Samsung lifts the veil of the Galaxy S23 series! Following its usual practice, the company is bringing three premium smartphones into the lineup. The top model – Galaxy S23 Ultra brings various meaningful upgrades alongside keeping the user beloved camera design on the back.
The Galaxy S23 Ultra smartphone brings the world’s fastest processor on Android, which is manufactured by Qualcomm. Not only the US and China, but Europe, Asia, and even the entire planet is getting Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy chipset, no Exynos here!
|Specifications of Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra|
|Software||Google Android 13 with Samsung One UI 5.1|
|Chip||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy (4nm)|
|Display||6.8 inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 3080 x 1440 pixels, Infinity-O Edge display, 1-120 Hz, Gorilla Glass Victus 2, HDR10+, 500 ppi|
|RAM||8 / 12GB RAM LPDDR5X|
|Storage||UFS 4.0 – 256GB / 512GB/ 1TB|
|Rear Camera||Quad camera: 200 MP (main camera, 85°, f/1.7, 23mm, OIS);
12 MP (ultra wide angle, 120°, f/2.2, 13mm);
10 MP (telephoto, 36°, f/2.4, 69mm, OIS);
10 MP (telephoto lens, 11°, f/4.9, 230mm, OIS, 10x optical zoom, 100x space zoom)
|Front Camera||12MP (f/2.2, 80°, 25mm, HDR10+)|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Barometer, In-Display Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, UWB|
|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||163.4 x 78.1 x 8.9mm|
|Additional||IP68 rating, dual SIM (2x Nano + E-SIM), GPS, face recognition, 2 speakers, Dolby Atmos, Wireless PowerShare, DeX, child mode, data security: KNOX, ODE, EAS, MDM, VPN|
|Battery||5000 mAh, 45 watts fast charging, 10 watts wireless|
|Availability||Pre-order starts today|
|Price||Price starts at $1199.99|
- Custom processor
- Night photography
- Battery and charging
- S Pen
- Striking software features and support
Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Ultra replaces the conventional 108MP camera with the new 200MP ISOCELL HP2 camera. Both of the telephoto sensors remain unchanged, while there are new sensors for ultrawide and selfie usecases. Do note that there’s a new 12MP camera for selfies, which is surely better than the 40MP one.
- 200 MP (main camera, 85°, f/1.7, 23mm, OIS);
- 12 MP (ultra wide angle, 120°, f/2.2, 13mm);
- 10 MP (telephoto, 36°, f/2.4, 69mm, OIS);
- 10 MP (telephoto lens, 11°, f/4.9, 230mm, OIS, 10x optical zoom, 100x space zoom)
- 12MP (f/2.2, 80°, 25mm, HDR10+)
In the processor department, Samsung is setting new standards of what’s epic, yet again! Ditching Exynos, Samsung partnered with Qualcomm to deliver the world’s fastest processor (overclocked CPU & GPU) on the Galaxy S23 Ultra, which is even better than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.
Thanks to the rapidly evolving One UI software, the Galaxy S23 series is the latest to introduce great nighttime photography capabilities. Not only the Ultra, but the vanilla and Plus models are also featuring great night photography skills that would blow your mind!
Battery and charging
Galaxy S22 Ultra-like 5000mAh battery and up to 45W Super Fast Charging support is available in the Galaxy S23 Ultra too. Don’t think about Watt numbers as 45W charging support is sufficient to ensure a longer and healthy life of your Galaxy’s battery.
Samsung’s Note series is seeing another sequel with the name Galaxy S Ultra. Yes, similar to the Galaxy S22 Ultra, the latest Galaxy S23 Ultra brings in-built S Pen support with features like Air Actions. This time, the company has not brought anything notable to the S Pen section.
Striking software features and support
The Galaxy S23 series comes with Android 13-based One UI 5.1 software system out of the box. These devices are the latest entries in Samsung’s great software mechanism, ensuring four generations of major One UI updates and five years of regular security patches.
Pricing for the Samsung Galaxy S23 starts at $799, with the Galaxy S23+ at $999, and the Galaxy S23 Ultra at $1,199.
Galaxy S23 Ultra in its all standard colors
Don’t wait for One UI 6 on these Samsung smartphones
It’s not possible for any smartphone maker to provide users with never-ending software support. With Android 13, various Galaxy devices ended major upgrade support, and the same case will happen with One UI 6 for some popular Samsung smartphones.
Preparation to deliver 2023’s Android version is already underway by Google. While Pixel users have started experiencing the Android 14 OS through the Beta Program, Samsung didn’t see that side. However, the company is running the One UI Beta Program, which started on August 10.
This year, popular Samsung flagships such as Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Note 20 series won’t receive the One UI 6. Both lineups have finished their striking era of continuous software upgrades, still, an additional year of security patches is remaining.
Samsung has always remained the king of after-sales services to Galaxy consumers. Presently, the company provides up to four years of major OS upgrades, which will be extended further for the time being. It has also raised the bar of security updates to five years, letting consumers keep their phones longer.
Citing sadly, but don’t wait for One UI 6 on these Samsung smartphones:
- Galaxy S20
- Galaxy S20 Plus
- Galaxy S20 Ultra
- Galaxy S20 FE LTE/5G
- Galaxy Z Flip – LTE/5G
- Galaxy Note20
- Galaxy Note20 Ultra
- Galaxy Z Fold2 5G
Sizzling era ends at 5.1
Samsung delivered the One UI 5.1 upgrade to all flagship smartphones upgraded to the Android 13-based One UI 5.0. The new version means more new features, and there’s no exception with the One UI 5.1 software system.
Customization is at its peak level on the One UI 5.1 and the upgraded capabilities of Good Lock (and family) make you wow! Screenshots no longer collide with photos captured by the camera and creating a cutout of the object is as simple as copying a text!
Samsung One UI 6 Beta
Google launches a new major iteration of its mobile platform every year. 2022 was an impressive year, when it comes to Android 13 update distribution for Samsung devices. In October 2023, Google is likely to release Android 14, which will debut on the Samsung Galaxy lineup with the One UI 6 update.
One UI 6 Beta Release
Samsung One UI 6 Beta Program started in August, while Android 14 reached Platform Stability with the third Beta release in early June. The company could probably reveal its Android 14 rollout plan regarding the Beta in the next few days as it recently published the announcement post.
Android 13-based One UI 5 Beta Program started for the Galaxy S22 series on August 5. This year, the Galaxy S23 series is the initial lineup that is invited for Android 14’s Beta by Samsung. These devices will receive the Android 14-based One UI 6 Beta update:
One UI 6 Beta Eligible Devices
- Galaxy Z Series
- Z Fold 5 & Z Flip 5
- Z Fold 4 & Z Flip 4
- Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3
- Galaxy S Series
- S23, S23 Plus & S23 Ultra – Beta 3
- S22, S22 Plus & S22 Ultra
- S21, S21 Plus & S21 Ultra
- Galaxy A Series
- A54 – Korea
One UI 6 Beta Eligible Countries
The Beta Program of One UI 6 update is available in these seven markets:
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
- United States
One UI 6 Beta Latest News [Updated on September 28]
- One UI 6 Beta 5 for the Galaxy S23 series arrives: Fixes touch, camera, rebooting, and more issues
- Samsung has finally opened the One UI 6 Beta program based on Android 14 for the Galaxy A53 in India.
- Users of the Galaxy S22 series in India can now enjoy One UI 6 features and enhancements ahead of stable release as Samsung has officially begun the Beta Program.
- Samsung today begins the rollout of One UI 6 Beta 4 to the Galaxy S23 series. October 2023 security patch included in the Beta 4 alongside critical bug fixes.
- Samsung has opened the Android 14-based One UI 6 Beta Program for Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus, and Galaxy S21 Ultra.
- Samsung has started rolling out an incremental software update to the Galaxy S23 series. Considered the One UI 6 Beta 3 Hotfix.
- Samsung has finally started the One UI 6 Beta Program for Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22 Plus, and Galaxy S22 Ultra
- Samsung has just rolled out the One UI 6 Beta 3 update based on Android 14, which introduces significant enhancements, new features, and bug fixes.
- Samsung begins Android 14-based One UI 6 Beta Program for the Galaxy A54 5G in South Korea.
- The third One UI 6 Beta update was reportedly released to some Galaxy S23 smartphone users in Europe.
Aug 31 – Sep 4
- Galaxy S23’s Beta 2 is available in all seven eligible markets, came as first Beta in China, India, Poland and the UK.
- After the One UI 6 Beta 1 update, Samsung is rolling out the hotfix update for Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23, and Galaxy S23 Plus smartphones in Korea.
- Samsung has finally started the Android 14-based One UI 6 Beta Program for the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23 Plus and Galaxy S23 Ultra in South Korea, Germany and the US.
- Samsung revealed the One UI 6 Beta design changes and availability for the Galaxy S23 series. However, the official announcement post has been taken down minutes after publishing.
- Samsung representative revealed that the rollout of One UI 6 Bet has been postponed due to bugs.
- Samsung teased One UI 6 Beta for the Galaxy S23 series by launching a discussion forum in Korean and Indian communities.
- Google today announced the rollout of the Android 14 Beta 4, which is considered near-stable. Pixel phones could receive Stable Android 14 next month, while Samsung’s One UI 6 Beta comes quite near.
- The One UI 6 Beta based on Android 14 is too close to the Galaxy S23 series as the first Public Beta firmware ZWFA has been spotted on the server for the Ultra variant.
- As Android 14 reached Platform Stability, Samsung will soon begin the One UI 6 Beta testing program. It is reported that the Galaxy S23 series will get the new OS on Beta channel in the third week of July.
- Last week, tipster Dohyun Kim, Samsung could release the One UI 6 Beta for the Galaxy S23 series in mid-July this year.
Samsung and other Korean giants stumble as global economy slows
Due to sluggish chip and energy sectors amid a global economic slowdown, South Korea’s major companies performed far worse than their US counterparts in the first half of 2023.
According to FKI report, South Korea’s top 100 nonfinancial firms listed on the main local bourse saw their combined sales edge up 0.3 percent on-year to $746.3 billion in the January-June period.
Samsung saw its sales, operating profit, and net profit dip 21.5%, 95.4% and 86.9% on-year, respectively. Comparable figures of its US counterpart, Apple, dropped 4.2%, 10% and 9.2%.
The FKI stressed the need for South Korean big businesses to establish stable profit sources as they remain more vulnerable to external shocks than big U.S. companies.
The combined operating profit of the Korean companies tumbled 63.4 percent on-year to $24.8 billion won in the six-month period, while that of the U.S. corporations shrank 3.9 percent to $638.5 billion.