Samsung Unpacked roundup: everything announced, from the Galaxy S23 to the Galaxy Book 3 Ultra

Samsung Unpacked roundup: everything announced, from the Galaxy S23 to the Galaxy Book 3 Ultra

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Samsung semi-annual Unpacked The event was held in San Francisco on Wednesday, and a collection of new phones and laptops made their debut. Samsung released the update to its flagship line of Galaxy S phones: the Galaxy S23, S23 Plus Y S23 Ultra. The company also disclosed its updated Galaxy Book Pro laptopsthe Book 3 Pro and Book 3 Pro 360, along with a new higher-end sibling to the family, the Book 3 Ultra.

Along with the new products, Samsung, Google and Qualcomm announced a partnership to develop a mixed reality platform. However, it was heavy on words but light on details.

You can also check our archived live blog of the event if you feel more like reading a play by play.

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All new phones have been upgraded to the next-generation “for Galaxy” Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, a custom version of the processor that companies have theoretically optimized for faster performance, better ray-traced graphics, and AI processing. faster.

The chip enables further improvements to the phones’ computational photography capabilities, such as improved low-light performance and smarter processing for selfies. That front-facing camera has been standardized across the product line, too, a resolution bump from the 10-megapixels on the S22 and S22 Plus, but a drop in resolution. S22 Ultra 40 megapixels. The improved speed also enables 1080p 120fps recording for slow motion, rather than 60fps, which should produce better results.

Samsung has also introduced sync between Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Samsung PC with this generation.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra

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With the design remaining relatively unchanged, the biggest update (literally) to the top-of-the-line S23 Ultra is the new 200 megapixel camera Using the Isocell HP2 sensor, approximately double the resolution of its predecessor, the Galaxy S22 Ultra. also can pixel container in blocks of four or 16 pixels for smaller images with better tonal quality, or other lower resolutions for more manageable file sizes.

The new sensor is also responsible for the improvements. Notably, it has larger pixel wells to be able to absorb more light, which can improve photos and videos across the board.

Other camera improvements include better optical image stabilization, and video gains wider-angle shots and 8K at 30fps (up from 24fps). Samsung’s own camera software also integrates better with the native camera app.

New colors abound: it’s now available in black, cream, green, and lavender. Samsung also says that the use of plastics in the ocean and also of pre-consumer waste has increased.

Pricing for the phone starts at $1,200 (£1,249, AU$1,949). Ships February 17; pre-orders have already started.

Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus

The exteriors of the base model and the larger model remain largely unchanged.

Both phones get a 200mAh boost for the battery, rising to 3,900mAh for the S23 and 4,700mAh for the S23 Plus. The Plus has a higher entry storage capacity, now at 256 GB.

The Galaxy S23 starts at $800 (£849, AU$1,349), while the S23 Plus starts at $1,000 (£1,049, AU$1,649). You can preorder them now and they are scheduled to ship on February 17.

Top view of Samsung Galaxy Book 3 Ultra laptop keyboard on a white table.


Galaxy Book 3 Ultra

Without discrete graphics or a high-end processor, Samsung’s Pro models of its laptops didn’t really look “professional.” So now there’s the new Galaxy Book 3 Ultra, with a Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 or 4070 GPU and up to a 13th-gen Core i9 CPU to at least add the option to Samsung’s offerings.

Other features include a 16:10, 2880 x 1800 pixel OLED display that supports a 120Hz refresh rate; a 1080p webcam; a four-speaker audio system; and more ports than the Galaxy Book 2 Pro, with a USB-A port and HDMI 2.0 output joining its two Thunderbolt USB-C ports, microSD card slot, and headphone jack. It’s a bit heavier for your family at 16.5mm thin and 4lbs (1.8kg).

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Core i7 and RTX 4050 configuration start at $2,400; the Core i9/RTX 4070 model is $3,000. UK and Australian prices were not immediately available.

Galaxy Book 3 Pro and Pro 360

16-inch, 16:10 displays and upgraded camera, audio and port setups also come in clamshell and two-in-one downline models. The Galaxy Book 3 Pro is 4mm thinner and about 8 ounces lighter than the Ultra. It also comes in a 14-inch model that weighs 2.6 pounds (1.2 kilograms).

The 16-inch two-in-one Galaxy Book 3 Pro 360 comes with one of Samsung’s excellent S Pens, and it’s also the only model to come with optional wireless 5G.

The Samsung Galaxy Book 3 Ultra and Pro and Pro 360 laptops are available to pre-order now through Samsung’s site with the Pro models expected to start shipping on February 17.

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