The Galaxy S23, one of the year’s most anticipated smartphones, has yet to be formally launched by Samsung. Fortunately, when it comes to hardware launches, the corporation follows a steady and predictable timetable. Exact information and specifications for the S23 are still unknown, but a few elements are beginning to build a picture of what to expect.
Galaxy S23 Models
We anticipate that the Galaxy S23, like the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S21 families before it, will be available in three variants: the Galaxy S23, the S23+, and the S23 Ultra.
The “regular” S23 should provide the main Galaxy S23 experience in a smaller form and at the most affordable pricing. The S23+ is expected to have a larger display and battery in exchange for a higher price. Finally, for those looking for the finest that Samsung has to offer, the S23 Ultra should be considered.
Of course, this is if Samsung sticks to its typical delivery schedule. The S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra were introduced in 2021. Then came the S22, S22+, and S22 Ultra in 2022. We have no reason to assume Samsung will change its plan for 2023, so the S23, S23+, and S23 Ultra all appear to be safe bets for the time being.
Galaxy S23 Design
Based on a few leaked renderings making the rounds on the internet, the Galaxy S23 series will look remarkably similar to those featured in the S22 range. This is to be anticipated, given most smartphone makers make small tweaks to their designs each year. However, the base of the S23 and S23 Ultra appear identical to their predecessors, with minor camera configuration and edge alterations.
The Galaxy S23’s edges are anticipated to get a modest curvature tweak. Instead of the more rounded corners seen on the S22, the S23 will have a squarer design that lowers the curvature of the glass, according to leaker Ice Universe. While not a significant difference in design, it may affect how the S23 feels to handle since the sharper edges may give consumers a greater grip on their smartphones.
The difference in the margins of the S23 looks to be the consequence of a new metal frame employed inside. It appears broader on the edges, necessitating a steeper curve than we’ve seen in previous Galaxy smartphones.
The camera design of the S23 is also evolving slightly. All the lenses and sensors on the S22 were previously located on a raised island, and they now look to follow the floating camera style found on several other smartphones. It’s not a significant difference, but it appears to be one of the few things that distinguish the S23 from the S22 at first sight.
Galaxy S23 Specs
Recent leaks have created a better image of the Galaxy S23’s specifications. The S23 appears to be fairly identical to the S22 before, but with one significant difference: it may be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, according to leaker Yogesh Brar (system on chip). Despite Brar’s track record, there are contradictory claims concerning the S23’s CPU.
The remainder of the specifications revealed by Brar isn’t much to get excited about, as the S23 appears to be a very unimpressive incremental step forward from last year’s S22. According to Brar, the display is a 6.1-inch FHD+ AMOLED with a refresh rate of 120Hz. As previously stated, Brar claims it will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 CPU, have at least 8GB of RAM, and provide storage choices of 128GB and 256GB, as is standard for recent flagships.
Galaxy S23 Camera
One of the major speculations surrounding the Galaxy S23’s cameras is that the device would include an HP2 200-megapixel primary camera, as claimed by leaker Ice Universe on many occasions. While it seems great, it’s worth noting that the S22 was also reported to sport a 200MP lens (which it ultimately did not). The difference this time is that other sources are supporting the report, including Korean IT News. Samsung also unveiled its latest-generation 200MP camera, promising significant improvements for brighter, more detailed photographs.
According to another story by Korean IT News, the most significant evidence pointing to a 200MP shooter is that Samsung apparently sought out “important camera partners” to corroborate the information. Based on the enormous quantity of evidence confirming the story, it appears that the S23 will include a 200MP camera. All that remains is for Samsung to make the announcement and make it official.
It’s difficult to keep the speculations about the Galaxy S23’s cameras straight with all the contradicting gossip. There’s no way of knowing what kind of lenses the S23 will be equipped with until we hear officially from Samsung and if they are a significant step up from the S22 or merely retread a lot of the same territory.
Samsung Galaxy S23 Battery
According to rumors, the Galaxy S23 will have the same 5,000mAh battery as the Galaxy S22 Ultra. The S22 Ultra had good battery life and charge timings, but it didn’t stand out compared to OnePlus’s lightning-fast charging rates. However, if the whole S23 range has at least a 5,000mAh cell, we won’t be complaining. However, there’s a potential that the 5,000mAh battery cell may be held solely for the S23 Ultra, as a recent rumor claims that the base model’s battery will only be 3,900mAh.
While this is a tiny step up from the 3,700mAh battery included in the base S22 model, it may imply that S23 users would not notice a significant difference in battery life when upgrading from the prior model noticed if it were equipped with a 5,000mAh battery.
According to the source, the S23 would feature a 3,900mAh battery, allowing wireless charging, as predicted. Unfortunately, the charging rates leave much to be desired, as the S23 will only support 25W cable charging and 15W wireless charging, according to the leak. While this was found in the S22, many fans were expecting an advance in the charging arena since rival flagships, such as the OnePlus 10T, are starting to enable charging speeds far surpassing 25W.
Release Date and Pricing
We don’t know a firm release date for the S23 because there hasn’t been any official news from Samsung. However, we may understand what the corporation has planned for the future by looking at previous releases.
The Galaxy S22 was released in February 2022, the S21 in January 2021, and the S20 in March 2020. Based on this, it’s reasonable to assume that the S23 will be released in the first few months of 2023, more precisely in late January or February, based on the last two flagship launches.
The particular date from there is up to Samsung, but we won’t likely hear anything until much closer to that time frame. Its release may be delayed owing to the part shortages and production issues that have plagued the industry since the commencement of the worldwide epidemic. Having said that, Samsung has been consistent with many of its hardware updates since COVID-19 became a prevalent issue. Unless another big supply chain issue arises, it is reasonable to anticipate that the S23 will launch on time.
Another piece of information that is unclear is the price. To put this in context, the Galaxy S22 starts at $799, the S22+ at $999, and the S22 Ultra at $1,199. Samsung may preserve that same pricing for the S23 series, but depending on the market and economic conditions, we may see a $50 or $100 price increase per model.
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