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Galaxy S23 Models Compared: How the Base, Plus and Ultra Phones Stack Up

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Samsung’s new Galaxy S23 household is right here and obtainable for preorder. The smartphone line, which was unveiled on the firm’s February Unpacked occasion in San Francisco alongside the Galaxy Book 3, consists of three fashions: the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23 Plus and the top-specced Galaxy S23 Ultra. But, what is the distinction between every mannequin?Starting costs for the telephones, not less than within the US, stay the identical as final 12 months, with the bottom Galaxy S23 beginning at $800 (£849, AU$1,349), bumping as much as $1,000 (£1,049, AU$1,649) for the Galaxy S23 Plus and maxing out at $1,200 (£1,249, AU$1,949) for the Galaxy 23 Ultra. Samsung has elevated costs within the UK and Australia, nevertheless amongst different nations and areas. The beginning worth of the bottom Galaxy S23 has elevated within the UK by £80 in comparison with the launch worth of the Galaxy S22. In Australia, the bottom S23 mannequin obtained a AU$100 bump.

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Samsung’s all-new Galaxy S23 flagship lineup is now obtainable to preorder, with units transport on Feb. 17. You can save on the newest units with a number of Galaxy S23 preorder offers already obtainable at Samsung, Best Buy, all the foremost cellphone carriers and extra.

All three units have an analogous glass and aluminum construct. They use the identical processor (the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2), have the identical show adaptive refresh charge (as much as 120Hz) and 12-megapixel selfie digicam. The three telephones assist ultrawideband, a radio expertise that helps energy options corresponding to utilizing digital automotive keys and misplaced merchandise monitoring.The S23 is the smallest of the three, weighing 168 grams (5.93 ounces) with a 6.1-inch AMOLED show. The S23 Plus has a 6.6-inch display screen and the S23 Ultra has a 6.8-inch show. They weigh 195 grams (6.88 ounces) and 234 grams (8.25 ounces) respectively. The Galaxy S23 Ultra has a four-camera module, with a 200-megapixel important digicam, two 10-megapixel telephoto cameras and a 12-megapixel ultrawide lens. According to Samsung’s product pages, these sensors have improved decision (clearly), but in addition enhance the cellphone’s low-light images by combining units of smaller pixels into bigger particular person ones that may seize extra gentle. 

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The S23 and S23 Plus have similar triple-camera setups on the rear. Both embody a telephoto lens, which needs to be useful for capturing faraway topics. You can be taught extra in regards to the digicam specs in our chart under.  The Galaxy S23 Ultra’s new Note-like options set it other than each the remainder of the S23 lineup and different premium telephones made by rivals corresponding to Apple and Xiaomi. It’s the second time a Galaxy S Ultra cellphone has include a stylus included within the field. There’s additionally a slot for storing it on the cellphone — similar to Samsung’s all-but-discontinued Note sequence. S Pen followers who purchased the Galaxy S21 Ultra needed to pay for the stylus individually and discover a particular cellphone case that would retailer it.For extra info on the similarities and variations between the Samsung Galaxy S23 lineup, have a look at our specs chart under. 

Samsung Galaxy S23 lineup specs in contrast

Galaxy S23

Galaxy S23 Plus

Galaxy S23 Ultra

Display measurement, tech, decision, refresh charge, brightness

6.1-inch AMOLED; 2,340×1,080 pixels; 120Hz Adaptive Refresh Rate; 1,750 nits

6.6-inch AMOLED; 2,340×1,080 pixels; 120Hz Adaptive Refresh Rate; 1,750 nits

6.8-inch AMOLED 3,088×1,440 pixels; 120Hz Adaptive Refresh Rate; Edge Screen; 1,750 nits

Pixel density

425 pixels per inch

393 pixels per inch

500 pixels per inch

Dimensions (inches)

2.79 x 5.76 x 0.3 in

3 x 6.21 x 0.3 in

3.07 x 6.43 x 0.35 in

Dimensions (millimeters)

70.9 x 146.3 x 7.6 mm

76.2 x 157.7 x 7.6 mm

78 x 163.3 x 8.9 mm

Weight (ounces, grams)

168 g (5.93 oz)

196 g (6.91 oz)

234 g (8.25 oz)

Mobile software program

Android 13

Android 13

Android 13

Camera

50-megapixel (broad), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 10-megapixel (telephoto)

50-megapixel (broad), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 10-megapixel (telephoto)

200-megapixel (broad), 12-megapixel (ultrawide) 10-megapixel (telephoto) 10-megapixel (telephoto)

Front-facing digicam

12-megapixel

12-megapixel

12-megapixel

Video seize

8K at 30 fps

8K at 30 fps

8K at 30 fps

Processor

Galaxy-optimized Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2

Galaxy-optimized Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2

Galaxy-optimized Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2

RAM/storage

8GB RAM + 128GB; 8GB RAM + 256GB

8GB + 256GB; 8GB + 512GB

12GB + 256GB; 12GB + 512GB; 12GB + 1TB

Expandable storage

None

None

None

Battery/charging speeds

3,900 mAh (25W wired charging)

4,700 mAh (45W wired charging)

5,000 mAh (45W wired charger)

Fingerprint sensor

In-display

In-display

In-display

Connector

USB-C

USB-C

USB-C

Headphone jack

None

None

None

Special options

5G (mmw/Sub6), IP68 score, sooner wired charging, wi-fi PowerShare to cost different units

5G (mmw/Sub6), IP68 score, sooner wired charging, wi-fi PowerShare to cost different units, UWB for locating different units

5G (mmw/Sub6), IP68 score, sooner wired charging, wi-fi PowerShare to cost different units, built-in S-Pen, 200x Space Zoom, 10x Optical Zoom, UWB for locating different units

US worth off-contract

$800 (8GB/128GB)

$1,000 (8GB/256GB)

$1,200 (12GB/256GB)

UK worth

£849 (8GB/128GB)

£1,049 (8GB/256GB) 

£1,249 (12GB/256GB)

Australia worth

AU$1,349 (8GB/128GB)

AU$1,649 (8GB/256GB)

AU$1,949 (12GB/256GB)