Samsung has recently released its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S23 Ultra. As a successor to the Galaxy S22 Ultra, the S23 Ultra has some impressive upgrades to its hardware and software that make it a strong contender in the high-end smartphone market.
Sleek Design and Display
The Galaxy S23 Ultra maintains its “Ultra” status in terms of size, with a large 6.8-inch WQHD+ Super AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling rate. While the display is similar to the previous model, the phone has gained a bit of weight and thickness due to the expansion of the width of the metal frame and reduction of the curvature of the edges. This gives the phone a more rectangular appearance, and while it may appear chunkier, it still feels comfortable to hold with improved grip.
108 Megapixel Camera
One of the most significant upgrades to the Galaxy S23 Ultra is the brand-new primary camera sensor that enables a better imaging experience. Samsung has always reserved its best camera hardware for the top model, and this year is no exception. The phone features a 108-megapixel primary camera, a 10-megapixel periscope telephoto lens, and a 12-megapixel ultrawide lens. The camera setup includes features like laser autofocus, 10x optical zoom, 100x space zoom, and 8K video recording. In comparison to the previous model, the S23 Ultra’s camera delivers even better results in low-light conditions and produces more natural colors in daylight.
Hardware and Performance
The Galaxy S23 Ultra features Samsung’s customized Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, which delivers better performance than its predecessor. The phone is offered with a maximum of 12GB of RAM and up to 1TB of storage, making it one of the most powerful smartphones on the market. The phone supports several 5G bands, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC, Ultra Wideband (UWB), and a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C port. The device also has a 5,000mAh battery and supports 45W fast wired charging and 15W wireless charging.
The Galaxy S23 Ultra runs on Samsung’s One UI 5.1, which offers a slick user interface with smooth animations and transitions throughout the UI. The Gallery app allows users to lift objects, people, and pets from photos and save them as PNG files for sharing. There are two new battery widgets and an improved dynamic weather widget. The device also has copy and paste functionality to a supported phone and vice versa.
Compared to the previous model, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra has received a noticeable price bump. The device starts at $1,000/- for the 12GB RAM and 256GB storage variant, which is about $200/- higher than the previous model. The next variant with 12GB of RAM and 512GB storage is available at $1,500/-, while the top-of-the-line 12GB RAM and 1TB storage variant is priced at $1,900/-. The pricing brings the Galaxy S23 Ultra close to the currently available Galaxy Z Fold 4.
Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is a worthy successor to the Galaxy S22 Ultra, with significant upgrades to its camera, hardware, and software. While the pricing may be higher than the previous model, the device still packs a punch and delivers an impressive performance. If you are looking for a high-end smartphone with top-of-the-line specs and features, the Galaxy S23 Ultra is definitely worth considering.