Samsung Galaxy S23+ review: A better upgrade than the Galaxy S22+

Last Update: May 10, 2023, 3:55 pm IST

Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus is another premium device in the market

Samsung launched the new Galaxy S23 series earlier this year and we review the Plus variant here.

Samsung has set the flagship benchmark this year with the Galaxy S23 Ultra but the company has two more devices that can be ranked in the premium category. We are talking about the Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus but our focus here is on the latter. While all the limelight has clearly been on the Ultra, the Plus variant is no slouch, as it uses the same hardware as the other two, but has a different screen size and also serves a functional purpose, ie no S Pen support .

Compared to the vanilla Galaxy S23, the Plus model is priced higher, which means it has to live up to the price tag not only in terms of performance but also the overall package. So, does the Galaxy S23 Plus manage to meet those demands and impress us? We tell you the answer in this review.

Samsung Galaxy S23+ Review: What’s Good?

Samsung phones never disappoint with their displays and the Galaxy S23+ is no different. The 6.6-inch AMOLED 2X panel is bigger than the 6.1-inch AMOLED display you have on the Galaxy S23. Colors are crisp and vibrant while blacks are deep like every AMOLED panel delivers.

Glass and metal give a perfect balance to the design of the phone

The screen gets Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2 protection and a peak brightness of 1750 nits means you can comfortably use it when it’s bright outside. Very little to complain about on that front.

Likewise, you have the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset powering the phone, and giving you flagship-grade performance without any issues.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset delivers ideal flagship performance

You can enjoy power-intensive games on the phone and not face any kind of interference. You can go through any number of benchmark results, and the Galaxy S23 Plus shows itself to be an honest flagship device. Even the thermal management has been improved which means you do not experience the device heating up or affecting the battery life in any way.

Cameras are once again a strong point for the Galaxy S23 series and even though the Plus variant has the same sensors as the vanilla model, the quality seems to be improving compared to the Galaxy S22 Plus.

Same cameras as Galaxy S23 but the quality shines

The other important point to note about the phone is the software which is based on Android 13 One UI version. Samsung has been offering customized UI for many years now and we have seen it getting better on many fronts.

Android 13 out-of-the-box with One UI and four more OS updates guaranteed.

The company gives you 4 years of OS updates and 5 years of security updates, which very few brands can offer in the Android market. The phone will run on Android 17 version which is quite impressive.

The phone’s battery is a 4700mAh unit that supports 45W wired charging and 15W wireless charging speeds.

When you combine hardware and battery, the results are positive. We got mostly 6 hours of screen-on time which easily manages to support a day or even more depending on how much you push the device. Obviously, gamers will need to charge it once a day, but that’s only if you go full throttle for long periods of time and play at the highest settings.

Samsung Galaxy S23+ review: What’s not good enough?

Now, let’s talk about some of the shortcomings that Samsung has made with the Galaxy S23 Plus. While the main camera clicks impressive pictures, you would feel that the other two sensors are not equipped or tuned to work well in low light conditions. It’s not a deal breaker by any means, but we still felt the need to consider it considering how much you pay for the device.

Bloatware problem still persists

Samsung One UI is fluid but the presence of bloatware remains a problem. You have the option of uninstalling them but for a premium phone buyers will demand a clean experience, and the company should now comply with those needs, at least with the next iteration.

You only get 45W charging support for phones priced above Rs 90,000

Samsung’s premium phones cost a lot but the company is still not ready to enter the charging war. The phone’s battery supports the maximum 45W charging speed, which an Android phone gets you under 15,000 these days. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s no charger in the box ala Apple, which means you’ll have to shell out a grand or two extra for an adapter.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus Review: Should You Buy?

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus would be our ideal pick in the premium segment, owing to its refined design, excellent performance, quality cameras, and decent battery life. It costs a lot more than the vanilla model with very few changes to note. Having said that, the Galaxy S23 Plus looks to compete with the likes of the iPhone 14 Plus, Google Pixel 7 Pro and even the Xiaomi 13 Pro and gives a good account of its status as a flagship device that The price is still less than one. Lakh.

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