Samsung introduces the Galaxy S23 family with desktop-level gaming performance

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Samsung Electronics has unveiled the Samsung Galaxy S23 family with enough processing power to beat some desktop gaming computers.

The smartphones include the Galaxy Ultra, Galaxy S23+ and Galaxy S23, ranging in price from $800 to $2,000.

The Samsung Galaxy’s camera raises the bar for still photography as it uses AI to capture cinematic Nightography videos. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform for Galaxy provides future-proof mobile devices
gaming experiences with the world’s fastest mobile graphics, according to Samsung.

“This is our most advanced piece of mobile technology yet,” Drew Blackard, vice president of mobile product management at Samsung Electronics America, said in a news conference.


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The high-end model, the Galaxy S23 Ultra, has a built-in S Pen2 to enable productivity, note taking, hobbies and more. Blackard said the design strikes a balance between technology and Samsung’s commitment to sustainability with more recycled materials than any other Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

“The most impactful technology is measured not only by what it enables people today, but how it contributes to a brighter future,” said TM Roh, president and head of mobile experience business at Samsung Electronics, in a statement. statement. “The Galaxy S23 Ultra and the entire Galaxy S series lineup are the new standard bearers of a reliable premium smartphone experience. We are redefining top performance by combining power and sustainable innovation in devices that have less impact on the environment.”

Blackard said people are more likely to use multiple devices at once on average. About 83% of consumers now own more than two devices.

Gaming with premium performance

Samsung Galaxy S23 models are available for pre-order starting today.

For creators and gamers, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform for Galaxy delivers peak performance, while the Galaxy S23 Ultra’s 5,000 mAh battery lasts more than 20% longer.

Graphics performance is over 40% faster and AI performance is also optimized by over 40% to balance performance and power for photography, videography, low latency gaming and more.

Galaxy S23 Ultra can support real-time ray tracing when it comes to mainstream mobile gaming. Users will see noticeably more lifelike renderings of scenes, thanks to technology that simulates and tracks every beam of light. Plus, the Samsung Galaxy’s vapor cooling chamber, now bigger and on every model in the Galaxy S23 series, ensures that immersing yourself in a gaming marathon doesn’t overheat your device.

All this power supports the Galaxy S23 Ultra’s expansive 6.8-inch edge display with reduced curvature
to create a larger and flatter surface. The Galaxy Ultra’s screen has an adaptive refresh rate of 120 Hz. It is a dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O QHD+ screen. It has 500 ppi and 1,750 nits.

The Samsung Galaxy’s enhanced comfort feature allows users to adjust color tones and contrast levels, reducing eye strain from looking at the screen at night. Vision Booster now adjusts to three lighting levels instead of two to reduce brightness and glare in daylight.

“One of the places where you’ll really see this making a difference is with gaming,” said Blackard. “The Galaxy S23 Ultra offers significantly faster and smoother gaming performance, especially with processor intensive gains. As expected, the screen is an experience in itself. On the Galaxy S23 Ultra, users get a large and beautiful QHD plus 6.8-inch edge display equipped with advanced vision booster.”

He added: “Advanced vision booster now works in stages and automatically adjusts color and contrast enhancements gradually throughout the day by dynamically mapping and adapting the correct tone of your image to your environment. The same goes for going to bed, as consumers spend an average of 15 minutes on their phones each night before going to sleep.”

A better camera for day or night

The Galaxy S23 has durability features.

The Galaxy S23 Ultra makes it easier for any level of photographer to take better photos. It offers enhanced Nightography capabilities so that the Galaxy S Series optimizes photos and videos in a wide variety of environmental conditions.

Filming a favorite song at a concert, taking a selfie at the aquarium, or taking a group shot of friends over dinner, users can capture sharper photos and videos. Visual noise that usually ruins images in low light is corrected by a new AI-powered image signal processing (ISP) algorithm that improves object detail and color tone.

The Galaxy S23 Ultra features a new 200MP Adaptive Pixel sensor that captures moments, using pixel binning to support multiple levels of high-resolution processing at once. For selfies, it has fast autofocus and a Super HDR selfie camera, which jumps from 30fps to 60fps, for noticeably better images and videos on the front.

The Expert RAW app, available exclusively through Samsung Galaxy, enables DSLR-style shooting and editing in RAW and JPEG. Users can experiment with multi-exposure photo art or capture a clear view of the Milky Way with Astrophoto settings, either in Samsung’s Camera app or the Expert RAW app.
Meanwhile, the new zoom capabilities of the Camera Controller app of the Galaxy Watch5 series empower users
to record a shot straight from their wrist.

It can record videos with enhanced 8K video at 30 frames per second with a wider angle. And it uses object-based AI to analyze every detail in the frame, down to the tiniest facial features like hair and eyes, to carefully represent a person’s dynamic features.

The new 360 Audio Recording feature on Galaxy Buds2 Pro creates multi-dimensional sound. The contour housing of the camera has been removed.

Focus on sustainability

Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event in San Francisco.

The Galaxy S23 series contains more recycled materials than the Galaxy S22 series, including pre-consumer recycled aluminum and recycled glass, and post-consumer recycled plastic from discarded fishing nets, water barrels and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles.

The new S Series is the first to market with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2, providing increased durability
long-term use and designed with an average of 22% pre-consumer recycled content.

In addition, every Galaxy S23 smartphone comes in redesigned packaging made from 100% recycled paper. The Galaxy S23 series is UL ECOLOGO certified, which means the product is certified for reduced environmental impact.

“Consumers increasingly want to know that the products they carry enable them to have a positive impact on the world. We can no longer talk about innovation at the expense of sustainability,” said Blackard. “For almost two years now, the sustainability journey has been guided by our Galaxy for the Planet vision. And we are well on track to meet our 2025 targets. We are moving towards using recycled materials and all devices in our product range use more recycled materials and more types of recycled materials.”

Security and privacy

Ridley Scott shot a movie, Behold, with the Galaxy S23.

Secure and private experiences are the foundation of the Galaxy S23 series. The smartphone comes with Samsung’s end-to-end Samsung Knox protection, which has received more government and industry certifications than any other mobile device, platform or solution on the market.

The security and privacy dashboard on the Samsung Galaxy gives users a clear view of who has access to their data and how it is used. It’s easy to see if personal data is at risk and you get simple directions to change the settings for a more secure experience. Users can also control exactly which applications can access their data and how it can be used.

For an extra layer of security, Knox Vault, which was first introduced on the Galaxy S21 series, protects critical information on the Galaxy S23 series by isolating it from the rest of the device, including the operating system,
for additional protection against vulnerabilities.

Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra.

“All Samsung devices are protected from the chip with security built directly into the hardware, but also integrated into the software,” said Blackard. “In addition, Galaxy users get enhanced security features, such as a maintenance mode that restricts access to your personal data when your phone is being repaired. Streamline privacy and security level checks so you can see security status and possible fixes at a glance. When you’re ready to share files, AI analysis proactively flags potentially sensitive information and suggests safe sharing options, such as private sharing.”

Samsung also has a range of tablets, watches and PCs that are part of the Galaxy family. The Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra also debuts today. It has a 13th generation Intel Core i7 or i9 processor with the Nvidia Geforce RTX 4070 graphics processing unit. It uses a dynamic AMOLED display.

Availability and offers

The Samsung Galaxy S23 has various accessories.
The Samsung Galaxy S23 has various accessories.

Pre-orders for the Galaxy S23 series begin today, February 1, 2023 through February 16, 2023. Consumers who pre-order a Galaxy S23 device are eligible for a free storage upgrade. In addition to a free upgrade to the next storage tier, customers who pre-order and purchase on are eligible for up to $100 Samsung credit.

The new Galaxy S23 series will be available from February 17, 2023 on, Samsung Experience Store, and major carriers and retailers. The entire line-up is available in four nature-inspired matte colours
shades: Phantom Black, Cream, Green and Lavender. Consumers who buy their device online at also have access to exclusive colors: lime, graphite, sky blue and red.

Galaxy S23 Ultra starts at $2,000 with storage capacity options of 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB. Galaxy S23+ starts at $1,000 with 256GB and 512GB storage options. Galaxy S23 starts at $800 in 128GB and 256GB variants.

If you switch to Verizon or upgrade your existing phone, you can get a Samsung Galaxy S23 or $800 off any Samsung Galaxy S23 series phone with select trade-ins on qualified 5G Unlimited plans for a limited time. And get a free Galaxy Watch5 and Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G with purchase. Switchers also get a $200 Verizon eCard after they sign up.

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