Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Review



Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra

In this article, we will delve into all the details about the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, covering its official specifications and more.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Overview:

200MP ISOCELL HP2 Sensor

After sticking to 108MP sensors for a few years, and striving to perfect it, Samsung has now made the leap to 200MP cameras with the S23 Ultra. The concept of a 200MP sensor is not entirely new, as various phones featured it in 2022, and rumors about a 200MP Samsung phone even surfaced in mid-2021.

Samsung subsequently introduced additional 200MP sensors, namely the ISOCELL HP3 and HPX, catering to more budget-friendly phones. The latter is specifically reserved for Chinese phones like the Note 12 series.

The surge in 200MP camera smartphones can also be attributed to chipset manufacturers, as the new flagship Android chipsets, such as Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and MediaTek Dimensity 9200, inherently support 200MP cameras. This support is not limited to high-end chips but extends to mid-range chipsets like Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 and Dimensity 1080.

However, the S23 Ultra doesn't utilize any of the sensors mentioned above. Samsung unveiled a brand-new sensor for its flagship smartphone of 2023, named ISOCELL HP2. This 200MP flagship sensor, specifically crafted for the S23 Ultra, features a 1/1.3" sensor with 0.6µm pixels, positioning it between the HP1 and HP3, which have sensor sizes of 1/1.22" and 1/1.4", respectively. The new sensor defaults to capturing 12.5MP photos with 16:1 pixel binning. Moreover, it enables 8K recording at 30fps, an improvement from the 24fps on previous generations.

The rest of the camera setup remains largely the same, featuring two zoom lenses with 3X and 10X optical zoom, respectively. Although initial leaks mentioned both telephoto cameras as 12MP, they are officially listed as 10MP sensors.

Epic Night Photography

Utilizing a higher-megapixel camera provides a significant advantage in enhancing digital zoom capabilities. With a higher megapixel count, you can zoom into a specific part of the image through cropping while still retaining remarkable details.

With the introduction of the 200MP ISOCELL HP2, Samsung claims a feature it dubs "Astro Hyperlapse" for what it calls "Incredible Evening" photography. This allows you to capture the night sky in motion with a new feature integrated into the S23 Ultra.

Furthermore, the device promises clearer and smoother nighttime videos, aided by Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and noise-reduction technology. Samsung has also made improvements to its night portraits.

On a side note, the S23 Ultra supports 8K video recording at 30 fps, an enhancement from the S22 Ultra, which could only record 8K videos at 24 fps.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy

After facing criticism regarding the performance of Exynos chips, Samsung has taken a decisive step by exclusively incorporating Snapdragon chips in the new S23 series. According to a Qualcomm representative well before the February Unpacked event, it was made clear that the Galaxy S23 series would solely feature Snapdragon processors.

For the S23 Ultra, Samsung utilizes an over-clocked version of the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip. Notably, the "Prime" Arm Cortex-X3 core is clocked at a higher speed of 3.36GHz, compared to the standard 3.2GHz. Similarly, the Adreno 740, based on Immortalis, also boasts a higher clock speed of 719MHz on the S23 Ultra.

This version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip is tailor-made specifically for Samsung's flagship, and as a result, it carries the marketing label "Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform for Galaxy."

Rest of the Specs

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra boasts a 6.8-inch AMOLED 2X display. It stands out as the primary model in the series to showcase a QHD+ resolution of 3088 x 1440 pixels. Additionally, it features an adaptive refresh rate ranging from 1Hz to 129Hz and an enhanced Vision Booster setup. Furthermore, the device boasts a peak brightness of 1750 nits.

A notable feature is the Gorilla Glass Victus 2 protection, making the S23 Ultra one of the first phones to incorporate this safeguard. The phone is crafted with coated aluminum frames and holds an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance.

In terms of design, Samsung has retained the familiar Shield Aluminum frames, maintaining the same design and build as seen in the S22 Ultra.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Specifications:


163.4 x 78.1 x 8.9mm, 233 grams, IP68 rated, Gorilla Glass Victus 2, Aluminum frame, S-pen support

Display Size

6.8-inches Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O, Gorilla Glass Victus 2, Adaptive 120Hz refresh rate, Vision Booster


QHD+ (3088 x 1440 pixels)


Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy (4nm Mobile platform)


Octa-core (1x Cortex-X3 + 2x Cortex-A715 + 2x Cortex-1710 + 3x Cortex-A510)


Adreno 740




256/512GB/1TB UFS 4.0

Software & UI

One UI 5.1 on top of Android 13

Rear Camera

Quad (with LED flash)

200MP primary lens, OIS, PDAF

·      12MP ultra-wide-angle lens, 120º FOV

·      10MP telephoto lens, 3x optical zoom

·      10MP telephoto lens, 10x optical zoom


Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor


Satellite communication, 5G, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, Ultra Wide Band


5000mAh with 45W fast charging,

Wireless Charging

15W wireless charging


Green, Cream, Phantom Black, Lavender

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