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Samsung Galaxy S23 vs S22

Our review of Samsung's S23
Last Updated on January 3, 2024
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It’s that time of the year! Samsung has released its next in line in the Galaxy S-series – the highly anticipated Galaxy S23. Every year our experts at PC Guide bring you the most up-to-date information about the latest smartphones on the market. In this article, we compare the Galaxy S23 vs S22.

Samsung has a trend of releasing its next flagship in February of every year. With their launch of the Galaxy S23 this week, this year is clearly no exception.

As with any launch, we receive a load of upgraded features. So with the information we know so far, how do these two models compare?

Samsung Galaxy S23 vs S22 cameras

Let’s start things off with the camera. From what it seems, the S23 Ultra got the most hardware camera upgrades. The new premium model has an amazing new 200MP main camera, a clear boost from the current 108MP on the S22 Ultra.

For the other new models, we witnessed a few upgrades. Most notably, a new 12MP selfie camera that supports Super HDR and 4K 60fps video shooting. So, expect to see an improvement in low-light selfies.

The S23 and S23+ also got an upgrade in video shooting from 8K 24fps on the S22 to 8K 30fps. Finally, we could not forget Samsung’s swanky new feature, Astro Hyperlapse. This setting will allow you to take hyper-lapse videos at 300x speed, enabling you to capture star trails.

Samsung Galaxy S23 vs S22 processor & performance

Now onto processor and performance. Samsung has halted the use of their Exynos processor on the new flagships.

So what will the new Galaxy S23 have? The new smartphone to feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, with a significant improvement – 35% faster performance and 40% better efficiency compared to the S22’s Gen 1. It looks like the Samsung Galaxy S23 is shaping up to be a better performer than last year.

Samsung Galaxy S23 vs S22 storage & memory 

Last year, Samsung released two storage options for the Galaxy S22 – 128GB and 256GB. This year the Galaxy S23 will come with 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB options. The S23+ and S23 Ultra will both start at 256GB. But the Ultra will come with a 1TB option too.

Similar to the Galaxy S22, the Galaxy S23 is expected to come with 8GB RAM, but with a possible upgrade. The S22 currently has 8GB LPDDR5 memory, but there are rumors that the S23 will feature Samsung’s latest 8GB LPDDR5X memory.

It is not completely clear what impact this upgrade will have. So we will have to wait until the smartphone is in our hands to test it out.

Samsung Galaxy S23 vs S22 screen

The Samsung S22 features a beautiful bright and sharp display. As it currently stands, it seems that the tech giant has not made any major upgrades to the smartphone’s screen.

The Galaxy S22 comes with a 6.1-inch display, with a 1440 x 3088 resolution, and a refresh rate of 1–120 Hz.

Whereas, the S23 comes with a 6.1-inch FHD+ display with 2340 x 1080 Infinity-O and a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. The only real upgrade here is maximum brightness. Expect to see a 250 nits increase in peak brightness on the S23.

Samsung Galaxy S23 vs S22 price

Last year, the Samsung S22 was released at a starting price of $799 (128GB model). Samsung will be following its current trend and the new S23 will start around $799.

Samsung is currently offering a $50 credit deal for those who pre-order the smartphone from their website. To find out how to secure this deal, head to our article where we show you how to Reserve the Samsung Galaxy S23.

Final Thoughts

So that’s all we know about the Samsung S23 so far. If you’re thinking about making the upgrade, it might just be worth it! Of course, until the smartphone hits the shelves we won’t truly know how the model performs hands-on.

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