Introducing the New Samsung Galaxy S23 A Comprehensive Guide to Its Features and Enhancements

Introducing the New Samsung Galaxy S23 A Comprehensive Guide to Its Features and Enhancements - The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is making waves with its upgraded camera and other features. Check out our review to see our thoughts on the device. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus have also undergone changes, shaking up the list of the best Samsung phones.

Introducing the New Samsung Galaxy S23 A Comprehensive Guide to Its Features and Enhancements


Samsung has disclosed the details of its latest phones, and we're taking a closer look at the Galaxy S23. For our initial thoughts on the phones, read our hands-on review of the standard S23 and the Plus model.


Get the latest information on Samsung's Galaxy S23 lineup from the Galaxy Unpacked event, including the release date, specifications, pricing, and more.


SAMSUNG GALAXY S23 ULTRA: SPECS

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra

  • Starting price : US $1,199, UK £1,249
  • Display size and resolution: 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED, QHD+ Edge Screen, 500ppi

  • Display brightness, refresh rate : 1,750 nits, 120Hz Adaptive Refresh Rate

  • Processor : Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform for Galaxy

  • RAM : 8GB, 12GB

  • Storage : 256GB, 512GB, 1TB

  • Rear cameras : 200MP f/1.7 main, 12MP f/2.2 ultrawide, 10MP f/2.4 telephoto (3x optical zoom, 10MP (f/4.9) telephoto (10x optical zoom,100x Space zoom)

  • Video : 8K at 30fps, 4K at 60fps and Full HD at 120fps

  • Front camera : 12MP f2.2, 4K video at 60 fps

  • Battery size : 5,000 mAh

  • Charging speed : 45WSize3.07 x 6.43 x 0.35 inches

  • Weight : 8.25 ounces

  • Colors : Phantom Black, Cream, Green, Lavender

SAMSUNG GALAXY S23 SPECIFICATIONS:

The complete specifications for each model of the Galaxy S23 lineup, including the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23 Plus, and Galaxy S23 Ultra, can be found in the specs listings. For a side-by-side comparison of the three phones, see below.


SAMSUNG GALAXY S23 COST AND AVAILABILITY

The Galaxy S23 has a starting price of $799/£849 for a model with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. The Galaxy S23 Plus, with increased base storage of 256GB, is priced at $999/£1,049. The top-of-the-line Galaxy S23 Ultra, also with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage, starts at $1,199/£1,249.

In the US, the starting prices for the Galaxy S23 are unchanged from the Galaxy S22, contrary to rumors of price increases. However, in the UK, the prices for the S23 models have gone up by £80 to £100 compared to their predecessors.


If you want to upgrade the storage on the S23, you will have to pay more. The 256GB version of the Galaxy S23 costs $859, a $60 increase from the Galaxy S22 with the same upgrade.


To double the storage on the Galaxy S23 Plus, it will cost an extra $200, now offering 512GB, double the capacity of the S22 Plus.

The Galaxy S23 Ultra models with 512GB and 1TB storage and 12GB RAM are priced at $1,379 and $1,619, respectively.


The Galaxy S23 will be available for purchase starting February 17. You can pre-order the phone directly from Samsung and receive an upgrade to the next storage level at no extra cost, as well as up to $100 in credit.


Samsung has also lowered the price of the Galaxy S22 to $699, providing a more affordable option for those who don't require the latest upgrades. Consider this option if you're willing to spend a little extra cash.

Design of the Galaxy S23 Ultra

Introducing the New Samsung Galaxy S23 A Comprehensive Guide to Its Features and Enhancements

The design of the Galaxy S23 Ultra is similar to that of last year's Ultra model. The standard and Plus models now have the same appearance. Unlike previous Samsung flagship phones that had distinct designs, the S23 and S23 Plus now have a unified design with a vertically stacked camera array on the back, unlike the camera array that blends into the side frame. The lenses now protrude directly from the back of the phone.

Display Design of the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus

The Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus have flat displays with curved edges, just like the previous models. The Galaxy S23 Ultra, on the other hand, has a flatter surface area compared to the Galaxy S22 Ultra, thanks to a more gradual curve that facilitates the use of the S Pen that comes with the model.


The Galaxy S23, S23 Plus, and S23 Ultra feature a similar design with uniform colors. All three models come in Phantom Black, Cream, Green, and Lavender, and customers ordering directly from Samsung can choose from an additional four colors - Lime, Graphite, Sky Blue, and Red. The phones have flat displays with curved side rails and utilize Corning's new Gorilla Glass Victus 2, making them the first devices to offer the more durable material. Samsung boasts of the environmentally sustainable design of the S23 phones, with an average of 22% recycled materials in each model.


The display sizes on the Galaxy S23 lineup remain unchanged from the previous Galaxy S22 lineup - a 6.1-inch display on the entry-level model, a 6.6-inch display on the Plus version, and a 6.8-inch display on the Ultra.


The displays on the Samsung Galaxy S23 series show minimal changes compared to the previous year's lineup. They still feature the same screen sizes as the Galaxy S22 lineup, with a 6.1-inch model, a 6.6-inch Plus version, and a 6.8-inch screen on the Ultra. All three phones have the capability to increase their refresh rate to 120Hz for smoother scrolling and gaming, while only the Galaxy S23 Ultra can decrease down to 1Hz when less movement is needed, to save on power. The Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus have a minimum refresh rate of 48Hz.


The Galaxy S23 display sees limited changes from its predecessor. The entry-level model still features a 6.1-inch screen, the Plus version a 6.6-inch screen, and the Ultra a 6.8-inch screen. All three phones support a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz for smooth scrolling and gaming, with the Galaxy S23 Ultra having the ability to scale down to 1Hz to conserve power while the other two models have a minimum refresh rate of 48Hz.


The only improvement is in brightness, with the Galaxy S23 now reaching a peak brightness of 1,750 nits, matching the brightness of the Plus and Ultra models. The effectiveness of these brightness levels will be determined through testing.

Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus camera

Introducing the New Samsung Galaxy S23 A Comprehensive Guide to Its Features and Enhancements

The Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus retain the same camera hardware as their predecessor, the Galaxy S22. They feature a 50MP main camera, 12MP ultrawide shooter, and a 10MP telephoto lens that supports 3x optical and 30x digital zoom. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S23 Ultra has upgraded its 108MP main camera to a 200MP sensor. 


This allows you to shoot an image at 200MP and crop in without losing much detail. It also has the capability to bin 16 pixels into 1 to produce a 12.5MP photo that enhances brightness. 


The other two cameras, a 12MP ultrawide camera and two 10MP telephoto lenses, remain unchanged from the Galaxy S22 Ultra, still capable of 100x zoom.


The Galaxy S23 Ultra's camera system gets an upgrade, with a 200MP main sensor replacing the 108MP of the previous model. This allows for the option to shoot at a 200MP resolution and still retain detail when cropping, or combine multiple pixels to create a brighter 12.5MP photo.


The changes to the cameras on the Galaxy S23 are in the photo software. The phones come with an Expert RAW app that allows you to edit images in either RAW or JPEG, making your camera phone like a DSLR. Astrophoto settings offer clearer images of the night sky, and the AI-powered image signal processing (ISP) algorithm improves details and color in night photos.

Introducing the New Samsung Galaxy S23 A Comprehensive Guide to Its Features and Enhancements

The front camera on all three Galaxy S23 models has been updated to a 12MP lens, which is a step up from the front cameras on the Galaxy S22 and S23 Plus. However, compared to the 40MP front shooter on the Galaxy S22 Ultra, it's a slight downgrade. Nonetheless, the front camera on the Galaxy S23 now boasts fast autofocus, Super HDR capabilities, and the ability to record 4K video at 60 frames per second.


The Galaxy S23 lineup also boasts upgraded video capture capabilities. All models offer 8K video recording at 30 frames per second and the Galaxy S23 Ultra has doubled its optical image stabilization angles to minimize blurring in videos. Samsung has also made Adobe Lightroom the default editing app for photos taken with the ExpertRAW advanced camera app on the Galaxy S23 Ultra, but it is unclear if this will apply to the Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus.



SAMSUNG GALAXY S23 PERFORMANCE

The Galaxy S23 lineup features a new custom Qualcomm chipset, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform for Galaxy, which boasts a higher clock speed of 3.36GHz, compared to the standard Snapdragon 8 Gen 2's 3.2GHz. This results in improved performance, almost reaching the standard set by Apple's A-series chips. 

Introducing the New Samsung Galaxy S23 A Comprehensive Guide to Its Features and Enhancements



However, some apps may throttle the chip's performance by default, but this can be turned off. The 5G connectivity and support for Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 allow for fast and stable connections. The Galaxy S23 Plus and Ultra models support Ultra Wideband for precise location tracking, while the regular Galaxy S23 does not.


SAMSUNG GALAXY S23 BATTERY LIFE AND CHARGING


Introducing the New Samsung Galaxy S23 A Comprehensive Guide to Its Features and Enhancements

The charging speeds of the Galaxy S23 lineup remain the same, with the Galaxy S23 capable of charging at 25W and the Galaxy S23 Plus and Ultra supporting 45W wired charging. Please note that the charger is not included in the package, which is made of 100% recycled materials for an eco-friendly touch.


The Galaxy S23 lineup is equipped with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, which is more power-efficient than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 found in the Galaxy S22. This, combined with larger batteries, should result in longer battery life. The Galaxy S23 has a 3,900 mAh battery, up 200 mAh from its predecessor, while the Galaxy S23 Plus has a 4,700 mAh battery. The Galaxy S23 Ultra retains the same 5,000 mAh battery as its predecessor. 


The Galaxy S23 Ultra has improved battery life, lasting 12 hours and 22 minutes in testing and earning its place on the best phone battery list. Charging speeds remain the same, with the Galaxy S23 charging at 25W and the Galaxy S23 Plus and Ultra supporting 45W wired charging. Note that a charger is not included in the box, but it is made of 100% recycled materials.


SAMSUNG GALAXY S23 SOFTWARE


Introducing the New Samsung Galaxy S23 A Comprehensive Guide to Its Features and Enhancements

The Samsung Galaxy S23 devices come pre-installed with Android 13 and the updated One UI 5.1 interface. The updated operating system includes enhancements such as shared family folders in the Gallery app, automatic photo sharing through facial recognition, and the integration of Google's Call Screen feature through Bixby.

For those who enjoy using a stylus, the Galaxy S23 Ultra comes with an included S Pen and support for a wider range of apps with the ability to convert handwriting to text.

A new "Pause USB Power Delivery" feature, which can be found in the Game Boost menu, is also present on the Galaxy S23 and aims to provide a better gaming experience by reducing heat generation and prolonging battery health.



SAMSUNG GALAXY S23 OUTLOOK

Introducing the New Samsung Galaxy S23 A Comprehensive Guide to Its Features and Enhancements

The Galaxy S23 line-up doesn't bring about major changes in Samsung's approach, but it should not be overlooked. The Galaxy S22 Ultra's inclusion of a 200MP camera and the improved Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset promise noteworthy advancements. The final verdict on the Galaxy S23 phones will be based on their performance in real-world testing and the new capabilities that are uncovered. The Galaxy S23 Ultra has already shown promise, and it remains to be seen if the other models follow suit.

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