Samsung Unpacked February 2023: What to expect – Galaxy S23, Book3, One UI 5.1, and more
Today, Samsung will hold 2023’s first Galaxy Unpacked event. At this mega show, the company will introduce plenty of new gadgets such as the Galaxy S series phones, Galaxy Book laptops, new Android 13-based software iteration as well as details of Galaxy-exclusive chip (possibly).
At today’s mega event, Samsung will be unveiling the Galaxy S23 smartphone lineup with meaningful camera upgrades. These devices run the new One UI 5.1, while the Galaxy S25 could come with a new Samsung-exclusive system on chip, which could be detailed shortly.
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Here are the products that will launch today:
Galaxy S23 / S23+ / S23 Ultra
The Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus smartphones feature refined design on the back with separate camera cutouts, inspired by S22 Ultra. The front camera hole is way too little, whereas the chin and bezels are also classy so you can express yourself with the new Galaxy!
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Galaxy S23 Ultra, on the flip side, comes with two new camera sensors including a 200MP primary shooter and a 12MP front-facing snapper. In design aspects, the S23 Ultra features negligible changes, however, the middle frame is slightly thick with a less curved display.
The S23 trio is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 process, with overclocked CPU and GPU. In addition, the S23 and S23+ devices also have boosted batteries of 3900mAh and 4700mAh, respectively. You can check more leaks and rumors of the device here.
Samsung has not officially disclosed, which Galaxy devices coming at the Unpacked. Since the S23 series is naturally pre-planned, the Galaxy Book3 laptops are revealed to consumers, who have reserved. These new laptops may run Windows 11 operating system with further advancements. Check renders
One UI 5.1
Android 13-based One UI 5.0 software will get a mid-cycle x.1 version with the Galaxy S23 series. The new version reportedly brings great new nightography features (AstroHyperlapse), lock screen personalization tools as well as further system optimization. Read more
Galaxy-exclusive chip [Details]
Due to heating and throttling issues, Exynos processors completely lost their hard-gained reputation among consumers. Samsung will be using 100% Qualcomm chipsets for the S23 lineup, while, it’s also established a chip development team to find ways for Galaxy-exclusive chip. Read more
Breaking: Samsung plans to use custom chipset in each Galaxy model
Samsung builds interactive online store in Dubai, UAE
Samsung opens a temporary interactive store in Mirdif City Center, Dubai, UAE, which offers Galaxy products at online prices. For the first time, the company built this kind of store as part of its Ramadan campaign.
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Under the theme of “Samsung Online Store, Your Best Destination”, the company presents its offers available on the official Gulf website, Samsung.com, through a pop-up interactive store in Dubai.
The pop-up store will be live until April 3rd, 2023 to give consumers access to different categories of Samsung products. Visitors can try their favorite products on the platform, then buy them directly and receive them at home.
This temporary online store offers an immersive interactive experience for Samsung products in different categories within different lifestyle-inspired experiences sections, such as home entertainment, fitness, games, and more.
For instance, the Portrait and Night Photography areas showcase the camera capabilities of the Galaxy S23 Ultra, while the Fitness area shows how the Galaxy Watch 5 can help users stay fit and healthy during Ramadan.
The sections also highlight the ease of linking smart products through the SmartThings application, where users can control Neo QLED or OLED TVs and the Bespoke smart refrigerator through the Galaxy smartphone.
“The experience of the interactive space of Samsung’s website is the first of its kind in the region,” said a Samsung official.
When shopping online or on the pop-up shop platform, customers are offered discounts of up to 40% on a variety of mobile phones, tablets, televisions, and home appliances.
The Samsung Ramadan pop-up is open daily from 10 am to 10 pm and allows customers to choose products from the latest range of smartphones and popular bespoke Samsung Bespoke products, including:
- Galaxy Z Flip4
- Bespoke microwave ovens
- Bespoke refrigerators
- The Frame
Samsung offers payment plans in installments for a period of 24 months, free shipping and return of products, and evaluation of product replacement at home, as well as extended warranty through the “Samsung Care +” program.
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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