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Samsung launches Galaxy S23 Ultra with 200MP camera, Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 worldwide

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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!

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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
Weight 233 grams
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

Key Features

  1. Camera
  2. Custom processor
  3. Night photography
  4. Battery and charging
  5. S Pen
  6. Striking software features and support

Camera

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.

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+)

Custom processor

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.

Night photography

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.

S Pen

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.

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Google’s Gemini Nano AI deal with Samsung on EU antitrust radar

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EU seemingly investigating if Google’s Gemini AI deal with Samsung violates antitrust law. Regulators of the European Union seeking input from industry to know if Samsung’s Gemini AI deal constitutes anti-competitive conduct.

An EU document seen by Reuters indicates that the Commission wants the opinion of industry officials. The inquiry is about whether Samsung’s Galaxy S24 series with Gemini Nano would limit the pre-installation of rival AI chatbot platforms.

The query also includes whether Gemini Nano limits interoperability with other chatbots and apps on the Galaxy S24 series. Details are also required if there were any cases of failure in signing contracts with phone makers to pre-install AI chatbots.

“EU antitrust regulators are asking industry participants if Google’s multi-year generative artificial intelligence (AI) deal with Samsung hinders rival chatbots on Samsung smartphones.” – Reuters.

Earlier, EU competition authorities hinted at an antitrust investigation into Samsung and Google’s AI deal. The Commission’s Deputy Competition Commissioner asked to “understand the impact of pre-installing Google’s Gemini Nano on Samsung devices.”

The report notes that the executive committee distributed an 8-page questionnaire, with a response required by this week. Samsung and Google may be in trouble if the EU Commission observes any anti-competitive practices.

The Galaxy S24 series is the first to use the Gemini Nano AI model developed by Google. Both companies signed a multi-year partnership to fuel future products with the AI model. The Pixel 8 Pro also came pre-installed with Gemini Nano for on-device AI capabilities.

Samsung also brought Gemini AI to Galaxy Z Flip 6 and Z Fold 6 devices. Google is also preparing to introduce the Pixel 9 series next month, equipped with Gemini Nano. Apple is also in close-door talks with Google to include Gemini in iPhone models.

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Apple iPhone could support Samsung Wallet, Google Wallet in Europe

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Apple iPhone users could soon be able to use Samsung Wallet and Google Wallet in Europe. Recently, the EU antitrust regulator revealed that Apple will open up its tap-and-go mobile payments system for third-party payment platforms in Europe.

KoreaTimes reports that the EU accepted Apple’s offer to open the NFC payments system. The iPhone maker agreed in favor of ending the antitrust probe began in 2020. It will expand Apple iPhone users’ choices beyond Apple Pay, such as Samsung Wallet and Google Wallet in Europe.

Apple’s agreement will be valid for a period of 10 years in EU territories. From now on, the US tech giant can no longer use its control over the iPhone ecosystem to keep other mobile wallets out of the market.

As Samsung Wallet looks to expand on the iPhone, Apple Pay is eating its market in its home ground. Following the launch in South Korea, Apple Pay is gradually gaining popularity. The company is expanding its support across categories to be acceptable everywhere.

European Union forced Apple to ditch its lighting port from products. The company replaced its lighting port with a universal USB C-Type port on iPhone models. iMessage is also adopting the RCS messaging standard that is heavily forced by Google.

Apple is also bringing place to third-party app markets on iPhones in Europe. Now with the latest development, iPhone users will be getting the choice to opt for a payment platform other than Apple Pay. It would be interesting to see whether Google or Samsung manage to make a solid entry.

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Gemini AI now functions on your Android’s lockscreen

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Google has upgraded the Gemini AI app to answer general questions even on your Android phone’s lockscreen. Initially, the company’s new Gemini app was limited to Google Assistant-level commands. Now, if you trigger Gemini on the lock screen, it will respond to some general questions.

The upgraded Gemini AI now allows you to “get answers on lockscreen from Gemini without unlocking your device.” You can now get weather information at a glance with the new Gemini application, but additional actions would require you to unlock the device first.

You can keep your phone locked if your query has been answered properly. If you prefer entering the whole user interface, just unlock the device using fingerprint or PIN. Once unlocked, you will get the keyboard in the popped-up state, offering seamless flow.

The Gemini app added a new “Gemini on lock screen” setting on the main preferences page. Google’s new “Gemini responses on lock screen” toggle completes the already available “Google Assistant on lock screen” option.

Notably, Google is rolling out this update to random users sequentially. You may soon notice the changes as soon as the update reaches your handset. As it’s the first deployment, you may not get responses to some basic queries, but not too long.

Similar to Google Assistant, Gemini was able to control alarms and timers, media (play/pause), and “some phone features,” like volume. As part of the “Utilities” Extension, the US tech giant is further enhancing the user experience through the Gemini app.

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