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Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra vs S22 Ultra: Comparing the Differences

Samsung announced the Galaxy S23 lineup at the beginning of February 2023, with three phones in the portfolio for 2023.


The standard Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra phones were officially unveiled at the event after a number of rumors about the three devices circulated over the past few months.

We’ve covered how the Samsung Galaxy S23, S23+, and S23 Ultra compare to each other in a separate feature, but here we’re looking at how the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra compares to its predecessor – the Galaxy S22 Ultra. Is it worth upgrading?

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    Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra

    Camera and processor upgrades

    The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra offers a nearly identical design to the S22 Ultra, with only a few minor changes. However, it does get a processor upgrade, which should improve the battery and the main camera sensor sees an increase of up to 200MP.

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    Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

    Great value

    It worked, but the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is still an excellent device, and even cheaper now that the S23 Ultra is out. This means that if you can live without the 200MP main camera and the latest chipset, this could be a great option.


design

  • Galaxy S22 Ultra: 163.3 x 77.9 x 8.9mm, 229g, IP68, built-in S Pen
  • Galaxy S23 Ultra: 163.4 x 78.1 x 8.9mm, 234g, IP68, built-in S Pen

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra shares a very similar design to its predecessor, though the company said it has reduced the curved edges a bit to get more screen real estate. Other than that, a premium design, along with rounded edges and a rear camera lens positioned in the upper left corner, resides outside the housing.

Like the S22 Ultra, the S23 Ultra also features a built-in S Pen, which retains its position as the successor to the Galaxy Note and as we now expect from flagship phones, there is IP68 water and dust resistance.

The S23 Ultra measures 163.4 x 78.1 x 8.9mm, which is pretty much identical to the S22 Ultra which measures 163.3 x 77.9 x 8.9mm, although it’s a bit wider and heavier as well. The S22 Ultra comes in multiple colors and the S23 Ultra does the same, with black, cream, green, and lavender color options.

The S22 Ultra comes with a central punch-hole camera on the front of the device, which the S23 Ultra also offers, and the in-display fingerprint sensor is making a comeback in 2023 as well. Therefore, most of the changes this time around are internal rather than external.

an offer

  • Galaxy S22 Ultra: 6.8 inches, 3088 x 1440 resolution, 500ppi, 120Hz refresh rate
  • Galaxy S23 Ultra: 6.8 inches, 3088 x 1440 resolution, 500ppi, 120Hz refresh rate

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra has an impressive 6.8 inch display that offers a Super AMOLED panel and a resolution of 3088 x 1440. It offers an adaptive refresh rate of 120Hz and there is a peak brightness of 1750 nits.

The edges of the S22 Ultra’s screen are also curved, which makes for a nice, premium design. While it was initially rumored that the S23 Ultra could see curved edges at the top and bottom of the screen as well as the sides, setting it apart slightly from its predecessor, this is not the case.

So you will find the same 6.8-inch screen with a resolution of 3088 x 1440 and an adaptive refresh rate of 120Hz as the Galaxy S22 Ultra in the latest model. Peak brightness remains the same at 1,750 nits, which is slightly lower than the Apple iPhone 14 Pro that saw the jump in 2022.

Hardware and specifications

  • Galaxy S22 Ultra: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Exynos 2200, 8/12 GB RAM, up to 1 TB storage, 5,000 mAh battery
  • Galaxy S23 Ultra: Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, 8/12 GB RAM, up to 1 TB storage, 5,000 mAh battery

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra runs on either Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Exynos 2200, depending on the region, but Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra ditches Exynos and runs exclusively on Qualcomm’s latest chip – Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. It’s a customized version of the chip called Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform for Galaxy, and it’s rumored to have a slightly higher clock speed, though Samsung didn’t specify it.

Supporting the chipset, there’s a choice of 8GB RAM with 256GB storage, 12GB RAM with 512GB storage, or 1TB storage for the Galaxy S23 Ultra. The S22 Ultra is offered with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, or 12GB of RAM and 256GB, 512GB and 1TB storage options, so you get double the base storage of the 2023 model. microSD, which the S23 Ultra doesn’t offer either.

The Galaxy S23 Ultra comes with a 5,000mAh battery, which is the same as the S22 Ultra under the hood, so there isn’t a lot of change here. The S22 Ultra has 45W fast charging and 15W wireless charging, which rumors have suggested will be the case for the S23 Ultra. Samsung said the S23 Ultra comes with Super Fast Charging 2.0 and Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, as well as Wireless PowerShare, though it hasn’t shared speeds yet.

cameras

  • Galaxy S22 Ultra: Quad rear (108MP + 12MP + 10MP + 10MP)
  • Galaxy S23 Ultra: Quad rear (200MP + 12MP + 10MP + 10MP)

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra has a quad rear camera consisting of a 108MP main sensor, a 12MP wide sensor, a 10MP zoom lens with 3x zoom, and a second 10MP zoom lens with 10x zoom.

It had the same resolution as the S21 Ultra, although Samsung made the main sensor 23 percent larger, and the overall experience of the S22 Ultra’s camera is exceptional in general use, whether in daylight or darkness.

The S23 Ultra changes things up a bit in terms of resolution compared to its predecessors, with a 200MP main sensor, which Samsung makes the big story for this device.

Along with the 200MP main sensor, there’s a 12MP wide-angle sensor again, as well as two 10MP telephoto lenses. The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is capable of 3x and 10x zoom, like its predecessor, as well as 100x Space Zoom. There’s also a 30fps option for shooting 8K video, as well as some new features including AstroHyperlapse which lets you take photos of moving stars and ExpertRAW can give you a 50MP RAW file instead of the 12MP like the S22 Ultra. The latter two are coming to the S22 Ultra as well though that’s worth keeping in mind.

Conclusion

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra offers a nearly identical design to its predecessor, with only a few minor changes. They also offer the same screen size and specifications, as well as the same battery capacity.

But as you might expect, there are some differences. These come in the form of twice the base storage, along with an upgrade to the chipset and an upgrade to the main camera sensor.

We’ll need to fully review the Galaxy S23 Ultra to see what these camera changes actually mean, though there’s certainly an argument for waiting to upgrade this year if you already have an S22 Ultra. The S22 Ultra also probably makes more sense for those looking to save a little cash as well, though the S23 Ultra is of course a winner on paper if you have the budget. You can read our first impressions of the Galaxy S23 Ultra to see what we thought, and you can also read all the details surrounding the Samsung Galaxy S23 series in our separate feature to give you a rundown of what the range has to offer.

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