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A closer look at the new Samsung Galaxy S23 colors: More consistency this time

Samsung appears to be going with an "all muted, all the time" strategy this year.
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February 1, 2023

The Samsung Galaxy S23 series is finally here. There are three different models, just like last year: the Samsung Galaxy S23, S23 Plus, and S23 Ultra. The new Samsung flagships introduce the Ultra’s design language to the rest of the S series. We’re also seeing more consistency when it comes to Galaxy S color choices.

Last year Samsung offered the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus in Pink Gold, Graphite, Green, Phantom Black, and Phantom White. There were also exclusive colors that were only found with certain carriers and regions: Cream, Sky Blue, and Violet. Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra had the last three colors alongside Burgundy as their main choice. The Galaxy S22 Ultra’s special regional/carrier choices were also different: Graphite, Sky Blue, and Red.

This time around the entire Galaxy S23 series will have the same base colors of Phantom Black, Cream, Lavender, and Green.

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Samsung Galaxy S23
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Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus
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Large AMOLED display
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Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
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New 200MP main camera
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Phantom Black: It’s not the same as the S22 shade

Samsung Galaxy S23 black in hand
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Samsung’s Phantom Black makes a return, but it isn’t quite the same as last year’s Phantom Black. This particular shade of black looks to be fairly muted, almost gray. You might be a little disappointed if you prefer a deeper shade of black. That said, it’s not a bad-looking color and is probably one of my favorite of the four options.

Cream: This Galaxy S23 color is familiar but not the same

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Cream back standing by books
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This is not the pure white shade Samsung gave us last year, then known as Phantom White. It’s also not the same Cream as the S22 exclusive from last year. Basically, it’s an off-white rather than a deeper cream this time around. The color isn’t exactly revolutionary, but if you like lighter colors there’s little to complain about with this shade.

Lavender: A cross between S22’s Bora Purple and Violet

Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus back Lavender
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Despite the name Lavender, this phone is a much lighter shade of purple that flirts closer to being pink. It’s sort of like a cross between the Bora Purple and Violet shades that were special exclusive colors for the Galaxy S22 series. As we’ve seen with all the colors, it’s also pretty dull and muted. Samsung apparently has decided that the S23 series should be more professional and less colorful. Whether that’s a good thing or a downgrade? Honestly, it’s up to your personal preferences.

Green: So different from last year, but in a good way?

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra green in hand
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I really liked the Galaxy S22 green color which was pretty similar to the Pacific Blue color on the iPhone 12 Pro Max. I’m less excited about this new Green. The vibrancy of the shade really appealed to me. The new Green trades in this polish and shine for a paler, lighter green. It’s almost more gray-green to my eyes. On the bright side, it has a clean, professional clean look while still standing. It’s not a common shade, but it has a bit of conservative, reserved energy to it that might not appeal to those that like a bit more shine from their phones.

Are there any exclusive Galaxy S23 colors?

The Galaxy S22 series had a few special exclusive colors that stood out from the pack, including a light shade of blue and a unique red that had an almost orange-like hue to it. These models were specifically available online, with a few also being available in select regions or through select carriers. Samsung will again offer a few special colors, but they will only be available from Samsung.com. The new colors are Lime, Graphite, Sky Blue, and Red for the Ultra.

The colors are muted, just like with the ones above. That said, they are certainly more head-turning than any of the options above. This is especially true for the red color.

Unfortunately, Samsung confirms only two of these special colors will be available on the S23 and S23 Plus. We can’t say specifically which of the two colors will make the cut just yet, Also, while we did get some Galaxy S23 hands-on time with the regular models, we don’t have any real-life photos with the new exclusive colors just yet. We have seen a few renders, however, courtesy of Roland Quandt, on Twitter.

Interested in the Galaxy S23? You can pre-order the Galaxy S23 now. The new handset will also hit store shelves on February 17 if you’d rather pick it up in person.

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

All Galaxy S23 models can be purchased in one of the four available colorway options. The options include Phantom Black, Cream, Lavender, and Green.

In reality, none. Nominally, Phantom Black and Green are the only two colors carried over from the Galaxy S22 series. However, all S23 colors are more muted than their predecessors.

Samsung confirmed that the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus will have special colors, but it’s unclear what shades these will be.

For those who prefer a pop of color, the best Galaxy S23 color option is Lavender. We think that Cream and Green may appeal to more professional buyers.