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Samsung Galaxy S23 series push mobile experiences to new heights

By Liu Hongzuo - on 2 Feb 2023, 2:00am

Samsung Galaxy S23 series push mobile experiences to new heights

Samsung Galaxy S23 series.

The Samsung Galaxy S23 series is now officially announced, with the Korean electronics giant promising its users the ultimate premium phone experience with its 2023 selection. 

L to R: Samsung Galaxy S23+ , Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, Samsung Galaxy S23.

As with past Galaxy S series launches, the Galaxy S23 series features three models – the standard Samsung Galaxy S23, a larger Samsung Galaxy S23+, and the S Pen-touting Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra. All three models come with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 flagship-grade chipset designed for Android phones, offering significant CPU and GPU gains over its predecessors.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra (Green).

Samsung retains the display sizes and resolutions of its new Galaxy S models, with a 6.1-inch S23, a 6.6-inch S23+, and 6.8-inch S23 Ultra. All are Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display panels with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2, have 120Hz maximum refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling rate while in Game Mode, with an improved Vision Booster feature (three levels of sunlight visibility instead of two, for better anti-glare) and Enhanced Comfort built-in (colour tone and contrast adjustment for easier reading).

Only the Galaxy S23 Ultra, however, gets 1Hz minimum refresh rate (the other two are 48Hz) and a QHD+ resolution screen (others are FHD+). This model also gets a mildly tweaked curved display when compared to the S23 Ultra, now having a reduced curvature for an even larger and flatter surface area for viewing. The other two phones (S23 and S23+) have flat panels instead.

What wasn’t retained was the old Contour Cut design. The Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23+ now share the same camera housing design as its premium S23 Ultra sibling, with individual lens rims highlighting their rear multi-camera configurations.

Samsung Galaxy S23+ (Phantom Black).

Samsung placed great effort into improving the imaging experience of its Galaxy S series with many enhancements, with the Galaxy S23 Ultra getting special treatment. Across the board, all models get Adaptive VDIS (video digital image stabilisation), AI-assisted Noise Reduction Technology, and a new, celestial photography-friendly Astro Hyperlapse (300x) setting found in its old Hyperlapse mode, and improved 50MP support for Expert RAW uncompressed photography (up from 12MP, requires optional Samsung Expert RAW app).  

Both Galaxy S23 and S23+ retain their triple-rear camera offering, with a 50-megapixel (MP) main camera, 12MP ultra-wide, and 10MP telephoto with 3x optical zoom support.

Galaxy S23 Ultra keeps its quad rear shooter combo, but amps up its main camera to 200MP with 16-in-1 pixel binning techniques (Super Quad Pixel) to milk its low-light Nightography capabilities. S23 Ultra also get double the optical image stabilisation (OIS) angles for videos and 8K30FPS with 80° field-of-view (up from 57°).

Samsung Galaxy S23 (Cream).

All three models’ 12MP front camera gets Super HDR support, giving selfies even more colour mastery. And, if you happen to have the Galaxy Buds2 Pro, all three can record 360° Audio, giving recorded videos more audio depth.

Finally, the Galaxy S23 and 23+ get 200mAh more battery than before, at 3,900mAh and 4,700mAh respectively; Galaxy S23 Ultra retains its 5,000mAh.

Charging, however, is slightly different across all three devices, with S23 getting wired 25W fast-charging, while S23+ and Ultra get 45W instead. All three also offer wireless fast-charging and Wireless PowerShare.

The official spec sheets claim that the phones support Wi-Fi 6E (dependent on market availability), Bluetooth 5.3, 5G, and LTE connectivity. Like before, they are all rated IP68-resistant against water and dust.  This new series is also Samsung’s most ambitious attempt at using recycled materials for phones, with an even wider variety of recycled aluminium, glass, and post-consumer plastics used. Their packaging also uses 100% recycled paper.

L to R: Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra in Green, Lavender, Cream, and Phantom Black.

The entire Samsung Galaxy S23 series come in four colours – Phantom Black, Cream, Green, and Lavender. Pre-orders in Singapore begin on 2 February 2023, with their official release on 17 February 2023. Prices start at S$1,118 (Galaxy S23, 128GB), S$1,528 (Galaxy S23+, 256GB), and S$1,828 (Galaxy S23 Ultra, 256GB).


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