Samsung is about to unveil its next high-end smartphone, the Galaxy S23. Its design, specs, and pricing (at least for a few markets) have already leaked, and based on that information, the device appears to be a good upgrade over its predecessors. It brings a newer processor, a simpler design, and a bigger battery, among other improvements. But what if you have a two-year-old Galaxy S21? Is the Galaxy S23 a good upgrade over the Galaxy S21?
Let’s take a detailed look at the Galaxy S23 and the aspects it improves over the Galaxy S21.
A much faster processor, exclusive to the Galaxy S23
The biggest upgrade the Galaxy S23 brings is in its processing performance. Samsung is going exclusive with a Snapdragon processor this year and it will be a higher clocked version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. Since some phones with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 have already been released, we have a good idea of its performance. It delivers faster CPU and GPU performance while improving power efficiency. Moreover, its built-in 5G modem would also be much more energy efficient.
This means that the Galaxy S23 equipped with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will be much faster than the Galaxy S21. It will perform best in multitasking, gaming, and other sustained workloads. The device could also offer longer battery life even when the phone is locked to a 5G network.
Improved front and rear cameras
The second biggest improvement the Galaxy S23 brings is to its front and rear cameras. It has a 12MP selfie camera with autofocus on the front and can record 4K 60fps HDR10+ video. It’s an upgrade over the Galaxy S21’s 10MP selfie camera which has autofocus but lacks HDR10+.
On the back, the Galaxy S23 has a 50MP main camera. It uses a larger sensor than the Galaxy S21’s main 12MP rear camera. Both phones have the same 12MP ultrawide camera, but the Galaxy S23 has a true telephoto camera (10MP) with 3x optical zoom. The Galaxy S21, on the other hand, uses a 64MP sensor and digitally crops to create a 3x hybrid zoom equivalent.
Brighter screen with stronger protection
The Galaxy S21 features a Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with Full HD+ resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, and 1300 nits peak brightness. With the Galaxy S23, Samsung improves the brightness to 1,750 nits, which matches the Galaxy S22 Ultra and Galaxy S23 Ultra. This should significantly improve the viewing experience under direct sunlight. The new screen should also show better colors in bright sunlight.
The Galaxy S23 also has Gorilla Glass Victus 2 protection on its display. Corning says Gorilla Glass Victus 2 offers higher shatter resistance than Gorilla Glass Victus, which was used in the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S22 lines.
Faster connectivity and longer battery life
Thanks to its new chip, the Galaxy S23 brings advanced connectivity features like Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2. It also has a more efficient 5G modem that offers faster upload and download speeds than the Galaxy S21. While the Galaxy S23 has a 3,900mAh battery, 100mAh smaller than the Galaxy S21, it could still offer longer battery life thanks to a more advanced processor made using the process 4nm from TSMC.
Galaxy S23 has guaranteed software updates for the next five years
The Galaxy S21 launched with Android 11 on board and received two major Android updates. It will receive two more Android OS updates (up to Android 15). The Galaxy S23 will ship with Android 13-based One UI 5.1 on board, and according to Samsung’s promise, it should receive four major Android OS updates and up to five years of security updates. Samsung’s new phone will be updated until 2027.
Overall Galaxy S23 is a good upgrade over Galaxy S21 as it has a brighter screen, much faster processor, faster connectivity, much better front cameras and back and a battery that should offer similar endurance despite being slightly smaller than the Galaxy S21.
It also continues to offer all the premium features that were present in the Galaxy S21, including a metal body, IP68 rating, AKG tuned stereo speakers, Samsung DeX, Samsung Pay, wireless charging and reverse wireless charging.
You can pre-order the Galaxy S23 now and get $50 Samsung Store credit which can be used to purchase accessories for it. Samsung is reportedly offering free storage upgrades to those who pre-order the Galaxy S23. So, if you pay for the 128GB version of the phone, the company will offer the 256GB variant without any additional cost.
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