Week 5 in review: The Samsung Galaxy S23 series is official

This week finally put an end to the series of Galaxy S23 series leaks after nearly ever week since last summer either had some or was completely dominated by them. That also means that the Galaxy S23 series offered almost no surprises, which takes away some of the fun.

We were able to get the new Galaxy S23 Ultra in time to do a quick camera shootout with its predecessor, the Galaxy S22 Ultra. We compared the new 200MP camera to its 108MP forebear, as well as the 3x and 10x zoom cameras of new and old. The new main camera on the Galaxy S23 Ultra snaps sharper images with noticeably higher detail levels. Some might even say the images are a tad oversharpened but the detail advantage is undeniable, even in low light.

The Galaxy S23 Ultra went on pre-order this week around the world, starting from €1,400 in Europe, $1,200 in the States, and ₹115,000 in India. Shipping dates vary between countries but the earliest arrivals should be sometime after Monday.

The Galaxy S23 and S23+, sales will start in a couple of weeks. Here are the starting prices: the S23 (8/128GB) is $800/€950/₹80,000, and the S23+ (8/256GB) is $1,000/€1,210.

We got our first glimpse of the Sony Xperia 1 V, touting a similar-looking rear design but with the notable lack of a ToF camera and the RGB IR sensor. The Xperia 1 V is expected to be the thinnest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 device when it becomes official, likely at the Mobile World Congress later this month.

We now turn our attention to the OnePlus event due next week. It will bring, among other things, the OnePlus 11 and OnePlus 11R. We’ll cover those in detail once they arrive.

See you in a week!

Camera comparison: Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra vs Galaxy S22 Ultra

Is the 200MP camera better than the 108MP one?

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is official with 200MP camera and bespoke Snapdragon 8 Gen 2

The design, display, battery capacity and S Pen have mostly remained the same as on the S22 Ultra.

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Samsung changed the styling of these two to match the Ultra. And no, there is no Exynos this year.

Samsung One UI 5.1 features leak ahead of Galaxy S23 launch

The latest Samsung OS will be a minor update over the existing One UI 5.

Netflix details how it plans to stop password sharing outside family

The service is implementing the changes to the United States and Canada.

Sony Xperia 1 V image leaks, it might literally be the hottest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 device

A couple of sensors are gone from the camera array.

128GB Samsung Galaxy S23 to use slower UFS 3.1 storage

UFS 4.0 will be used only for higher 256GB capacity model. There may be other cut backs as well.

OnePlus teases OnePlus 11R: Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and 100W charging

Will launch alongside the OnePlus 11 on February 7.

Watch the Samsung Galaxy S23 and Book3 series announcement live

We also expect new Galaxy Book laptops and One UI 5.1.

Oppo silently launches Reno8 T and Reno8 T 5G

The phones are already listed for pre-order and sale in Vietnam.

Exclusive: Amazfit GTR Mini first-look

The compact GTR model is coming soon.

Manu Kumar Jain leaves Xiaomi

He was the director of Xiaomi India before being promoted to Global VP.

Three Oppo Find X6 models leak, including Pro with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, 1-inch sensor

There will be another Pro using the Dimensity 9200 instead. That one will feature a smaller sensor in its main camera.

Samsung unveils new “Over The Horizon” ringtone for Galaxy S23 series

This year’s edition is developed with Korean artist DJ Yaeji.

Here is the Samsung Galaxy S23 series pricing breakdown

As expected, the prices have gone up in some regions. On the plus side, the Galaxy S23+ and S23 Ultra now have higher base storage capacity.

Report: the US is tightening export restrictions to Huawei, targeting 4G and Wi-Fi 6 tech

As well as tech used for semiconductor manufacturing, AI and high-performance and cloud computing. 

Nothing Phone (2) coming to US this year, says CEO Carl Pei

The company just didn’t have enough resources to deal with US carriers when designing the Phone (1). It has grown significantly since then and feels ready now.

Xiaomi Pad 6 and Pad 6 Pro rumored specs emerge

Both tablets are rumored to bring 11-inch IPS LCD screens with 120/144Hz refresh rates.

Poco X5 has all of its specs leaked, won't be launched in India

The ‘vanilla’ model won’t join its ‘Pro’ sibling in the subcontinent, but will be sold in Europe instead.

Samsung announces Galaxy S23 prices, launch bundles in India

All options are more expensive than last year’s flagships.

Samsung unveils 14

All four computers pack Intel 13th gen processors, 120Hz AMOLED displays, high-end audio.

OnePlus Ace 2 is launching on February 7 in China

This is the domestic version of the OnePlus 11R.

Samsung Galaxy S23 and Galaxy Book3 series announcement coverage wrap-up

Links to everything you might want to know about the new flagship phones and laptops in one place.

Galaxy S23 pre-booking campaign in the US closes in 2 days, last chance for up to $100 credit

This is just a reservation, not a pre-order, meaning that you don’t need to put down any deposit – just to set up an email reminder.

Samsung Galaxy S23 trio has improved cooling with larger vapor chambers

The situation with the small S23 is a bit different – its predecessor didn’t even have a VC, just graphite pads. The new model got a VC like its bigger siblings.

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