The Samsung Galaxy S23S23+, and S23 Ultra will be available globally starting February 17th, 2023. As expected, the phones are relatively modest updates over last year’s S22 series, bringing a slightly updated design and a faster processor.

But there are a few key changes.

First, all versions of the phone will ship with Qualcomm “Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy” processors – there will be no Exynos-powered models.

If you’re wondering what’s up with that “for Galaxy” bit, these Qualcomm chips are customized for Samsung with support for higher speeds and a few extra features. The fastest CPU core can hit speeds up to 3.36 GHz, making it a bit faster than a standard Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, which tops out at 3.2 GHz. And the GPU runs at up to 719 MHz (up from 680 MHz on devices with standard Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chips).

The processor is also the first to implement Qualcomm’s new “Snapdragon Cognitive ISP,” which enables “real-time semantic segmentation” for photography. That means the phones can use AI to identify different objects in a photo and adjust your settings appropriately for better photo processing.

Aside from the processor upgrade, Samsung has also given the Galaxy S23 and S23+ bigger batteries than last year’s models, as well as some camera improvements. And the Galaxy S22 Ultra is the company’s first phone with a 200MP primary camera with Samsung’s ISOCELL HP2 image sensor.

While you’d probably run out of storage space pretty quickly if you actually went around snapping 200MP photos, but the camera actually offers the option of saving 12MP images (that combine data from 16 separate pixels into a single pixel). You can also save 50MP resolution photos that use data from 4 pixels.

Here’s an overview of key specs for the Galaxy S23 lineup:

Galaxy S23Galaxy S23+Galaxy S23 Ultra
Display6.1 inches
2330 x 1080 pixels
425 ppi
120 Hz
AMOLED
HDR10+
Gorilla Glass Victus 2
6.6 inches
2340 x 1080 pixels
393 ppi
120 Hz
AMOLED
HDR10+
Gorilla Glass Victus 2
6.8 inches
3088 x 1440 pixels
500 ppi
120 Hz
AMOLED
HDR10+
Gorilla Glass Victus 2
S-PenNoYes
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
RAM8GB
LPDDR5
8GB or 12GB
LPDDR5
Storage128GB or 256GB256GB or 512GB
Cameras (rear)50MP primary
12MP ultra-wide (120 degrees)
10MP telephoto (3X)
200MP primary
12MP ultra-wide (120 degrees)
10MP telephoto (3X)
10MP telephoto (10x)
Camera (front)12MP
WirelessWiFi 6E
BT 5.3
NFC
GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo
5G
WiFi 6E
BT 5.3
NFC
GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo
5G
UWB
PortsUSB Type-C
Dual SIM (eSIM + nano SIM)
AudioStereo speakers
SecurityIn-display fingerprint sensor
Face recognition
Battery3900 mAh4700 mAh5000 mAh
Charging25W (wired)
10W (wireless)
45W (wired)
10W (wireless)
IP ratingIP68
Dimensions146.3 x 70.9 x 7.6mm157.8 x 76.2 x 7.6mm163.4 x 78.1 x 8.9mm
Weight167 grams195 grams233 grams
Starting Price$800 / €950$1000 / €1,210.$1200 / €1,400

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  1. I rather like the clean no-fuss design, compared to the horrors of some of the Android handsets hitting the market with huge clunky camera islands and other pointless decorative frills.

  2. Did Samsung really bring back the microSD slot!? That’s awesome news!

    From what I hear the SD8G2 is back to being built by TSMC, so it should be less of a hot mess than the SD8G1 (built by Samsung) was.

    1. Sorry to get your hopes up. I copied that from leaked specs… and it looks like that part of the leak was incorrect. There is no microSD card reader.

    2. You might want to checkout the Samsung XCover6 Pro. MicroSD, removable battery, 5G, Samsung Dex, but a removable battery

      1. Damn, the Samsung XCover6 Pro is missing a couple of Verizon’s primary 4g and 5g bands – other than that it looks like a really great phone.

        But, to be honest, I’m pretty happy with my moto g100 – slightly better specs for a lower price.

        It’s kinda weird that while I’d be totally willing to pay for a flagship phone, the manufacturers keep taking away features that I care about (microSD, headphones jack, etc.) and only leaving them in lower tier phones. So, they just get less of my money.

    1. It depends on what you mean with reasonably priced, didn’t it already drop in price? To be honest here in Europe I would rather wait for the S23’s prices to drop in the future, at least you get a Qualcomm SoC, seemingly built on TSMC’s node, instead of the Exynos nonsense.

    2. Right now the S22 is $100 less than the S23 at both Amazon and T-Mobile, but it will probably drop more. But T-Mobile is offering some good deals on trade-ins and new lines, as well as other things (e.g. S23+ with 512GB of memory for the 256 price), where it’s actually much better to get the S23 models. I think you’d be waiting a long time for the S22 to get the same basic net price, and then you’d only have something well less than four years of security updates.