Galaxy S23 Ultra with 12GB RAM spotted online


Samsung is gearing up to launch the Galaxy S23 series early next month. As usual, we will have three models, all of which will provide substantial improvements over their respective predecessors. But, unsurprisingly, the amount of RAM will remain unchanged. The phones will still come in 8GB and 12GB RAM options, with multiple storage configurations. We’ve been seeing the 8GB RAM variants in benchmark tests for quite some time now. The 12GB model of the Galaxy S23 Ultra also recently appeared on Geekbench.

The latest Geekbench entry for the Samsung SM-S918B, i.e. the global version of the Galaxy S23 Ultra, does not give us any new information. As usual, it tells us that the phone will run Android 13 out of the box and feature an overclocked Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor. The chipset that powers Samsung’s new flagships has its single Cortex-X3 main processor core running at a maximum frequency of 3.36 GHz. The standard version charges at 3.2 GHz. The 8GB RAM variant will also feature the same processor. Storage options will include 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB.

Don’t draw any conclusions from these Galaxy S23 Ultra benchmark scores

If you look at the Galaxy S23 Ultra benchmark scores in this Geekbench entry, you might be a little disappointed. The device scored 1,495 points in the single-core test and 4,647 points in the multi-core test on Geekbench 5. These scores are well below those of a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 phone, let alone an overclocked version. Many competing phones scored far more than that, while the Galaxy S23 lineup was consistently the worst.

There have been concerns that Samsung might limit the performance of the device due to heating issues, based solely on poor benchmark results. However, you should not draw any conclusions yet. For one, the Galaxy S23 series is still in development, so these scores come from a device with unoptimized software. They probably don’t tell the whole story. Additionally, there have been instances where the Galaxy S23 Ultra has scored well over 5,000 in multi-core Geekbench tests.

Long story short, benchmark scores aren’t entirely indicative of a device’s actual performance, even more so if we’re looking at pre-release benchmarks. Luckily, in the case of the Galaxy S23 series, we only have a month left before the phones go official. Samsung is said to have locked in the February 1 date for the big launch event. Stay tuned and we’ll keep you up to date with all the latest device information in preparation for their unveiling.