2nd February 2023 - 5 min read
Samsung has officially unveiled its latest Galaxy S23 series during its Galaxy Unpacked event yesterday, available in its usual line-up of the S23, S23+, and the S23 Ultra. Designed to offer an even more refined experience with improved cameras, better gaming performance, and more eco-conscious designs, the new Galaxy S23 models are available in four matte hues: Phantom Black, Cream, Green and Lavender.
The new phones are also now available for pre-order in Malaysia starting from RM3,899. Here are some key details about the Samsung Galaxy S23 series.
Heading the new series is, of course, the S23 Ultra, which features a brand-new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform for Galaxy as its processor, alongside 12GB RAM (for all storage sizes), and of course, an integrated S Pen. Additionally, it boasts a 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with QHD+ Edge, as well as a new 200MP Adaptive Pixel sensor on the phone’s main camera that uses pixel binning that aims to enhance autofocus, light absorption, and overall camera performance.
The phone further features a 12MP ultra-wide rear camera and a 10MP telephoto camera, as well as a 12MP front camera with a new dual-pixel autofocus technology and Super HDR for videos. As for battery, the Galaxy S23 Ultra packs a 5,000 mAh battery, which Samsung claims will take only 30 minutes of charging time to reach 65% of the battery capacity. This is provided you use a 45W adapter and 5A USB-C cable.
The S23 Ultra is available in three storage sizes, and are priced as per below:
Meanwhile, the Galaxy S23 and S23+ both share quite a number of similarities, such as the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform for Galaxy processor – which also powers the top-of-the-line S23 Ultra model – as well 8GB RAM (for all storage sizes). In terms of display, the S23 and S23+ both offer Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display as well, although they are limited to FHD+ (in contrast to the S23 Ultra’s sharper QHD+ resolution).
The camera setup for the S23 and S23+ models are also similar, with both having a triple rear camera setup consisting of a 50MP main camera, a 12MP ultra-wide camera, and a 10MP telephoto camera. At the front, the S23 and S23+ both use the same 12MP selfie camera as the one in the S23 Ultra.
As you would expect, the key differences for the Galaxy S23 and S23+ models lie in their display and battery sizes; the S23 has a display size of 6.1 inches, whereas the S23+ comes in at 6.6 inches. Meanwhile, the battery size for S23 and S23+ stands at 3,900 mAh and 4,700 mAh, respectively – both are larger than the S22 and S22+.
Storage-wise, the S23 and S23+ models are available in two storage capacities. Specifically, the S23 can be purchased with a storage capacity of either 128GB and 256GB, while the S23+ model has a storage size of either 256GB and 512GB. The retail prices in Malaysia are as follows:
Samsung has begun accepting pre-orders for the Galaxy S23 series in Malaysia as of its official launch during the Galaxy Unpacked event – all the way until 23 Feb 2023 – and there are, as usual, exclusive pre-order goodies for early birds. This year, customers who pre-order the Galaxy S23 phones will be able to enjoy a storage upgrade (double the size) for free.
So for instance, if you originally intended to pre-order the S23 (128GB) at the price of RM3,899, you’ll be automatically upgraded to the S23 (256GB) instead – at no extra charge! Here are the details of the pre-order storage upgrade deals:
|Models||Original retail price||Pre-order price|
|Galaxy S23 (256GB)||RM4,199||RM3,899|
|Galaxy S23+ (512GB)||RM5,199||RM4,699|
|Galaxy S23 Ultra (512GB)||RM6,199||RM5,699|
|Galaxy S23 (1TB)||RM7,199||RM6,699|
Aside from the storage upgrade, those who pre-order online via Samsung Malaysia’s official website will also be entitled to an RM400 e-voucher, which they can then use to purchase other selected Samsung products (including Galaxy Tab, Galaxy Watch, or Galaxy Buds). However, this voucher must be utilised during the same checkout session. Furthermore, you may also want to enquire about trade-in special deals (which can get you an extra rebate of up to RM600), on top of eco-promotions of up to 30% discount via purchase-with-purchase (PWP).
Meanwhile, those who make their pre-orders at the Samsung Experience Stores or any Samsung authorised partners can look forward to receiving free accessories worth up to RM458 – consisting of a Silicone Grip Cover and Wireless Charging Duo (15W).
Finally, telco bundles for the Galaxy S23 are yet to be announced, so do keep a look out for that as telcos will often bundle some worthwhile goodies too.
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