Galaxy S23 Plus Intro
Just like previous Galaxy Plus devices, this one would also probably remain in the thick shadow of its much more intriguing, larger, and more expensive peer, the highly-anticipated Galaxy S23 Ultra. The middle child of Samsung’s flagship lineups doesn’t have the compact dimensions of the regular Galaxy, while the Ultra model always has way more intriguing hardware that makes it a much more appealing purchase.
Galaxy S23 Plus Specs
A respectable Android flagship
Galaxy S23 Plus Models
Aside from the Galaxy S23 Plus, Samsung also has two other phones in the pipeline. Of course, we are talking about the Galaxy S23 and the Galaxy S23 Ultra. Despite being part of the same generation, there are lots of distinct differences between the three devices.
For one, the regular Galaxy S23 is a more compact version of the Galaxy S23 Plus, with a smaller display and battery, but aside from that hardware on both new devices is pretty similar. The Galaxy S23 Ultra, however, true to its more intriguing name, has much more going for it in the hardware section, including a longer periscope lens, even larger display and battery, and finally, an S Pen stylus on deck.
Galaxy S23 Plus Design & Colors
Not many changes are expected
The Galaxy S23 Plus exterior is expected to be mostly similar to the Galaxy S22 Plus, without any major changes. However, don’t expect your old Galaxy S22 Plus cases to fit your new Galaxy S23 Plus, as there would definitely be some important changes on deck.
Galaxy S23 Plus Display
One of the main changes that we could see with the Galaxy S23 Plus could be a much smoother display 10-120Hz like on the Ultra models. While we really do hope for such an improvement to make an appearance, so far we’ve heard no rumors of the type, which means that we might not see such a hardware change.
It’s much more likely to see a 48Hz-120Hz hybrid LTPs display on the Galaxy S23 Plus, similarly to the Galaxy S22 Plus. Don’t get us wrong, this display refresh rate is still super-smooth, it just wouldn’t allow the phone to benefit from the improved power savings and efficiency gains that a 10-120Hz display would otherwise introduce.
In other display specs, we expect the Galaxy S23 Plus to score a 6.6-inch display with the sensible resolution of 2340 by 1080 pixels, just like the Galaxy S22 Plus. Of course, the display will be a Dynamic AMOLED one, which should literally speak for itself and hold the promise for exceptional image quality and color rendition.
Galaxy S23 Plus Camera
Not many hardware improvements expected
Galaxy S23 Plus Performance & Benchmarks
Bye, bye, Exynos
After years and years of segregating the different regions it sold its Galaxies in, Samsung will no longer use different chips for its US and international models starting with the Galaxy S23-series … for now, at least. It seems that Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset has been chosen as the only brains of the Galaxy S23-series, no matter the region. This is a major move that will ditch Samsung’s own Exynos line of chips, which have generally lagged behind Qualcomm’s offerings for a couple of years now, delivering less efficiency, lower performance, slightly worse image quality, and worse battery life.
Leaked info about the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is a pretty different beast than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. It reportedly consists of one high-performance 3.36GHz core, four mid-range 2.8GHz cores, and finally, a trio of efficient 2.02 GHz cores . Despite expectations that it could be built on a 3nm node, the chip is more likely to use TSMC’s 4nm node instead.
Galaxy S23 Plus Connectivity
The Galaxy S23-series is expected to come with an all-new Qualcomm X70 5G modem, which looks like quite the improvement in all areas. Here are just a few of the new features that the X70 delivers:
- Snapdragon X70 unleashes advanced capabilities such as Qualcomm 5G AI Suite, Qualcomm 5G Ultra-Low Latency Suite, Qualcomm 5G PowerSave Gen 3 and 4X
- sub-6 carrier aggregation to achieve unmatched 5G performance.
- Harnessing the power of AI to enable breakthrough 5G speeds, coverage, low latency and power efficiency to fuel the 5G Connected Intelligent Edge
- World’s only comprehensive 5G modem-RF system family capable of supporting every commercial 5G band from 600 MHz to 41 GHz, offering flexibility to OEMs for
- designing devices capable of supporting global operator requirements
- Unmatched global band support and spectrum aggregation capabilities including world’s first 4X downlink carrier aggregation across TDD and FDD, mmWave-sub-6 aggregation
- Standalone mmWave support to allow MNOs and service providers to deploy services such as fixed wireless access and enterprise 5G, without needing sub-6 GHz spectrum
- Unmatched uplink performance and flexibility with uplink carrier aggregation and switched uplink support across TDD and FDD
- True global 5G multi-SIM including Dual-SIM Dual-Active (DSDA) and mmWave support
- Upgradeable architecture allowing rapid commercialization of 5G Release 16 features through software updates
Galaxy S23 Plus OS / Android version
Galaxy S23 Plus Battery
Galaxy S23 Plus Charging Speeds
Not many changes are expected here. The Galaxy S23 Plus will likely default to a 45W wired charging speed and a 15W wireless charging.
Galaxy S23 Plus Competitors
Galaxy S23 Plus Summary and final verdict
So far, we expect the S23 Plus to be quite the major improvement over the Galaxy S22 Plus in some areas, and not so much in others. When it comes to performance and battery life, we are hopeful that Samsung could introduce major enhancements to the Galaxy S23 Plus and the Galaxy S23-series as a whole thanks to its almost certain decision to drop its own silicon in favor of Qualcomm’s.
These improvements, paired with the generally excellent value that a Samsung flagship phone brings to the table might just be enough to make the S23 Plus our go-to recommendation when it comes to an all-around good Android phone. But hey, let’s not put the cart in front of the horse.