Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy S23 series as it confirms that its mixed reality device will compete with Apple

Samsung held its Unpacked 2023 event on Wednesday, where the company unveiled the Galaxy S23 lineup along with other new products. The South Korean company has also confirmed that it is working on a mixed reality device with “XR” technology to compete with Apple’s alleged AR/VR headset. Read on for a roundup of all of Samsung’s announcements today.

Galaxy S23 and S23+

The next generation of Samsung’s flagship smartphones has arrived. Thanks to Android 13 with One UI 5.1, the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23+ offer a slightly updated design, better features and new functions.

This time around, all the new phones have the same Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip that Qualcomm developed specifically for Samsung. The company claims that this is the fastest chip available in any Android smartphone. The CPU is 30% faster than the previous chip, the GPU is 40% faster, and it supports the ray tracing technology rumored for Apple’s A17 chip.

Starting at $799, the base Galaxy S23 model has a 6.1-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and 1750 nits of brightness. Now the battery is 3900 mAh, which is 200 mAh as in the Galaxy S22. On the other hand, the Galaxy S23+ has a larger 6.6-inch display with the same specs, but a larger 4,700mAh battery. The S23+ supports 45W wired fast charging and prices start at $999.

As for the cameras, the Galaxy S23 and 23+ have a 12-megapixel front-facing lens for selfies that records 4K video at 60fps. On the back, the new phones have a 50-megapixel wide sensor, a 10-megapixel telephoto lens for 3x optical zoom, and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera. The phones are capable of recording videos up to 8K resolution at 30 frames per second.

Galaxy S23 Ultra

The Galaxy S23 Ultra is Samsung’s most premium smartphone, and it competes directly with Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro Max. While the design is the same as the last generation, this year’s phone also comes with a faster Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip with ray tracing support. The huge 6.8-inch bezel-less AMOLED display also has a 120Hz refresh rate and supports the S Pen that comes with the phone.

Apart from the screen, the main differences of the Galaxy S23 Ultra are in the cameras. Instead of a 50-megapixel wide-angle lens, the S23 Ultra has a 200-megapixel lens that uses pixel locking technology to produce sharper, brighter images. There is also a periscope lens with 10x optical zoom and 100x digital zoom. The other lenses are the same as the regular Galaxy S23 models.

Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy S23 series as it confirms that its mixed reality device will compete with Apple

Samsung’s biggest phone has 12GB of RAM, up to 1TB of storage, and a massive 5,000mAh battery with 45W fast charging support. The Galaxy S23 Ultra and standard S23 models also feature Wi-Fi 6E and are available in new colors. Prices for the S23 Ultra start at $1,199.

Galaxy Book 3 laptops

Along with smartphones, Samsung also introduced its new Galaxy Book 3 notebooks. The Galaxy Book 3 Ultra aims to compete with Apple’s MacBook Air as it has a slim design but also has a 16-inch AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate. .

However, the laptop is equipped with Intel Core i7 or Intel Core i9 processors, Nvidia GeForce RTX GPUs, and USB-C, USB-A, HDMI, and microSD reader ports.

The Galaxy Book 3 Pro also has a 120Hz AMOLED display, but is available in 14- and 16-inch sizes. However, the hardware here is slightly lower and starts with Intel Core i5 processors, but it also has a lot of ports. The Galaxy Book 3 Pro 360, on the other hand, has a 360-degree hinge and can be used as a tablet and even works with the S Pen.

Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy S23 series as it confirms that its mixed reality device will compete with Apple

Prices start at $1,249 for the Galaxy Book 3 Pro, $1,399 for the 360 ​​version, and $2,199 for the Galaxy Book 3 Ultra.

Samsung is working on a mixed reality device

At the event, Samsung also confirmed that it is working on a new mixed reality device. Details are vague at this point as the company has yet to preview this product. However, the South Korean company has confirmed that it is developing “XR” or “augmented reality” technologies in collaboration with Qualcomm and Google. The product will run a version of Android created specifically for XR devices, and that’s “not too far away.”

Samsung also confirmed that it has partnered with Meta and Microsoft to provide software for its new headphones. This comes as Apple is working on its first mixed reality headset, which is expected to launch later this year.

While there’s no clue as to when Samsung plans to launch its headphones, pre-orders for other new products announced today are already available on Samsung’s website. You can read more about today’s announcements on our partner’s website

You can also look for special offers on the previous generation Galaxy S22.

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