We got our hands on a golden sample of the new Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra smartphone, so let’s take a look at what’s inside the box!
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra : A Quick Primer!
Samsung just launched the Galaxy S23 Ultra, with a 200 MP camera, and here is a quick summary of its key features!
Boosted Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Performance!
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is powered by a specially-boosted variant of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 mobile SoC, which features a quad-cluster architecture:
- 1 x Arm Cortex-X3 core (3.36 GHz, instead of 3.2 GHz)
- 2 x Arm Cortex-A715 cores (2.8 GHz)
- 2 x Arm Cortex-A710 cores (2.8 GHz)
- 3 x Arm Cortex-A510 cores (2.0 GHz)
200 MP Main Camera
Arguably the biggest upgrade in the Galaxy S23 Ultra is its new Adaptive Pixel main camera, which is built around the 200 MP Samsung ISOCELL HP2 (S5KHP2) sensor, and features a slightly wider f/1.7 aperture.
This is a large 1/1.3-inch sensor with 200 million pixels, each of which is 0.6 μm in size. The Galaxy S23 Ultra camera will be able to combine up to 16 pixels to form a single large pixel for much better low-light performance.
Video capabilities also got an upgrade, thanks to this new sensor. The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra can now record 8K videos at 30 frames per second, instead of just 24 fps previously.
It also boasts better Adaptive VDIS capability, and improved optical image stabilisation (OIS), delivering silky smooth videos by doubling the angle to ±3°, from the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s camera‘s ±1.5°.
Read more : Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra : Hands-On Preview!
Similar Telephoto + Wide-Angle Cameras
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra reuses the same 3X and 10X zoom cameras from the Galaxy S22 Ultra, right down to their Sony IMX754 sensors.
The ultra-wide angle camera gets a newer sensor – the Sony IMX564, which appears to be an incremental upgrade of the S22 Ultra’s IMX563.
12 MP Selfie Camera
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra also features another camera upgrade in the front. Instead of a 40 MP sensor in the Galaxy S22 Ultra, it now features a new 12 MP camera, with the same f/2.2 aperture.
While this may seem to be a downgrade, it is actually an upgrade as the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s 40 MP sensor defaults to 10 MP. On top of that, it features a Dual Pixel sensor for faster and more accurate auto-focus!
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra smartphones will come in four colour options:
- Phantom Black
Read more : Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Colour Options Compared!
Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is protected in the front and in the back by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2.
Gorilla Glass Victus 2 is not just tougher, it is also made from 22% pre-consumer recycled content!
5,000 mAh Fast-Charging Battery
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra comes with a large 5,000 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery, which supports 45 watt fast wired charging, and 15 watt fast wireless charging.
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra : What’s Inside The Box?
We got our hands on a golden sample of the new Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra smartphone at the official launch in Singapore. Let’s take a quick look at the box before we check out what’s inside!
Once you fully unbox the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, this is what you will find inside:
- the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra smartphone
- a Quick Start Guide
- a USB Type C to USB Type C data and charging cable
- a SIM tray extraction pin
That’s it! While the Galaxy S23 Ultra supports 45 watt fast charging, it does not come with the charger. You will need to purchase it separately. Neither does it come with a TPU bumper case to tide you over until you get a better one.
Here are some photos I took earlier in my hotel room in Singapore:
Do note that this is a golden sample – the first examples of the final, customer-approved device manufactured at the Samsung factory. While the device itself is “final”, there may be some differences in its packaging.
For example, in the video above and the following photos below, you will see that the box was not sealed. Rather the two security stickers are inside the box.
In addition, the box lacks the usual label at the back which lists a summary of its key specifications, as well as the storage capacity of the device inside.
The actual retail box in your country may also include additional pamphlets, although you should not count on getting any additional accessories.
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra : Prices + Pre-Order Offer!
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra comes in four main colours – Phantom Black, Green, Lavender, and Cream.
Sadly, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra will be significantly more expensive than last year’s Galaxy S22 Ultra!
Here are the official launch prices for the three available storage capacities:
- 256 GB : RM5,699 (about US$1,336 / £1,083 / A$1,888 / S$1,755)
- 512 GB : RM6,199 (about US$1,453 / £1,179 / A$2,052 / S$1,910)
- 1 TB : RM7,199 (about US$1,688 / £1,369 / A$2,388 / S$2,218)
While the increased price may be disappointing, Samsung is offering some great pre-order offers:
- you get a free upgrade to the next storage option!
- if you buy from the Samsung Online Store, you get an RM400 e-Voucher
- you get 30% off Samsung accessories, Samsung Care+, Galaxy tablets, Watch, and Buds earphones!
- you get to save up to RM600 more when you trade in!
Here are online purchase options for your convenience:
- United States : $1,199 | $1379.99 | $1,495 | $1,495
- United Kingdom : £1,249 | £1,399 | £1,399 | £1,399
- Malaysia : RM5,699 | RM5,699 | RM5,699 | RM5,699
- Singapore : $1,599 | S$2,098 | S$2,098
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