For 2023, Samsung wants to raise the bar even higher with its newest flagship – the culmination of its efforts to bring the latest innovations for consumers – the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, unveiled at the brand’s Unpacked 2023 event.
While considered by some as a minor upgrade, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra still had a lot of the boxes checked, thanks to the brand’s focus on improving the key areas that really make the difference in the overall experience. For this year, Samsung dials-in on three key areas – camera, performance, and design.
Galaxy S23 Ultra embodies the saying – don’t fix what isn’t broken in terms of the design, which means not much has changed in the looks department, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
You get the camera modules that seem to float and are more flushed with the rear panel, the S-Pen, the gorgeous, curved display, IP68 water and dust resistance, and armor aluminum construction.
Speaking of which, you get a 6.8-inch 120Hz Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display with Vision Booster, 1750 nits of peak brightness, and Gorilla Glass Victus 2 protection. Like the rest of the Galaxy S23 series, it’s powered by Qualcomm’s most powerful smartphone chip to date, a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, delivering a 33% improvement in CPU performance, 45% in GPU performance, 48% in NPU performance, and 15% improved efficiency compared to last gen.
You also get up to 12GB of RAM, up to 1TB of storage, and a larger vapor chamber cooling system for improved thermals.
For optics, the Galaxy S23 Ultra gets an upgrade to a 200MP sensor for its main camera which works alongside a 12MP ultra-wide unit, and two 10MP telephoto lenses that offer improved clarity when zoomed in. You also get improved Night Selfies and Night Portraits, as well as 8K 30 fps video recording.
The device runs the latest version of One UI 5.1 on top of Android 13 which offers more granular personalization, as well as smart suggestions, and packs a 5,000mAh battery with 45W wired fast-charging, Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, and Wireless PowerShare.
To protect your device, Samsung has also released several cases for the Galaxy S3 Ultra.
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Specifications
|Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Specs|
|Display||6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X QHD+ Edge, 120Hz|
240Hz Touch Sampling Rate (Game Mode)
|Processor||Snapdragon 8 Gen 2|
|Storage||256GB, 512GB, 1TB|
|Rear Cameras||200MP Wide, f/1.7|
|12MP Ultra-Wide, f/2.2|
|10MP Telephoto 1, 10X Optical, f/4.9|
|10MP Telephoto 2, 3x Optical, f/2.4|
|Battery||5,000mAh + 45W/15W|
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra comes in four colors – Phantom Black, Cream, Green, and Lavender.
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Pricing, Availability, and Pre-Order
|Galaxy S23 Ultra||12GB+256GB||PHP 81,990|
|12GB+1TB (Online Only)||PHP 103,990|
You may also trade-in your old smartphone for up to a PHP 13,000 discount for the Galaxy S23 Ultra, up to a PHP 11,000 discount for the Galaxy S23 Plus, and up to a PHP 10,000 discount for the Galaxy S23 on top of your old device’s residual value.
Pre-order the Galaxy S23 Series here.
Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.