Samsung Galaxy S23 launched: Tiny flagship got some Ultra stuff!
The wait of finally over! Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy S23 series today. The company introduced three flagship smartphones while the standard model gets the most notable changes and upgrades in almost every aspect.
Samsung Galaxy S23 5G brings a major design overhaul, which looks even better with the new elegant color shades. It features the fastest Qualcomm processor worldwide, a larger battery, a brighter display, and the latest software to compete with other 2023’s flagship smartphones.
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|Specifications of Samsung Galaxy S23|
|Software||Google Android 13 with Samsung One UI 5.1|
|Chip||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy (4nm)|
|Display||6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 1080×2340 pixels, Infinity-O Edge display, 120 Hz, Gorilla Glass Victus 2, HDR10+, 422 ppi|
|RAM||8GB RAM LPDDR5X|
|Storage||UFS 4.0 – 128GB / 256GB / 512GB|
|Rear Camera||Triple camera: 50 MP (main camera, f/1.8, 24mm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS);
12 MP (ultra wide angle, 120˚, f/2.4, 13mm, Super Steady video, OIS);
10 MP (telephoto, f/2.4, 70mm, PDAF, 3x optical zoom)
|Front Camera||12MP (f/2.2, 80°, 26mm, HDR10+)|
|Sensors||In-Display Fingerprint Sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 5.3, USB Type-C, NFC, Wi-Fi 6e|
|Cellular||2G (GPRS/EDGE), 3G (UMTS), 4G (LTE), 5G|
|Satellites||GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo|
|Colors||Black, Cream, Green, Purple|
|Dimensions||146.3 x 70.9 x 7.6 mm|
|Additional||IP68 rating, dual SIM (2x Nano + E-SIM), GPS, face recognition, stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos, Wireless PowerShare, DeX, child mode, data security: KNOX, ODE, EAS, MDM, VPN|
|Battery||3900 mAh, 25 watts fast charging, 10 watts wireless|
|Availability||Pre-order starts today|
|Price||Price starts at $799.99|
Most noteworthy upgrades
- Custom Processor
- Battery and charging
- Software features and support
Samsung has introduced a completely new design for the standard Galaxy S23 smartphone as it has removed the camera island we saw on the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S22. The design now matches the Ultra model, featuring individual camera rings on the rear.
The Galaxy S23 equips the same 6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X with a 120Hz refresh rate but the display is now brighter as it offers a peak brightness of 1750 nits, which is much higher compared to the S22’s 1300 nits.
On the other hand, this display is protected with the new Gorilla Glass Victus 2 which offers improved drop performance and durability on rough surfaces.
Samsung Galaxy S23 smartphone features a triple rear camera setup that includes a 50Mp Primary camera a 12MP Ultra wide-angle camera, and a 10MP 3x telephoto camera. Whereas, the front side has an upgraded 12MP shooter for selfies and video calls.
It is noteworthy that the company has significantly improved the Nightography of new Galaxy devices so that customers will not have to compromise even in a dark environment.
The new flagship phone features Qualcomm’s fastest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor. But it is not the usual processor! It is Galaxy S23 specific and is much better than the regular one. Also, the company has ditched Exynox this year, which means S23 buyers will be able to take advantage of the Snapdragon’s performance all over the globe.
Battery and charging
Battery and charging are other aspects the company has focused on while creating the standard Galaxy S23 smartphone. It equips a larger 3900 mAh that supports 25W wired fast charging and 15W wireless fast charging.
Software features and support
Samsung Galaxy S23 smartphone drives the Android 13-based One UI 5.1 software out of the box. The company ensures four major Android upgrades for the device in addition to five years of regular security patches.
Samsung Galaxy tablets getting new Google Drive design with navigation rail
Google has started rolling out a new update for the Drive app via the Play Store. The latest update of Google Drive brings a number of upgrades to well optimize the app for Android tablets such as the Samsung Galaxy tablets.
The company revamped the Google Drive app to take advantage of the larger screen, giving Android tablet users a next-level experience. It has also optimized the visual components to make it easier for users to navigate the app.
According to the official information of Workspace, the company has shifted the navigation bar of Google Drive to the side. Earlier the navigation bar was at the bottom, now it has been changed to a side-mounted rail which is on the left.
The company has now mentioned the navigation bar options Home, Starred, Share, and Files with their names as well as added the Plus option on this rail top. This means that you can now see all these options in the side-mounted navigation bar.
The top search bar no longer uses the full width of the screen, as it has been reduced to a limited oval-shaped area. Right next to this search bar in the right corner, you can see Help, Settings, and Profile options.
The company has also customized the Suggested and Notification sections, now you can see both options in the left corner below the search bar. Samsung Galaxy tablet users can enjoy the well-optimized interface of Google Drive
It is worth mentioning that the update is currently rolling out for those workspace accounts that enrolled for Rapid Release while the company will make it widely available from April 3, 2023.
Samsung One UI 6.0 might add another eye-saving screen feature
Google is reportedly testing a new Android feature, which might auto-adjust screen brightness even if the device is locked. This new eye-saving screen feature will be quite useful in a dark room or nighttime conditions and we believe, Samsung will bring it with One UI 6.0.
Samsung One UI 6.0 to bring new eye-saving screen feature
As spotted by Mishaal Rahman, Google appears to be working on using the “brightness sensor to determine the screen’s initial brightness.” The new function is likely to help your Android device to take the ambient light into account to ensure the screen is not too bright in a dark room or low-light environment.
The company has recently released the Android 13 QPR2’s source code, which includes various code changes, as part of the preparation for upcoming features to the OS. The auto-screen brightness feature will ensure that your phone’s screen brightness doesn’t harm your eyes when you move to a dark environment from a bright one.
As of now, it’s unclear whether Google will make it official with the next Pixel Feature Drop in June or keep it reserved for the next version of Android, likely to release in August this year. Anyway, we have to wait until later this year to see if Samsung brings it to the One UI 6.0 software.
“Use a brightness sensor to determine the screen’s initial brightness”
Test: Use the device in a bright room, turn the screen off, go to a dark room, turn the screen on, see that the screen doesn’t start as too bright. Source/Via
Samsung Galaxy devices already have the Eye comfort shield feature, which reduces the impact of screen brightness on your eyes. This function was added with One UI 4, and further refined with the new One UI 5 software. However, the device makes you uncomfortable when you trigger an initial screen unlock.
Over the past few years, the Android operating system greatly improved the auto-brightness functionality. Samsung has also made additional improvements in One UI so your Galaxy device won’t make any kind of impact on your eyes. However, these kinds of further upgrades are most welcomed.
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How To Register Your Samsung Galaxy Device For Warranty?
When you get a brand-new Samsung device, the first thing you want to do is set it up and start using it. And that’s only natural as the company introduces incredible Galaxy products. But the second thing you should do when you buy a new Samsung Galaxy device is to register it on the Members app for warranty.
If you ever need customer service, all the product details are instantly available, making it easier to find any info you might need. You can also download the latest manuals so you can make the most of your product. In addition to this, you can also get an extended warranty for certain products.
“When you register your Galaxy devices on the Samsung Members app, you get a number of benefits including online warranty status.”
How to register your Galaxy device using Samsung Members app:
First, open the Samsung Members app, then tap Support, then tap register. Here, you have several options for how to register your product:
- Tap “Scan” under QR code. To use this feature, you’ll need to allow permissions in settings
- Scan the QR code on the sticker. You can normally find this on the back side of the product or the packaging it came in
- Select what kind of product you’re registering
- You may need to add some more product details to complete the registration
- Tap “Scan” under Wi-Fi
- The product will appear on the screen
- Select the product type
Manual input or barcode
- Tap “Enter info” under Manual input or barcode
- Select your product type
- Manually input your product details
You can also tap the barcode icon to scan the product’s barcode. If you want to use this feature, you’ll need to allow permissions in the settings
- Tap “Register”
Have you registered your Galaxy devices in the Samsung Members app? You can find out all your registered product using the My products button.