163

138

164

148

162

143

156

164

170

90

163

Pros

  • Accurate and smooth touch, with good reaction time in all the use cases
  • Good video performance
  • Very few frame mismatches when playing video games or watching videos

Cons

  • Degraded picture rendering under sunlight, with skin tones appearing flat amid a visibly strong yellow cast
  • When viewed at an angle, screen colors shift from pink to green
  • Low flicker frequency and aliasing

The Samsung Galaxy S23 FE’s overall display performance was average for its category, but the device stood out for its excellent touch performance, which was accurate and smooth in all tested use cases.

Users of the Galaxy S23 FE will also appreciate the device’s motion performance, whether playing games or just watching videos because frame drops were well managed.

The Samsung Galaxy S23 FE fared very well in the video-watching use case for its category. Even though its measured maximum of 1421 nits provided a good user experience in terms of web-page readability, the display’s weak spot was its image rendering under sunlight, where tones were handled in a way that resulted in an important loss of details. Finally,  color rendering was affected in every lighting condition by reflections of pink-to-green arcs on the screen.

Test summary

About DXOMARK Display tests: For scoring and analysis in our smartphone and other display reviews, DXOMARK engineers perform a variety of objective and perceptual tests under controlled lab and real-life conditions. Note that we evaluate display attributes using only the device’s built-in display hardware and its still image (gallery) and video apps at their default settings. (For in-depth information about how we evaluate smartphone and other displays, check out our articles, “How DXOMARK tests display quality” and “A closer look at DXOMARK Display testing.

The following section gathers key elements of our exhaustive tests and analyses performed in DXOMARK laboratories. Detailed performance evaluations under the form of reports are available upon request. Do not hesitate to contact us.

Readability

117

Samsung Galaxy S23 FE

163

Samsung Galaxy S24+
How Display Readability score is composed

Readability evaluates how easily and comfortably users can read still content (photos & web) on the display under different real-life conditions. DXOMARK uses its Display Bench to recreate ambient light conditions ranging from total darkness to bright sunlight. In addition to laboratory tests, perceptual analysis is also made in real-life environments.

Luminance under various lighting conditions
Contrast under various lighting conditions


Readability in an indoor (1000 lux) environment
From left to right: Samsung Galaxy S23 FE, Samsung Galaxy A54 5G, Xiaomi 13T, Google Pixel 8
(Photos for illustrations only)


Readability in a sunlight (>90 000 lux) environment
From left to right: Samsung Galaxy S23 FE, Samsung Galaxy A54 5G, Xiaomi 13T, Google Pixel 8
(Photos for illustrations only)

Luminance uniformity measurement
This graph shows the uniformity of the display with a 20% gray pattern. The more visible the green color, the more uniform the display.

Color

138

Samsung Galaxy S23 FE

164

Google Pixel 8 Pro
How Display Color score is composed

The color attribute evaluates the capacity of the device to accurately reproduce colors. The measurements taken are for fidelity, white point color, and gamut coverage. We perform color evaluations for different lighting conditions to see how well the device can manage color in the surrounding environment. Colors are measured using a spectrophotometer in a controlled lighting environment. Perceptual analysis of color rendering is against the reference pattern displayed on a calibrated professional monitor.

White point under D65 illuminant at 1000 lux

Color fidelity measurements
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE, color fidelity at 1000 lux in the sRGB color space
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE, color fidelity at 1000 lux in the Display-P3 color space
Each arrow represents the color difference between a target color pattern (base of the arrow) and its actual measurement (tip of the arrow). The longer the arrow, the more visible the color difference is. If the arrow stays within the circle, the color difference will be visible only to trained eyes.
Color behavior on angle
This graph shows the color shift when the screen is at an angle. Each dot represents a measurement at a particular angle. Dots inside the inner circle exhibit no color shift in angle; those between the inner and outer circle have shifts that only trained experts will see; but those falling outside the outer circle are noticeable.

Video

148

Samsung Galaxy S23 FE

162

Samsung Galaxy S23 (Snapdragon)
How Display Video score is composed

Our video attribute evaluates the Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) and High Dynamic Range (HDR10) video handling of each device in indoor and low-light conditions. We measure tone mapping, color gamut, brightness and contrast of the display. We perform perceptual analysis against our professional reference monitor (Sony BVM-HX310) to ensure that the rendering respects the artistic intent.

Video brightness at 10% APL in the dark ( < 5 lux)


Video rendering in a low-light (0 lux) environment
Clockwise from top left: Samsung Galaxy S23 FE, Samsung Galaxy A54 5G, Xiaomi 13T, Google Pixel 8
(Photos for illustrations only)

Clockwise from top left: Samsung Galaxy S23 FE, Samsung Galaxy A54 5G, Xiaomi 13T, Google Pixel 8
(Photos for illustrations only)
Gamut coverage for video content
HDR10 Gamut coverage
SDR Gamut coverage
The primary colors are measured both in HDR10 and SDR. The extracted color gamut shows the extent of the color area that the device can render. To respect the artistic intent, the measured gamut should match the master color space of each video.

Motion

143

Samsung Galaxy S23 FE

156

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra
How Display Motion score is composed

The motion attribute evaluates the handling of dynamic contents. Frame drops, motion blur, and playback artifacts are scrutinized using games and videos.


Video frame drops
30 fps content
60 fps content
These long exposure photos present the number of frame irregularities in a 30-second video. A good performance shows a regular pattern (either a flat gray image or a pull-down pattern).

Touch

164

Samsung Galaxy S23 FE

170

Samsung Galaxy S24+
How Display Touch score is composed

To evaluate touch, DXOMARK uses a touch robot and a high-speed camera to play and record a set of scenarios for smoothness, accuracy and response-time evaluation.

Average Touch Response Time Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
47 ms
Fast
Good
Bad
Slow
This response time test evaluates precisely the time elapsed between a single touch of the robot on the screen and the displayed action. This test is applied to activities that require a high reactivity, such as gaming.

Artifacts

90

Samsung Galaxy S23 FE

163

OnePlus Open
How Display Artifacts score is composed

Evaluating artifacts means checking for the performance, image rendering and motion flaws that can affect the end-user experience. DXOMARK measures precisely the device’s reflectance and the presence of flicker, and assesses the impact of residual aliasing when playing video games, among other characteristics.

Average Reflectance (SCI) Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
5.2 %
Low
Good
Bad
High
Reflectance (SCI)
Measurements above show the reflection of the device within the visible spectrum range (400 nm to 700 nm). It includes both diffuse and specular reflection.
Flicker Frequency Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
240 Hz
Bad
Good
Bad
Great
Temporal Light Modulation
This graph represents the frequencies of lighting variation; the highest peak gives the main flicker frequency.
Aliasing (closeup)
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