First look at the Galaxy S23 series (Yenon Ben Shoshan)
The Korean technology giant Samsung announced this evening (Wednesday) the new generation of its flagship devices from the Galaxy S series - Galaxy S23.
As in previous years, three new models were announced: Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23 Plus and the top model - Galaxy S23 Ultra.
This year the company is putting emphasis on three areas: improvement in photography hardware, performance for gaming and sustainability and concern for the environment.
Let's start with the dry specifications: the processors that will serve the entire series are Qualcomm's latest generation processors, Snapdragon 8 generation 2. The Galaxy S23 is a 6.1-inch device, the Plus model is 6.6 inches, while the Ultra model has a screen size of 6.8 inches.
The battery volumes are 3,900, 4,700 and 5,000 respectively.
All models will have 12-megapixel front selfie cameras, with the ability to switch from 30 frames per second to 60 frames per second shooting.
The simple S23 model comes with storage of 128 or 256 gigabytes, the plus models with 256 or 512 gigabytes, while the ultra models will also be offered with storage of a whole terabyte.
The Ultra model will come with 12 GB of memory, while the S23 and Plus models will come with 8 GB of memory.
All models will have 12-megapixel front-facing selfie cameras.
The S23 series (photo: Samsung)
The displays are the already familiar AMOLED X2 displays in the series, with a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz.
In the low models the range ranges from 48 to 120 Hz, while in the ultra model the processing will range from a single to 120 Hz for optimized battery saving when not using the device.
The resolutions in the lower devices are FHD+, that is 1080 x 2340 pixels, while in the ultra model - 1440 x 3088 pixels.
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The processors that will serve the entire series are Qualcomm's latest generation processors.
The Galaxy S23 Ultra (Photo: Walla! Technology, Yanon Ben Shoshan)
The big innovation is in the photography setup of the ultra model, which comes with a new 200 megapixel main sensor, the ISOCELL sensor developed by Samsung in-house, and enables something called Pixel Binning, the grouping of pixels together to enable several levels of high-resolution processing.
In the Ultra model, the photo array includes three additional sensors: a 12 megapixel one for the extra wide lens, and two more 10 megapixel sensors for telephoto shots.
The new camera setup also includes double optical image stabilization (OIS) and improved capabilities for shooting 8K video.
Other innovative photography options included by Samsung include built-in star photography (requires a tripod) in long exposure, and a unique format that Samsung calls ExpertRAW, which allows for the taking and editing of photos of a quality comparable to a professional camera, according to the company.
The photography setup in the Plus models and the small S23 is more modest, but still successful: it is a triangular setup and not a square one like the Ultra, with a 50 megapixel main lens, and additional sensors of 12 and 10 megapixels, as a wide lens and telephoto, respectively.
The big innovation is in the photography setup of the Ultra model, which comes with a new 200 megapixel main sensor (Photo: Walla! Technology, Yanon Ben Shoshan)
In the gaming performance section, Samsung claims a 40 percent improvement in graphics performance, alongside a similar improvement in artificial intelligence performance.
For the gamers among us, the GPU now supports real-time Ray Tracing, similar to computer graphics cards.
In addition, the main processor in all series benefits from cooling using an evaporation chamber, which should ensure lag-free performance.
The operating system, by the way, is of course Android 13 and above, Samsung's OneUI interface in its latest version.
The company will offer four major upgrades and five years of security updates.
This year, Samsung has also placed an emphasis on sustainability and recycling: apart from Victus 2 gorilla glass, which protects the device's display and is made of 22 percent recycled material, Samsung makes more extensive use than the previous generation of recycled aluminum, recycled glass and recycled plastic that comes from abandoned fishing nets that endanger life in the sea. Recycled water barrels and plastic (PET) bottles.
The entire packaging is made of recycled cardboard.
Partner: from 3,299 NIS
Sunny Communications: from 3,299 NIS
Power Banks: 3,250 NIS
Galaxy S23 Plus
Partner: from 3,999 NIS
Sunny Communications: from 4,049 NIS
Power Banks: 3,999 NIS
Galaxy S23 Ultra
Partner: From 4,949 NIS
Sunny Communications: from 4,999 NIS
Electricity warehouses: 4,949 NIS
In addition, the Dynamica network, an official importer of Samsung, is opening the pre-sale already, with the pre-purchase orderers receiving the S23 as early as February 6.
At Sunny, the official importer of Samsung, the first customers will enjoy a gift (worth NIS 799) that includes: Buds 2 headphones, Super fast Wireless Charger and a transparent phone protector. The same gift is also available in the Dynamics
chain. The Partner chain will offer buyers an attractive benefit of 15% off watches Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 4 models, as well as an increased trade-up benefit of up to NIS 3,000 when returning an old device.
Eli Addi, CEO of Dynamika, says that "the demand trend in Israel for the Galaxy models is constantly increasing, while last year we experienced In terms of dynamics, a 40% increase in sales during the launch period of the Galaxy S22 compared to the same period during the launch of the S21. Even this year, in light of the innovations and updates, we expect the trend to continue."
Eli Lavie, CEO of "Sunny Communications", the official importer and marketer of Samsung mobile devices in Israel: "We are proud to announce the new generation of Samsung Galaxy S23 devices.
We are preparing with an increased product inventory in order to respond to the great demand of Galaxy customers in Israel, who will order the new devices by pre-order on the website and in the Samsung store network, and at the authorized resellers."