Samsung Galaxy S23: release date, price, features and everything you need to know

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  • What is this? Another big flagship phone from Samsung
  • when is it coming out? February 17, 2023
  • How much is it? It starts at $799.99 / £849 / AU$1,349

The Samsung Galaxy S23 is the first major phone launch of 2023 and – having been announced alongside the Galaxy S23 Plus and Galaxy S23 Ultra on February 1 – it won’t be a surprise to learn that it’s likely to be one of the best phones money can buy this year year.

The vanilla model in Samsung’s latest Galaxy lineup isn’t a monumental upgrade over its predecessor, the Galaxy S22, but a minor design change – and one very significant upgrade under the hood – makes the Galaxy S23 a worthy competitor to similarly more expensive phones like the iPhone 14 and Google Pixel 7 Pro.

On the design front, both the Galaxy S23 and its larger sibling, the S23 Plus, forgo the S22’s convex metal outline in favor of the S22 Ultra’s individual camera lenses, although the phone is essentially the same size and weight as its predecessor.

Samsung Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus camera setup (Image credit: Samsung)

Instead of inheriting the S22 Ultra’s impressive sensor and 108MP sensor, Samsung opted to leave the S23’s sensor largely unchanged, meaning it still has a 50MP wide-angle lens, a 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens, and an optically stabilized 10MP 3x zoom camera optical. The front camera is only 12MP, though it’s still an upgrade from the S22’s 10MP selfie camera.

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