Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra: Our first impressions

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Check out our first impressions of the brand new Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra. Photos: Ahmad Tousif Jami

The Samsung S22 Ultra from 2022 was already a good phone, so the S23 Ultra, besides its many similarities, attempts to distinguish itself from a few different angles by introducing updated technology and designs. 

At unboxing, the device box comes with a charger (25W fast charging Travel Adapter), exclusive to Bangladeshi and Brazilian customers. It also includes a user guide, a black USB-C to USB-C cable and a SIM ejection tool. 

The S23 Ultra has a modern, sleek design. The device has a metal and glass construction, with a large 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED display that takes up most of the front screen. The display features an impressive 120Hz refresh rate. It also uses updated Gorilla Glass Victus 2 on the front and back of the device. According to Corning, the manufacturer of Gorilla Glasses, this glass provides better drop resistance on hard surfaces like concrete. 

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra front
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra - frontside

The button placement and ports are in identical positions when compared to the S22 Ultra. On the right edge, there is the power button and volume rocker. The left edge is bare, and the top has a microphone hole. The bottom edge has a USB Type-C port, a speaker grill, a microphone hole, and a SIM tray. The main external difference between Galaxy S23 Ultra and its predecessor in terms of device body is that the sides are flatter on the S23 Ultra. Samsung Bangladesh claims this new edge design makes it more ergonomic than its predecessor.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra menu
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra - menu screen

Along with the design, Galaxy S23 Ultra uses Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (4nm), the latest chipset available in the market. It is worth noting that this year, Samsung is shipping the devices only with snapdragon chipsets globally, meaning the Exynos chipset is not used in any variant of this device. Samsung has paired the chipset with a 2.7x larger vapour cooling chamber - which is expected to help the chipset work efficiently and prevent overheating. 

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra back
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra - backside

The Galaxy S23 Ultra camera system boasts a quad-camera setup on the back, with a 200 MP Wide-Angle, 12 MP Ultra-Wide, 10 MP 10x Optical Zoom and 10 MP 3x Optical Zoom. It has a 12 MP Selfie Camera on the front. The camera system comes with Samsung's very own ISOCELL HP2 sensors. The camera system features 8 K video recording, optical image stabilisation, nightography and multiple shooting modes. 

The price of the 256 GB version is Tk. 1,97,999 (excluding VAT), and the 512 GB version is Tk. 2,14,999 (excluding VAT). 

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra photo exhibition
Photo exhibition with captures from Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra

At the launch event held on February 15, 2023, at their flagship showroom, Samsung announced that Galaxy S23 Ultra is now available for pre-order in Bangladesh. On pre-order, customers will get Tk. 15,000 cashback and an additional cashback offer of up to Tk. 10,000, if paid via EMI (0% for up to 24 months, on selected banks). Samsung will provide a 512 GB version at the price of a 256 GB version on pre-order. Besides, by pre-ordering Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, customers can enjoy a 50% discount on the one-time screen replacement valid for one year, saving up to Tk. 30,000.