Although the Samsung Galaxy ZFlip 4 Y Galaxy Z Fold 4 do for some of the best android phones you can buy, many users still prefer to stick with a classic smartphone design. For anyone who prefers to stay away from the cutting edge, the Samsung Galaxy S23 is probably the phone for you. This year’s Samsung Galaxy S22 series surprised us with excellent refined design, solid performance, and the revival of the Note series.
We expect to see a similar pattern for the Galaxy S23 next year: some slight design changes, improved performance, and maybe a couple of surprises. Although Samsung’s next Galaxy Unpacked event is likely to be a few months away, leaks are already trickling down to its next smartphone. Here’s everything we know about the Galaxy S23 so far.
Samsung Galaxy S23 and S23+: Design
If there’s one area where we expect the S23 series to differ between models, it’s in the designs. Like last year, we hope to see very few changes between generationsalthough the two smaller models – a term we’re using loosely – will likely draw inspiration from their big brother.
For the Galaxy S23 and S23+, Samsung is taking some design cues from last year’s S22 Ultra. The camera bump that has become the S-series’ signature style in recent years is gone, replaced by a replica of the S22 Ultra’s protruding lenses. It’s a bummer to see that design disappear, as it was one of Samsung’s best in years. Although it makes sense to unite all three phones around a similar look.
It looks like the S23 will come in the usual colors you’d expect, with one notable exception. In addition to black, green and light pink, Samsung plans a beige model replacing the classic white tone. It’s an odd pick for a smartphone, but we’ll withhold judgment until we see the actual renders. Regardless of the colors, it’s clear that anyone expecting a total redesign in 2023 is out of luck.
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra: Design
Despite being the most powerful of the three phones, the The design of the Galaxy S23 Ultra it is also the most similar to its predecessor. Early renders show the S23 Ultra looking almost unchanged, right down to its unique lineup of cameras on the back.
Granted, it’s not like Samsung is just making this a spec bump; the differences are there if you look closely enough. The phone has a little less curves compared to last year’s model, along with some tweaks to the extent that the lenses protrude.
These are subtle differences though, and while it might satisfy any Note 9 or Note 10, if you were hoping to move from the S22 Ultra to a new model, the main changes won’t be visible to the naked eye.
Samsung Galaxy S23 series: specifications
Unlike the design of these phones, Samsung keeps its internal specs fairly consistent across models. There’s been a surprising amount of noise surrounding the chipset, something that, in theory at least, shouldn’t be too much of a hassle. Samsung generally relies on Qualcomm’s latest flagship processor in much of the world, with a shrinking pool of regions getting an in-house Exynos chip. Although reports suggest that Samsung wants to start relying on its own silicon again, that doesn’t seem to be the case this year. The first rumors of S23 indicated that the company would stay with Qualcomm – in this case, probably the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 – potentially for all markets, a theory that gained credence when the two brands extended their partnership last summer.
Still, Exynos may not be done yet. In September, we heard that Samsung bosses, while disappointed with the performance of the company’s latest in-house SoC, were pushing to continue using the lineup in select markets. That means some Galaxy S23 units may run on an Exynos 2300 instead of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.
When it comes to battery life, you might see a noticeable improvement. In addition to a low-power chip in the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, a 200 mAh increase to the battery of the S23 It could make a big difference in daily use. While it’s unclear what the Ultra will get, the The S23+ is also expected to have a bigger batterywith a boost of up to 4700 mAh.
We have also learned about the S23 fast charging capabilities. Samsung is reportedly keeping its previous 25W rates on the smaller S23, a much lower figure compared to some of the brand’s rivals. We still don’t know what the larger S23+ and S23 Ultra will charge at (it seems likely to be 45W), but it’s clear that Samsung has fallen behind.
Samsung Galaxy S23 series: Cameras
The great novelty of the Samsung Galaxy S23, specifically the Ultra variant, refers to its rumored 200MP camera. While we don’t expect the sensor to be much larger than other phones on the market (at 1/1.3-inch in size), it’s an impressive number nonetheless. This camera could use a ISOCELL HP2 still unreleased sensor too, not the ISOCELL HP1 seen on Motorola’s recent Edge 30 Ultra. wait to see Improved night performance in both photo and video captureif the recent reports are of any use.
Meanwhile, it looks like the S23 and S23+ will keep the 10MP telephoto lens from last year’s model. Considering that the camera modules on both phones look identical, we’re not too surprised to see some consistency between generations. With machine learning and software optimizations almost as important to photographic performance these days as the actual hardware, expect plenty of improvements regardless of how familiar the physical sensors are.
Samsung Galaxy S23 series: Availability and release date
Samsung usually releases its latest S-series in the first quarter of the year, and it looks like that will happen again with the S23. If you’re feeling impatient, or your phone is on its last legs and you’re counting down the days until an update, there’s good news. The latest rumors about the release cycle of the S23 indicate that I arrive a little earlier than last year. Supposedly, we could see Samsung’s next flagship phones in mid-January, shortly after CES ends in Las Vegas.
That’s great news for potential buyers, but we’ll still have to wait for follow-up details, especially regarding pricing. The Samsung Galaxy S22 series was not cheap and phone prices continue to rise due to inflation and supply chain issues.
Are you ready for a new phone?
There’s plenty of time for more leaks as we quickly approach the end of the year, so expect more news on the Samsung Galaxy S23 in the coming weeks. If you’re holding on to your old phone in hopes of surviving until the Samsung Galaxy S23 hits the market, you might want to try some of our Top tips to speed up your smartphone.