Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Specifications, Reviews and is it Value For Money

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Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Specifications, Reviews and is it Value For Money

“Discover the pinnacle of smartphone technology with the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra. Unleash the power of its advanced camera system, rivaling top competitors, and experience improved battery life that lasts over 13 hours. With its powerful performance and long-term software support, the S23 Ultra is the ultimate Android flagship for those seeking sophistication and cutting-edge features.”

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Specifications, Reviews and is it Value For Money

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Specifications

NETWORK Technology:

The phone supports various network technologies including GSM, CDMA, HSPA, EVDO, LTE, and 5G.

LAUNCH:

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra was announced on February 1, 2023, and became available for purchase on February 17, 2023.

BODY:

The phone has dimensions of 163.4 x 78.1 x 8.9 mm (6.43 x 3.07 x 0.35 in) and weighs 234 g (8.25 oz). It features a glass front (Gorilla Glass Victus 2), a glass back (Gorilla Glass Victus 2), and an aluminum frame. It also has IP68 dust/water resistance up to 1.5m for 30 minutes. The phone is built with an armor aluminum frame for increased drop and scratch resistance. Additionally, it comes with a stylus that has Bluetooth integration, accelerometer, and gyro sensors.

DISPLAY:

The phone features a Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with a 120Hz refresh rate and HDR10+ support. It has a brightness of 1200 nits (HBM) and a peak brightness of 1750 nits. The display size is 6.8 inches, with a screen-to-body ratio of approximately 89.9%. The resolution is 1440 x 3088 pixels, providing a density of around 500 pixels per inch. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2 and supports an always-on display feature.

PLATFORM:

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra runs on Android 13 with Samsung’s One UI 5.1. It is powered by the Qualcomm SM8550-AC Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (4 nm) chipset. The CPU is an octa-core processor, consisting of a Cortex-X3 core clocked at 3.36 GHz, two Cortex-A715 cores clocked at 2.8 GHz, two Cortex-A710 cores clocked at 2.8 GHz, and three Cortex-A510 cores clocked at 2.0 GHz. The graphics are handled by the Adreno 740 GPU.

MEMORY:

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra does not have a card slot for external storage. It comes with various internal storage options: 256GB with 8GB RAM, 256GB with 12GB RAM, 512GB with 12GB RAM, and 1TB with 12GB RAM. The storage technology used is UFS 4.0.

MAIN CAMERA:

The phone features a quad-camera setup on the back. The primary camera has a resolution of 200 MP with an f/1.7 aperture and a wide-angle lens. It supports multi-directional phase detection autofocus (PDAF), laser autofocus, and optical image stabilization (OIS). The second camera is a periscope telephoto lens with 10 MP resolution, f/4.9 aperture, and 230mm focal length. It also supports dual pixel PDAF, OIS, and offers 10x optical zoom. The third camera is a telephoto lens with 10 MP resolution, f/2.4 aperture, and 70mm focal length. It supports dual pixel PDAF, OIS, and provides 3x optical zoom. The fourth camera is an ultrawide lens with 12 MP resolution, f/2.2 aperture, and 13mm focal length. It supports dual pixel PDAF and Super Steady video. The camera setup is accompanied by an LED flash and offers features like auto-HDR and panorama. The phone can record videos in various resolutions, including 8K at 24/30fps, 4K at 30/60fps, 1080p at 30/60/240fps, 1080p at 960fps. It supports HDR10+ and gyro-EIS for video stabilization. The main camera setup delivers high-quality images and videos.

SELFIE CAMERA:

The phone is equipped with a single 12 MP selfie camera. It has an f/2.2 aperture and a 26mm wide-angle lens. The selfie camera supports Dual video call, Auto-HDR, and HDR10+. It can record videos in 4K at 30/60fps and 1080p at 30fps.

SOUND:

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra features a loudspeaker with stereo speakers, providing an immersive audio experience. However, it does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack. The audio quality is enhanced with 32-bit/384kHz audio support, and the sound is tuned by AKG.

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COMMS:

For wireless communication, the phone supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e with tri-band support and Wi-Fi Direct. It has Bluetooth 5.3 with A2DP and LE support. The phone supports GPS, GLONASS, BDS, and GALILEO for positioning. It also has NFC (Near Field Communication) capabilities. However, it does not have a built-in FM radio. The phone features a USB Type-C 3.2 port with OTG (On-The-Go) support for wired connections.

FEATURES:

The phone is equipped with various sensors, including an under-display fingerprint sensor (ultrasonic), accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor, compass, and barometer. It supports Samsung DeX, which allows a desktop-like experience when connected to a monitor or TV. The phone also supports Samsung Wireless DeX for wireless desktop experience support. Other features include Bixby natural language commands and dictation, Samsung Pay with Visa and MasterCard certification, and Ultra Wideband (UWB) support.

BATTERY:

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is powered by a non-removable Li-Ion 5000 mAh battery. It supports 45W wired charging, advertised to charge up to 65% in 30 minutes with PD3.0 (Power Delivery 3.0). Additionally, it supports 15W wireless charging (Qi/PMA) and 4.5W reverse wireless charging, allowing the phone to act as a wireless charging pad for other compatible devices.

MISC:

The phone is available in various colors, including Phantom Black, Green, Cream, Lavender, Graphite, Sky Blue, Lime, Red, and a special BMW M Edition. It is offered in different models with different regional variations. The SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) values for the head and body are provided, with the EU SAR values also specified. The price of the phone varies depending on the region, with a price range of ₹124,999 / $959.00 / £1,049.99 / €1,095.00.

TESTS:

In performance tests, Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra scored 1241531 on AnTuTu (v9), 4927 on GeekBench (v5.1), and achieved 67fps on GFXBench (ES 3.1 onscreen). The display offers an infinite contrast ratio (nominal). The camera performance is impressive for both photos and videos. The loudspeaker delivers a very good audio experience, measured at -25.6 LUFS. The battery life provides an endurance rating of 126h, ensuring long-lasting usage between charges.

The pricing for the different configurations of Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is as follows:

  1. 256GB storage with 8GB RAM:
    • In the US, the price is $959.00.
    • In India, the price is ₹124,999.
  2. 256GB storage with 12GB RAM:
    • In the US, the price is $975.00.
  3. 512GB storage with 12GB RAM:
    • In India, the price is ₹134,999.
    • In the US, the price is $1,115.00.

Additionally, there is an option for a renewed version of the phone available in the UK, priced at £1,050.00.

Please note that prices may vary depending on the region and any ongoing promotions or discounts.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Specifications, Reviews and is it Value For MoneySamsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Specifications, Reviews and is it Value For Money

Reviews

Review 1

Top of the line, incredible technology – note the caveats in my review text.

Trying to put alot of thought into this so it will really be helpful to others…

I use a lot of technology in my life, have worked in IT for many years… and can provide some useful insight although (like everyone else) have not had the new phone for a long time….

This is the best phone I have ever had (how could it not be!). It was an upgrade from an older but very pampered Note 10+ (5G 512GB Ram) that was approaching 5+ years of age. If these devices are treated gently, they can last many more years than their predecessors. It also used to be up until about 5 years ago that people coulod get alot more funjctionality out of their phones by rooting them an dputting custom firmware on them, but those days are long gone. The Android OS is much more mature and less buggy that it used to be about 5 years ago or so. The key to my success with the phone longevity is: 1a. The mind set that I NEVER, EVER, EVER put anything in my front right pocket except for the phone itself; 1b, I NEVER EVER EVER put the phone into any othe pocket or place for carrying it around, 2. Always treat the phone like what it really is, an expensive piece of delicate equipment (not getting sloppy and allowing it to fall, puttin it in precarous places, never leave it in any place that sometimes has high humidity like a bathroom while in the shower – the warranty repair folks may say it has moisture damage as high humidity may have gotten into where the connector goes, etc.), and 3. Always be careful with the care of the battery – never let it run out and always if you are ever near any power supply, keep it plugged in 24/7 to have it run on the external power and minimize battery cycling).

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Verizon has consistently over the years never offered the highest level of RAM for Verizon phones which is annoying (there is a 1TB RAM model of the S23 Ultra which Verizon does not offer, they only offer the 512GB model as their best). The only negative I can currently offer on this model is that there is no separate storage for a Micro SD Card (my previous Note 10+ had 512GB internal storage and a 512GB MicrSD Card), but if the internal mamory is enough, that does of course have much higher speeds. After measuring my current storage usage however, my total usage of both internal and external storage was about 400GB, less than the total offered by Verizon on the 512GB model, and I only really took the dive because my Note 10+ started acting a little wonky and I do 100% need it for work.

For the last couple of phone upgrades, I have used the Samsung Smartswitch utility (why keep re-setting everything up if it is stable and likes the way you work, unless you are just playing with it like a new toy instead of an important tool used for work and play?), and in this case Verizon also offers a way of moving all of your data from one phone to another, which is confusing regarding which would be better or non-conflicting (rather than Samsung Smartswitch). I was going to use the Verizon utility and then afterward run the Samsung Smartswitch utility just to play ti safe…. So I took the dive and used the Verizon way of switching over all the data (first). I can happily report that you will find that the Verizon method of switching the phone data from the old to the new unit actually as part of it’s process, launches the Samsung SmartSwitch utility to do the work – and the SmartSwitch utility actually also copies all of the MicrSD Card contents from the old phone onto the new phone’s internal storage in a subdirectory named MicroSDBackup or the like. In comparing very carefully the data on the old phone vs. the new phone after the process, I thought there were some photos missing from the gallery on the new phone but then realized it was actually things shown on the new phone that were not shown on the old phone! – a few photos on the new phone displayed in the gallery but were NOT displayed on the old phone’s gallery as it was not showing photos from a few folders that do not normally contain photos! Also, before you turn in any older phone with a MicroSD Card for a trade-in, do not forget to go through the steps first to DECRYPT the Micro SD Card ON THE OLD PHONE if you had encrypted it, if you want to just keep the Micro SD Card as a backup – as the encryption is phone specific and cannot be unencrypted on any other device (once you not longer have the old device, that encrypted Micro SD Card is useless to you (and the encryption/decryption process is uniquely individual phone-specific) unless you want to just reformat the Micro SD Card).

Trying to add as much information here as possible – I have not had enough time owning the new phone to be able to give any in-depth anbalysis as far as anny negatives, other than the fact that it does the same as the old phone but considerably faster. You will note that when using the utility to move everything from the old phone to the new phone, that if you have any custom launcher (I use Nova 7 prime), the configuration for some of the home screen widgets are lost (they are still in place but do not display properly), but that is very minor and easily fixed by manual reconfiguration. This has alsways been the issue with moving the data over so the screen widget config must be stored somewhere that cannot be copied from one phone tro another. You may find that once everything is copied from the old to the new phone, that a bunch of apps and configuration looks like it is mssing – but in fact after everything is transferred from the old phone to the new one – on the new phone, there is alot of processing and installing in the background still taking place and it will take a little while for everything to reappear, but it will. (This took about 20 minutes on my new phone – just let it run it’s course without any kiind of interrruption (e.g., DO NOT REBOOT YOUR PHONE while this is taking place and you will be Ok))!

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(FYI I have over 500 apps on my phone and it is heavily tweaked for maximum perfomance and battery life etc.)

 Review 2: From Apple to Ultra: My Samsung Love Affair

From the moment I took the Galaxy S23 Ultra out of its box, I knew I was in for a treat. After switching from an iPhone, I was instantly surprised by the sheer variety of features available on this Android device. The camera in particular stands out since it produces breathtaking shots that can compete with even the most expensive DSLRs. The Galaxy S23 Ultra’s massive 200-megapixel sensor captures stunning depth and clarity that will delight even the most picky photographers.

But when it comes to the Galaxy S23 Ultra’s outstanding capabilities, the camera is merely the top of the iceberg. The gadget is really quick and has a potent CPU that can easily handle even the most taxing programmes and games. With its spectacular 6.8-inch Dynamic display, which offers stunning images.

Review 3: The Samsung plateaue is over

I originally planned on trading in my S22 Ultra to free myself from the subpar 8 Gen 1 performance and questionable battery life. But, as life is full of unexpected turns, I found myself holding a phone that felt not like one generational leap, but two.

Starting from the build quality and industrial design language, the immediate thing I noticed was the level of refinement achieved over the S22 Ultra of yesteryear. Not only the ergonomics of the phone have been greatly improved thanks to slightly rounded squared-off edges, but the precision in material tolerances has been greatly improved. Compared to its predecessors (S22 Ultra, S21 Ultra, and Note20 Ultra) Samsung has completely removed any rough edges found on any surface transitions on the device.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Specifications, Reviews and is it Value For MoneySamsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Specifications, Reviews and is it Value For Money

Value For Money?

After conducting extensive comparisons, I can confidently assert that the S23 Ultra stands out as one of the finest camera phones available on the market. In fact, it surpasses even the highly acclaimed Pixel 7 Pro and competes head-to-head with the formidable iPhone 14 Pro Max. The S23 Ultra’s camera capabilities are truly exceptional, capturing stunning photos and videos that rival the best in the industry.

But the S23 Ultra is not solely focused on its remarkable camera system. This Android flagship offers a host of other impressive features and enhancements. One notable improvement is its significantly extended battery life, providing over 13 hours of uninterrupted usage. This enhancement ensures that users can rely on the phone’s longevity throughout the day, even with heavy usage.

In terms of performance, the S23 Ultra showcases the pinnacle of power and efficiency. Equipped with a highly efficient processor, this phone can handle demanding tasks and applications effortlessly. Whether you’re a multitasker or a power user, the S23 Ultra delivers a seamless and responsive experience.

For those venturing into the realm of Android flagships for the first time, waiting for the S23 Ultra is a wise choice. By opting for this device, you’re treating yourself to the epitome of sophistication. Its advanced processor ensures lightning-fast performance, while the massive front camera captures stunning selfies and facilitates immersive video calls. Furthermore, the S23 Ultra is expected to receive long-term software support, guaranteeing access to the latest updates and features.

In conclusion, the S23 Ultra reigns supreme among Android phones in 2023. With its top-of-the-line camera system, remarkable battery life, and powerful performance, it solidifies its position as an unrivaled choice for those seeking the utmost in smartphone technology.

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