Samsung Galaxy S23: What we know about the upcoming smartphone launched on February 1

That’s right, Samsung will be the first company to open the smartphone year with the “Unpacked” conference on the 1st. February 2023. The Galaxy S23, S23+ and S23 Ultra are more evolution than revolution, promising to be innovative in several aspects.

In the high-end mobile market, Apple has only one real competitor. Samsung, the world’s number 1 in smartphones, is the only Android manufacturer that can sell millions of devices above 1,000 euros. Picture question? Yes, but not only. The Galaxy S series has proven time and again that it is technologically flawless. Let’s be honest, in terms of screen quality, camera versatility, and software features, Samsung arguably has the best devices on the planet.

On February 1, 2023, Samsung is holding its traditional Unpacked event at the beginning of the year. In addition to new laptops and accessories, the real stars of the event will be the Galaxy S23, the “flagship” for 2023. Awaiting their announcement, Numerama considers the rumours.

Galaxy S23, S23+ and S23 Ultra: three more formats

The 2023 Galaxy S model should be similar to the 2022 model. There should be minor aesthetic changes (for example, their camera module is no longer a block, but just three slightly protruding cameras), but the main elements should be kept. Logic would suggest that Samsung offers:

  • one Galaxy S23 With a 6.1-inch screen.
  • one Galaxy S23+ With a 6.6-inch screen.
  • one Galaxy S23 Ultra With a 6.8-inch screen, but also with several exclusive features (LTPO display, S-Pen stylus, periscopic zoom, etc.)
Possible colors of the Galaxy S23 and S23+. // Source: WinFuture

Thanks to official images obtained by WinFuture, we know the design and 4 colors of the Galaxy S23. The very sober appearance of these devices should succeed in fooling most users.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip in France, finally

However, the Galaxy S23 could be more interesting Android devices than its predecessors. Why? Because Samsung may shed its Exynos chips in favor of Qualcomm chips for the first time. Do you not understand this sentence? Let us explain it to you.

In the high-end Android universe, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips are the most popular. Oppo, Xiaomi… All use American chips known for their performance and good power consumption. Samsung is an exception.

Visually, the Galaxy S23 Ultra should take on the look of the S22 Ultra.  // Source: OnLeaks
Visually, the Galaxy S23 Ultra should take on the look of the S22 Ultra. // Source: OnLeaks

For several years, Samsung has introduced two versions of its high-end smartphones:

  • One with a processor Snapdragonusually reserved for the North American market (these models have recently expanded to Asia).
  • One with a processor Exynosa range made directly by Samsung that has historically always been available in Europe.

The problem is that Exynos chips have been criticized a lot for 2-3 years. Less efficient than Snapdragon, their main drawback is the quick melting of autonomy. Aware of this situation, Samsung decided not to introduce Exynos versions of some of its flagship mobile phones, such as the S21 FE or the Z Fold 4. However, the higher-end Galaxy S22s still use Exynos chips, which makes them less recommended. Competitors like Oppo Find X5 Pro. Unless there is a big turnaround, this problem will stop in 2023.

The Galaxy S22 camera unit will no longer be there with the Galaxy S23.  Each camera will be separate.  // Source: WinFuture
The Galaxy S22 camera unit will no longer be there with the Galaxy S23. The cameras would be separated. // Source: WinFuture

According to rumors (and Qualcomm’s economic forecasts), Samsung intends to use Snapdragon chips in all markets with the Galaxy S23 line. What an increase in autonomy and better performance awaits.

200 Mpix, a first for a high-end smartphone

Speaking of photography (that’s a complicated start to the sentence), the Galaxy S23 and S23+ don’t have to evolve. Samsung should continue to offer a triple camera module with an ultra-wide angle (12 Mpix), a 50 Mpix main sensor and an optical zoom x3 (10 Mpix sensor). Expect algorithmic improvements, but there’s one thing Samsung already excels at.

In June 2022, Samsung announced a 200 Mpix smartphone sensor.  // Source: Samsung
In June 2022, Samsung announced a 200 Mpix smartphone sensor. // Source: Samsung

On the other hand, the Galaxy S23 Ultra could go up. If the ultra-wide-angle and zoom part should not be reversed (it should always be x3 and x10), the main sensor of Samsung’s “flagship” should improve in quality. We are talking about switching from a 108 Mpix sensor to a 200 Mpix sensor, a technology that Samsung announced a few months ago.

What is the interest of a 200 Mpix sensor in a smartphone? According to rumors, the size of the sensor will change less (so the pixels will be smaller). Therefore, we should expect a small evolution, especially dedicated to algorithm improvements (more data obtained = better processing). Image zoom should also be better. Finally, 8K video could benefit from this change.

Samsung, the king of features

If the Galaxy S23 were not revolutionary smartphones, logic would dictate that they are still among the best devices on the market. In particular, we are talking about ultra-bright OLED screens (which is normal, Samsung produces the best screens in the industry). In addition, Gorilla Glass Victus 2 glass has never been used to date, an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor under the screen, faster UFS 4.0 memory, storage from 256 GB to 1 TB… As always, the Korean should not save on the material. The S23 Ultra should retain a number of advantages, such as S-Pen stylus support and an LTPO panel with a 1-120 Hz adaptive refresh rate display.

These 3D renders show what the three Galaxy S23s should look like.  // Source: PhoneArena
These 3D renders show what the three Galaxy S23s should look like. // Source: PhoneArena

In terms of autonomy, Samsung will also make some efforts. We are talking about batteries with a capacity of 3900 mAh for the S23 (versus 3700 in the S22) and 4700 mAh for the S23+ (4500 in the S22+). The S23 Ultra is expected to retain the massive 5,000mAh battery of its predecessor. On paper, Samsung has no serious competition.

What is the Galaxy S23 price and release date?

Launched on February 1, 2023 at 19:00, the Galaxy S23 series should go on sale in the coming days. When it comes to prices, France may be worried. Inflation and the euro/dollar conversion rate may come into play for French consumers, especially since the minimum storage will increase from 128 to 256 GB. So better be prepared for higher rates than last year’s 859, 1059 and 1259 euros. offensive models.

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