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Samsung Galaxy S23 – so far all the rumors

The Galaxy S23 will have a lot of problems when it arrives, but we’re sure Samsung can handle its new flagship phones.

Among this year’s releases, the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus seemed much more iterative than innovative, but the Galaxy S22 Ultra didn’t have that problem and the Galaxy Note came back to life.

Rumors about the Galaxy S23 are just starting to spread, but we wanted to share what’s out there, as well as what we want to see. So, here’s what we’ve heard about the Galaxy S23, along with our wish list.

Latest Samsung Galaxy S23 News (Updated July 19th)

Possible release date of the Samsung Galaxy S23

The Galaxy S22 was launched in February, so we expect the Galaxy S23 to be on schedule. The Galaxy S21 series came out in January 2021, but Samsung had to make room for the Galaxy S21 FE, so the S22’s debut was likely delayed.

For the Galaxy S23, this likely means an early 2023 release. Phone release windows are pretty predictable at the moment, and we don’t expect Samsung to deviate from that, although the coronavirus pandemic and chip shortages have caused some phone release delays of late.

The first rumors about the Samsung Galaxy S23

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A tweet from prominent Samsung leaker Ice Universe claims that the Galaxy S23 Ultra will have a whopping 200MP main camera, a holdover from rumors from the early days of S22 speculation. This camera will allegedly be “optimized for several years.”

We’re not sure if this means Samsung plans to continually improve the camera over the years with software updates, or if the Korean phone maker will improve the 200MP sensor after the S23 Ultra’s launch.

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This camera rumor has become even more plausible as a new report says Samsung is working on a second generation 200MP sensor and will use it in the S23 if all goes according to plan. However, another leak says that it might not be the second generation ISOCELL HP3 sensor that Samsung chooses after all, but the older ISOCELL HP1.

But more recent advice suggests that the Galaxy S23 Ultra is poised to get a 200-megapixel camera instead of Samsung’s yet-to-be-released sensor.

This could be good news for Samsung’s next flagship phone. Samsung’s HP 3 is a mid-range sensor, while HP 1 is a larger and more advanced sensor that is expected to debut on the Motorola X30 Pro or Motorola Edge 30 Ultra. In an effort to be better than its competitors, Samsung may be planning another sensor for its flagship.

If you’re wondering what this sensor is capable of, Samsung showed off a video of the HP1’s 200-megapixel camera sensor in action, taking a picture of a cat and then enlarging that image to fit on a 28 x 22 meter canvas. which was hung on the wall of the building. It’s hard to tell for sure from the YouTube video (will open in a new tab) and not personally, but the image looked impressive. Details appear very crisp, with occasional cat hairs.

This is something even the cameras on some of the best phones can struggle with due to their lower megapixel count. The Samsung video definitely suggests that the 200-megapixel main camera could be the key to unlocking more photos on a Galaxy phone.

Another rumor from GalaxyClub claims that the Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus will come with a 12MP front camera. This will be the first time both models will receive a resolution update since the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S10 in 2019.

It’s unclear what other updates might be involved, or if this rumor has any basis in fact. However, with the Galaxy S22 Ultra sporting a 40MP front camera, it’s time for Samsung to add some power to the two cheaper models.

As for the telephoto lens on cheaper models, don’t brace yourself for a change. GalaxyClub sources also say that the Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus will use a 10-megapixel telephoto lens like the S22 and S22 Plus. This does not rule out other possible changes to the zoom camera, but it is likely that nothing will change if it is a sensor with the same resolution.

So far, we’ve only heard conflicting rumors about the Galaxy S23 chipset. A couple of weeks ago, a leaker claimed that Samsung would be using the MediaTek chip in some Galaxy S23 devices. This caused alarm in some people, including me. While we’ve heard that the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 is a surprisingly good chip, we have our doubts given MediaTek’s shaky history.

But after the rumor hit the news, another whistleblower rebuked him. Yogesh Brar has a good track record and said that there will be no MediaTek partnership for the Galaxy S23 or Galaxy S22 FE in the future.

We’ve since heard talk of Samsung stopping production of Exynos chips for two years in order to have a new Galaxy-only chipset ready by 2025. This is in line with Samsung looking for alternative chipsets, even from MediaTek, rather than current partner Qualcomm.

Obviously none of these are 100% proof, but Samsung may still be interested in improving its Exynos brand. We would welcome this given that the Exynos 2200 fell short of our expectations, trailing the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in our Galaxy S22 Plus performance tests.

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The only thing we’ve heard is that Samsung may be calling the Galaxy S23 internally “Project Diamond”. Previously, some thought that the codename instead referred to a third foldable device, but according to DSCC analyst Ross Young, that appears not to be the case.

Samsung Galaxy S23: what we want to see

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra review

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Samsung has plenty of time to finalize some of the Galaxy S23’s details, so here’s what we’re hoping to see.

Best battery life

In short, the battery life of all three Galaxy S22 models is disappointing. Even the Galaxy S22 Ultra, with its 5,000mAh power pack, couldn’t last as long as phones like the OnePlus 10 Pro or iPhone 13 Pro Max in Tom’s Guide’s battery life test. The mid-range Galaxy A53 doesn’t have an outstanding battery life either.

Samsung needs to improve its game with battery life. Downgrading the power supplies from the Galaxy S21 to the Galaxy S22 (3700mAh vs 4000mAh) and Galaxy S22 (4500mAh vs 4800mAh) was an unwise decision and obviously hurt both phones in testing.

Better Cooling

It is no longer a secret that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip gets very hot. This leads to problems with throttling, especially in intensive games. Samsung has also been caught deliberately limiting some apps to save system performance. While the move ended up being dubious or downright disgusting to some, it proved one thing: the Galaxy S22 needed better cooling.

The OnePlus 10 Pro features a new cooling system that, in my experience, makes the phone more comfortable after long gaming sessions than the Galaxy S22 Ultra. We’re not asking for something on par with the best gaming phones, but the S22 can get pretty hot. We want the Galaxy S23 to fix this.

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Snapdragon or better Exynos

Look, we’re all for breaking Qualcomm’s near-monopoly on Android phones in some parts of the world. The strongest of all the best Android phones use Snapdragon chips. While Apple Silicon is still far ahead in some respects, Samsung’s Exynos processors fall behind Qualcomm in many others.

We all had high hopes for the flagship Exynos 2200 processor with its AMD-powered graphics, but in the end, this chip turned out to be lackluster at best. Samsung either needs to figure out why Exynos chips are lagging behind Snapdragon, or it needs to give up and use Snapdragon everywhere.

continuous zoom

One of the problems with telephoto lenses on smartphones is that you either use full optical zoom or get stuck with digital zoom that fills in the gaps. Rumors surrounding the Galaxy S22 Ultra have suggested that Samsung is going to introduce continuous zoom, where the phone can seamlessly transition from 1x to 10x and everything in between.

We want Samsung to bring this to all three Galaxy S23 models, though we have a feeling the feature could become an Ultra exclusive if it ever comes.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra S Pen on the back of the phone

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Improved Model Differentiation

Let’s face it, the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus are pretty boring. They look just like their predecessors without many of the new features. The biggest change has been an improved “night shot” for low-light photos, but Samsung’s best effort has clearly gone to the priciest Galaxy.

While understandable, we’d love to see the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 get something more than iterative updates. Whether it’s a fresh design, more powerful cameras, or a display refresh rate that actually drops to 10Hz, as the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus actually have a minimum of 48Hz instead of the 10Hz originally advertised by Samsung.

We just don’t want the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus to bore us. However, the Galaxy S23 Ultra should not be boring at all. Samsung CEO Ro Tae Moon may have just told us that the Ultra will be back in the S23 lineup and that it won’t disappear anytime soon.

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