Samsung Galaxy S23: what we know so far

We’ve been hearing a lot of leaks and rumours about the Samsung Galaxy S23 long before its expected launch — but that shows just how excited people are about the successor to the Samsung Galaxy S22.

Don’t expect this new Android phone to launch until early 2023, as the last phones land in early 2022, but rumors keep pouring in about this exciting flagship, and we’ve collected them below. We’ll be adding to this post whenever a new leak emerges, so check back for more.

Below you can also find our wish list of the most wanted Samsung Galaxy S23 and its siblings based on our experience with the Samsung Galaxy S22 series.

In addition, we have information on possible release dates and prices for Samsung’s 2023 flagships.

Samsung Galaxy S23 release date

The Samsung Galaxy S23 may be released in February 2023. Not only are all the leaks pointing in this direction, but with the exception of the Samsung Galaxy S21 (released in January 2021), new models in the series have been releasing in February for years.

To be more precise, the rumors we’ve heard recently about the launch window are that it will be sometime in the first week of February. The same source has hinted that the phone could go on sale on February 17, so adjust your savings plan accordingly if you plan to buy it.

Samsung Galaxy S23 price

As for price, it’s likely to be similar to the Samsung Galaxy S22, which starts at $799 / £769 / AU$1,249. That’s the same launch price we’ve seen with the Galaxy S21, so Samsung could choose this one for three years in a row, albeit with a slight price hike as well.

Of course, this only applies to the standard model. The Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus starts at $999.99 / £949 / AU$1,549 and the Galaxy S22 Ultra starts at $1,199.99 / £1,149 / AU$1,849, so we may also see successors to these phones at similar prices.

Samsung Galaxy S23 design and display

Unofficial renders give us a glimpse of possible designs for the Samsung Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus, which you can see below.

The phones they showed looked a lot like their predecessors, with flat screens, punch-hole cameras in the same location, and metal frames.

They also have the same screen size and similar dimensions, 6.1 inches and 146.3 x 70.8 x 7.6mm for the Galaxy S23 and 6.6 inches and 157.7 x 76.1 x 7.6mm for the Galaxy S23 Plus, according to the same source.

However, you may have noticed that they don’t have a camera module, instead protruding the lens individually like the Galaxy S22 Ultra. These renderings and claims are from @OnLeaks, who has an excellent track record, so there’s a good chance they’re accurate.

As for the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, sources say its screen may be curved on all four sides, not just two, but they’re not entirely sure about that.

In fact, the Galaxy S23 Ultra may not have changed much, with recent news that it will measure 163.4 x 78.1 x 8.9 mm, which is almost the same as the S22 Ultra. They also say that, like its predecessor, it will have a 6.8-inch 1440 x 3088 screen.

This little-changed claim looks plausible as unofficial renders – you can see one of them below – show a nearly identical design to the Galaxy S22 Ultra; by popular leaker IceUniverse(Opens in a new tab) All of the above are reinforced by the provided supposedly leaked third-party case of the entire S23 series.

The main change is the size, which according to this source is slightly different at 163.4 x 78.1 x 8.8 mm, while the curvilinear design is less curved. The smallest of the two rear camera sensors this time around will also likely be flush with the back of the phone, with a slightly larger metal lens around it.

The source also claims that the screen will see some improvements such as better HDR, higher peak brightness and improved color accuracy, but it will again be 6.8 inches.

We’ve also heard a prediction that the Galaxy S23 will only be available in beige, black, green, and pale pink — a departure from the Galaxy S22, which has more shades to choose from.

According to one source, the Galaxy S23 may also stick to a 6.1-inch 1080p screen like its predecessor — and now a second source backs that up.

Samsung Galaxy S23 camera and battery

We’ve been hearing a lot about cameras, including a possible 200MP camera on the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra. That’s most likely true, as the claim comes from a leaker with a track record, and Samsung has already unveiled a 200MP camera. We’ve also recently heard of plans for a 200MP sensor for the second time, and now for the third time, so that seems likely.

According to one source, this camera could be a huge upgrade and could greatly improve nighttime photos and videos. The same source also claims that the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra will shoot a better telephoto lens than the S22 Ultra – although the optical zoom distance is apparently the same.

The improvement in the camera capabilities of the S23 Ultra model is evident in images that are claimed to be taken by the phone. If the picture is indeed authentic, then this is the first leaked photo taken by the phone.

Another camera leak suggests that the selfie snapper could hit 12MP resolution, up from 10MP in the S22, which would be a modest but appreciated upgrade. Yet another leak suggests we won’t be getting an under-display camera on the Galaxy S23.

Also on the camera front, we’ve heard that the Samsung Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus may have the same 10MP telephoto camera as their predecessor, the S22. Likewise, the Galaxy S23 Ultra may also have the same periscope camera as the S22 Ultra.

The ultra-wide-angle camera on these three models is also likely to be the same 12MP camera we’ve seen over the years.

The full spec leak of the standard S23 also shows that all the cameras are the same as on the S22.

Aside from the cameras, there are reports that the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra may be equipped with a 5,000mAh battery. That’s something we’ve heard twice now, with a second source adding that the Galaxy S23 Plus will have a 4,700mAh battery — up from 4,500mAh on the S22 Plus.

The Samsung Galaxy S23 also gets a 200mAh battery boost to 3,900mAh. The source of the claim also said it would charge slowly, and while they didn’t specify that, we’ve heard elsewhere that it might stick to 25W charging like its predecessor. Since then, another source has also pointed to a 3,900mAh battery and 25W charging, so that seems likely.

Samsung Galaxy S23 specs and features

A report bizarrely claims that Samsung may use MediaTek chipsets in the Samsung Galaxy S23 series, at least in some parts of the world. That would be a big change, as in previous models, the company has been using either Snapdragon or Exynos chips — often both, with different brands in different regions.

However, two other sources have indicated that there may not be a move to MediaTek, so for now we think that seems unlikely.

Since then, another leak has suggested that Samsung will use Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets everywhere, rather than Exynos in some regions. This is apparently so that the company can focus its chipset manufacturing resources on developing new custom chipsets for future Galaxy S models.

That prediction was backed by one of the best analysts in the phone business, and since then Qualcomm itself has hinted that the S23 series will use its chipsets globally (though the wording leaves some leeway), So it seems likely that the Galaxy S23 will be powered by a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor.

In fact, the same rumor has since resurfaced, and a source now specifically points to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 being used.

Of course, this is the chipset we’d like to see in at least some regions, and the Geekbench benchmark for the US Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra model lists it — along with just 8GB of RAM.

Some leakers – also pointed out that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is used in the standard Galaxy S23, again with 8GB of RAM, and either 128GB or 256GB of storage.

What we want to see

While we wait for more Samsung Galaxy S23 news and rumors, here are some things that we really want to see from it.

1. Bigger batteries

The Samsung Galaxy S22 is lumbered with just a 3,700mAh battery, which even given its relatively compact 6.1-inch screen isn’t particularly large. The Galaxy S22 Plus and S22 Ultra fare better at 4,500mAh and 5,000mAh respectively, but even those sizes are unremarkable.

So, for the Samsung Galaxy S23 range we want to see every model have a bigger battery, but especially the standard handset. Battery life is one thing that isn’t really improving as phones get better, but we’d really like it to.

2. Snapdragon for all

Samsung provides different chipsets in its Galaxy S flagships for different parts of the world and that’s not ideal, as the chipsets are never equal and that can have impacts not just on pure power but also on battery life and camera capabilities. The upshot being that the same phone can be quite different depending on what country you buy it in.

Aside from that being confusing – and meaning that reviews may not reflect the device you’ll be getting – it’s also the case that inevitably one chipset is worse, and it’s usually Samsung’s Exynos ones that perform more poorly.

So for the Samsung Galaxy S23 range we want Samsung to abandon Exynos and just stick the next Snapdragon in them all. This almost certainly won’t happen, but it would make for a globally consistent experience on its phones.

3. More changes to the standard and Plus models

Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus

A redesign would be nice to see (Image credit: Future)

The Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus are in most ways very similar phones to their predecessors. They have new chipsets and some camera changes, but the design and some of the other specs are similar.

So for the Samsung Galaxy S23 range we want more radical changes – more like what we saw the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra go through. That could mean a new design or new features, but in short, we want them to feel new.

4. Slicker software

We noted in our Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus review that the phone’s software doesn’t feel quite as fast as some rival interfaces such as those from OnePlus or Xiaomi, and certainly not as fast as stock Android.

While Samsung’s One UI is hardly slow, it can feel ever so slightly sluggish at times, which is the last thing you want with a premium phone. So we’d like the company to work on improving this for the version of its software that the Galaxy S23 range runs.

5. New cameras for the Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra undeniably has great cameras, but they’re also almost identical to the cameras on the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, so we really want to see some significant changes for the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra.

Early S22 Ultra rumors talked about continuous optical zoom – allowing the phone to optically zoom at any level between 1x and 10x. We didn’t get that in the end, with the phone sticking with 3x and 10x options, but that could certainly help mix things up, as could the rumored 200MP sensor. So this is one wish that we might well get.

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