What to expect from the next Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event?
Samsung will hold its next Unpacked event on February 1, 2023. What to expect?
Samsung will hold its first Unpacked event of 2023 on February 1, and many expect the Galaxy S23 family to be the center of attention. The South Korean giant has also released some details, such as the camera and performance improvements. But is this a major update or a more modest refresh? What can this event organized in San Francisco prepare for us?
Galaxy S23 Ultra
If the main advantage of the Galaxy S22 Ultra is undoubtedly its Galaxy Note style stylus, the S23 Ultra can revolve around its photo module. Rumors from Ice Universe and others have hinted at a 200MP primary sensor and Samsung has added some grit to that mill by unveiling a sensor that might just match. The ISOCELL HP2 promises highly detailed photos and 8K video at 30 frames per day, with the strongest low-light capabilities. It can also capture more accurate colors when the light is very good. The front device, on the other hand, can be upgraded to 12 MP.
Samsung could also give its S23 family a nice performance boost with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, said to be 25% faster than Gen 1, with hardware-enhanced ray tracing for gaming. AI processing will also be four times faster. And Qualcomm claims that Gen 2 is up to 40% more efficient. Satellite communications may also appear, such as Wi-Fi 7.
Perhaps the biggest surprise will ultimately come from the availability of this chip. According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the Snadragon 8 Gen 2 chip will be offered in devices worldwide. Out of the house Exynos chip that offers less efficient performance and autonomy.
The rest will be similar. In terms of design, if the leaked images are true, the Galaxy S23 Ultra will offer a slightly flatter design than its predecessor. There will still be a 12 MP ultra-wide lens, two 10 MP telephoto lenses, an S-Pen and up to 12 GB of RAM. A 1 TB storage option is also available.
Galaxy S23 and S23+
More conventional smartphones shouldn’t get such major updates, but the improvements should still be interesting. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip and the 12 MP front sensor will also appear, as well as a larger battery. These two devices will also be entitled to 256 GB of primary storage.
For the rest, we are probably entitled to the classic 6.1 and 6.6 inch screens of the Galaxy S22 range, not to mention a 5 MP rear main sensor, a 12 MP ultra-wide sensor and a single telephoto lens of 10MP. The photo module, moreover, should benefit from a reworked design, more than the line of the Ultra family.
Galaxy Book 3 Ultra
Samsung rarely introduces new smartphones during an Unpacked event, and there are rumors of a new high-end laptop on the way. The brand’s booking page hints at a new Galaxy Book device and the President of Mobile Experience TM Roh clarified that Ultra products will come in “more product categories” beyond smartphones, So. Why not an Ultra laptop?
If a leak is true, this new model is the Galaxy Book 3 Ultra. No one knows what this laptop will offer, but Samsung Display explained that this high-end Galaxy Book will have an OLED screen with integrated touch, just like smartphones. The Ultra is also expected to arrive alongside a more conventional Galaxy Book 3 Pro and a Galaxy Book 3 Pro 360 convertible with a stylus. The performance must also, of course, be up.
Bonus: Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Buds
The rumors didn’t actually mention any other products for this Unpacked. Samsung has reportedly decided to delay the introduction of the Galaxy Tab S9 family of tablets, likely due to the current economic uncertainty and poor sales of the Tab S8. In any case, the giant seems to wait longer between two generations of tablets than smartphones. The Tab S8 arrived in early 2022, its predecessor, the S7, in summer 2020.
You shouldn’t rely on new headphones either. Samsung introduced the Galaxy Buds 2 in the summer of 2021 and the Buds 2 Pro the following year. Aside from a slight revival for the Galayx Buds Live, the brand is under no pressure to update its audio products.
Other products are more likely to be formalized later. Don’t expect, for example, new Galaxy Z foldable smartphones, new Galaxy A affordable smartphones, or a new Galaxy Watch.