Samsung has lifted the lid on the Galaxy S23, in what will surely turn out to be one of the biggest phone launches of the year. Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked saw the South Korean firm launch not one, but three new Galaxy S models. And they boast new cameras, a new processor and a more durable build, among other improvements.
Want to know what’s new? And work out which will be best suited to you? Read on and we’ll tell you everything you need to know.
Three phones, three sizes
The Galaxy S23 range comprises three handsets: the standard Galaxy S23, the S23 Plus and the S23 Ultra.
The S23 is the smallest of the new phones, with a 6.1-inch screen. The S23 Plus is basically the same phone but with a 6.6-inch screen, while the S23 Ultra has an even bigger 6.8-inch screen that’s curved slightly at the edges.
The S23 Ultra has some other improvements, too…
S23 Ultra: the best of the best
As well as a bigger screen, the S23 Ultra has a bigger battery than the other two models. Its 5,000mAh is an improvement on the S23 Plus’ 4,700mAh model, and the standard S23’s 3,900mAh one.
But a bigger battery doesn’t necessarily mean longer battery life. A bigger screen will sap the battery faster, while the processor also plays a big part in how power efficient each phone is.
The biggest improvement of the S23 Ultra over the other two is in the camera. The Ultra features a whopping 200-megapixel main sensor, up from the 108-megapixel one found in last year’s S22 Ultra. That’s four times as big as the 50-megapixel sensor found in the main camera for the S23 and S23 Plus. Which should mean your photos have oodles more detail.
But that’s not the only camera upgrade. Samsung has boosted the S23 Ultra’s night shooting skills, giving you better results in poor lighting conditions.
There’s even a dedicated mode for shooting the night sky, which will be amazing if you live out in the country where, every night, the sky is bejewelled with stars. But a bit less so if the only night light you see comes from a lamp post.
Usually, Samsung’s Galaxy S phones vary depending on where you are in the world. In some countries, Samsung equips them with a Qualcomm processor (Qualcomm supplies the brains for premium smartphones made by most brands), while in others, Samsung uses its own processors, which it calls Exynos. But not this year.
This year, the S23 range all feature a custom version of the latest and greatest Qualcomm chip. Called the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, it’s been tuned specially for Samsung phones, which should make it perform faster than other phones that feature the standard Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. We could be in for some blazingly fast speeds here.
Samsung’s own Exynos processors have been criticised in the past as not being quite as cutting edge as Qualcomm’s chips. So this is good news for Samsung fans.
All three phones in the S23 range are the first to feature Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2. Corning Gorilla Glass features in all the best phones. It’s what makes them more hardwearing and less likely to smash when dropped. This latest version is the strongest yet.
It’s not just the rear cameras that have been improved. Samsung has beefed up the selfie snappers on all three S23 models, too.
They now offer 12 megapixels, instead of 10 on the S22 range. Your selfies are about to get a lot clearer, so it's time to get Insta-ready.
All three phones have a feature called Advanced Vision Booster. This makes for better viewing in various lighting conditions. So you should be able to see images clearly, whether you’re in the dark or bright sunlight.
More robust security
The new S23 phones run Samsung’s One UI 5.1 user interface. This is what’s known as a skin that sits on top of the basic Android operating system.
Samsung promises it will supply at least five years of security updates, so you can rest assured your data will be safe for the foreseeable.
Pricing and availability
The S23, S23 Plus and S23 Ultra are all available to pre-order now, and will ship starting on 17 February.
The S23 is the cheapest of the bunch. It starts at £849 for the 128GB model, and goes up to £899 for the 256GB variant.
Take a look at our best Samsung Galaxy S23 pre-order deals.
The S23 Plus costs a little more. It’s either £1049 (128GB) or £1149 (512GB).
Check out our top S23 Plus pre-order offers.
And the S23 Ultra is the priciest of the bunch. It comes in three storage sizes: 256GB which costs £1249, 512GB ( £1399), and 1TB (£1599).
Compare all our best S23 Ultra deals.