The much-awaited Galaxy S23 series is now official, and as expected, there are three new phones – Samsung Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra. This year, Samsung did not go for a massive design overhaul, so there are only two significant design changes. The first is the lack of a camera island on the S23 & S23+, and the second is a set of new color options. The S23 Ultra remains unchanged from last year in terms of design.
In this article, we will talk about the S23 & S23+ since these are almost the same phones except for a couple of differences.
As mentioned above, there is no longer a camera island on the rear, so each camera is placed separately. You may or may not like this design, but this is the one that almost every phone from Samsung will feature this year, whether it is a high-end or a budget phone. The front design remains the same as last year.
Speaking of the similarities first, both the phones are powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy. This is a customized Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for the S23 series with a higher max clock speed than the regular version. Also, unlike last year, there are no Exynos variants since the Galaxy S23 series will be offered everywhere with the same “Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy” chipset. Both phones offer 8GB RAM in all the storage options, but while the base variant of the S23 has 128GB, the S23+ starts at 256 GB.
The cameras are also the same for both phones. The primary camera has a 50MP sensor with 8K 30fps video recording support. The second camera is for ultrawide photos & packs a 12MP sensor. The third camera has a 10MP sensor and a telephoto lens offering a 3X optical zoom. For selfies, both phones have a 12MP camera with support for Super HDR recording at 60fps.
The display panels are the same for the phones, except for the size. Both phones have a Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with FHD+ resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate, and a new “Vision Booster” feature to enhance the colors on display based on the lighting around you. There is also a new “Enhanced Comfort” feature for less eye strain. The display is protected with the Gorilla Glass Victus 2.
As for the sizes, the Samsung Galaxy S23 has a 6.1-inch display, whereas the Galaxy S23+ gets a 6.6-inch panel.
The battery sizes are also different for both phones. Samsung Galaxy S23 has a 3,900mAH battery (up from 3,700mAh last year), and the Galaxy S23+ has a 4,700mAh battery (up from 4,500mAh the previous year). While the S23 supports up to 25W fast wired charging, the Galaxy S23+ supports up to 45W wired charging. Both phones support wireless and reverse wireless charging.
Finally, Android 13 runs out of the box with OneUI 5.1 on top.