While we wait for Samsung to unveil the next S-series flagship, we’re already seeing the Galaxy S23 Ultra getting a pre-launch unboxing.
An unboxing video shared by Twitter user Edwards Urbina shows off the Galaxy S23 Ultra in what appears to be a “Cotton Flower” colorway. It matches some of the first images of rumored retail packaging, but it takes it even further with a short hands-on video of the upcoming Android flagship.
It seems that Urbina is based in Nicaragua, but it’s unclear how they managed to get this unit early. Save the color, unboxing shows the Galaxy S23 Ultra looks nearly identical to its predecessor.
While we would never suggest switching from one phone to another after just a year, it does make it easier for S22 Ultra owners, we’re sure. What’s immediately noticeable is that the curved edges are slightly squarer on the new model.
It’s hard to say though without the previous handset for comparison purposes. The matte white finish is known as “Cotton Flower,” and it looks very familiar to the white S22 Ultra, but instead of a silver frame, the video gives it a soft gold or champagne look.
[Update 01/24]: After sharing some initial samples, Urbina has released even more images that showcase the supposed prowess of the Galaxy S23 Ultra camera system against the likes of the Pixel 7 Pro. It even includes a direct selfie camera comparison that shows the Samsung phone produces crisp images compared directly to Google’s latest flagship phone.
Although the Pixel 7 Pro doesn’t come with the latest and greatest camera sensor hardware, it offers impressive photo capabilities. In fact, it’s among the best despite using an older Samsung sensor. Conversely, the Galaxy S23 Ultra should incorporate the best of the best sensor technologies. We expected a chasm in the classroom, but while the comparisons aren’t pushed, the differences aren’t as pronounced as we initially feared. That said, the S23 Ultra takes a step forward in most areas.
The larger sensor seems to have no problem gathering light from a scene. You can see the color tones are also brighter and more vibrant than the Pixel 7 Pro’s near-dull contrast treatment. We’ll keep full judgment until the official release, but we’re intrigued by how well each system will perform under various conditions.
After unboxing the Galaxy S23 Ultra, the poster also shared a number of sample images, including several that showcase the upcoming handset’s low-light performance. Samsung reportedly upgraded the primary sensor to a 200-megapixel sensor.
https://twitter.com/edwards_uh/status/1617323562637086720?s=20&t=TAjPX-AhX_gHTq9-eWBDYw showing off night shots taken without a tripod looks impressive as it’s clean and crisp even in the darkest regions, but it’s hard to tell given the subject matter and the obvious Twitter compression. The pictures of the plant pots are very beautiful, with the brick wall looking amazingly detailed even in the dark environment.
Urbina also shared some Galaxy S23 Ultra zoom samples. According to leaked spec sheets, the S23 Ultra retains the same periscope zoom camera as the 2022 handsets. We could see Samsung making improvements through software tuning rather than hardware tweaks. These samples are still impressive, but not as great as the potential primary sensor upgrade that’s been touted.
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