Announced in early 2023, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is the latest flagship smartphone in Samsung’s “Ultra” range for 2023 . It follows on from 2022’s S22 Ultra and sits within the S23 range, which includes two other models including the standard S23 and the S23+.
It features a large number of specifications which directly appeal to photographers. These include a quad-camera setup which includes a 200-megapixel sensor for the “standard” f/1.7, a 12 megapixel ultra wide f/2.2 lens, and two 10 megapixel zoom lenses, one offering a 3x f/2.4 zoom and another offering a 10x f/4.9 zoom. There’s also space zoom – a type of digital zoom – that gives you 30x and 100x options.
The S23 Ultra’s screen is 6.8-inches and is a Dynamic AMOLED. Other useful specifications include a 5000mAh battery, 5G connectivity, 8K/30fps video recording and wireless charging.
At the time of writing, the Samsung S23 Ultra price is £1,149 for the standard offering of 128GB with 8GB of RAM. You can also buy it in 256GB, 512GB and 1TB variants, priced at £1,249, £1,329 and £1,499 respectively.
Ease of Use
With its 6.8-inch screen, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is one of the largest phones currently on the market – some might even consider it to be a “phablet” thanks to how big it is.
Whether you’re a fan of big phones is generally a matter of personal preference, but it’s somewhat of a shame that there isn’t an option to have a smaller phone with the same camera setup (as we see with the iPhone 13 Pro vs iPhone 13 Pro Max).
The screen itself has a QHD+ resolution and a refresh rate of 120Hz. That combined with its size makes it one of the brightest and sharpest screens on the market and really makes your photos and videos sing – in fact, they can look a little disappointing when you get them onto a lesser device (such as your computer, or another less-able smartphone).
Putting the size of the phone aside, the design of it is sleek and attractive, with nicely rounded corners and a generally smooth finish that is nice to look at.
We’ve been using the “Cream” colour way, but there are other options including Green, Phantom Black and Lavender, plus some exclusive colours from the Samsung website such as Lime, Sky Blue, Graphite and Red.
The S23 Ultra has an IP68 rating, making it both waterproof and dustproof. It is also designed to be strong and scratchproof thanks to an aluminium frame, plus the addition of Corning GorillaGlass Victus for the screen. We’d probably still recommend investing in a case, just to be sure.
As is common for current smartphones, almost the entire of the front of the phone is taken up by the display. There is just a very small round cut out for the front-facing camera, which is good news for those who aren’t fans of the “notch” type designs we see elsewhere (such as with the iPhone 13 Pro series).
Flipping to the back of the phone and we see the lens setup. For the Samsung S23 Ultra there are four different lenses to choose from, three of which are lined up, and the fourth one sits just to the right.
There is also a Laser AF module which looks a little like a fifth lens but is actually used to enhance the auto-focus performance in close range and low-light environments.
On the right hand side of the phone are the only two physical buttons found on the S23 Ultra. The power on/off button can also be used to activate the camera app by giving it two pushes in quick succession. There’s also a volume rocker, which can be used to fire the shutter release if you don’t want to use the on-screen controls.
At the bottom of the phone is the USB-C socket. It’s worth noting that a power-charging plug doesn’t come in the box – which is becoming more and more common.
Only a charging cable is supplied, so you will need to invest in one of those if you don’t already own one. Wireless charging is also available, but again, wireless chargers are sold separately.
Fast charging is also possible, with the right kind of charger. With high-power chargers, you can get 50% power in as little as 20 minutes. Although the S23 Ultra has a large capacity battery (5000 mAh), it’s probably worth investing in a portable battery pack if you want to take lots of photo or video.
Also at the bottom of the phone, you’ll find the hidden “S Pen”, which looks like a small button. If you push it, the pen will pop out a little bit and you can them remove it entirely from the phone.
The primary purpose of the S Pen is to write notes, but, it can also be used in conjunction with the camera to remotely release the shutter.
That makes it helpful when taking selfies or group shots, or perhaps even if you wanted to set up the phone on a tripod or other surface and not touch the phone for certain kinds of shots.
The phone’s SIM card is inserted at the bottom of the phone. Sadly there’s no option to expand the phone’s inbuilt storage via a Micro SD card. For that reason, it’s recommended that you buy the most storage you can afford, particularly if you intend to take a lot of pictures, or shoot a lot of video.
It’s also considering that if you opt for the cheapest Samsung S23 Ultra – the 256GB option, you also lose out on RAM, with it only offering 8GB. If you choose a 512GB or 1TB model, then you’ll also get 12GB RAM.
To launch the native camera app from the lock screen, you simply need to swipe up from the bottom right-hand corner of the lock screen (if you don’t want to double tap the physical button). You can also launch the app from the main home screen by tapping the camera icon.
By default, the app will launch in Photo mode, which is what most will likely use for most of their shots.
Every time you close and relaunch the app, it will go back to the default mode – but you can change it in the settings to retain whatever you were previously shooting in if you prefer. That comes in handy if you’re often using one of the other shooting modes – such as Pro mode, for example.
In the Photo mode, the phone will apply what it thinks are the best settings without too much input from the user. At the bottom of the composition window, you’ll see where you can move between the different lenses.
These are displayed as .6, 1, 3 and 10x. If you tap any of these, a circle will appear around the number to let you know which lens you’re using.
You can also pinch to zoom in the composition window to move between the different lenses. If you want to activate digital zoom – known by Samsung as “Space Zoom” – you can either pinch to zoom, or tap the numbers to bring up “30” and “100” in the display.
You can tap around the screen to change the AF point, or you can let the phone decide that for you. If light levels are detected to be low, Night mode will be automatically activated, but you can choose to switch it off if you prefer.
At the top of the screen, you’ll see a number of different options for you to change. There’s the ability to switch the flash on/off, the option to switch on a timer (2,5,10 seconds), the option to change the aspect ratio and the ability to capture a Motion photo (whereby a short video clip is recorded alongside the main image). You can also elect to switch on filters at this point.
Although the main sensor of the S23 Ultra boasts 200 megapixels, by default, images are output at 12 megapixels. If you do want to take advantage of this super-high resolution you can find the 200 megapixel shooting option under the aspect ratio tab.
If you bring the phone close to a subject, you’ll notice that close-focusing is activated. You can switch this off if you prefer by tapping an icon. You won’t see this if you choose to shoot in the 200 megapixel mode, as it seems to be swapping to the ultra wide lens to achieve this.
A cog icon can be tapped at the top of the screen which reveals extra shooting options, such as switching on/off Scene optimiser, switching on Video stabilisation, activating Auto HDR and so on. It’s worth exploring all of these features when you first start using the phone in order to familiarise yourself with them.
One useful feature for beginners is “Shot suggestions” which gives you guides to help you get good shots – but most enthusiasts probably won’t want to use this.
As well as the standard Photo mode, if you swipe left from the main screen, you’ll be taken to Portrait mode. This used to be known as Live Photo, but provides essentially the same functionality – it allows you to create shallow depth of field effects.
With it you can either shoot at 1x for environmental type portraits, or 3x for more classic portrait effects. You can also change the type of background blur, with options including a standard blur, a “studio” effect, “high-key mono” and so on. As well as this, you can alter the strength of the blur for a more subtle or stronger effect depending on your preferences.
Although it is called Portrait mode, you can use it for other non-human subjects too. If you’re not happy with the blur effect, you can also change it after-the-fact in the image preview, which is helpful.
To the right of Photo mode, you’ll find Video mode. With this, you can shoot with any of the four different focal length lenses when recording in Full HD and 4K. The default video option is Full HD at 60fps, which also gives you the option to switch on Super steady for the best image stabilisation.
At other resolutions, of which 4K and 8K are available, stabilisation is only provided through optical image stabilisation and so might not be quite as suitable for shaky filming, such as while walking and so on.
It’s worth noting that if you switch on SuperSteady then a crop will be applied – to compensate for this, the app will automatically switch to the 0.6x lens, but you can override this and shoot at 1x instead if you prefer (with SuperSteady switched on, 3x and 10x shooting is disabled).
If recording in 8K, you’ll also notice quite a heavy crop is applied, and when in this mode you can only record using the 1x lens.
It’s also possible to record Video by holding down the shutter button when in Photo mode – it will record in whatever was the last video format you had selected.
There are lots of other shooting modes found in the “More” tab of the native camera app menu. There’s quite a few options here, including Night mode (which you might want to use to ensure you’re definitely shooting with the Night functionality, rather than relying on it automatically activating), Food, Panorama and some video options such as Slow Motion, Hyperlapse and Pro Video. There’s also Portrait Video which can be used to capture shallow depth of field effects in video.
Perhaps the most useful shooting mode for enthusiast photographers is “Pro” mode. With this, you can make changes to various settings including ISO, shutter speed, exposure compensation, type of focus, white balance, metering and so on. You are able to shoot using any of the four lenses, and it’s only in Pro mode that you can record raw format images (which are recorded in the universal DNG format).
To make changes to settings, you tap on the parameter you want to change (for example, ISO) and then use the slider to move to the setting you wish to select. Each of the settings can be set to Auto allowing you to use a combination of a fully automatic set up (but with the benefit of having access to raw format files) and a semi-automatic set up – such as setting shutter speed yourself, but having ISO automatically adjust.
Unlike with some previous Samsung phones, you can’t choose between two set apertures – all of the lenses have a fixed aperture. It’s worth noting here that you also can’t shoot in the full 200 megapixels when using Pro mode, only the 50 megapixel mode.
Expert Raw is an optional app that you can download and install which sits under the More tab of the default camera app. It offers the main advantage of being able to record both 12 megapixel and 50 megapixel Raw files (but still not 100mp), as well as offering Multiple Exposure and Astrophoto modes, both of which will also be coming to the previous S22 Ultra model at some point.
Photographs straight from the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra using the standard Photo mode are great, with an excellent level of detail and vibrant yet realistic colours. We were pretty confident that this would be the case, as the Ultra range has impressed for some time.
With four different lenses to choose from, as we’d expect, you’ll get the most favourable results when using the standard lens / main sensor. That said, the ultra-wide-angle lens puts in a very good performance and comes into its own when recording landscape scenes and the like.
When it comes to the 3x and 10x lenses, these are pretty good, but perform best in good light – particularly the 10x, which has a pretty narrow f/4.9 aperture.
The space zooms of 30x and 100x are really not recommended unless you’re particularly desperate to get closer to a subject – particularly from the 100x setting, we see the results are very smoothed and aren’t likely to be useful for many scenarios.
Samsung’s Portrait mode puts in a good performance, especially so when the subjects have a simple or basic outline. You might find that with fine details such as hair or fur, the delineation between the subject and the background is a little bit messy, but it’s only really obvious if you zoom in and examine such drop-offs.
Night mode works very well, producing particularly good long exposure images, especially again when shooting with the main lens. The ultra-wide lens copes reasonably well, as does the 3x telephoto lens. We’d probably avoid using the 10x lens in Night mode, again except when you might be particularly desperate to get close to the action.
You can expect good video performance from the S23 Ultra, though it seems like the audience for 8K video recording is still fairly limited. 4K is detailed and smooth, but if you want the smoothest results you’ll need to record in Full HD and switch on Super Steady.
There are 12 ISO settings available on the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting.
This is a selection of sample images from the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra camera, which were all taken using the JPEG setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.
Sample Movies & Video
This is a sample 8K movie at the quality setting of 7680×4320 pixels at 30 frames per second.
This is a sample 4K movie at the quality setting of 3840×2160 pixels at 60 frames per second.
This is a sample 4K movie at the quality setting of 3840×2160 pixels at 30 frames per second.
This is a sample 4K movie at the quality setting of 3840×2160 pixels at 24 frames per second.
This is a sample 1080p movie at the quality setting of 1920×1080 pixels at 120 frames per second.
This is a sample 1080p movie at the quality setting of 1920×1080 pixels at 60 frames per second.
This is a sample 1080p movie at the quality setting of 1920×1080 pixels at 30 frames per second.
This is a sample 1080p movie at the quality setting of 1920×1080 pixels at 24 frames per second.
This is a sample slow motion 1080p movie at the quality setting of 1920×1080 pixels at 30 frames per second.
This is a sample super slow motion 1080p movie at the quality setting of 1920×1080 pixels at 30 frames per second.
This is a sample super slow motion 1080p movie at the quality setting of 1920×1080 pixels at 30 frames per second.
This is a sample hyper lapse 1080p movie at the quality setting of 1920×1080 pixels at 30 frames per second.
With a huge amount of choice for photographers in the smartphone market, there’s something to suit pretty much every need. When it comes to the Samsung S23 Ultra, we have an extremely capable and well-performing smartphone camera that performs excellently in a wide range of different shooting situations.
It offers a good degree of flexibility thanks to the quad-camera setup, with all of the lenses producing pleasing images – but particularly the main camera. Video is also nicely rendered, making it perhaps an ideal choice for content creators and vloggers too.
Some of the specifications are arguably there to grab headlines, but won’t really be used by most average photographers. For example, the 100x zoom is a great feature to gain attention, but the reality is that the images aren’t really worth keeping. The 10x zoom is impressive enough on its own though, and is longer than is offered by most devices on the market.
Similarly, the 200 megapixel camera sounds mightily impressive, but in reality it’s best to let the S23 Ultra pixel-bin those images, delivering brighter, clearer pictures at a much more modest 12 megapixel resolution.
The native camera app is impressive here, offering a good range of shooting modes and importantly having a Pro mode for more serious enthusiast photographers. This is something that is lacking on some of the Samsung’s competitors, most notably the iPhone 13 Pro and the Google Pixel 6 Pro.
Of course there’s always a but, and in this case, it’s the price – the Samsung S23 Ultra is one of the most expensive smartphones on the market, perhaps putting it out of reach for most people. That said, if you consider just how much you get for your money, it could easily be considered worth the money – especially if you can skip a couple of generations and keep the phone for a few years.
If you want the best smartphone for photography that is currently on the market, it’s quite probable that the Samsung S23 Ultra is the right one for you. With 4x lenses, 8K video, a stunning display and a fantastic native camera app, there really isn’t much to dislike about it – but if you can’t quite stretch to the asking price, consider the Google Pixel 7 Pro if you’re into Android, or the iPhone 13 Pro if iOS is more your thing.
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Reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra from around the web.
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Galaxy S23 Ultra
Exclusive Samsung.com Colorways
- *Color availability may vary depending on country or carrier.
- *Online Exclusive colors only available on Samsung.com.
- *Online Exclusive colors require customized production. Please allow up to 4 weeks for delivery.
Dimensions & Weight
Galaxy S23 Ultra
6.8” Edge QHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X
Infinity-O Display (3088 x 1440)
Up to 120Hz refresh rate
- *Infinity-O Display: a near bezel-less, full-frontal screen.
- *Measured diagonally, Galaxy S23’s screen size is 6.1″ in the full rectangle and 5.9″ with accounting for the rounded corners, Galaxy S23+’s screen size is 6.6″ in the full rectangle and 6.4″ with accounting for the rounded corners and Galaxy S23 Ultra’s screen size is 6.8″ in the full rectangle and 6.8″ with accounting for the rounded corners; actual viewable area is less due to the rounded corners and camera hole.
- *The Dynamic AMOLED 2X display on Galaxy S23 Series received a certification from VDE Germany for 100 percent Mobile Color Volume in the DCI-P3 color range, which means your images aren’t washed out and you’ll get unbelievably vivid colors regardless of differing levels of brightness. The display can achieve peak brightness of up to 1750 nits, improving the contrast between dark and light aspects of digital content for a more brilliant picture quality, with a 3,000,000:1 contrast ratio to make your mobile experience more immersive.
Galaxy S23 Ultra S Pen
Dimensions: 5.8 x 4.35 x 105.08mm
Pressure levels: 4,096
Pen tip diameter: 0.7mm
Screen off memo
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- *S Pen’s operable distance extends approximately 10 meters from the device in open space. Control range may vary depending on surroundings and other factors.
- *Built-in S Pen is compatible only with its corresponding smartphone model.
- *Using S Pen as a stylus does not require battery power. Actual battery life may vary depending on usage patterns and other factors.
- *IP68 rating is based on lab test conditions for submersion in up to 1.5 meters of freshwater for up to 30 minutes. Not advised for beach or pool use. Rinse residue/dry if wet. Water and dust resistance of device is not permanent and may diminish over time.
- *Air Command and Air Action feature availability may vary by model or app.
Galaxy S23 Ultra
112MP Selfie Camera
- 12MP 2PD AF
- Pixel size: 1.12μm
- FOV: 80˚
- F.No (aperture): F2.2
Galaxy S23 Ultra
112MP AF Ultra Wide Camera
- Pixel size: 1.4μm
- FOV: 120˚
- F.No (aperture): F2.2
2200MP Wide Camera
- Pixel size: 0.6μm (12MP 2.4μm)
- FOV: 85˚
- F.No (aperture): F1.7
310MP Telephoto Camera
- Pixel size: 1.12μm
- FOV: 11˚
- F.No (aperture): F4.9
410MP Telephoto Camera
- Pixel size: 1.12μm
- FOV: 36˚
- F.No (aperture): F2.4
- 3x, 10x Dual Optical Zoom
- Super Resolution Zoom up to 100x
OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)
- *30X Space Zoom includes 3x Optical Zoom and 30x digital zoom with AI Super Resolution technology. Zooming in past 3x may cause some image deterioration.
- *100X Space Zoom includes 10x Optical Zoom and 100x digital zoom with AI Super Resolution technology. Zooming in past 10x may cause some image deterioration.
- *Laser AF sensor is used to enhance the AF performance in close range and low light environments. Available only on Galaxy S23 Ultra.
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- *The format and amount of Single Take results may differ based on original capture. Results may also differ between Rear and Front Camera captures.
- *Scene Optimizer supports 30 modes: Face, Baby, Person, Dog, Cat, Food, People, Beaches, Sky, Mountain, Sunset, Sunrise, City, Snow, Waterfall, Watersides, Scenery, Stage, Vehicles, Drinks, Flowers, Trees, Greenery, Animal, Shoes, Backlit, Indoor, Text, Clothes, Night view.
- *Accuracy of Scene Optimizer and Flaw Detection may differ depending on shooting conditions including multiple subjects, being out of focus or moving subjects.
- *Blink and blur detection works best when there are three or fewer people in the frame, 1.5 meters or closer to the camera.
- *Lens smudge and backlighting detection notifies once every 24 hours if flaw is detected. Backlight detection works when HDR is turned off.
Camera settings bar
Effects (Filter/My Filter/Face Retouch)
Camera settings menu
Format and advanced options
(HEIF/Raw copies/UW shape correction)
Selfie color tone
Advanced recording options (HEVC/HDR10+/Zoom-in MIC)
Video Stabilization (VDIS)
*Expert RAW must be downloaded separately from the Galaxy Store, for free, before use.
8K video recording at 30fps (7680 x 4320)
8K video recording at 24fps (7680 x 4320)
4K UHD video recording at 60fps (3840 x 2160)
1080p FHD video recording at 60fps (1920 x 1080)
720p HD video recording at 30fps (1280 x 720)
4K HDR10+ video recording at 60fps (3840 x 2160)
Super Steady QHD video support at 60fps
Super Slow-mo 1080p video support at 960fps
Portrait Video 4K video support at 30fps
Slow motion 1080p video support at 240fps
Hyperlapse 4K video support at 30fps
Director’s View 1080p Video support at 30fps
High CRI LED Flash
Astrolapse (Star trails) and front night Hyperlapse
60fps Super HDR
VDIS (Video Digital Image Stabilization)
Digital zoom up to 20x
- *On Galaxy S23 Series, users can record approximately 0.5 second of video captured at 240fps and digitally enhance the video to 960fps with approximately 16 seconds of playback. Playback time can be edited in Super Slow-mo player.
- *Digital zoom magnification varies by device. On Galaxy S23 and S23+, users can reach up to 12x zoom magnification. On Galaxy S23 Ultra, users can reach up to 20x zoom magnification.
- *Auto Framing only available in Video mode. Auto Framing must be enabled before recording.
- *Certain resolutions and ratios may not be supported. Certain functions may not be available when Auto Framing is on. Only people can be recognized, and there is a limit to how many people may be recognized.
Galaxy S23 Ultra
- *Typical value tested under third-party laboratory condition. Typical value is the estimated average value considering the deviation in battery capacity among the battery samples tested under IEC 61960 standard. Rated capacity is 3785mAh for Galaxy S23, 4565mAh for Galaxy S23+ and 4855mAh for Galaxy S23 Ultra. Actual battery life may vary depending on network environment, usage patterns and other factors.
- *Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 is currently available with Super Fast Wireless Charger and Super Fast Wireless Charger Duo. Wireless Chargers sold separately. Other wireless chargers compatible with WPC support wireless charging under 5W. Actual charging speed may vary depending on the actual usage, charging conditions and other factors. Wireless charger requires power connection. Recommend using Samsung charging cable and/or travel adapter for optimal performance.
- *For Super Fast Charging function, we recommend using the original Samsung Power Adapter and data cable, sold separately. For best results, use 45W Power Adapter with Galaxy S23 Ultra and S23+ and 25W Power Adapter for Galaxy S23.
- *Wireless PowerShare is limited to Samsung or other brand smartphones with Qi wireless charging, such as Galaxy S23, S23+, S23 Ultra, Z Fold4 5G, Z Flip4 5G, Galaxy S22, S22+, S22 Ultra, Z Fold3 5G, Z Flip3 5G, S21 FE 5G, S21 5G, S21+ 5G, S21 Ultra 5G, Z Fold2, Note20, Note20 Ultra, S20 FE, S20, S20+, S20 Ultra, Z Flip, Note10, Note10+, S10e, S10, S10+, Fold, S9, S9+, S8, S8+, S8 Active, S7, S7 edge, S7 Active, S6, S6 edge, S6 Active, S6 edge+, Note9, Note8, Note FE and Note5. Only available with certain Samsung Galaxy wearables such as Galaxy Buds2, Buds Pro, Buds Live, Watch4, Watch4 Classic, Watch4, Watch Active2, Watch Active, Gear Sport, Gear S3, Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Buds. If battery power is lower than 30% Wireless PowerShare may not function. May not work with certain accessories, covers, other brand devices or some Samsung wearables. May affect call reception or data services, depending on your network environment.
Network & Connectivity
- 5G Non-Standalone (NSA), Standalone (SA), Sub6 / mmWave
- Enhanced 4×4 MIMO, Up to 7CA, LTE Cat.20
- Up to 2.0Gbps Download / Up to 200Mbps Upload
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax 2.4G+5GHz+6GHz, HE160, MIMO, 1024-QAM
- Up to 2.4Gbps Download / Up to 2.4Gbps Upload
- Bluetooth® v 5.3, USB type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou)
- *Requires optimal connection. Actual speed may vary depending on country, carrier and user environment.
- *The bandwidths supported by the device may vary depending on the region or service provider.
- *Download and upload speeds reaching up to 2.4Gbps only available with Wi-Fi 6E.
- *Galileo and BeiDou coverage may be limited. BeiDou may not be available for certain countries.
- *Ultra Wide Band is only available on Galaxy S23 Ultra and S23+.
Snapdragon® 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform for Galaxy
- 4㎚ 64-bit Octa-Core Processor * 3.36㎓ (Maximum Clock Speed) + 2.8㎓ + 2.0㎓
- *Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.
- *Snapdragon is a trademark or registered trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated.
Memory & Storage
Galaxy S23 Ultra
- 12GB Memory with 1TB internal storage
- 12GB Memory with 512GB internal storage
- 12GB Memory with 256GB internal storage
- 8GB Memory with 256GB internal storage
- *Actual storage space may vary by country, model, file size and format.
- *Availability of storage options may vary depending on country, region, or carrier.
- *Actual storage availability may vary depending on pre-installed software.
Dual SIM model
- one Nano SIM and one eSIM
- two Nano SIMs and one eSIM
- two Nano SIMs
- *Availability of dual SIM may vary depending on country or carrier.
- *Nano SIM card sold separately.
- *Use of eSIM on Galaxy device may be enabled by software update or disabled in some countries where it is purchased. Availability of eSIM mobile plan may vary depending on carrier.
- Surround sound with Dolby Atmos technology (Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus included.)
Ultra high quality audio playback
- UHQ 32-bit & DSD64/128 support
- PCM: Up to 32 bits, DSD: DSD64/128
Audio playback format
- MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, APE, DSF, DFF
- Dual Audio: connect two Bluetooth devices to the Galaxy S23, S23+ or S23 Ultra to play audio through the two devices simultaneously.
- Samsung Seamless Codec: Enhanced Bluetooth connection under ambient radio frequency interference.
- 360 Audio Recording feature empowers users to capture sound on video, precisely as they hear it.
- Zoom-in MIC (Audio zoom) is an audio recording function that focuses on the direction of interest using a combination of 3 built-in MICs while video recording.
- BT MIC recording and BT MIX recording are available in ‘Pro Video’ mode. It allows you to capture sound more clearly even from a distance with the remote MIC (Bluetooth MIC).
- Pro Video mode provides useful manual options such as volume control, recording direction and MIC device selection.
- *DSD64 and DSD128 playback can be limited depending on the file format.
- *The two Bluetooth-connected devices may exhibit a slight difference in sound output.
- *Scalable Codec available only for certain accessories made by Samsung.
- *360 Audio recording is only available for Samsung Galaxy S23, S23+, S23 Ultra, Z Fold4, Z Flip4 with Android One UI version 5.0 or later and must be paired with Galaxy Buds2 Pro.
Video playback format
- MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
- Wireless: Smart View (screen mirroring upto 1440p at 30fps)
- Wired: supports DisplayPort over USB Type-C. Supports video out when connecting via HDMI Adapter. (DisplayPort max. 4K UHD at 60fps)
- Take 33MP still photos while playing 8K video
*Galaxy S23, S23+ and S23 Ultra and Galaxy S23 Ultra’s S Pen are rated as IP68. Based on lab test conditions for submersion in up to 1.5 meters of freshwater for up to 30 minutes. Not advised for beach or pool use. Water and dust resistance of device is not permanent and may diminish over time.
Sensors & Buttons
Ultrasonic Fingerprint sensor
Ambient Light sensor
- Power and Bixby key
- Volume key
- Knox platform: real-time monitoring and protection.
- Virus, malware prevention
- Knox Vault: hardware-based security processor that offers stronger protection for user’s data.
*Virus and malware prevention solution providers may vary depending on country.
- Lock type: pattern, PIN, password
- Biometric lock type: Fingerprint, Face recognition
Credit & debit cards: supports MST and/or NFC
Digital car key
Home key for doorlock
Samsung Pass: Identity management
Ticket: Movie, Sports, Concerts
Reward point service
*Available features may vary depending on country, carrier and service providers.
- Intelligent Performance Enhancer
- *Available functions and features may vary depending on country.
- *Bixby service availability may vary depending on country. Bixby recognizes select languages and certain accents/dialects. Availability of Bixby features and content providers may vary depending on country or language. Data/Wi-Fi required to fully operate Bixby features.
- *Bixby Vision service availability may vary depending on country or device. User interface may change and differ by device. Availability of Bixby Vision features and content providers may vary depending on country. All information, content or images herein are provided by third parties and such content may not be accurate nor reflect the most updated information.
- *Translation speed may vary depending on internet connection and word count. This function is limited to selected languages. For the full list of languages please visit http://www.samsung.com/global/galaxy/apps/bixby/vision/
*Edge Panels only available on Galaxy S23 Ultra. Availability may vary depending on country or carrier.
- Up to 15 seconds of video can be used.
AOD (Always On Display)
Choose from a variety of clock designs and information.
- Clock: digital clock, analog clock, world clock and edge clock (option to choose color)
- Calendar: Month view calendar, Today’s event
- Image: select an image from Gallery and set it as image for the AOD screen
- Animated GIF
- Song information
- Experience different widgets on the AOD screen by double-tapping the clock area and flick up or down.
- Download AOD-exclusive themes from Theme Store.
- Decorate your AOD screen with various themes.
*Available functions may vary depending on the device, country, region, carrier, or the version of One UI and may be subject to additional charge.
- Themes are sets of wallpapers, icons and other design details available for download on Galaxy S23, S23+ and S23 Ultra.
- *Compatible apps and features may vary by theme.
- *Available content and features may vary depending on country/carrier and may be subject to additional charge.
To continue making our technology accessible to everyone, Samsung has developed and applied a variety of technical solutions. With solutions for vision, hearing, dexterity and interaction, people with disabilities may also use some of our new and exciting features.
High contrast theme/fonts/keyboard
Bixby Vision for accessibility
Bluetooth® hearing aid support
Mute all sounds
Amplify ambient sound
Touch settings (Tap duration, Ignore repeated touches, Touch and hold delay)
Speak keyboard input aloud
Mouse and physical keyboard (Auto action after pointer stops, Sticky keys, Slow keys, Bounce keys)
Hearing aid compatibility
Left/right sound balance
Live Transcribe/Caption on Android
In the Box
Galaxy S23 Ultra
- Data Cable
- Ejection Pin
- Quick Start Guide
- *Actual components may not be available depending on the model you purchase or the country or region you live in. Package color may vary depending on device color.
- *If using a screen protector, it is recommended to use a Samsung product for better fingerprint recognition.
Compatible Galaxy Wearables
- Galaxy Watch5, Galaxy Watch5 Pro, Galaxy Watch4, Galaxy Watch4 Classic, Galaxy Watch4, Galaxy Watch Active2, Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Watch, Gear Sport, Gear S3, Gear S2
- Galaxy Fit2, Galaxy Fit, Galaxy Fit e, Gear Fit2, Gear Fit2 Pro
- Galaxy Buds2 Pro, Galaxy Buds2, Galaxy Buds Pro, Galaxy Buds Live, Galaxy Buds+, Galaxy Buds, Gear IconX (2018)
*Wearable devices and accessories sold separately. Model and color availability may vary by country or carrier.
*All specifications and descriptions provided herein may be different from the actual specifications and descriptions of the product. Samsung reserves the right to make changes to this web page and the contents herein, including without limitation, functionality, features, specifications, GUI, images, videos, benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, capabilities and any other product information, without notice. All images, videos, user flow and sequences herein are simulated/dramatized for demonstration/illustration purposes.
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