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First Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra promos tease 200MP camera and stellar night mode

Rumor has it that the Samsung S23 line will debut at a yet-to-be-announced Samsung event on February 1st, with the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra as the main event. Rumors surrounding the phone have suggested mostly modest changes, with one notable exception being the 200MP main camera for the S23 Ultra.

New leaks seem to confirm that this 200MP primary sensor is a reality. Known leader of the Ice Universe (will open in a new tab) shared on Twitter two Samsung promotional videos for the upcoming Galaxy S23 Ultra that are definitely camera-focused.

The first commercial advertises the “amazing night photos” we can expect with the new camera, while the second warns us to be ready for “wow-worthy resolution.” Both use the phone’s camera stack as an “o” in a clever way, which also confirms that we should expect Samsung’s proprietary camera layout to stay.

There are a few things to note here. First, while Ice Universe says that these videos are meant to promote the cameras of the upcoming S23 Ultra, this is not explicitly stated in the video. The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, in particular, has four rear cameras rather than three. So while Ice Universe says these are S23 Ultra promos – which we believe they are – in theory, these videos could apply to the entire S23 lineup, which is expected to feature a main camera as well as ultra-wide-angle ones. and telephoto lenses.

Secondly, all videos have improved photos and low-light resolution, but of course none of them are proof. Again, we think Samsung will actually introduce an improved 200MP sensor for the S23 Ultra – possibly a new ISOCELL HP2 sensor – and we’ve been expecting improved night photography for a while now, especially since this has been the focus of Samsung in recent updates. . But promotional videos in particular don’t show concrete evidence of either, so we’re still left to wait for an official look at just how good this rumored new camera is.

Screenshot from Ice Universe's Weibo account showing photos from the Galaxy S22 Ultra (left), Galaxy S23 Ultra (center), and Google Pixel 7 Pro. The post has been machine translated for clarity.

(Image credit: Ice Universe/Weibo)

However, we’ve seen some unofficial images showcasing the performance of the 200MP camera, including the above HDR comparison between the S23 Ultra, S22 Ultra, and Google Pixel 7 Pro. So far, it definitely looks like the S23 Ultra will take things a step further. We won’t know for sure until we test the phone in practice.

A 200-megapixel camera would be a welcome improvement, as would better low-light shooting. We argue that Samsung needs to improve the camera and night mode if the phone maker wants people to switch to its new phone. These promo videos show that Samsung is also aware of these criticisms and is making it the focus of this round of updates.

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