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Buyer's guide. Compare Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra and S22 Ultra

Hello.

I will compare the new product as an S22 Ultra user and look closely at what is different. For

me S22 Ultra is the second device, mainlyI take pictures on it, and also use the S Pen, since here it is more convenient because it is built into the case. The main work goes on Fold4, but Ultra, no matter how blasphemous it may sound, is in the wings. Nevertheless, he is always with me and pleases with his abilities.

My experience may be very different from yours, we havedifferent tasks, ideas about what is convenient and what is not. But in any case, I will try to give you a look at what has changed in the devices, what to pay attention to. But the main thing is how interesting the new model will be for you or whether it is still worth staying on the previous one. As well as those who are considering a new device for themselves, they may choose the S22 Ultra, and not a smartphone of the latest generation. I hope that both of them will find answers to their questions in this text, and we will start with a simple comparison of characteristics.

Table of Contents

  • Specifications - on paper, everything is almost the same
  • Design, dimensions, ergonomics - plus S Pen in the case
  • Memory, performance
  • Battery, operating time
  • Display
  • Cameras
  • Bottom line - impressions and comparison

Specifications - on paper, everything is almost the same

Galaxy S22 Ultra Galaxy S23 Ultra
Dimensions and weight 163.3 × 77.9 × 8.9 mm, 228 grams 165.1 × 75.6 × 8.9 mm, 228 grams
Body materials Reinforced aluminium, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus+ Aluminium, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2
Display 6.8 inches, 1440x3080 pixels (20:9), Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 500 ppi, automatic brightness control, AlwaysOn Display, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus +, HDR10 +, refresh rate 1-120 Hz, 500 ppi, 1750 nits 6.8 inches, 1440x3080 pixels (20:9), Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 500 ppi, automatic brightness control, AlwaysOn Display, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2, HDR10+, refresh rate 1-120 Hz, 500 ppi, 1750 nits
operating system Google Android 12.0, OneUI 4.1 (at release) Google Android 13.0, OneUI 5.1
Platform Chipset Exynos 2200, 4nm</ p>

Snapdragon 8 Gen.1 for US market

Snapdragon 8 Gen.2 (4nm)
Maximum clock frequency 3.6 GHz
Memory 8/12 GB RAM
128/256/512 GB internal
No memory cards
UVS 3.1
RAM LPDDR5
8/12 GB RAM
256/512 GB or 1 TB built-in
No memory cards
UFS 4.0
RAM LPDDR5
Wireless interfaces WiFi a/b/g/n/ac/ax,
Wi-Fi 6E, Dual Band, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, ANT+
LTE: Enhanced 4×4 MIMO,
5G
UWB
WiFi a/b/g/n/ac/ax,
Wi-Fi 6E, Dual Band, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC, ANT+
LTE: Enhanced 4×4 MIMO,
5G
UWB
Network Dual SIM, nanoSIM
eSIM
Dual SIM, nanoSIM
eSIM
Navigation GPS/Beidou/Galileo - dual-band GPS GPS/Beidou/Galileo - dual-band GPS
Sensors and connectors USB Type C (USB 3.2), USB OTG
Accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, geomagnetic sensor, hall sensor
In-screen fingerprint sensor (ultrasonic)
face unlock
USB Type C (USB 3.2), USB OTG
Accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, geomagnetic sensor, hall sensor
In-screen fingerprint sensor (ultrasonic)
face unlock
Main camera Main: camera with 4 modules
- Main: 108 MP, 0.8 μm, F1.8, PDAF, OIS
- Ultra wide angle: 12 MP, F2.2, 1.4 μm
- Telephoto: 10 MP, OIS, F2.4, 1.22 μm, optical zoom x3,
- Telephoto 10 MP, OIS, F4.9, 1.22μm, optical zoom x10</ p>

space zoom
-Hybrid Optic Zoom 5X
- Super Resolution Zoom up to 100X

8K video recording

Main: camera with 4 modules
- Main: 200 MP, 0.6 μm, F1.7, multi-directional PDAF, OIS
- Ultra wide angle: 12 MP, F2.2, 1.4 μm
- Telephoto: 10 MP, OIS, F2.4, 1.12 μm, optical zoom x3,
- Telephoto 10 MP, OIS, F4.9, 1.12μm, optical zoom x10</ p>

space zoom
-Hybrid Optic Zoom 5X
- Super Resolution Zoom up to 100X

8K video recording

Front-camera 40 MP
Bokeh effect, various additional effects, autofocus
12 MP Dual Pixel PDAF
Bokeh effect, various additional effects, autofocus
Battery Li-Ion 5000 mAh
Fast charging 45W
Fast wireless charging (15W), reverse wireless charging (up to 9W)
PD 3.0
Li-Ion 5000 mAh
Fast charging 45W
Fast wireless charging (15W), reverse wireless charging (up to 9W)
PD 3.0
Degree of protection IP68 IP68
Colors 4 colors - green, pink, "black phantom", "white phantom" (on the Samsung website there are also exclusive colors - gray, blue and red) 4 colors - green, phantom black, lavender, beige
Sound Dolby Atmos, two speakers Dolby Atmos, two speakers
Payment system Google Pay, Samsung Pay Google Pay, Samsung Pay
Features Samsung DeX
S Pen (Built in case)
Samsung DeX
S Pen (Built in case)

Design, dimensions, ergonomics - plus S Pen in the case

Formally, the design has not changed much.The glass that makes up the case has been raised up a notch - now it's Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2. Stronger, more resistant to falls - that's all you need to know about it. The change is not fundamental, the previous generation was also good.

There are four color schemes, they coincide with other models of the 23rd series, here everyone can choose them to their taste.

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The main difference in ergonomics is that they changedcorner of the screen, now the smartphone is not so good in the hand, crashes into it. Considering that most will still use cases, this problem is partially leveled. But now the S Pen does not slip off the edge.

But I still like the ergonomics of the previous model more, the reason is the way it lies in the hand.

The camera block has remained unchanged, so it will be difficult to recognize and distinguish between devices in the hands.

Just like in the S22, they abandoned the protective film on the screen from the factory, it is not in the S23 Ultra either, so those who like to protect their device with film or glass, take care of it.

The S22/S23 Ultra has an S Pen slot forpractically makes this model an ordinary Note, which, as we know, does not seem to exist. And this is one of the main advantages for everyone who uses the Note line, because we have the same familiar Galaxy Note.

According to the materials of the case, the perception of both models turned out to be equivalent, there are differences, but they are not so fundamental. I liked the previous model - most likely, the new one will do.

Memory, performance

In the 23rd generation, Samsung temporarily abandonedown Exynos processors (which says nothing about their quality, the refusal is dictated by economic reasons). The S23 Ultra is powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen.2, created specifically for the Samsung line, the processor has slightly higher frequencies than other manufacturers. Last year, the S22 Ultra came out with Snapdragon 8 Gen. for a number of markets. 1, but there the frequency was like everyone else, there were no differences from other manufacturers.

Unfortunately, the decision to overclock the processor, whenThis, without changing the cooling system, led to the fact that under load the S23 Ultra heats up, and very noticeably. Those who play heavy games will pay attention to this, as well as throttling is present (another thing is that the overall performance is such that many games today do not need it at all, these are the problems of tomorrow's games).

S23

S22

The appearance of UFS 4.0 can only be welcomed (in S22 Ultra UFS 3.1). The read and write speeds are astounding, taking system performance to another level.

S23

S22

Look at the comparison in synthetic benchmarks. Left - S23 Ultra, right - S22 Ultra.

S23

S22

S23

S22

S23

S22

S23

S22

The base Ultra only has 8GB of RAM, which is enough for most people, but if you're a heavy user, go for the 12GB model. The performance will increase significantly.

The storage capacity of the S23 Ultra starts at 256 GB, there is 512 GB, as well as a 1 TB version. This is the standard line.

In everyday tasks, the differences in the speed of workYou will not notice the interface, but if we talk about the speed of opening applications, files, then the S23 noticeably wins (fast memory). The performance margin of both models is enough for at least 3-4 years.

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Battery, operating time

The battery capacity is 5000 mAh in both cases.Battery type, durability are the same, there are no changes. Both models support 45W fast charging, which allows you to charge the device to 100% in less than an hour (55 minutes). In half an hour you will get about 72% of the charge. In general, the operating time and everything else are comparable, there are no significant differences.

Display

Formally, the screens are the same, there is nofeel like they are very different. In everyday life, you see the screens the same, sometimes a little better than the S23 Ultra due to its algorithms. But both matrices, plus or minus, are comfortable in all conditions, they have equal opportunities.

S23 Ultra

S22 Ultra

It can be argued that the improvements in the screen of the S23 Ultra are subtle, although they are. Changed the initial display setting to make it look different.

Cameras

All camera modules in these two models plus or minusare the same, except for the main one, which is the change that makes the S23 Ultra stand out. Formally, these devices will be compared in terms of resolution - 200 megapixels in the new one against 108 megapixels in last year's.

Camera comparison involves a blind test of ourreaders, which has become a good tradition. Therefore, I will not get ahead of myself, here I will simply dwell on the statement that the S23 Ultra gives very good results where the S22 Ultra could not cope. But under normal shooting conditions, you might not notice the difference.

Bottom line - impressions and comparison

Year by year changes in devices becomea little, we can say that performance has increased in the S23 Ultra, as a result, it writes 8K video better, there are improvements in cameras, a new 200 megapixel module has appeared. But this does not make the model of the previous year noticeably worse, the devices are very similar. Some might even say that the S23 is a cosmetic update, although this is not entirely true.

The cost in Russia for S23 Ultra starts from109,990 rubles in large retail (12/256 GB, the most optimal device, I took one for myself). I do not take into account various discounts, which actually lead to a cost of one hundred thousand rubles. The gray market is something like this - about a hundred thousand rubles.

For S22 Ultra with the same amount of memory in the marketmany offers for 75-80 thousand rubles. It's a great value proposition, and if I was picking a new phone based on price, the S22 Ultra would be my favorite. Those who own this device should wait another year or two, since the amount of changes is not very large - it is better to stay on the old model. I defeated the green toad by wanting to try a new camera.

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