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The Weekly Authority: 📦 Unpacking Galaxy Unpacked

Plus Nothing Phone 2, the end of Sony's PS Plus Collection, Punxsutawney Phil's predictions, and more top tech news.

Published onFebruary 4, 2023

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⚡ Welcome to The Weekly Authority, the Android Authority newsletter that breaks down the top Android and tech news from the week. The 230th edition is here with all things Galaxy Unpacked, a Sony Xperia I V leak, the end of Sony’s PS Plus Collection, Punxsutawney Phil’s predictions, and more…

🧹 I’ve been debating all week whether to buy the Dead Space remake or wait for Hogwarts Legacy next week, and I just can’t decide. On the one hand, I loved the original Dead Space; on the other hand, HOGWARTS. Dilemma!

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Weekly Wonder

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Missed Galaxy Unpacked on Wednesday? You can catch the official replay here, or keep reading for everything you missed.

  • Of course, we saw the launch of the S23 series phones, including the S23, S23 Plus, and S23 Ultra.
  • All are powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy SoC, offering a minor CPU and GPU speed upgrade over the vanilla chipset.
  • All also pack wireless charging and an IP68 rating, plus the same 12MP ultrawide rear, 10MP 3x telephoto, and 12MP selfie shooter.
  • This time around, everyone gets the Snapdragon version — there’s no Exynos variant.
  • You’ll also get Samsung’s excellent update policy with four OS updates and five years of security protection.
  • The vanilla S23 packs a flat 6.1-inch screen, a 3,900mAh battery with 25W wired charging, 128GB of base storage, and no UWB.
  • The S23 Plus boasts a flat 6.5-inch FHD+ screen, a 4,700mAh battery with 45W wired charging, 256GB of base storage, and UWB.
  • Both phones also share the same camera system.
  • But it’s the Ultra that’s the pack leader here, with its 6.8-inch QHD+ screen, 5,000mAh battery with 45W wired charging, 200MP main camera and 10MP 10x periscope camera, and S Pen slot.
  • There’s no satellite connectivity, though, and here’s why Samsung skipped it.
  • Not sure which one to go for? Check out our hands-on review and versus articles to help you choose.
  • Still not sure the S23 is for you? We’ve got six Galaxy S23 alternatives worth considering.
  • Also, in case you missed it, Nothing’s Carl Pei took to Twitter to poke fun at the S23 series.

S23 series pricing

  • Good news for US customers — pricing for the S23 series remains the same as the S22 series, starting at $799 for the S23, $999 for the S23 Plus, and $1,199 for the S23 Ultra.
  • Not such great news for those in the UK and the rest of Europe (as well as India and South Africa), where you’ll pay a higher price, for the most part.
  • Samsung also announced a permanent price cut for the vanilla S22, now$699 in the US.

Galaxy Book 3 series

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We saw more than just new phones at Samsung’s event — with the new Galaxy Book 3 series of laptops also making an appearance.

  • That included the 14-inch and 16-inch Galaxy Book 3 Pro, 360 and Pro 360 convertibles, and an Ultra model.
  • All pack 512GB to 1TB NVMe storage, 3K AMOLED screens, and AKG quad speakers.
  • Barring the Ultra, all models also have a 13th Gen Core i7 CPU and Intel Iris XE graphics.
  • 🤤 The Ultra’s the king, with a core i9 CPU and RTX graphics, though the Pro 360 convertible shares a few Ultra features like more RAM and a 120Hz refresh rate.
  • Prices range from $1,299.99 to $2,199.99

What else?

Samsung also announced plans to start working on extended reality products.

  • This could include virtual, augmented, and mixed-reality products.
  • It’ll team up with Google, Qualcomm, Meta, and Microsoft, though we don’t know many more details yet.
  • We expect Qualcomm to provide the chip and Google to offer the platform.

Tech Calendar

  • February 6-13: Steam NextFest
  • February 7: OnePlus 11 global launch (and OnePlus Buds Pro 2)
  • February 7 @ 8:30 AM ET: Google Search event
  • February 10: Hogwarts Legacy releases on PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows (deluxe edition releases February 7)
  • February 22: PSVR 2 launch date
  • February 27: HONOR Magic Vs foldable global launch
  • February 27-March 2: MWC 2023 Barcelona

Tech Tweet of the Week

Seamless should have a dating app where if someone else in your building also orders takeout for one it automatically opens a chat
— Sara Friedman (@sarafriedmannn) February 1, 2023

Something extra: This game challenges you to find the shortest path between two movies (h/t: The Hustle).

Until next week, have a great one!

Paula Beaton, Copy Editor.

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