Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Smartphones are too far in the rearview mirror, and we’re already bogged down in rumors about the Galaxy S23. So far, Samsung’s next-gen flagship smartphone looks like it’ll mostly be an iterative update of its predecessor. The most notable upgrades appear to be centered on the camera, which could offer impressive 200MP photos.
Here’s everything we know so far about the Galaxy S23.
WHAT WILL THE GALAXY S23 LOOK LIKE?
It doesn’t look like Samsung will stray too far from its established Galaxy design with the upcoming flagship. Unofficial renderings left, courtesy of @OnLeaks and SmartPrix, the Galaxy S23 Ultra will look similar to its predecessor. The reputable leaker pointed out some small differences between the bezels, which look slightly smaller on the Galaxy S23 Ultra.
Otherwise, the next-gen smartphone might look almost identical to the existing Galaxy S22 models with similar display dimensions.
WHAT CHIPSET WILL THE GALAXY S23 USE?
This emerges from a report by the South Korean news site Naver, Samsung plans to create a specially assembled team that will develop chipsets for Galaxy smartphones. However, that team won’t be ready anytime soon, meaning Samsung will likely use Snapdragon chips for the Galaxy S23 and likely S24 models. Qualcomm, the maker of Snapdragon chips, also issued a press release saying the two companies will collaborate on products through 2030. This all suggests that Samsung is using Qualcomm’s latest smartphone chip, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, for the Galaxy S23.
This is a win-win for consumers, as Snapdragon chips are known to perform better than Samsung’s own Exynos chipsets, which are only offered in certain regions. Later, Samsung’s chipset team could hopefully develop their own silicon that performs better in its Galaxy smartphones.
WILL THE GALAXY S23 HAVE BETTER BATTERY LIFE?
It looks like Samsung will stick with the same 5,000mAh battery for the Galaxy S23 Ultra, the serial leak noted ice universe. That means the next-gen smartphone will use the same battery as the Galaxy S22 Ultra and older S21 Ultra.
If Samsung ends up powering the Galaxy S23s with Snapdragon’s latest chipset, that could mean more processing power, but also improved power efficiency that could extend battery life. Hopefully the new chipset will be enough to get more mileage out of the existing battery. Another rumor out Thelec.kr points out that the base model S23 and the version S23+ may receive a slight increase in battery capacity.
WILL THE GALAXY S23 HAVE A BETTER CAMERA?
We expect the Galaxy S23 Ultra camera to be the most notable upgrade compared to its predecessor. Samsung unveiled its 200-megapixel camera sensor back in June, adding that it’s expected to go into production later this year. We’re not sure which smartphones will use the Isocell HP3 sensor, but it makes a lot of sense for the Galaxy S23 Ultra.
ice universe leaked that the Galaxy S23 Ultra will have a 200-megapixel option, which will come with a whopping 12,240 x 16,320 resolution. The leaks also found will feature a 50-megapixel sensor with a resolution of 6,120 x 8,160 and a standard sensor with a resolution of 3,000 x 4,000. The Galaxy S23 Ultra’s camera is also expected to open to f/1.7, just a hair wider than the previous generation’s f/1.8. With such high-resolution photos, you might be inclined to go for the Galaxy S23 model with more internal storage.
Ice Universe also shared several image samples comparing the 200MP performance of the Galaxy S23 Ultra to the existing S22 Ultra as well as the Pixel 7 Pro. There’s a definite improvement in both examples, but it’s hard to tell how much of that is AI processing versus an actual difference in resolution and megapixel count. Still, it’s undoubtedly an impressive increase in quality.
WHEN WILL THE GALAXY S23 COME OUT?
There haven’t been many leaks about a release date, but we suspect Samsung is following its pattern of an early 2023 release. There are reports claiming that Samsung will announce the Galaxy S23 in the first week of February 2023. The report also claims that Samsung will hold an in-person media briefing in San Francisco for its next smartphone, which would be its first in-person event in several years.
WHAT COLORS COME IN WITH THE GALAXY S23?
Samsung may change color palettes for its Galaxy S23 models. According to series tipster Ross Young, the next generation smartphone will be available in beige, black, green and light pink colors. That’s far fewer than the available colors for the Galaxy S22, which includes bright, colorful options like burgundy, graphite, violet, and sky blue. However, Samsung could also again offer exclusive colors for each of the Galaxy S23 models, such as the basic, plus and ultra variants.
HOW MUCH DOES THE GALAXY S23 COST?
We haven’t heard much about pricing details, which could mean Samsung plans to stick with the existing pricing structure. For reference, the Galaxy S22 base model starts at $799.99, while the Galaxy S22+ starts at $999.99. The high-end Galaxy S22 Ultra costs at least $1,199.99.
Since the Galaxy S23 doesn’t seem like a huge upgrade aside from the 200MP camera, it would make sense for Samsung to keep prices the same.