Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra (Snapdragon)

Released February 2023

Ultra-Premium (>$800)
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra (Snapdragon)

Summary


Pros

  • Consistent camera performance in all features, making it a great smartphone imaging allrounder
  • Very good photo rendering, providing a high level of details
  • Very good autofocus in photo and video, allowing to capture the instant in most lighting conditions 
  • Strong tele zoom performance at long range
  • Good sound rendition with both the built-in speakers and the microphones
  • Efficient audio zoom and wind noise reduction features
  • Good readability in most lighting conditions
  • Very good display experience overall when watching videos
  • Good color fidelity in most lighting conditions
  • Very good autonomy with nearly 67 hours in moderate use
  • Good selfie photos and videos overall whether taken in indoor or outdoor conditions

Cons

  • Loss of image detail in low-light situations
  • Some shutter lag when shooting in low light
  • Exposure and focus instabilities, particularly in backlit scenes
  • Default recorder app doesn't offer the same audio quality as the main camera app
  • Low flicker frequency and too-high brightness for night reading
  • Under sunlight, colorful content lacks nuances
  • Details and brightness lacking in indoor lighting conditions
  • Front-camera performance in in low-light environments

Scores


140
camera
2023
Overall Camera Score i
140
45
Samsung Galaxy A05s
BEST 157

Sub-scores

Photo i
139
50
Xiaomi Redmi 12C
BEST 160
Bokeh i
70
20
Xiaomi Redmi 12C
BEST 80
Preview i
73
34
Fairphone 4
BEST 91
Zoom i
141
15
Oppo A77 5G
BEST 158
Top score
Huawei P60 Pro
Video i
137
31
Samsung Galaxy A22 5G
BEST 158

Use Cases

BEST 149

Friends & Family

Portrait and group photos and videos

BEST 132

Lowlight

Photos and videos in lowlight conditions

148
display
2023
Overall Display Score i
148
52
Realme C21
BEST 157
Top score
Honor Magic6 Pro

Sub-scores

Readability i
159
40
Realme C21
BEST 163
Color i
135
49
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
BEST 164
Video i
Top score Best
40
Realme C21
162
Motion i
152
54
Realme C21
BEST 159
Top score
Honor Magic6 Pro
Touch i
139
40
Realme C21
BEST 170
Artifacts i
118
40
Crosscall Action-X5
BEST 163
Top score
OnePlus Open
139
audio
2023
Overall Audio Score i
139
86
Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)
BEST 161

Sub-scores & Use Cases

Playback i
140
74
Nokia 7.2
BEST 163

Use Cases

BEST 172

Listening to music

Through the smartphone's integrated speakers

BEST 161

Watching videos

Through the smartphone's integrated speakers

BEST 156

Gaming

Through the smartphone's integrated speakers

Recording i
137
88
Fairphone 4
BEST 160
Top score
Honor Magic6 Pro

Use Cases

BEST 169

Friends & Family videos

With the smartphone's main camera

BEST 164

Selfie videos

With the smartphone's selfie camera

BEST 158

Concert videos

With the smartphone's main camera

142
battery
2023
Overall Battery Score i
142
75
Samsung Galaxy S22 (Exynos)
BEST 157
Top score
Honor Magic6 Pro

Sub-scores

Autonomy i
148
55
Xiaomi 12 Pro
BEST 195
Top score
Honor X7b
Charging i
133
72
Wiko Power U20
BEST 218
Efficiency i
143
47
Xiaomi 12 Pro
BEST 154
Top score
Oppo Reno6 5G

Key performances

Battery Life
2 days 19h
Battery Life
0-80% Charge
0h37
0-80% Charge
Full Charge
1h21
Full Charge
after 5-minute charge
5h23 Autonomy
after 5-minute charge
141
selfie
2023
Overall Selfie Score i
141
25
Intex Aqua Selfie
BEST 151
Top score
Honor Magic6 Pro

Sub-scores

Photo i
139
18
ZTE Axon 20 5G
BEST 149
Top score
Honor Magic6 Pro
Video i
145
38
Intex Aqua Selfie
BEST 156

Specifications


163.4 x 78.1 x 8.9mm

Dimensions

5G
Dual SIM

Network

Water resistant
IP68

Protection

Wireless

Charging

256/512/1000 GB

Storage

Wide, Ultra-Wide, Tele, Long Tele

Main camera
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