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Samsung's February Unpacked Event: What to Expect

The Samsung Unpacked 2023 event saw the astounding introduction of numerous new galaxy phones and laptops. The first Samsung in-person event in three years was held this year’s Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event, which was presented in front of a crowd in San Francisco’s Masonic Auditorium. Here is one of Samsung’s newest devices.

With a little modified body factor, a 200-megapixel main camera sensor, and greater value for your money, Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Ultra heads the new lineup. Its price of $1,199.99 is the same as last year but offers twice as much storage with 256MB onboard. The built-in S Pen is still available.

The S23 Ultra’s high-res camera, which this year increased in resolution from 108 to 200 megapixels, is the main selling point. The majority of the time, it bins 16 pixels together to increase light gathering and produces a much more manageable 12-megapixel image, so this does not mean you will be snapping 200-megapixel photos with it. You can capture images with 200 or 50 megapixels, but the majority of users don’t print our photos at a size that will fit on a wall and doesn’t require that level of detail. Additionally, according to Samsung, the optical image stabilization on the primary camera can now adjust for 3 degrees of shake as opposed to 1.5.

The other three rear cameras—a 12-megapixel ultrawide, a 3x and a 10x telephoto, both with 10-megapixel cameras—remain unaltered. Additionally, the selfie camera has been downgraded to 12 megapixels from 40 megapixels on the S22 Ultra. Perhaps Samsung exceeded its limit of megapixels and had to borrow some for the main camera. When you do the math,  all five of the phone’s camera sensors add up to a total of 244 million pixels. You don’t have to be very good at math to tell that’s a lot of pixels.

Cream colored Samsung S23 Ultra in hand showing the rear of the phone.

Raw screen specifications for the S23 Ultra remain the same; it continues to provide a sizable 6.8-inch OLED with a 120Hz top refresh rate and 1440p resolution. However, there are minute modifications that are invisible at first glance. The first is that more battery-friendly materials are used in the display itself. Additionally, Samsung has improved its vision booster tone-mapping technology so that it now adapts to a wider range of lighting conditions throughout the day rather than merely optimizing the screen for seeing in very bright light. Samsung attributes certain battery performance enhancements to this “smarter screen.”

Battery life was never a strong point on the power-consuming S22 Ultra, but this year’s more battery-efficient chipset — an overclocked Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 in both variants, US and global.  The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy is a processor that has been modified especially for Samsung and has an updated GPU that promises improved performance and battery life. The Kryo CPU on this chipset also offers top speeds of up to 3.36GHz; the standard version’s top speed is 3.19GHz.

Additionally, the S23 Ultra has very little exterior modification. There is more of a flat area to grip when holding the phone because the long sides are slightly less curved. In fact, the screen and rear panel have a slightly less rounded shape, which may make it less possible for users to accidentally run your S Pen off the edge of the device which was the case with the more rounded design.

Samsung S23 Ultra in hand showing home screen in front of a white background.

Everything else, including a 5,000mAh battery, IP68 dust and water protection, and either 8GB or 12GB of RAM depending on the configuration, stays virtually the same. This year, cream, phantom black, lavender, and green are available as colour options. The S23 Ultra is already available for preorder and will begin shipping on February 17.


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