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Samsung Galaxy S23 price and pre-orders: All the info you need before you buy

We've got a full rundown on where to go, what you'll get, how much you'll pay, and more!
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February 1, 2023

Samsung’s latest-and-greatest in the Galaxy S series is official! The phones are quite exciting, but you can’t get your hands on one just yet. We have all the information about Samsung Galaxy S23 price and pre-orders here, so you can make an informed decision before you commit.

A quick overview of the Galaxy S23 price is that it’s the same as the previous two years, but with a slight twist. The Galaxy S23 with 128GB of storage remains at a $799 price. The Galaxy S23 Plus and S23 Ultra also start at the 2022 prices of $999.99 and $1,099.99 respectively, but both offer double the storage capacity on the base models compared to last year. We’ve outlined more about what this means below.

Pre-orders for the phones opened on February 1, 2023, and general sales begin on February 17, 2023. That means you have until February 16 to get your pre-orders in and take advantage of all the great deals Samsung and other retailers are offering!

How much is the Samsung Galaxy S23?

samsung galaxy s23 color options upright
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Samsung Galaxy S23 (8GB/128GB): $799
Samsung Galaxy S23 (8GB/256GB): $849

The Samsung Galaxy S23 is priced identically to last year’s Galaxy S22, and you even get the same storage and RAM configurations. As a quick refresher, that’s $799 for the 128GB storage model in the US and $849 if you want the extra storage space of the 256GB model.

The various storage models of the Galaxy S23 launched at £849 and £899 in the UK, CAD$1,099.99 and CAD$1,179.99 in Canada, and AUD$1,349 and AUD$1,449 in Australia. You’ll find pre-order deals and details for each country below.

How much is the Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus?

Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus app launcher
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Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus: (8GB/256GB): $999
Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus: (8GB/512GB): $1,049

The price of the Galaxy S23 Plus is also unchanged from that of the Galaxy S22 Plus, but there’s a notable difference. The base model of the Plus will start at 256GB. That means you’ll be paying the same $999 starting price as last year but with double the starting storage.

$999 has been the price of the Plus model for three of the past four years, with the significant uplift to $1,199 in 2020 being the lesson from which Samsung learned. Keeping it to three figures is clearly a winning formula. The 512GB version raises the prices just a bit further to $1,049.

The 256GB and 512GB variants of the Galaxy S23 Plus are priced at £1,049 and £1,149 in the UK, CAD$1,399.99 and CAD$1,559.99 in Canada, and AUD$1,649 and AUD$1,849 in Australia.

How much is the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra?

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra S Pen on table
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Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra: (8GB/256GB): $1,199
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra: (12GB/512GB): $1,299
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra: (12GB/1TB): $1,399

Again, nothing new here in pricing, other than you start at 256GB of storage for $1,199. There isn’t an 128GB variant of the S23 Ultra, so the 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB variants will be priced at $1,199, $1,299, and $1,399 respectively.

Taking each storage variant of the Galaxy S23 Ultra in turn, pricing is £1,249/£1,399/£1,599 in the UK, CAD$1,649.99/CAD$1,889.99/CAD$2,209.99 in Canada, and AUD$1,949/AUD$2,249/AUD$2,649 in Australia.

Samsung Galaxy S23 price vs. the competition

Samsung Galaxy S23 vs Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max camera angled
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Apple kept the iPhone 14 price consistent with the previous generation at $799, which matches the starting price of the Galaxy S23. The Galaxy S23 Plus costs $100 more for the base variant than the $899 iPhone 14 Pro. Of course, they’re not equal devices, and you get more RAM on the Samsung phones in any scenario. $100 is also the difference between the Galaxy S23 Ultra and the iPhone 14 Pro Max at $1,099. The iPhone 14 Plus is $899, placing it in between the S23 and S23 Plus.

The cost of the OnePlus 10 Pro was reduced from $969 to $899 compared to its predecessor. This version includes 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. That makes it more affordable than the Galaxy S23 Plus but more expensive than the base model Galaxy S23. There’s also the OnePlus 10T, which sacrifices some high-end luxuries to come in as a much more affordable option. It’s just $649, and therefore a more inexpensive alternative to the S23 range.

Google retains its edge over the competition when it comes to pricing.

Google retains its edge over the competition when it comes to pricing its flagships. The Pixel 7 still starts at $599 — $200 more affordable than Samsung’s base Galaxy S23, though both offer the same options for storage and RAM. Upgrading your Pixel 7 from 128GB of storage to 256GB ups the asking price to $699. This is a narrower gap of $150 from the equivalent storage option in the Galaxy S23.

Google kept the starting price of the Pixel 7 Pro the same as its predecessor, starting at $899 for 128GB of storage. This makes it an attractive option compared to the starting prices of the Galaxy S23 Plus and S23 Ultra.

So overall, the Galaxy S23 phones are expensive, which is to be expected given the popularity of the Galaxy S series and all the specs the handsets will offer.

Where can you pre-order the Galaxy S23 series?

samsung galaxy s23 series colors
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Samsung.com is the most obvious place to go to pre-order a Samsung Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23 Plus, or Galaxy S23 Ultra. Apart from the excellent deals, one of the main advantages of ordering directly from Samsung is that you’ll gain access to exclusive colorways that other retailers don’t offer. These include Lime, Graphite, Sky Blue, and red. Those exclusive colors join the four you can get anywhere else: Phantom Black, Cream, Lavender, and green.

In addition to extra colors, pre-orders come with a storage upgrade for free. That means you’ll get a 256GB Galaxy S23, a 512GB Galaxy S23 Plus, and a 512GB Galaxy S23 Ultra for no additional charge. With the Galaxy S23 Ultra, you could even spend more money and get the 1TB model at a discount.

Get the 512GB Galaxy S23 Ultra at almost half-price.

Samsung also has a nice trade-in program that can earn you significant discounts. This is especially useful if you’re upgrading from a Samsung device, as the company usually offers more for those than other trade-in systems and also accepts devices in not-so-good condition. If you pre-order the Galaxy S23 Ultra then you can earn up to $500 in instant trade-in credit, which is offset against the price you pay for the new device. Combined with the storage upgrade, that could get you the 512GB Galaxy S23 Ultra at almost half-price. The instant trade-in credit is a maximum of $350 when pre-ordering the Galaxy S23 or S23 Plus.

When you trade in a device with Samsung, it sends you the new device first. You then have a set period of time (about two weeks) to pop your old phone in the same box and send it back.

The final element of the Samsung pre-orders is extra Samsung credit, and we have good news on that front. Everyone who pre-orders one of the devices will receive $100 in Samsung credit which you can apply towards a set of earbuds, a Galaxy Watch, or many other Samsung devices and accessories. But by clicking one of our links below, you’ll get an additional $50 added on to that, for a total of $150 extra Samsung credit.

$799.99 at Samsung
Samsung Galaxy S23
Samsung Galaxy S23
Compact size
Brighter screen
Larger battery
$999.99 at Samsung
Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus
Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus
Large AMOLED display
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 power
Bigger battery
$1,199.99 at Samsung
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
New 200MP main camera
Beautiful display
S Pen functionality

Of course, you can choose to skip Samsung.com and get your new phone from a major carrier or a third-party retailer. We’ll run you through the options.

Get the Galaxy S23 via a major carrier in the US

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The three major wireless carriers in the US will sell the Galaxy S23 series. Each one offers trade-in deals and other promotions. Likewise, many of the smaller carriers and MVNOs will allow you to pre-order a Samsung Galaxy S23. In general, there won’t be many carriers that don’t offer the new phones!

For Verizon, you’ll be able to grab all three phones in all four colors. Pre-orders receive doubled storage for free, which would mean 256GB for the Galaxy S23 and 512GB for the S23 Plus and S23 Ultra, all at no extra cost. Unfortunately, Verizon will not sell the Ultra version in its 1TB variant, so 512GB is the max storage level.

Switching to Verizon or upgrading your current Verizon phone earns you a bunch of perks, though. Regardless of which phone you go with or if you’re switching or upgrading, you’ll get a free Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and a Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G with your purchase. You’ll also get up to $800 off with a trade-in. Depending on your trade-in/upgrade, you could get a Galaxy S23, Galaxy Watch 5, and Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G for literally no money. Additionally, folks who switch to Verizon would get a $200 Verizon eCard on top of all that. Remember that these deals only apply if you go directly to Verizon.

Verizon Galaxy 23 pre-order links: Galaxy 23 | Galaxy S23 Plus | Galaxy S23 Ultra

As for AT&T, there will be the expected free double storage upgrade as seen from Samsung.com, Verizon, and other retailers. AT&T will also offer trade-in discounts for both new and existing customers, although the company says you can max-out at $1,000 for this, depending on your trade. This might mean your current phone is worth more at AT&T than other carriers, so be sure to shop around.

AT&T Galaxy 23 pre-order links: Galaxy 23 | Galaxy S23 Plus | Galaxy S23 Ultra

With T-Mobile, you’ll get the free storage upgrade and up to $1,000 off with an eligible trade-in.

T-Mobile Galaxy 23 pre-order links: Galaxy 23 | Galaxy S23 Plus | Galaxy S23 Ultra

Meanwhile, Xfinity Mobile has some sweet deals happening. If you switch to Xfinity — meaning you purchase a new phone on a 24-month installment plan, port in an existing number, and activate a new line within 30 days — you’ll get $500 off any of the Galaxy S23 models. Existing Xfinity Mobile customers can also get $500 off a new phone by agreeing to a 24-month installment plan and upgrading an existing subscription line. Both new and existing customers can also earn up to an additional $800 off with a qualifying trade-in. In other words, if you port-in to Xfinity and trade in a phone worth $300, you’d get the Galaxy S23 for free. If your trade-in is worth the full $800, you could get a maxed-out Galaxy S23 Ultra for free.

Xfinity Galaxy 23 pre-order links: Galaxy 23 | Galaxy S23 Plus | Galaxy S23 Ultra

Get an unlocked Galaxy S23 through a major retailer

Samsung Galaxy S23 white in hand
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If you don’t want to grab your new Galaxy S23 from a carrier, a ton of retailers will gladly sell you an unlocked model.

For Amazon, you’ll be able to get a free storage upgrade plus a free Amazon gift card. The gift card amount is $50 for the Galaxy S23 and $100 if you go for the S23 Plus or S23 Ultra.

Amazon Galaxy 23 pre-order links: Galaxy 23 | Galaxy S23 Plus | Galaxy S23 Ultra

For its part, Best Buy will also have some promos. From February 1 until February 16, Best Buy will give you up to $600 off a Galaxy S23 device with a qualified trade-in. Depending on the Galaxy S23 model you buy, you could also earn up to a $100 Best Buy gift card. And, as usual, Best Buy is also offering the free storage upgrade we’re seeing across the board. After February 16, the trade-in offer will still stand, but the gift card and storage upgrade will vanish, so get on this fast.

Best Buy Galaxy 23 pre-order links: Galaxy 23 | Galaxy S23 Plus | Galaxy S23 Ultra

Keep in mind that these offers are either similar or weaker to the ones you’ll get directly from Samsung. Do what you must if you need to shop at Amazon or Best Buy because of loyalty credit cards, points, gift cards, etc. But if you’re just looking for the best deal you can get on an unlocked device, we highly recommend going with Samsung.com, as you’ll get the same or better value and access to four additional colors.

Where to pre-order the Galaxy S23 internationally

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra green in hand
Robert Triggs / Android Authority

The Samsung Galaxy S23 range launched in various countries across the world today, with others to follow soon. If you’re keen to get your pre-order in as soon as possible but you’re outside of the US then you might be interested in the pre-order deals across the globe. We’ve run through a few of the regions.

UK

If you’re in the UK then you can pre-order the Galaxy S23 series from Samsung with some nice bonuses. You get a free storage upgrade on every model, plus a trade-in credit of up to £450 on the S23 and S23 Plus or up to £600 on the S23 Ultra.

Samsung UK Galaxy S23 pre-order links: Galaxy 23 | Galaxy S23 Plus | Galaxy S23 Ultra

Amazon UK offers a storage upgrade on each model, £100 or £150 enhanced trade-in values, plus some other freebies such as six months of Disney Plus for free. You can save on some bundle deals, such as £117 off when you buy the Galaxy S23 with a case and the Galaxy Buds 2.

Amazon UK Galaxy S23 pre-order links: Galaxy 23 | Galaxy S23 Plus | Galaxy S23 Ultra

Canada

Canadians can enjoy similar deals on the new Samsung flagships. The manufacturer itself is offering the storage upgrades we’re seeing across the board, plus a trade-in credit of CA$845 on any of the models.

Samsung Canada Galaxy S23 pre-order links: Galaxy 23 | Galaxy S23 Plus | Galaxy S23 Ultra

Amazon Canada seems to be a bit less generous than its international counterparts so far, but you can still benefit from the free storage upgrade in the pre-order period.

Amazon Canada Galaxy S23 pre-order links: Galaxy 23 | Galaxy S23 Plus | Galaxy S23 Ultra

Australia

Buyers down under can score themselves trade-in values of AUD$250 on the Galaxy S23 or S23 Plus, as well as a AUD$150 instant eVoucher to spend on other Samsung goodies. Pre-ordering the Galaxy S23 Ultra ups the trade-in value to AUD$300 and the eVoucher to AUD$250. Plus free storage upgrade for everyone who pre-orders.

Samsung Australia Galaxy S23 pre-order links: Galaxy 23 | Galaxy S23 Plus | Galaxy S23 Ultra

Amazon Australia is offering you the free storage upgrade plus some extra Amazon credit when you pre-order. The amounts of the Amazon credit are AUD$100, AUD$150, or AUD$250, depending on which device you pick.

Amazon Austrilia Galaxy S23 pre-order links: Galaxy 23 | Galaxy S23 Plus | Galaxy S23 Ultra

What kind of pre-order bonuses can you expect?

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra S Pen on table
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Pretty much every retailer is offering the double-storage upgrade. This doubles your storage at no additional cost. Here’s how it breaks down:

  • Galaxy S23: You’ll pay $799 and get a 256GB model instead of a 128GB model.
  • Galaxy S23 Plus: You’ll pay $999 and get a 512GB model instead of a 256GB model.
  • Galaxy S23 Ultra: You’ll pay $1,199 and get a 512GB model instead of a 256GB model. This also incidentally bumps up your RAM count from 8GB to 12GB.

Unfortunately, you can’t downgrade this discount. In other words, you can’t opt for the 128GB Galaxy S23 and pay less than $799. You can only get the free storage upgrade. However, in the case of the Galaxy S23 Ultra, you can opt for a similarly discounted rate for the 1TB model. In other words, you’ll pay the normal 512GB price but get 1TB of storage.

Remember that these free storage upgrades end with pre-orders. If you miss out on the pre-order window (February 1 through February 16), you will not get a free storage upgrade.

Outside of this, carriers and retailers are offering their own specific discounts and promotions. See the previous sections for more on those.

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Should you pre-order the Galaxy S23 series or wait?

Samsung Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus colorways
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The decision of whether or not to pre-order a Samsung Galaxy S23 device depends on a few factors. If you already have a Samsung, Apple, or Google phone, and it’s relatively new and in good condition, trading that phone in and applying the discount towards a Galaxy S23 device would be a great idea. When you combine this with the double-storage upgrade and any other promotions various retailers and carriers offer, you could save a ton of cash and still get the phone on February 17.

Things get murkier if you don’t have a trade-in (or your trade-in has a low value). Getting double the storage for the same amount of money is a nice perk, yes, but you could also wait a few months and get the phones at significant discounts. Generally, Samsung offers great discounts on phones around major holidays, which could knock hundreds of dollars off the devices. Obviously, the trade-off here is that you don’t get the phone now, and there’s no surefire way to know when the best deals will drop. Unless, of course, you want to wait until Black Friday, which is when the phones will be the cheapest. But that’s not until November!

Samsung die-hards shouldn't hesitate.

There are also competitor phones to consider. In the US, the two major competitors — Apple and Google — won’t have new phones of this caliber until September and October, respectively. That’s a long wait. OnePlus is launching the OnePlus 11 in early February, which might be worth a look, but it will fall short in a few key areas when compared to the Galaxy S23 series (namely the camera). There are also phones from last year that are still terrific, including the Google Pixel 7 Pro, which was the best phone of 2022.

Samsung die-hards shouldn’t hesitate, however. With trade-ins and promotions, you can easily get a Galaxy S23 for half the price, if not more. You’ll be happy you did! People less attached to Samsung or even those switching over from iPhone should probably do some shopping around or even think about a 2022 device.

$799.99 at Samsung
Samsung Galaxy S23
Samsung Galaxy S23
Compact size
Brighter screen
Larger battery
$999.99 at Samsung
Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus
Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus
Large AMOLED display
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 power
Bigger battery
$1,199.99 at Samsung
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
New 200MP main camera
Beautiful display
S Pen functionality
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Samsung Galaxy S23 price Q&A

It’s pricey for sure, but the largest and most capable Galaxy S23 also features the highest-end smartphone tech available. Factors such as chip shortages, supply chain issues, and inflation all add to the build costs of the S23 Ultra. And of course, Samsung is in this industry for profit. At the end of the day, the Galaxy S23 Ultra is worth as much as consumers will pay for it.

It sure did. While it’s hard to get figures on exact models and variants, it was reported that sales of the S22 series exceeded those of the S21 range. The Galaxy S22 Ultra also outsold any previous model of the Galaxy Note, which it effectively replaced. While it fell short of the Apple devices, the S22 Ultra was also the best-selling Android phone in North America during Q2 of 2022. Not bad for a $1,200 handset. 

No, Samsung will not include a charger in the box with any Galaxy S23 series smartphone. You’ll have to buy one separately or use a third-party USB PD PPS adapter. Samsung separately sells its own 25W and 45W fast-wired chargers for $19.99 and $49.99 respectively. There are more affordable alternatives from other manufacturers as well as wireless options. The best chargers for the Galaxy S22 range should also apply to the Galaxy S23. 

Yes, the Galaxy S23 Ultra will have the S Pen in the box, so you won’t have to buy it separately.