Given how successfully Samsung’s prior flagship phones fared, the Samsung Galaxy S23 will have some large shoes to fill when it launches next year. But we believe Samsung is up to the task as it prepares to deliver the next major phone.
Among the most recent revisions to the Galaxy S range, the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus seemed more incremental than revolutionary — but the Galaxy S22 Ultra had no such issue, resurrecting the Galaxy Note.
The Galaxy S23 rumor mill is in full gear, so we wanted to highlight what’s out there as well as what we’d want to see from the next Samsung flagship. Here’s everything you need to know about the Galaxy S23 before it arrives.
The most recent Samsung Galaxy S23 news (updated November 29)
- The Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus will be available in early February, according to FCC listings, and will have larger batteries.
- The Samsung Galaxy S23 series, like the iPhone 14, could communicate via satellite.
- The fingerprint reader on the whole Samsung Galaxy S23 family might be improved.
The possible release date for the Samsung Galaxy S23
The Galaxy S22 was released in February, so we may anticipate the Samsung Galaxy S23 to follow suit. The Galaxy S21 series was released in January 2021, however, Samsung needed to create a place for the Galaxy S21 FE, therefore the S22’s release date was likely pushed back. Of course, no Galaxy S22 FE is likely in the works at Samsung, thus the S23 rollout plans may be unaffected.
If you want proof that the Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus will be released in February 2023, a battery for a phone matching the specifications appeared for certification with a South Korean agency in early September. The date corresponds to the S22 deployment, implying that a February 2023 launch is on track.
Samsung Galaxy S23 design
In terms of appearance, the Samsung Galaxy S23 series may adopt the Galaxy S22’s aesthetic, with the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, in particular, appearing extremely similar to its predecessor. A tip from a leaker Ice Universe has placed the smartphone’s dimensions as 6.43 x 3.07 x 0.35 inches, which is a small increase over the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s 6.42 x 3.06 x 0.35 inches. That’s despite a new camera tip, which has been suggested as one way we may end up with a bigger camera module and hence a thicker overall phone.
Ice Universe has taken a deeper look since the first report and believes that the reason the phone is becoming thicker is that Samsung may be increasing the bezel thickness of the Samsung Galaxy S23. We don’t know why the bezel thickness may possibly rise — it could be an effort to boost durability — so that is something we’ll want to keep an eye on as the phone approaches launch.
Do you want to know what these rumors indicate for the real design of the S23 Ultra? Leaked Galaxy S23 Ultra renderings reveal the future flagship’s probable design. We see a black phone that looks like the Galaxy S22 Ultra that came before it, albeit Ice Universe is different.
However, according to another Ice Universe leak, the Samsung Galaxy S23 series will feel remarkably similar to the previous S22 series, and this is expected to be the case for all phones released by Samsung in early 2023. Everything about the phones, from their dimensions to their screen sizes, is essentially identical to their preceding generations. According to the source, the Galaxy S23 would have a 6.1-inch 1080×2340 display.
Wondering what these speculations could entail for the S23 Ultra’s true look? Leaked Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra renderings show the future flagship’s probable design. We saw a black phone that shares a close similarity to the Galaxy S22 Ultra that came before it, however Ice Universe
But that’s expected to be the case for all the phones Samsung launches in early 2023, based on another report from Ice Universe \s, which believes that the Samsung Galaxy S23 series will feel remarkably similar to the preceding S22 series. Right from the phones’ dimensions to the screen size, are all practically comparable to their prior versions. According to the rumor, the Samsung Galaxy S23 would sport a 6.1-inch 1080×2340 display, the Galaxy S23
The S23 Plus features a 6.6-inch 1080×2340 display, while the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra has a 6.8-inch 1440×3088 screen. In comparison, the Galaxy S22, S22 Plus, and S22 Ultra presently provide this. One potential change for the Ultra is an increase in weight owing to additional metal pieces.
However, Ice Universe identified the display as one of the only differences between the Galaxy S23 Ultra and the S22 Ultra. He didn’t indicate how, but we’d guess it’ll be something simple, like improved battery efficiency or brightness, rather than a greater refresh rate or new resolution.
We do have a tip about one possible feature improvement for the S23 display. The whole S23 family, according to Twitter leaker RG cloud, might get an enhanced fingerprint reader. This is the most recent Qualcomm 3D Sonic Max fingerprint reader, which has a footprint 17 times bigger than Samsung’s existing in-display fingerprint scanners. It can even scan numerous fingerprints at the same time.
While the front of the phones remains unchanged, the Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus may seem different when turned over. According to new renderings based on OnLeaks leaks, the phones will include individually-embedded camera sensors, similar to the S22 Ultra. Furthermore, newly leaked covers for all three Galaxy S23 variants appear to support the renderings.
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 versions.
Cameras for the Samsung Galaxy S23
Several speculations say that the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra will include a 200MP camera, which would be a significant upgrade above the 108MP camera seen on the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
This camera speculation 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 new report, the Galaxy S23 Ultra would receive a 200MP camera in the form of an unannounced sensor from Samsung, later identified as the ISOCELL HP2.
which will outperform the company’s current HP1 and HP3 200MP sensors
This might bode well for Samsung’s future flagship phone. The HP3 sensor from Samsung is a mid-range sensor, while the HP1 sensor from Motorola is slated to debut on the X30 Pro or the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra. Samsung may have another sensor planned for its own flagship in order to outperform its competitors.
Due to their lower megapixel counts, even the cameras on some of the greatest phones might suffer from this. According to Samsung’s video, a 200 MP primary camera might be the key to getting more out of Galaxy phone photography.
One leak revealed further information about the supposed 200MP camera on the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, implying that the phone might compete with the iPhone 14 Pro.
Ice Universe has tweeted that the phone would include a 200MP camera with 0.6m pixels, as well as a wider aperture of f/1.7 for collecting more light. This shows an almost minor increase in camera sensor size over the S22 Ultra, although it is supposedly somewhat larger than the iPhone 14 Pro’s 48MP camera sensor.
Ice Universe originally said that this camera will be capable of 12.5MP and full 200MP resolution photos, but not 50MP. He’s subsequently corrected this, owing to what looks to be a screen capture of a 50MP button on the Samsung camera app. According to IU, the S23 Ultra’s 200 MP primary camera may be far better than expected in taking low-light images.
In fact, Ice Universe believes that the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra 200MP camera will be the largest breakthrough in photography in 5 years. The high praise is directed especially at the night mode, which can reportedly be “in an area with nearly no light, the S23 Ultra’s 5 seconds shooting is considerably better than the S22 Ultra’s 6 seconds, not only brighter but also greatly enhanced in image quality.” Ice Universe claims to have seen the 200MP camera in operation and believes it is superior to existing 200MP cameras.
around. It may, however, fall short of the Google Pixel 7 Pro, which appears to have greater HDR capability to boost its highlights and shadows.
Another report from GalaxyClub suggests that the Samsung Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus will both include a 12MP front camera, with a second rumor claiming that the S23 Ultra would also have this camera. That would be the first selfie resolution improvement for either model since the release of the Samsung Galaxy S10 in 2019.
It’s unclear what further enhancements could be involved, or whether this claim is true. Still, with the Galaxy S22 Ultra sporting a 40 MP front camera, it’s about time Samsung upgraded the two cheaper variants.
There will be no modifications to the telephoto and ultrawide cameras. According to GalaxyClub’s sources, the Samsung Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus will feature 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 additional possible adjustments to the zoom cameras, but it is unlikely that nothing will change if the resolution sensor remains the same.
However, according to one source, the telephoto cameras on the S23 and S23 Plus will have an 11MP sensor. That’s simply a little modification, but it contradicts the earlier rumor.
In terms of ultrawide, GalaxyClub reports that the S23 and S23 Plus will retain 12MP cameras. There’s no word on the S23 Ultra’s ultrawide camera, which we assume to remain unchanged.
Many folks are curious to see what the Galaxy S23 Ultra’s rumored 200 MP primary camera upgrade can achieve. Fortunately, we may have a solution. Ice Universe, a well-known Samsung leaker, rushed to Weibo to show off a comparison photograph of two cameras, one with a 200MP sensor and one with a 108MP sensor.
While the leak does not specifically state that they are the Galaxy S23 Ultra and Galaxy S22 Ultra, it is strongly indicated. The image has been magnified to 16x magnification with AI enhancement turned off. The discrepancies are plainly visible in the shot above. The 200MP photo has less fuzziness and a crisper focus.
Performance and chipset of the Samsung Galaxy S23
If Samsung follows suit, the Samsung Galaxy 23 will be powered by Qualcomm’s latest chipset. That would be the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, which was announced by Qualcomm in November. A more powerful AI engine and an image signal processor that provides a slew of exciting camera features are expected, in addition to speed and power improvements over last year’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.
Exynos CPUs have previously been utilized in Galaxy S phones sold outside of the United States. However, Qualcomm has stated that it will deliver Snapdragon chips only to the Galaxy S23 series. Still, sources suggest that Samsung is developing a new Exynos processor.
You can see why Samsung would want to upgrade the Exynos chipset after integrating it into certain previous Galaxy S models. Typically, Samsung flagships powered by the Exynos system-on-chip lag behind Snapdragon-based devices — and our Galaxy S22 benchmark testing confirmed this.
However, one rumor suggests that the Samsung Galaxy S23 will have a customized version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, lending validity to the concept of a single processor for all areas and hinting at improved performance for Samsung’s phones.
This is based on Ice Universe discovering Geekbench 5 benchmarks for a supposed S23 smartphone for the European market. The benchmark numbers correspond to the previously disclosed benchmarks for the expected US-market S23 smartphones. As a result, many people might expect the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S series phones to be Qualcomm-powered.
Or that the Exynos equivalent may deliver a similar performance.
We ran some Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 benchmarks, and Qualcomm’s latest chipset impressed us. It outperformed the A15 Bionic processor that powers the iPhone 14 in numerous tests. Even if the A16 Bionic in the iPhone 14 Pro variants still outperforms the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 in a lot of tests, this is a major advancement. Our main takeaway: the Snapdragon-Apple chip gap is decreasing, which bodes well for the Galaxy 23.
|Phone||Processor||Geekbench 5 single-core score||Geekbench 5 multi-core score|
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Reference Design||Snapdragon 8 Gen 2||1,500||5,249|
|Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra||Snapdragon 8 Gen 1||1,240||3,392|
|Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max||A16 Bionic||1,882||5,333|
|Apple iPhone 14||A15 Bionic||1,727||4,553|
|Google Pixel 7 Pro||Tensor G2||1,060||3,046|
|Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4||Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1||1,328||3,831|
Satellite communication on the Samsung Galaxy S23
According to a credible tip, the Samsung Galaxy S23 series might get satellite communication for handling emergency messaging when a phone is not receiving a standard cell signal.
Does this sound familiar? This is because, with the iPhone 14, Apple enabled Emergency SOS through Satellite communications.
And it appears that Samsung may follow in the footsteps of its smartphone competition, as the Korean site ET News reports that Samsung would collaborate with Iridium Communications and its 66 low-orbit satellites to give comparable last-resort contact in an emergency.
What we hope to see from the Samsung Galaxy S23
Because Samsung has a long time to confirm some Galaxy S23 details, here’s what we’re hoping to see.
Longer battery life
In a word, the battery life on all three Galaxy S22 versions is poor. In Tom’s Guide’s 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 is expected to come in 2023 and has to improve its battery life. The choice to reduce the power packs from the Galaxy S21 to the Galaxy S22 (3,700 mAh vs 4,000 mAh) and Galaxy S22 (4,500 mAh compared to 4,800 mAh) was a poor one that clearly harmed both phones in testing.
It’s no secret that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor is quite hot. This creates throttling issues, particularly in hard games. Samsung was also found purposefully slowing several apps in order to maintain system speed. While some saw the move as unethical, if not plain evil, it did illustrate one point: the Galaxy S22 required greater cooling.
In my experience, the OnePlus 10 Pro has a revolutionary cooling mechanism that makes the phone substantially more pleasant during lengthy gaming sessions than the Galaxy S22 Ultra. We’re not expecting anything on par with the top gaming phones, but the S22 can get really hot. We’d want 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 some regions of the world. Snapdragon processors are used in the greatest Android phones that perform the best. While Apple’s silicon remains much superior in certain aspects, Samsung’s Exynos CPUs trail Qualcomm in many others.
We all had great hopes for the flagship Exynos 2200, which had AMD-powered graphics, but the processor was eventually disappointed. Samsung must either figure out why Exynos processors lag behind Snapdragons or abandon the Exynos platform entirely.
One issue with telephoto lenses on smartphones is that you can only utilize the full optical zoom or use digital to fill in the gaps. Rumors regarding the Galaxy S22 Ultra stated that Samsung would feature continuous zoom, where the phone could easily shift from 1x to 10x and all points in between.
We’d like to see Samsung include this on all three Galaxy S23 variants, 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 rather dull. They have a similar appearance to their predecessors, with few additional features. The most significant upgrade was enhanced “lithography” for low-light images, although all of Samsung’s efforts were obviously directed toward the most costly Galaxy.
While this is sensible, we’d want to see something more than incremental enhancements for the Samsung Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23. Whether it’s a new design, better cameras, or display refresh rates that truly drop to 10 Hz — since the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus did, in fact, have a minimum of 48Hz rather than the 10Hz Samsung first stated.
We just don’t want to be bored by the Samsung Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus. The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, on the other hand, should be everything but dull. According to Samsung VP Roh Tae-moon, the Ultra will return for the S23 series and will not be phased out anytime soon.
lax S23 models, however, we suspect the functionality will be an Ultra exclusive if it ever becomes available.