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Galaxy S23 test: the most accessible flagship in Samsung is sufficient in itself

Result, a maximum clock frequency of 3.36 GHz for the performance nucleus and instead of 680 MHz, the GPU Adreno 740 is now clocked at 719 MHz, which should save 34 % on the CPU and 41 % on the GPU Adreno 740 compared to its predecessor. This SOC is named Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy. I dare doubt that this difference in performance is a perceptible day in the daily use of the smartphone.

Test of the Samsung Galaxy S23: the compact smartphone we all expected

Test of the Samsung Galaxy S23: the compact smartphone that we all expected

After a half-fig Galaxy S22 half-grape, Samsung attacks the year 2023 with ambition and ensures having rectified the shooting by offering a more successful model which does not seek to compromise on certain elements however crucial such as the battery or the processor. The recipe remains the same, that is to say a smartphone relatively compact to high-end positioning which promises to deliver the best possible experience. So mission accomplished this year ?

Design: a convincing evolution

Apart from the more discreet photo module, The design of the Galaxy S23 remains similar to that of its predecessor – As was already the case last year.

It measures 146.3 x 70.9 x 7.6 mm, against 146.0 x 70.6 x 7.6 mm for the Galaxy S22, The handling is therefore comparable, which is a good thing insofar as it offered Excellent ergonomics.

The keys (power supply and volume) are located on the right edge of the device. They fall perfectly under the fingers. The lower part concentrates the port USB-C 3.2 Gen 1, THE loud speaker principal as well as the Sim double drawer.

We always appreciate the Samsung finish as much, the adjustments are millimeter, the aluminum frame gives off a beautiful feeling of robustness, without forgetting the presence of the new protective glass either Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2 which is supposed to resist falls on (more) hard surfaces. During the test phase, for example, he resisted one meter falls on a surface reproducing concrete, While the previous generation was tested on a tender asphalt.

In any case, keep in mind that the glass remains glass and it can therefore easily break… For our part, we have not noticed scratches on the device after these few days of use.

Screen: a flawless !

The template of the phone being similar to that of S22, it is not surprising to find an identical size screen: 6.1 inches (153.9 mm).

The Galaxy S23 has a slab Amoled displaying a definition of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels, either a density of 422 PPP. The image is perfectly detailed, none of the pixels on the screen is visible to the naked eye. The 120 Hz refreshment brings a good fluidity to the interface and it uses the LTPO 2 technology.0 which varies the rate of 48 Hz at 120 Hz. It is an effective way to limit energy consumption. We note however that the S23 Ultra goes further by descending up to 1 Hz.

With a maximum brightness of 1,750 nits, The manufacturer promises Excellent exterior readability, And that’s the case. It is possible to read content without being embarrassed by the sun. You can also have the phone settings to activate a ” Additional brightness “For the screen to send the maximum, whatever the circumstances.

The virtually infinite contrast of AMOLED technology is still as pleasant to the eye, ditto for the large vision angles. The brightness also descends to a very low level to limit eye fatigue in the dark. As always, it is possible to adjust certain parameters such as refreshment (60 Hz or 120 Hz) or color rendering from the telephone menus.

Positioned under the screen, the fingerprint reader responds without any delay.

Interface: Samsung finally optimizes its overlay

One of the main reproaches made against its predecessor, the Galaxy S22, was its capricious interface. Slowdowns, jerky animations, screen that is blocking… One UI 4.1 sorely lacked optimization.

Samsung has corrected the shot and offers this Galaxy S23 an impeccable experience on this, as it should have been the case for several years now. One UI 5 animations.1 are fluid to the point of being able to compare the experience with that of the iPhone. In terms of new features, one UI 5.1 is satisfied with a few additions here and there such as the battery widget, the possibility of detaching an element of a photo from the gallery or a new mode for the floating windows.

The only criticism that we can make, and that we have been doing for several years, concerns the Doublons applications. Those developed by Google and Samsung, which provide the same service and generate confusion. For example, we think of the Internet browser or the voice assistant. Without forgetting either that this practice increases the system whose weight reaches 55.46 GB on our test model (256 GB) against about 15 GB for Android 13 on the Pixel 7.

Performances: the power of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2

The Galaxy S marketed on the European market have benefited for several years now from Exynos chips developed by Samsung Electronics, a subsidiary of the Korean group. While they survived those of Qualcomm in the early 2010s, the situation was reversed with sometimes significant performance differences.

Samsung has not specified his choice, but this year all versions of the Galaxy S23 have the processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, and even a slightly modified version whose rate reaches 3.36 GHz. In addition to its effectiveness, this chip shows great efficiency which advances the autonomy of the phone (but we will come back to this later).

There is nevertheless a Small Radinerie from the Korean manufacturer which has reserved the UFS 4 storage standard.0, the most efficient of the moment, in versions 256 and 512 GB, and chose the UFS 3 standard.1 for the 128 GB in entry -level. UFS 4.0 Displays a flow of up to 23.2 gbit/s per channel, that is to say double the UFS 3.1 (11.6 gbits/s). Difficult to justify such a decision on a device which remember it begins at € 959 in France.

Antutu, 3D Mark, PC Mark and Geekbench 6

Technical characteristics :

  • Engraving: 4 nm
  • CPU: 1 heart at 3.36 GHz (Cortex-X3); 2 cores at 2.8 GHz (Cortex-A715); 2 cores at 2.8 GHz (Cortex-A710); 3 cores 2 GHz (Cortex-A510)
  • GPU: Adreno 740
  • RAM: 8 GB DDR5X
  • Storage: UFS 3.1 for the 128 GB variant; UFS 4.0 with 256 and 512 GB

Autonomy: it does better than its predecessor

Autonomy is a crucial subject on modern smartphones, which Samsung seemed to have forgotten with its previous Galaxy S22 and its 3,590 mAh battery (effective capacity).

Fortunately, the manufacturer has rectified its error and equipped the Galaxy S23 with a slightly more substantial battery of 3,900 mAh. This corresponds to an effective capacity of 3,785 mAh, a gain of 5.4 % – it’s always good to take. Above all, the optimization of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 seems much higher than that of the Exynos 2200 SOC, with good thermal management which allows it to hold a day without difficulty.

Regarding rapid recharging, you have to be satisfied with the same System 25W in wired and 15W wireless. We could hope for more, especially since his big brother it Galaxy S23+ has 45w wired.

Photo: a very good student, day and night

Samsung plays the card of prudence by taking up the configuration of the Galaxy S22, except for the front sensor which goes to 12 Mp against 10 MP before, but it is anecdotal. Unsurprisingly, the performances are comparable to those of its predecessor.

  • Senior 50 MP sensor: Opening F/1.8 and optical stabilization;
  • 3x telephoto lens of 10 MP: Opening F/2.4 and optical stabilization;
  • Ultra big angle of 12 Mp: FOV 120 ° and opening f/2.2;
  • 12 MP front sensor: Opening F/2.2.

By default, The colors are saturated which flatters the retina, but iIt is possible to obtain a more natural rendering by deactivating the scene optimizer in the camera settings.

The main product sensor detailed images, with a good precision, especially when the 50 MP mode is activated.

Main sensor

Main sensor

Main sensor

Main sensor

Main sensor – Low light

Main sensor – Low light

X3 zoom

THE Ultra Grand Angle sensor is sometimes in difficulty. It lacks precision, some shots are blurred despite good lighting conditions.

On the competition side ?

Conclusion: a better phone than the Galaxy S22

With its new Galaxy S23, Samsung has set out not to reproduce the errors of the past or at least those of the previous generation. In any case, this is the feeling that you feel after using the device for a few days.

The interface is pleasant, convincing performance, the impeccable screen and autonomy is progressing (even if we could expect even better). On the photo side, it also shows excellent capacities, even if the ultra-wide-angle sensor sometimes lacks precision. To summarize, it is a better vintage than the galaxy S22 of last year. The fact remains that its price is very high at € 959, we therefore advise you to wait a little or watch out for the good deals that already circulate.

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Samsung S23 test

At first glance, the Galaxy S23 appears to be the less good smartphone in the Galaxy S23 range. But this impression is misleading because with its price of 959 euros, it is not only the cheapest model, but also the most compact with its “small” screen of 6.1 inch and this, with barely perceptible concessions.

So, if you don’t necessarily need a S-PEN or if you don’t need a UWB chip to open your Tesla, the Galaxy S23 is my ultimate Samsung flagship recommendation. Under the hood is the same SOC, the AMOLED screen (but without LTPO) is magnificent and the S23 is equipped with the same triple very effective photo module as the Galaxy S23+.

Samsung Galaxy S23

Of course, the charger is not provided either. Rapid recharging is very disappointing but the battery has increased by 200 mAh compared to its predecessor, while retaining the same weight, and holds two days on average.

The Samsung Galaxy S23 was presented on February 1ᵉʳ 2023 alongside the Galaxy S23+ and S23 Ultra at the Samsung Unpacked event held in San Francisco. It is available in 8+128 GB version at 959 euros and 8+256 GB at 1019 euros.

Samsung Galaxy S23

Samsung Galaxy S23

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It is also possible to buy your Galaxy S23 with a package if you accept the commitment. You will be able to amortize the starting cost of the smartphone. However, in the long term, it comes at the same price, or even more expensive, than buying the naked smartphone with a non -binding package.

Samsung Galaxy S23

The details, like the slightly larger and positioned buttons a little higher on the right side, were made in a thoughtful way and it is effective. While the facade has changed little compared to its predecessor, the back is visually closed to S23 Ultra. The three objectives arranged vertically at the top left are no longer placed on an island, but exceed a few millimeters from the case.

The front side and the glass back have also experienced an evolution. There is the new corrilla glass Victus 2 corning, but the sustainability test of Jerryrige riding revealed that it is no more scratch or wear resistant than the previous generation of the American glass manufacturer.

In these times of global warming, climate crisis and demonstrations, it should also be mentioned that Samsung has integrated twelve components in recycled materials. This implies a greater effort, because this year, IP68 certification is still present on the Galaxy S23.

There is not a jack either, which I personally do not consider as a disadvantage in the era of wireless headphones but many music fans are not of this opinion.

Samsung Galaxy S23

Screen

Samsung is the screens champion and it shows on his smartphones. That of the Galaxy S23 has hardly changed and is still based on a 6.1 -inch Dynamic Amoled panel. With its cooling rate up to 120 Hz and its resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels (FHD+) with a pixel density of 425 ppi, the screen looks proud. The touch sampling rate is 240 Hz, and HDR10+ is supported

The strong points of the Galaxy S23

  • Excellent screen
  • Maximum brightness of 1750 nits

The weak points of the Galaxy S23

Samsung Galaxy S23

  • Resolution cannot be changed
  • No LTPO screen

Regarding the brightness, the screen from the entire Galaxy S23 range can go up to 1750 nits in peak under the direct sunlight. It is already very bright and even in closed premises, Samsung promises a maximum of 1200 nits (HBM) for the screen of the Galaxy S23. With these values, the Galaxy S23 has nothing to envy the iPhone 14.

Samsung Galaxy S23

Of course, the Samsung screen has the Alway-on-Display function with some adjustment possibilities on the lock screen. The side panel for applications, weather, news and other tools improve the experience.

What I missed was a manual setting of screen resolution (HD+/FHD+) as on the Galaxy S23 Ultra. You can still choose between 60 and 120 Hz for the cooling rate.

Samsung Galaxy S23

Interface/OS

The Galaxy S23 is running Android 13 with the One UI house overlay in its version 5.1. Google’s security update dated January 1 at the time of the test. The update policy is excellent because Samsung promises four versions of Android and five years of security fixes.

The strong points of the Galaxy S23

  • Impeccable update policy
  • One UI 5.1

The weak points of the Galaxy S23

Samsung Galaxy S23

  • Too many preinstalled applications

And if Samsung is exemplary with regard to the update policy, the smartphone manufacturer also exaggerates to the same extent. Why should you have almost 100 preinstalled applications, not to mention system applications on a smartphone costing almost 1000 euros? And I’m not just talking about applications specific to Samsung, but also those of Google, Microsoft, Meta and Netflix.

It is true that Samsung has good applications like Ar Emoji Studio, which can create an avatar from a photo. But it would be good to be able to decide ourselves if we want to use Bixby as a voice assistant and if Spotify and Netflix will be our default applications. There is simply too much bloatware on the smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy S23

Performance

This year, the theme of performance is very special for the three Samsung Galaxy S23. For the first time, Samsung has decided to trust Qualcomm as the only SOC supplier. The result is a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 specially modified for the entire Galaxy S23 range.

The strong points of the Galaxy S23

  • Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
  • More exynos SoC

The weak points of the Galaxy S23

  • 128 GB version with UFS 3 storage.1
  • No management of microSD cards

With its heart Cortex X3-Prime clocked at a maximum of 3.2 GHz, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is currently the most powerful on an Android smartphone. This was not enough in Samsung, and the Korean manufacturer was able to obtain a special Qualcomm optimization.

Result, a maximum clock frequency of 3.36 GHz for the performance nucleus and instead of 680 MHz, the GPU Adreno 740 is now clocked at 719 MHz, which should save 34 % on the CPU and 41 % on the GPU Adreno 740 compared to its predecessor. This SOC is named Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy. I dare doubt that this difference in performance is a perceptible day in the daily use of the smartphone.

Of course, we tested the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy with benchmarks. The Geekbench 5 test displayed a score of 1537 points in the Single-Core test, which exceeds all the current Android smartphones. But in the multi-core test, the score was “only” of 48,07 points, where even our hard-bridged world has done better.

Samsung Galaxy S23

While the 3D Mark Wild Life test is generally lacking in the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, the Stress Test 3D Mark Wild Life is not more interesting for the Samsung Galaxy S23 and its modified Soc. Admittedly, the score of 11.049 in the best loop is high, but even the standard Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 gives a better result.

This is the case for the Xiaomi 13 or the OnePlus 11. It should be noted that the whole smartphone heated a lot during stress test.

Storage and RAM

The Galaxy has 8 GB of RAM LPDDR5X. For internal storage, the South Korean manufacturer has equipped the 128 GB version of UFS 3 storage.1 against UFS 4.0 for the 256 GB version. The 512 GB model is not marketed with us. It is striking to note that the 256 GB variant is therefore faster in reading and writing storage.

Samsung Galaxy S23

Unfortunately, our copy had only 128 GB of storage, which perhaps explains the bad results of the benchmark despite an overpowering SoC. Daily use was not affected, however. All the games, even the most complex, like Real Racing 3, worked without any problem.

Samsung Galaxy S23

Photo quality

The Galaxy S23 has the same triple photo module as the Galaxy S23 Plus, much more expensive. There is a main objective of 50 Mp with optical image stabilization (OIS), an opening of F/1.8 and an equivalent focal length of 24 mm. It is seconded by an ultra-large 12 Mp angle lens with a maximum field of vision of 120 °. The trio is completed by a 12 Mp telephoto lens with an X3 optical zoom and optical stabilization.

The strong points of the Galaxy S23

  • Superb day photos
  • Almost even better night photos
  • Excellent selfies
  • RAW photos of 50 mp

The weak points of the Galaxy S23

Samsung Galaxy S23

  • Photos in ultra-large angle not famous
  • No macro mode

The selfie goal has gone from 10 to 12 Mp. It has an equivalent focal distance of 26 mm with an opening of f/2.2. It has an autofocus with phase detection (PDAF) and Dual Pixel technology, as in the main objective.

The main objective is in fact convincing in all light conditions. And this, even in the gray days of winter which accompanied me during my test. It is probably for this reason that the night photos I liked a little more.

Samsung Galaxy S23

The photo module has further improved a notch. I took a selfie backlight and the selfie goal was up to the task.

I was surprised by the quality of the zoom because even with the X10, the photos are satisfactory clarity and contrast. The zoom rises to X30, which is not suitable for prints, but we can still very well recognize what has been photographed.

If there is really a criticism to make, it is the difference in color between the main objective and the ultra-large angle. We can see it on the way to the park next to the little pond in the ducks. Samsung has given up a macro mode. He won’t miss many people, but I still wanted to mention it.

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Samsung Galaxy S23

  • + Compact format
  • + The quality of the finishes
  • + The quality of the slab
  • + The power
  • + Autonomy
  • – Load power
  • – The absence of a LTPO slab
  • – A main back sensor opposite the ultra galaxy s23

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Technical sheet

Samsung Galaxy S23

System Android 13
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
Size (diagonal) 6.1 “
Screen resolution 422 PPP

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Samsung has redistributed the cards with the Galaxy S23 Ultra, the downing smartphone. But should we turn away from the two cheapest models, the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23+ ? After two weeks of intensive tests, our answer is clear and finally holds in two words: certainly not. In reality, you would even be wrong to leave these two models on the sidelines. Explanation.

Galaxy S23 8/128 GB at the best price basic price: € 959
Galaxy S23+ 8/256 GB at the best price basic price: € 1,219

A beautiful family photo

A nice facelift and finishes still as neat for the Galaxy S23

Let’s start by driving an open door. The Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23+ are not discount smartphones. And if they do not go as far as their big brother on the technical level, and more precisely on the section of the screen or the photo, they have absolutely nothing to envy him in terms of design … or finishes.

The construction is solid. The two phones are IP68 certified and they benefit from the same attentions. Either Armor aluminum and Gorilla Victus 2. They are therefore built to last and will be able to survive most vagaries of daily life. Be careful, however, because Samsung specifies that its new phones are not made to operate in the water. On the other hand, they can withstand a temporary and unforeseen immersion.

At the front, there is a beautiful flat screen, a screen surrounded by very thin borders. No prominent chin in sight, Samsung has sought balance and it works very well. The front camera is always housed in a punch centered at the top of the slab and it has no trouble being forgotten.

The Galaxy S23 remain light in hand

Overall, the Galaxy S23 and S23+ inherit the lines and format of the previous models, but there is a notable novelty: the optics of the photo module are now directly out of the glass plate. This change is beneficial. It indeed contributes to bringing these two models closer to the ultra galaxy s23. An appreciable initiative which contributes to giving the range a real identity.

Little things to say about ergonomics. She remains unchanged. Samsung has therefore chosen to group all physical buttons on the right side of the phone. A choice that disturbed me: the fingers will grop for a long time before finding their bearings. And during this time of adaptation, the errors will be numerous.

Connectors is limited to the bare minimum. Or a USB-C connector placed on the lower edge. The SIM cards slot can always accommodate two cards and there are of course stereo speakers on both models. Speakers that restore good quality sound. Enough in any case so that you are caught in your movies, series or games.

In both cases, grip remains good, even if the Galaxy S23 remains a notch above his comrade. With its 6.1 inch screen and 167 grams, it can be used with one hand without contortion. The Galaxy S23+, for its part, is a little larger with a diagonal reaching 6.6 inches, but it is not much heavier. Count 195 grams on the scale, which remains correct given its size.

No LTPO on the program, but a slab that remains of very good quality

A very nice screen and a top power

Samsung did not make any technical compromises. The two models have a lot in common. They inherit a Dynamic Amoled screen capable of displaying a definition in Full HD+, with a maximum brightness of 1750 nits and a variable refresh rate between 48 and 120 Hz. If they ignore LTPO technology, they at least have the merit of offering brightness very close to that of the Galaxy S23 Ultra.

The luminosity of the

The maximum brightness of the

Here, the Galaxy S23 are placed at the top of the basket, without however managing to dethrone the Pixel 7 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro. However, it is important to take a step back from the measures indicated. There will be no real difference in the eye.

Like their big brother, they also swap the usual exynos chip in favor of a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 supported by 8 GB of RAM of memory. With three storage options to choose from: 128 GB, 256 GB or 512 GB.

On this subject, be careful. 128 GB models use UFS 3.1, against UFS 4.0 for the other two versions. Which means that the reading and writing speeds will be less high on the cheapest galaxy s23.

Antutu 9 Galaxy S23

On Antutu9, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 holds high dragee. On the other hand, however, otherwise on Geekbench5. Here, the iPhone achieves better scores. More surprising, even the models of last year manage to do better than the latest high -end smartphones of Samsung. However, once again, these results must be tempered. These differences will have no impact on uses. And besides, in practice, it must be recognized that the S23s are very hard to default. They excel in multimedia. Films, series is a real feast for the eyes. Whether it is colors, brightness or contrasts, it is literally a faultless. Be careful, on the other hand, because the beautiful diagonal of the Galaxy S23+ will lend itself much better to these uses. Same thing for reading digital books or scantrads.

Few reproaches to do on the section of games. The Galaxy S23 clearly have it under the foot and I did not feel the slightest difference with the Galaxy S23 Ultra. My favorite titles have remained as fluid on the three devices. An observation which does not surprise given the know-how of Qualcomm in the matter.

An important detail, moreover, Samsung has enlarged the steam room of its three phones. The heating is therefore controlled, even on long game sessions.

The Galaxy S23, a real treat in hand

Finally a good autonomy for the Galaxy S23 !

The manufacturer has also managed to increase the battery capacity of its phones. The Galaxy S23 goes up to 3900 mAh, against 4700 mAh for the Galaxy S23+. And we find of course all the usual technos such as 5G or WiFi 6e.

Versatile Galaxy S23 autonomy

Autonomy Streaming Galaxy S23

Autonomy reserves good surprises. The gain is significant compared to the previous generation. The Galaxy S23 will be able to hold, on average, a day and a half with a full load.

Our laboratory tests also revealed that the Galaxy S23+ achieves better scores than its illustrious big brother on a versatile use. More surprisingly, the Galaxy S23 is honorably faced with its two comrades despite the low capacity of its battery. Additional proof that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is a very good cuvée.

On the other hand, the charging power disappoints a little. It will be 45W for the Galaxy S23+, but 25W for the Galaxy S23. It will therefore be necessary to count between an hour and an hour and a half to completely recharge their battery. Where competition manages to get out of the phones capable of loading in half less time.

The Galaxy S23+, ideal for consuming content

A great proposal on the photo and video

Apart from the screen, the main differences between the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Ultra are located on the camera side. Exit the 200 million pixel sensor and the 10x optical zoom, the two cheapest models stick to only three focal lengths, with a main sensor of 50 million pixels and secondary sensors of 12 and 10 million pixels. The total amplitude is between 0.6x and 3x, with between the two the traditional 1x mode.

So yes, the proposal impresses less than on the most expensive model, but the results are still there.

Day photos

In the middle of the day, it is impossible to be disappointed. The images generated by the Galaxy S23 are very flattering. The Pique is there and we will appreciate the beautiful dynamic of the three sensors present on board the devices, despite a certain propensity to plug the shadows. The focus is fast and effective, without equaling that of the Galaxy S23 Ultra. A Galaxy S23 ultra advantaged by its 200 million pixel sensor and by Autofocus Super Quad Pixel technology.

The three focal lengths are very effective. The colors are homogeneous and they always tend to be a little saturated. The purists may tick, but it must be recognized that the result is flattering.

The Galaxy S23 also surprise their flexibility, without going as far as the “Ultra” model. They indeed lose the X10 zoom of the latter, a very practical zoom for architectural photo, for example, but also for the concert and show photo.

Blur management also reserves good surprises. The Galaxy S23 will not only be able to generate a background bokeh, they will also be able to blur the elements present in the foreground. For a rendering which is closer to that of a photo box.

Night photos

Smartphones generally leave with a heavy handicap for night photo. The fault of their sensors. And unsurprisingly, the Galaxy S23 have a little more trouble in this exercise. However, the algorithms developed by Samsung, coupled with long installation, allow them to free themselves – a little – of their limits. These photos were all taken in the studio, without any light outside the Philips Hue room lamps. The room was therefore completely immersed in the dark and the phones were kept in hand.

Despite these complicated conditions, they were able to generate correct quality images. Admittedly, sometimes the contours drool a little, but the management of the rise in sensitivity is still quite effective. However, it will be preferable to stay on the main sensor to shoot under these conditions. The other two focal lengths are less effective in this exercise.

The portraits

Portrait mode is effective. The images are quite flattering and they correspond well to the reality. The contours are very clear, and the grain of the skin is correctly restored. On the other hand, the algorithms in charge of the management of the bokeh sometimes have the annoying tendency to tangle the brushes.

For my dog, for example, the Galaxy S23 deliberately chose to focus on the truffle. The eyes are therefore immersed in the blur. On this other portrait of my daughter, the presence of the console has completely lost the phones. The console is clear, the same for the arms of the subject, but the head is plunged into the blur.

A detail far from trivial. The iPhone 14, for example, are more effective in these particular exercises. Apple has indeed developed algorithms to help its phones better understand the scenes photographed. They are therefore able to decompose them according to the plans which constitute them. Samsung’s latest smartphones also tend in this direction, but they are ultimately less effective.

Selfies

Selfies rather convinced me. Once again, the Galaxy S23s are precise. The Pique is there and we keep a very good dynamic, even on complex light scenes. Blacks are always a little blocked, but it gives a certain style to the clichés, at the same time bringing out the volumes. The cutout is precise, but again it will be better not to play too much with the algorithms of Samsung. The subject must therefore be well apparent, under penalty of inducing cutting and blurring errors.

And on video ?

There is new on video. The Galaxy S23 will indeed be able to film in 8K to 30 images per second, like their big brother. Samsung did not want to difference here and it is obviously a good thing.

The results are quite uneven. The two smartphones are very sensitive to dazzles and the counters will simply be fatal to them. Stabilization is effective, but it will be better to activate the dedicated mode in addition to limiting the appearance of tremors. On the other hand, if you do, you will no longer be able to film in 8K and you will therefore have to stick to 4K. Which will however save you a lot of storage in the end.