Galaxy S23 Plus Intro
Enter the Galaxy S23 Plus, Samsung’s yearly refresh of its middle-of-the-ground flagship phone is officially upon us!
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And from the early looks of it, more thought has been put into the Galaxy S23 Plus this year in direct comparison with the previous generation. With a refreshed design and way more promising performance (especially in traditional Exynos regions), brighter display, and larger battery, the Galaxy S23 Plus is worth exploring in depth.
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Galaxy S23 Plus Specs
A respectable Android flagship
|Specs||Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus|
|Size and Weight||3 x 6.21 x 0.3 in (76.2 x 157.8 x 7.6mm); 6.91oz (196gr)|
|Display||6.6″, 2340 x 1080 pixels, 393ppi, 48-120Hz Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O, |
Gorilla Glass Victus 2
|Processor||Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy|
|Storage||256GB / 512GB, no expandable storage|
|Software||One UI 5.1 (Android 13)|
|Cameras||50MP, F1.8 aperture, 23mm, 1/1.56″ sensor size, OIS PDAF|
10MP 3X optical zoom, F2.4 aperture, 69mm, 1/3.94″ sensor size
12MP ultra-wide, F2.2 aperture, 13mm, 1/2.55″ sensor size
|Connectivity||5G (sub6, mmWave), LTE, Wi-Fi 6E, Wi-Fi Direct Bluetooth 5.3|
|Charging Speeds||45W wired charging, Fast wireless charging|
Galaxy S23 Plus Models
Aside from the Galaxy S23 Plus, Samsung also released two other devices. the Galaxy S23 and the Galaxy S23 Ultra. Despite being part of the same phone family, there are some pretty distinct differences between the three devices.
The Galaxy S23 Ultra, however, true to its more intriguing name, has much more going for it in the hardware section, including a longer periscope lens, a much larger and more advanced display, larger battery, and finally, an S Pen stylus on deck.
Galaxy S23 series
Galaxy S23 Plus Design & Colors
Important changes that matter
The Galaxy S23 Plus has scored a trove of changes in the design section. Gone is the Contour Cut camera island of the Galaxy S22 Plus, which seamlessly blended with the side frame of the phone and housed all the three cameras; with the Galaxy S23 Plus, each camera gets its own dedicated camera lens cutout, which gently sticks out of the back and makes for a very neat and tidy exterior design. It’s simple and unsophisticated, but certainly in a good way.
Galaxy S23 Plus
Fully flat at the front and at the back, with Corning’s Gorilla Glass Victus 2 for the first time on a phone, the Galaxy S23 Plus also has a slightly convex Armor Aluminum side frame that curves outwards.
This definitely makes the phone comfortable to hold in the palm of your hand, as it doesn’t carve in your hand as much as a modern iPhone with its right-angled design normally would. As such, toying around with the Galaxy S23 Plus is pleasant and issue-free, leaving the impression of a much more compact device. With a 6.6-inch display up front, it definitely isn’t a small phone per se, but is as compact as possible given the form factor.
Galaxy S23 Plus vs Galaxy S23
Aside from that, the Galaxy S23 Plus remains a pretty well-rounded standard phone, with IP68 water- and dust-resistance on board, stereo speakers on board, an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner baked into the display, as well as no microSD card slot slot or a 3.5mm audio jack available. Overall, the new Galaxy S23 Plus is a device that’s unmistakably Galaxy that sticks to what seemingly works for Samsung.
Galaxy S23 Plus colors
Galaxy S23 Plus Display
With superb maximum brightness of up to 1,750 nits in the right lighting conditions, excellent color vibrancy that makes all content just pop, and a decent sharpness of 393ppi by the FHD+ display (2340 x 1080 pixels), the Galaxy S23 Plus definitely covers all the bases when it comes to a flagship-grade smartphone display in early 2023.
Galaxy S23 Plus Camera
Triple camera prowess
Galaxy S23 Plus camera
We have really big hopes that the Galaxy S23 Plus will be able to surpass its predecessor and deliver excellent camera performance and image quality, with AI-driven digital photography brought to the next level without overdoing things.
Galaxy S23 Plus Performance & Benchmarks
Bye, bye, Exynos (you won’t be missed)
Finally, after years upon years of clamoring, Samsung fans worldwide will be spared from the latest iteration of an Exynos chipset. Starting with the Galaxy S23 series (and probably about to last for a few good years at least), Samsung will solely rely on Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset in all regions around the globe, a pretty major change that would finally allow non-US Galaxy fans to enjoy the performance and energy efficiency of a Snapdragon chip. Samsung’s Exynos chips have generally lagged behind Qualcomm’s offerings for a couple of years now, delivering less efficiency, lower performance, and worse battery life.
Storage-wise, the Galaxy S23 Plus will be available with 8GB of RAM, and either 256 and 512GB storage versions, with no microSD card slot for further expansion. Bummer, but microSD card slots have been absent on Samsung’s flagship for a few years now, so we should definitely accept this as the new normal.
Galaxy S23 Plus
Galaxy S23 Plus Connectivity
The Galaxy S23 Plus is a 5G-enabled device that supports both the sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G standards, delivering excellent connectivity speeds. There’s also Wi-Fi 6E support, which requires a compatible router. One thing is for certain: you are unlikely to be disappointed with the Galaxy S23 Plus connectivity loadout, for sure.
Galaxy S23 Plus OS / Android version
Some of the highlights of One UI 5.1 are the Modes & Routines, which allow you to customize scenes for sleep, exercise, driving, work, or relaxation, Bixby Text Call, which lets you respond to incoming calls with a text (similar to the Google Assistant), as well as co-edit Samsung Notes during video calls, which is quite a nifty addition to the functionality roster.
Galaxy S23 Plus Battery
There’s a respectable 4,700mAh battery will make it inside the Galaxy S23 Plus, or a 5% increase over the 4,500mAh battery that made the rounds inside the Galaxy S22 Plus, and just a smidgen smaller than the 5,000mAh juicer that’s found in the much larger and more advanced Galaxy S23 Ultra.
Galaxy S23 Plus Charging Speeds
Not many changes were introduced here: the Galaxy S23 Plus still supports fast 45W wired charging, as well as Fast Wireless Charging 2.0. The Galaxy S22 Plus takes roughly an hour to get fully charged with Samsung’s 45W charging brick and a bit more with the more common 25W charger, so we generally expect similar results from the S23 Plus, though we wouldn’t object to being pleasantly surprised.
Galaxy S23 Plus Competitors
Galaxy S23 Plus Summary and final verdict
Generally, we expect the S23 Plus to be a unquestionable improvement over the Galaxy S22 Plus in many areas, but not so much in others. When it comes to performance and battery life, we have really high hopes for Samsung’s middle-ground flagship, and can’t wait to put the phone to the test.
These improvements, paired with the generally excellent value that a Samsung flagship phone brings to the table, might just be enough to make the S23 Plus our go-to recommendation when it comes to an all-around good Android phone.