It appears that the Galaxy S23 Ultra will receive significant upgrades.
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra will be the crown jewel of the Galaxy S23 series, which is set to debut in mid-January 2023. While the entire series will be updated, all eyes will be on the S23 Ultra this time because it may receive significant upgrades over the other models.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra received a significant upgrade and is now one of the best phones available. It combined the previous models’ camera array while retaining the signature Note design and a built-in stylus. The S23 Ultra is expected to improve on this with a rumored 200MP camera, a new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip for increased performance and power efficiency, and some minor design changes.
Now that the iPhone 14 Pro and Google Pixel 7 Pro have arrived, we’ll have to wait and see what Samsung’s next top flagship brings to the table to compete. Here are the most recent Galaxy S23 Ultra rumors, as well as more information on how Samsung intends to improve on an already excellent device.
The camera on the Galaxy S23 Ultra is 200MP
One of the most persistent rumors about the Galaxy S23 Ultra is that it will have a 200MP camera lens.
Samsung produces some of the best camera phones available. The camera on the previous S22 Ultra was 108MP. However, the new S23 Ultra’s main camera will reportedly be capable of taking 200MP or 12.5MP photos, rather than the 50MP that other phones using this sensor are capable of.
With a process known as “pixel binning,” Samsung will be able to produce 12.5MP photos from the high-megapixel camera. This combines adjacent pixels into “super pixels” to produce a brighter image at a lower resolution.
There should still be four cameras on the back. While the main sensor has been the subject of speculation, the others are expected to remain unchanged. The dual 10MP telephoto cameras will likely have the same 3x and 10x optical magnification as the single 10MP telephoto camera.
According to rumors, Samsung will focus its marketing efforts on the massive 200MP camera. The Xiaomi 12T Pro, Motorola Edge 30 Ultra, and X30 Pro are the only other phones with a 200MP lens.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 in the Galaxy S23 Ultra
According to rumors, the Galaxy S23 Ultra will be powered by a new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip in the United States. The Exynos 2300 version may be available in the UK and other markets. However, there is some confusion here because contrary reports claim that Qualcomm will supply Snapdragon chips for S23 models all over the world.
We hope the second scenario is correct, because leaked Samsung Galaxy S23 benchmarks show the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip performing admirably so far.
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We don’t know which model of the S23 series the benchmark refers to, but it mentions a model with 8GB of RAM, which should be standard on all models, including the S23 Ultra. The above Geekbench 5 test results beat the iPhone 14 on multi-core but not the iPhone 14 Pro with the new A16 Bionic chip.
However, there is still room for the S23 Ultra to outperform.
No changes to the battery or charging speed on the Galaxy S23 Ultra
This is one area where the S23 Ultra is not expected to receive a significant upgrade. The flagship phone is expected to have the same 5,000mAh battery as the S22 Ultra, according to two reliable leakers (GalaxyClub and Ice Universe).
Hopefully, Samsung will be able to get more battery life out of the S23 Ultra by capitalizing on any new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip efficiencies.
Another S23 Ultra rumor claims that the charging speed of the S23 Ultra will remain unchanged. This means it will have the same 45W maximum power output as the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
This could be bad news because competitors such as OnePlus now include 65W fast charging with their flagships. In our testing of the S22 Ultra, we discovered that the 45W charger charges the phone to 67% in half an hour, which is adequate but not exceptional. It is still fast enough to outperform the iPhone 14 Pro and Pixel 7 Pro.
Design of the Galaxy S23 Ultra
We’re hearing that the Galaxy S23 Ultra will have a nearly identical design to the S22 Ultra. That is not to say that there will be no changes to the S23 Ultra. It is said to be slightly longer, wider, and heavier than the S22 Ultra, but only by a few millimeters and a fraction of an ounce, so it may not be noticeable.
According to Ice Universe, the phone may be slightly heavier due to the enlarged metal frame of the Galaxy S23 Ultra. An earlier rumor from the same source claimed that the phone’s camera lenses would have thicker metal surrounds.
Overall, it appears that the design will not change much this time. According to recently leaked cases, the only visible difference is that the outline around the camera cutouts has changed from a P shape to a rounded rectangle.
New colors for the Galaxy S23 Ultra
According to one leak, the S23 Ultra will be available in beige, black, green, and light pink. The colors should be available on all S23 models, not just the Ultra. This year, Samsung reserved one special color (Burgundy) for its S22 Ultra model, and we’ll have to wait and see if it does so again this year.
Aside from Burgundy, the S22 Ultra was available in Phantom White, Phantom Black, and Green.
Like Google with its Pixel 7 series, it appears that Samsung will focus on refinements rather than major upgrades for its top flagship.
The rumored new 200MP camera appears to be the sole exception. The Pixel 7 Pro has a 50MP camera, while the iPhone 14 Pro has a 48MP camera. Both companies increased the number of megapixels available on their previous phones, but not by as much as Samsung is reportedly planning to do with the S23 Ultra. Along with the megapixel increase, we’ll have to wait and see what new photography tricks Samsung brings to the table.
We haven’t heard anything about the S23 Ultra’s price yet. If it does cost $1,200, as the S22 Ultra did, it will be one of the most expensive phones on the market, and we will have to see how it compares to other flagships in our in-depth testing.