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Galaxy S23 vs. iPhone 14: All the Specs for Samsung and Apple's Flagship Phones

The Galaxy S23 and the iPhone 14 are both great phones at $800. We spell out each phone's specs so you can see what sets them apart.

Samsung's Galaxy S23.
Samsung's Galaxy S23 is in direct competition with Apple's base iPhone 14. 
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This story is part of Samsung Event, CNET's collection of news, tips and advice around Samsung's most popular products.

Samsung revealed the new Galaxy S23 line earlier this month at the company's Feb. 1 Unpacked event in San Francisco, introducing the S23, S23 Plus and S23 Ultra. The new phones have a host of features and camera improvements, and on paper they seem poised to be among the top phones of the year. We're in the process of reviewing the Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus right now, but you can check out Lisa Eadicicco's Galaxy S23 Ultra review to see how Samsung's most expensive phone fares.

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Samsung's all-new Galaxy S23 flagship lineup is now available to preorder, with devices shipping on Feb. 17. You can save on the latest devices with several Galaxy S23 preorder deals already available at Samsung, Best Buy, all the major phone carriers and more.

Though the line is one of the first major tech launches of the year, the phone space is quite competitive. Apple and Google just refreshed their respective flagship lineups last fall, with Apple unveiling the Phone 14 and Google touting the Pixel 7. And new devices, including the OnePlus 11 5G, are right around the corner. 

Samsung's devices are often directly compared to Apple's, so we're going to take a look at how the base S23 and the base iPhone 14 stack up when it comes to specs. 

iPhone 14 Pro
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Samsung Galaxy S23 specs vs. Apple iPhone 14


Galaxy S23 iPhone 14
Display size, resolution, brightness 6.1-inch AMOLED; FHD+ (1,080x2,340 pixels); 120Hz Adaptive Refresh Rate; 1,750 nits 6.1-inch OLED; 2,532x1,170 pixels; 1,200 nits
Pixel density 425 ppi 460 ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 2.79 x 5.76 x 0.3 inches 5.78 x 2.82 x 0.31 inches
Dimensions (Millimeters) 70.9 x 146.3 x 7.6mm 147 x 72 x 7.8mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 5.93 oz.; 168.1g 6.07 oz.; 172g
Mobile software Android 13 iOS 16
Camera 50-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 10-megapixel (telephoto) 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultrawide)
Front-facing camera 12-megapixel 12-megapixel
Video capture 8K at 30 fps 4K at 60 fps
Processor Galaxy-optimized Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Apple A15 Bionic
RAM/Storage 8GB RAM + 128GB 8GB RAM + 256GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
Expandable storage None None
Battery/Charging speeds 3,900 mAh (25W wired charging) Undisclosed; Apple claims 20 hours of video playback (25W wired charging)
Fingerprint sensor In-display None (Face ID)
Connector USB-C Lightning
Headphone jack None None
Special features 5G, 120Hz display, water-resistant (IP68), wireless PowerShare to charge other devices 5G enabled; MagSafe; water-resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (e-SIM)
Price off-contract (USD) $800 (8GB/128GB) $799 (128GB), $899 (256GB), $1,099 (512GB)
Price (GBP) £769 (8GB/128GB) £849 (128GB)
Price (AUD) AU$1,249 (8GB/128GB) AU$1,399 (128GB)
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