Galaxy S23 and S23+ – the first look at Samsung’s updated flagships

Samsung presented the new flagship smartphones Galaxy S23 and S23+. As expected, the new products received a light design update, but an important platform update. Therefore, let’s look at them in a little more detail.

Younger models of the line received a cosmetic design update while maintaining the same body dimensions, weight, materials, and protection against water and dust. The only noticeable update in the appearance of the Galaxy S23 and S23+ is the new main camera unit, the lenses of which are now separate and barely protrude from the body. Smartphones borrowed this design from the older S23 Ultra model. Now the entire line is made in a similar style. In addition, you immediately pay attention to this, but the edges of the body in smartphones have become even flatter.

The main difference between the Galaxy S23 and S23+ is still size, the S23 uses a 6.1-inch screen, while the Plus version uses a 6.6-inch. In both cases, we are talking about a high-quality Dynamic AMOLED 2X matrix with a resolution of 2340×1080 pixels, a dynamic refresh rate of up to 120 Hz, and HDR10+ support.

The display in smartphones is covered with a flat protective glass Gorilla Glass Victus 2 and has a small hole for a 12-megapixel front camera with an aperture of f/2.2, a focal length of 22 mm, and a viewing angle of 80˚.

Like last year, an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner from Qualcomm is built into the screen, which ensures fast and safe unlocking of smartphones.

The main update concerns the platform, now all versions of the Galaxy S23 and S23+ use a 4nm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor with Adreno 740 graphics. This chip provides a noticeable increase in speed compared to the previous generation and higher energy efficiency. Thus, Galaxy S23 and S23+ users will be able to count on fast work in everyday tasks, as well as the ability to play the most demanding games.

The amount of RAM in both models is 8 GB, but the built-in memory is different. In the S23, it is 128 or 256 GB, and in the S23+, the company offers both the basic 256 GB and 512 GB for more demanding users.

In general, the update of the platform of the new Samsung flagships does not only concern the processor and memory, they also received the latest wireless modules – Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3. And, of course, there is NFC support for Google Pay.

The main camera system of the Galaxy S23 and S23+ has not received a significant update, as in the previous generation, the company uses three modules:

  • 50 MP wide-angle, 1/1.57 inch, f/1.8, 1.0 μm, phase detection autofocus, optical stabilization;
  • 10 MP telephoto, 1/3.94 inch, f/2.4, phase detection autofocus, optical stabilization, 3x zoom;
  • 12 MP ultra-wide-angle, 1/2.55 inch, f/2.2, 120˚ viewing angle, electronic stabilization.

Although the specifications of the modules have not been updated, the use of a more powerful platform with a new signal processor has allowed Samsung to speed up and improve the post-processing of pictures, applying more advanced scenarios based on the recognition of scenes by artificial intelligence. In general, it will be interesting to see what the Galaxy S23 and S23+ cameras are capable of in real shooting scenarios.

Both smartphones have stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support and sound really loud and immersive. As in previous models, the headphones can be connected wirelessly via Bluetooth or wired, but for this, you will need an adapter with USB Type-C.

Another big innovation in the new products is the increased batteries. The S23 got a 3,900 mAh battery, and the S23+ got a 4,700 mAh battery. Compared to last year’s models, the increase is not too big, but together with the new energy-saving processor, you can count on a noticeable improvement in battery life.

Both models charge via USB Type-C port but support different charging speeds. In the Galaxy S23, it is smaller and reaches 25W, while the S23+ supports faster charging up to 45W. In both cases, the user will need to purchase a power supply unit, because it is not supplied.

In addition, you can count on the use of wireless charging, it is supported here with a power of up to 15 W. Also traditionally for Samsung, the smartphones themselves can be used as a wireless charging station for headphones or a watch.

As a short summary, I will note that although at first glance, the difference between the generations of Samsung flagships does not seem too great, especially in the design, the change in the platform will definitely positively affect the capabilities of most models, including battery life. It is also interesting that Samsung almost guessed the wishes of Mezha readers that they expressed in our survey.

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