Samsung Galaxy S23 is a decent upgrade in the US: Ookla 5G Speed Test
Recently, Ookla published its analysis on how the newly launched Samsung Galaxy S23, S23 Plus, and S23 Ultra performed over 5G against the S22 series in the US and other key markets. Speedtest Intelligence data revealed that the Galaxy S23 and S23 Ultra outperformed their predecessors in 5G download speed tests.
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In the first month after launch, the vanilla and most premium Samsung Galaxy S23 variants swiftly defeated the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Ultra in the 5G download speed test in the US, reports Ookla. However, the S23+ and S22+ were statistically too close to call.
The vanilla Galaxy S23 smartphone raced ahead of the Galaxy S22 at 177.15 Mbps to 145.91 Mbps, and the Galaxy S23 Ultra was faster than the Galaxy S22 Ultra at 187.83 Mbps to 161.87 Mbps. All of the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S23 models outperformed the median 5G download speed in the US during the last quarter of 2022.
The S23 Ultra was the only S23 series model to statistically outperform its counterpart for median 5G upload speeds, with an upload speed of 17.56 Mbps to 14.60 Mbps. Looking at median multi-server latency over 5G, the S23 Ultra edged ahead of its S22 Ultra counterpart 50.44 ms to 51.52.
U.S. Samsung Galaxy S22 users shouldn’t hesitate to upgrade to the S23 models, especially for the new features and hardware — particularly if you want the S23 Ultra’s 200 MP camera. With 5G networks increasingly getting faster, we suspect the S23 models have yet to see their full potential in the U.S., too.
“If you have 5G and a Samsung Galaxy S22 in the United States, don’t hesitate to upgrade to an S23 model,” said Ookla.
S23 Series Vs S22 Series: Key Upgrades
Samsung Galaxy S23 series is equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy processor, while the Galaxy S22 series uses Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in the US. The latest flagships use a Snapdragon X70 modem, while the last year’s lineup has a Snapdragon X65 modem.
S23 Vs S22
- The S23 has a bigger battery capacity at 3,900 mAh over the S22’s 3,700 mAh
- The S23 has slightly better ultra-wide and front cameras and video recording capabilities
S23 Plus Vs S22 Plus
- The S23+ has expanded storage capacity at a base level of 256 GB (which can be upgraded to 512 GB) over the S22+’s base of 128 GB
- The S23+ has a bigger battery capacity at 4,700 mAh over the S22+’s 4,500 mAh
- The S23+ has slightly better ultra-wide and front cameras and video recording capabilities
S23 Ultra Vs S22 Ultra
- The S23 Ultra has expanded storage capacity at a base level of 256 GB (which can be upgraded to 512 GB) over the S22 Ultra’s base of 128 GB
- The S23 Ultra has much better main camera, with up to 200 MP vs. the S22 Ultra’s maximum of 108 MP
MSI laptop will be equipped with Samsung ultra-high definition plus display
On May 31, Samsung Display announced that it is accelerating its push into the premium laptop market by supplying its highest resolution 16-inch UHD+ (3840×2400) OLED screens to MSI for the Stealth 16 Mercedes-AMG Motorsport – its new gaming laptop.
MSI Laptop x Samsung Display
Collaborated with Mercedes-Benz’s performance-oriented AMG brand, the new MSI laptop boasts strong performance and portability. First unveiled at Computex Taipei 2023, the Stealth 16 Mercedes-AMG Motorsport is aimed at both the OLED laptop market and the gaming market.
Since entering the IT market in 2019, Samsung Display has collaborated with 11 global laptop brands, launching more than 100 models of OLED laptops. Omdia analysis suggests, Samsung Display’s market share in the IT OLED market, including laptops and tablets, was 76.7% based on last year’s figures.
The South Korean display manufacturer recently announced an investment of $3.1 billion (4.1 trillion won) in building an 8.6th-generation IT OLED line, officially reaffirming its expansion plan for the future IT market.
We are supplying MSI with the industry’s highest resolution laptop OLEDs so that gaming users can experience the best HDR content on OLED,” said Brad Jung, VP and head of the Mobile Display Marketing Team at Samsung’s Display business.
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Costs $469 to Make
Counterpoint’s component research service has recently revealed that producing Galaxy S23 Ultra (256GB) variant costs Samsung around $469. The latest BoM (bill of materials) analysis reveals that the major components driving cost are the SoC, display, and camera subsystem.
Due to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Qualcomm’s share has increased to an all-time high after attaining design wins for the fingerprint sensor IC, key power management ICs, audio codec, RF power amplifiers, Wi-Fi + Bluetooth, GPS, and Sub-6GHz transceiver.
In addition, Samsung becomes the second-largest beneficiary, which supplied 256GB NAND flash and the 6.8-inch AMOLED display for the S23 Ultra. The company supplied a 6.8-inch AMOLED display, featuring 1750 nits of peak brightness, 120Hz adaptive refresh rate, and more.
In the camera sub-system, the design wins are shared between Samsung and Sony. Samsung supplied the 200-megapixel primary camera and the 12-megapixel selfie camera, while Sony offers the 12-megapixel Ultrawide, 10-megapixel Telephoto, and Periscope Telephoto sensors.
Other component suppliers
Silicon Mitus and Maxim are the providers of power management ICs that support the regulation of power for display and other key components.
For sensing components, STM has registered design wins related to the laser autofocus module, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, and touch panel controller.
The battery is packaged by Samsung and the cell is provided by ATL. The quick charging IC, which charges up to 45W, is sourced from NXP while the 15W wireless charging IC is from Convenient Power.
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Google Pixel Watch 2 to ditch Samsung-made Exynos processor
Google Pixel Watch is a great option for those who neither prefer Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 5 nor Apple’s Watch Series 8. This year, Google is planning to introduce the Pixel Watch 2, a sequel to its first-gen smartwatch, which could ditch the Samsung-made Exynos processor.
According to 9to5Google sources, the Google Pixel Watch 2 will use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon W5 series processor rather than Exynos wearable SoC from Samsung. Qualcomm released the Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 chip in July 2022, which powers the TicWatch Pro 5.
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On the other hand, the Snapdragon W5 Gen 1, which lacks Qualcomm’s co-processor is also powering some wearables manufactured by Chinese OEMs. It’s fabricated on 4nm process technology and brings four A53 cores at 1.7GHz with dual Adreno 702 GPUs (1GHz).
However, the original Google Pixel Watch’s Exynos 9110 chip is fabricated on 10nm process tech and features two Cortex-A53s cores. It was earlier rumored that the Pixel Watch 2 will have the W920 chip used in Galaxy Watch 5, but it’s not happening though.