5 Hidden features in the Samsung Galaxy S23

The highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S23 series is here. With powerful upgrades to the camera, processor, battery life and more, the S23, S23+ and S23 Ultra are set to be Samsung’s best smartphones yet. 

Beyond the headline features, there are also some clever hidden functionalities built into these Android flagships. Read on as we highlight 5 awesome tips and tricks to try out on your new Samsung Galaxy S23 when you get it in Kenya.

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1. Activate One-Handed Mode

The Samsung Galaxy S23 and S23+ have expansive 6.1-inch and 6.6-inch displays, while the S23 Ultra tops out at a mammoth 6.8 inches. These can be difficult to use with just one hand. 

Fortunately, Samsung provides a one-handed operation mode. Go to Settings > Advanced Features > One-Handed Mode and toggle it on. You can now swipe down diagonally from either bottom corner to shrink the screen for easier one-thumb use.

2. Shoot Pro-Level Shots with Expert RAW

The S23 series introduces customised image sensors and upgraded camera lenses. Expert RAW mode lets you max out this hardware and have full control over photos like a DSLR.

Open the Camera app and select More > Expert RAW. You can manually adjust settings like ISO, shutter speed, white balance, and focus before shooting RAW images. The results are amazing.

3. Enable Interactive Live Transcribe

Live Transcribe provides real-time subtitles for speech. Turn it on via Settings > Accessibility > Interaction and dexterity > Live Transcribe. Tap the floating icon to transcribe conversations and media. 

It now works in calls too. The S23’s upgraded AI distinguishes speech and provides interactive transcripts. This boosts accessibility.

4. Use Private Share to Securely Send Files

Private Share allows you to control access to files you send. Images, videos and documents remain encrypted and can only be viewed once by the recipient before expiring.

Open the Samsung Gallery app and tap the three-dot menu when viewing a file. Choose Private Share to set expiration time and password protection. The file can’t be leaked or redistributed.

5. Translate Languages in Real Time

The Samsung Galaxy S23 series takes Samsung’s live translation features to the next level thanks to upgraded on-device AI. 

Point your camera at foreign text or speak into the Translate app to convert between over 90 languages. An Interpreter mode also instantly translates conversations in real time. This is a hugely powerful tool when traveling or doing business in Kenya.

Experience the S23’s Flagship Experience to the Fullest

The Samsung Galaxy S23 range comes packed with meaningful upgrades not only to hardware like the camera, processor, and battery life but also software enhancements through One UI 5 based on Android 13.

With this guide to hidden functionalities like one-handed mode, Expert RAW, live transcribe, Private Share, and live translations, you can truly experience everything that makes the S23 series special once you get your hands on it in Kenya. Keep an eye out for local preorder and availability details.

FAQs on Hidden Galaxy S23 Features for Kenyan Users

1. How can I get one-handed mode on my Galaxy S23?

Go to Settings > Advanced Features > One-Handed Mode and toggle it on. You can then swipe down diagonally from the bottom corners to shrink the screen. 

2. Does the S23 have a pro camera mode? 

Yes, Expert RAW lets you manually control professional settings like ISO, shutter speed, white balance, focus and shoot in RAW format.

3. How do I enable live transcribe on the S23?

Turn on Live Transcribe from Settings > Accessibility > Interaction and dexterity. Tap the icon to transcribe speech and media.

4. Can the S23 translate foreign languages in real-time?

Yes, the Translate app leverages on-device AI to translate over 90 languages. Enable Interpreter mode for real-time conversation translations.

5. How do I securely share files from my Galaxy S23? 

Use Private Share in the Gallery app to encrypt images, videos, documents and control viewing access with passwords and expiration limits.

6. What version of Android does the Galaxy S23 use?

The S23 series comes with Android 13 and Samsung’s One UI 5.1 software layer which has customized upgrades.

7. Does the S23 have a microSD card slot?

Unfortunately no. Like recent Galaxy S models, the Samsung Galaxy S23 range does not support expandable storage via microSD cards.

8. Can I use the S Pen on the Galaxy S23?

Only the S23 Ultra supports the S Pen since it has a slot built into the chassis. The S23 and S23 Plus don’t have S Pen functionality.

9. Does the Samsung Galaxy S23 have a headphone jack? 

No, Samsung has removed the 3.5mm headphone jack on the S23 series. You’ll need wireless or USB-C headphones.

10. What colors is the Galaxy S23 available in?

Colors will vary by model but the range includes Phantom Black, Cream, Green, and Lilac. Some shades are exclusive to the S23 Ultra.

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