Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra vs S22 Ultra: Alleged Differences

Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy S23 series in early 2023, with most rumors suggesting that the devices will be launched in early February.


While nothing has been confirmed yet, it is believed that there will be a standard Galaxy S23, S23+ and S23 Ultra.

There are a number of rumors surrounding these three devices, but here’s a look at how the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra compares to the Galaxy S22 Ultra based on advertised specs. Is the upgrade worth it?

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Design

  • Galaxy S22 Ultra: 163.3 x 77.9 x 8.9 mm, built-in S Pen.
  • Galaxy S23 Ultra: 163.4 x 78.1 x 8.9 mm, built-in S Pen.

Based on the leaked images, it looks like the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra will share a similar design with its predecessor. A premium build is expected with the rear camera lens placed at the top left corner outside the body and the top bezels.

Like the S22 Ultra, the S23 Ultra is also expected to feature an in-built S Pen, retaining its place as the successor to the Galaxy Note, and IP68 water and dust resistance.

Rumors claim that the S23 Ultra will measure 163.4 x 78.1 x 8.9mm, which is the same as the S22 Ultra, which measures 163.3 x 77.9 x 8.9mm. The S22 Ultra is available in multiple colors. As of now, we don’t know the color options for the S23 Ultra.

The S22 Ultra has a punch-hole camera on the front of the device, something the S23 Ultra is rumored to offer as well. It seems that most of the changes this time may be internal.

Screen

  • Galaxy S22 Ultra: 6.8 inches, 3088 x 1440 resolution, 120Hz refresh rate.
  • Galaxy S23 Ultra: 6.8 inches, 3088 x 1440 resolution, 120 Hz refresh rate.

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra has a beautiful 6.8-inch display that offers a Super AMOLED panel and a resolution of 3088 x 1440. It offers an adaptive refresh rate of up to 120 Hz and has a peak brightness of 1750 nits.

The edges of the S22 Ultra’s display are also curved, giving it a nice premium design. The S23 Ultra is rumored to have curved edges at the top and bottom of the display, which will make it slightly different from its predecessor, although this is currently unconfirmed.

Elsewhere, rumors suggest that the S23 Ultra will also feature a 6.8-inch display with a resolution of 3088 x 1440 and an adaptive 120Hz refresh rate. It is not yet known whether the maximum brightness can match the Apple iPhone 14 Pro or the iPhone 14 Pro. If there could be other changes from Samsung’s 2022 flagship model.

Equipment and Specifications

  • Galaxy S22 Ultra: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Exynos 2200, 8/12 GB RAM, up to 1 TB storage, 5000 mAh battery.
  • Galaxy S23 Ultra: Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, 8/12 GB RAM, up to 1 TB storage, 5000 mAh battery.

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is powered by either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or the Exynos 2200 depending on the region, but the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is said to ditch the Exynos and run only Qualcomm’s latest chip, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. It is also said that this could be a single version of the chip with a higher clock speed.

While the S22 Ultra will be offered with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage or 12GB RAM and 256GB, 512GB and 1TB storage options, there are no details on RAM or storage options for the S23 Ultra so far. It also has microSD support, which the S23 Ultra won’t offer.

Rumors predict that the Galaxy S23 Ultra will come with the same 5,000mAh battery as the S22 Ultra under the hood, so we might not see much change here. The S22 Ultra features 45W fast charging and 15W wireless charging. It’s not yet clear whether the S23 Ultra will offer any improvements to those speeds.

Cameras

  • Galaxy S22 Ultra: Quad rear (108MP + 12MP + 10MP + 10MP)
  • Galaxy S23 Ultra: 200MP main camera?

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra has a quad rear camera setup consisting of a 108-megapixel primary sensor, a 12-megapixel wide-angle sensor, a 10-megapixel zoom lens with 3x zoom, and a 10-megapixel secondary zoom lens.

It had the same resolutions as the S21 Ultra, although Samsung upped the main sensor by 23%, and the S22 Ultra’s overall camera experience is superior in general use, whether it’s during the day or in the dark.

The S23 Ultra is rumored to have a slight change in resolution compared to its predecessors with a 200-megapixel primary sensor. There is also talk of a 30fps option for 8K video recording. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but if the design and display remain similar, a camera upgrade would not be an unreasonable prediction.

The result

At the moment, nothing has been confirmed for the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, so there could be more improvements than the first rumors.

Currently, it looks like the S23 Ultra may offer a similar design and a similar display to the S22 Ultra, but with improved internals and camera capabilities.

You can read all the Samsung Galaxy S23 rumors in our separate column for an overview of what’s been said so far, but we’ll update this column as new information emerges, as well as official details.

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