A camera with a 200 megapixel sensor, a Qualcomm processor built together with Samsung, and also improved photo modes at night.
These are the main innovations in the new Galaxy series that Samsung launched this evening (Wednesday).
The series includes the models S23 Ultra, S23 Plus and S23 (the basic).
Unlike last year, when the company added the pen as an integral part of the S22 Ultra, this year there are no significant news, but mainly updates that continue to keep the smartphones current and relevant for those looking to purchase a new smartphone.
S23 Ultra comes with a 6.8-inch screen, the same size as the previous generation.
The screen still slides to the sides, but Samsung notes that it built it so that the top is flatter and you get a larger display than the S22 Ultra.
The screens of S23 Plus and S23 (the basic) are flat (no sliding to the sides) and they come in sizes of 6.6 inches and 6.1 inches (respectively).
Also in terms of design, last year Samsung designed the lens area on the back of the device with a prominent frame spring, but it was only on these two models, while the Ultra enjoyed a cleaner lens area.
Now Samsung is bringing this look to both of these devices as well.
The three smartphones come in four colors: black (Phantom Black), white (Cream), green and light pink (Lavender).
Also, the new models come with the new version of Corning's Gorilla Glass Victus 2, which should provide better screen protection.
Right: Samsung Galaxy S23 (the base model);
In the middle: Galaxy S23 Plus, photo: Uri Berkovich
Improved night photography
In the field of photography, Samsung emphasizes the night photography capabilities of the S23 Ultra.
The smartphone has a 200 megapixel sensor, which knows how to provide more details in the image and also a brighter image with more details in places with low light.
The selfie camera also knows how to provide better images at night in portrait/bokeh shots (where the background is blurred behind).
The camera does this by detecting the distance of the objects and separating them from the background and also detecting hair, eyes and skin.
In terms of the sensors in the camera, S23 Ultra comes with 4 sensors: one of 200 megapixels, one of 12 megapixels and two more with 10 megapixels each.
The selfie camera comes with a 12 megapixel sensor, significantly smaller than the 40 megapixel selfie camera in the previous generation.
The S23 Plus and S23 (basic) models come with 3 sensors of 50 megapixels, 12 megapixels and 10 megapixels.
The selfie camera is 12 megapixels.
There is also an improvement in the field of video, the image stabilizer now works better thanks to a capability called Adaptive VDIS, which analyzes the movement of the objects and detects the lighting condition.
For fans of starry night shots, the Astro Hyperlapse mode will help.
Comparison: S23 vs. S22
The good news of the S23 Ultra is a 200 megapixel sensor.
That's why we put it head to head against the 108 megapixel sensor of the S22 Ultra (Samsung's flagship device from 2022).
From a test done in daylight, you can see that the results are indeed similar, but the level of detail is much higher in the S23 Ultra, so if you greatly enlarge the image and want to print it, the new smartphone has an advantage, beyond that, you probably won't feel too many differences.
Galaxy S22 Ultra demo, photo: Uri Berkovich
Galaxy S23 Ultra demo, photo: Tseli Hoffman
The three smartphones received the new Qualcomm processor - Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (compared to Gen 1 which was last year).
The innovation this time, Samsung worked with Qualcomm so that the processor would be exactly adapted to the needs of its flagship smartphone, unlike the situation where many other manufacturers use identical processors, which were not built specifically for them.
The battery of the S23 Ultra model remained at the same and still large capacity of 5,000 mAh.
In the S23 Plus model, the battery has increased to 4,700 mAh (compared to 4,500 mAh in last year's series).
In the S23 (basic) model, the battery has increased to 3,900 mAh (compared to 3,700 mAh in last year's series).
Eli Lavie, CEO of Sunny Communications, the official importer of Samsung Mobile in Israel, said on the occasion of the launch that "Over the past few years we have seen a trend of a consistent increase in the volume of sales of the S series products with an increase of about 15% in the purchase of devices from the S22 series compared to the S21 .
A significant share of the sales comes from the Ultra model." Lavi also said that "about 70% of the sales volume of the S series is from this model, even though it is the most expensive of the series products."
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, photo: Samsung
The S23 series will hit stores on February 9th.
Samsung will start the pre-sale as early as February 6, when those who order will also receive a wireless charger, Galaxy Buds 2 headphones and a transparent cover in the launch kit.
These are the official prices of "Sunny", a Samsung importer:
Galaxy S23 Ultra
The version with a storage capacity of 256 gigabytes is sold for NIS 5,000.
The 512 GB version costs NIS 5,500.
The price of the 1 TB version is NIS 6,500.
Galaxy S23 Plus
The 256 GB version is sold for NIS 4,050.
The 512 GB version is sold for NIS 4,550.
Galaxy S23 (basic)
The 128 GB version is sold for NIS 3,300.
The 256 GB version is sold for NIS 3,550.
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