Samsung has launched the Galaxy S23 smartphone lineup, including the flagship Galaxy S23 Ultra with a mega 200MP sensor camera and some impressive "nightography" features! Check out our Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra hands-on review (opens in new tab) for first impressions on this impressive new camera phone – surely to become the best Samsung phone (opens in new tab) ever.
At Samsung Unpacked 2023, Samsung also launched its Galaxy Book3 Pro laptop lineup (opens in new tab) – the Book3 Ultra, Book3 Pro 360, and Book3 Pro.
We've listed the camera specs, release date, availability and everything you need to know from Samsung Unpacked here. If you missed the live event, you can watch it back on the YouTube link below.
Samsung Galaxy S23: Release date
The good news is: You can pre-order the Galaxy S23 (opens in new tab) series right now at Samsung US and get up to $150 credit. You also get access to exclusive graphite and lime color options, although they won't arrive until February 28.
The entry-level S23 is now available to preorder at Amazon (opens in new tab) and Best Buy (opens in new tab) in the US. Currently, each retailer will give you a credit/gift card for a later purchase. Or you can wait and get the Galaxy S23 from major retailers and carriers on February 17.
The Galaxy S23 starts at $799, the Galaxy S23 Plus at $999, and Galaxy S23 Ultra at $1,199.
If you're in Australia, you can also pre-order directly from Samsung AU (opens in new tab) and get up to AU$1,074 in extra value, which includes vouchers and trade-in exchanges. Prices start at AU$1,349 for the S23, AU$1,649 for the S23 Plus and AU$1,949 for the S23 Ultra.
Compare all the key camera specs and UK prices below.
|Header Cell - Column 0||Galaxy S23 Ultra||Galaxy S23+||Galaxy S23|
|Dimensions||78.1 X 163.4 X 8.9mm||70.9 x 146.3 x 7.6mm||76.2 x 157.8 x 7.6mm|
|Screen size||6.8-inch QHD+ Edge||6.6-inch FHD+||6.1-inch FHD+|
|CPU||Snapdragon 8 Gen 2||Snapdragon 8 Gen 2||Snapdragon 8 Gen 2|
|Rear cameras||200MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 10MP telephoto (3x zoom), 10MP telephoto (10x zoom)||50MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 10MP telephoto (3x zoom)||50MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 10MP telephoto (3x zoom)|
|Storage||256GB, 512GB, 1TB||128GB, 256GB||128GB, 256GB|
|Colors||Green, Phantom Black, Lavender, Cream (others exclusive to Samsung.com)||Green, Phantom Black, Lavender, Cream (others exclusive to Samsung.com)||Green, Phantom Black, Lavender, Cream (others exclusive to Samsung.com)|
|Price||From $999/£1249/AU$1949 (256GB)||From $999/£1049/AU$1649 (256GB)||From $799/£849/AU$1349 (128GB)|
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Samsung Galaxy Unpacked: What happened
Samsung Galaxy S23 Series
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
The flagship Galaxy S23 Ultra (opens in new tab) features a 200MP main camera, with an Adaptive Pixel sensor that uses pixel binning (opens in new tab) to allow high-resolution processing. This is an increase of almost double from the primary sensor on the S22 Ultra, which by comparison is 108MP.
The camera uses quad-pixel autofocus, using every pixel for focus, which Samsung claims are it's fastest and most accurate system yet.
Samsung Galaxy S23+ & S23
The S23+ and S23 share the same cameras, with both featuring a 50MP main wide camera, as well as an ultra-wide with a 12MP sensor, and a 10MP sensor behind a 3x zoom lens.
The S23+ and S23 have been upgraded to the same 12MP front-facing camera shared with the S23 Ultra –a Super HDR selfie camera that goes from 30fps to 60fps. Another first is the Expert RAW app, which Samsung says enables DSLR-style image shooting and editing in RAW and JPEG file formats. The Galaxy camera has a slightly new design, thanks to the removal of the contoured housing.
Morning! At least, it is here in the UK. Around the world, the Samsung Galaxy S23 series is now just eight hours away. The exciting phones are due to be unveiled during the Unpacked event later today, which starts at 10 AM PST / 6 PM UTC.
Despite still getting not official word from Samsung that it's the Galaxy S23 launch, little signs and clues are popping up all over the world (and therefore the internet)!
#GalaxyS23Series pre-order ad just appear, ahead of #SamsungUnpacked event tonight.... pic.twitter.com/aL0ecgRH2wFebruary 1, 2023
Samsung Unpacked - sustainability
Making environmentally-friendly devices is incredibly important for today's consumers – particularly those who trade in their devices more often.
It looks like we could see Samsung covering its own sustainability mission in today's launch.
Sustainability is at the heart ❤️ of everything we do. Join us on a journey to a brighter future by making small changes every day. Don’t miss #SamsungUnpacked on February 1, 2023, to find out more! #GalaxyxBTSLearn more: https://t.co/DIakqCsiiZ pic.twitter.com/mPO0JeM7RDJanuary 31, 2023
Will BTS be making an appearance this time, as they did at last year's Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 launch? Asking for a friend...
Let's talk about chips for a moment (and not the tasty kind). If you're even a little bit into smartphone tech, you'll know that the chipset inside controls everything going on – processing speed, display, cameras. Rumor has it that even the entry-level/vanilla Galaxy S23 will have a new Snapdragon chipset set to improve smartphone photography (opens in new tab), the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.
The chip features what Qualcomm is calling Snapdragon Sight - the first Cognitive ISP (image signal processor), which the company says “defines a new era of professional quality camera experiences.”
With Snapdragon Sight, the new chip automatically enhances photos and videos in real time with semantic segmentation. This is done using an AI neural network that the company explains makes the camera contextually aware of faces, facial features, hair, clothes, skies, etcetera – and is then able to optimize individually, essentially giving all details customized image tuning. Pretty cool!
So we've talked a lot about Samsung phone (opens in new tab)s, but today Samsung is also set to unveil a new Galaxy Book laptop (or it could be several). We know this because you can already reserve your preorders from the Samsung website!
Just an hour and a half to go, gang!
The official tag line of this launch event is "Epic nights are coming" so we're expecting to see plenty of features for low light shooting and even astrophotography – finally, will we get a Galaxy phone that lives up to its name?
The Samsung Galaxy Unpacked February 2023: Official Livestream landing page has changed to LIVE status, and we're seeing a loop of the original trailer being played in the meantime.
It also features a pretty funky little music clip. Reminiscent of 00's video game menus, if you ask me – enough to drive you mad after ten minutes, but here we are.
3 minutes to go, and over 95,000 people are currently watching the livestream. Let's see how big that number gets when the event starts!
Here we goooooooo!
"I can feel the energy in the room. It feels good to be back in person".
Samsung says it is pushed to build a brand you can be proud of, with technology that is great right now, that is still great years from now – with less impact on our planet.
"The Galaxy S23 has redefined what a smartphone can deliver"
Sustainability (called it)! Samsung is using:
- Recycled metals and glass
- Purposeful design
- Ocean-bound plastic
Samsung is starting with the Galaxy S23 Ultra, and pushing its "groundbreaking" camera capabilities first. Samsung says it was inspired by the original Galaxy Note.
The legendary director Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator) has been challenged to create a film using just the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, which is what we're seeing now. "I like to be able to go into real environments where rooms can be very small, so it's [the S23 Ultra] very useful"
The whole film, called Behold will be released soon. Boo - show us now!
Now we're hearing from Jacklyn Wyatt at Samsung, who's here to tell us about what the S23 series can offer real photographers and users, rather than world-class directors.
- Brighter videos in 4K
- Video Super HDR
- 4K 60fps on front and back camera
- 200MP main wide camera sensor
- Pixels transform thanks to adaptive pixel sensor
- Optical image stabilizer (OIS) angles in all directions
The Galaxy S23 series offers more flexibility for content creators, filmmakers or just those of us who want to take snaps on holiday!
All the latest Galaxy S23 models are powered by the very latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy. This is a specific model of Qualcomm's most powerful chip designed in collaboration with Samsung to run best on Galaxy. Samsung claims the new Galaxy series offers the best mobile gaming experience available, processing graphics faster than the S22 series.
The phones will be powered by a 5000mAh battery in the Galaxy S23 Ultra, a 4700mAh battery in the Galaxy S23+, and a 3900mAh battery in the smallest S23.
Sorry to get distracted here.... but is that actually how you pronounce GIF?!
Now we're getting on to the less sexy but incredibly important parts of the Galaxy S23 Series – battery, chipset, and design. And there's that Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 platform we talked about earlier!
The chip is said to be 30% better than last year's S22 devices. The GPU is 41% faster, which is for more immersive and realistic gameplay.
Samsung is "bringing the power of Ultra to its PCs"
Samsung has just launched three new laptops:
• Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra
• Samsung Galaxy Book3 Pro 360
• Samsung Galaxy Book3 Pro
- Full glass display
- Slim display
- Multiple ports
- 13th-gen Intel core processor (i7 or i9)
Galaxy Book3 Pro and Galaxy Book3 Pro 360
Adobe Lightroom editing in Samsung Galaxy S23 Series
There can be no doubt that Samsung is aiming the S23 Ultra at advanced users, content creators and photographers. We saw on the launch film earlier that the S23 series now integrates Adobe Lightroom for "Expert RAW" photo editing.
Samsung is pushing the "ecosystem effect" wits its products, and that means that Lightroom also integrates Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra and Pro series PCs, so that photographers can synchronize photos across both Galaxy smartphones and laptops.
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