Not much is known about the new Galaxy S23, but the first outlines of the device are already visible – what does it bring us? The same three models of the series, similar specifications and battery, but the price and release date are still big unknowns at the moment.
Samsung has yet to officially announce the new Galaxy S23 – one of the most awaited smartphones of 2023. Fortunately, the company has a consistent and predictable timeline when it comes to hardware releases. The exact details and specifications regarding the S23 are still somewhat of a mystery, but some early features are already emerging, and we were curious what to expect.
While we wait for the official confirmation and more details about the new model, here’s a quick overview of everything we know so far.
Similar to the previous Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S21 series, we expect the Galaxy S23 to come in three variants: Galaxy S23, S23+, and S23 Ultra.
The “regular” S23 is said to offer the basic Galaxy S23 experience in a smaller body at the lowest price. The S23+ will likely offer a larger screen and a more durable battery for a higher price tag. But for users who want the best of what Samsung has to offer, the S23 Ultra is here.
All of the above is true assuming that Samsung will continue its usual dynamic of launching new devices. In 2021 we get the S21, S21+ and S21 Ultra. In 2022, we get the S22, S22+, and S22 Ultra models. All indications are that we have no reason to expect Samsung to change that strategy this year, so the S23, S23+, and S23 Ultra models seem very likely at the moment.
About the specifications of the Galaxy S23 hardware, we only heard some information regarding the processor. Unfortunately, the information from some sources contradicts itself. Rumor has it that Samsung is working on a Galaxy-exclusive flagship with its flagship in 2025, so the S23 chipset is up in the air. Media Business Korea wrote that Samsung will work with MediaTek and possibly use a Dimensity 9000 processor or something similar. However, another source of information firmly wrote on Twitter that the partnership will not happen.
according to opinion Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo The most likely scenario is that the Galaxy S23 will be powered by a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor. Kuo says Qualcomm will supply processors for the entire S23 line, which makes sense given Samsung’s focus on making new chips. According to Kuo, Samsung does not believe that the Exynos 2300 can compete strongly with Qualcomm’s latest chipset. Therefore, the “third-party” company should be responsible for equipping the entire S23 line, which contrasts with the previous ratio of 70:30 for the S22. The announcement matches the partnership that Samsung and Qualcomm announced in late July, when it was confirmed that we would continue to see “Snapdragon processors in Samsung Galaxy devices, including smartphones, computers, tablets, augmented reality and other devices.”
Despite the general lack of information about the phone, the new Galaxy S23 cameras are raising some vociferous speculation. A major rumor is that the smartphone will feature an HP2 200MP main camera, according to Ice Universe. While that certainly sounds impressive, it’s worth noting that the S22 was also rumored to have a 200 million-dot lens (which it ultimately didn’t). The difference this time is that the information has been confirmed by several different sources, such as Korean IT News. Samsung also recently showcased its latest generation 200MP camera, which brings significant improvements for brighter and more detailed photos.
According to GalaxyClub, the S23 will have an upgraded 12MP front camera. In addition to the front camera, GalaxyClub also commented on one of the rear cameras, saying that the S23 will have the same 10MP telephoto lens as the S22.
The S23 is rumored to have the same 5,000mAh battery as the Galaxy S22 Ultra. The S22 Ultra has a solid battery life and charging time as well, but it does not stand out among the ultra-fast charging speeds like OnePlus, Xiaomi, Honor, and others. If the entire S23 line was equipped with at least 5000 mA cells, we would not complain.
There’s no word yet on the S23’s wireless charging capabilities, but given that wireless charging has been supported by the Galaxy S series for years, we can assume that the entire S23 line will support it as well. The supported speeds and powers of wireless charging on the S23 are not yet known.
Release date and price
Since Samsung hasn’t officially talked about the S23 yet, we don’t have an exact release date. We can only infer from the calendar, which Samsung otherwise tracks on an annual basis. The Galaxy S22 was launched in February 2022, the S21 in January 2021, and the S20 in March 2020. Based on this, we can conclude that the S23 will be launched in the first months of 2023, more precisely in late January or February, depending on the two versions the last two principals.
The exact date is up to Samsung, but we’ll likely hear about it sooner than that deadline. There is always the possibility that parts shortages and production issues could cause a release delay. Regardless, Samsung has been compatible with a number of device versions since COVID-19 became a widespread problem. Barring any other major supply chain issues, it’s safe to say the S23 will hit the market on time.
Price is another unknown detail. For context, the Galaxy S22 starts at $799, the S22+ starts at $999, and the S22 Ultra starts at $1,199. Samsung may keep these set prices for the S23 series, but depending on market and economic conditions, the price could go up by as much as $50 or $100 per model.