Are the Samsung Galaxy S23 colors really lavender and green?

My unofficial beat at Mashable is complaining about Apple’s phone colors. The “deep purple” iPhone wasn’t purple enough for me, and I am still waiting for the hot pink Barbie iPhone of my dreams.

Today, Samsung entered the ring. Leaks of its new Samsung Galaxy S23 line speculated about four new colors:(Opens in a new window) Phantom Black, Botanic Green, Cotton Flower, and Misty Lilac. And those the are the kind of names that come to play. Just by reading them, I have a pretty good idea of what they look like. Plus, they make me feel valued as a consumer because I know someone took at least one minute to think about what to call them.

The four Samsung Galaxy S23s in a row: Green, Lavander, Phantom Black, and Cream

The Galaxy S23 lineup: Green, Lavender, Phantom Black, and Cream
Credit: Samsung

It turns out I trust too easily because today Samsung released the official color names and they are Phantom Black, Cream, Green, and Lavender. I may not be a color expert, but I am a color enthusiast, and I have feedback.

The Phantom Black and Cream are accurate enough, but Lavender and Green have it coming.

Let’s look at the “lavender” first, which more of a pink than a purple and more of a lilac than a lavender (lilac flowers are softer and more pink(Opens in a new window) than lavender flowers which are more of a true purple). I tried to match Pantone colors to the official photo of the S23 and found that, at its lightest, Samsung’s idea of “Lavender” a bit grey. At its darkest, it’s what Pantone calls “Orchid Ice.” Samsung, I cannot accept this.

The Samsung Galaxy S23 in Lavender which is really more of a very, very light pink-purple. Next to it are the pantone swatches for matching colors 9340 U and Orchid Ice

Lavender has basically been iced out of this shade.
Credit: Mashable composite: Samsung

“Green” is way, way too broad a color category. And remarkably, even though the color green applies to a least a hundred shades, it barely applies to this one. Grey? Charcoal? Maybe. The Pantone color I found to match the top is called “Sedona Sage,” which I think is a stretch but would be a major upgrade from “green.” Someone at Samsung was dead asleep at the wheel during this conference call. Another L for Samsung.

The Samsung Galaxy S23 in Green which is really more of a grey. Next to it are the pantone swatches for a matching colors Sedona Sage and 446 CP.

Sage schmage. That’s grey.
Credit: Mashable composite: Samsung

I’m picky about color but I have numbers on my side. A Forbes headline(Opens in a new window) read “The Samsung Galaxy S23 Series is gorgeous, despite its muted colors” and a Twitter user racked up more than 3,500 likes bemoaning Samsung’s perception of color and lame names. Well, there’s always next year.

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