Apple’s iPhone 14 has a new rival, the Samsung Galaxy 23. His S23 series, which was unveiled alongside the new Galaxy Books at the company’s recent Unpacked event, is available for pre-order starting this week on his February 17th launch date. The new phones have faster performance, bigger batteries and updated selfie cameras, and the Ultra offers an even higher resolution camera than its predecessor.
But before you shell out over $799 in pre-orders, you might want to see how Samsung’s upcoming smartphones compare to Apple’s latest and greatest handsets. It includes phones with similar specs, but there are some important differences to be aware of.
Perhaps most obvious is the fact that Apple’s iPhone 14 lineup consists of four phones: the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. By comparison, Samsung offers only three: the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23 Plus, and Galaxy S23 Ultra.
Each model is priced differently and offers something a little different than its respective rivals. Both Galaxy S23s start at around $799, but Samsung’s high-end phones are more expensive. The S23 Plus costs $999.99, which is $100 more than Apple’s iPhone 14 Plus, and the S23 Ultra has a suggested retail price of $1,199.99, which is $200 more than the iPhone 14 Pro and $100 more than the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
However, these are just some of the superficial differences. Digging deeper into each display, design, and camera array makes the phone even clearer. To make it easier for you to choose from both lineups, we’ve compared some of the more relevant features to show you how they stack up on paper.
At first glance, the differences between the two lineups seem subtle. Each model in Apple’s iPhone 14 lineup and its corresponding Samsung rival are nearly identical in terms of dimensions and display size. , Samsung phones weigh slightly less.
Design-wise, the iPhone 14 lineup is notably missing the Galaxy S23’s physical SIM card tray. That’s because Apple’s new phones (at least in the US) rely on eSIM technology. However, in practice, it turned out to be complicated when switching between Android and iOS. Most of the major US cellular networks support eSIMs, but not all do.
Display technology is another area where the iPhone 14 and Galaxy S23 phones differ. Both share his OLED panel, but each S23 device features his 120Hz refresh rate, which allows for smoother scrolling and more immersive graphics. By contrast, only the high-end iPhone 14 Pro models offer refresh rates up to 120Hz, with the rest of the lineup limited to 60Hz.Both Samsung and Apple make devices with always-on displays. . However, only the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max have this technology. However, this is not a new feature for his Android smartphones, so it’s no surprise that all smartphones in the S23 lineup offer always-on displays. The S23 Ultra is also the only phone in either lineup that supports a stylus and comes with a built-in S Pen.
In terms of performance, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus models are powered by Apple’s in-house A15 Bionic chip, while the Pro and Pro Max use A16. Samsung’s entire lineup, on the other hand, is equipped with a special version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. We’ll have to see how Qualcomm’s Galaxy-optimized processors perform when we review new devices, but they’re fast enough and should offer top performance. – Similar levels of performance to Apple’s A15 and A16 Bionic chips.
On the camera front, Apple’s main camera sensor isn’t as high resolution as Samsung’s. Apple’s lower-end iPhone 14 model only offers his 12MP sensor for the main camera and a 12MP ultra-wide shooter. Only with the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max you’ll get a 48MP main shooter, a 12MP ultra-wide, and a 12MP telephoto lens for capturing even more detail. The Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus, on the other hand, feature a 50MP main camera, a 12MP ultra-wide angle, and a 10MP telephoto lens. A telephoto lens is also available.
However, it’s important to note that more megapixels don’t translate into better photos. This is something I pointed out last year when comparing photos taken by the S22 Ultra and the iPhone 14 Pro.Samsung’s camera sensors often bin pixels together to improve lighting. This actually gives you a more manageable 12 megapixel photo. He can take 200- or 50-megapixel photos if he wants, but such resolutions are overkill for his average 4×6 print.
Finally, to compare Apple and Samsung phones, we must mention their respective operating systems. Samsung’s S23 phone comes with Android 13, while Apple’s iPhone 14 comes with iOS 16. Apple’s mobile operating systems are known for their simplicity, but Android stands out when it comes to flexibility and customizability. Then there’s the ecosystem of devices you choose to consider.
However, the two share many of the same features, such as the ability to edit and undo sent messages, and the Live Text feature that lets you grab text from videos and photos. Some other differences are minor. For example, Android phones lack the ability to add widgets to the lock screen, even though they have plenty of customization options. It also doesn’t come with Apple’s new drag-and-drop Visual Look Up tool. This tool allows you to take something from your photo and drag it into another app as a standalone object.
Here’s a rundown of the key differences between the iPhone 14 and Samsung’s Galaxy S23 lineup. If you’d like to dig deeper into connectivity, storage options, and all the raw specs, we’ve put them together in the table below.