On February 2, 2023, the South Korean tech giant Samsung hosted the Galaxy Unpacked event in person for the first time since the COVID outbreak. The Galaxy Unpacked event is known for showcasing innovation in various technological sectors, and this year too, it did not disappoint all the technology enthusiasts around the world. The main highlight of the event was the introduction of the Galaxy S23 series and the Galaxy Book3 series, both of which consisted of three models each. Continue reading the blog to know what kind of specifications and performance you can expect from the gadgets launched at the event held in San Francisco, USA.
Galaxy S23 Series
All the models in the Galaxy S23 series are equipped with the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset and have an octa-core CPU and Adreno 740 GPU. The S23 series has an advanced cooling system that has made the GPU 41% faster and increased processing capabilities by 34%. The devices in the S23 series are made with an aluminum frame, and both the front and the rear have Gorilla Glass Victus 2 and an IP68 rating of resistance. All the models boast an AMOLED 2x display, a 120 Hz refresh rate, and a peak brightness of 1750 nits.
Galaxy S23: The Samsung Galaxy S23 weighs only 168 g and has a 6.1 in display. The device will be powered by a 3900 mAh battery, which can be charged using a 25 W charger and will have a 50% charge in 30 minutes, as advertised by the company. The triple camera setup for the S23 will consist of 50 MP (wide), 10 MP (telephoto), and 12 MP (ultrawide), which supports features like OIS, 3X optical zoom, and HDR among many others. It is not the most exciting of the lot, but with an expected price tag of $799, it is going to be a popular choice among premium models.
Galaxy S23+: If you want a bigger screen than the Samsung Galaxy S23, then you can opt for the middle child of the company, the Samsung Galaxy S23+. The device is a bit bulkier than its sibling, with a weight of 196 g and a display size of 6.6 in. The Samsung Galaxy S23+ has a similar camera setup and features to the Samsung Galaxy S23, and all of their stereo speakers are tuned by AKG. The device includes a larger battery of 4700 mAh and a 45-watt charger. In 30 minutes, 65% of the charge can be reached as advertised, and all the models under S23 support wireless and reverse wireless up to 4.5W. It is expected to have a base price of $999.
Galaxy S23 Ultra: The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra was undoubtedly the event’s star, and its capabilities are not for the faint-hearted. The device has the largest display, measuring 6.8 in, and includes a stylus. Weighing 234 g, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra also comes with Ultra Wideband (UWB) support. The smartphone comes with a mind-boggling quad-camera setup of 200 MP (wide), 10 MP (periscope telephoto), 10 MP (telephoto), and 12 MP (ultrawide). The periscope telephoto lens can go up to 10x optical zoom, and 8K videos can be shot at 24/30 FPS in this setup. Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra’s night photography and astrophotography are also commendable and capture stunning, detailed visuals. To further highlight the camera module’s prowess, a short film was shown at the event that was entirely shot on the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra by the famous director Ridley Scott. The device will come with a 5000 mAh battery, which is enough to handle multitasking seamlessly. Available in soothing colors like Lavender, Lime, and Cream, among many others, the device has a whopping price tag of $1,199.
Galaxy Book 3 Series
Along with the launch of the S23 series, the event also saw the introduction of a new line of laptops from the company, the Galaxy Book 3 series. All the laptop models are equipped with Windows 11 and have a 3K AMOLED display. With a resolution of 2880 x 1800, the Book 3 series is powered by the 13th generation Intel Core CPU. For connectivity, WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.1 are equipped across all the models and even share a similar number of ports, which include 2 Thunderbolt 4, 1 Micro SD, 1 Headphone out with Mic in combo, and 1 USB 3.2. Similar to smartphones, the speakers of the laptop have been tuned by AKG, and the setup includes 2 x 5 W Woofer Max and 2 x 2 W Tweeter. Other than this, the Book3 series laptops have a 1080p FHD webcam and a TPM fingerprint reader.
Galaxy Book 3 Pro: The Galaxy Book 3 Pro will be available in two sizes, 14 in and 16 in respectively. Under the hood, it has an Intel Core i7 processor and for graphics Intel Iris Xe. The 14 in weighs 1.17 kg and is equipped with a 63 Wh battery, while the 16 in weighs 1.56 kg and has a 76 Wh battery. If web browsing, watching content, or doing office work is your primary concern, then the Galaxy Book 3 Pro is a great choice for its battery and portability. Available in Graphite and Beige colors, the base price for the Galaxy Book 3 Pro will start at $1449.
Galaxy Book 3 Pro 360: The Galaxy Book 3 Pro 360 is the 2-in-1 convertible model with the same processor and GPU as the Galaxy Book 3 Pro. 16 in is the only available size for this model and has a RAM of 16 GB and storage of 512 GB/ 1TB. The Galaxy Book 3 Pro 360 weighs 1.6 kg and comes with a touchscreen. The price of this model starts at $1,699 and has S-pen support, which is included with the laptop. It is important to note that the Galaxy Book 3 Pro 360 is the only model in the Galaxy Book 3 series to offer cellular connectivity. If your requirement is versatile in nature and includes light gaming, streaming, editing, or working, then the Galaxy Book 3 Pro 360 is the right one for you. Ease of use by converting it into a tablet, the inclusion of a stylus, and portability are the driving factors of this model.
Galaxy Book 3 Ultra: The Galaxy Book 3 Ultra is a different beast and can be a great choice for gamers and creators alike. In the department of processor and GPU, it comes with both options, which include the Intel Core i7 and Intel Core i9 chips and the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070. Similar to the Galaxy Book 3 Pro 360, this model is available only in 16 in but does not boast the convertible design. The memory and storage options for Galaxy Book 3 Ultra consist of 16/ 32 GB RAM and 512 GB/ 1TB. Weighing 1.79 kg, the i7 processor has a 2.4 GHz speed, while the i9 processor has a 2.6 GHz speed. The Galaxy Book 3 Ultra has a battery of 76 Wh and is only available in Graphite color. The price for the Galaxy Book 3 Ultra starts at $2,199 and is a great choice for power users.
Sustainability For A Bright Future
Samsung highlighted the need for creating a sustainable environment through technology at CES 2023, and it was expected to bring this topic up at Galaxy Unpacked 2023. The company has already shifted to 100% recycled paper box packaging and made internal and external parts with recycled aluminum, plastic, and glass. This year, the company has further pushed its limits by incorporating 80% recycled PET, 22% recycled glass, and 20% ocean-bound plastic in the Galaxy S23 series. Samsung also announced that its mission is to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Collaboration With Qualcomm and Google
TM ROH of Samsung, Hiroshi Lockheimer of Google, and Cristiano Amon of Qualcomm announced that the 3 companies have partnered to create a mixed-reality platform in this event. They did not unveil any devices or software at the event, but without a doubt, this could pose a serious challenge to both Apple and Meta. This partnership will bring next-gen technology into mixed reality, with each candidate bringing in their own expertise. Investment and research in AR and VR have been steady for Google for quite some time, several headsets use Qualcomm-made chips, and Samsung already has experience in creating VR headsets for smartphones. Along with these, Google and Samsung will be working to release a version of the Wear OS that will provide compatibility in cross-platform ventures.
The Galaxy Unpacked 2023 also saw the introduction of new software in the form of One UI 5.1, which will sit on Android 13 and make some minimal changes. The expectation for the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 9 was quite high, but maybe due to the sluggish sale of the previous model, the company made no such announcement. Overall, it has been a successful event, and pre-booking has already begun for both the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy Book 3 series.
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