Samsung Galaxy S23

Samsung Galaxy S23

Samsung Galaxy S23

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BEST RATING
Performance:
4.8
CAMERA: Very Good8.3/10
SIZE: Medium Android
BATTERY: Very Good8.0/10

The Samsung Galaxy S23 is positioned at an upper midrange price with 128GB of storage. Released in February 2023, it operates on Android, featuring a glass body and a 6.1-inch OLED screen without curved edges. The display offers excellent quality with a high refresh rate and is capable of high brightness. Its 3900mAh battery supports a reasonable length of battery life. The camera system is impressive with high-quality photo and video capabilities; it includes a 50MP main camera, 10MP telephoto with a 70mm focal length, and a 12MP ultrawide lens. Video recording goes up to 8K at 30fps and 4K at 60fps. The S23 has stereo speakers but lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack and an SD card slot. It supports 5G, NFC, the latest WiFi 6e, and Bluetooth 5.3 standards, offers wireless charging, and has an IP68 dust and water resistance rating, making it a durable choice. The device has a punch-hole front camera, in-display fingerprint sensor, and supports Wireless DeX for desktop-like functionality. Give Feedback

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Evaluation

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Pros
  • High-quality OLED screen
  • Excellent camera performance
  • Wireless and reverse charging
  • Durable with IP68 rating
  • Supports 5G networks
Cons
  • Moderate battery life
  • No headphone jack
  • No SD card slot
  • No periscope camera

Ratings by Category

Performance:
4.8
The Performance rating is based on GeekBench performance benchmark scores, combined with PerfectRec’s assessment of real-life typical use cases.
Overall Camera:
4.5
The Samsung Galaxy S23's cameras stand out due to a combination of high-quality features: the selfie camera is top-notch for capturing detailed self-portraits, and the phone excels with powerful photos resolution, software, dynamic range, and low-light performance. Its camera versatility further complements its strong performance in various photographic scenarios, from day to night and from landscapes to portraits.
Photos:
4.5
The Samsung Galaxy S23 captures excellent photos partly due to its high-quality selfie camera, which is considered very important, and its capability to take sharp, detailed pictures in various lighting conditions and dynamic ranges, which are also considered important. Additionally, its photos software enhances the photography experience, and the camera's versatility allows it to perform well across different scenarios including low light situations.
Battery Life:
4.4
The Battery Life rating is based on overall actual measured battery life during typical usage.
Videos:
4.3
The Samsung Galaxy S23 delivers excellent videos due to its high-resolution and frame rate capability, ensuring crisp and smooth footage, alongside a sophisticated video stabilization system that minimizes shake and ensures steady recording, even when in motion. Additionally, the phone's video software is rated highly for its user-friendly experience, and its ability to handle dynamic range and low light conditions, which contributes to capturing videos with good detail in various lighting environments.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$550
Brand
Samsung
Operating System
Android
Release Date
February 17, 2023

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.1"
Resolution
2340 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
No
Pixels Per Inch
422
Display Type
OLED

INTERNAL

Processor
SD8G2
Internal Storage
128 GB
RAM
8 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
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8.4/10
Photos Score
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8.4/10
Videos Score
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7.9/10
Rear Cameras
Main, Ultrawide, Telephoto
Main Camera
50 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
8 Hours
Battery Capacity
3900 mAh
Wireless Charging
Yes
Wireless charging Speed
15 W
Reverse wireless charging
Yes (4.5 watts)

PHYSICAL

Size
5.76" x 2.79"
Weight
5.93 oz
Back Material
Glass
Stereo Speakers
No

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
Yes
Bluetooth Version
5.3
A2DP
Yes
WiFi Version
6e
NFC
Yes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)1, 7, 25, 28, 41, 66, 71, 78, 258, 260, 261

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under Display
Unlockable Bootloader
No
Color
Pink Gold, Phantom Black, Cream, Lavender, Green, Lime, Graphite
Stock Android
No
SD Card
No

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The Verge

Allison Johnson | February 2023
"The 6.1-inch S23 is the best reasonably sized Android phone on the market in the US, partly because almost every other Android phone sold here is gigantic. But it’s also a really good device, with a battery that gets through a full day more comfortably than its predecessor. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset responsible for some of that battery performance improvement is slightly different — and slightly faster — than the 8 Gen 2 in other Android flagships."

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