If anyone thought that Samsung is only busy with software updates for its current devices, they are wrong: although packages based on Android 13 are raining on the phones on the market, their continuation is being prepared at full speed, including the Galaxy S23 Ultra equipped with S Pen. Although the device may remain with its 40-megapixel front, 12-megapixel rear ultra-wide and 10-10-megapixel 3x and 10x optical zoom, the resolution of the main unit may increase from 108 to 200 megapixels. The number in itself is not a guarantee of quality progress, but with a clever demosaic algorithm and multi-element processing, the intermediate, i.e. sensor-based, magnification can be excellent up to 3x, and zoom optics are available from there.
The three pictures above are Ice Universe channel at an unspecified zoom range, and at least in this genre, the S23 Ultra’s detail advantage over the S22 Ultra and Google Pixel 7 Pro’s sensor zoom seems clear. Even if we assume that the pictures were actually taken by the named phones. By the way, Samsung really has room to refine the processing, see the less noticeable noise filtering and lower jpg compression of the Mate 50 Pro, and based on the pictures, the Galaxy’s algorithm is changing in the right direction.