While we’re waiting for Samsung to unveil its upcoming flagship of the S series, we’re already seeing the Galaxy S23 Ultra get its unlocked ahead of the official launch.
An unboxing video shared by Twitter user Edwards Urbina shows the Galaxy S23 Ultra in what appears to be a colorful “cotton flower” road. This goes along with some early images of the supposed retail packaging, but this goes a few steps forward with a short hands-on video of the upcoming Android flagship.
Urbina appears to be located in Nicaragua, but it’s unclear how they managed to get hold of this unit so early. Color keeping, unboxing reveals that the Galaxy S23 Ultra looks almost identical to its predecessor.
While we never suggest upgrading from one phone to another after just one year, this makes it easier for S22 Ultra owners, we’re sure of that. What’s immediately noticeable is that the curved edges are somewhat boxy in the new model.
It’s hard to tell without the previous phone for comparison purposes. Known as “cotton flower,” the matte white finish looks very familiar to the white S22 Ultra but instead of a silver frame, it makes this video look a soft gold or champagne.
[Update 01/24]After sharing some initial samples, Urbina has posted more images that showcase the supposed prowess of the Galaxy S23 Ultra’s camera system against the likes of the Pixel 7 Pro. This also includes a direct selfie camera comparison which shows that the Samsung phone produces very sharp images when compared directly to Google’s latest flagship.
Although the Pixel 7 Pro doesn’t come with the latest and greatest camera sensors, it does offer impressive still photo capabilities. In fact, it is among the best despite using an older Samsung sensor. On the contrary, the Galaxy S23 Ultra is set in the best and latest sensor technology. We expected a class gap, but while the comparisons aren’t as extensive, the differences aren’t as stark as we initially feared. However, the S23 Ultra takes it a step forward in most areas.
The larger sensor seems to have no problems collecting light from the scene. You can see that the color tones are also much brighter and more vibrant than the Pixel 7 Pro’s contrast processing. We’ll reserve full judgment until the official release, but we’re intrigued by how well each system performs in different conditions.
After unboxing the Galaxy S23 Ultra, the poster also shared a number of sample images including several that show off the low-light performance of the upcoming phone. Samsung is said to have upgraded the main sensor to a 200MP sensor.
Two comparison posts Viewing night shots taken without a tripod looks impressive because it’s clean and sharp even in the darkest areas, but it’s hard to make out the subject and the pressure is obvious on Twitter. The plant pot pictures look so good with the brick wall detailing incredibly good even in a sloppy environment.
Urbina also shared some zoom samples from the Galaxy S23 Ultra. According to the leaked spec sheets, the S23 Ultra retains the same periscope zoom camera as the 2022 phones. We could see Samsung making improvements with software tuning rather than hardware tweaks. These samples are still impressive, but not quite as interesting as the potential main sensor upgrade that was touted.
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