News ticker: Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra, Galaxy A54, Galaxy S23

The Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra is available for pre-order, the Galaxy A54 is repairable and the Galaxy S23 is selling like hot cakes.

Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra: global pre-orders start today

Samsung introduced the Galaxy Book3 series along with the Galaxy S23 series at the Unpacked event on February 1st. Initial feedback showed that pre-orders for the Book3 Pro and Book3 Pro 360 were double what they were for the Book2 series last year. The Galaxy Book3 Ultra can now also be pre-ordered worldwide. Deliveries will start on February 22 in Europe and the US, while Indian customers will have to wait until March 15.

The Galaxy Book3 Ultra is the most powerful Samsung notebook ever made. The 16-inch AMOLED display is housed in a case that weighs a total of 1.8 kg. It is powered by a 13th generation Intel chipset and a 76 Wh battery. There are two versions: A cheaper option with a Core i7-13700H processor, an RTX4050 GPU, 16 GB LPDDR5 RAM and 512 GB NVMe SSD and the top model with a Core i9-13900H, an RTX4070, 32 GB RAM and 1TB storage.

The Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra will start at €2,799/$2,400/£2,449 in Korea, US, France and Germany. India only gets the more expensive version, which costs €3,699/$3,000/INR 281,000. There are some local deals that bring double the storage space for the same price or offer early bird discounts.

Samsung states high repairability for Galaxy A54

The Samsung Galaxy A54 has been haunting the rumor mill for months. Now there is official information again, directly from Samsung France. The company has uploaded a Galaxy A54 repairability calculation, carried out according to specific French standards.

The document scores 8.4 out of 10 points for the Samsung Galaxy A54. This is higher than the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Ultra, which Samsung itself only gives 8.2 out of 10 points. The A54’s predecessor, last year’s Galaxy A53, also scores 8.2. The main negative points revolve around the necessary tools and the internal structure.

Only recently did the first specifications of the Galaxy A54 appear, including a 6.6-inch AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate. It is powered by an Exynos 1380 chipset in combination with 6 to 8 GB of RAM and 128 to 256 GB of storage. In addition to the main camera, Samsung also installs an ultra wide and a macro sensor as well as a selfie camera in a punch hole. There is also a 5,100 mAh battery, which only charges with 25 watts. In addition, the first prices have already been leaked.


Samsung Galaxy S23 series sets new pre-order record in South Korea

Samsung opened pre-orders for the Galaxy S23 right after the start of production. Consumer interest was extremely high in both India and South Korea. According to local sources, there were 1.09 million pre-orders in South Korea, up over 7% from last year’s Galaxy S22 series.

This is the highest number of pre-orders for a Galaxy S series in the Asian country. Overall, only the Galaxy Note10 family was higher with almost 1.4 million pre-orders in August 2019. According to Korean media, the Galaxy S23 Ultra accounts for 60% of all orders. Both the regular Galaxy S23 with 24% of sales and the Galaxy S23+ with around 15% are well behind. In comparison, the pre-orders for the Galaxy Z Flip4 (review) and the Galaxy Z Fold4 (review) last summer did not break the 1 million mark.


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