3 changes to make a Samsung Galaxy S23 worth upgrading

3 changes to make a Samsung Galaxy S23 worth upgrading

Samsung introduced notable improvements with its Galaxy S22 Line earlier this year, like a brighter screen, a better camera with improved night mode, and a more polished design. Such advancements are to be expected from the world’s largest smartphone maker. According to counterpoint researchSamsung captured 21% of the global market in the second quarter of 2022. However, as inflation weakens demand for new electronics, even giants like Samsung may have to do more to drive purchases of new smartphones.

And there’s plenty of room for Samsung phones to evolve, especially as they face increased competition from Google pixel family. Samsung typically releases new Galaxy S devices in the first few months of the year, which means we can probably expect the Galaxy S23 to arrive in January or February. I expect the new Galaxy family to have longer battery life and more photography features that make use of the S line’s excellent cameras. Additionally, Samsung charges a premium to take advantage of the Galaxy S22’s fast charging speeds, as the adapter’s current is sold separately, a practice that I would like to change.

Here’s everything I’d like to see Samsung add and update for the Galaxy S23 family.

Longer battery life for the regular Galaxy S23

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The Galaxy S22

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Battery life can never be long enough, but the standard Galaxy S device needs a particular boost. The 6.1 inch Galaxy S22 overall, it lived up to Samsung’s claims for all-day battery life, but barely at times. after use for a month straight, I noticed that the battery level dropped to about 30% or 40% at 9 pm, even with the always-on display turned off and the screen refresh rate set to standard. That’s enough to get you through a day at work, but you’ll probably want to pack a charger if you have after-work plans or a long drive home.

The Galaxy S22 has the smallest battery (3700mAh capacity) of the three phones in the Galaxy S22 lineup, and it shows. For example, I was pleasantly surprised when the 6.6-inch screen galaxy s22 plus, which has a larger 4,500mAh capacity, lasted about a day and a half when I reviewed it in February. I also had the refresh rate set to high, which normally drains the battery more quickly. the galaxy S22 Ultra, which has a 6.8-inch screen and a 5,000 mAh battery, had a similar battery life.

It makes sense that the smallest phone in the Galaxy S22 lineup also has the smallest battery. But I hope Samsung finds a way to improve battery life in next year’s 6.1-inch Galaxy phone, whether through better power efficiency or a larger physical battery. After all, Apple made updates to the iPhone 13 Mini that gave it an extra two to three hours of battery life compared to the iPhone 12 Mini. Battery life is the biggest complaint I had about the Galaxy S22, and addressing that would make the Galaxy S23 an even more compelling option for Android fans who prefer smaller phones.

korean news outlet the elect indicates that might be the case as it reports that Samsung is aiming to increase the battery capacity of the Galaxy S23 by about 5%.

Smarter camera features

Comparison of Samsung S22 and S22 Plus and S22 Ultra

The cameras of the Galaxy S22 (top), Galaxy S22 Plus (middle), and Galaxy S22 Ultra (bottom)

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The 50-megapixel camera on the Galaxy S22 and the 108-megapixel camera on the Galaxy S22 Ultra capture stunning, colorful and detailed photos. I just wish you could do more with those cameras when it comes to software and editing features.

The Galaxy S22 lineup has shooting options like panorama, night mode, portrait mode, slow motion, super slow motion, and Director’s View, which allows you to record video using two different lenses simultaneously. Then there’s Single Take, which creates multiple stylized shots with a single press of the shutter button. You can also download the Expert Raw app for more granular control over photo settings.

But not much has changed between the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S22 when it comes to camera features and shooting modes. I’d love to see Samsung follow Google’s page, which regularly adds clever camera tricks that feel practical rather than clever. For example, Google introduced a new feature in the pixel 7 Y 7 professionals called Photo Unblur, which improves the sharpness of low-quality photos, even those taken with an older camera. Photo Unblur builds on Face Unblur, an earlier Pixel 6 and 6 Pro camera feature that I also appreciate. As its name suggests, Face Unblur freezes moving subjects that might otherwise look blurry.

Features like these show that Google isn’t just thinking about camera quality, but about ways to take the hassle out of everyday mobile photography. Many of Samsung’s updates, on the other hand, feel intended to give content creators more tools to capture different types of shots and video clips.

While the Galaxy S23 likely won’t launch for another two to three months, Samsung is already making improvements to the cameras on its current Galaxy phones. just added a new feature of the Expert Raw app that helps star gazers take better photos of the constellations, similar to Google’s astrophotography feature for Pixel phones. There’s also a new Camera Assistant app that lets you enable or disable certain features, like a faster shutter or automatic lens switching.

Faster charging that doesn’t cost as much

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Both the Galaxy S22 Plus (left) and Ultra (right) support 45W fast charging. But you have to buy an adapter separately.

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The Galaxy S22 lineup supports fast charging up to 25W for the Galaxy S22 and 45W for the Galaxy S22 Plus and Ultra. But you have to buy a separate charger to do it. Samsung charges $50 for the 45 watt charger and $35 for the 25 watt chargerthough you can often find them for less through retailers like Amazon and Walmart. In some scenarios, I also didn’t notice much of a difference between Samsung’s more expensive 45W charger and Samsung’s less expensive 25W charger when powering on the Galaxy S22 Plus, which can read more about here.

With the Galaxy S23, I’d like to see a more noticeable improvement in charging speeds, as well as more affordable charger options. the OnePlus 10 ProFor example, it offers 65 or 80 watt fast charging depending on your region, both of which are faster than what Samsung has to offer on paper. OnePlus also includes a compatible power adapter in the box.

Samsung and Apple stopped including power adapters in their product packaging to reduce waste, which is an admirable cause. But at least I wish Samsung would let you choose to include a compatible fast-charging adapter as an option for a discounted price when ordering a new phone, similar to how it lets you select a storage option or add Samsung Care Plus.

If the rumors turn out to be true, the base model Galaxy S23 could have the same 25-watt charging speed as the Galaxy S22. That’s according to ice universea Twitter account with a history of posting details about unreleased Samsung products.

Samsung is already doing a lot of things right with the Galaxy S22, particularly when it comes to software support and display quality. But as year-over-year smartphone updates have become more incremental than revolutionary, focusing on core elements like the camera and battery is as important as ever.

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