Samsung Galaxy S23+ vs. Galaxy S22+: Is the upgrade worth it? (2023)

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  • Samsung Galaxy S23+ vs. Galaxy S22+: Is the upgrade worth it? (1)

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    Samsung Galaxy S23+

    Peak performance

    A well-rounded flagship

    The sweet spot in Samsung's flagship smartphone lineup for folks who want bleeding-edge performance with a larger screen and a solid camera system without all the bells and whistles of the pricier S23 Ultra.


    • Outstanding AMOLED screen
    • Top-notch performance
    • Four years of software updates


    • Relatively modest camera improvements
    • Battery life may still be a problem

    $1000 at Samsung From $1000 at T-Mobile (via Samsung) From $1000 at Verizon (via Samsung)

  • Samsung Galaxy S23+ vs. Galaxy S22+: Is the upgrade worth it? (2)
    Samsung Galaxy S22+

    Still going strong

    A more affordable alternative

    $350 $1000 Save $650

    The Galaxy S22+ is still going strong, with powerful performance, a bright display, and a solid camera system. It's the ideal middle-ground in Samsung's flagship smartphone lineup.

    (Video) Galaxy S23 VS Galaxy S22 - Worth Upgrading?


    • Incredible, vivid, and bright display
    • Consistently excellent performance
    • Four years of software updates


    • Only modest camera improvements over prior model
    • Battery life isn't fantastic
    • Phone regularly runs hot


Samsung's Galaxy S23 lineup is here, and it's fair to say that it's pretty much what we expected, with the S23 and S23+ duo joined by the more powerful S23 Ultra. As usual, the S23+ remains the ideal choice for folks looking for a large-screened flagship smartphone who find the high-end Ultra model too pricey or simply unwieldy. It may turn up to be one of the best Android phones, but the bigger question is what it adds over last year's Galaxy S22+ and whether there's enough here to make it a compelling upgrade.

Samsung Galaxy S23+

Samsung Galaxy S22+


Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (U.S.) / Exynos 2200 (International)


6.6" FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X

6.6" FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X





256GB / 512GB

128GB / 256GB







Operating System

Android 13 with OneUI 5.1

Android 13 with OneUI 5.0

Front Camera

12MP f/2.2

10MP f/2.2

Rear cameras

50MP f/1.8 primary, 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide, 10MP f/2.4 telephoto

50MP f/1.8 primary, 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide, 10MP f/2.4 telephoto


5G, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth, UWB, NFC

5G, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, UWB, NFC


157.73 x 76.2 x 7.62mm

157.4 x 75.8 x 7.6mm





Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, Super Fast Charging 2.0 (wired), Wireless PowerShare

Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, Super Fast Charging 2.0 (wired), Wireless PowerShare

IP Rating




Standard: Phantom Black, Cream, Green, Lavender / Exclusive: Graphite, Lime

Phantom White, Green, Pink Gold, Phantom Black, Graphite, Cream, Sky Blue, Violet

Price & availability

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The Galaxy S23+ is launching at the same $1,000 starting price as the Galaxy S22+, although you'll be getting twice the storage for your money, as Samsung has doubled the capacities to 256GB and 512GB. It's available in Phantom Black, Cream, Green, and Lavender, plus two exclusive colors from Samsung: Lime and Graphite.

With the S23 lineup out, the price of the Galaxy S22+ has naturally dropped. You can pick one up for around $750 now, which makes it a good alternative for those looking to spend a bit less. Just don't forget that the S22+ still only comes in 128GB and 256GB options, so you're trading off some capacity with that lower price.

Design: A united front

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(Video) Samsung Galaxy S23 vs S22 | What's Changed?

Samsung has made an interesting design change to the Galaxy S23+ this year. In what is clearly an attempt to unify the look of the entire S23 family, the Galaxy S23+ eliminates the distinctive camera bump in favor of the distinct protruding lens pattern that previously set the Galaxy Ultra models apart. Whether you love it or hate it, it's definitely a subtler design.

As with every annual update, Samsung also has some new colors for us this year. The Galaxy S23+ still comes in Phantom Black, Green, and Cream, but the latter two are noticeably different shades from those found on last year's Galaxy S22+. The new lineup also adds Lavender to the mix, along with Graphite and Lime as exclusive colors available only from Samsung.

When it comes to durability, both the Galaxy S23+ and S22+ feature an IP68 water resistance rating and a form of Gorilla Glass Victus on both sides. The S22+ uses Gorilla Glass Victus+, while the Galaxy S23+ takes that up to the latest Gorilla Glass Victus 2, which promises improved drop resistance against rough surfaces like concrete.

Display: Bright enough for the great outdoors

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The Samsung Galaxy S23+ and S22+ both feature the same type of screen: a 6.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O flat screen with FHD+ resolution and a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate.

While it's possible Samsung has made some minor quality improvements to the displays in this year's models, it's also fair to say it doesn't need to. The display on the Galaxy S22+ was already among the best screens found on any smartphone, and it's hard to improve on near-perfection. Not only does the display look great, but it also reaches a peak brightness of 1,750 nits, which means you'll have no problem seeing your screen on a sunny day.


The Galaxy S23+ will ship with Android 13 and be among the first phones to experience Samsung's OneUI 5.1. Nevertheless, the Galaxy S22+ isn't going to be far behind — it's already running Android 13 with OneUI 5.0, and is expected to get OneUI 5.1 in the next few weeks.

You'll get four years of Android updates (and five years of security updates) for either phone. However, the Galaxy S22+ has already gotten its first of those four in taking it up to Android 13. This means Android 16 will be the end of the road for the S22+, while the Galaxy S23+ will get one more year to bring it to Android 17. That's a pretty good run in either case.


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New smartphones always mean newer and more powerful processors, and the Galaxy S23+ is no exception. This year, Samsung has cooked up a deal with Qualcomm to produce its own custom version of the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, which should take it a notch above its competitors in both raw performance and power efficiency.

Unless you're someone who obsesses over benchmarks, you're unlikely to notice this performance increase over the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 found in the Galaxy S22+. That's already a ridiculously powerful chip, and we're long past the point where these performance increases translate to a faster user experience. Instead, the extra power in the Galaxy S23+ is likely going to be put to use under the hood to power AI features that improve photography and provide a better user experience in less measurable ways.

(Video) Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra vs Galaxy S22 Ultra - Should You Upgrade?

Battery and charging

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If there was one area where the Galaxy S22+ fell short last year, it was in the battery. For whatever reason, Samsung chose to put a smaller 4,500mAh cell in that model. That was a significant enough drop from the 4,800mAh battery used in the Galaxy S21+ that it showed. To be fair, it was enough to get most users through a day of normal use but not always enough to make you feel secure in that belief.

The Galaxy S23+ takes the battery back up to 4,700mAh, and we're hoping that the improvements in Samsung's bespoke Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip will offer enough power efficiency to provide truly comfortable all-day battery life.

When it comes to charging, both the Galaxy S23+ and its predecessor are pretty much on par. Both support 45W Super Fast Charging 2.0 over a wired connection (although you still don't get a charger in the box), plus 15W Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 and Wireless PowerShare 4.5W reverse wireless charging. The latter lets you charge devices such as a Galaxy Watch 5, Galaxy Buds 2 Pro, or just about anything else that supports Qi wireless charging.


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In terms of raw specs, the rear cameras on the Galaxy S23+ and S22+ are virtually identical. You're getting a 50MP main wide camera, a 12MP ultra-wide, and a 10MP telephoto. Meanwhile, the front camera gains a modest increase from 10MP on the S22+ to 12MP on the S23+.

Last year's camera upgrades on the Galaxy S22+ were a nice improvement over the S21+, with a bigger sensor, a proper optical telephoto lens, and newer sensors that use 4x binning to provide more detail and significantly better low-light performance. With those kinds of improvements, it's understandable that Samsung is staying the course this year.

However, it's likely the extra power offered by the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip will improve the photo experience in more subtle ways. Nevertheless, don't expect any breathtaking improvements when it comes to taking photos with the Galaxy S23+ — it remains an impressive camera system for a smartphone in its class, but as usual, Samsung has put its real camera muscles into the S23 Ultra.

Should you upgrade?

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For most folks, the short and simple answer to this question is an unqualified no. The Galaxy S22+ is still a class-leading smartphone, and this year's Galaxy S23+ is mostly about refining that experience. While the Galaxy S23+ offers a few interesting changes under the hood, such as Samsung's customized Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, these are still iterative improvements that are more about the promise of things to come than a dramatic change that you'll be able to see or feel today.

Over the past few years, it's become evident that flagship smartphones are moving to a cycle of 2-3 years between significant updates, and the Galaxy S23+ is the latest proof of that — and that's not a bad thing. After all, with Samsung's promise of four years of software updates, the Galaxy S22+ will continue to be fully supported and remain relevant for years to come.

(Video) S23 Ultra vs S22 Ultra - Should You Upgrade?

Samsung Galaxy S23+ vs. Galaxy S22+: Is the upgrade worth it? (10)

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Samsung Galaxy S23+

The sweet spot in Samsung's flagship smartphone lineup for folks who want bleeding-edge performance with a larger screen and a solid camera system without all the bells and whistles of the pricier S23 Ultra.

$1000 at Samsung From $1000 at T-Mobile (via Samsung) From $1000 at Verizon (via Samsung)

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Samsung Galaxy S22+

$350 $1000 Save $650

The Galaxy S22+ is still going strong, with powerful performance, a bright display, and a solid camera system. It's the ideal middle-ground in Samsung's flagship smartphone lineup.

From $350 at Samsung $750 at Amazon $750 at Best Buy


Is S23 better than S22? ›

The Samsung Galaxy S23 improves on the S22 in important ways, including battery life and power. But it looks like a small upgrade overall, and it comes at a higher price in some regions.

Is it worth upgrading from S22 to S23? ›

In the grand scheme, the S23 is a cosmetic upgrade compared to the S22. The only noticeable changes include a slightly bigger battery, a new chip, 8K video at 30fps, an adaptive display refresh rate, higher 1750 nits peak brightness, and an additional 512GB storage option (if you can splurge on it).

Is S22+ worth the upgrade? ›

The S22+ is a great phone that offers moderate upgrades to screen size, battery capacity, and connectivity over the less expensive S22.” Editor's note: The Samsung Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Ultra are now official, so you may want to hold off …

Is it worth to upgrade from S22 Ultra to S23 Ultra? ›

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra vs. Galaxy S22 Ultra comparison really comes down to a few key areas. The biggest is the jump from 108MP to 200MP on the main camera, with image quality really making this a critical upgrade for the Ultra.

Is the S22 or S22+ Better? ›

The Galaxy S22+ is the perfect middleground between the larger Ultra and smaller S22. It features a bigger, brighter display, but is easier to handle than the S22 Ultra's phablet-sized screen.

Is it worth waiting for Galaxy S23? ›

If you are purchasing an Android flagship for the first time and would want to experience the most sophisticated option, waiting for the S23 Ultra is worth it. You are treating yourself to the most advanced processor, a massive front camera, and longer support for updates.

How many years can S22 last? ›

Samsung is taking steps to address that disparity, starting with the Galaxy S22. You can now expect four years of Android software updates, along with an additional year of security updates.

When should I upgrade my Samsung? ›

8 Warning Signs It's Time to Upgrade Your Android Phone
  1. The Battery Runs Out Quickly. ...
  2. It's Too Slow to Use. ...
  3. It's Outdated and Lacking Updates. ...
  4. New Apps Won't Run. ...
  5. Apps Crash Frequently. ...
  6. It's Got a Poor Quality Camera. ...
  7. The Phone Shows Signs of Wear and Tear. ...
  8. You're Running Out of Storage.
Jun 9, 2022

Is Samsung upgrade a good deal? ›

Between high trade-in values and additional freebies that Samsung almost always offers with new flagships, the Samsung Upgrade Program won't really be worth it. Even if you do consider it, it's important that you do your due diligence before signing up. You wouldn't want to leave money on the table.

Does the S22+ overheat? ›

Galaxy S22 overheating worries

The Galaxy S22 might feature inadequate cooling, which can lead to overheating issues without a program that reduces the SoC's clock speed. The processors themselves might have issues, especially the Exynos 2200 that powers Galaxy S22 phones in Korea, Europe, and other regions.

How long does the S22+ last? ›

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus gives a good battery performance and is able to match other smartphones with 1.5 days of usage. Although it would struggle to compete with the Apple iPhone 13 Pro delivering an impressive 3.5 days of usage - exceptional battery performance.

Why should I upgrade to S22? ›

The S22 offers a better design, an upgraded camera setup, longer software support, and a slightly brighter display, but none of these upgrades scream, "Oh, I've got to get this phone!"

How much better will S23 Ultra be? ›

The S23 Ultra marks a major shift in Samsung strategy as the company will no longer use the Exynos processor and everywhere you buy an S23 phone, it will have the more powerful Snapdragon processor. You also have a brand new 200-megapixel main camera with a promise for much better detail and night shots.

Is the S22 Ultra overkill? ›

Yes, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is a bit of overkill but it's the Samsung kind of overkill, meaning it works very well despite being a little overwhelming options-wise. I just don't like it enough to recommend spending over $1,000 for the privilege of having an S Pen and rear cameras on steroids.

Do I really need S22 Ultra? ›

The bottom line: Unless you really want the S Pen, there isn't a major reason to upgrade to the Galaxy S22 Ultra from the Galaxy S20 Ultra. Both phones have a giant screen with a high refresh rate for smoother scrolling, and they have similar cameras. They also have the same battery capacity.

What is the downside of S22 plus? ›

  • Performance not best in class.
  • Average battery life.
  • Low light photography can be better.
Jun 29, 2022

Which should i buy S22 or S22 Plus? ›

If you want a phone that will fit in your pocket and won't break the bank, the Galaxy S22 is the way to go. However, the Galaxy S22 Plus offers an improved battery with faster charging and a significantly larger display. You'll have to pay extra, but your money comes with its benefits.

Which is the best Samsung phone in 2022? ›

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  • Galaxy S22 Ultra. Galaxy S22 Ultra is very slim in 17.31cm (6.8”) screen size with a bold look and linear camera. ...
  • Galaxy S22/S22+ Express yourself with the range of colors, phantom white, phantom black, and green in a sleek design. ...
  • Galaxy S21 FE 5G. ...
  • Galaxy A53.

Should I wait for the S23 plus? ›

The S23 series is very similar to the S22 series, but a newer processor and a longer commitment to updates mean it will stay relevant for a little longer than the S22 will. If you want the best, go with the S23 or S23 Plus.

How often should I upgrade my Galaxy phone? ›

Most people upgrade their phones every two to three years. By then, the battery starts to become bothersome and Android phones stop receiving updates. It's also usually enough time for tech companies to introduce some new features you might want on your next phone.

Is Samsung S23 waterproof? ›

However, in layman's terms, said rating roughly means that all Galaxy S23 models can be submerged for a maximum of 30 minutes in water that is up to 1.5 meters deep, without suffering any damage in the process.

What are the problems with Galaxy S22? ›

Some users report problems with the Galaxy S22 series' cameras, including poor image quality, inconsistent HDR, limited dynamic range, and lag when taking photos. These issues appear to be affecting all three phone models and seem to be related to the phone's software.

Which is the best phone to buy in 2022? ›

Here's our list of the best 'ultra-premium phones' from 2022.
  • Winner: Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max.
  • Runner up: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4.
  • Special mention: Vivo X80 Pro, Pixel 7 Pro.
  • Runner up: Xiaomi 12 Pro.
  • Special mention: Realme GT 2 Pro.
  • Winner: Nothing phone (1)
  • Runner up: Samsung Galaxy A53 5G.
  • Special mention: OnePlus 10R.
Dec 24, 2022

Why does S22 battery drain so fast? ›

Increasing the screen's refresh rate and activating always-on display mode -- features that make the Galaxy S22 feel faster and more convenient -- drains the battery faster.

What happens if you don't upgrade your phone? ›

That includes Android phones — if you don't update your phone, you could encounter a variety of problems, including performance issues and malware. Keeping your phone updated should be considered essential, but it won't protect you from privacy breaches and all malware.

How long before I should upgrade my phone? ›

Even if you think your phone is working perfectly, it may be time for a new device if it's been 2 or 3 years since your last switch. Over that amount of time, phones have changed enough that you'll notice significant differences in things like screen size, display resolution and camera quality.

What are signs that you need a new phone? ›

Signs That You Need To Buy A New Phone
  • You can't upgrade to the latest operating system. ...
  • The battery life is not long enough anymore. ...
  • Your phone decides to suddenly shut down. ...
  • You can't have a proper conversation. ...
  • You are still out of storage. ...
  • Apps often crash on your device. ...
  • Manufacturer stops supporting your device.
Feb 25, 2022

Which phone is better than S22 Ultra? ›

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Alternatives
Product NamePricesSpecs Score
Samsung Galaxy S22Rs. 49,99992/100
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra 5GRs. 124,99999/100
Apple iPhone 13 Pro MaxRs. 129,90098/100
Google Mobile Pixel 7 Pro 5GRs. 71,70093/100
6 more rows

When did Samsung S23 come out? ›

The Samsung Galaxy S23 release date is February 17.

That's when all three models go on sale from retailers and carriers. But you don't have to wait until February 17 to take action. You can pre-order the Galaxy S23 series right now.


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