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Samsung Upgrades Cameras and Batteries on iPhone’s Biggest Rival

Samsung Electronics Co. unveiled its latest iPhone-rivaling Android smartphones on Wednesday, improving the cameras, battery life and design with its new Galaxy S23 line.

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| Updated on: Feb 02 2023, 16:06 IST
Samsung Galaxy S23 price in US, UK, India, more; Check Galaxy S23 Plus, Ultra prices too
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1/5 Packing the most powerful Android chipset, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Samsung Galaxy S23 series has been launched globally. The series consists of three models - the standard Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23 Plus, and the top-of-the-line model Galaxy S23 Ultra.  (HT Tech)
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2/5 Samsung Galaxy S23 starts at $799 for a 128GB storage variant in the US, while Galaxy S23 Plus comes at a price of $999 for and Galaxy S23 Ultra is priced at $1199 for 256GB storage.  (HT Tech)
Samsung Galaxy S23 Series
3/5 In the UK, Samsung Galaxy S23, Plus, and Ultra have been launched at a starting cost of £849, £1049, £1249 respectively. (HT Tech )
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4/5 While in India, the Samsung Galaxy S23 series price may start at approximately Rs. 65495. The Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus and Ultra models are expected to start at Rs. 81890 and Rs. 98284 respectively. However, there is nothing official about these prices. We will update the prices for India, once they are revealed. Chances are that it will take a few days for Samsung to announce the India prices. So, far it has announced the US and UK prices.   (HT Tech)
Samsung Galaxy S23 Series
5/5 All three Galaxy S23 models feature the 120Hz refresh rate display and run on Android 13 out of the box. One of the main upgrades is the 200MP primary sensor on the Ultra variant along with a 12MP ultrawide unit, a 10MP telephoto camera, and a 10 MP periscope lens. While the S23 and S23 Plus feature a triple camera setup of 50MP+12MP+10MP.  (HT Tech)
Samsung Galaxy S23 Series
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Samsung unveils the Galaxy S23 series to take on the iPhone 14 series. (HT Tech)

Samsung Electronics Co. unveiled its latest iPhone-rivaling Android smartphones on Wednesday, improving the cameras, battery life and design with its new Galaxy S23 line.

At its first in-person media event since the start of the pandemic, South Korea's biggest company introduced three new handsets in San Francisco, pricing them at the same levels as last year: $799, $999 and $1,199. The Galaxy S series remains Samsung's most direct challenger to Apple Inc. in the US, even while the device maker works to turn foldable Galaxy devices into its flagship lineup.

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The S23 Ultra, Samsung's new top-tier model with a 6.8-inch screen, is built using more durable materials like upgraded Corning Inc. glass and features a 200-megapixel wide-angle camera, up from 108 megapixels. The camera also gets better video stabilization, and the phone's design has new curves on the edges. Qualcomm Inc.'s latest Snapdragon Gen 2 processor powers the device, and Samsung promises better battery life with the help of dynamic display adjustments.

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Samsung is looking to bounce back from a woeful year for smartphone makers, which culminated with the worst quarterly decline on record. In addition to competing with Apple, the world's most prolific handset maker has to fight off a crowd of fast-improving rivals, including Alphabet Inc.'s Google and Xiaomi Corp., as well as Oppo Mobile and its OnePlus brand. Still, Samsung's new models mark only marginal improvements from last year.

The Galaxy S23 and S23 share features with the S23 Ultra, though have smaller displays — 6.1 inches and 6.6 inches — and lesser camera technology. Still, in a nod to more professionally inclined photographers, Samsung's phones now support RAW image files for greater editing control.

Samsung has simplified its storage tiers and colors for the new models. The S23 continues to come in 128-gigabyte and 256GB storage options, while the S23 will eliminate the lower storage tier and only come in 256GB and 512GB configurations. The S23 Ultra continues to come in a 1-terabyte option.

The three models also now come in the same colors — black, cream, green and lavender — a shift from when different screen sizes and configurations were offered in different colors. The phones can be preordered starting Wednesday and begin arriving on Feb. 17, Samsung said.

Samsung's classic smartphones have taken a back seat in recent years to increased interest in the company's foldable phones. Its Z Fold and Z Flip devices have grown in popularity in recent quarters, marking a rare spot of growth for the smartphone industry, and serve as a differentiator from the competition. Chinese rivals have largely limited their foldable offerings to the domestic market. Samsung's foldables are typically updated later in the year.

The Suwon-based technology giant also unveiled upgrades to its computer line and introduced its first Ultra-branded laptop. The high-end device will feature a 16-inch screen with OLED technology and 3K resolution. The company is also bringing improved Intel Corp. processors, more memory and improved batteries to its existing laptops.

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First Published Date: 02 Feb, 15:57 IST
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