Buyer's Guide

What’s the Difference Between Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra and S22 Ultra?

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra VS S23 Ultra

Main Differences in Design:

The regular Samsung Galaxy S23 has been redesigned on the back, which will turn the camera bump into three separate lenses that are more integrated with the design. But the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra already has that look, and the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra doesn't seem to have changed much.

We've already seen a rumor that the S23 Ultra will be slightly longer and wider than the S22 Ultra, which could be to accommodate the rumored larger camera sensor. It seems that the edges of the new phone may be slightly more square, which may make the phone less slippery to hold.

In Screen:

The Galaxy S23 Ultra's dimensions are virtually unchanged from the S22 Ultra, adding only 0.1~0.2mm, 5000 mAh, 8.9mm thickness, and still a 6.8-inch 3088 x 1440 screen. The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is already one of the best screens on the phone with its ultra-bright 6.8-inch AMOLED panel and 120Hz dynamic refresh rate.

Samsung may be making some upgrades to the S23 Ultra's always-on display to counter the iPhone 14 Pro Max's more advanced AOD capabilities. We could also see an increase in the brightness of the S23 Ultra panel, as the iPhone 14 Pro Max now has the brightest screen when viewing HDR content.

In Camera:

At this point, we all know that resolution isn't all there is to the best camera phones. But it's still exciting to hear that the Galaxy S23 Ultra can come with a 200MP primary sensor. This would be a major upgrade to the S22 Ultra's 108MP wide-angle camera. Multiple sources have reported rumors of a 200MP camera for this S23 Ultra. It could make Samsung a strong competitor to the iPhone 14 Pro series 48MP primary camera.

The 200MP camera is said to be "100% confirmed", but we'll have to see what that means for photo quality and shooting in RAW format. The dual telephoto lenses are expected to return with 3x and 10x optical zooms, as is the 40MP selfie camera.

In Performance:

The Galaxy S23 Ultra is supposed to be one of the first phones to come with the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, which is expected to make a huge leap in performance.

According to the grapevine, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset could have a "UHF" version capable of speeds of 3.4 to 3.5GHz. The current Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 clocks in at 3.2GHz. In addition, it suggests that the GPU upgrade could be better than the iPhone 14 Pro, but we'll have to test that claim.

Battery and Charging:

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is expected to use the same 5.000 mAh battery, but that should be enough to get you through the day. We hope the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip will help you extend battery life by increasing efficiency. In battery tests, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra lasted a decent 10 hours and 18 minutes, but not great. The phones on the best phone battery life list lasted 11.5 hours or more on a charge.

Samsung may again offer 25W charging for the S23 Ultra out of the box. I assume you will be able to use a faster 45W charger, similar to the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. That charger charges the phone to 67 percent in 30 minutes, while the iPhone 14 Pro Max only charges 50 percent in the same amount of time. Let's look forward to it as it gets closer to release!

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