Samsung Galaxy unboxed in February 2023: Here’s everything revealed

The spotlight is on San Francisco on February 1, 2023, as Samsung holds its first Unpacked event since the pandemic. Instead of focusing on what the world has been through, Samsung is focusing on the future by showcasing its flagship products.

Much of the event focused on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S23 series of phones, especially the S23’s camera capabilities. We’ll get to that soon, but first, let’s take a look at a preview of the Galaxy S23.

The Samsung Galaxy S23 series: Cost, models, availability

The Samsung event was almost all about the Galaxy S23 series – no surprise because there was a lot to talk about, starting with the release date: The release date is set for February 17, 2023, and pre-orders will be launched on February 1, 2023.

The Samsung Galaxy S23 is available in three models:

Galaxy S23

Galaxy S23+

Galaxy S23 Ultra













If you’re a Samsung Galaxy fan and want to get your hands on one (or all) of these smartphones as soon as possible, you should place your orders on the Galaxy S23 pre-order page.

The Galaxy S23 series emphasizes the camera

Now, what about that incredible camera that Samsung keeps talking about? We’ll give you the buzzword they used: the “Nightography” feature. This AI-powered ISP algorithm makes the photos you take in the dark look bright. Plot? US too.

While we’re on the subject of AI, let’s talk about another feature of AI-assisted photography that they talked about in detail: the ‘AI stereo depth map’ powered by an ‘object-aware AI engine’. Samsung claims that the Galaxy S23 can detect and enhance objects thanks to the AI ​​Stereo Depth Map and the AI ​​object-aware engine.

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They demonstrated these technologies by taking a group photo in a dark office, where light and shadow play well with the objects and people in the photo. Samsung’s AI engine made the picture bright and vibrant instead of dull, dark and blurry; it is very impressive.

The S23 series features professional grade cameras with three lenses. The Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23+ have 50MP cameras, while the Galaxy S23 Ultra has a 200MP camera. As for the front cameras, all three models feature a 12MP camera.

The Galaxy S23 supports 12-bit Super HDR color dynamics, which helps represent light and dark shades more accurately. Also on the menu is ‘quadrupole bonding’: a technique that combines 16 pixels into one to make images naturally brighter and more colorful, particularly in low-light conditions.

An example of nightography on the Galaxy S23
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When recording video footage, you get an impressive 60 frames per second, recorded in 4K on the back and front cameras. Each model also supports 8K recording at 30 frames per second. Awesome!

The S23’s performance under the hood

Samsung also pointed out at the Unpacked 2023 show that the Galaxy S23 is great for gaming. It is equipped with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, the fastest Snapdragon to date. The Galaxy S23 needs this chip, as ray tracing is supported on the Galaxy S23.

And it’s not a gimmick either. Samsung showed a side-by-side comparison of a game running without ray tracing and with ray tracing on the Galaxy S23, and the difference is literally night and day.

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Samsung has also improved the brightness of the Galaxy S series. Its maximum brightness is 1750 nits, making your screen easier to view outdoors.

The Galaxy S23 Ultra features a 6.8-inch (6.6-inch for S23+ and 6.1-inch for S23) AMOLED display, 5,000 mAh battery (4,700 mAh for S23+, 3900 mAh for S23) and Super Fast 2.0 charging function on S23 Ultra and S23+. Unfortunately, only the base S23 model supports Super Fast charging.

Safety and comfort are in mind

Maintenance mode, which helps secure your phone before you repair it, is back on the Galaxy S23. This is complemented by Samsung’s Knox security protection, making the Galaxy S23’s new security and privacy features better than ever.

Users can quickly see which apps have access to their data and how it’s being used. The S23 will also get four years of OS upgrades and five years of security updates.

Galaxy S23 Statistics
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Samsung also unveiled the One UI 5.1 interface and its revamped Notes app that supports note-taking and editing via the Samsung S Pen. Also, you can collaborate with others in real time in the Notes app and integrate them into Google Meet. We are intrigued.

And although it’s not for now, Google, Samsung and Qualcomm announced at the show that they are working together to create a VR/AR/XR platform. There’s no way to know what it is, but we’ll let you know our thoughts as soon as we know more.

The Galaxy Book 3 series is also impressive

Samsung also unveiled its latest Galaxy Book device, the Galaxy Book3. Samsung’s premium laptop comes in four flavors:

  • Samsung Galaxy Book3 360
  • Samsung Galaxy Book3 Pro
  • Samsung Galaxy Book3 Pro 360
  • Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra

The Galaxy Book3 can be pre-ordered now, except for the Galaxy Book3 Ultra, which can be purchased with “early access”. It will be available for pre-order on February 14, 2023, with an estimated delivery date unknown at this time. We will let you know as soon as we have an update.

Will the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy Book3 live up to their reputation?

Thanks to Samsung, Qualcomm, and Google’s announcement of mixed reality, Samsung has given us a lot to be excited about in 2023 and beyond. The Galaxy S23 looks to be another winner in Samsung’s lineup of Galaxy smartphones, and the Galaxy Book3 breathes new life into Samsung’s lineup of Galaxy Book devices.

Samsung is in good shape at Unpacked 2023, and we’re excited for what the year has in store for one of the world’s largest electronics manufacturers.

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