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Best Galaxy S23 Ultra deals: Get the phone for £500 less

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Looking for the best Galaxy S23 Ultra deals? You’re in luck, there are some brilliant discounts and deals available today.

If you have been looking for a Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, Samsung is offering a staggering £500 off your phone when you trade in your old smartphone which is a staggering deal.

It means you could get your Samsung smartphone for less than £800 thanks to the trade-in deal. Samsung is also offering another brilliant deal by offering 12 months of Disney+ for completely free when you buy the device. 

If you missed the initial announcement, the Galaxy S23 Ultra is the all-new flagship phone from Samsung. As the name suggests, it’s a follow-up to the Galaxy S22 Ultra from last year. Like its predecessor, the Galaxy S23 Ultra packs a palm-stretching screen, an S Pen stylus to make handwritten notes and sign PDFs, and a mind-boggling triple-camera system for ultra-crisp photos.

As you might imagine, none of that comes cheap …so it’s vital to secure the best Galaxy S23 Ultra deals possible, so you never pay full price for this top-tier handset. Read our in-depth Galaxy S23 Ultra review to see whether it’s worth the cost.

As well as the online Samsung Store, Galaxy S23 Ultra can be found in a number of popular online and high-street shops, including Amazon UK, VeryJohn Lewis, and Currys. You can purchase the 2023 flagship phone from any of these stores and still be able to claim the free 6-month subscription to Disney Plus from Samsung by heading to its website.

The biggest mobile networks – including EE, O2, Vodafone, Sky Mobile – also stock the Galaxy S23 Ultra. These networks can offer their own deals and incentives too, with free Netflix and Amazon Prime subscriptions available to new Galaxy S23 Ultra owners! On top of these bespoke deals, you’ll also be able to claim the Disney Plus from the Samsung website.

Below, you’ll find all of the details on the Galaxy S23 Ultra, including the latest UK SIM-free pricing and deals. Scroll down for our complete guide to everything you need to know about the Samsung S23 Ultra, or use the links to jump to the relevant section.

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The S Pen stylus can be used to annotate screenshots, sign PDFs, doodle, and handwrite notes (Image: SAMSUNG )

What’s new?

The Galaxy S23 Ultra was revealed alongside the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus. Combined, these three handsets form the latest Galaxy S range for 2023. We’ve also rounded up the best Galaxy S23 deals separately, if you want something a little more affordable (with fewer features) than the all-singing, all-dancing Galaxy S23 Ultra.

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra packs a mammoth 6.8-inch OLED touchscreen with a 120Hz refresh-rate and 1440p resolution. That’s bigger than the Galaxy S23 (6.1-in) and Galaxy S23 Plus (6.6-in) which both top out at 1080p maximum resolution.

You’ll be able to draw, annotate, and make handwritten notes on that expansive screen using the latest generation of S Pen stylus. Hovering the S Pen over the screen unlocks new extra functionality, like the right-click on a mouse. The S Pen charges wirelessly whenever it’s popped back inside its dedicated holder on the phone.

S23 Ultra features

  • 200MP main camera
  • Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
  • Huge 5,000mAh battery
  • Redesigned S Pen stylus
  • 120Hz AMOLED display
  • Fast wired and wireless charging

Inside the Galaxy S23 Ultra, you’ll find the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, a tweaked version of the latest system-on-a-chip from Qualcomm specifically for the new Galaxy S range. The US chip manufacturer says this is “the fastest Snapdragon ever,” so expect lightning-fast loading times and game performance.

However, given that Qualcomm is supplying its Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 to dozens of other flagship phones throughout 2023, don’t expect that much extra oomph from this Galaxy-specific version as the US firm is presumably saving the biggest gains for the inevitable Snapdragon 8 Gen 3.

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Galaxy S23 Ultra is the only phone in the Samsung lineup with an S Pen stylus (Image: SAMSUNG)

What makes the decision to plump for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy so extraordinary is that it ends a decade-long debate amongst Samsung fans. In previous years, Samsung relied on its own in-house processors, dubbed Exynos, to power Galaxy S devices in more than 100 countries, including the UK, mainland Europe, India, and North American, Australian and South Korean customers enjoyed Qualcomm chipsets.

This wouldn’t have been an issue, except tests regularly showed that Exynos silicon was significantly slower than its Qualcomm-designed counterpart. This triggered debates around performance, battery life, and other crucial stats around each new Galaxy S generation. Thankfully, that argument is a thing of the past now, with every new Galaxy S23 model arriving with the shiny new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy under the bonnet.

You’ll be able to draw, annotate, and make notes on the expansive 6.8-inch screen with the latest generation of S Pen stylus 

As well as a dramatic increase in gaming performance, Samsung says the new chipset unlocks faster 5G data transfer speeds, smarter AI, improved Wi-Fi 6E, and Bluetooth connectivity.

The new silicon is more efficient which, coupled with the beefy 5,000mAh cell, results in some solid battery life. Samsung says you can enjoy 26 hours of video playback before you’ll need to worry about finding a charger, but you can read our in-depth Galaxy S23 Ultra review to find out whether it lived up to that claim during our tests.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra – In Numbers

Screen Type

AMOLED Quad HD+

Refresh Rate

Dynamic (1~120Hz)

Rear Cameras

200MP Main Camera

10MP Telephoto Camera for 3x Optical Zoom

12MP Ultra-Wide Camera with 120˚ FOV

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy

Connectivity

Wi-Fi 6E, 5G, Bluetooth 5.3

OS

Android 13 / Samsung One UI 5.1

Galaxy S23 Ultra enjoys an impressive camera upgrade over the standard Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus, thanks to the new 200-megapixel camera. This features a new Astro Hyerlapse mode, which Samsung has designed to take stunning shots of the stars. Night Mode also enjoys a quality bump thanks to the new 200-megapixel sensor, Samsung says.

By default, the camera will produce 12MP shots – with Samsung’s software combining information from multiple pixels to compensate for poor conditions. The result should be detailed, colourful, and well-lit photographs that remain small enough to send over email or WhatsApp without using all of your monthly 5G data allowance in one fell swoop.

It is possible to shoot images at full resolution using the main camera. With the dizzying number of pixels available in this mode, Galaxy S23 Ultra owners will be able to crop into photos without losing any image quality – perfect for prolific editors. Of course, like the Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus, a telephoto camera with 3x lossless optical zoom is also included in the tripel-camera array.

Budding Hollywood filmmakers can also shoot impressive videos in stunning 8K at 30 frames-per-second, with Super Quad Pixel technology that offers much better image stabilisation making home movies appear silky smooth.

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Galaxy S23 is designed for productivity, thanks to the S Pen stylus and its mammoth display (Image: SAMSUNG)

Latest deals

Bargain-hunters, rejoice! There are already some incredible deals available on the Galaxy S23 Ultra.

For a limited time, Samsung is offering up to £450 off to anyone with a phone to trade-in. Of course, the exact discount will depend on the make and model of the phone you’re willing to part with – but Samsung will guarantee a £150 discount on its brand-new Galaxy S23 Ultra no matter what model, make, or condition you pledge to trade-in.

Yes, you can retrieve a busted Nokia 3310 from the back of a forgotten drawer and get a whopping £150 to send it off to Samsung! 

Helpfully, Samsung rewards you with its trade-in discount immediately at checkout – there’s no annoying rebate process. But while you get the price cut immediately you won’t need to send away your current phone until after the shiny new Galaxy S23 Ultra arrives in the post, so you’ll be able to transfer photos, contracts, apps and more between handsets.

Regardless of where you decide to purchase your Galaxy S23 Ultra, the all-new phone will arrive with a six-month subscription to Disney+ for free. You’ll be able to stream the latest must-see boxsets and blockbuster movies on your new phone, but the free subscription works on any device with a Disney+ app, so you’ll be able to watch on a Smart TV, console, Android tablet or iPad too.

Get the promotion from the Samsung Store online, as well as popular online and high street retailers like Amazon UKJohn Lewis, and Currys, which all stock the flagship Galaxy S23 Ultra SIM-free.

For a limited time, Samsung is giving away £300 in online vouchers to spend at Adidas to anyone who buys one of the handsets in its Galaxy S23 range.

Samsung Care+, which covers your handset against accidental damage – like drops and spills, is also available for one month at no extra cost. The Galaxy S23 Ultra arrives with the usual one-year warranty that covers any faults with the hardware but doesn’t cover you if you drop the S23 from a great height and smash that gorgeous new screen.

A subscription to Samsung Care+ costs £85 per year.

Latest pay monthly deals

Galaxy S23 Ultra is available from all major UK mobile networks.

If you’re looking to sign-up for a pay monthly contract for the all-new Galaxy S23 Ultra, there are some brilliant deals around. For example, EE will include a Netflix subscription for the duration of the contract, while Sky Mobile customers can stream endless hours of boxsets, sports, and movies via Sky Go without using a single megabyte of their monthly 5G allowance.

And don’t forget, regardless of which network you decide upon, you’ll still be eligible to claim all of the deals offered direct from Samsung, including the six-month subscription to Disney Plus.

To make it easier to compare the latest pay monthly Galaxy S23 Ultra deals, we’ve only selected pay monthly plans with between 20-30GB of 5G data each month.

For more people, that will be more than enough to stream Spotify playlists, watch a handful of videos on YouTube, scroll through Instagram and Facebook, make an occasional video call on WhatsApp, and back-up your latest photos to the cloud while away from Wi-Fi. Of course, some will need more (or less) monthly data, but we felt this was a good middle-ground that should make comparisons between mobile networks easier.

Galaxy S23 Ultra review

We took delivery of a Galaxy S23 Ultra to put the latest hardware and software features through their paces.

Read our in-depth Galaxy S23 Ultra review for answers to all of your questions, but with a coveted five-star rating, it’s fair to say that this handset really impressed us. 

In our verdict, we wrote…

“Samsung could definitely be in with a shot of picking up the best smartphone of 2023. Its new Galaxy S23 Ultra hits all the right notes and those wanting the ultimate big-screen Android phone should probably end their search right now and simply hit the buy button.

“Yes, with a starting price of over £1,200 it’s ludicrously expensive and its gargantuan size isn’t going to suit all pockets but those niggles seem minor when you discover all the good bits about this phone.

“Its new screen – which is less curvaceous than before – is simply sublime, the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor is truly mighty and the updated rear camera snaps stunning snaps no matter how bad your photography skills are or what lighting conditions you find yourself in.

“That’s all thanks to a new 200-megapixel sensor which not only offers some impressive features such as 100X zoom but also the ability to take crystal clear images at night.”

Galaxy S23 Ultra price and release date

Galaxy S23 Ultra was announced during a Galaxy Unpacked event on Wednesday February 1, 2023. Alongside the Galaxy S23 Ultra and some new Galaxy laptops, Samsung also revealed the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus.

The official release date for all three new Galaxy S handsets was Friday, February 17, 2023 in the UK. Samsung continues to sell the previous Galaxy S22 models, albeit at a reduced cost.

At launch, UK pricing for the Galaxy S23 Ultra was…

  • £1,249 for 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM
  • £1,399 for 512GB of storage and 12GB of RAM
  • £1,599 for 1TB of storage and 12GB of RAM

Galaxy S23 Ultra is available in Green, Phantom Black (that’s just plain ol’ black to you and me), Lavender, and Cream. If you order from Samsung’s online store, you’ll have a choice of four additional colourways – Graphite, Sky Blue, Lime, and Red.

For a limited time, Samsung has supercharged its trade-in offers, offering up to £440 off the Galaxy S23 Ultra. The discount available depends on the make and model of your phone, of course. However, there is a guaranteed £150 off available with your Galaxy S23 Ultra purchase no matter what phone and what condition you trade-in to Samsung.

Helpfully, Samsung will discount the Galaxy S23 Ultra as soon as you pledge to trade-in an existing handset, but you won’t need to send off your current phone until after the new one has arrived in the post.

That means you’ll be able to transfer contacts, photos, games, apps and more, at your own convenience.

Best Samsung Galaxy S23 deals for Christmas

Samsung Ecosystem At Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2023

Samsung S23 Ultra (Image: Getty)

Christmas is almost here which means people are looking to upgrade their phones for the new year – and the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra might be one of the best Android phones to get.

There are some brilliant deals that you can pick up for the devices – some where you can get hundreds of pounds off the reccomended retail price.

As we mentioned above, Samsung is selling the S23 Ultra for £500 off if you want to trade your old smartphone. Samsung is also offering an extra 15 per cent off a new Samsung Galaxy Watch if you purchase the phone.

Laptops Direct has the cheaper phone without a discount for £1079 which is the cheapest we have found without any major discounts. 

If you’re looking for a good contract deal, one of the best deals we have found is from iD Mobile. There’s an upfront cost of £199 but for £29 afterwards, you get 250GB data, unlimited minutes and texts.

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