Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra debuts worldwide with customised Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset and 200 MP camera
Samsung has launched the Galaxy S23 Ultra, its premier smartphone for the first half of 2023. As expected, the Galaxy S23 Ultra builds on the Galaxy S22 Ultra, which arguably succeeded both the Galaxy S21 Ultra and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. While the Galaxy S23 Ultra shares many features with its predecessor, Samsung has made a few noteworthy changes.
On the one hand, the Galaxy S23 Ultra ships with a 200 MP primary camera, up from 108 MP in the Galaxy S22 Ultra. According to Samsung, the new camera sensor has an f/1.7 aperture, laser autofocus and is optically stabilised. Presumably, the sensor is the ISOCELL HP2 that Samsung premiered last month. The Galaxy S23 Ultra also contains a 12 MP ultra-wide and twin 10 MP telephoto cameras that offer 3x and 10x optical zoom. It appears that Samsung equips the entire Galaxy S23 series with the same 12 MP front-facing camera too.
Moreover, the Galaxy S23 Ultra has a 6.8-inch AMOLED display that outputs at 1440p and 120 Hz with a 500 PPI and 1,750-nit peak brightness. Similarly, Samsung has carried over the 5,000 mAh battery capacity from the Galaxy S22 Ultra, which continues to support 45 W wired and 15 W wireless charging. Samsung equips the Galaxy S23 Ultra with Gorilla Glass Victus 2 and the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform for Galaxy too, details of which and how it differs from the regular Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 we have discussed in a dedicated article.
The Galaxy S23 Ultra will come in two memory configurations in Europe and four colour options, as the image below shows. For reference, Samsung calls these colours Cream, Green, Lavender and Phantom Black. All colours should be available with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage for €1,399 and US$1,199.99 or 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage for €1,579. Samsung will offer the Galaxy S23 Ultra in some markets with 1 TB of storage too including the Eurozone and the US; no configurations support MicroSD card expansion. The 1 TB option will only be available through Samsung's website in the Eurozone and will retail for €1,819. Samsung has also launched the considerably cheaper Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus today, which we have covered separately.