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All The Rumors About The Samsung Galaxy S23 So Far

What Samsung might include in the Galaxy S flagship next year

The Galaxy S23 will have to fill some big shoes when it arrives, but we’re confident that Samsung can do it with its new flagship phones.

The Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus felt iterative rather than innovative among this year’s releases, but the Galaxy S22 Ultra did not, bringing the Galaxy Note back to life.

The Galaxy S23 rumor mill is just getting started, but we wanted to share what’s out there as well as what we’d like to see. So far, here’s what we know about the Galaxy S23, as well as our wishlist.

While we wait for the next Samsung model, compare the Galaxy S23 to the iPhone 14 preview to see how Samsung can differentiate itself from its new flagship. Also, check out our Samsung coupon codes for discounts on current Samsung products.

The most recent Samsung Galaxy S23 news (updated October 12)

  • The battery in the Galaxy S23 Ultra may not differ from that in the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
  • Renders of the Galaxy S23 Ultra appear to be accurate, but they may not be.
  • See our Galaxy S23 vs iPhone 14 preview to see which flagship phone will win.
  • The color options for the Galaxy S23 may have been revealed as a result of this leak.

The possible release date for the Samsung Galaxy S23

The Galaxy S22 was released in February, so we can expect the Galaxy S23 to follow suit. The Galaxy S21 series was released in January 2021, but Samsung needed to make room for the Galaxy S21 FE, so the S22’s release date was likely pushed back. Of course, no Galaxy S22 FE is likely in the works at Samsung, so the S23 rollout plans may be unaffected.

If you want proof that the Galaxy S23 Plus will be released in February 2023, a battery for a phone matching the description appeared for certification with a South Korean agency in early September. The timing corresponds to the S22 rollout, implying that a February 2023 launch is on track.

We’ve only recently learned that Samsung may be aiming for a mid-January release date for the S23. According to sources, this will hopefully prevent users from upgrading to non-Samsung phones right after the new year.

In any case, the Galaxy S23 is expected to arrive in early 2023. Phone release dates are fairly predictable these days. We don’t expect Samsung to deviate from this trend, even though the coronavirus pandemic and chip shortages have resulted in some delayed phone launches in recent memory.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Design

In terms of design, the Galaxy S23 lineup may be inspired by the Galaxy S22, with the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, in particular, looking strikingly similar to its predecessor. According to Ice Universe, the smartphone will measure 6.43 x 3.07 x 0.35 inches, which is a minor increase over the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s 6.42 x 3.06 x 0.35 inches. That’s despite rumors of a new camera on the way, which could result in a larger camera module and, as a result, a thicker overall phone.

Ice Universe has taken a closer look since the original rumor and believes that the reason the phone is getting thicker is that Samsung may be increasing the bezel thickness of the Galaxy S23. We don’t know why the bezel thickness would possibly increase — it could be a move to increase durability — so that is something to keep an eye on as the phone approaches release.

Do you want to know what these rumors mean for the actual design of the S23 Ultra? Leaked Galaxy S23 Ultra renders reveal the upcoming flagship’s potential design. We see a black phone that looks a lot like the Galaxy S22 Ultra that came before it, though Ice Universe (opens in a new tab) has stated that there may be some differences between these renders and the final product.

However, another leak from Ice Universe (opens in new tab) claims that the Samsung Galaxy S23 series will feel very similar to the previous S22 series and that this will be the case for all phones released by Samsung in early 2023. Everything about the phones, from their dimensions to their screen sizes, is nearly identical to their predecessor models. The Galaxy S23 will have a 6.1-inch 1080×2340 display, the Galaxy S23 Plus will have a 6.6-inch 1080×2340 display, and the S23 Ultra will have a 6.8-inch 1440×3088 screen, according to the leak. In comparison, the Galaxy S22, S22 Plus, and S22 Ultra currently offer this.

However, Ice Universe identified the display as one of the only differences between the Galaxy S23 Ultra and the S22 Ultra. He didn’t say how, but we’d guess it’ll be something minor, like improved power efficiency or brightness, rather than a higher refresh rate or new resolution.

While the front of the phones remains unchanged, the Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus may appear different when turned over. According to new renders based on OnLeaks leaks, the phones will have individually-embedded camera sensors, similar to the S22 Ultra. Furthermore, a newly leaked case designed for the Galaxy S23 appears to support it.

It appears that we will have at least four color options. These are expected to be beige, black, green, and light pink, and will be available on all three S23 models.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Cameras

Several rumors claim that the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra will have a 200MP camera, which would significantly upgrade over the 108MP camera found on the Galaxy S22 Ultra.

This camera rumor has recently gained traction; however, another leak suggests that it may not be the second-generation ISOCELL HP3 sensor that Samsung opts for after all, but the older ISOCELL HP1.

However, according to a recent tip, the Galaxy S23 Ultra will get a 200MP camera in the form of an unreleased sensor from Samsung, later identified as the ISOCELL HP2, which will outperform the company’s existing HP1 and HP3 200MP sensors.

This could bode well for Samsung’s next flagship phone. The HP3 sensor from Samsung is a mid-range sensor, while the HP1 sensor from Motorola is expected to debut on the X30 Pro or the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra. Samsung may have another sensor planned for its flagship to outperform its competitors.

If you’re curious about what this sensor is capable of, Samsung has shared a video of the 200MP HP1 camera sensor in action, taking a photo of a cat and then blowing it up to fit a 28 x 22-meter canvas hung off the side of a building. It’s difficult to tell for certain in a YouTube video and not in person, but the image appeared to be impressive. Individual cat hairs appear to be picked out in the details.

Due to their lower megapixel counts, even the cameras on some of the best phones can struggle with this. According to Samsung’s video, a 200MP main camera could be the key to getting more out of Galaxy phone photography.

One leak revealed more information about the rumored 200MP camera on the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, implying that the phone could compete with the iPhone 14 Pro. Ice Universe has tweeted that the phone will have a 200MP camera with 0.6m pixels, as well as a larger aperture of f/1.7 for capturing more light. This indicates a nearly insignificant increase in camera sensor size over the S22 Ultra, but it is slightly larger than the iPhone 14 Pro’s 48MP camera sensor.

According to GalaxyClub, the Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus will have a 12MP front-facing camera. That would be the first selfie resolution upgrade for either model since the release of the Samsung Galaxy S10 in 2019.

It’s unclear what other upgrades might be involved, or whether this rumor is true. Still, with the Galaxy S22 Ultra sporting a 40MP front camera, it’s about time Samsung upgraded the two cheaper models.

There will be no changes to the telephoto and ultrawide cameras. According to GalaxyClub’s sources, the Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus will use a 10MP telephoto camera, similar to the S22 and S22 Plus, and the Galaxy S23 Ultra will retain its 10MP 10x optical zoom camera. This does not rule out other possible changes to the zoom cameras, but it appears unlikely that nothing will change if the resolution sensor remains the same.

In terms of ultrawide, GalaxyClub claims that the S23 and S23 Plus will retain 12MP sensors. There’s no word on the S23 Ultra’s ultrawide camera, which we expect to remain unchanged.

Samsung Galaxy S23 processor

So far, we’ve only heard contradictory reports about the Galaxy S23’s processor. Initially, a tipster claimed that Samsung would use a MediaTek chip in some Galaxy S23 units, but this has since been debunked. Then it appeared that Samsung would halt production of its Exynos chips to focus on a new Galaxy-only chipset due in 2025. Qualcomm appears to have confirmed that it will exclusively supply Snapdragon silicon to the Galaxy S23 lineup this summer.

You can see why Samsung would want to improve the Exynos chipset after including it in some previous Galaxy S models. Typically, Samsung flagships powered by the Exynos system-on-chip lag behind Snapdragon-powered models — and our Galaxy S22 benchmark testing confirmed this.

However, Ice Universe reports that there is internal debate about whether the Galaxy S23 will be powered solely by Qualcomm. This could indicate an Exynos resurgence, with the Exynos 2300 used in some models.

Other rumors about the Samsung Galaxy S23

In terms of battery, the Samsung S23 Ultra is expected to have the same 5,000 mAh battery as the S22 Ultra (according to multiple sources). The rumored Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip that could be seen in the phone could go a long way toward helping, with a boost to power-management features.

The Galaxy S23 base model is expected to get a slight battery boost. According to one report (opens in new tab), the phone’s battery capacity could increase by 5% over the Galaxy S22. Meanwhile, the S23 Plus’s battery capacity may be increased to 4,700 mAh from the S22 Plus’s 4,500 mAh.

According to leaker Ice Universe, the Galaxy S23 may have the same 25W charging speed as the Galaxy S22. The Galaxy S23 Plus and S23 Ultra have yet to be announced, but the S22 versions of those phones support 45W charging. It appears that Samsung will maintain the distinction between the base model and the more expensive versions.

The only other thing we’ve heard is that Samsung may internally refer to the Galaxy S23 as “Project Diamond.” Previously, some thought this codename referred to a third foldable, but according to DSCC analyst Ross Young, this is not the case.

What we want to see from the Samsung Galaxy S23

Because Samsung has a long time to finalize some Galaxy S23 details, here’s what we’re hoping to see.

Increased battery life

In a word, the battery life on all three Galaxy S22 models is disappointing. In battery life test, even the Galaxy S22 Ultra with its 5,000 mAh battery couldn’t outlast phones like the OnePlus 10 Pro or iPhone 13 Pro Max. The mid-range Galaxy A53’s battery life is also subpar.

Samsung may be competing with the OnePlus 11 Pro, which may also be released in 2023, and thus needs to improve its battery life. The decision to reduce the power packs from the Galaxy S21 to the Galaxy S22 (3,700 mAh versus 4,000 mAh) and Galaxy S22 (4,500 mAh versus 4,800 mAh) was a poor one that harmed both phones in testing.

Improved cooling

It’s no secret that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip is extremely hot. This causes throttling issues, particularly in intense games. Samsung was also caught intentionally throttling some apps to maintain system performance. While some saw the move as shady, if not downright heinous, it did prove one point: the Galaxy S22 needed better cooling.

In my experience, the OnePlus 10 Pro has a new cooling system that makes the phone noticeably more comfortable after long gaming sessions than the Galaxy S22 Ultra. We’re not expecting anything on par with the best gaming phones, but the S22 can get extremely hot. We’d like to see the Galaxy S23 address this issue.

Exynos or Snapdragon or better

We’re all for ending Qualcomm’s near-monopoly on Android phones in certain parts of the world. Snapdragon chips are used in the best Android phones that perform the best. While Apple’s silicon remains far superior in some ways, Samsung’s Exynos processors trail Qualcomm in many others.

We all had high hopes for the flagship Exynos 2200, which featured AMD-powered graphics, but the chip ultimately disappointed. Samsung must either figure out why Exynos chips lag behind Snapdragons or abandon the Exynos platform entirely.

Continuous zoom

One issue with telephoto lenses on smartphones is that you can only use the full optical zoom or use digital to fill in the gaps. Rumors surrounding the Galaxy S22 Ultra suggested that Samsung would introduce continuous zoom, where the phone could smoothly go from 1x to 10x and all points in between.

We’d like to see Samsung include this on all three Galaxy S23 models, though we suspect it’ll be an Ultra-only feature if it ever becomes available.

Improved model differentiation

Let’s be honest: the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus are pretty dull. They have a similar appearance to their predecessors, with few new features. The most significant change was improved “nightography” for low-light photos, but all of Samsung’s efforts were directed toward the most expensive Galaxy.

While this is understandable, we’d like to see something more than iterative upgrades for the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23. Whether it’s a new design, better cameras, or display refresh rates that drop to 10Hz — because the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus did feature a minimum of 48Hz rather than the 10Hz Samsung initially advertised.

We just don’t want to be bored by the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus. The Galaxy S23 Ultra, on the other hand, should be anything but dull. According to Samsung executive Roh Tae-moon, the Ultra will return for the S23 lineup and will not be phased out anytime soon.

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