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Samsung Galaxy S23 series specs: Everything you need to know

From horsepower and storage to cameras and more, here's what you're getting with the S23 series.
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February 1, 2023

The Samsung Galaxy S23 series is finally here, coming months after we heard the first rumors and saw the first leaks. These phones are the faces of Android in many ways, bringing a familiar name, top-flight specs and wide availability.

The Galaxy S23, S23 Plus, and S23 Ultra share features like One UI 5.1 atop Android 13, four major OS upgrades (and five years of security patches), an IP68 rating, 15W wireless charging and Gorilla Glass Victus 2. But take a closer look at each model, and you’ll see divergent spec sheets.

In saying so, those expecting game-changing upgrades across the board might be disappointed, but we’ve still got a few key upgrades worth keeping in mind. So join us as we look at the Galaxy S23 series specs.

$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

Samsung Galaxy S23 specs overview

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra homescreen blue
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You can check out all the major Galaxy S23 specs in one place via the table below.

Galaxy S23Galaxy S23 PlusGalaxy S23 Ultra
Display
Galaxy S23
6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED
Flat display
19.5:9 aspect ratio
FHD+ resolution (2,340 x 1,080)
120Hz adaptive refresh rate
Galaxy S23 Plus
6.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED
Flat display
19.5:9 aspect ratio
FHD+ resolution (2,340 x 1,080)
120Hz adaptive refresh rate
Galaxy S23 Ultra
6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED
Edge display (curved)
19.3:9 aspect ratio
QHD+ resolution (3,088 x 1,440)
120Hz adaptive refresh rate (1Hz to 120Hz)
Processor
Galaxy S23
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
Galaxy S23 Plus
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
Galaxy S23 Ultra
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
RAM
Galaxy S23
8GB
Galaxy S23 Plus
8GB
Galaxy S23 Ultra
8GB or 12GB
Storage
Galaxy S23
128GB or 256GB
No microSD card support
Galaxy S23 Plus
256GB or 512GB
No microSD card support
Galaxy S23 Ultra
256GB, 512GB, or 1TB
No microSD card support
Power
Galaxy S23
3,900mAh battery
25W wired charging
15W wireless charging
No charger in box
Galaxy S23 Plus
4,700mAh battery
45W wired charging
15W wireless charging
No charger in box
Galaxy S23 Ultra
5,000mAh battery
45W wired charging
15W wireless charging
No charger in box
Cameras
Galaxy S23
REAR:
- 50MP wide
- 12MP ultrawide
- 10MP telephoto

FRONT:
- 12MP wide
Galaxy S23 Plus
REAR:
- 50MP wide
- 12MP ultrawide
- 10MP telephoto

FRONT:
- 12MP wide
Galaxy S23 Ultra
REAR:
- 200MP wide
- 12MP ultrawide
- 10MP telephoto
- 10MP telephoto

FRONT:
- 12MP wide
Software
Galaxy S23
Android 13
One UI 5.1
Galaxy S23 Plus
Android 13
One UI 5.1
Galaxy S23 Ultra
Android 13
One UI 5.1
S Pen support
Galaxy S23
No
Galaxy S23 Plus
No
Galaxy S23 Ultra
Yes, with storage slot
IP rating
Galaxy S23
IP68 certified
Galaxy S23 Plus
IP68 certified
Galaxy S23 Ultra
IP68 certified
Weight & Dimensions
Galaxy S23
146.3 x 70.8 x 7.6mm, 168g
Galaxy S23 Plus
157.7 x 76.2 x 7.6mm, 196g
Galaxy S23 Ultra
163.3 x 77.9 x 8.9mm
229g
Other specs
Galaxy S23
IP68, WiFi 6E, Gorilla
Glass Victus 2, Vision
Booster (Adaptive),
Selfie Night Portrait
Galaxy S23 Plus
IP68, WiFi 6E, UWB,
Gorilla Glass Victus 2,
Vision Booster
(Adaptive), Selfie
Night Portrait

Galaxy S23 Ultra
IP68, Embedded S
Pen, Dual HighResolution, WiFi 6E,
UWB, Gorilla Glass
Victus 2, Vision
Booster (Adaptive),
Selfie Night Portrait,
Wider OIS, Laser AF

Samsung Galaxy S23 specs

Samsung Galaxy S23 green colorway on cork
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All three Galaxy S23 devices are powered by an overclocked version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, and the base Galaxy S23 is no different. This chipset is clocked at 3.36GHz compared to the standard SoC’s 3.19GHz clock speed, and there’s also a GPU upgrade from 680MHz to 719MHz. Either way, this should make for a major performance and efficiency upgrade over the Galaxy S22 line‘s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor.

Aside from this horsepower upgrade, you’re also getting a slightly bigger battery (3,900mAh versus the S22’s 3,700mAh battery). This isn’t a huge difference at all, but the new chip might help users squeeze more juice from the handset. Otherwise, the vanilla Galaxy S23 is also equipped with 8GB of RAM, 128GB or 256GB of fixed storage, a 6.1-inch FHD+ 120Hz OLED screen, and 25W wired charging.

The Galaxy S23 specs show that it's effectively the S22 with a bigger battery and new processor.

Things look pretty familiar when examining the camera details, as you’ve got a 50MP main camera, 12MP ultrawide shooter, and 10MP 3x telephoto shooter. In saying so, Samsung has upgraded last year’s 10MP selfie camera to a 12MP sensor.

It must be said that the Galaxy S23 lacks UWB support, unlike the Plus and Ultra variants. So use-cases like more precise object tracking and vehicle entry are out of the question for owners of this handset.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus specs

Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus app launcher
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The Galaxy S22 Plus was basically a larger Galaxy S22, and the Galaxy S23 Plus takes the same approach. In other words, the key differences are a larger size, bigger screen (6.6-inch FHD+ 120Hz panel), and a bigger battery (4,700mAh). In the case of the latter, this is a minor upgrade over the S22 Plus’s 4,500mAh battery.

There are a couple of other additions here that you won’t find on the S23 though, namely UWB support and 45W wired charging speeds. Furthermore, the Plus model starts at 256GB of fixed storage instead of 128GB.

Other notable specs include the aforementioned Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB or 512GB of storage.

The Galaxy S23 Plus features the same cameras as the base Galaxy S23, namely a 50MP main shooter, 12MP ultrawide sensor, and 10MP 3x telephoto camera. A 12MP camera is available up-front for video calls and selfies.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra specs

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra camera housing 1
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The Galaxy S23 Ultra indeed offers that super-charged Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, but almost everything else has been upgraded compared to its stablemates.

Samsung’s top-end S23 model sports a 6.8-inch 1440p OLED screen (LTPO, 120Hz), 8GB to 12GB of RAM, 256GB to 1TB of fixed storage, and a 5,000mAh battery with 45W wired charging.

The Galaxy S23 Ultra brings a 200MP main camera, making for a significant upgrade on paper.

The headline upgrade takes place in the camera department, as Samsung has replaced the S22 Ultra’s 108MP main camera with a 200MP sensor. This camera is capable of offering either full-resolution shots, 50MP pixel-binned snaps, or 12.5MP pixel-binned images. Other shooters include a 3x 10MP telephoto camera, a 10x 10MP periscope lens, and a 12MP ultrawide shooter. Samsung is also offering a 12MP selfie camera rather than the S22 Ultra’s 40MP lens.

Samsung’s Ultra model also retains the S Pen and integrated slot seen on last year’s phone. So fans of stylus input and the various S Pen features should be at home here.

Samsung Galaxy S23 series vs. the competition: How do they compare?

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra vs Google Pixel 7 Pro camera
Robert Triggs / Android Authority

When it comes to horsepower, it definitely looks like the Galaxy S23 series will have a leg up over most of the Android competition. That overclocked chipset means it should even have the edge over other Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 phones like the OnePlus 11 and Xiaomi 13 series. We’re also expecting the phones to offer better performance in benchmarks than the Pixel 7 series.

Then again, there’s more to performance than classic benchmarks. Last year’s Galaxy phones weren’t great when it came to sustained performance, with the GOS throttling controversy being particularly noteworthy. Meanwhile, companies like Google also brought an emphasis on AI hardware that offered real-world applications like photo unblurring and offline voice typing. But the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is looking like a major step forward for Qualcomm.

The Galaxy S23 phones could take the performance crown for Android devices in 2023.

Moving away from horsepower, Samsung’s S23 and S23 Plus both deliver the same rear camera systems as the S22 and S22 Plus. That means you’ve got a flexible camera setup, but Samsung will be reliant on software to deliver an improved experience here.

On the other hand, the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s 200MP main camera is a significant upgrade in theory. However, we hope Samsung’s phone delivers better image quality than Motorola’s 200MP phone. Furthermore, that 10x periscope camera might be the same shooter as last year’s Ultra model, but it still has potential to deliver best-in-class long-range zoom.

The OnePlus 11 is also nipping at the heels of the Galaxy S23 range, landing on February 7. We already know the new OnePlus phone will have the vanilla Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, a 5,000mAh battery, QHD+ screen, and super-speedy 100W wired charging. Unfortunately, the phone lacks wireless charging and we’re not too optimistic regarding an IP rating across the board. But these omissions wouldn’t be a big deal if the phone were much cheaper than Samsung’s offerings, so we’ll need to wait and see.

See also: Samsung Galaxy S22 vs the Galaxy S23?

What about competition from Apple, though? Well, the S22 and S22 Plus seem like good matches for the vanilla iPhone 14 models. Samsung’s phones stand out by virtue of faster wired charging (particularly on the S22 Plus), high refresh rate screens, and more flexible cameras. Meanwhile, the S23 Ultra goes toe-to-toe with the iPhone 14 Pro series on paper, serving up a big battery, S Pen integration, and a more impressive camera system.

Top Galaxy S23 questions and answers

Samsung has outlined the dimensions of the phones below:

  • Galaxy S23 — 146.3 x 70.8 x 7.62mm
  • Galaxy S23 Plus — 157.7 x 76.2 x 7.62mm
  • Galaxy S23 Ultra — 163.3 x 78 x 8.9mm

Unfortunately, none of the phones have expandable storage via a memory card slot.

Only the Galaxy S23 Ultra has an S Pen and S Pen slot. It’s also worth noting that the standard and Plus models don’t support the S Pen in the first place.

It looks like longer battery life could be on the cards. All the phones bar the Ultra model see battery capacity increases, while the processor is also more efficient this year. However, the new processor also sees a major clock speed increase, which could result in increased power consumption. We’ll know more once we review the devices.

The Galaxy S23 series has the same price in the US as the Galaxy S22 series. That means $799, $999, and $1,199. You can check out our dedicated Galaxy S23 pricing article for more details.