Galaxy S23 Ultra Goes Official with the fastest Snapdragon SoC

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra leaks made their way to the internet since late last year. Almost everything (every tiny point) about the phone has been detailed, including its design, full specs, camera samples, 8K/4H video recordings, live images, as well as hands-on videos. Finally, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra arrived at Galaxy Unpacked 2022 today, alongside its smaller siblings Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23+, about which we covered in a separate article.

Just like its predecessor, the S23 Ultra with Note-esque redesign also brings an integrated S Pen for drawing, sketching, and writing with a dedicated built-in slot and borrowing the same design cues from the previous-gen S22 Ultra. It is slightly less curvy compared to last year’s model. The main highlight and the strongest selling point of this device would be the inclusion of a 200MP camera sensor, which is the first time for Galaxy S series phones released till now. In addition, it will have two telephoto sensors of 10MP with 3x and 10MP with 10x optical zoom.

The Galaxy S23 Ultra feels extremely premium in the hands as it boasts the classiest design of any flagship phone on the market today. It has a 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2x display with Infinity-O Edge QHD+ resolution (3080x1440px) and a 1-120Hz adaptive refresh rate, as well as 240Hz Touch Sampling Rate. Like the Galaxy S23, and S23+, S23 Ultra model’s display is also much brighter, peaking at 1,750 nits.

The device will draw its power from Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen2 4nm, which is an exclusive chipset made for Galaxy S23 series with a prime CPU core clocked at 3.36GHz (instead of 3.2GHz) and the Adreno 740 GPU clocked at 719MHz (instead of 680MHz) for providing slightly faster speeds than the vanilla Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. This model also features 256GGB/512GB/1TB UFS 4.0 storage and 8/12GB LPDDR5X RAM.

The Galaxy S23 Ultra has a 200MP HP2 ISOCELL camera sensor with a 1/1.3-inch sensor size, features 0.56-micron pixels and has an F1.7 aperture. To recall, the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s 108MP primary camera has 0.8µm pixels and an F1.8 aperture. This means that the 200MP camera sensor has smaller pixels, but the aperture is wider. It can also use pixel binning technology to convert to 1.12-micron pixels for 50MP shooting modes in poorer lighting conditions. In addition, it can combine even more pixels into one 2.24-micron pixel for a 12.5MP mode in low-light environments.

  • 200 MP (main camera, 85°, f/1.7, 23mm, OIS);
  • 12 MP (ultra wide angle, 120°, f/2.2, 13mm);
  • 10 MP (telephoto, 36°, f/2.4, 69mm, OIS);
  • 10 MP (telephoto lens, 11°, f/4.9, 230mm, OIS, 10x optical zoom, 100x space zoom)
  • 12MP (front camera, f/2.2, 80°, 25mm, HDR10+)

Using 200MP camera, you can record 8K video at 30 frames per second, 4K and FHD recording, dual HDR, Smart ISO, and Super QPD autofocus. The 12MP autofocus selfie camera is also capable of recording 4K HDR videos.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Full Specs


Galaxy S23 Ultra

Operating System Phone

Android 13 with One UI 5.1


6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O Edge, 3080 x 1440 pixels,
1-120Hz, 1750 nits peak brightness, 500 PPI, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2, HDR10+

Rear Cameras

200MP primary camera, 85°, f/1.7, 23mm, OIS
12MP ultra wide-angle lens, 120°, f/2.2, 13mm 
10 MP telephoto 36°, f/2.4, 69mm, OIS
10 MP telephoto 11°, f/4.9, 69mm, OIS, 230mm, OIS, 10x optical zoom, 100x space zoom

Front Camera

12MP f/2.2, 80°, 25mm, HDR10+

Camera Features

Video Recording (8K @ 30fps, 4K 2160p @ 30/60fps, 1080p @ 30/60/240fps)
Auto-HDR, Panorama


Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 4nm for Galaxy


8, 12 GB LPDDR5X


256, 512 GB, 1 TB UFS 4.0


Li-Ion 5,000mAh

Charging Speeds

45W Wired, 10W Wireless, 4.5 Reverse Wireless


2G, 3G, 4G LTE, 5G, NFC, Bluetooth 5.3, Wi-Fi 7 802.11ax, USB 3.2-Type C, GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo


Dual SIM (nano and eSIM)

Dimensions & Weight

163.4 x 78.1 x 8.9mm
233 grams


Phantom Black, Cotton Flower, Botanic Green, Misty Lilac

Other Features

Built-in S-Pen, Dolby Atmos, IP68, Samsung Dex, Samsung Wireless DeX, Samsung Pay/Wallet

Software Updates

4 years of major Android OS updates
5 years of security updates


Facial unlock, Under-display fingerprint unlock


UWB, Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro, Geomagnetic, Hall sensor, Light sensor, Proximity


Starting at $1199 (US)

Connectivity features are including 5G, dual-SIM card slot, eSIM, GPS, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC, and USB Type-C port. A 5,000 mAh battery is on board too, with 45 W wired charging and 10 W wireless charging, as well as 4.5W reverse wireless charging capabilities. It can reach up to 65% charge after 30 minutes on the charger.

The device comes preinstalled with Android 13-based One UI 5.1 out of the box. One UI 5.1 brings access to Expert RAW in-camera mode, improved automatic photo processing, new widgets for battery/weather, improved DeX multitasking, Bixby text calls, improved native browser search, and many more changes.

The Galaxy S23 Ultra will be available to purchase from, and authorized offline retailers from February 17 in Phantom Black, Cotton Flower, Botanic Green, and Misty Lilac color options, starting at $1,199. Some exclusive colored variants also available to purchase. All colours will begin shipping on February 17 and are you can pre-order any of the aforementioned colors starting today, February 1. Samsung has priced the Galaxy S23 Ultra as follows.

  • 8GB RAM + 256GB storage: $1,199
  • 12GB RAM + 256GB storage: $1,299
  • 12GB RAM + 512GB storage: $1,399
  • 12GB RAM + 1TB storage: TBA

Prices have been hiked up in the United Kingdom. The 1TB, 512GB and 256GB Galaxy S23 Ultra cost £1,599, £1,399 and £1,299 respectively. The base Galaxy S23 Ultra starts from ₹115,000 in India.

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