Samsung unveils new Galaxy S23 phones

But smartphones are battling increased competition and cost-of-living crisis

Faster chips, battery battery life and more powerful cameras: Samsung has unveiled the latest additions to its premium smartphone range.

The Galaxy S23 range, which includes the S23+ and the S23 Ultra alongside the base model, will be a test of Samsung’s pulling power in a market that is set for contraction as the cost of living continues to pile pressure on consumers.

The new devices were unveiled at Samsung’s Unpacked event, which focused on the camera power of the devices. The S23 Ultra, the top of the range device in the series, has a 200-megapixel camera sensor, a 6.8 inch screen and advanced video stabilisation. The company has also boosted the low light capabilities of the device, using artificial intelligence to reduce noise in images.

The front facing camera includes fast autofocus and Samsung’s first Super HDR selfie camera that jumps from 30 frames per second (fps) to 60fps.


The Galaxy S23 and S23+ come with 6.1 inch and 6.6 inch displays, and have less powerful cameras with a 12 megapixel ultra-wide camera, 50 megapixel wide lens and 10 megapixel telephoto camera on the rear of the devices. For those who want greater control over their images, the S23 now supports RAW image files.

“The launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S23 Series is an exciting moment for our business. The evolution of our business is driven by the transformative role that smartphones play in the lives of our customers – both at work and play,” said Samsung UK and Ireland’s head of MX James Kitto. “With this launch, we are keen to highlight not just what features our devices have, but what they can empower users to achieve.”

The phones are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chips.

Prices for the phones start from €999 for the base model of the S23, with the S23+ starting at €1,249 and the Ultra model at €1,459.

Ciara O'Brien

Ciara O'Brien

Ciara O'Brien is an Irish Times business and technology journalist