It’s Galaxy S season once more, and we’ve finally gotten the official unveiling of this year’s Samsung Galaxy S23 series phones. The company formally announced its newest handsets during a special “Unpacked” event held in San Francisco, showcasing three new smartphones to the public – let’s take a closer look at what they have to offer.
As expected, there are three models which include the S23, S23 Plus, and the S23 Ultra. All phones do come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, which is proving to be a historic moment for Galaxy users in Europe and the UK, as previous S-series phones only came with Exynos processors for these territories. The 8 Gen 2 promises refined performance for gaming, photography, and AI-focused tasks.
Screen and Overall Design
As for display size, the S23 comes with a 6.1-inch flat display, while the S23 Plus has a bigger 6.6-inch flat display. You also get the same triple camera set up, sans the 100x zoom that you get on the S23 Ultra. The two devices look rather similar especially with the rounded designs, and the matte back surface is a nice touch in terms of style. Samsung has also resorted to using separate camera bumps for the S23 and S23 Plus, which create a more uniform look across all three devices.
The highlight of the new models though is the S23 Ultra, which looks very similar to last year’s Galaxy S22 Ultra, albeit with a few subtle differences, like Corning’s new Gorilla Glass Victus 2, which promises better toughness and scratch resistance for its 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED display. In general though, it maintains the same look, and of course retains the S-Pen which differentiates it from other Samsung S23 models. The added stylus functionality is of course aimed towards productivity, like taking down notes or signing documents on the go for business users, for example.
The display is also bright, and comes with a 120Hz refresh rate which makes it ideal for content consumption and gaming. There’s also HDR 10 plus, which is a much-welcome addition to its suite of hardware features.
Software, Cameras, and Battery
As for software, the Galaxy S23 series come loaded with Android 13 in addition to Samsung’s One UI 5.1 – this means you get exclusive software like Phone link, Quick share and more. There are also features like advanced vision booster which adjusts colour tones and contrasts at different lighting scenarios, which is a pretty cool addition.
One of the biggest hardware highlights that Samsung has showcased this year is the S23 Ultra’s 200-megapixel sensor, which combines 16 pixels into one larger pixel to give users brighter and more detailed pictures, even in low light scenarios.
It also comes with f1.7 aperture and 23mm focal length, and is accompanied by two 10-megapixel telephoto lenses (one being a periscope lens) and a 12-megapixel ultrawide lens. The front meanwhile comes with a 12-megapixel selfie camera. Of course, one of the biggest improvements this year is the ability to film 8K resolution clips at 30fps. Samsung also says that it has improved the quality of OIS with the S23 Ultra’s camera.
Samsung has given the three different devices varying battery capacities – the Ultra comes with a 5000 mAh battery, while the standard S23 packs a 3900 mAh unit, and the S23 plus has gone up to a 4,700 mAh battery. With that said though, the S23 Ultra comes with support for 45W fast-charging.
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