Samsung Galaxy S23: We’re already hearing Samsung Galaxy S23 leaks and rumors half a year before its expected launch
but that’s a sign of how excited people are for the successor to the Galaxy S22. Don’t expect this new Android phone to launch until early 2023 as the last lot arrived in early 2022, but we’re already starting to hear the first rumors about this exciting flagship, and we’ve got them. Submitted below. We’ll be adding to this article whenever new leaks come out, so check back for more.
In the meantime, you’ll also find our wishlist for the Samsung Galaxy S23 and its siblings, based on our experiences with the Samsung Galaxy S22 range.
In addition, we have also included information about the possible release date and price of Samsung’s 2023 flagships.
The Samsung Galaxy S23 is likely to be announced in February 2023. We say ‘probably’ not because a leak points in that direction, but because with the exception of the Samsung Galaxy S21 (announced in January 2021), the new models in the range have been in February for years now. I have been continuously unveiled.
To be even more specific based on past looks, the Galaxy S23 could land in mid-to-late February, but we’re less sure. Given that there are exceptions at the beginning of February we can’t even be sure that it will land this month, but the first few months of 2023 seem very likely anyway.
As for the price, it could be similar to the Samsung Galaxy S22, which starts at $799 / £769 / AU$1,249. That’s the same launch price as we saw for the Galaxy S21, so Samsung could opt for three years in a row, though the price may increase slightly.
Of course, this is only for the standard model. The Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus starts at $999.99 / £949 / AU$1,549 and the Galaxy S22 Ultra starts at $1,199.99 / £1,149 / AU$1,849, so we could see similar prices for the successors to these phones.
News and leaks
We’re already hearing a lot about this upcoming phone, including that the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra might have a 200MP camera. This is likely to be true, as the claim comes from a leaker with a good track record, and Samsung has already unveiled a 200MP camera. We’ve heard for the second time recently that a 200MP sensor is planned, and now for the third time, so it seems very possible.
Another camera leak suggests that the selfie snapper could hit 12MP resolution, up from 10MP in the S22, which would be a modest but appreciable upgrade. However, another leak suggests that we won’t get an under-display camera on the Galaxy S23.
On the camera front too, we’ve heard that the Samsung Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus could feature the same 10MP telephoto camera as their S22 predecessors. Similarly, the Galaxy S23 Ultra may also feature the same periscope camera as the S22 Ultra.
Away from the camera, a source has also suggested that the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra could have a screen that rotates on all four sides instead of just two, but they aren’t quite sure.
In fact, the Galaxy S23 Ultra might not be changing much, with this source recently saying that it will have dimensions of 163.4 × 78.1 × 8.9 mm, roughly the same as the S22 Ultra. They also say that like its predecessor, it will have a 6.8-inch 1440 x 3088 screen and a 5,000mAh battery.
Elsewhere, a report has made the outlandish claim that Samsung could use a MediaTek chipset in the Galaxy S23 range, at least in some parts of the world. This will be a big change, as in previous models the company has always used either Snapdragon or Exynos chips – usually using both, with different make-ups in different regions.
However, two other sources have since suggested that a move to MediaTek may not be on the cards, so for now we’ll say it’s unlikely.
Since then, another leak has suggested that Samsung will use Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets everywhere, rather than in some regions using Exynos. This is apparently so that the company can focus its chipset manufacturing resources on developing a new custom chipset for use in future Galaxy S models.
This prediction was backed up by one of the best analysts in the phone business, and since then Qualcomm itself has suggested that the S23 line will use its own chipsets globally (albeit with words that have been replaced by some buzz). leaves), so it seems quite likely. The Galaxy S23 is going to be equipped with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor.
Apart from the leaks, we can predict that Samsung will initially launch three models in the range – Samsung Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23 Plus, and Galaxy S23 Ultra, the last of which is likely to take the form of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. Walking on the steps. A slot to hold the S-Pen stylus.
What we want to see
While we wait for more Samsung Galaxy S23 news and rumors, here are some things we really want to see from it.
1. Bigger batteries
The Samsung Galaxy S22 is lumbered with just a 3,700mAh battery, which makes its relatively compact 6.1-inch screen not particularly large. The Galaxy S22 Plus and S22 Ultra are better at 4,500mAh and 5,000mAh respectively, but those sizes are also unusual.
So for the Samsung Galaxy S23 range, we want every model to have a bigger battery, especially a standard handset. Battery life is something that isn’t really getting better as the phone gets better, but we’d really like it.
Snapdragon for everyone
Samsung provides different chipsets in its Galaxy S flagships for different parts of the world and this is not ideal, as chipsets are never equal and this affects not only pure power but also battery life and camera performance. Can also fall on abilities. The result is that the same phone can look completely different depending on which country you buy it from.
Also confusing – and meaning the reviews may not reflect the device you’ll be getting – is the case that inevitably a chipset is worse, and it’s usually Samsung’s. Exynos are the ones that perform worse.
So for the Samsung Galaxy S23 range, we want Samsung to ditch the Exynos and put the next Snapdragon in all of them. It almost certainly won’t, but it will provide a globally consistent experience across its phones.
3. More changes to the standard and Plus models
The Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus are similar phones to their predecessors in most ways. They have new chipsets and some camera changes, but the design and some other specs remain the same.
So for the Samsung Galaxy S23 range, we expect more fundamental changes – as we saw with the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. That might mean a new design or new features, but in short, we want them to feel new.
We noted in our Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus review that the phone’s software doesn’t feel as fast as some rival interfaces like OnePlus or Xiaomi’s, and certainly not as fast as stock Android.
While Samsung’s One UI is hardly slow, it can feel a bit sluggish at times, which is the last thing you want with a premium phone. So we want the company to work on improving this for the version of its software that runs the Galaxy S23 range.
New cameras for the Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra undoubtedly has great cameras, but they are also almost identical to the cameras of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, so we really want to see some major changes for the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra.
Early S22 Ultra rumors talked about continuous optical zoom – allowing the phone to optically zoom to any level between 1x and 10x. With the phone sticking with 3x and 10x options, we didn’t get it in the end, but it could certainly help mix things up, as could the rumored 200MP sensor. So it’s a wish we get along well.