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The made its debut Wednesday as part of the company’s , but Samsung is also keeping last year’s Galaxy S22 around with a price cut. That 2022 phone now costs $700, and it still has excellent specs like a 50-megapixel main camera. It’s been updated to Android 13 and last year’s speedy Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Moreover, the Galaxy S23 and the Galaxy S22 have nearly identical designs, including a 6.1-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate.
However, there are a number of improvements with the Galaxy S23 that are definitely worth considering when weighing if you should spend an extra $100 for the newer phone. While we haven’t yet had the chance to review the Galaxy S23, the phone is shipping with a slightly bigger battery than the Galaxy S22. This could be quite meaningful, as CNET’s Lisa Eadicicco found battery life to be a weak point in her . The phone also includes a “Galaxy-optimized” version of the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip. Though we don’t know how big of a difference that optimization will make, it seems to be at least faster than last year’s chip.
If you want a quick look at the differences between the Galaxy S23 and the Galaxy S22, we put the specs for each into the below chart. Other notable differences include the front-facing camera — 12-megapixel on the S23 vs. 10-megapixel on the S22 — and video capture settings.
Samsung Galaxy S23 vs. Samsung Galaxy S22
|Galaxy S23||Galaxy S22|
|Display size, resolution||6.1-inch AMOLED; 2,340×1,080 pixels; 120Hz Adaptive Refresh Rate; 1,750 nits||6.1-inch AMOLED; FHD+ (1080×2340); 120 Hz|
|Pixel density||425 ppi||425 ppi|
|Dimensions (inches)||5.76 x 2.79 x 0.3 in||5.7 x 2.77 x 0.29 in.|
|Dimensions (millimeters)||146.3 x 70.9 x 7.6 mm||146 x 70.6 x 7.6 mm|
|Weight (ounces, grams)||168 g (5.93 oz)||167g (168g for mmWave model)|
|Mobile software||Android 13||Android 13|
|Rear Cameras||50-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 10-megapixel (telephoto)||50-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 10-megapixel (telephoto)|
|Video capture||8K at 30fps||8K at 24 fps|
|Processor||Galaxy-optimized Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2||Snapdragon 8 Gen 1|
|Storage||128GB, 256GB||128GB, 256GB|
|Battery||3,900 mAh (25W wired charging)||3,700 mAh (25W wired charging)|
|Special features||5G (mmw/Sub6), IP68 rating, faster wired charging, wireless PowerShare to charge other devices||5G (mmw/Sub6), 120Hz display, IP68 rating, 25W wired charging, 15W wireless charging|
|Price off-contract (USD)||$800 (8GB/128GB)||$700 (8GB/128GB)|
|Price (GBP)||£849 (8GB/128GB)||£769 (8GB/128GB)|
|Price (AUD)||AU$1,349 (8GB/128GB)||AU$1,149 (8GB/128GB)|