Samsung Galaxy S23 and 23+ review: first impressions

Samsung continues the strong legacy of Galaxy S devices with upgraded cameras and the latest processor

Samsung Galaxy S23
(Image: © Gareth Bevan)

Early Verdict

The S23 and S23+ look to continue the solid legacy of Samsung's S series of Galaxy devices. Appearing to improve on almost every aspect of the S22 devices, with faster processors for more intense gaming and productivity, improved camera hardware with 50MP main cameras and RAW capture, and improvements in software with the latest night photography and astro hyperlapse modes. The S23s are also the best looking phones Samsung has produced, and maybe even the best looking phone overall.


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    50Mp camera with new night photography AI

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    50MP RAW capture app

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    Latest Qualcomm Snapdragon processor for Galaxy


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    Too many Galaxy specific ecosystem benefits

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    One UI still feels like rehashing work Google has already done

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Its Feburary, so that means it is time for Samsung to annouce their latest round of Galaxy S devices. Last years Galaxy S22 and S22+ were some of our best camera phones, so we hope that Samsung will have been able to repeat that magic this time around.

Pre-order the Galaxy S23 & S23+

You can pre-order the Galaxy S23 Ultra right now at the following locations:
US Samsung US | Best Buy | Amazon
UK Samsung UK | Amazon
AU Samsung AU | Amazon

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.