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Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra was introduced

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra was introduced
06 March 2023

    Do you know twins in real life? When you see them for the first time, sometimes you can’t tell them apart at all. This is also the case with the Galaxy S Ultra line of the last two generations. Walking on the street, you can't tell the new Ultra from the old one, except for the colors. However, when you get to know the twins better, you often begin to notice the differences: small external differences and, most importantly, personality and character traits. 

    So in the new Galaxy S23 Ultra – almost all the difference is inside, but outwardly, too, there are small changes. The camera has increased slightly, the body has become a different shape, the side edges are now slightly less rounded. The chin has grown quite a bit, the speaker hole has shifted, and another microphone hole has appeared.

    Processor and software

    Improved the sound in the speakers. The sound in them did not become much louder, but it became fuller, cleaner and more bass. Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 For GalaxySnapdragon:

    • Gorilla Glass Victus 2. Updated protective glass – now there is Gorilla Glass Victus 2, which should better cope with throws on hard surfaces. But I'm sure it won't save you from scratches.
    • One UI 5.1. And here, right out of the box, a new version of One UI 5.1, which is not available anywhere else yet.
    • Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. But most importantly, the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy processor is a special modification with more powerful cores that will give you more numbers in benchmarks, but will not let the phone keep the same level of performance. It loses performance, and quite a lot, like any flagship Snapdragon recently.
    • Qualcomm. Now all flagship Samsung are produced only on Qualcomm processors. And this means more stable performance, fewer glitches and finally, the same quality of cameras because the processor is now the same in all phones.
    • UFS 4.0. Now there will be no need to look for Samsung specifically on Snapdragon from other regions. Plus, all memory options in the S23 Ultra use UFS 4.0.
    • Speed. This is a new memory standard that is 2 times faster than the previous generation in terms of reading, and even more in terms of writing (about 2,800 Mb/s).


    The smartphone will need this speed, after all, there is a new 200 megapixel main camera module. In fact, this is ridiculous, since even 108 megapixels in the previous generation was gigantic, and the detailing there was, well, a maximum of 30–40 megapixels at best. Samsung Galaxy S23 UltraModules:

    • RAW. The figure of 200 megapixels is purely for marketing materials, and the camera can shoot both at 12 megapixels and 50 megapixels, including RAW.
    • Stabilization. The main trump card of the Galaxy S23 Ultra is stabilization. Not so many things fit into the frame now, but the stabilization does just fine.
    • Normal shooting. As for normal shooting, in this case, the image became less contrast in some cases, in numerous instances more detailed, but you have to move further away because fewer fits into the frame.
    • iPhone. But in non-ideal lighting conditions, the iPhone breaks all competitors. Wherever you compare Samsung and iPhone by video, it is very likely that apple will win.
    • Shutter Lag. A longstanding problem with Samsung cameras is Shutter Lag, that is, how long the smartphone takes a photo. Especially noticeable in dynamic shooting, when you shoot children or animals, the risk of getting a blurry photo is great.
    • S22 Ultra. Is there a difference in cameras with S22 Ultra? As for the overall difference in cameras, there is practically none. Yes, selfies seem to be better, the main one also sometimes copes better, stabilization is much better. But in general, you will look for the difference between photographs with a magnifying glass.

    Battery and totals

    If you use your smartphone intensively, you will not have enough battery power for 1 day. And this is the difficulty of all modern flagships. Please remember that the Galaxy S22 Ultra is still a great phone, and now it's on sale for about half the price. And there are not so many changes. I don't see the point of upgrading to the Galaxy S23 Ultra at all.
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