The ink has barely dried on reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S21 series devices and the company has already launched a new phone. The Samsung Galaxy F62 is the company’s second smartphone in the F-series and is a mid-ranger. Its claim to fame is the Exynos 9825 SoC that drives the Galaxy Note 10, so Samsung is pegging it as a mid-range smartphone with a flagship SoC, only the flagship from two years ago. While things on paper can be confusing, our testing process for smartphones really sets Fluff apart from real.
Samsung Galaxy F62 Performance
The review unit we received is powered by Exynos 9825 SoC which uses 4-2-2 core design instead of the usual 6-2. These are the four Cortex A55 cores clocked at 1.95GHz, two Cortex A75 cores clocked at 2.4GHz and two Samsung’s own M4 cores clocked at 2.73GHz. It has a lot of performance packed in a 7nm chip and Samsung claims that it can surpass even the most powerful mid-ranger, even like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 powered OnePlus Nord (Review).
Synthetic benchmarks tested by CPU and GPU give credibility to Samsung’s claim. Samsung Galaxy F62’s AnTuTu score comes to 392374 while Nord’s score sits at 319717. We see that the F62 surpasses the Nord in Geekbench5’s single-core test, but lags slightly behind in the multi-core test.
Although CPUs may be at performance points, Exynos chips tend to flake on Qualcomm chips due to the use of less powerful Mali GPUs than Adreno GPUs. On our GPU synthetic test, the F62 goes ahead again, but real-world use tells a slightly different story. When profiling CoD Mobile and Asphalt 9 using Gamebench, we have a median framerate clock of 58fps at 89 percent stability where Asphalt 9 runs at 30fps, but at 91 percent stability. OnePlus Nord, on the other hand, outperformed the F62 in both cases. Although the numbers may be a bit low, there was no visible stuttering or frame drop during gaming and we are quite satisfied with that. Mi 10i (Review) added for reference, how Samsung Galaxy F62 stacks up against recently launched devices in this segment. We did not include the Realme X7 Pro (Review) as the Dimension 1000+ chipset was found to artificially increase the benchmark score on this particular phone.
In everyday experience, the Samsun Galaxy F62 leaves little room for complaint. There were a few moments of stuttering while switching apps, but this is a minor and very rare occurrence.
Samsung Galaxy F62 battery
The second USP of the Samsung Galaxy F62 is its huge 7000mAh battery. There is no other smartphone in the mid-range segment with a battery of this size and Samsung is really hoping to capitalize on it. Watch Netflix for an hour on this phone and you will lose only 8 percent battery. One hour navigation on Google Maps with display on only 7 percent battery drain. In my use, the phone lasted about two days in a row, which is quite great. Once, the F62 lets me charge my iPhone 12 when it runs out of battery and runs low. Although the phone lasts a really long time, where it loses its charging time. The huge 7000mAh battery supports a maximum of 25W fast charging, which means this phone takes about three hours to fully charge. Thanks, you’ll get a 25W fast charger in the box, so that’s a good thing.
Samsung Galaxy F62 Camera Performance
While the Samsung Galaxy F62 has four cameras on the back, three of them are actually usable. The initial 64 megapixel camera certainly gives better results when you are shooting in Bind mode. The colors are usually Samsung; That they are beautiful and saturated, the dynamic range is good and the best, the photos are sharp enough. Although you can see some samples below, there is much more in our Flickr gallery
When you switch to 64MP mode, you’ll get better details, yes, but you end up clipping some highlights and finding a little less contrast in the photo. Taking a little time on Snapseed should fix these photos, but it will not bring back the clipped highlights. Interestingly, AF works fine in photo mode, but switch to video and it can go into a frenzy. This seems like a bug more than anything else, it only triggers when you try to track an issue across the frame, and we hope Samsung can fix that with a future update. The 12-megapixel ultraviolet camera produces photos with optimal average, decent dynamic range, but significant distortion. There is also a significant drop in sharpness as you move from center to edge of the frame. When shooting in strong light, don’t be surprised if you see some purple fringe. After all, we have a 5-megapixel macro camera, which is best not to use. This is because there is no AF, no focus picking and no image stabilization When you are 3 cm away from the subject, the act of breathing will divert your focus, so that the focus will not be shot. There were about 15 attempts to fix a shot and only 1 of those 15 was passable.
When we move to low light conditions, the initial camera provides decent results, but only if you are shooting in night mode. The default camera mode provides decent images but go into night mode and see the scene come alive. Unfortunately, the ultra-wide camera does not distribute evenly despite having its own night mode available.
Overall, the camera experience on the Samsung Galaxy F62 is satisfactory, but not exceptional. It’s not a camera stack that jumps out with exceptional quality or features, but it’s one that almost gets the job done.
Samsung Galaxy F62 display
The Samsung Galaxy F62 produces a 6.7-inch sAMOLED display with 2400×1080 resolution. If you’re hoping for a higher refresh rate, you’re not getting it here. Resolution and refresh rate range which probably helps this smartphone to achieve better battery life. The display has a maximum brightness of 560nits measured by us, which is quite impressive. Outdoor use is quite reliable because the super bright display manages to control the reflections to a great extent, which makes the contents of the screen clearly readable. However, the phone does not support HDR playback, which is a bummer.
Samsung Galaxy F62 build and design
The Samsung Galaxy F62 comes in three colors and our “Laser Blue” variant. “Glastic” on the back but easily scratched. Just a few days into the pocket and the back has already become quite rough, hitting the point that Samsung no longer includes a case in the box. To the right of the frame is a volume rocker and, most importantly, a fingerprint scanner that doubles as a power button. This is a feature that has worked very well for us in our use. It would be nice to see it be honest on more premium devices The SIM treaty is placed in the left frame and when you get two SIM slots and a microSD card slot. Keep in mind that there is no rubber ring around the SIM tray, so there is no question of water resistance. At the bottom there is a USB-C port and a single speaker. In terms of design, the best thing about the Samsung Galaxy F62 is the new color treatment, which is a refreshing change, but not everyone likes it.
The Samsung Galaxy F62 is a smartphone designed for people who want reliable performance, but more importantly, excellent battery life. The Exynos 9825 still holds surprisingly high, despite being two years old. The design is going to be a polarizing point for this smartphone, but the side-mounted fingerprint sensor is definitely a huge draw. You’ll also find a dedicated SIM slot with a separate microSD card slot which is great. Cameras are usable for social media and the like, but the only camera that works reliably in difficult situations is the initial 64-megapixel camera. If you need a smartphone with reliable performance, but a segment-leading battery life, the Samsung Galaxy F62 makes perfect sense for you.