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    [Early Impressions] Galaxy S23 Ultra – Solid On All Fronts So Far

    Samsung’s latest Galaxy S23 Ultra flagship phone is an impressive piece of mobile device that continues to challenge the boundaries of what we expect from a smartphone in 2023. With its sleek design, top-of-the-line features, and cutting-edge technology, it is no surprise that this device has been highly anticipated by tech enthusiasts and smartphone users alike.

    The older S22 Ultra released last year had a clean and premium design that the S23 Ultra adopted to a tee, including the IP68 rating and near-identical dimension and weight (78.1 x 163.4 x 8.9mm, 234 grams). While some of my friends and family have commented that they wished the S23 Ultra looked a bit more distinguishable with a new design, I actually don’t mind seeing this design for another year. But I reckon Samsung will have to be more creative than this for their new S24 Ultra next year unless they are ready to be called lazy or unadventurous.

    We got our hands on a beautiful Cream-coloured S23 Ultra but the phone is also available in three other colours – Phantom Black, Green, and Lavender. The front and back of the phone are covered in Gorilla Glass Victus 2, protected with an aluminum frame on all sides. When held in hand, it feels large and sturdy and the matte-looking surface at the back provides a scene free from stains and fingerprints, assuring owners of the phone’s handsome look when used without a casing.

    The display screen of the Galaxy S23 Ultra is stunning. The phone boasts a massive 6.8-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 3088 x 1440 pixels. The colours are bright, vibrant, and accurate, and the screen is incredibly sharp, making it ideal for streaming videos, playing games, or browsing the web. The display also features a 120Hz refresh rate, which makes scrolling through apps and menus feel buttery smooth.

    The camera on the Galaxy S23 Ultra is another standout feature. The device is equipped with a quad-camera setup, which includes a 200-megapixel primary camera (which is an impressive upgrade), a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 10-megapixel periscope telephoto camera, and a 3D Time-of-Flight sensor. This setup allows users to take stunning photos in a variety of lighting conditions, and the camera’s impressive zoom capabilities make it possible to capture even the most distant subjects with clarity.

    Dimension 78.1 X 163.4 X 8.9mm
    Weight 234 grams
    Build Glass front (Gorilla Glass Victus 2), glass back (Gorilla Glass Victus 2), aluminum frame
    • Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display
    • Super Smooth 120Hz refresh rate (1~120Hz)
    • 240Hz Touch Sampling Rate in Game Mode
    • Vision booster
    • Enhanced comfort
    Screen 6.8-inch QHD+ Edge
    Resolution 1440 x 3088, ~501 ppi density
    Shield Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2
    OS Android 13, One UI 5.1
    Chip Snapdragon® 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform for Galaxy
    CPU Octa-Core (1×3.36 GHz Cortex-X3 & 2×2.8 GHz Cortex-A715 & 2×2.8 GHz Cortex-A710 & 3×2.0 GHz Cortex-A510)
    GPU Adreno 740
    • 12GB|256GB
    • 12GB|512GB
    • 12GB|1TB
    • External Memory Slot: N/A
    Main Camera
    • 200 MP,F1.7, FOV 85˚ (wide),
    • 10 MP, 10x Optical Zoom, F4.9, FOV 11˚ (periscope telephoto)
    • 10 MP, 3x Optical Zoom, F2.4, FOV 36˚ (telephoto)
    • 12 MP, F2.2, FOV 120˚ (ultrawide)
    • LED flash, auto-HDR, panorama
    • 8K@24/30fps, 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR10+, stereo sound rec., gyro-EIS

    Selfie Camera

    • 12 MP, F2.2, FOV 80˚ (wide),
    • Dual video call, Auto-HDR, HDR10+
    • 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30fps
    • Li-Ion 5000 mAh, non-removable
    • 45W wired, PD3.0
    • 10W wireless (Qi/PMA)
    • 4.5W reverse wireless
    Colours Phantom Black, Cream, Green, and Lavender.
    Prices 12GB|256GB RM 5,699
    12GB|512GB RM 6,699
    12GB|1TB RM 7,199
    *You can get the 512GB for RM 5,699 and the 1TB for RM 6,699 during Pre-order promotions

    The phone also starts with 12GB RAM onward, powered by the powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform for Galaxy chip that promises speedy performance. From my day-to-day experience so far, the phone has consistently managed to impress. My older S22 Ultra, for example, struggled to run Genshin Impact at 60 FPS without the phone’s temperature sulking. But the S23 Ultra managed it without so much of a hiccup.

    As far as the first impression goes, the S23 Ultra looked solid on all fronts but the real test has yet to begin. I’d love to talk more about the phone’s performance in other areas in more detail like its cameras or if it can handle the most demanding mobile games out there, how its battery life keeps up in various scenarios, and more. But I’ll need more time to do this ‘test drive’ and will return soon with my full review of this exciting Galaxy S23 Ultra phone.

    If you are in Malaysia and have made up your mind about getting the phone, then head over here to find out more about the deals and offers you can get from Samsung when you pre-order the phone before February 23 this year. You could get an upgrade of twice the storage space for free when buying within this period. You don’t want to miss it. But otherwise, I’ll see you in the next article.

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