Samsung will soon unveil its new flagships. While rumors and leaks follow each other about the design and characteristics (chip, sensor…), we examine the Galaxy S23, S23+ and Galaxy S23 Ultra.
Last straight line for Samsung before the presentation of its new flagships. As usual, the South Korean giant won’t wait until the end of February and the MWC to lift the veil on its new range. For weeks, leaks and rumors have painted a picture of future Samsung smartphones. The manufacturer should release a new premium model: the Galaxy S23 Ultra. The spearhead of the Galaxy S and successor to the Galaxy Note, the “Ultra” model will always be accompanied by a Galaxy S23+ and the Galaxy S23.
Design: some evolutions
No need to wait for the official announcement to get a clear idea. The leaker OnLeaks has very quickly offered 3D renderings that allow us to discover Samsung’s next flagships in advance. We will start with the Galaxy S23 and S23 + which will take on the main lines of their predecessors. Note that the two models tend to be very close, the main difference being the format with the “classic” model being more compact than the “Plus” version.
We should still expect a noticeable change in the back. Out of the island that allows the image sensors to be separated from the back of the device, Samsung aims to integrate them directly into the shell… like in the Galaxy S22 Ultra model. Note that the first official images of the Galaxy S23 have leaked.
The compact model will be available in 4 colors: Mystic Lilac (pink / purple), Cotton Flower (white), Botanic Green (green) and Phantom Black (black).
Galaxy S23 Ultra: the flagship is entitled to changes
For its part, the Galaxy S23 Ultra should not experience a revolution. It will keep the lines close to its predecessors, with some adjustments about the image part. The manufacturer will offer better integration with the chassis, with two modules (right) that protrude less, according to the first renderings and promotional images. In fact, the images leaked ahead of time and showed the Galaxy S23.
In addition, the dimensions should not change significantly. The S23 Ultra is said to measure 163.4 x 78.1 x 8.9mm, compared to 163.3 x 77.9 x 8.9mm for its predecessor. Finally, and even if Samsung presented a “new” ultra-bright OLED screen at CES 2023, we should not expect any excitement. While Samsung is used to incorporating the latest innovations from its Display branch, future devices won’t be any better than the current generation. You also shouldn’t expect the Galaxy S23 Ultra to have a brighter panel than the iPhone 14 Pro.
The premium model will always stand out because of its S Pen stylus. It will still have a dedicated location for its storage.
Performance: a Snapdragon for everyone
Inside the Galaxy S23, a true revolution awaits us. After the Exynos chips failed, Samsung completely turned to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. The SoC, which is starting to arrive in smartphones, will be available in all models and in all regions. Even France (and Europe) has rights to the Galaxy S23 under Snapdragon. The information was also confirmed by an official at Qualcomm.
This change is of course not trivial and suggests very good performances. Compared to an S22 Ultra under the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, we evoked get 36% in CPU (processor), 48% for graphics part (GPU) and 60% in NPU. It is further rumored that the Galaxy S23 will ship with a modified version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. The SoC will be overclocked with a frequency of 3.36 GHz, against the 3.2 GHz base. However, this option raises some concerns about how Samsung will integrate this modified chip.
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To accompany this powerful processor, the battery capacity will increase slightly in some models. On the other hand, fast charge will not evolve.
Finally, everything will come with One UI 5.1 overlay based on Android 13. Samsung’s policy includes 4 years of Android updates and five years of security patches for its devices.
Photo: focus on the 200 Mpx module
The Galaxy S23 can’t be expected in terms of the image, the main element of premium smartphones. The South Korean manufacturer will refine its copy of the Galaxy S23 and S23+ by taking the photo sensors from the current range. The arrival of Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and new software still suggest improvements in this area.
The Ultra model will be closely watched, as it should carry a 200 megapixel main sensor. Made by Samsung, it will be a new ISOCELL HPx module and its presence promises a lot even if the Galaxy S22 Ultra is not ahead. We’ve already seen a 200 Mpx sensor at work on the Motorola edge 30 Ultra.
At Samsung, we expect a lot from this sensor and especially from the night mode. A teaser also praises the night performance of the new cuvée, with the following enhancements: “designed for moonlight”, “shoot the night, even in low light” or “beautiful photos will come”. The world number one will try to surpass the big names of the moment like Google Pixel 7 Pro or iPhone 14 Pro. The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra photo setup should look like this:
- Main image sensor (wide-angle): 200 megapixel (1/1.3 inch) Samsung ISOCELL HPx
- Ultra wide-angle: 12 megapixels
- Telephoto: 10 megapixels, x3 zoom
- Second telephoto lens (periscope sensor): 10 megapixels, x10 zoom
Release date: see you in February
It’s now official, Samsung will host a new Unpacked event on 1eh February 2023. If the manufacturer does not officially mention its program, there is absolutely no doubt about the nature of this meeting. This will allow the world number one to unveil its premium Galaxy S23 range and this Unpacked will be held face to face. First in three years since the Covid-19 pandemic.
The next Unpacked will be held at the Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco on Wednesday 1eh February at 7 pm for the French public. It will be followed in person and online, on Samsung’s YouTube channel and on our website. In fact, all event announcements will follow in the Journal du Geek.
The presentation will take place at the beginning of February, but the marketing will take place later. The Galaxy S23, S23 and S23 Ultra will arrive two weeks later, around February 15.
Price: like the S22… or more expensive?
At the time of these lines, the list price of the future S23 range is unknown. However, we can recall the launch prices of the current generation:
- Galaxy S22 with 8 GB of memory and 128 GB of storage space: 859 euros. Model with 256 GB of storage space: 909 euros.
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- Galaxy S22+ with 8 GB of memory and 128 GB of storage space: 1,059 euros. Model with 256 GB of storage space: 1,109 euros.
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- Galaxy S22 Ultra with 8 GB of memory and 128 GB of storage: 1,259 euros. Models with 12 GB of memory: 1,359 euros (256 GB of storage), 1,459 euros (512 GB of storage) and 1,659 euros (1 TB of storage).
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We can expect similar configurations (memory and storage) for the three models. Given the current context, Samsung is unlikely to lower its prices. We should still expect a slight price increase, but let’s still wait for the official presentation.