Ignore the haters – the Galaxy S23 Plus is the perfect middle child

In today’s hierarchy of smartphones, the Plus models get a bad rap. The base-model phones, like the Galaxy S23 and the iphone 14, are the least expensive. The Ultra and Pro Max have the coolest stuff. Plus phones? Why do they even bother? I’m here to tell you to ignore the haters, and to say that the Galaxy S23 Plus is the cool one in the S23 lineup, in that same rebellious way that the middle child is the cool one.

Samsung was smart with its phone family this year, and it didn’t underpower the less expensive models. Sure, the Galaxy S23 Ultra gives you a lot more – so much more that Samsung couldn’t even mention all of that phone’s key features during its Unpacked presentation. That doesn’t mean it’s more powerful than the more affordable phones, though.

The Galaxy S23 next to the Galaxy S23 Plus (Image credit: Future / Lance Ulanoff)

Each of the Samsung Galaxy S23 devices is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy Mobile platform. That ‘for Galaxy’ bit means the primary core on the CPU has been overclocked, so Samsung’s Gen 2 chips will be faster than competing phones using the same Qualcomm chipset, we presume.

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