Not a defect: Samsung clarifies on Galaxy S23 Ultra screen blemish issue

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is one of the most expensive flagship phones that you can buy today.

  • Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra buyers have reported about a dampened area on the screen
  • The company has now attempted to assure users by saying it is not a defect
  • The smartphone is priced onward of Rs 1,24,999 in India

After a host of user reports citing a screen blemish on Samsung’s newest, most expensive flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S23 Ultra, Samsung has come out in defence of its premium smartphone. In a tweeted response, the company has now seemed to suggest that the ‘blemish’ that users are seeing on the phone is, in fact, not a defect — but a factor of its manufacturing process. The update comes within the first month of the smartphone being unveiled globally, and could well become a bone of contention for the Korean electronics major.

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What the screen blemish on Galaxy S23 Ultra is, and what you can do

The screen blemish in question becomes visible only if you shine a very bright light source on the smartphone. In this case, a dampened circle, or a blemish, can be seen beneath the top glass layer of the Galaxy S23 Ultra display. This led to concerned users flagging the error, and soon, it turned out that these blemishes were not isolated incidents but is there in many devices.

Samsung has now attempted to alleviate concerns by saying that the blemish is a factor of the company’s screen lamination process — a manufacturing technique where all the layers of the smartphone’s screen are bound together, to ensure that there are no air gaps between them. As a result of the tight display ‘packing’ process, the blemish is a bystanding factor, and cannot be undone. Samsung also added that this does not mean that the phones are faulty, and the display should work fine and the blemish should not affect the usage of the Galaxy S23 Ultra in any way.

It now remains to be seen how users react to this. The Galaxy S23 Ultra costs a whopping Rs 1.25 lakh (starting price) in India, and having a bump on the display is the last thing that you would expect when you pay so much for a phone — manufacturing process or otherwise.

Key Specs

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 | 12 GBProcessor
6.8 inches (17.27 cm) Display
200 MP + 12 MP + 10 MP + 10 MPRear camera
12 MPSelfie camera
5000 mAh Battery
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Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra 5G Price
Rs. 124,999
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Expert Rating4/5



  • Lovely display
  • Excellent cameras
  • Solid performance & battery life
  • S Pen is still unmatched


  • Pricey
  • Large and heavy
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