Samsung Galaxy S23 Unpacked: Everything confirmed (sort of)

Cut through the noise

With Samsung's Unpacked event just a couple of days away, let’s look at all the confirmed and official information we have with regard to what to expect from the event. 

Galaxy S23 series

First up, we will see the flagship Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, alongside the S23 and S23 Plus models. The Galaxy S23 Ultra will carry a similar design to that of its predecessor but it will come in some new colour variants, like Cotton Flower and Botanic Green. This model will still bring a built-in S Pen, a 6.8-inch top-of-the-line display, a 5,000mAh battery with 45W charging and a four-camera setup on the back. Among the big changes is the much-improved chipset that will bring a higher-clocked variant of the SD 8 Gen 2, called Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy. Samsung’s new flagship phones are believed to run exclusively with Qualcomm's chip, which is a 4nm unit built on TSMC's latest power-efficient process. 

The other step forward is that of the main camera which will be a 200MP ISOCELL HP2 sensor. Depending on your requirements, it will provide different output resolutions - 16-to-1 for 2.4μm pixels at 12.5MP or 4-to-1 for 1.2μm pixels at 50MP. It will also be capable of capturing 8K video. The new sensor will enable better Night mode images and portrait video, among other things. The ultrawide camera will remain an autofocusing 12MP model, but with a new image behind the lens. The Galaxy S23 Ultra will also support Space Zoom 100X and Moon Shot.

The other two phones will be even more similar to their predecessors. The Galaxy S23 and S23+ will retain their 6.1-inch and 6.6-inch resolutions but their battery capacities will increase by 200mAh to 3,900mAh and 4,700mAh, respectively. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy chipset will also be available for the S23 and S23+. The rear panel will be glass (likely Corning), and the pair will be available in a new Mystic Lilac colour option.

The base Galaxy S23 Ultra will be more expensive than the base Galaxy S22 Ultra, but there are differences in configurations with the 23 Ultra having more storage capacity than its predecessor.

Galaxy Book3 series

The flagship smartphones aren’t the only big deal at the upcoming event. The Galaxy Book3 series of laptops will also make a debut consisting of the Galaxy Book3 360, Galaxy Book3 Pro, Galaxy Book3 Pro 360, and the top-of-the-line Book3 Ultra.

All three models will feature Super AMOLED touchscreen displays with a resolution of 2880x1800px (16:10), backlit keyboards, Intel's 13th-generation processors with two Thunderbolt 4 ports, and Wi-Fi 6E connectivity. There will also be a USB-A port, an HDMI port, an audio jack, and a microSD slot on the laptops.

The Galaxy Book3 360 is 14 inches in size, the Galaxy Book3 Pro comes in 14in and 16in sizes, and the Galaxy Book3 Pro 360 is 16 inches in size. All models will offer the choice of the Core i5-1340P or Core i7-1360P processors, 16GB LPDDR5 RAM, and up to 1TB of PCIe 4.0 SSDs. To no one’s surprise, all models will boot Windows 11 and include Samsung's Galaxy ecosystem enhancements such as Multi Control, Quick Share, Private Share, and Galaxy Notes.

As for battery capacity, The 14in models will have 63WH batteries, while the 16in models will have 76WH batteries. All models will come standard with 65W USB-C PD charging. 

Last up, we have the Galaxy Book3 Ultra, which will be equipped with a 45W Core i9-13900H, Nvidia RTX 4070 GPU, up to 32GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of PCIe 4.0 SSD. It will have a 76WH battery with a charging capacity of 136W.

So this is a glimpse into what we can expect in the days to follow, so stay tuned for official news and specifications as Unpacked 2023 takes place.