At its most recent unpacked event, Samsung has taken the wraps off of it is S series of flagship phones for the year, the S23, S23 Plus and the S23 Ultra, all bring with them modest upgrades to their S22 predecessors, but aim to increase the overall end-user experience rather than rebuild it from the ground up.
Starting with the smallest of the bunch, and that term is used loosely here, we have the Galaxy S23, with a 6.1” FullHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Screen, whilst it is a high refresh rate at up to 120Hz, it only goes down to 48Hz, unlike some other AMOLED panels that can go down to 1Hz. The new screen can hit a whopping 1750 Nits of brightness in outdoors boost mode, which is truly just eye-searingly bright. At 168g and 7.6mm thin the S23 is pretty svelte as well, with more and more phones ballooning, it is nice to see Samsung keep some normalcy. On the inside, there is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, a mildly modified version of Qualcomm’s powerhouse from a few weeks back, it is primarily a clock speed and binning change, but rest assured this is a top-tier chip, and this is global, no Galaxy S23’s get an Exynos chip this time around. Paired with the SD8 Gen2 there is 8GB of RAM (likely LPDDR5X) and storage between 128GB and 512GB, but it is worth noting that the 128GB option is the slower UFS3.1 storage, not the newer UFS4.0. The smallest S23 gets a 3900mAh battery with 25w charging, which at this point, Samsung should stop calling “fast charging” as it is starting to feel disingenuous.
Last for the baby S23 is the camera system. The main “wide” camera is a 50MP unit with an aperture of f1.8 and an 85-degree field of view, no mention of pixel size or sensor size here. The Ultrawide camera is a 12MP unit with an aperture of f2.2 and a 120-degree field of view. The Zoom is a 3x optical setup that has a 10MP sensor, an aperture of F2.4 and a 36-degree field of view. The front snapper is a 12MP F2.2, 80-degree unit, likely the same as used on the Flip and Fold 4. The bigger Galaxy S23+ shares a lot of those specs. With the screen bumped up to 6.6” but staying FHD+, the same 1750nits of peak brightness and the same 48-120Hz refresh rate. The camera setup stays the same too with 50,12,10 and 12MP sensors in the same order as on the baby S23. the Sams Snapdragon 8Gen 2 for Galaxy with the same 8GB of RAM, the only difference here is that the 128GB UFS3.1 SKU is dropped, only having 256GB and 512GB. The battery takes a big jump to 4700mAh and the “Fast charging” actually has a chance at up to 45w now.
Lastly, for the phones, we have the big boy, the hero phone, and the S23 Ultra. With a whopping 6.8” QHD+ curved Dynami AMOLED 2X display, that can refresh from 1Hz-120Hz and boost itself up to 1750nits this is truly a top-tier display, and what else do we expect from the company that makes the screens. Something interesting here though is that whilst this is a curved display, Samsung is seemingly coming around to the feeling that people might not like curved screens all that much anymore and has actually decreased the curve by 30% on the S23 Ultra vs last year, which means thankfully less phantom touches and missed touched via palm rejection issues.
At 234g and 8.9mm, the S23 Ultra is a bit of a chungus, and whilst I don’t mind the thickness, the weight really isn’t for me. Internally the S23 Ultra has the same Snapdragon 8 Gen2 for Gaalxy as the smaller phones, with the base model getting the same 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, however, there is also a 12GB S23 Ultra with 256GB, 512GB and 1TB of storage option. Samsung bumped the battery capacity up to 5000mAh on the Ultra from 4700mAh on the Plus, I’m not sure that it’ll be enough, but only time will tell, that 5000mAh battery can also charge at 45w. All three phones have wireless fast charging at 15w and wireless power share. The cameras are where the Ultra takes a leg up over the other S23 phones. The main camera is Samsung’s recently announced ISOCELL HP2, an enormous 200MP sensor with native 16:1 binning, 1/1.3” sensor size. This monster sensor is paired with an F1.7 lens with an 85-degree field of view. The 12MP ultrawide and the 10MP 3x Telephoto zoom are the same as on the other two phones, however, the S23 Ultra also has a secondary optical zoom, a 10X periscope zoom with an F4.9 aperture and an 11-degree field of view.
All Three phones launch with Android 13 and OneUI 5.1 on February 17th in the UK with the coming pricing:
- Galaxy S23 128GB – £849
- Galaxy S23 256GB – £899
- Galaxy S23+ 256GB – £1049
- Galaxy S23+ 512GB – £1149
- Galaxy S23 Ultra 256GB – £1249
- Galaxy S23 Ultra 512GB – £1399
- Galaxy S23 Ultra 1TB – £1599
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