The first Samsung Unpacked event of 2023 is almost here, and despite the countless leaks that have largely dulled our curiosity, it’s still one of the most significant events of the year. To better understand what to anticipate, let’s review all of the disclosures.
Galaxy S23 series
Along with the S23 and S23+ and possibly some new laptops, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra will be on display. It’s quite doubtful that we’ll hear about any new tablets or smartwatches or headphones.
The Galaxy S23 Ultra will maintain the appearance of its predecessor but will be available in a few new hues, including Botanic Green and Cotton Flower (a light yellow) (a different shade of green than last year).
A built-in S Pen, a 6.8-inch ultra-high-definition display, a 5,000mAh battery with 45W charging, and a four-camera configuration on the rear will all remain features of the Ultra.
One of the major modifications is the new chipset, which is the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy and is an enhanced version of the SD 8 Gen 2. According to reports, Samsung will only ship its new flagship phones with Qualcomm’s processor, a 4nm component constructed using TSMC’s most recent power-efficient manufacturing process. It ought to provide the optimum performance while also increasing the 5,000mAh battery’s endurance.
The primary camera, which has a recently disclosed 200MP ISOCELL HP2 sensor, will be the other significant update. Depending on your needs, it will offer varied output resolutions, such as 16:1 for 2.4 mm pixels at 12.5 MP or 4:1 for 1.2 mm pixels at 50 MP. 8K video capture will also be possible.
Among other things, the upgraded sensor will enable better portrait video and photos in Night mode.
Even down to the sensors, the other two back cameras will maintain their 3x and 10x specifications, but Samsung will undoubtedly make a few minor image quality adjustments. A new imager will be placed behind the lens of the ultrawide camera, which will still have a 12MP sensor and autofocus. The Galaxy S23 Ultra will be able to perform both Moon Shot and Space Zoom 100X.
A new selfie camera is rumored to exist, but all we know for sure is that it won’t have a high-resolution sensor like the 40MP in the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
Though it currently seems doubtful, speculative speculations have claimed that Samsung will include emergency Satellite connectivity to the Galaxy S23 series.
Even smaller incremental adjustments will be made to the other two phones compared to their forerunners. The Galaxy S23 and S23screens +’s still have 6.1-inch and 6.6-inch displays, but their batteries now have capacities of 3,900mAh and 4,700mAh, respectively. Compared to the vanilla S23’s 25W charging rate, the plus model will charge more quickly at 45W.
Additionally, the speedier Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy chipset will be available for the S23 and S23+. The pair will be offered in a new Mystic Lilac color option, and the rear panel will once more be glass (presumably Corning of some form).
The three Galaxies
Beginning on February 1, Samsung is anticipated to accept orders for the Galaxy S23, S23+, and S23 Ultra. The costs will remain the same as last year if you reside in the United States. Starting prices for the Galaxy S23 Ultra are $1,200, S23+ is $1,000, and S23 is $800. However, European customers would have to put up with a price increase. For the matching base configurations, the Galaxy S23 will start at €100 more than its predecessor while the S23+ will cost €150 more.
The base model of the new phone is 8/256GB, whereas the base model of the previous one started at 8/128GB. The base Galaxy S23 Ultra will cost €150 more than the base Galaxy S22 Ultra.
Galaxy Book3 series
The Galaxy Book3 series of laptops will make another significant announcement at the Unpacked 2023 celebration. The Galaxy Book3 360, Galaxy Book3 Pro, Galaxy Book3 Pro 360, and the top-tier Book3 Ultra will be included.
All three models will have backlit keyboards, Super AMOLED touchscreen screens with a resolution of 2880 x 1800 pixels (16:10), Intel 13th-generation processors with two Thunderbolt 4 connections, and Wi-Fi 6E connectivity. A USB-A port, an HDMI port, an audio jack, and a microSD slot will also be present on the laptops.
The Galaxy Book3 Pro comes in 14-inch and 16-inch sizes, while the Galaxy Book3 Pro 360 is 16 inches in size. The Galaxy Book3 360 is the smallest of the three. Both the Core i5-1340P and Core i7-1360P will be available in all versions, which will also feature 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 1TB of PCIe 4.0 SSDs. Unsurprisingly, all models will launch Windows 11 along with the enhancements from Samsung’s Galaxy ecosystem, including Multi Control, Quick Share, Private Share, and Galaxy Notes.
All models come with 65W USB-C PD charging right out of the box. The 14-inch models will have 63WH batteries, while the 16-inch models will have 76WH batteries.
The 14-inch display of the Galaxy Book3 360 will accept a S Pen. While the Galaxy Book3 Pro 360 will accept a S Pen, the Galaxy Book3 Pro is most likely not going to.
The Galaxy Book3 360, Galaxy Book3 Pro, and Galaxy Book3 Pro 360 laptops
The Galaxy Book3 Ultra is now the only option, and it will likely be equipped with a more powerful 45W Core i9-13900H, Nvidia RTX 4070 GPU, up to 32GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of PCIe 4.0 SSD. A 76WH battery and 136W charging will be used (due to the power-hungry GPU).
Make sure to check back on February 1 so we can cover the Samsung Unpacked event. At 6:00 PM GMT, the stream begins.
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