Samsung S23 Ultra: The wait is OVER


Samsung s23 Ultra

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For Samsung fans, the wait is over.  With the newest additions to its mainstream flagship series, Samsung has returned to start 2023. Although the Galaxy S23, S23+, and S23 Ultra aren’t the most thrilling phones we’ve ever seen, if you’ve been putting off replacing your outdated Galaxy Note 9, this trio of handsets appears to be the best we’ve ever seen. After all, Samsung’s Galaxy S22 series from last year really blew us away, and this year, it has applied its best design to all three models. Samsung S23 Ultra: The wait is over as it is officially announced to be released on February 17.

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is the main talk of the town, thanks to a significant camera upgrade and other improvements. However, the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus have undergone their own set of changes, causing a reshuffling among the best Samsung phones.

The Galaxy S23 starts at $799/£849 for an 8GB RAM/ 128GB storage model. The Galaxy S23 Plus has 256GB of storage and costs $999/£1,049. The Galaxy S23 lineup is at the top of the lineup, with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage starting at $1,199/£1,249.

Whichever model you choose, the Galaxy S23 will be available starting on February 17. Currently, you can get the phone directly from Samsung, and a presale bargain for the Galaxy S23 includes a free upgrade to the next storage level. When you place a preorder, you may also be eligible for a credit of up to $100.

Samsung has also permanently lowered the cost of the outdated Galaxy S22 to $699, giving customers a new, more affordable rung on the Galaxy S ladder. It might be an excellent value for your needs if you don’t mind foregoing a few small modifications and are willing to invest a little extra money.

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 layout 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 predecessors, the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus have flat displays with curved side rails. Compared to the Galaxy S22 Ultra before it, the Galaxy S23 Ultra has a flatter surface area because of a more progressive curvature designed to make using the S Pen that comes with the model easier.

Samsung s23 Ultra, sPen

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The three Galaxy S23 variants are all available in the same colors—Phantom Black, Cream, Green, and Lavender—making the colors more unified with the three models’ designs. You can choose from four additional colors when you order your phone straight from Samsung: Lime, Graphite, Sky Blue, and Red.

According to Samsung, the Galaxy S23 phones are the first to use Corning’s new Gorilla Glass Victus 2, which is a more robust substance. We’ll see if that increases the likelihood that the new phones will survive a drop unharmed. The environmental sustainability of this year’s phones, which average 22% recycled materials per model, is another selling point for Samsung.

Samsung s23 Ultra, high spec camera

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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. As before, whether you require a smoother scroll or are playing graphically demanding games, all three phones can scale up to 120Hz refresh rates. As a power-saving measure, only the Galaxy S23 Ultra can scale down to 1Hz when the action is more static; 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 close to those brightness levels during our testing.

Samsung s23 Ultra, best camera

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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. Additionally, you can combine pixels of various resolutions; for example, you could merge 16 pixels into 1 to get a 12.5MP photo with improved brightness.

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. However, given that the telephoto lenses can still support up to a 100x zoom, you won’t hear us moan about their telephoto capabilities. 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 images 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 40MP front camera on the Galaxy S22 Ultra is a bit of a letdown. But Samsung also improved the front camera’s quick autofocus, Super HDR capabilities, and ability to record 4K video at 60 frames per second.

Speaking of video capturing, every Galaxy S23 model will let you to take 8K video at 30 frames per second. To lessen blur in videos, the Galaxy S23 Ultra also doubles the optical image stabilization angles.

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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). With the Galaxy S23 models even reaching the bar established by Apple’s A-series CPUs, the outcome should be speedier performance.

The Galaxy S23 comes with 5G connectivity 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 auxiliary devices on the wireless front. Choose between the Galaxy S23 Plus or the Galaxy S23 Ultra if you’re interested in Ultra Wideband and its capacity to pinpoint locations—a useful feature if you decide to use Samsung’s Galaxy SmartTag. The Galaxy S23 lacks ultra wideband compatibility, just like its predecessor.

In comparison to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 found in American Galaxy S22 models, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset offers greater power efficiency. This should extend the battery life of Samsung’s latest phones. Larger batteries will also be beneficial, at least for the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus.


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The battery capacity of both phones is 200 mAh larger than that of the versions from the previous year. This results in a 3,900 mAh battery for the Galaxy S23 and a 4,700 mAh battery for the Galaxy S23 Plus. The 5,000 mAh battery of the Galaxy S23 Ultra is the same as in the Galaxy S22.

Also unchanged are the charging rates. 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.)



Size:                            6.8 inches

Resolution:              3088 x 1440 pixels, 19.3:9 ratio, 501 PPI

Technology:          Dynamic AMOLED

Refresh rate:         120Hz Adaptive

Screen-to-body: 89.87 %

Features:                  HDR support, Scratch-resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2),                                                Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor


Dimensions:           6.43 x 3.07 x 0.35 inches (163.4 x 78.1 x 8.9 mm)

Weight:                     8.22 oz (233.0 g)

Materials:                Back: Glass; Frame: Aluminum

Resistance:             Yes; IP68

Biometrics:              2D Face unlock, Ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint

Keys:                           Right: Volume control, Lock/Unlock key


Chipset:                  Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SM8550 (4 nm)

Processor:              Octa core (3.36 GHz, Single core, Cortex X3 + 2.8 GHz,

                                  Quad core, Cortex A715 + 2 GHz, Tri core, Cortex A510)

GPU:                         Adreno 740

Memory:                 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM, 1TB 12GB RAM

                                  UFS 4.0 – 128GB only

Device type:           Smartphone

OS:                               Android (13), One UI 5.1


Rear:                           Quad camera

Main camera:        200 MP (OIS, PDAF)

Specifications:      Aperture size: F1.7; Sensor size: 1/1.3″

Second camera:   10 MP (Telephoto)

Specifications:       Optical zoom: 3.0x; Aperture size: F2.4; Focal Length: 69 mm; Sensor size:                                           1/3.94

Third camera:         10 MP (Telephoto)

Specifications:       Optical zoom: 10.0x; Aperture size: F4.9; Focal Length: 230 mm; Sensor size:                                       1/3.52″

Fourth camera:      12 MP (Ultra-wide)

Specifications:       Aperture size: F2.2; Focal Length: 13 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.55″

Video recording:   8K@24, 4K@30, 1080p@30fps, 720p@960fps, HDR10+, stereo sound rec.,                                            gyro-EIS

Features:                 LED flash, auto-HDR, panorama

Front Camera:       Single: 12 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/2.82″, 0.7µm, PDAF

Features:                Dual video call, Auto-HDR

Video recording:  4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30fps


Headphones:         No 3.5mm jack

Speakers:                Stereo speakers

WLAN:                     Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e, tri-band, Wi-Fi Direct

Bluetooth:              5.3, A2DP, LE

NFC:                         Yes

Radio:                      No

USB:                             USB Type-C 4.0


5G:                               5G Ready

Data Speed:            LTE-A, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s

SIM type:                  Dual Nano SIM + eSIM


Sensors:                   Fingerprint (under display, ultrasonic), accelerometer, gyro, proximity,                                             compass, barometer, Samsung DeX, Samsung Wireless DeX (desktop                                               experience support) Bixby natural language commands and dictation,                                           Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified), Ultra Wideband (UWB) support


Capacity:                5000 mAh

Type:                         Not user replaceable

Charging:               45W fast charging, 15W wireless charging,

                                Qi wireless charging


Colors:                     Green, Cream, Phantom Black, Lavender

Price:                         $ 1200

In The Box: UBS-C cable, User manual, SIM eject tool


The Galaxy S23 Ultra is ultimately a step in the right direction for Samsung. With a more powerful camera, an amazing new chip that will finally be available to all consumers, and double the storage, it doesn’t make a huge leap forward, but it does improve in all the important areas. These are things that everybody will value. The remaining small changes are all welcome additions even though they have far less of an impact: Despite the advances in video stabilization, few users would really use 8K video; as such, it is still not a game-changer. We don’t think owners of the S22 Ultra will have many reasons to upgrade, but those coming from earlier phones—especially those who dislike the Exynos processor’s poor speed—would adore the new design. There is really nothing quite like it on the market, and it maintains the strength and adaptability of a Note. As a result, if you have been holding off on purchasing this smartphone, the wait ends on February 17.

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