Samsung Galaxy S23 series first impressions: More features, more money?
The Samsung Galaxy S23 series — comprising the Samsung Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra — was launched by the company at its first Galaxy Unpacked event of 2023 on Wednesday. These phones are expected to be Samsung’s flagship smartphones for this year and are powered by a custom version of the most powerful Qualcomm chipset you can find in a smartphone today. Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra has received notable upgrades, while all three phones have been priced up from their predecessors.
This week on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast, host Pranav Hegde sits down with Senior Reviewer Sheldon Pinto and Editor Roydon Cerejo to learn more about Samsung’s latest and greatest smartphones. Are these the best Samsung phones you can buy in 2023?
The Samsung Galaxy S23 is the cheapest of Samsung’s three flagship phones and together with the Galaxy S23+, both phones are priced below Rs. 1 lakh mark. These phones feature a customized version of Qualcomm’s best smartphone chipset, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform for Galaxy. The chip promises improved performance over phones with the generic model. At the moment, the iQoo 11 5G is the only other phone with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC under the hood available in India.
Although the high-end Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is also powered by this custom chipset, it also features notable upgrades over its predecessor. These include a 200 megapixel camera sensor, which means the camera now combines 16 pixels into individual pixels to generate a 12.5 megapixel image. We haven’t had a chance to test these upgrades, but be sure to read our next review of the handset.
Samsung Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23+ first impressions: still the same
This year, Samsung focused on the camera performance of the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra. This means that the upcoming upgrades in terms of camera quality and AI improvements for the Samsung Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23+ are mainly in the chipset. On the other hand, the improved hardware of the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra allows for better performance when recording videos at night, or features like Space Zoom and Astrophotography, according to Samsung.
While the prices of all three models are higher than last year’s models which debuted exactly a year ago, Samsung has also reduced the price of the vanilla Samsung Galaxy S22, the most affordable handset in the series. Galaxy S22. The phone now costs around Rs. 58,000, which is significantly lower than its launch price of around Rs. 73,000 last February. Although it has powerful specs, should you consider the older model or should you wait for other alternatives?
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra first impressions: Big upgrades in a familiar package
It should be noted that the Samsung Galaxy S23 is only the second series of smartphones to debut with Qualcomm’s latest flagship chipset under the hood, and although it may end up being faster than the iQoo 11 5G , it’s only February, and this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC 2023) is set to start on February 27. We expect to see several other flagship phones offer plenty of competition to Samsung’s flagship phones for 2023.
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