The Samsung Galaxy S23, S23+ and S23 Ultra will be officially unveiled on February 1 during Galaxy Unpacked. Despite numerous leaks, there remains a bit of mystery surrounding the new flagships, which will shine through on a photographic level.
Samsung Galaxy S23, S23+ and S23 Ultra are among the most anticipated smartphones of 2023. And the launch of the series is fast approaching, as it will take place during Galaxy Unpacked. 1er February 19:00 (France time) as announced by the manufacturer on its website. A date that has already leaked on Samsung’s Estonian website and goes hand-in-hand with a pre-order offer to buy the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro “a newly launched Samsung product” between 1er and February 8. It will be Korea’s first physical conference since the pandemic three years ago – and will be broadcast live, of course.
The teaser images give a closer look at the new design of the three photo sensors. Moreover, the Ice Universe leak released two small teasers that were revealed by Samsung China and highlighted them. So this year the emphasis will be on low light night photos. “Designed for moonlight“, “shoot at night even in low light“, “great night shots are coming “… These are some interesting announcements! We don’t know if this applies to all models in the series or just the Galaxy S23 Ultra, but we can expect that Samsung has improved its image processing algorithms and can rely on the new Snapdragon. 8 Gen 2 , not to mention the S23 Ultra’s new 22 Mpx high-definition sensor!
Samsung Galaxy S23: Almost the same design as the S22
The closer the release of a new smartphone, the more leaks there are, and generally, they are reliable. This is not at all surprising, as it has already become a habit: new smartphones almost always see their technical sheets and visuals leaked before the official presentation – unless it is the manufacturer itself who does not disclose the information! For Christmas, the site 91 MobileIt has published promotional visuals of Galaxy S23+ and Galaxy S23 Ultra. We suspected it, but the new flagships of the Korean manufacturer will not benefit from radical changes compared to the previous generation. However, we can still note some minor differences. In the promotional posters, we can see the S23+ and 23 Ultra accompanied by the Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Buds 2 Pro. The S23+, which comes in a subdued pink color, has slightly more rounded corners and ditches the S22+’s rectangular photo island for three rear cameras in separate islands. On the side of the Galaxy S23 Ultra, here in green, the only noticeable change is the silver-outlined rear cameras and no longer black. In the end, since the visuals and specifications of the smartphones are already known, the only information expected at Samsung’s official launch is their price, which might hurt a bit…
Over the past months, numerous leaks have made it possible to paint an almost complete portrait of the new flagship of the Korean manufacturer. So, as re-sold by the site My Fix Guide, the Chinese mobile certification body TEENA has published the technical report of the Galaxy S23 Ultra. Similarly, smartphone leaker OnLeaks released 3D renders of the Galaxy S23 and S23+ in collaboration with SmartPrix and Digit – which also gave a glimpse of the Galaxy S22 ahead of its official launch – while Ice Universe got some information on the camera device he knew. In the end, it seems that there is nothing revolutionary about the Galaxy S23 range – not least the price – and it is satisfied with a few minor improvements, especially at the level of the processor and the photo module.
Based on production diagrams of the smartphones, OneLeaks’ digital sketches show that the upcoming phones will get a mix of the S22 with rounded sides and the S22 Ultra design to house the vertically-aligned and directly integrated photosensors. structure that presents a more refined appearance. For the rest, we can see the perforation in the middle for the selfie camera, as well as the classic USB-C port at the bottom. The Galaxy S23 will have a 6.1-inch AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution, while the S23+ will have a 6.6-inch AMOLED display with Quad HD+ resolution, both with a refresh rate of 120 Hz and a maximum brightness of 1,700 nits. The Galaxy S23 is said to be slightly taller and wider than its predecessor, measuring 146.3×70.8×7.6mm – compared to 146×70.6×7.6mm for the older model. As for the Galaxy S23+, it will measure 157.7 × 76.1 × 7.6 mm versus 157.4 × 75.8 × 7.6 mm for the S22+ with a 6.6-inch panel.
The spec sheet for the Galaxy S23 Ultra revealed by TEENA talks about a phone with a 163.4 x 78.1 x 8.9mm, 6.8-inch AMOLED display and a resolution of 1440 x 3088 pixels for 233g – nothing new under the sun then, as they have basically the same specs as the Galaxy S22 Ultra. According to Ice Universe, the only real change will be a more angular chassis, with the screen’s curved effect less noticeable. Finally, the selfie camera will return in the form of a bump, while the Galaxy S23 and S23+’s three cameras will be aligned vertically and protrude directly from the back cover of the smartphone – hence the shape of three separate islands. All three phones are of course IP68 certified for water and dust resistance – so they can be completely submerged for long periods of time. Finally, the S23 Ultra will have a fingerprint reader with a larger and five times more accurate reading area. For added security, it could even read fingerprints from two fingers simultaneously.
Samsung Galaxy S23 and S23+: new processor, but little innovation
The main innovation of the Galaxy S23 series undoubtedly seems to be the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor from Qualcomm, which can also be found in the future Xiaomi 13, replacing the Exyn chips. The SoC incorporates an octa-core processor with a high-performance core clocked at 3.19 GHz, four secondary cores clocked at 2.8 GHz and three efficient cores clocked at 2.0 GHz. It should offer better power capacity but also better thermal control – and therefore make the smartphone less prone to overheating.
It will have to be because, According to Ice Universe – A known leak for Samsung products – the battery would be a real disappointment. That would be just 3,700 mAh for the Galaxy S23, the same as the S22 and less efficient than the S22+ at 4,500 mAh. The S23+ should have a larger 5000mAh battery. The S23 will benefit from 25W charging or “pretty much the slowest charging in the mobile phone industry”, according to Ice Universe – the manufacturer has also been using since the Galaxy S10. This type of charger should charge the 3,700 mAh battery to 50% in 25 minutes – we expected better given the range. Therefore, Samsung would bet only on hardware and software optimization to improve the autonomy of its smartphones. The S23 Ultra, on the other hand, will benefit from a 4,855 mAh battery – which is surprising considering its predecessor has a 5,000 mAh battery – with 45W charging. Specially powered, capable of increasing battery life by reducing performance without affecting refresh. it `s degree.
Finally, it looks like the S23 Ultra will come with either 8 or 12GB of random access memory (RAM), as well as 256GB, 512GB or 1TB of storage – last year’s S22 Ultra launched at 128GB. It will launch under One UI 5, the latest version of its overlay for Android 13, which brings some changes especially to the notification bar, alerts, opacity, customization, animations.
Samsung Galaxy S23: photo sensors are still a mystery
On the photography side, there’s nothing new for the Galaxy S23 and S23+, as they should take over the S22’s sensors, which already benefited from new cameras. Therefore, we will find a 50-megapixel Isocell GN5 main sensor, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor (megapixel) and also a 10-megapixel telephoto lens that offers 3X optical zoom – we will certainly find AI-powered photo processing. Q22. As for the S23 Ultra, it’s hard to say. Some rumours They claim that Samsung will replace the main 108 Mpx sensor, which has been available since the S20 Ultra, with a new 200 Mpx photo module. This will provide a 25% faster frame rate for 8K video at 30 frames per second – first, the maximum is 24 frames per second. However, this is not what the Chinese certification body shows, accompanying the main sensor with 108 Mpx and two others of 12 and 2 Mpx – which will again change to four sensors from the configuration of the S22 Ultra. Even more surprising: the front camera would be only 12 Mpx, against 40 Mpx for the previous model…
Samsung Galaxy S23: price and release date
Various leaks create mixed reviews. Samsung seems to be using an Apple-like strategy with the iPhone 14, with the only interesting addition being the Dynamic Island. Hopefully, unlike Apple’s phones, the prices haven’t gone up for so little innovation. But it looks like a pretty bad start, as several sources agree that the Galaxy S23, S23+ and S23 Ultra will be priced higher than their predecessors – from €859 for the S22, €1,059 and €1,259 for the S22+. – is related to the macroeconomic context. We will stabilize 1er February!