Notebookcheck Logo

Samsung Galaxy S23+ smartphone review – The better Galaxy S23

Big added value. Apart from the 6.6-inch form factor, the Samsung S23+ flagship smartphone is similar to its 6.1-inch smaller sibling in almost every detail. When it comes to battery life, the plus version goes the extra mile and, in doing so, is one of the longest-lasting Android smartphones available right now.
Samsung Galaxy S23+

This year, Samsung is once again expanding its Galaxy S series of flagship smartphones. Right at the top is the 6.8-inch Galaxy S23 Ultra. With an integrated S pen stylus, it manages to bridge the gap between the Galaxy S and the discontinued Galaxy Note series. If it's a size smaller you're after, the 6.1-inch Galaxy S23 is at hand, offering the same Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy found in all representatives of the Galaxy S23 lineup and thereby making it one of the fastest smartphone SoCs currently available. 

The 6.6-inch Samsung Galaxy S23+ is the third in the group and sits between the entry-level and top models. However, in terms of features, the review contender is much closer to the Galaxy S23 than the Galaxy S23 Ultra.

For its new Galaxy S smartphones, Samsung is demanding typically ambitious flagship prices. Starting at $799 for the Galaxy S23 with 128 GB of RAM. The Galaxy S23+ officially starts at $1,049 and comes with at least 256 GB of RAM. The same applies to the Galaxy S23 Ultra, with Samsung's asking price starting at $1,199.

Samsung Galaxy S23+ (Galaxy S Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy 8 x 2 - 3.4 GHz, Cortex-X3 / A715 / A710 / A510 (Kryo)
Graphics adapter
Memory
8 GB 
, LPDDR5X
Display
6.60 inch 19.5:9, 2340 x 1080 pixel 390 PPI, capacitive, Dynamic AMOLED 2x, Adaptive Refresh Rate 48 - 120 Hz, Corning Gorilla Glas Victus 2, HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, glossy: yes, HDR, 120 Hz
Storage
256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash, 256 GB 
, 213.5 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: USB-C, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity Sensor, Compass, Barometer, Fingerprint Reader, UWB, Wi-Fi Direct
Networking
Wi-Fi 6E (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/ Wi-Fi 6E 6 GHz), Bluetooth 5.3, 2G (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), 3G (Band 1/2/4/5/8), 4G (Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/25/26/28/32/38/39/40/41/66), 5G Sub6 (1/2/3/5/7/8/12/20/25/28/38/40/41/66/77/78), Head SAR 0.77 W/kg, Body SAR 1.45 W/kg, Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.6 x 157.8 x 76.2 ( = 0.3 x 6.21 x 3 in)
Battery
4700 mAh Lithium-Ion
Charging
wireless charging, fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 13
Camera
Primary Camera: 50 MPix (f/1.8, 85°, 23 mm, OIS, Dual Pixel AF) + 12 MPix (Ultra Wide, f/2.2, 120°, 13 mm, PDAF) + 10 MPix (3x opt. Zoom, 36°, 69 mm, f/2.4, OIS, DPAF)
Secondary Camera: 12 MPix (f/2.2, 80°, 25 mm, HDR10+)
Additional features
Speakers: Dual, Keyboard: Onscreen, USB-C cable, SIM tool, Quick start guide, One UI 5.1, 24 Months Warranty, IP68, Dolby Atmos, Wireless PowerShare, DeX, fanless, waterproof
Weight
195 g ( = 6.88 oz / 0.43 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
1199 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors compared

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
90.3 %
03/2023
Samsung Galaxy S23+
SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740
195 g256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash6.60"2340x1080
90.3 %
01/2023
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16, A16 GPU 5-Core
206 g256 GB NVMe6.10"2556x1179
89.1 %
11/2022
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7
212 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.70"3120x1440
88.9 %
05/2022
Samsung Galaxy S22+
Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920
196 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.60"2340x1080
89.1 %
02/2023
Vivo X90 Pro
Dimensity 9200, Immortalis-G715 MP11
214.9 g256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash6.78"2800x1260
89.2 %
03/2023
Xiaomi 13 Pro
SD 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740
229 g256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash6.73"3200x1440

Case - a classy chassis made of glass and aluminum

Samsung offers the Galaxy S23+ in the same 6 matte color variations as the Galaxy S23. These comprise four standard colors Lavender, Cream, Phantom Black and Green. In addition, two exclusive colors are available via Samsung's online store, Lime and Graphite.

Just like the Galaxy S22+, the Galaxy S23+ has a frameless, edge-to-edge, flat design with rounded corners and scores points for both its excellent build quality and robustness. IP68 certification remains and certifies that the smartphone can survive undamaged after 30 minutes of submersion in 1.5 meters of fresh water. At an unchanged thickness of 7,6 millimetres, the Galaxy S23+ is only minimally longer and wider than its predecessor and continues to feel well-balanced in the hand. 

The biggest design changes from the Galaxy S22 models can be found on the back of the device. The back cover now sits flush with the top left-located triple-camera system. However, as its lenses still protrude around 2 millimetres from the chassis, the Galaxy S23+ wobbles back and forth very slightly on a table, unless it's placed in a protective case.

Similar to its predecessor, the Galaxy S23+ case's frame consists of Armor aluminum. Similar to the front of the device, the back cover has received an upgrade and is now protected by Gorilla Glass Victus 2. This lends the smartphone a very premium feel. A nice side-effect: Thanks to the matte, glass surface, the back cover is relatively fingerprint resistant. Samsung has also raised its sustainability standards. According to the manufacturer, the Galaxy S23+'s case consists of around 22 percent recycled material.

Samsung Galaxy S23+
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Samsung Galaxy S23+

Size comparison

164.1 mm / 6.46 inch 74.5 mm / 2.93 inch 9.3 mm / 0.3661 inch 214.9 g0.4738 lbs162.9 mm / 6.41 inch 76.6 mm / 3.02 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 212 g0.4674 lbs162.9 mm / 6.41 inch 74.6 mm / 2.94 inch 8.38 mm / 0.3299 inch 229 g0.505 lbs157.8 mm / 6.21 inch 76.2 mm / 3 inch 7.6 mm / 0.2992 inch 195 g0.4299 lbs157.4 mm / 6.2 inch 75.8 mm / 2.98 inch 7.6 mm / 0.2992 inch 196 g0.4321 lbs147.5 mm / 5.81 inch 71.5 mm / 2.81 inch 7.85 mm / 0.3091 inch 206 g0.4542 lbs148 mm / 5.83 inch 105 mm / 4.13 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 1.5 g0.00331 lbs

Features - 8 GB of LPDDR5X RAM and at least 256 GB UFS 4.0 storage

Samsung offers the Galaxy S23+ in two memory variants. With 8 GB of LPDDR5X RAM and 256 GB UFS 4.0 mass storage, officially the device costs $1,049, with the manufacturer charging $1,199 for the version with 8/512 GB. The smartphone doesn't come with a microSD slot.

In terms of port selection, the Galaxy S23+ is largely similar to its predecessor. Once again, the USB-C port operates at USB 3.2 Gen.1 speed and, with the help of an adapter, can be used as an audio output. It also supports USB OTG thereby aiding the connection of peripheral devices. Our tests confirm a data transfer speed of 287 MByte/s. On top of that, once again, DRM Widevine L1 is on board.

The Galaxy S23+ also employs typical Samsung features such as DeX desktop mode and the option to use the power button (standard settings) to activate Samsung's own Bixby voice assistant. Anyone wishing to switch the smartphone off can do so via the fast settings. 

Apart from memory variants, the battery's capacity and higher performance, the Galaxy S23+ is practically identical to the Galaxy S23. Just like the Galaxy S23 Ultra, the Galaxy S23+ has one additional feature which comes in the form of an ultra-wideband chip (UWB) that can be used, for example, for smart tags and digital keys.

Left: no ports
Left: no ports
Right: volume rocker, function key
Right: volume rocker, function key
Top: microphone
Top: microphone
Bottom: speaker, microphone, USB-C 3.2 Gen.1, Dual SIM
Bottom: speaker, microphone, USB-C 3.2 Gen.1, Dual SIM

Software - Android 13 and 4 years of OS upgrades

Out-of-the-box, the Galaxy S23+ comes with Android 13 and Samsung's in-house One UI layered over it. This version (5.1), comes with a number of new features. Samsung has compiled a complete list which can be found here

A strong selling point for the Galaxy S23+ is lengthy software support with Samsung guaranteeing Android OS upgrades for 4 years and security updates for 5 years, starting from the global market launch date (February 2023).

According to the official support website, the Galaxy S23+ receives monthly Android security patches directly from Samsung. Just in time for the mid-February launch, the smartphone promptly received an update which updated the security patch level to February 1, 2023. 

In addition to the standard Google apps and some Samsung apps such as SmartThings, Galaxy Wearable, Samsung Pay and Galaxy Store, there is also a small preinstalled selection of Microsoft apps as well as Facebook and Spotify. With the exception of OneDrive, any third-party tools which are surplus to requirements can be uninstalled. OneDrive can only be deactivated.

Samsung Galaxy S23+
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Samsung Galaxy S23+

Communication and GNSS - super speedy WiFi 6E

The Galaxy S23+ supports all current mobile communication standards including 5G Sub6, with only 5G mmWave absent. With 22 4G and 16 5G bands, the smartphone covers a wide range of frequencies and should therefore receive a signal anywhere. Likewise, communication features such as NFC and Bluetooth 5.3 are also part of the package.

The Galaxy S23+ has WiFi 6E and delivers, paired with our reference router, the Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000, very good and stable transfers rates which, in terms of the competition, are only challenged by the Xiaomi 13 Pro. When it comes to 5 GHz WiFi, the Samsung Galaxy smartphone steams ahead of the competition and even manages to leave its predecessor standing.

Networking
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1623 (min: 1491) MBit/s ∼91%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1810 (min: 1724) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1804 (min: 902) MBit/s ∼97%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1534 (min: 1403) MBit/s ∼85%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe
iperf3 receive AXE11000
723 (min: 365) MBit/s ∼40%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
822 (min: 409) MBit/s ∼45%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
904 (min: 453) MBit/s ∼51%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
945 (min: 917) MBit/s ∼52%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1645 (min: 1586) MBit/s ∼88%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1743 (min: 1585) MBit/s ∼96%
Samsung Galaxy S22+
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
826 (min: 765) MBit/s ∼46%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
899 (min: 432) MBit/s ∼50%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1346 (min: 696) MBit/s ∼72%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1565 (min: 777) MBit/s ∼86%
Vivo X90 Pro
Immortalis-G715 MP11, Dimensity 9200, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1787 (min: 928) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
227 (min: 115) MBit/s ∼13%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
229 (min: 219) MBit/s ∼12%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1814 (min: 1250) MBit/s ∼100%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
809 (min: 780) MBit/s ∼45%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
993 (min: 972) MBit/s ∼55%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1859 (min: 919) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1637 (min: 1603) MBit/s ∼90%
Average of class Smartphone
 
iperf3 receive AXE11000
655 (min: 34.8) MBit/s ∼37%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
692 (min: 40.5) MBit/s ∼38%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1536 (min: 229) MBit/s ∼83%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1364 (min: 598) MBit/s ∼75%
095190285380475570665760855950104511401235133014251520161517101805Tooltip
Samsung Galaxy S23+ Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Qualcomm Adreno 740; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1774 (902-1862)
Samsung Galaxy S22+ Samsung Exynos 2200, Samsung Xclipse 920; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1323 (696-1430)
Samsung Galaxy S23+ Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Qualcomm Adreno 740; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1533 (1403-1594)
Samsung Galaxy S22+ Samsung Exynos 2200, Samsung Xclipse 920; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1538 (777-1666)
Samsung Galaxy S23+ Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Qualcomm Adreno 740; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1623 (1491-1679)
Samsung Galaxy S22+ Samsung Exynos 2200, Samsung Xclipse 920; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø825 (765-881)
Samsung Galaxy S23+ Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Qualcomm Adreno 740; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1810 (1724-1871)
Samsung Galaxy S22+ Samsung Exynos 2200, Samsung Xclipse 920; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø885 (432-966)
GPS reception indoors
GPS reception indoors
GPS reception outdoors
GPS reception outdoors

The Galaxy S23+ uses the satellite navigation services GPS (L1, L5), Glonass (L1), Galileo (E1, E5a) and Beidou (B1, B1C, B2a) to determine its location. In testing, the smartphone managed a very fast and accurate (within 3 meters) satellite fix, indoors and outdoors.

On the move, that precision showed itself to be more than sufficient for everyday navigation-based tasks. On a bike tour measuring around 10km, the Galaxy S23+ held its own against the Garmin Venu2 fitness tracker, even though it occasionally deviated slightly from the actual cycled route. However, this also happens with the Garmin Venu2, from time to time.

GPS test: summary
GPS test: summary
GPS test: lake circumnavigation
GPS test: lake circumnavigation
GPS test: turning point
GPS test: turning point

Telephone functions and call quality

Like its predecessor, the Galaxy S23+ scores well in the area of call quality. Voices are reproduced very naturally and are also easily understood in louder environments. With the speaker activated, slight reverberation crept in. This became more amplified over longer distances but the caller could still be clearly understood.

In addition to VoLTE, the Galaxy S23+ also supports WiFi calls and can accept two 5G- capable SIM cards. Optionally, it is possible to activate an eSIM instead of a physical SIM card. 

Cameras - a triple-camera system with 50 MP

Selfie camera shot
Selfie camera shot

The Galaxy S23+ shares the same triple-camera setup as the Galaxy S23 and was also the one found in the Galaxy S22 series. It consists of a 50 MP wide-angle camera with optical image stabilization (OIS), a 12 MP ultra wide-angle camera as well as a 10 MP telephoto camera with OIS and 3x optical zoom.

The 10 MP front-facing camera sits in a punch hole at the top of the display edge and takes good selfies. In addition, it can also record videos at up to 4K at 60 frames per second with video stabilization and HDR10+. Users can also benefit from this with the Galaxy S23+'s 50 MP front-facing camera which can record videos at a maximum of 8K and 30 frames per second. At 4K, a maximum of 60fps is possible. In the Pro video mode, 120fps for Full HD as well as other frame rates for the other resolutions are also available. 

With the help of pixel binning, when taking photos, the 50 MP main camera combines 4 adjacent pixels into one, resulting in 12.5 MP images. Using the Photo standard mode, the camera software automatically chooses the best scene settings and this produced good results in our tests. 

Main camera shot
Main camera shot
Main camera shot
Main camera shot
Ultra wide-angle camera shot
Ultra wide-angle camera shot
Main camera shot
Main camera shot
Main camera shot
Main camera shot
Main camera shot
Main camera shot

Overall, sharpness and contrast are good and colors appear natural. Typical for Samsung, they can come across as somewhat overly saturated and vibrant. In particular, this is something that affects red and orange tones. For anyone wishing to tweak all the photo settings such as aperture, exposure and white balance, a switch to Pro mode would help. Using this mode, images can be saved in RAW format instead of the standard JPG image format.

Night shots may often pose insurmountable challenges for many smartphones but they present no problems for the Galaxy S23+'s main camera. In Night mode, it takes detailed photos (even in low light), and reproduces colors relatively realistically.

With its 3x optical zoom (digital up to 30x), the telephoto camera offers more freedom when choosing a subject and takes good quality, shudder-free images, thanks to its optimal image stabilisation. The 12 MP ultra wide-angle camera is the weakest lens of the three. Although colors and contrast are good here too, the edges of the images are both blurry and noisy.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Tageslicht-Aufnahme 1Tageslicht-Aufnahme 2Ultraweitwinkel5-facher ZoomLowlight-Aufnahme

Under controlled lighting conditions, the main camera also delivers good results. With a Delta E of 17, the ColorChecker test chart's colors are reproduced fairly accurately. Even at low light of 1 lux, color accuracy remains comparatively high. Under these difficult lighting conditions, the camera does a good job of capturing and reproducing the test chart well, even if a little blurry.

ColorChecker
10.3 ∆E
9 ∆E
12.1 ∆E
17 ∆E
12.6 ∆E
10.1 ∆E
9.1 ∆E
12.6 ∆E
11.6 ∆E
7.4 ∆E
8.3 ∆E
11.1 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
11 ∆E
14.2 ∆E
4.7 ∆E
10.8 ∆E
14.1 ∆E
2.4 ∆E
2.7 ∆E
7.7 ∆E
9.5 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
2.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy S23+: 9.31 ∆E min: 2.42 - max: 17 ∆E
ColorChecker
13.9 ∆E
13.6 ∆E
15.4 ∆E
16.4 ∆E
18.9 ∆E
23.3 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
13.2 ∆E
12 ∆E
17.7 ∆E
15.6 ∆E
23.6 ∆E
13.7 ∆E
18.6 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
18.4 ∆E
27.3 ∆E
16.4 ∆E
15.5 ∆E
18.8 ∆E
23.7 ∆E
21.2 ∆E
13.1 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy S23+: 16.89 ∆E min: 7.9 - max: 27.31 ∆E

Accessories and warranty - a spartan package

According to Samsung, the Galaxy S23+'s black packaging consists of 100 percent recycled paper. This already gives an indication as to how spartan the accessories might be and is something which is later confirmed upon opening the packaging. The contents are limited to a SIM tool, a USB-C cable, a quick start guide as well as a few booklets and warranty tips.

Anyone on the lookout for maximum charging speed – the Galaxy S23+ supports up to 45 watts – will have to purchase an additional charger. However, on its own online store, Samsung offers a 45-watt charger which costs a whopping 50 euros. If the original accessory is not a must, chargers from third-party suppliers can be had for considerably less. 

Samsung provides the Galaxy S23+ with a 24-month warranty. This can be extended with the Care+ insurance which offers contract lengths of either one or two years and also comes with optional protection against theft. These services range from $99 to $249.

Input devices & operation - fast and smooth

Thanks to its powerful hardware under the hood - a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 8 GB of DDR5X RAM and a minimum of 256 GB UFS 3.0 storage, the Galaxy S23+ runs very smoothly, regardless of the situation.

In tests, the smartphone ran as if there was nothing that could really put it under strain. That's how effortlessly it opens apps and switches between already opened applications.    The adaptive AMOLED display responds quickly and precisely to all inputs, helping, in large, to contribute to this overall impression. 

The Galaxy S23+ also has biometric authentication with the help of an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor and Face Unlock. The former sits under the display and unlocks the Samsung device quickly and reliably. Likewise, the smartphone's 2D face recognition also scores points for a high hit ratio but is not quite as secure. 

Keyboard portrait
Keyboard portrait
Keyboard landscape
Keyboard landscape

Display - an AMOLED panel significantly brighter than 1000 nits

Subpixel
Subpixel

The Galaxy S23+'s AMOLED panel displays 2,640 x 1,080 pixels (FHD+) and, in doing so, it has the same resolution as its 6.1-inch sibling model, the Galaxy S23. In standard settings, the OLED screen dynamically adapts its frame rate from 48 to 120 Hz, depending on the application. Alternatively, it can be limited to 60 Hz, in order to save power. In game mode, the AMOLED display runs at a touch sampling rate of up to 240 Hz. HDR10, HDR10+ and HLG are also supported.

Nowadays, brightness in the region of four-digit nits can be expected. The Samsung Galaxy S23+ clears this hurdle with ease and beams at an average of 1136 cd/m² when displaying a solid white background. This is even a smidgen brighter than the Galaxy S22+. In direct comparison, only the Xiaomi 13 Pro can top the Galaxy S23+, coming in at an average brightness of 1244 cd/m². 

The Galaxy S23+ comes close to the manufacturer's specification of 1750 cd/m² when we repeat the brightness measurement, this time with a defined amount of dark areas. Subsequently, the luminosity increased noticeably in the APL18 test, topping out at 1630 cd/m². With the brightness sensor deactivated, a maximum of 429 cd/m² and 723 cd/m² are possible when the Additional Brightness option is activated, respectively. At the lowest brightness setting, we measured 1.18 cd/m² which can be reduced to a very good 0.81 cd/m² when Extra Dimming is selected in the Accessibility menu.

At minimum brightness, the Galaxy S23+'s AMOLED panel runs at a constant 120 Hz. At first glance, this seems low, but it is easy on the eyes due to a flat amplitude curve. At brightnesses of greater than 3 percent, the frequency doubles to 240 Hz and manages to remain at a constant level. The Galaxy display's brightness control corresponds to that of an AMOLED panel with permanent DC dimming.

1135
cd/m²
1129
cd/m²
1145
cd/m²
1134
cd/m²
1128
cd/m²
1141
cd/m²
1134
cd/m²
1133
cd/m²
1145
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 1145 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 1136 cd/m² Minimum: 1.18 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 99 %
Center on Battery: 1128 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.7 | 0.5-29.43 Ø5
ΔE Greyscale 2.6 | 0.57-98 Ø5.3
97.4% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.05
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Dynamic AMOLED 2x, 2340x1080, 6.60
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
Super Retina XDR OLED, 2556x1179, 6.10
Google Pixel 7 Pro
OLED, 3120x1440, 6.70
Samsung Galaxy S22+
AMOLED, 2340x1080, 6.60
Vivo X90 Pro
AMOLED, 2800x1260, 6.78
Xiaomi 13 Pro
OLED, 3200x1440, 6.73
Screen
18%
27%
5%
20%
24%
Brightness middle
1128
1046
-7%
1022
-9%
1090
-3%
1018
-10%
1230
9%
Brightness
1136
1049
-8%
1025
-10%
1097
-3%
1026
-10%
1244
10%
Brightness Distribution
99
98
-1%
99
0%
98
-1%
93
-6%
94
-5%
Black Level *
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
2.7
1.2
56%
0.9
67%
2.5
7%
0.9
67%
1
63%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
4.5
3.1
31%
2.1
53%
3.8
16%
2.2
51%
2.8
38%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
2.6
1.7
35%
1.1
58%
2.3
12%
1.9
27%
1.8
31%
Gamma
2.05 107%
2.19 100%
2.22 99%
2.04 108%
2.26 97%
2.24 98%
CCT
6644 98%
6538 99%
6650 98%
6492 100%
6473 100%
6446 101%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 240 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 240 Hz (worst case, e.g., utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 240 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17915 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

minimum display brightness
min.
25 % display brightness
25 %
50 % display brightness
50 %
75 % display brightness
75 %
maximum manual display brightness
100 %

Series of measurements with a fixed zoom level and various brightness settings

In terms of color reproduction, the Galaxy S23+ delivers good results but, in the area of color accuracy, it is far down the pack due to a maximum Delta E of 4.5. The display produces its best results in Natural picture mode which uses the sRGB color space. Anyone who prefers more striking but not entirely accurate colors is better served by the preinstalled Vivid picture mode as this also covers the significantly broader DCI P3 color space.

Color checker (natural display mode, target color space sRGB)
Color checker (natural display mode, target color space sRGB)
Color space (natural display mode, target color space sRGB)
Color space (natural display mode, target color space sRGB)
Gray scales (natural display mode, target color space sRGB)
Gray scales (natural display mode, target color space sRGB)
Color saturation (natural display mode, target color space sRGB)
Color saturation (natural display mode, target color space sRGB)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
1.37 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.7305 ms rise
↘ 0.635 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 4 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (21.5 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
0.98 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.493 ms rise
↘ 0.4875 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 1 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (33.7 ms).

The S23+'s AMOLED display has bright and stable viewing angles and is always legible outdoors. This is also the case, even in direct sunlight.

Outdoor use (automatic brightness)
Outdoor use (automatic brightness)
Outdoor use (maximum brightness)
Outdoor use (maximum brightness)
Samsung Galaxy S23+

Performance - Snapdragon instead of Exynos

As with all the phones in the Galaxy S23 series, the Galaxy S23+ is powered by a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy. Unlike the normal Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, the Galaxy variant runs with a 160 MHz higher clocked Prime Core and manages a maximum of 3.36 GHz instead of the normal 3.2 GHz.

As expected, in the area of single-core performance, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy is near the front of the pack but is not the fastest of the high-end SoCs. In this regard, the Galaxy S23+ keeps a clear, respectful distance from the Apple iPhone 14 Pro with its A16 Bionic.  The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy struggles with AImark AI calculations but many other SoCs such as the Google Pixel 7 Pro's Google Tensor 2 don't do any better. However, at the end of the day, these are just numbers as performance is always fluid and the device has an abundance of performance when it comes to everyday use.

Geekbench 5.5
Single-Core
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
Apple A16 Bionic, A16 GPU 5-Core, 6144
1878 Points +20%
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
1563 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
  (1542 - 1598, n=7)
1561 Points 0%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
1499 Points -4%
Vivo X90 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 9200, Immortalis-G715 MP11, 12288
1384 Points -11%
Samsung Galaxy S22+
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
1133 Points -28%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
1048 Points -33%
Average of class Smartphone
  (119 - 2138, n=217, last 2 years)
918 Points -41%
Multi-Core
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
Apple A16 Bionic, A16 GPU 5-Core, 6144
5538 Points +13%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
5201 Points +6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
  (4906 - 5198, n=7)
5020 Points +2%
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
4906 Points
Vivo X90 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 9200, Immortalis-G715 MP11, 12288
4232 Points -14%
Samsung Galaxy S22+
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
3599 Points -27%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
3222 Points -34%
Average of class Smartphone
  (473 - 6681, n=217, last 2 years)
3009 Points -39%
Antutu v9 - Total Score
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
1277795 Points +6%
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
1210674 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
  (1086936 - 1286774, n=8)
1181107 Points -2%
Vivo X90 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 9200, Immortalis-G715 MP11, 12288
1175789 Points -3%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
Apple A16 Bionic, A16 GPU 5-Core, 6144
965593 Points -20%
Samsung Galaxy S22+
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
850401 Points -30%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
773857 Points -36%
Average of class Smartphone
  (102602 - 1650926, n=153, last 2 years)
738503 Points -39%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
  (15270 - 17267, n=8)
16185 Points +5%
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
15483 Points
Samsung Galaxy S22+
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
14998 Points -3%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
14789 Points -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4761 - 21385, n=213, last 2 years)
11798 Points -24%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
11397 Points -26%
Vivo X90 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 9200, Immortalis-G715 MP11, 12288
9765 Points -37%
CrossMark - Overall
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
Apple A16 Bionic, A16 GPU 5-Core, 6144
1332 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
1332 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
  (1120 - 1332, n=8)
1239 Points -7%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
1224 Points -8%
Samsung Galaxy S22+
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
1129 Points -15%
Vivo X90 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 9200, Immortalis-G715 MP11, 12288
932 Points -30%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
886 Points -33%
Average of class Smartphone
  (200 - 1474, n=165, last 2 years)
837 Points -37%
BaseMark OS II
Overall
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
  (8541 - 9337, n=8)
8859 Points +1%
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
8730 Points
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
7376 Points -16%
Samsung Galaxy S22+
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
7186 Points -18%
Vivo X90 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 9200, Immortalis-G715 MP11, 12288
6755 Points -23%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
6164 Points -29%
Average of class Smartphone
  (411 - 11438, n=165, last 2 years)
5745 Points -34%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
Apple A16 Bionic, A16 GPU 5-Core, 6144
Points -100%
System
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
13602 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
  (1374 - 14401, n=8)
12462 Points -8%
Samsung Galaxy S22+
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
11373 Points -16%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
10786 Points -21%
Vivo X90 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 9200, Immortalis-G715 MP11, 12288
9767 Points -28%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2376 - 16475, n=165, last 2 years)
9678 Points -29%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
9294 Points -32%
Memory
Vivo X90 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 9200, Immortalis-G715 MP11, 12288
9245 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
9212 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
  (8467 - 9212, n=8)
8823 Points -4%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
7232 Points -21%
Samsung Galaxy S22+
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
6844 Points -26%
Average of class Smartphone
  (670 - 12716, n=165, last 2 years)
6250 Points -32%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
5456 Points -41%
Graphics
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
  (21505 - 31928, n=8)
28672 Points +12%
Vivo X90 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 9200, Immortalis-G715 MP11, 12288
27698 Points +8%
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
25642 Points
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
22986 Points -10%
Samsung Galaxy S22+
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
17475 Points -32%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
16375 Points -36%
Average of class Smartphone
  (697 - 58651, n=165, last 2 years)
14101 Points -45%
Web
Samsung Galaxy S22+
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
1960 Points +8%
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
1808 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
  (1460 - 2032, n=8)
1768 Points -2%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
1739 Points -4%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
1665 Points -8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (10 - 2145, n=165, last 2 years)
1494 Points -17%
Vivo X90 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 9200, Immortalis-G715 MP11, 12288
843 Points -53%
UL Procyon AI Inference for Android - Overall Score NNAPI
Vivo X90 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 9200, Immortalis-G715 MP11, 12288
44483 Points +170%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
42662 Points +159%
Average of class Smartphone
  (207 - 84787, n=150, last 2 years)
21814 Points +32%
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
16464 Points
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
15778 Points -4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
  (1267 - 16702, n=8)
14423 Points -12%
AImark - Score v3.x
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
Apple A16 Bionic, A16 GPU 5-Core, 6144
37396 Points +2975%
Vivo X90 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 9200, Immortalis-G715 MP11, 12288
31865 Points +2520%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
  (1216 - 156427, n=6)
27143 Points +2132%
Average of class Smartphone
  (298 - 245629, n=105, last 2 years)
17833 Points +1367%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
1354 Points +11%
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
1216 Points
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
1008 Points -17%

The Adreno 740 in the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy is responsible for graphics calculations. This pixel accelerator helps the Galaxy S23+ achieve wonderful GPU performance, but only when sufficient cooling is at hand. In other words: In order to achieve top test scores, we had to let the phone cool down for a while after every session so that throttling could be avoided in the subsequent benchmark test. 

3DMark / Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Vivo X90 Pro
Immortalis-G715 MP11, Dimensity 9200, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
3792 Points +7%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
3784 Points +7%
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
3528 Points
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe
3265 Points -7%
Samsung Galaxy S22+
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1935 Points -45%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1807 Points -49%
3DMark / Wild Life Extreme
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
3877 Points
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
3843 Points -1%
Vivo X90 Pro
Immortalis-G715 MP11, Dimensity 9200, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
3783 Points -2%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe
3383 Points -13%
Samsung Galaxy S22+
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2202 Points -43%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1847 Points -52%
3DMark / Wild Life Unlimited Score
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
14566 Points
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
13984 Points -4%
Vivo X90 Pro
Immortalis-G715 MP11, Dimensity 9200, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
13492 Points -7%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe
12429 Points -15%
Samsung Galaxy S22+
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
7890 Points -46%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
6721 Points -54%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Vivo X90 Pro
Immortalis-G715 MP11, Dimensity 9200, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
6894 Points +19%
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
5777 Points
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4672 Points -19%
Samsung Galaxy S22+
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
3909 Points -32%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
24098 Points
Vivo X90 Pro
Immortalis-G715 MP11, Dimensity 9200, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
22483 Points -7%
Samsung Galaxy S22+
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
14680 Points -39%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
10987 Points -54%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Vivo X90 Pro
Immortalis-G715 MP11, Dimensity 9200, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
14878 Points +5%
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
14136 Points
Samsung Galaxy S22+
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
9105 Points -36%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
8449 Points -40%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Onscreen
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps 0%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps 0%
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps
Vivo X90 Pro
Immortalis-G715 MP11, Dimensity 9200, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps 0%
Samsung Galaxy S22+
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
119 fps -1%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe
60 fps -50%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Offscreen
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
497 fps +4%
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
480 fps
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe
462 fps -4%
Vivo X90 Pro
Immortalis-G715 MP11, Dimensity 9200, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
451 fps -6%
Samsung Galaxy S22+
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
320 fps -33%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
251 fps -48%
GFXBench 3.0 / Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps 0%
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps
Vivo X90 Pro
Immortalis-G715 MP11, Dimensity 9200, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps 0%
Samsung Galaxy S22+
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
119 fps -1%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
84 fps -30%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe
60 fps -50%
GFXBench 3.0 / 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
331 fps +19%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe
292 fps +5%
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
278 fps
Vivo X90 Pro
Immortalis-G715 MP11, Dimensity 9200, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
265 fps -5%
Samsung Galaxy S22+
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
214 fps -23%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
139 fps -50%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps
Samsung Galaxy S22+
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
114 fps -5%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
109 fps -9%
Vivo X90 Pro
Immortalis-G715 MP11, Dimensity 9200, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
104 fps -13%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe
60 fps -50%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
56 fps -53%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
222 fps +3%
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
215 fps
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe
197 fps -8%
Samsung Galaxy S22+
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
130 fps -40%
Vivo X90 Pro
Immortalis-G715 MP11, Dimensity 9200, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
113 fps -47%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
101 fps -53%
GFXBench / Car Chase Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
110 fps
Vivo X90 Pro
Immortalis-G715 MP11, Dimensity 9200, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
81 fps -26%
Samsung Galaxy S22+
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
73 fps -34%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
63 fps -43%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe
60 fps -45%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
37 fps -66%
GFXBench / Car Chase Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
127 fps
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
126 fps -1%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe
114 fps -10%
Vivo X90 Pro
Immortalis-G715 MP11, Dimensity 9200, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
89 fps -30%
Samsung Galaxy S22+
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
72 fps -43%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
68 fps -46%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
100 fps
Vivo X90 Pro
Immortalis-G715 MP11, Dimensity 9200, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
82 fps -18%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe
59 fps -41%
Samsung Galaxy S22+
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
54 fps -46%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
51 fps -49%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
28 fps -72%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
63 fps
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
61 fps -3%
Vivo X90 Pro
Immortalis-G715 MP11, Dimensity 9200, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
51 fps -19%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe
44 fps -30%
Samsung Galaxy S22+
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
31 fps -51%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
31 fps -51%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps
Vivo X90 Pro
Immortalis-G715 MP11, Dimensity 9200, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
105 fps -12%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
82 fps -32%
Samsung Galaxy S22+
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
67 fps -44%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe
60 fps -50%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
38 fps -68%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
164 fps
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
157 fps -4%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe
133 fps -19%
Vivo X90 Pro
Immortalis-G715 MP11, Dimensity 9200, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
111 fps -32%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
75 fps -54%
Samsung Galaxy S22+
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps -63%

In browser benchmarks, the Galaxy S23+ delivered very solid performance helping it belong, along with the Xiaomi 13 Pro, to the fastest Android smartphones in this discipline. However, when it comes to web surfing tests, there's no getting around Apple as the iPhone 14 Pro has impressively shown. 

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Apple iPhone 14 Pro (Safari 16)
281.762 Points +60%
Samsung Galaxy S23+ (Chrome 110.0.5481.65)
176.612 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy (152.9 - 196.3, n=8)
173.4 Points -2%
Xiaomi 13 Pro (Chrome 109)
137.873 Points -22%
Samsung Galaxy S22+ (Chrome 100.0.4896.127)
107.364 Points -39%
Average of class Smartphone (13.8 - 351, n=173, last 2 years)
106.1 Points -40%
Google Pixel 7 Pro (Chrome 106)
98.153 Points -44%
Vivo X90 Pro (Chrome 109)
67.646 Points -62%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Apple iPhone 14 Pro (Safari 16)
375 runs/min +150%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy (136 - 197, n=6)
168.7 runs/min +12%
Samsung Galaxy S23+ (Chrome 110.0.5481.65)
150 runs/min
Xiaomi 13 Pro (Chrome 109)
110.9 runs/min -26%
Average of class Smartphone (14.9 - 445, n=157, last 2 years)
107.1 runs/min -29%
Samsung Galaxy S22+ (Chrome 100.0.4896.127)
105 runs/min -30%
Google Pixel 7 Pro (Chrome 106)
104 runs/min -31%
Vivo X90 Pro (Chrome 109)
60.2 runs/min -60%
WebXPRT 4 - Overall
Apple iPhone 14 Pro (Safari 16)
202 Points +34%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy (145 - 187, n=8)
165.5 Points +10%
Xiaomi 13 Pro (Chrome 109)
157 Points +4%
Samsung Galaxy S23+ (Chrome 110.0.5481.65)
151 Points
Average of class Smartphone (22 - 202, n=160, last 2 years)
100.2 Points -34%
Google Pixel 7 Pro (Chrome 106)
90 Points -40%
Vivo X90 Pro (Chrome 109)
66 Points -56%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple iPhone 14 Pro (Safari 16)
74261 Points +23%
Samsung Galaxy S23+ (Chrome 110.0.5481.65)
60423 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy (49582 - 64715, n=8)
59058 Points -2%
Samsung Galaxy S22+ (Chrome 100.0.4896.127)
44398 Points -27%
Google Pixel 7 Pro (Chrome 106)
44245 Points -27%
Xiaomi 13 Pro (Chrome 109)
42544 Points -30%
Average of class Smartphone (4633 - 89112, n=211, last 2 years)
33640 Points -44%
Vivo X90 Pro (Chrome 109)
21648 Points -64%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total
Vivo X90 Pro (Chrome 109)
1847.5 ms * -164%
Average of class Smartphone (388 - 9999, n=173, last 2 years)
1595 ms * -128%
Samsung Galaxy S22+ (Chrome 100.0.4896.127)
1557.9 ms * -123%
Google Pixel 7 Pro (Chrome 106)
1011.5 ms * -45%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy (634 - 1533, n=8)
795 ms * -14%
Samsung Galaxy S23+ (Chrome 110.0.5481.65)
699 ms *
Xiaomi 13 Pro (Chrome 109)
690.6 ms * +1%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro (Safari 16)
475.3 ms * +32%

* ... smaller is better

Fast UFS 4.0 storage ensures the Galaxy S23+ has exceptionally short loading times. However, in the area of write performance, the device struggles to keep up with smartphones such as the Vivo X90 Pro or the Xiaomi 13 Pro - a device which also boasts UFS 4.0 storage. Among the competing smartphones, the Galaxy S23+ brings up the rear when it comes to 4KB random writes.

Samsung Galaxy S23+Google Pixel 7 ProSamsung Galaxy S22+Vivo X90 ProXiaomi 13 ProAverage 256 GB UFS 4.0 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-16%
2%
99%
101%
70%
-4%
Sequential Read 256KB
3250.14
1346.78
-59%
1629.99
-50%
3866.75
19%
3587.83
10%
Sequential Write 256KB
1014.33
874.73
-14%
1001.67
-1%
2643.38
161%
2601.45
156%
2443 ?(1014 - 3346, n=19)
141%
Random Read 4KB
441.77
219.01
-50%
306.7
-31%
367.89
-17%
387.72
-12%
Random Write 4KB
156.82
253.18
61%
297.67
90%
521.43
233%
546.98
249%

Gaming - not always as smooth as expected

In terms of gaming, the Galaxy S23+ has power in abundance with Armajet fully showcasing the AMOLED display's maximum possible 120 Hz. However, in other games, this is not always guaranteed. For example, in PUBG mobile, the smartphone can only achieve a maximum of 60 frames per second at HD/ extreme settings and only 40fps at HD/ultra. Both test games suffer frequent drops in frame rate. Although not noticeable in-game, they do show that there is still room for driver optimization. 

We used our testing tool, Gamebench, to determine game frame rates.

Armajet
Armajet
PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
0102030405060708090100110120Tooltip
Samsung Galaxy S23+; Armajet; 1.61.6: Ø116.5 (104-120)
Samsung Galaxy S23+; PUBG Mobile; 2.4.0: Ø59.6 (55-60)

Emissions - cool in operation but with significant throttling

Temperature

While in operation, the Galaxy S23+ stays cool. Even after an hour of stress testing, we were only able to coax a maximum surface temperature of 32,7 °C from the device. However, in order to achieve this, internal components have to be severely throttled.

The 3DMark stress test showed how quickly this happens: In some cases, the performance had already dropped after the first 20 benchmark runs. In the end, less than 60 percent of the original frame rate remained. However, in everyday use, this performance loss shouldn't be noticeable as, even in the worst case, plenty of power is still at hand.

Max. Load
 32.2 °C
90 F
30.4 °C
87 F
30.5 °C
87 F
 
 32.7 °C
91 F
32.2 °C
90 F
30.2 °C
86 F
 
 32.2 °C
90 F
30.9 °C
88 F
29.5 °C
85 F
 
Maximum: 32.7 °C = 91 F
Average: 31.2 °C = 88 F
29.4 °C
85 F
29.9 °C
86 F
30.7 °C
87 F
29 °C
84 F
29.7 °C
85 F
30.8 °C
87 F
29.1 °C
84 F
30.5 °C
87 F
30.5 °C
87 F
Maximum: 30.8 °C = 87 F
Average: 30 °C = 86 F
Room Temperature 20.8 °C = 69 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 31.2 °C / 88 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 32.7 °C / 91 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 56 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 30.8 °C / 87 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 23.2 °C / 74 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

3DMark
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
83.1 % +55%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe
82 % +53%
Vivo X90 Pro
Immortalis-G715 MP11, Dimensity 9200, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
74.1 % +38%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
67.9 % +27%
Samsung Galaxy S22+
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
58.2 % +9%
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
53.6 %
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
88.2 % +53%
Vivo X90 Pro
Immortalis-G715 MP11, Dimensity 9200, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
81.7 % +41%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
75.6 % +31%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe
68 % +18%
Samsung Galaxy S22+
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60.9 % +5%
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
57.8 %
05101520253035404550556065707580Tooltip
Samsung Galaxy S23+ Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø16.3 (13.4-23.1)
Apple iPhone 14 Pro A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test: Ø15 (13.7-20.2)
Samsung Galaxy S22+ Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.9.1: Ø9.11 (8.06-13.3)
Xiaomi 13 Pro Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø21.1 (19.4-22)
Samsung Galaxy S23+ Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø50.7 (43-80.2)
Apple iPhone 14 Pro A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø53.3 (48.7-59.4)
Samsung Galaxy S22+ Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø31.4 (27.4-47.1)
Xiaomi 13 Pro Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø73.8 (64.6-77.7)
Apple iPhone 14 Pro A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe; Wild Life Unlimited Stress Test Stability: Ø57.9 (54.7-74.4)
Samsung Galaxy S23+
Samsung Galaxy S23+

Speakers

The Galaxy S23+'s Dolby Atmos-certified stereo speakers produce good sound which remains distortion-free, even at maximum volume. Bass tones get lost somewhat in the sound mix but are still considerably more present than many smartphones. 

Wired headphones or a speaker can be connected to the smartphone via a USB-C cable (not included). Wirelessly, this is done via Bluetooth 5.3. However, with AAC, SBC, aptX, LDAC and Samsung's Seamless codec (SSC), the selection of Bluetooth codecs is not particularly extensive.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2033.836.82527.940.23124.336.54028.236.25036.742.26322.239.38025.440.21002140.712518.647.916015.455.520015.157.125013.161.43151261.840012.763.350011.868.563012.967.780010.472.6100013.376.8125013.278.7160012.181.4200012.281.9250012.981.4315014.880.3400015.881.4500016.180.2630014.481.8800013.680.61000013.575.81250014.471.1160001567.6SPL25.991.8N0.790.6median 13.5median 75.8Delta1.39.437.434.32836.532.636.327.731.23441.32736.523.635.922.338.317.739.516.151.612.850.913.156.312609631167.910.770.910.374.310.977.112.17911.879.61281.511.881.711.983.312.980.813.378.613.472.713.578.613.671.414.868.914.16424.691.30.686.3median 12.8median 72.71.29.6hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseSamsung Galaxy S23+Samsung Galaxy S22+
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Samsung Galaxy S23+ audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (91.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 21.7% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (5.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5.8% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (4.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.4% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (2.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (16.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 4% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 93% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 21% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 74% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Samsung Galaxy S22+ audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (91.3 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 23.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.5% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.8% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 11% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 82% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 32% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 60% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Battery life - almost limitless staying power

Power consumption

The benefits of Galaxy S23+'s SoC switch to Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 are not only seen in terms of higher performance. On the plus side, compared to the Galaxy S22+ and its Samsung Exynos 2200, the device uses significantly less power.

Looking beyond the world of Samsung, it becomes even more apparent how well the Galaxy S23+ budgets its battery capacity with it running quite a bit more economically than all other competing devices. The Apple iPhone 14 Pro comes closest to our review contender.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.02 / 0.12 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.64 / 0.88 / 0.94 Watt
Load midlight 4.18 / 6.59 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Samsung Galaxy S23+
4700 mAh
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
3200 mAh
Google Pixel 7 Pro
5000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S22+
4500 mAh
Vivo X90 Pro
4870 mAh
Xiaomi 13 Pro
4820 mAh
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
-12%
-30%
-39%
-69%
-36%
-103%
-47%
Idle Minimum *
0.64
0.56
12%
0.78
-22%
0.71
-11%
0.9
-41%
1.02
-59%
1.531 ?(0.44 - 3.4, n=8)
-139%
Idle Average *
0.88
1.37
-56%
1.61
-83%
1.1
-25%
2.32
-164%
1.36
-55%
1.848 ?(0.69 - 3.68, n=8)
-110%
Idle Maximum *
0.94
1.42
-51%
1.63
-73%
1.19
-27%
2.39
-154%
1.58
-68%
1.998 ?(0.83 - 3.91, n=8)
-113%
Load Average *
4.18
3.42
18%
3.29
21%
7.74
-85%
3.64
13%
4.29
-3%
Load Maximum *
6.59
5.56
16%
6.01
9%
9.64
-46%
6.53
1%
6.15
7%
10.7 ?(6.16 - 15.9, n=8)
-62%

* ... smaller is better

Power consumption: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

0123456789101112131415Tooltip
Samsung Galaxy S23+ Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy; Geekbench 5.5 Power Consumption 150cd: Ø6.63 (0.82-14.8)
Samsung Galaxy S22+ Samsung Exynos 2200; Geekbench 5.5 Power Consumption 150cd: Ø7.01 (1.002-15.6)
Samsung Galaxy S23+ Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.746 (0.695-0.926)
Samsung Galaxy S22+ Samsung Exynos 2200; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.814 (0.76-1.222)

Power consumption: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)

01234567891011121314Tooltip
Samsung Galaxy S23+ Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø12.4 (11.2-13.4)
Samsung Galaxy S22+ Samsung Exynos 2200; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø8.3 (6.26-14.5)
Samsung Galaxy S23+ Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.746 (0.695-0.926)
Samsung Galaxy S22+ Samsung Exynos 2200; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.814 (0.76-1.222)

Battery life

In terms of battery life, the Galaxy S23+ is convincing right across the board and lasts much longer than the Galaxy S22+. The smartphone leaves the competition standing with almost 20 hours of simulated internet surfing and over 25 hours of video playback - both at 150 cd/m² using adaptive display brightness. All in all, only the Apple iPhone 14 Pro can achieve similarly good battery life, followed by the Galaxy S22+ in a distant third place. 

The Galaxy S23+'s 4700 mAh battery can be charged at a maximum of 45 watts. The job of finding a suitable charger is, however, left to the user as none is included in the box. Wirelessly, the Galaxy S23+ can be replenished at up to 15 watts. Thanks to wireless PowerShare, the smartphone can be used to charge other devices wirelessly (Qi wireless charging standard).

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
43h 05min
WiFi Websurfing
19h 56min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
25h 24min
Load (maximum brightness)
6h 25min
Samsung Galaxy S23+
4700 mAh
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
3200 mAh
Google Pixel 7 Pro
5000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S22+
4500 mAh
Vivo X90 Pro
4870 mAh
Xiaomi 13 Pro
4820 mAh
Battery Runtime
-12%
-39%
-18%
-24%
-31%
Reader / Idle
2585
2659
3%
1210
-53%
2575
0%
1509
-42%
H.264
1524
1397
-8%
1213
-20%
1021
-33%
1263
-17%
WiFi v1.3
1196
807
-33%
676
-43%
788
-34%
909
-24%
846
-29%
Load
385
351
-9%
226
-41%
364
-5%
254
-34%

Pros

+ Premium build quality
+ IP68 certification
+ Lengthy update period
+ Good camera
+ Bright 120 Hz AMOLED display
+ High system performance
+ Very long battery life

Cons

- Throttling under load
- No charger included
- Charging at maximum 45 watts
- No WiFi 7

Verdict - Samsung Galaxy S23+

Review: Samsung Galaxy S23+. Review device provided by Samsung Germany.
Review: Samsung Galaxy S23+. Review device provided by Samsung Germany.

Like its sibling models in the S23 series, the Samsung Galaxy S23+ is one of the best Android smartphones currently available. Compared to its predecessor, the changes are relatively modest. However, the few areas in which Samsung has optimized its smartphone add real value. 

By switching from Exynos SoC to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, the Galaxy S23+ doesn't only benefit from improved performance but the device also handles the power provided by its 4700 mAh battery in a significantly more economical manner. As a result, compared to the Galaxy S22+, battery life is tangibly better, making the Galaxy S23+ a real long-distance runner.

The Samsung Galaxy S23+ is currently one of the best Android smartphones and comes with considerably better battery life than its predecessor.

What does remain are the qualities for which the Galaxy S22+ was also famous: An adaptive 120 Hz display, a good triple-camera system, 5G with Dual SIM and eSIM, an ultra-wideband chip (UWB), WiFi 6E and the promise of long updates. 

Incidentally, the starting price for the Galaxy S23+ is not much higher than that of the Galaxy S22+. Back then, Samsung charged $1049 for the 8/256 GB storage model, or, in other words around $50 less than the  Galaxy S23+. In addition to the Galaxy S22+, which can now be had for under $700, the Google Pixel 7 Pro provides a cheaper but equally powerful alternative.

Download your licensed rating image as SVG / PNG

Price and availability

If the Galaxy S23+ is bought directly from Samsung, the 8/256 GB model currently costs $999 and the 8/512 GB version can be had for $1,119. At the time of review, both memory variants can be had for somewhat less in various online stores.

Samsung Galaxy S23+ - 03/07/2023 v7
Manuel Masiero

Chassis
91%
Keyboard
67 / 75 → 89%
Pointing Device
94%
Connectivity
69 / 70 → 98%
Weight
88%
Battery
93%
Display
92%
Games Performance
68 / 64 → 100%
Application Performance
94 / 86 → 100%
Temperature
95%
Noise
100%
Audio
76 / 90 → 85%
Camera
79%
Average
85%