Galaxy S23 rumours: Samsung unpacks all the hype

Samsung next Unpacked is just a few hours away, which means a new batch of Galaxy S phones will be arriving soon as well. Wednesday at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET), the event will almost certainly showcase the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23 Plus, and the flagship Galaxy S23 Ultra. That is, if the rumors are to be believed.

The Samsung Galaxy S22 the range includes a few of ours the most popular phones from 2022. The base S22 is an impressive, more affordable option S22 Plus is a great all-rounder and almighty S22 Ultra blew us away with his stellar camera skills. We gave both Plus and Ultra. Editors’ Choice Award.

If Samsung sticks with the model it has followed for the last three generations, we can once again expect a base model and Plus and Ultra variants. We will know more on February 1 Samsung unpacked, but here’s what we expect based on rumors, leaks, and the company’s previous product launches. As for what we you want to see from the Galaxy S23. series, longer battery life and smarter camera features are at the top of the list.

Galaxy S23 release date

Samsung is likely to announce the Galaxy S23 series at its next Unpacked event on February 1 in San Francisco. The announcement of the event follows previous leaks, including this report from Korean newspaper JoongAng Daily, which suggests an early February launch of the Galaxy S23. A on January 6 in a tweet noted leaker Ice Universe also claimed to be showing off a Galaxy Unpacked trailer image dated February 1st.

Whether the phones will be available in stores that month is another question, as global supply chains are still struggling and delays could be longer than usual. However, Samsung is already offering promotions to customers in the US who want to pre-book the phone. If you get $50 Samsung credit register to reserve one device or $100 if you request to reserve two.

The S22 Ultra had some stiff competition this year, including Google’s Pixel 7 Pro.

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Galaxy S23 models and sizes

We strongly expect Samsung to continue with its strategy of introducing multiple phone models, each with different specifications and prices to appeal to different people. Based on Samsung’s history, we’re pretty sure we’ll see an entry-level Galaxy S23 model, an upgraded S23 Plus with a bigger screen, and a top-of-the-line S23 Ultra. It’s the Ultra that will have the best tech, including extra cameras, the biggest screen, and almost certainly the S Pen.

Samsung’s Unpacked event invitation also includes three spotlights that could be a subtle hint at the three new Galaxy models.

Samsung Invitation Unboxed.

Samsung’s next Unpacked event will take place on February 1. We look forward to hearing about the Galaxy S23 series.


Famous leaker Ice Universe has released a detailed description of the sizes of the three upcoming phones (via GSM Arena ), so they match the sizes of the current S22 models almost exactly. So, we don’t expect the screen sizes to differ in any range from its predecessors.

These included the 6.1-inch Galaxy S22, the 6.6-inch S22 Plus and the 6.8-inch S22 Ultra.

Galaxy S23 price

Assuming Samsung releases multiple models, the S23 lineup will come in three main price points. We don’t expect Samsung to deviate too much from last year’s prices. For example, the base S22 launched for $800, the Plus model started at $1,000, and the high-performance S22 Ultra debuted in the US last February for $1,200.

Galaxy S22 (left), Galaxy S22 Plus (middle) and Galaxy S22 Ultra (right)

The S22 range came in three sizes and we expect the S23 range to follow as well.

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Galaxy S23 cameras

It looks like cameras could be one of the main areas of focus for the new series. January 17 in a blog post by TM Roh, head of Samsung’s mobile business teasing camera improvements which we can expect to see.

“Our professional camera system keeps getting smarter and offers the best photos and videos in any light from our Galaxy smartphones,” he wrote.

This is likely to be especially true for the Ultra model, where you can usually find Samsung’s biggest camera innovations. We expected the S22 Ultra to have a whopping 200-megapixel image sensor, as Samsung has released two of those image sensors and they are available on other phones. We didn’t see it on the S22 Ultra, but it looks like a 200-megapixel sensor will be one of the S23 Ultra’s main bragging rights. Ice Universe also predicts that the Galaxy S23 Ultra will have a 200-megapixel sensor. This seems especially likely, given what Samsung just announced. a new 200-megapixel image sensor for smartphones.

Android phone and iPhone are both flashing

In our tests, the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s camera performed well against the Pixel 7 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro.

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Samsung’s product pages for these sensors boast not only improved resolution, but improved low-light photography by combining sets of smaller pixels into larger individual pixels that can capture more light. The S22 Ultra is already one of the best night camera phonesbeating the Pixel 7 Pro in recent tests, so it’s interesting to hear how it fares in low light.

This massive resolution will also help improve the phone’s zoom skills, which are already impressive thanks to the 10x optical zoom lens. The latest rumours Ice Universe suggests that the lens lineup will remain the same across the phones, but that extra resolution should help make zoom shots even sharper.

There is also a chance that the camera design will change a bit, at least on the Galaxy S23 Plus and possibly the Galaxy S23. Rumors from reliable leakers Ice Universe and Steve Hemmerstoffer suggests that the new devices could have circular cutouts for the camera lenses that are located directly on the back of the device, rather than in the camera module. The Galaxy S22 Ultra already has such a camera, but Hemmerstoffer’s leak suggests that this style may also make it to the Plus model.

Check out the photos below of the Galaxy S22 Ultra alongside the Galaxy S22 Plus and Galaxy S22 to see what I mean.

Samsung S22 and S22 Plus and S22 Ultra intertwined like a hand of cards

Galaxy S22 Ultra (left), Galaxy S22 Plus (middle) and Galaxy S22 (right).

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Galaxy S23 battery, processor and other specifications

The Galaxy S23 series will almost certainly use the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor. In previous years, Samsung used its own Exynos chips for its European models. However, Qualcomm’s recent earnings call indicated that Samsung will indeed be using Qualcomm silicon in every phone in the range.

As for other specs, we expect at least 8GB of RAM in the base models and 12GB in the S23 Ultra. Storage is likely to continue to start at 128GB, with higher capacity options available at higher prices. And no, we don’t expect the microSD card slot to return to increase storage. Sad face.

The latest FCC certifications show that the base S23 will have a 3,900mAh battery, up from the 3,700mAh in the base S23, while the S23 Plus will also get up to 4,700mAh. There’s no official model number for the Ultra yet, but again Ice Universe claims it will have the same 5,000mAh cell size as the S22 Ultra.

We’ll probably know more when February 1st. However, if the rumors are true, the Galaxy S23 series will probably be a modest step up from the Galaxy S22 family.

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