There are not a lot of smartphones that qualify as a Samsung Galaxy S23 alternative. Using a Samsung Galaxy S23 has been a generally pleasant experience. I love that it has top-of-the-line performance in a compact body. In addition, it has an excellent camera system, very good battery life, and more. The whole package is a top notch and leaves you with little to desire.
Looking at all the characteristics of the phone, it got me wondering what options were out there for Samsung Galaxy S23 alternatives. If I had to drop the S23 and pick a replacement that fits its profile as much as possible, which phones would make the cut?
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Samsung Galaxy S23 Alternatives: Selection criteria
I could list everything that I like about the S23 as criteria for the alternatives, but I know from experience that it is futile to expect one phone to match exactly what another has. The sensible and practical approach is to list the most important features as criteria and give or take other features.
- Must have a flagship processor
- Must have premium cameras
- The screen size must be a maximum of 6.2 inches
Using the above criteria, I came up with the following top Samsung Galaxy S23 alternatives.
Google Pixel 7a
The Pixel 7a is a compact smartphone with budget flagship capabilities. It has a 6.1″ OalED display. While it isn’t exactly at par with the Galaxy S23 in a few ways, it comes close enough to be a compelling alternative. You won’t find wireless charging on it, but you will get excellent cameras and Google’s speedy software updates. It is more affordable too, with prices starting from $360.
Asus Zenfone 10
The Zenfone 10 is a proper 2023 premium flagship sporting features that are at par with the S23. Its super-compact 5.9″ display is a delight to use and the camera is no slouch. However, it is pricey, with the base variant costing $655.
Asus Zenfone 9
The Zenfone 10’s predecessor is still quite compelling in 2023. It’s Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor is till a powerhouse even today. It has a 5.9″ display and price starts at $515.
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
If you prefer Apple’s side of the pond, the iPhone 15 Pro is the most powerful compact iPhone in the market today. You get a 6.1″ display with the most powerful processor in town under the hood, excellent cameras, along with the latest features in any iPhone. What is not to like? The price is way above what you would spend on the Galaxy S23 though, as it starts from $999.
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
If you do not want to spend that much, the iPhone 14 Pro gets you mostly similar features and performance as the 15 Pro, but at a slightly lower price.
Google Pixel 6a
The Pixel 6a will give you flagship performance in a compact body and good photography, too, for a nice pocket-friendly price. It is from 2022, but it still rocks today.
Samsung Galaxy S22 5G
Lastly, we make a stopover at Samsung’s own line-up to have a look at the S23’s predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S22 5G. It is a pocket-friendly option too, costing from $300.
That’s it. These are the best Samsung Galaxy S23 alternatives that I could come up with. Did I leave out any device you consider a compelling option to the S23? Do leave me a mention of it in the comment box below.