Finally, Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy S23 series, the latest generation of its flagship phones, is now available for Personal, TELUS EPP and Business customers. Both the S23 and S23+ have major changes in terms of appearance. However, all of their internal circuitries continue to benefit from the Qualcomm Snapdragon silicon.
If you are considering picking any phone from the Galaxy S23 series, here are the things you must know beforehand.
The regular Galaxy S23 is the most cost effective TELUS phone in the series. Right from the get-go, there are many noticeable differences with the previous S22. The “contour cut” camera module on the rear, which is used in the two previous generations, is being replaced with a simple array of flash and 3 camera lenses.
Meanwhile, the phone colours have been changed. The 4 colour schemes – green, cream, lavender, and phantom black – are available in any of the 3 phones in the S23 series.
The changes in appearance may be fresh, but other aspects remain the same. With a 6.1-inch display, the regular S23 still has similar weight and dimensions to the S22. On the bright side, the new phone seems to be much tougher due to the usage of Gorilla Glass Victus 2. Adding to the phone’s resilience is the consistent IP68 rating for dust and water resistance.
The phone’s display remains to be the 120-Hz AMOLED panel. It can still be scaled down to 48 Hz and has similar brightness and Full HD+ resolution to the last year’s S22.
Nevertheless, one of the most anticipated changes is the usage of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip. Although Samsung utilized various chips on the same phone model depending on the territory, the current series uses only the Snapdragon chip globally.
The chip is an improvement from the regular Qualcomm chips, in which the former has a clock speed of 3.36 GHz compared to the latter’s 3.2 GHz.
The regular S23 comes with the standard 8 GB of RAM. In terms of storage, you have 2 options – 128 GB and 256 GB. The battery is quite better, with a capacity of 3900 mAh compared to S22’s 3700 mAh. The charging though remains at 25 W wired speeds. There is also standard Qi wireless charging equipped.
Besides the appearance, Samsung chose not to implement other changes on S23’s rear cameras. The 3 cameras still have the same setup as the S22: a 50-Mp main camera, a 10-Mp telephoto, and a 12-Mp ultrawide.
The selfie or front camera though has been upgraded to 12 Mp from S22’s 10 Mp. The greater alterations lie in the phone’s software, especially in low light photography.
As expected, all phones of the S23 series will be shipped with Android 13 and One UI 5.1. Samsung promised that there will be core OS updates for the first 4 years and will include security patches in the 5th year.
The Galaxy S23+ is quite similar to the regular one. The designs are the same, as well as the colours and proportions. But, the noticeable difference is the display, wherein the S23+ has a 6.6-inch size. The storage capacity has better options too, wherein you can choose either the 256 GB or 512 GB.
Another improvement is on the battery. This phone has a capacity of 4700 mAh and utilizes 45 W wired charging and 15 W wireless charging. Both numbers are far greater than the regular S23, S22, and S22+.
Galaxy S23 Ultra
As the most heavy-duty in the S23 line, the Galaxy S23 Ultra has features far better than the aforementioned S23 phones. Firstly, it has a 6.8-inch display with a dynamic refresh rate that can be scaled from 1 to 120 Hz.
Not only that, the panel is slightly curved, making it the only phone in the series that can support the usage of an S Pen stylus. Of course, the stylus is included and has only a black colour scheme available.
The S23 Ultra utilizes the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip. Compared to the other two phones, the Ultra’s storage capacity can be upgraded up to 1 TB. Furthermore, you also have the chance to elevate the phone’s performance even faster by upgrading to a whopping 12 GB of RAM.
It is dubbed as the most heavy-duty because of its large battery. The Galaxy S23 Ultra’s juice has a 5000-mAh capacity, similar to that of the S22 Ultra. The latest TELUS phone is better though by having 45-W wired charging and 15-W wireless charging, same with S23+. In short, the Galaxy S23 Ultra has charging options the same as S23+ and a capacity the same as S22 Ultra.
What good is having a massive battery capacity and highly performing chipset without amazing cameras on top of that, right? One of the selling points of the S23 Ultra is the enormous 200-Mp rear camera with the usage of Samsung’s new tech, the ISOCELL HP2 sensor.
Such a powerful camera is reinforced further by a large 1/1.3-in sensor, enhanced low-light focusing, improved HDR, and the convenient Tetra2pixel tech wherein pixel-binning of the phone to various levels according to the lighting allowed.
Aside from the main camera, the Galaxy S23 Ultra has a single 12-Mp ultrawide and 2 10-Mp telephoto cameras. Unfortunately, the front or selfie camera has 12 Mp only whereas its predecessor had 40 Mp. So far, that is everything you can expect from the latest Galaxy S23 series of Samsung.
Overall, the Samsung S23 series delivers many enhanced features and outstanding performance. To learn more, contact the Global Cell TELUS store.