Anything you need know about the new Samsung Galaxy S23 variants is provided below. As part of Samsung’s annual update to its top phone series, three new Samsung Galaxy S23 devices have arrived.
Because to a significant camera increase and other improvements, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is the centre of attention. (To see out what we thought of this latest model, read our Galaxy S23 Ultra review.) But, the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus have had their fair share of adjustments, which has caused a reorganization among the top Samsung smartphones.
We can now examine more closely at the Galaxy S23 and what’s new with each model as Samsung has made the exact specifications of its new phones public. Check out our Galaxy S23 hands-on review, which examines both the smaller basic S23 and the bigger Plus model, for our initial thoughts on the phones. The Galaxy S23 release date, specifications, price, and other information were revealed by Samsung at its Galaxy Unpacked (opens in new tab) announcement event. Find out more by reading on.
SAMSUNG GALAXY S23 PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
A variation of the Galaxy S23 with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage costs $799 (£849). The Galaxy S23 Plus costs $999/£1,049 and increases the internal capacity to 256GB. The Galaxy S23 lineup, which starts at $1,199/£1,249 and has 8GB of Memory and 256GB of storage, is at the top of the series.
Notwithstanding concerns of price hikes for the new phones, American consumers will note that those beginning prices are the same as what Samsung asked for models of an identical Galaxy S22. Customers in the UK are less fortunate because the S23 costs there have increased by £80 to £100 compared to its predecessors.
SAMSUNG GALAXY S23 DESIGN
The Galaxy S23 Ultra, as well as the basic and Plus models, share a number of similarities with the Galaxy S22 Ultra. With the S23 and S23 Plus both sporting an Ultra-style design for their rear cameras—the lenses are stacked in a vertical column with no camera array blending into the side frame—Samsung appears to be going for uniformity here, in contrast to previous Samsung flagships that had slightly different designs. Instead, the lenses protrude directly from the phone’s rear.
Like their forebears, the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus have flat displays with curved side rails. Due to a more progressive slope designed to make it more comfortable to hold, the Galaxy S23 Ultra has a flatter surface area than the Galaxy S22 Ultra before it.
SAMSUNG GALAXY S23 DISPLAY
The Galaxy S23 lineup’s displays likely undergo the fewest changes each year. The sizes are the same as the Galaxy S22 lineup: 6.1 inches for the base model, 6.6 inches for the Plus, and 6.8 inches for the Ultra.
Like before, whether you require a smoother scroll or are playing graphically demanding games, all three phones can scale up to 120Hz refresh rates. While the action is more stationary, only the Galaxy S23 Ultra can scale all the way down to 1Hz in order to save battery; the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus have a minimum refresh rate of 48Hz.
The Galaxy S23 is the only device for which there has been an update; it increases brightness. The screen of the phone now has a maximum brightness of 1,750 nits, matching that of the Galaxy S23 Plus and S23 Ultra. The Galaxy S23 will have some of the brightest screens we’ve examined, even if the panels can only come anywhere close to those brightness levels during our trials.
SAMSUNG GALAXY S23 CAMERAS
Turn to the Galaxy S23 Ultra if you want significant camera upgrades. It replaces the 200MP sensor in the 108MP primary camera of its predecessor. This enables you to capture an image at 200MP and trim it later without significantly reducing the amount of detail. Moreover, you can combine pixels of various resolutions; for example, you could merge 16 pixels into 1 to get a 12.5MP photo with improved illumination.
The Galaxy S23 Ultra’s other rear cameras, a 12MP ultrawide camera and two 10MP telephoto lenses, are the same as those on the Galaxy S22 Ultra. But, given that the telephoto lenses can still support up to a 100x zoom, you won’t hear us moan about their telephoto powers. Samsung did not alter the Galaxy S23’s or Galaxy S23 Plus’ camera hardware either, which relies on a 50MP primary camera, a 12MP ultrawide camera, and a single 10MP telephoto lens that supports 3x optical and 30x digital zooms.
Instead, the Galaxy S23’s picture software has undergone adjustments. With the help of the Expert RAW app, which is included with the phones, you can edit photos in either RAW or JPEG, thus converting your camera phone into a DSLR. Better, more distinct photographs of the night sky are promised by astrophoto settings. An AI-powered image signal processing (ISP) approach that is intended to improve details and color should make night pictures better overall.
All three Galaxy S23 variants receive a new front camera, which turns out to be the identical 12MP front camera. Although the Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus both have more megapixels now, the 40 MP front camera on the Galaxy S22 Ultra is a bit of a letdown. Samsung also improved the front camera’s quick autofocus, Super HDR features, and ability to record 4K video at 60 frames per second.
Regarding video capturing, every Galaxy S23 model will let you take 8K video at 30 frames per second. To lessen blur in videos, the Galaxy S23 Ultra also doubles the optical image stabilization angles.
Also, Samsung has said that its Expert RAW sophisticated camera app for the Galaxy S23 Ultra will automatically incorporate Adobe Lightroom as the image editing programmed for all photographs produced with it. There is no indication that this will apply to the S23 and S23 Plus, though.
SAMSUNG GALAXY S23 PERFORMANCE
The new customized Qualcomm chip powering all three of the Galaxy S23 devices is the greatest change you’ll notice in the series, aside from the cameras. This processor, known as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform for Galaxy, has a faster clock speed than usual. (It has a top speed of 3.36GHz as opposed to the 3.2GHz of the normal Snapdragon 8 Gen 2’s). The result should be quicker performance, with the Galaxy S23 variants even nearing the benchmark set by Apple’s A-series CPUs.
Although you may disable it, it appears that the chip is being throttled by default in some programmers, much to the Galaxy S22 series. In any case, the Galaxy S23 Ultra benchmarks we conducted for our review demonstrate remarkable performance that, in several cases, matches and even outperforms Apple’s newest iPhone models.
The Galaxy S23 comes with 5G connectivity and can connect to both wave- and sub-6Ghz-based networks. Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 compatibility is available for quick and reliable connections to the internet or reach a higher level on the digital front. Turn to either of these devices if you’re curious about Ultra Multiband and its capacity to locate places, a useful feature if you choose Samsung’s Galaxy SmartTag.
SAMSUNG GALAXY S23 BATTERY LIFE AND CHARGING
Although you may disable it, it appears that the chip is being throttled by default in some programmes, much to the Galaxy S22 series. In any case, the Galaxy S23 Ultra benchmarks we conducted for our review demonstrate remarkable performance that, in several cases, matches and even outperforms Apple’s newest iPhone models.
The Galaxy S23 comes with 5Tracking the progress and can connect to both mmWave- and sub-6Ghz-based networks. Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 compatibility is available for quick and reliable connections to the internet or reach a higher level on the digital front. Turn to either of these devices if you’re curious about Ultra Multiband and its capacity to locate places, a useful feature if you choose Samsung’s Galaxy SmartTag.
With these phones, charging rates have not changed. The Galaxy S23 can be charged at 25W, however the Galaxy S23 Plus and S23 Ultra offer cable charging at a quicker 45W rate. Of course, you’ll need to provide your own charger since none of the Galaxy S23 models will include one in the box. (The box is constructed entirely of recycled materials, so you can appreciate the environmentally friendly touch.)
SAMSUNG GALAXY S23 SOFTWARE
Be on the lookout for Galaxy S23 units to come with Android 13 and the One UI 5.1 update to Samsung’s One UI user interface. Because of the new OS, the Gallery app can now establish shared family folders and, when the software’s facial recognition functions are active, will immediately suggest photo sharing. The built-in assistance on the phone may be used to screen calls thanks to Bixby, which incorporates the Call Screen functionality Google added to its Pixel phones.
Samsung started offering S Pen compatibility with the Ultra variant with the Galaxy S21 Ultra, and they are continuing it this time. Samsung claims that more apps than ever will support the S Pen’s cursive capability, allowing you to sketch so rather than typing in more locations. The Galaxy S23 Ultra comes with an included S Pen, same like the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
Gamers should also benefit from a feature that has been noticed but isn’t available everywhere. To reduce the amount of heat your phone generates when gaming, select “Pause USB Power Delivery” from the Game Boost menu. This allows you to power you phone while having to recharge the battery.
That improves both the comfort of playing video games for extended periods of time and the extended battery condition.
In the end, we’ll evaluate all phones based on how well they work in our tests and what kinds of new features we find out about as we get to know the Galaxy S23 variants better. We will soon find out if the other Galaxy S23 choices live up to the anticipation set off by the S23 Ultra.