Samsung recently launched its flagship Galaxy S23 series. I have loved using the smaller S23 as my daily driver for the past two months
The smaller S23 has a few upgrades which make it the perfect compact flagship smartphone in a number of ways.
Samsung ships the phone in a relatively small box which includes a Type-C to Type-C cable, sim ejector pin and documentation.
As mentioned above, this is a really compact phone and like the bigger siblings in the lineup, the S23 comes with a cleaner look in terms of design thanks to the flat display and floating camera design.
It has a 6.1-inch dynamic AMOLED screen coming with a 1080p resolution slightly interrupted by the 12-megapixel punch-hole selfie camera.
The screen is one of the brightest I’ve come across peaking at 1750 nits just like its bigger siblings meaning you will have no problem using the phone when you’re outdoors under direct sunlight.
It also has a variable 40-120hz framerate.
The S23 nails it when it comes to consuming multimedia content. The screen supports hdr10+ which means you can heighten your viewing experience when binge-watching shows with high contrast on Netflix or amazon prime video. The stereo speaker setup is really good when it comes to listening to music or podcasts. It gets loud but without distortion and you’ll enjoy listening to your favourite songs even when you’re in the shower.
It’s worth noting that the S23 has a rating of IP68, making it water-resistant and dust-proof.
The S23 has a glass back and front protected by Gorilla Glass Victus 2 which is an improvement over last year’s Victus+
For added protection, we also have Armor Aluminium frames which Samsung says add a tougher drop and scratch resistance to the phone.
We get the power button and the volume rockers to the right.
At the top, we have the secondary microphone.
At the bottom, we have the USB-c charging port, primary microphone, speaker grille and dual nano-sim card slot. There’s no slot to expand storage with an external MicroSD card.
At the back, we have the floating triple camera setup which includes a 50-megapixel main, 10-megapixel 3x telephoto camera, and 12-megapixel ultrawide.
For biometrics, we get the ultrasonic under-display fingerprint reader and face unlock
The lavender option is at least according to me more aesthetically pleasing.
But you can pick yours in phantom black, cream, green, graphite and lime.
Overall, this is a premium-looking phone that feels very solid on hand and exudes luxury.