Samsung Galaxy F62 review – the new mid-range killer

Samsung Galaxy F62 review – the new mid-range killer
Samsung Galaxy F62Rounak Jain / Business Insider India
  • Samsung launched the Galaxy F62 in India starting at ₹23,999.
  • The main highlight of the phone is its AMOLED display and the massive 7,000mAh battery.
  • The Galaxy F62 also promises to deliver fast and smooth performance without breaking a sweat.
  • So how does the phone fare in real life? I find out in my review.
Samsung set the tone for the mid-range smartphones with its Galaxy M series in 2019, but it is now stepping it up a notch with the Galaxy F series.

The new Galaxy F62 promises to deliver the best of Galaxy M51 with even better performance, thanks to the slightly better chipset. This is especially important in the mid-range segment that is getting crowded with some very competitive offerings from Xiaomi, OnePlus and Realme.

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Samsung Galaxy F62 price and availability

The phone is available at a price of ₹23,999 for the 6GB variant and ₹25,999 for the 8GB variant. It comes in Laser Blue, Laser Green and Laser Grey colours and can be purchased from Flipkart, Samsung online store, Reliance Digital and select Jio stores.

At this price point, the Galaxy F62 competes with these phones:

PhonePrice
Samsung Galaxy M51₹22,999
Xiaomi Mi 10i₹20,999
OnePlus Nord₹24,999
Realme X7 Pro 5G₹29,999

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Design and build quality

Samsung continues with its glasstic design philosophy with the Galaxy F62 as well. Glasstic here means a combination of glass and plastic, for the outer shell of the phone. Sadly, the phone’s back scratches easily, and a few days of use has already left a few noticeable scratches on the back. Unfortunately, Samsung has not included a case in the box, so you will have to buy one yourself.

Samsung Galaxy F62 review – the new mid-range killer
Samsung Galaxy F62 comes with a glasstic back.Rounak Jain / Business Insider India

The Galaxy F62 joins a growing list of phones that have the fingerprint sensor integrated with the power button on the left. Some other phones which use the same approach are the Galaxy M31s, the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Pro Max, among others.

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Samsung Galaxy F62 review – the new mid-range killer
Samsung Galaxy F62 features a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.Rounak Jain / Business Insider India

Overall, the design and build quality are good, except for the easily scratchable back.

Display

The Galaxy F62 comes with a 6.67-inch AMOLED display, with Full HD+ resolution just like the one on the Galaxy M51. It is bright, crisp and also supports Widevine L1 certification, which is needed if you want to stream content in Full HD resolution. However, it is a 60Hz panel, unlike the OnePlus Nord which comes with a 90Hz display.
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In my usage, the phone was readable even under direct sunlight. It has a hole punch notch on the top that houses the selfie camera.

Software

Samsung packs in plenty of features with its custom skin One UI. The Galaxy F62 comes with Android 11 and One UI 3.1 out of the box – both being the latest versions currently available.
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You can start using the Galaxy F62 out of the box without any customization and you will still appreciate the balance Samsung has struck in terms of ease of use and power features like the Edge panel that houses shortcuts. If that is not enough, you can customise the phone to your heart’s content by going into the Settings and playing with the options available.

Overall, Samsung’s One UI skin offers a great balance between simplicity, performance and customizability.

Performance and battery life

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The Galaxy F62 is powered by the Exynos 9825 chipset that promises to deliver fast performance, rivalling its competitors or even exceeding them. It is paired with up to 8GB of memory and 128GB of storage.

In my tests, I found that the Galaxy F62 delivers smooth performance in regular usage. There were no noticeable lags or stutters in apps, browsing the internet or using the camera. Even while playing games, the performance was smooth for the most part – but after extended sessions of gaming, the phone did heat up a bit, which is fairly normal for most phones.

In terms of battery life, it has a massive 7,000mAh battery that refuses to die out in a single day. With normal usage, I could easily complete two days on a single charge, which is impressive no matter what.

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The downside of this big battery is the weight – at 218 grams, the Galaxy F62 can seem a bit heavy, but it’s easy to get adjusted once you use it for a while.

Camera
Samsung Galaxy F62 review – the new mid-range killer
Samsung Galaxy F62Rounak Jain / Business Insider India

The Galaxy F62 has four cameras on the back and one selfie snapper on the front. The rear cameras are a combination of a 64MP primary camera, a 12MP ultra wide angle camera and two 5MP shooters. The front has a 32MP selfie camera.

Samsung Galaxy F62 review – the new mid-range killer
Image captured in daylight conditions.Rounak Jain / Business Insider India

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The phone focuses quickly in daylight as well as indoor lighting conditions. The colour reproduction is accurate and the photos have a good amount of detail. The built-in Scene Optimiser feature identifies the objects and optimizes the settings accordingly.

Samsung Galaxy F62 review – the new mid-range killer
Image captured using 1X and 2X zoom.Rounak Jain / Business Insider India

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy F62 is a strong contender for the crown as the best mid-range smartphone. It has been priced aggressively in a segment that is increasingly getting crowded. What helps the F62 set itself apart is the software, performance, battery life and arguably, even the cameras.
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The overall package that Samsung has delivered here means the Galaxy F62 is worth considering if you are looking for a phone under ₹25,000.

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