Samsung Galaxy S23 colors — here are your options

Samsung Galaxy S23 all four colors
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Picking which of the Samsung Galaxy S23 colors you want is probably the final choice you'll make when ordering the new phone, and it's a big one you'll want to get right.

Samsung's streamlined its color options somewhat this year, with the four basic colors on offer whether you pick a Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23 Plus or Galaxy S23 Ultra. But then if those aren't enough for you, there are a few extra options if you're prepared to buy your phone directly from Samsung.

While the leaks published prior to launch gave us a very good idea of what to expect on Galaxy Unpacked day, we now have the official details on the Samsung Galaxy S23 color options just in time for you to place your Galaxy S23 preorder. Read on for a run-down of what those are, and how they compare to previous years' choices.

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Samsung Galaxy S23 colors: The standard options

Samsung's offering four colors for the Galaxy S23 series, including the Plus and Ultra models. Those are, as seen on the Galaxy S23 Plus models below: Green, Phantom Black, Cream, and Lavender.

Galaxy S23 hands-on all four colors

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You can see these colors on the Galaxy S23 Ultra below too. Unlike previous years, there aren't unique hues for the Ultra model in the regular slate of color options.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra colors

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All the colors come with a matte finish, which looks premium and should mean minimal fingerprint marks after handling the phone.

One thing to look out for is which of these options are available with certain carriers and retailers. You may not be able to find all the colors everywhere the phone is available, so shop around if you need to.  

Samsung Galaxy S23 colors: Unique Samsung Store colors

As a sweetener to encourage you to buy your Galaxy S23 directly from its website, Samsung has some extra colors for the S23 series phones that you can't get anywhere else.

These four options are split across the models. The Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus are also available in Lime and Sky Blue, while the Galaxy S23 Ultra gets those two plus Graphite and Red added to its options.

Currently we don't have images of these colors, but check back soon if you want to see how these options look.

Samsung Galaxy S23 colors: What Samsung's done in the past

While we don't expect your buying decision to be influenced that much by color options, it's interesting to look back and see what previous Samsung phones offered in terms of color choices.

We've gathered up the different color options for the previous three Samsung flagship phone families, from the Galaxy S20 to the Galaxy S22. And you can see some vague consistency to what Samsung offers every year. (In the below chart, we've bolded color options that are exclusive to Samsung.com.)

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Row 0 - Cell 0 Standard Galaxy SGalaxy S PlusGalaxy S Ultra
Galaxy S22Phantom White, Phantom Black, Green, Pink Gold, Bora Purple, Graphite, Sky Blue, VioletPhantom White, Phantom Black, Green, Pink Gold, Graphite, Sky Blue, VioletPhantom White, Phantom Black, Green, Burgundy, Graphite, Sky Blue, Red
Galaxy S21Phantom Violet, Phantom Pink, Phantom White, Phantom GrayPhantom Black, Phantom Silver, Phantom Violet, Phantom Red, Phantom GoldPhantom Black, Phantom Silver, Phantom Navy, Phantom Titanium, Phantom Brown
Galaxy S20Cosmic Gray, Cloud Blue, Cloud PinkCloud Blue, Cosmic Gray, Cosmic BlackCosmic Black, Cosmic Gray

Samsung typically offers two to four different colors each year for its phones, often splitting the available options between the regular and Plus models and the Ultra models. Whether that'll continue now that the Galaxy S23 series has broken that tradition is unclear.

Samsung also broke precedent last year by adding an extra color partway through the Galaxy S22's lifespan, adding Bora Purple to the phone's slate of color choices. Perhaps in a few months' time, we'll see another color added to the Galaxy S23's colorway options. We hope, if that's the case, that Samsung offers it on the larger S23 phones too.

Richard Priday
Senior Writer

Richard is a Tom's Guide senior writer based in London, covering news, reviews and how-tos for phones, tablets, gaming, and whatever else people need advice on. Following on from his MA in Magazine Journalism at the University of Sheffield, he's also written for WIRED U.K., The Register and Creative Bloq. When not at work, he's likely thinking about how to brew the perfect cup of specialty coffee.