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Samsung Galaxy S23 & S23+ | Newest Phone

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  • 50MP camera for high-resolution stunners
  • Our fastest mobile processor yet
  • Enhanced low-light selfies

  • Made with eco-conscious materials

COLORS

Down to earth tones

Fresh new colors inspired by nature are made with natural dyes and infused into the polished metal frame. 1

For bolder choices, explore exclusive colors on samsung.com.2

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MATERIALS

Designed with the planet in mind

Crafted in part with recycled glass and ocean-bound plastic, each phone is packaged in a box made of recycled materials.3,4,5

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Seize the day and capture the night. Head out with a camera that’s equipped with a high-resolution sensor and intelligent, light-absorbing pixels — delivering clear pics at any hour.

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Seize the day and capture the night. Head out with camera in hand, equipped with a high-resolution sensor and intelligent, light-absorbing pixels for clear snaps, at any hour.

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GALLERY


Capture share-worthy moments

NIGHTOGRAPHY

More light for your night

Get ready for a Gallery full of epic night shots everyone will want. Nightography’s enhanced AI keeps details clear, so low-light photos and videos stay bright and colorful, dusk to dawn.

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NIGHT SELFIE

The Front Camera’s Dual Pixel technology focuses faster, even in low light. Object-based AI delivers authentic color for selfies that rival real life.

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NIGHT SELFIE VIDEO

It’s not just stills that dominate the dark, you’re getting pin sharp night videos, too. Now, even the Front Camera has the skills to clearly capture clips of you and your friends after the sun sets.

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HIGH RESOLUTION

Get all the details

The 50MP Wide-Angle Camera works hand-in-hand with a powerful processor, rapidly combining frames to extract bits from each into a single hi-res photo. Add in Detail Enhancer technology and you’ve got quality so sharp, you’ll keep zooming in for more.

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The 50MP Wide-angle Camera works hand-in-hand with a powerful processor, rapidly combining frames to extract bits from each into a single hi-res photo. Add in Detail Enhancer technology and you’ve got quality so sharp, you’ll keep zooming in for more.

EXPERT RAW

The sky’s the limit

Shoot hi-res RAW images for bright and detailed shots ready for pro-level editing.6 Then look to the stars as the camera pulls in light to capture constellations with breathtaking clarity.

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When it comes to epic photos, the sky’s the limit. Open Expert RAW to capture in hi-res RAW format, delivering bright and detailed shots.6 Then look to the stars as the camera pulls in light to snap constellations and planets with breathtaking clarity.

PHOTO REMASTER

Turn misfires into masterpieces

Head to the Gallery to enhance dark, blurry images and even upscale low-res photos. You can also revamp fuzzy GIFs, reducing noise and upping clarity to keep your loops looking fresh.

*Photo Remaster works only with still images and non-RAW files.

Photo Remaster makes dull and blurry photos sharp and vibrant.

Head to the Gallery to enhance dark, blurry images and even upscale low-res photos. You can also revamp fuzzy GIFs, reducing noise and upping clarity to keep your loops looking fresh.

More power to you

When pausing is not an option, this high-performance processor levels up your gaming with impressive battery life.

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World’s fastest Snapdragon7

Snapdragon® 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform for Galaxy

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BATTERY

Unlock even longer gameplay

Game on like a legend with a long-lasting and fast-charging battery.8,21

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DISPLAY

Stunning in any scenario

Game or stream anywhere with adaptive visibility delivering optimal color and brightness, in any light. Adaptive 120Hz smooths the scroll, while Eye Comfort Shield keeps your eyes from getting tired, even as you view in the dark.

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FOR BUSINESS

Epic performance for work

Power through your workday with our fastest mobile processor ever.

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SMART SWITCH

We make keeping your content easy

Transfer all the content you love — photos, calendar dates and even call history — from your old phone to your new Galaxy S23.9,10

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TRADE-IN

Trade in to trade up

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PC CONTINUITY

Multi Control makes multitasking easier

When the ideas are flowing, sync your phone and PC for a 2-for-1 experience. Without switching your mouse, keyboard, or touchpad, you can drag and drop, copy and paste and type on both devices for your most efficient screentime yet. 11,12

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Galaxy S23 Ultra seen from the rear and Galaxy Book3 Ultra seen closed and from the front. Galaxy S23 Ultra rotates and Galaxy Book3 Ultra opens to show their displays. An S Pen leans on the Galaxy S23 Ultra. The screens of the two devices both show the same photo gallery. How to use Multi Control. Disclaimer: Galaxy Book3 Ultra sold separately. Multi Control requires updated phones with One UI 5.1 or above and Galaxy Book series devices released in 2021 or later with Samsung Settings v1.5 (Intel) or Samsung Settings v3.3 (ARM). Video simulated for illustrative purposes. Actual UX/UI may be different. Start building epic moments on your Galaxy S23 Ultra. On the side, a series of colorful nighttime photos scroll by on the screen. The photos then appear on the screen of Galaxy S23 Ultra in the Gallery app. Disclaimer: Video simulated for illustrative purposes. Actual UX/UI may be different. Then, a laptop appears next to the device. On its screen is a photo from the device’s gallery being edited in Adobe Premiere Pro. Expand those epic moments to Galaxy Book3 Ultra with Multi Control. Shown with Adobe Premiere Pro. Disclaimer: Adobe product screenshots reprinted with permission from Adobe. Adobe Premier Pro must be downloaded separately. Multi Control requires updated phones with One UI 5.1 or above and Galaxy Book series devices released in 2021 or later with Samsung Settings v1.5 (Intel) or Samsung Settings v3.3 (ARM). Video simulated for illustrative purposes. Actual UX/UI may be different. Make sure you have the same Samsung account, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on. On the Galaxy S23 Ultra screen, the Connected devices settings are open and the Multi control toggle is activated. Disclaimer: Network or Wi-Fi connection is required and Wi-Fi direct is also available. Each device must be registered with a single Samsung Account. Some models may have limited feature support. Video simulated for illustrative purposes. Actual UX/UI may be different. Connect your Galaxy S23 Ultra to Galaxy Book3 Ultra. Next to the Galaxy S23 Ultra, a laptop appears. Over its screen, a popup for Multi control shows that the laptop and smartphone are connected. Then, a settings popup for Multi control allows Multi control to be activated so that the Galaxy Book’s mouse and keyboard can control a nearby Galaxy phone or tablet. Below the on off toggle is the setting to arrange the positioning of the two devices screens relative to one another. A mouse drags the mobile screen from one side of the laptop screen to another. Disclaimer: Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connection required. Each device should be registered with a single Samsung Account. Video simulated for illustrative purposes. Actual UX/UI may be different. Start using Multi Control. Galaxy S23 Ultra and Galaxy Book3 Ultra are side by side and seen from the front. Disclaimer: Some models may have limited feature support. Video simulated for illustrative purposes. Actual UX/UI may be different. Use the same mouse or touchpad to drag and drop. The two devices are shown with the photo gallery open on the smartphone and a file viewer window on the laptop. The mouse from the laptop screen seamlessly moves to the screen of the smartphone and selects multiple photos in the gallery, then drags and drops them into the file viewer on the laptop. Then, the photos are shown with Adobe Premiere Pro. Disclaimer: Adobe product screenshots reprinted with permission from Adobe. Adobe Premier Pro must be downloaded separately. Some models may have limited feature support. Video simulated for illustrative purposes. Actual UX/UI may be different. Then, a video file from the laptop is selected and dragged over to the smartphone screen and shared in a text message conversation. Disclaimer: Drag and drop feature available on select file types. Some models may have limited feature support. Video simulated for illustrative purposes. Actual UX/UI may be different. Use the same keyboard to type. Disclaimer: Some models may have limited feature support. Video simulated for illustrative purposes. Actual UX/UI may be different. Galaxy S23 Ultra and Galaxy Book3 Ultra are side by side and seen from the front. A text message conversation is open on the smartphone and the file viewer is open on the laptop. The keyboard of the laptop is used to type a message into the text box on the smartphone. It types out, “Here you go. Let me know what you think!” and sends the message. Next, Multitasking meets Multi Control. Galaxy S23 Ultra seen from the front with the built-in S Pen on the side and Galaxy Book3 Ultra open and seen from the front. Both displays show the same photo, and it is shown with Adobe Premiere Pro on the laptop screen. Disclaimer: Adobe product screenshots reprinted with permission from Adobe. Adobe Premier Pro must be downloaded separately. Video simulated for illustrative purposes. Actual UX/UI may be different. Galaxy S23 Ultra seen from the rear with built-in S Pen in front. Disclaimer: S Pen embedded only in Galaxy S23 Ultra. Samsung dot com. Samsung logo.

ONE UI

Your Galaxy, the way you like it

Now it’s easier than ever to set your phone up just for you. One UI maximizes customization, allowing you to pick almost every detail, including video lockscreens and custom widgets.

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SAMSUNG WALLET


Welcome to your new digital life

Samsung pay is now Samsung Wallet. Get ready to do more from the convenience of your phone, like securely store payment cards, digital keys, crypto and more.13

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SAMSUNG HEALTH

Wellness done your way

Begin your personal health journey by connecting Galaxy Watch5 to your phone.14 Track your sleep, exercise, body composition and more in the Samsung Health app.

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  • *GPS route feature only available on Galaxy Watch5 Pro.
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ACCESSORIES

The right kind of extra

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • At 3900mAh (typical) and 4700mAh (typical), both Galaxy S23 and S23+ have increased battery life compared to Galaxy S22 and S22+.15 Night selfies and low light videos are clearer thanks to the 12MP Selfie Camera, an improvement from 10MP Selfie Cameras on Galaxy S22 and S22+. And now you can shoot high-quality 50MP photos for extra detail in Expert RAW.6

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  • Galaxy S23 and S23+ come in Lavender, Cream, Phantom Black and Green. Lime and Graphite are exclusive colors available only on Samsung.com.2

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  • Galaxy S23 and S23+ have improved 12MP Selfie Cameras compared to the 10MP Selfie Camera on Galaxy S22 and S22+. It takes even brighter, crisper low light selfies and videos.16 And now, Expert RAW supports Multiple exposures shooting in 50MP for high resolution shots with dynamic range.6

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  • In addition to the super smooth 120Hz display, Galaxy S23 and S23+ are equipped with a Snapdragon® 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform for Galaxy that optimizes load times and power use. 17 And to extend your play time, both have increased battery capacity compared to Galaxy S22 and S22+.

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  • Galaxy S23 and S23+ have adaptive 120Hz displays for smooth gaming and comfortable scrolling. Galaxy S23 has higher peak nits than its predecessor, so both devices now deliver maximum outdoor visibility.22

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  • Galaxy S23 has a 3900mAh (typical) battery and Galaxy S23+ has a 4700mAh (typical) battery.18 These phones don’t break a sweat in keeping up with your day, even lasting through up to roughly 22 hours of video playback on Galaxy S23 and up to 27 hours on Galaxy S23+.18

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  • Galaxy S23 is available in 3 storage options: 128GB, 256GB and 512GB. 19,20 For Galaxy S23+, you can choose between 256GB and 512GB capacities.

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Samsung Galaxy S23 vs. Galaxy S22: The biggest upgrades

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It’s time to see the differences between the Galaxy S23 vs. Galaxy S22. What’s new and what are the biggest upgrades?

The Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus offer Samsung’s latest hardware and software. But the outgoing Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus remain excellent phones with many of the same features. So we’re here to try and dissect the differences and similarities in the hope of coming to an overall conclusion on which phone is best for you.

This face-off covers the Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus versus the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus, so if you’re interested in a face-off between the top models of each range, then look at our Galaxy S23 Ultra vs. Galaxy S22 Ultra comparison.

And if you’re not sure which model in the S23 family to go for, then our Galaxy S23 vs. Galaxy S23 Plus vs. Galaxy S23 Ultra guide will help point out the differences. For now, let’s dive into the Galaxy S23 vs Galaxy S22 comparison. 

Samsung Galaxy S23 vs Galaxy S22: Specs

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Display 6.1-inch FHD AMOLED 6.6-inch FHD AMOLED 6.1-inch FHD AMOLED 6.6-inch FHD AMOLED
Refresh rate 48 – 120Hz adaptive 48 – 120Hz adaptive 48 – 120Hz adaptive 48 – 120Hz adaptive
Rear cameras 50MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 10MP 3x telephoto 50MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 10MP 3x telephoto 50MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 10MP 3x telephoto 50MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 10MP 3x telephoto
Front camera 12MP selfie 12MP selfie 10MP selfie 10MP selfie
Chipset Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
RAM 8GB 8GB 8GB 8GB
Storage 128GB, 256GB 256GB, 512GB 128GB, 256GB 128GB, 256GB
Battery 3,900 mAh 4,700 mAh 3,700 mAh 4. 500 mAh
Charging 25W wired/10W wireless 45W wired/10W wireless 25W wired/10W wireless 45W wired/10W wireless
Water/dust resistance IP68 IP68 IP68 IP68
Size 5.75 x 2.79 x 0.29 inches 6.2 x 3.0 x 0.29 inches 5.7 x 2.8 x 0.3 inches 6.2 x 3 x 0.3 inches
Weight 5.8 ounces 6.8 ounces 5.9 ounces 6.9 ounces
Colors Black, Cotton, Green, Purple Black, Cotton, Green, Purple Phantom Black, Phantom White, Green, Pink Gold, Bora Purple Phantom Black, Phantom White, Green, Pink Gold

Samsung Galaxy S23 vs Galaxy S22: Release date and price

The Galaxy S22 series has been on sale since January of 2022, and likely still will be available for some time from third-party retailers and carriers even as Samsung moves to the Galaxy S23 series. It starts at $800/£749 for the standard Galaxy S22, and $1,000/£949 for the larger Galaxy S22 Plus, though we expect a price drop quickly. 

Galaxy S23 preorders are open at the time of writing, with the retail launch coming on February 17. The pricing for the U.S. is the same as the Galaxy S22 was at launch ($800/$1,000), but it’s gone up in the U.K. to £849 and £1,049 for a basic Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus, respectively. 

The Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S22 still come in the same basic 6.1-inch size and 6.6-inch Plus size, but with a few aesthetic differences.

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The Galaxy S23 has its cameras separated on its back, but the Galaxy S22 has them joined together in a rectangular camera block. Samsung’s also changed up the colors between generations. The Galaxy S23 can be bought in Phantom Black, Cream, Green or Lavender, while the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus are offered in Phantom Black, Phantom White, Green, Pink Gold and Bora Purple (standard S22 only).

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The displays on the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S22, other than being the same size, both offer an FHD resolution and a 48Hz – 120Hz adaptive refresh rate. One small change is that the max brightness of the Galaxy S23 is now rated at 1,750 nits, the same as the Galaxy S23 Plus and Galaxy S22 Plus. The regular Galaxy S22 was rated for 1,300 nits.

Another difference between the old and new phones is that the Galaxy S23 uses Gorilla Glass Victus 2 on its front and back, instead of Gorilla Glass Victus Plus like the Galaxy S22. That should mean increased toughness for the new phone, but to what degree we can’t be sure without dropping some phones to find out.

Samsung Galaxy S23 vs Galaxy S22: Cameras  

Samsung hasn’t changed the Galaxy S22’s rear cameras hardware when updating to the Galaxy S23. That means on both phones you get a 50MP main camera, 12MP ultrawide camera and 10MP 3x optical telephoto camera.

Samsung claims to have improved its Nightography low-light mode and added new features like astro hyperlapse mode for capturing the stars over long periods of time, and 8K recording at 30fps for smoother video.

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The only new camera on the Galaxy S23 can be found on the front. It uses a 12MP sensor instead of the Galaxy S22’s aging 10MP sensor, and should therefore produce much livelier and more detail selfies with Super HDR for better color and contrast. 

Samsung Galaxy S23 vs Galaxy S22: Performance 

The Galaxy S22 used the best available Android chipset at the time it launched, that being a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Users outside the U.S. however got the phone with an Exynos 2200 chip, a still powerful chipset but one that couldn’t quite match up to the Snapdragon version.

For the Galaxy S23, Samsung’s gone all in on Snapdragon chips for all markets, specifically the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy. That “for Galaxy” part is important as it indicates a higher performance version of the chip that’s unique to Samsung, in theory meaning that even as other Android phones debut with the Gen 2 chip, it won’t be as powerful as Samsung’s.

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Samsung also promises the “world’s fastest mobile graphics,” so the S23 and S23 Plus should be better for gaming.

Samsung’s only provided 8GB RAM in the Galaxy S22 and the Galaxy S23, which isn’t a huge amount but should still provide adequate multi-tasking performance. Storage on the Galaxy S23 starts at 128GB and goes to 256GB, like on the Galaxy S22, but the Galaxy S23 Plus gets a storage boost. It now starts at 256GB and maxes out at 512GB storage, up from the 128GB default and 256GB optional you could spec for the Galaxy S22 Plus.

Samsung Galaxy S23 vs Galaxy S22: Battery and charging 

The batteries on the Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus have gained a bit of capacity over their predecessors. The Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus had 3,700 mAh and 4,500 mAh batteries respectively, but those are now 3,900 mAh and 4,700 mAh batteries on the S23 and S23 Plus.

Charging’s not changed though. The Galaxy S23 charges at 25W wired and 10W wireless like the Galaxy S22, and the Galaxy S23 Plus charges at 45W/10W as the Galaxy S22 Plus did. Plus there’s still no included charger in the box, just a USB-C cable.

Samsung Galaxy S23 vs Galaxy S22: Software

You get the Android 13-based One UI 5.1 by default on the Galaxy S23 series, although the Galaxy S22 will be able to update to it soon too. However, as it’s newer, Samsung’s 4-year Android update schedule will get the S23 to Android 17, while the S22 will in theory stop at Android 16.

One UI 5.1 includes abilities like Bixby Text Call to let you reply to a caller with text messages, while Modes offers an iOS Focus-style method of managing your notifications and available apps depending on the time of day. It’s not clear yet which of these are Galaxy S23-exclusive, and which will appear on other One UI 5.1 compatible phones.

Samsung Galaxy S23 vs Galaxy S22: Outlook

The Samsung Galaxy S23 is obviously the better phone than the Galaxy S22. The only question now is how much better it is.

The Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus’ improved cameras, faster processor and larger batteries are welcome upgrades, and it’s nice that the regular Samsung S23 gets a brighter display. There’s little sense going for the older Galaxy S22 if your budget can afford a new phone.

But if you’re limited on funds, or already own a Galaxy S22, the S23 probably doesn’t offer enough new stuff for you to worry you’re missing out.

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protect your new S20, S20+ or ​​S20 Ultra >>> AppMaxx

Samsung is the latest flagship phone in the Galaxy S20, a bit of a stunner, yet another in a long line of impressive phones from the South Korean company.

Whether it’s that edge-to-edge display and a stunning screen, the amount of power under the hood or the phenomenal camera performance is downright baffling if you’re going to pick up a new Samsung device, or if you already have one, you’ll probably want to keep it is safe from damage.

  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Galaxy S20+ vs Galaxy S20 Ultra: What’s the difference?

Luckily, there’s already a good range of cases on the smartphone market, which means you can choose from stylish and durable options.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the best S20 cases for you right here and we’ll update it with more new ones as they come.

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Our guide to the best Samsung S20 cases to buy today

Samsung Smart LED View Cover

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Just like when it did for previous versions of its Galaxy smartphones, Samsung made this lovely LED-laden case for its new phone. The case cover section is provided with LED indication, which can give you more information about your notifications and alerts when you phone is not in hand.

Samsung Leather Case

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If you prefer a very simple look, however, Samsung has also got you covered with its own snap-on leather case for the new phone. This will keep it safe from bumps and scratches, but at the same time thin and soft, it will ensure that you still feel the benefits of such a wonderful new phone.

Case Samsung Square

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One of our favorites from Samsung’s own range of cases is the square — it’s a compact clamshell that has a really good sense of texture to it, but doesn’t add much bulk to the phone at all. There are also several color options to choose from, allowing you to tailor it to your sense of beautiful style.

Tech31

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We are big fans of Tech31’s cases for other phones, and their range of cases for the Galaxy S20 is an exception to that rule. There are several options, but our choice is the evo test, which offers great protection but also has a great design aesthetic to it.

Drop protection is nice, but a fun bonus comes in the form of antimicrobial protection, which apparently reduces germs on the surface on the case to 99.99%. There’s no downside to a bit of hygiene, after all.

Snakehive

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The Snakehive cases all carry the same high-quality, genuine leather trim and are handcrafted to add to that stylish impression. Their Wallet for Samsung Galaxy S20 let you take your phone in a stylish and unique way, but also offer practical features such as card slots and pockets.

If you want a case that shows off your sophisticated taste, they are a great choice. For the first time, too, you can pick up a new Teal-colored case for the S20.

Mod

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Mod has become well known, as is its case, to protect against hard drops and fall damage, and for incorporating new materials into them, including the signature walnut finish. We really like the aramid fiber finish though, which you can see above. It is suitable for all surroundings, whether it is an evening or a business meeting.

Other finishes available in bamboo and black leather.

Speck

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Cases, spec always have a note of class about them, and its new line for the Galaxy S20 lives up to this story. We especially liked the Presidio perfectly transparent with a handle that ensures that the class of the phone is see through while being protected.

Besides that grip, you won’t be in too much danger of dropping your phone in the first place – win-win.

Urban Armor Gear

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If you’re serious about how to protect your phone, WAG is great when it comes to acting like real fall insurance. It has a range of cases available for new Samsung phones, but we especially like the Pathfinder series, which is very protective yet still relatively thin, right in the bullseye.

Gear4

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There’s something good about it, but the iridescent sheen that Gear4 has, given its Crystal Palace case, is an added bonus. This is a sleek and minimal addition to your phone that will keep it safe from scratches. Plus it’s drop resistant up to four meters, allowing you to make a couple of mistakes without ruining your new flagship smartphone.

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Getting started: astronomers have found the oldest heart of our Galaxy

Scientists have found the embryo around which the Milky Way formed. Its age exceeds 90% of the age of the Universe. A detailed study of the newly discovered object will help to find out the history of the origin of our stellar home, says Forbes scientific observer Anatoly Glyantsev

A team of researchers discovered thousands of extremely ancient stars in the bowels of the Milky Way. Their age exceeds 12.5 billion years, which is almost equal to the age of the Universe (13.8 billion years). Researchers believe that these are the remains of a protogalaxy that lay at the origins of the Milky Way.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Our very large Galaxy did not become so immediately. Many small star systems were attracted and collided to merge into the Milky Way in all its current splendor. By observing the trajectories and chemical composition of stars, scientists are trying to determine their origin and reconstruct the history of the galaxy. This area of ​​research is transparently referred to as galactic archeology.

Over the past 11 billion years, at least five neighbors have collided and merged with our Galaxy. But this process began much earlier. Recently, scientists from Germany, the UK, the US and China discovered a protogalaxy-germ that was in place of the Milky Way in the first billion years of the existence of the universe.

Astronomers have taken advantage of recent observations from the Gaia orbiting telescope. We owe this apparatus, worth about €1 billion, the richest stellar catalog in history – 1.8 billion stars. For many of these luminaries, Gaia determined the position on the three-dimensional map of the Galaxy, the trajectory of movement and the spectrum. The latter makes it possible to judge the chemical composition of the star, and therefore its age.

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Signs of age

Almost all the atoms that emerged after the Big Bang were the simplest chemical elements – hydrogen and helium. The remaining cells of the periodic table, with a few exceptions, were filled with stars. New elements were born in the thermonuclear furnaces of luminaries, in supernova explosions and in collisions of neutron stars. The burnt-out stars died, scattering their matter throughout space. From this material, new luminaries were born. We can identify the oldest stars by a simple feature – they are very poor in elements heavier than helium.

Astronomers en masse call all such elements metals (a chemist from such terminology would have had a blow). The quantity indicating the abundance of metals in a star is called metallicity and is denoted by [M/H]. It is convenient for scientists to compare all the stars with the Sun, because we know much more about it than about any other star. Therefore, the metallicity of the Sun was set equal to zero. Stars that are poorer in metals than the Sun (and, therefore, older than it) have negative metallicity: [M/H] < 0.

Source of the Milky River

The authors of a new study selected data from the Gaia archives about 1.5 million bright stars in the central region of the Milky Way. Among them were about 70,000 luminaries with metallicity [M/H] < −1, including 20,000 with [M/H] < −1.5 and about 4,000 with [M/H] < −2. The age of the latter exceeds 12.5 billion years.

It cannot be said that this is a record figure. In the Milky Way, individual stars even older than 13 billion years are known. But it is not known whether these patriarchs formed on the spot or were brought by one of the swallowed galaxies.

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But the thousands of stars found by Gaia most likely belong to the oldest core of the Milky Way. Several facts point to this. Firstly, almost all of these luminaries are located within a radius of 16,000 light years from the center of the Galaxy, and most of them are within a radius of 9,000 light years (these are the first 18% of the radius of the Milky Way). Second, the finer details of the composition indicate that the stars formed at the center of some massive system. It is natural to assume that the protogalaxy-germ of the Milky Way is this system.