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Samsung Galaxy S23 is a decent upgrade in the US: Ookla 5G Speed Test

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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.

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Ookla Recommendation:

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

  1. The S23 has a bigger battery capacity at 3,900 mAh over the S22’s 3,700 mAh
  2. The S23 has slightly better ultra-wide and front cameras and video recording capabilities

S23 Plus Vs S22 Plus

  1. 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
  2. The S23+ has a bigger battery capacity at 4,700 mAh over the S22+’s 4,500 mAh
  3. The S23+ has slightly better ultra-wide and front cameras and video recording capabilities

S23 Ultra Vs S22 Ultra

  1. 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
  2. The S23 Ultra has much better main camera, with up to 200 MP vs. the S22 Ultra’s maximum of 108 MP

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Google Play Store adds button to ask someone else for payment

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Google Play Store is rolling out a significant update regarding the app and in-app payment. Android’s native app market has a vast range of applications and games for free. However, there’s a paid app category as well, which users found worth buying as per their preference.

According to the info, the Google Play Store has added a button that lets you create a payment link while purchasing an app or in-app item. You can use this link to ask someone else for payment on your behalf. It’s starting to roll out in India, with expansion expected gradually.

The user who taps the button is warned that the person who’s paying has to know their full email address, and can see the item that’s being purchased. Notably, app developers don’t have to do any additional work to support Google Play’s new “ask someone else to pay for this item” button.

A system share sheet will be displayed to share the payment link through a range of apps and services. Once generated, the payment link will be valid for 24 hours. The payer will have to make successful payments within 24 hours to buy an app or in-app stuff for the sender.

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Samsung’s Sizing Kit will help you pick the perfect Galaxy Ring

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Samsung will be releasing its Galaxy Ring device in July this year. Potential consumers may have been concerned about picking their ideal size. Well, Samsung will likely offer a Sizing Kit that will be delivered before the Galaxy Ring so you can pick the size.

Earlier this year, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Ring at Mobile World Congress. As the formal release is scheduled for July, the company is already working on consumer convenience. As everyone doesn’t know their ideal ring size, Samsung prepared a pretty interesting hack.

Leaker EvanBlass revealed that Samsung would ship a Galaxy Ring Sizing Kit to potential buyers. If you are interested in purchasing a Galaxy Ring and unsure about the ring size, you will get a Sizing Kit upon ordering the Galaxy Ring and choosing the “I don’t know my size” option.

Once done, you will receive sample rings, letting you find the best size for your preferred finger. Later, you can pick the preferred size and confirm the order to get the Galaxy Ring delivered. It is expected that the Ring will be available in a total of 9 different sizes.

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Will Samsung launch Slim variants of Galaxy Z Flip 6, Z Fold 6?

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Samsung might launch Galaxy Z Flip 6 Slim and Galaxy Z Fold 6 Slip GalaxyClub reports. While the company is marching towards its July Unpacked, rumors about new Slim models are surfacing now.

RossYoung hints that Samsung might introduce a Galaxy Z Fold 6 Slim. It could have a larger display than the regular phone and lack S Pen support. This variant could hit the market later this year in the fourth quarter.

The Z Fold 6 Slim is model-numbered Q6 Slim, while there’s also a B6 Slim. B6 is the model number of the upcoming Z Flip 6, with Slim also expected. These rumors point out that the affordable foldables might be Slim.

At present, we don’t have any idea of the specifications of the Slim foldables. Earlier, it was reported that Samsung was heavily shocked by the reduced thickness of foldable phones released by Chinese vendors specifically Huawei.

It looks like the Korean tech giant has decided to trim some key specs in order to make foldables thinner. Those who want pro-grade specs would have option to go for strategic models, while Slim variants would extend the choice.

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