The Samsung Galaxy S22 series wowed us with its minimal yet sleek designs and super compelling specs. Looking at those, it’s clear that the Galaxy S23 series has quite a few shoes to fill. While rumors have been circulating on the internet about a much earlier release, a new report puts them to rest, revealing that the upcoming flagships may be more or less sticking to their usual release cycle.
Galaxy S23 series: Release date
A recent report suggests that the Galaxy S23 will launch earlier than usual. The launch will take place through an Unpacked event in San Francisco. Historically, the company has released its flagship phone series a few weeks after launch, and if this is anything to go by, then the Galaxy S23 series might go on sale on February 17.
The report continues that Samsung usually launches the Galaxy S series in March, but intense market competition is forcing Samsung to push the release window to February. This will help the company to reflect the sales of the flagship phones in the first quarter report itself.
Galaxy S23 serial processor and camera
Apart from that, the report says that while the Galaxy S23 series is likely to rely mostly on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for processing needs, some models may also ship with the Exynos 2300. Meanwhile, the top model – the Galaxy S23 Ultra – may sport . A Samsung-developed 200MP sensor, which is almost double the pixels compared to the 108MP unit of its predecessor.
There were rumors that the 200MP unit in question could be the ISOCELL HP3 sensor, but reliable tipster Ice Universe suggested otherwise. So if the Ultra will continue to have 200MP but not use the next-gen HP3 sensor, then the next contender is the ISOCELL HP2. This, according to the same informant, should bring significant night photography improvements.
HP3 will not be adopted by Samsung S23 Ultra. https://t.co/cTqdMMQldA
— Universe Ice (@UniverseIce) June 23, 2022
Meanwhile, the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus could have 12MP units up front for selfies, according to GalaxyClub. This should result in a noticeable improvement over the 10MP unit of last year’s models. The rest of the cameras will probably have the same resolution, although there could be improvements in other departments.
Battery capacity of Galaxy S23 Plus and Ultra
Meanwhile, Galaxy Club managed to obtain some battery model numbers along with their estimated capacities. According to the Dutch publication, the EB-BS916ABY of the Galaxy S23 Plus has an estimated capacity of 4,565 mAh, which Samsung could market as 4,700 mAh. This is slightly larger than the Galaxy S22 Plus but smaller than the Galaxy S21 Plus. Meanwhile, the EB-BS918ABY of the Galaxy S23 Ultra has a rated capacity of 4,855 mAh and a typical capacity of 5,000 mAh. Again, this information has yet to be confirmed, so it’s best to take it with a pinch of salt.
Galaxy S23 series design
Samsung, like Apple, follows a 3-year design refresh cycle. The same will also happen for the Galaxy S23 series, with the flagship phones more or less recycling the S22 designs. Ice Universe says, however, that the Galaxy S23 could have thicker bezels.
A small difference between S22 and S23, Samsung widened all four bezels for the S23 by 0.15mm, it looks thicker than the S22, I can’t understand why Samsung does this, I have to suspect again that there is a spy inside Samsung. pic.twitter.com/KwdelDbHrF
— Universe Ice (@UniverseIce) September 15, 2022
It’s not clear why Samsung would take a step back in terms of design like this, but we hope it has something to do with improved durability.