“Tell me, and I forget. Teach me, and I remember. Involve me, and I learn.” These lines delivered by protagonist Anne Shirley in the Canadian television series Anne with an E summarise on how to become the best version of oneself. Perpetual growth is what is needed to write new stories. A similar growth trajectory has been adopted by smartphone brand Samsung which is a popular choice for mid-range and premium flagships. However, with the entry of Xiaomi and the likes in the budget segment, there was a need for the South Korean company to mark a place for itself in that category too. After the launch of Galaxy M series phones with an aim to cater to the consumer demand in this price segment, the handset maker has launched a new smartphone series called the F series. Samsung has unveiled its Galaxy F 41 phone at a starting price of Rs 15,499.
Samsung Galaxy F41 is powered by Exynos 9611 octa-core processor and offers 64MP triple camera setup at the back. We used the device for some time and here’s what we think about it.
Samsung Galaxy F41: Design and display
Samsung Galaxy F41 is a beautiful looking phone. It looks very similar to the Galaxy M31. The phone offers a dual colour design with a plastic body. Despite a plastic body, the phone feels sturdy in hands and looks enduring. There is a rectangular shaped camera module placed on the top-left of the phone’s back. While the camera sensors are aligned vertically, the LED flashlight is placed at the bottom-right within the module.
The handset offers a fingerprint sensor on the back. Branding of the company can be seen below with Samsung embedded towards the bottom.
On the left edge of the phone is the 2+1 SIM card tray. Power button and volume control buttons can be seen on the left edge of the Galaxy F41 phone. The smartphone comes with a Type-C charging port and also has a 3.5mm headphone jack. Speaker grille is also placed at the bottom edge with the microphone.
The handset has a 6.44-inch full HD+ sAMOLED display. The screen comes with Infinity-U cut out. Bezels are comparatively thinner on the sides and top. However, the bezels are noticeable on the chin. Despite coming with a big screen and a 6,000mAh battery, the phone is lightweight and will not burden your hands.
The phone’s display is adequately bright for both outdoors as well indoors with adaptive brightness levels. It produces sharp images with good viewing angles. The display has a refresh rate of 60Hz. There is a Blue light filter to reduce eye strain by limiting the amount of blue light emitted by the screen. The phone also offers an accidental touch protection to secure it from accidental touches, especially when kept in bags or pockets.
Samsung Galaxy F41: Performance
Samsung Galaxy F41 is powered by the company’s own Exynos 9611 octa-core processor. The processor, may not be new, but delivers a decent performance. It can easily handle day to day tasks easily without much pain. Paired with 6GB of RAM, the device can be used for multi tasking and playing light games. There were no major heating issues on the phone. App load time was not long enough that could bother you. Switching between apps was quick and easy.
The smartphone runs on the company’s own One UI based on the Android 10 operating system. Although you will get bloatware apps like Dailyhunt, Moj, MX Taka Tak, Samsung Galaxy F41 has a comparatively clean UI than Realme’s or Xiaomi’s. There are no unnecessary ads. Apps icon are large. Touch sensitivity of the phone’s screen is quick to respond. The phone comes with Android features like digital wellbeing and parental controls. There is a one-handed mode for easier control on the device while using one hand. You will also get customizable gestures and motions on the screen. One may head to the settings to customise these. Users will also get a Panic mode to end SOS messages by pressing the Power key three times.
Samsung Galaxy F41: Camera
The smartphone has a triple lens camera on the back. The camera system comprises of a 64MP primary lens paired with an 8MP ultra-wide lens and a 5MP depth sensor. The main 64MP camera comes with f/1.8 aperture that captures good images– both indoor and outdoor. The camera app is easy to use and comes with a clean UI. While you will find photo/video/single take camera options on the screen itself, other features like Live focus, Night mode, Slow motion and others are placed under the More tab. For easy zoom in and zoom out, there is a dedicated button in the app’s screen itself.
The phone can click photos worth sharing on social media without much editing. Colours are sharp, vivid and dynamic. One will find sufficient details in the photos. One can use the depth sensor to click portrait shots using Samsung Galaxy F41. Edge detection was good with satisfactory blur. However, it takes an effort to lock the subject in the frame before clicking photos. This despite being a Live focus option.
Samsung Galaxy F41 comes with a Single take feature that clicks multiple photos from one single shot. Photos clicked using the ultra-wide lens are good too.
On the front, the handset boasts of a 32MP selfie shooter with multiple features like Night mode, Filters, Beauty and more to play around with. The front camera also offers Single take feature. Selfies clicked using the smartphone will be no disappointment.
Samsung Galaxy F41: Battery
Samsung Galaxy F41 is backed by a 6,000mAh battery. The phone is equipped with a 15 watt charger. It takes more than 2 hours to charge the phone to 100%. This is comparatively a longer charging time. Coming to the battery performance, the phone offers an impressive battery life, and lasts a day and half easily for moderate usage. The handset comes with a Type-C charging port.
Samsung Galaxy F41 comes in two models- 6/64GB and 6/128GB at Rs 15,499 and Rs 16,499. Key highlights of the Samsung Galaxy F41 are big sAMOLED screen, a large 6,000mAh battery with decent performance, a neat UI and an appealing design. These are roughly all features that one looks for in a smartphone these days. Having said that the phone will compete with Realme 7, Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro and Samsung’s own Galaxy M31 and Galaxy M31s to name a few.