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Samsung unpacks S23 phones and Google-Qualcomm tie-up

Smartphone maker branches out into 'cross reality' to enhance mobile experience

Roh Tae-moon, the head of Samsung Electronics' mobile experience business, holds up new Galaxy S23 smartphones at a launch event in San Francisco on Feb. 1. (Photo courtesy of Samsung Electronics)

PALO ALTO, U.S./SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics unveiled its flagship Galaxy S23 smartphones alongside plans to collaborate with Google and Qualcomm in so-called cross reality, which combines virtual and augmented reality.

Roh Tae-moon, who heads the South Korean company's mobile experience business, introduced the new devices at the Unpacked launch gala held Wednesday local time in San Francisco -- the first such in-person event in three years. Like the current S22 series, the S23 phones come in three versions.

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