The Samsung Galaxy F62 is a new mid-range smartphone from Samsung, and it’s just the second edition in the F series. Samsung is emphasizing the phone’s processing power, as it has used its previous-generation flagship SoC, which was last seen in the Galaxy Note 10/ Note 10+, for this model, which is substantially less expensive. Even though Samsung is catching up to companies like Realme and Xiaomi, which have been using premium SoCs in mid-range phones for a long time, this is a positive step. Even then, it’s better to be late than never.
For a starting price of Rs. 23,999, you get an AMOLED monitor, a decent set of cameras, and a huge 7000mAh battery, in addition to the powerful processor. It’s time to see how the Galaxy F62 compares to the competition, both from other brands and from Samsung itself.
Price and variants of the Samsung Galaxy F62
In India, the Samsung Galaxy F62 23,999 comes in two variants: 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for Rs. 23,999 and 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for Rs. 25,999. Laser Blue, Laser Black, and Laser Green are the three colors available, and the internal storage can be extended thanks to a dedicated microSD card slot in the dual-SIM tray. For this study, Samsung provided me with the 6GB Laser Blue version.
Samsung Galaxy F62 design
The Galaxy F62 has a nice design. When you get down to the bottom of the back panel, the blue color blends into silver. Despite the fact that the back and frame are made of plastic, this phone manages to feel solid. The shiny plastic back, on the other hand, rapidly formed scuff marks after just a few hours of use. There is no case included in the pack, which Samsung should have included.
The Samsung Galaxy F62 appears to be unlike any other Samsung phone from the back. However, the dimensions of the Samsung Galaxy M51 22,999 remain unchanged behind these cosmetic changes (Review).
The display specifications are also virtually identical to the Galaxy M51’s. It has a 60Hz refresh rate and a 6.7-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED Plus screen. I’m disappointed that the Galaxy F62 lacks both a 90Hz refresh rate and an in-display fingerprint sensor, both of which are standard in phones that cost much less. You do get a hole-punch cutout in the top-center of the show, which opens up a world of imaginative wallpaper possibilities.
Samsung Galaxy F62 specifications and software
The Exynos 9825 SoC is the highlight of the Samsung Galaxy F62, as I previously mentioned. We’ve seen it manage a QHD+ resolution monitor and 4K 60fps video recording with ease in the Galaxy Note 10+, so the Galaxy F62’s comparatively modest features shouldn’t be an issue. Dual-band Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5, NFC for Samsung Pay, and the standard suite of sensors and geo-positioning systems for navigation are also included on the handset. The Galaxy F62 is a 4G-only handset, but since 5G isn’t yet a reality in India, this shouldn’t stop you from considering it.
The Samsung Galaxy F62 runs One UI (3.1), the company’s latest Android skin based on Android 11. It’s good to see the most recent version of Android available right out of the box instead of having to wait for an update. It’s exactly the same experience as any Samsung phone launched in the last year or so. Preloaded applications include a combination of Samsung and Google apps, as well as others like Netflix.
If you make the deliberate effort to uncheck the boxes for receiving marketing details during initial setup or when you open any of Samsung’s apps for the first time, the interface is clean and relatively free of unnecessary spammy alerts. Unfortunately, advertisements seem to be present in the weather and Game Launcher apps, which I found even on the Galax flagship.
Samsung Galaxy F62 performance and battery life
I’ve been testing and using the Samsung Galaxy F62 for about a week now, and I haven’t had any major complaints. Two features that stand out are the bright display and the long battery life. Samsung’s AMOLED panels are among the best in the business, and the one on the Galaxy F62 is no exception, with excellent brightness and colour saturation. At first, the default color profile was jarring, but I got used to it. In the software, you have the option to change the colors.
Even with heavy usage, the phone seamlessly lasted me close to two full days, which was impressive. In our HD video loop test, the Galaxy F62 lasted a solid 25 hours. Even with 25W charging, it takes about two hours to fully charge this phone, which isn’t particularly fast, but even a partially charged phone will last a long time.
The powerful SoC and Samsung’s latest Android skin make for a smooth user experience. The phone’s UI is clean, switching between apps is quick, and it doesn’t get hot when used frequently. Games work fine as well. CSR Racing 2 and Call of Duty: Mobile, for example, looks great and runs smoothly.
In the One UI Game Launcher, you can install plugins to display temperature and framerate stats in games, as well as block alerts with Priority Mode. The back of the phone does get warm while playing taxing 3D games, but I never found it to be unbearably hot. If you want to switch to another app right after a long gaming session, the phone can become sluggish for a brief moment, but this isn’t a consistent problem.
Though I wish Samsung had included an in-display fingerprint sensor, the capacitive one is perfectly adequate. Face recognition is also reliable, though it is slower than using the fingerprint sensor.
Samsung Galaxy F62 cameras
The Galaxy F62’s cameras were also borrowed from the Galaxy M51. A 64-megapixel main camera, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and two 5-megapixel cameras for depth sensing and macro shots are all found on the back of the handset. A 32-megapixel selfie camera is located on the front of the handset. Apart from slight variations like the Galaxy F62’s 480fps slow-motion video versus the Galaxy M51’s 240fps, the cameras on both phones are strikingly identical. Surprisingly, there are no 60fps video recording options for the front or rear cameras at either of the resolutions.
The Samsung Galaxy F62’s primary and ultra-wide cameras capture good quality images throughout the day. Both cameras take images with very close color tones, and HDR effectively blends exposures. With the Ultra-wide camera, slight barrel distortion is to be expected. Low-light images don’t have the best data, but Night mode helps to boost this a little.
The clarity in close-ups is excellent, and the background blur is normal. Also, shots taken at night indoors are usually clean and have good colors, but they lack detail. During the day, the macro camera does a surprisingly good job, but it’s better avoided in low-light conditions. Portrait mode also works well, and you get a range of backgrounds.
The image quality of videos shot in 4K with the primary and ultra-wide cameras is good. While recording, you can switch between the main and ultra-wide cameras. Super Steady mode offers the best stabilization, but at the expense of image quality since it records with the ultra-wide frame. Low-light videos are usually grainy, with little detail.
Under natural light, the front camera takes good-looking selfies. You may use different makeup filters, but I think they’re better left switched off.
In my view, the launch of the Samsung Galaxy F62 has effectively killed off all of the charms that the Galaxy M51 had so far. The Galaxy F62, which costs around Rs. 2,000 more in either version, comes with a much faster SoC and Android 11, as well as all of the same other features as the Galaxy M51. Although the Galaxy F62 performs admirably in general, its battery life is especially impressive. You can consider it if you want a phone that can comfortably last more than a day even with heavy use.
On the other hand, decent smartphones under Rs. 25,000 are plentiful these days. MediaTek’s new Dimensity SoCs are definitely worth watching; they’re not only 5G-ready, but they also outperform Samsung’s Exynos 9825 SoC in terms of performance. Qualcomm’s 5G mid-range options are just as successful. In this price range, the Realme X7 5G, OnePlus Nord, and Xiaomi Mi 10i are some of the most notable options. While these phones don’t have the same long battery life as the Galaxy F62, they do have useful features like 5G, quick charging, in-display fingerprint scanners, and high-refresh-rate screens.