Samsung has launched a number of interesting smartphones this year. Spread across budget segments, these products have generally attempted to provide an overall decent experience. The new phone from Samsung is the Galaxy F41 smartphone. The first in the Galaxy F series of phones, the Galaxy F41 is a device that features a big 6000mAh battery and goes large on cameras with its 64-megapixel triple-lens set-up.
Starting at a price of Rs 16,999 for the base 6GB + 64GB model, and Rs 17,999 for the 6GB + 128GB one, the Galaxy F41 looks like an interesting product. However, it comes fighting in a price bracket that's one of the most difficult to compete in at the moment. This is because at the price it goes head-to-head against the likes of Redmi Note 9 Pro Max and the Poco X3. Here's how it compares against them.
This is not a review of the Galaxy F41, so we will refrain from passing judgment on the design or the performance of its hardware -- both core hardware and camera but if we compare the phone's spec sheet to that of the Poco X3 and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, there are a number of points that stand out.
The Galaxy F41 offers a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display capable of churning out a maximum resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels running at an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. Both the Poco X3 and the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max offer bigger 6.67-inch IPS displays in comparison but running at the same resolution as the Galaxy F41. In addition, the Poco X3 also offers a sheet of Gorilla Glass 5 on top to add some much-needed protection to the phone's display.
Because of the smaller display and more compact form factor, the Galaxy F41 is a little lighter in weight at 191 grams when compared to the 200+ grams phone that the Poco X3 and the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max are.
Under the hood, the Poco X3 definitely offers the most powerful configuration as it pairs the new mid-range Snapdragon 732G SoC with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage for its entry variant. The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max also brings a more powerful chipset in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC. This again has been paired with 6GB of RAM. In comparison, the Galaxy F41 brings Samsung's modest 9611 SoC, which the company has been using on smartphones since the middle of last year.
It's on the cameras that Samsung has focused heavily on with the Galaxy F41, and as such, the fight between the three is more even in this segment. As we've seen in the past, both the Poco X3 and the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max are very good when it comes to photography on a mid-range budget.
While we can't say for sure right now if the Galaxy F41 will match up to the photography performance of these two phones, a look at the camera specs makes us believe that it should do fine. The Galaxy F41 primary camera on a 64-megapixel (with f/1.8 wide lens) sensor sits next to an 8-megapixel (f/2.2 ultra-wide lens) camera and a 5-megapixel (with f/2.4 lens) sensor for the depth effect.
On the other hand, the Poco X3 and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max both offer more elaborate camera setups on paper with both the phones offering 64-megapixel lens-based quad cameras systems.
Among the three, if we had to choose a winner based on the camera hardware, we'd go for the Poco X3 which gets a 64-megapixel f/1.9 primary lens, a 13-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide lens a 2-megapixel f/2.4 macro lens and a 2-megapixel f/2.4 depth sensor with autofocus.
Coming to the batteries, the Galaxy F41 again loses out to the Poco X3. Both feature 6000mAh batteries, but the latter promises support for much faster 33W charging, as opposed to 15W on the Galaxy F41. The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max offers 18W fast charging, but a smaller battery than the competing phones at 5000mAh.
Overall, when the spec sheets are put into perspective one thing becomes clear: The Galaxy F41 from Samsung is a good phone, but the Poco X3 and to an extent the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max also manage to stay ahead of it at this price point.
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