There are already a lot of leaks and rumors about the Samsung Galaxy S23, even though it hasn’t come out yet. This shows how excited people are for the phone that will come after the Samsung Galaxy S22.
Since the last batch of Android phones came out at the start of 2022, don’t expect this one to come out until early 2023. However, there are a lot of rumors about this exciting flagship phone, and we’ve put them all together below. When new leaks come out, we’ll add them to this article, so check back for more.
Below that is our wish list for the Samsung Galaxy S23 and its siblings, based on what we liked and didn’t like about the Samsung Galaxy S22 line.
Also, we’ve added information about when and how much Samsung’s 2023 flagships are likely to cost.
Get to the point.
- What’s that? Samsung’s next popular top-of-the-line phone will be
- When does it come out? most likely in early 2023.
- How much is it going to cost? More than $799, £769, or AU$1,249, most likely.
When will the Samsung Galaxy S23 come out?
Most likely, Samsung will show off the Galaxy S23 in February 2023. Not only do all the leaks point in that direction, but with the exception of the Samsung Galaxy S21, which was announced in January 2021, new models in the range have always been shown off in February.
To be more specific, the latest rumor we’ve heard about when the game will come out is that it will be in the first week of February. The same source says that the phone might go on sale on February 17, so if you want to buy it, you should change how you plan to save up.
Price of the Samsung Galaxy S23
In terms of price, it could be comparable to the Samsung Galaxy S22, which starts at $799, £769, or AU$1,249That’s the same price as when the Galaxy S21 came out, so Samsung might keep doing this for the next two years as well, though the price could also go up a little.
There is also a small chance that the price could go down, especially since leaker @chunvn8888 says the vibration motor is being made less powerful, which could save Samsung money.
Of course, that only applies to the basic model. The Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus starts at $999.99 (£949 or AU$1,549) and the Galaxy S22 Ultra starts at $1,199.99 (£1,149 or AU$1,849), so the prices for the phones that come after them might be similar.
Samsung Galaxy S23 design and display
Unofficial renders have shown us what the Samsung Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus might look like. You can see these renderings below.
They show phones with flat screens, punch-hole cameras in the same place, and metal frames that look a lot like the phones that came before them.
The same source says that they both have 6.1-inch screens and dimensions of 146.3 x 70.8 x 7.6mm for the Galaxy S23 and 6.6-inch screens and dimensions of 157.7 x 76.1 x 7.6mm for the Galaxy S23 Plus.
But, as you may have noticed, they don’t have a camera block. Instead, like the Galaxy S22 Ultra, each lens sticks out separately. Since @OnLeaks has a good track record, there’s a good chance that these renderings and claims are true.
As for the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, a source has suggested that it might have a screen that curves on all four sides rather than just two, but they don’t sound at all sure of this.
The Galaxy S23 Ultra might not change much at all
In fact, the Galaxy S23 Ultra might not change much at all. According to this source, it will have dimensions of 163.4 x 78.1 x 8.9 mm, which are almost the same as the S22 Ultra. They also say that it will have the same 6.8-inch, 1440 x 3088 screen as its predecessor.
This claim that not much will change seems likely, as unofficial renders like the one below show a design that is almost the same as the Galaxy S22 Ultra. This is all backed up by supposed leaked third-party cases for the whole S23 range, which were found by popular leaker IceUniverse (opens in a new tab).
The main differences are the size, which is just a little bit different at 163.4 x 78.1 x 8.8 mm, and the shape, which is less curved. This time, the two smallest rear camera sensors may also be flush with the back of the phone, and the metal rings around the lenses may be a little bit bigger.
The source also says that the screen will get some improvements, like better HDR, a brighter peak, and more accurate colors, but it will still be 6.8 inches.
We’ve also heard a prediction that the Galaxy S23 is only going to be available in beige, black, green, and light pink—that’s something of a shift from the Galaxy S22, which was available in more hues.
According to one source, the Galaxy S23 might also stick with a 6.1-inch 1080p screen, just like its predecessor, with a second source now backing that up.
Samsung Galaxy S23 camera
We’ve already heard a lot about the cameras, including that the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra might have a 200-megapixel camera. The claim comes from a leaker with a good track record, and Samsung has already shown off a 200-megapixel camera. We’ve also heard for the second and now the third time that a 200MP sensor is in the works, so this seems very likely.
One source says that this camera could be a big step up and let you take and record better photos and videos at night. The same source says that the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra will take better telephoto shots than the S22 Ultra, even though the optical zoom distances will be the same.
The camera on the S23 Ultra model has gotten better.
A picture that looks like it was taken by the S23 Ultra model’s camera shows how much better it is now. If the picture is real, this is the first time a picture taken by the phone has been leaked. Since then, another photo has come out, along with a photo taken by the Google Pixel 7 Pro to compare.
The selfie camera might have a higher resolution than the S22’s 10 MP, according to another leak about the camera. This would be a small but useful change. But another leak says that there won’t be a camera under the screen of the Galaxy S23.
We’ve also heard that the Samsung Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus might have the same 10 MP telephoto camera as the S22. Like the S22 Ultra, the Galaxy S23 Ultra might also have a periscope camera.
All three models might have the same 12 MP ultra-wide cameras that we’ve seen for years.
A leak of the full list of features for the standard S23 also shows that all the cameras will be the same as on the S22.
Samsung Galaxy S23 battery
A source has said that the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra might have a 5,000 mAh battery, which has nothing to do with the camera. We’ve heard this twice now, and the second source added that the Galaxy S23 Plus will have a 4,700 mAh battery, which is bigger than the S22 Plus’s 4,500 mAh battery.
The Samsung Galaxy S23 battery could also get an extra 200 mAh, bringing it to 3,900 mAh. The source of this claim also says that it will charge slowly. They don’t say how slowly, but we’ve heard elsewhere that it might charge at 25W like its predecessor. Since then, another source has also said that the battery is 3,900 mAh and that it charges at 25W, so this seems likely.
The specs and features of the Samsung Galaxy S23
A strange report said that the Samsung Galaxy S23 range might use a MediaTek chipset, at least in some parts of the world. In the past, the company always used either Snapdragon or Exynos chips, or sometimes both, depending on where the phone was sold.
But since then, two other sources have said that a switch to MediaTek is probably not going to happen. For now, we’d say it’s unlikely.
Since then, a new leak suggests that Samsung will use Qualcomm Snapdragon chips everywhere instead of Exynos in some places. This is likely so that the company can use its chipset-making resources to make a new custom chipset for a future Galaxy S model.
One of the best analysts in the phone business agrees with that prediction, and Qualcomm has since said that the S23 line will use its chipsets globally (though in a way that leaves room for interpretation), so it seems likely that the Galaxy S23 will use the Snapdragon 8-generation 2 processor.
In fact, the same rumor has come up again, and a source says that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will be used.
We would expect that chipset to be used at least somewhere, and a Geekbench benchmark for a US model of the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra lists it along with just 8GB of RAM.
Yogesh Brar, a leaker with a good track record, has also said that the standard Galaxy S23 will have the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, 8GB of RAM, and either 128GB or 256GB of storage.
What we’re looking for
While we wait for more news and rumors about the Samsung Galaxy S23, here are some things we want to see from it.
1. Bigger batteries
Even though the Samsung Galaxy S22 has a relatively small 6.1-inch screen, it only has a 3,700 mAh battery, which isn’t very big. With 4,500mAh and 5,000mAh, respectively, the Galaxy S22 Plus and S22 Ultra do better, but even those sizes aren’t very impressive.
So, for the Samsung Galaxy S23 line, we want every model, but especially the standard phone, to have a bigger battery. One thing that isn’t really getting better as phones get better is the battery life, but we’d really like it to.
2. A snap for everyone
Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S phones have different chipsets in different parts of the world. This isn’t ideal because the chipsets are never the same, which can affect not only raw power but also battery life and camera capabilities. As a result, the same phone can be very different depending on where it is bought.
Not only is this confusing, but it also means that reviews may not be accurate for the device you’ll be getting. Also, one chipset is always worse, and it’s usually Samsung’s Exynos chips that perform worse.
So, we want Samsung to ditch Exynos for the Samsung Galaxy S23 line and just put the next Snapdragon in all of them. Almost certainly, this won’t happen, but it would make its phones work the same everywhere.
3. The standard and Plus models are getting more changes.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus are phones that are mostly the same as the ones that came before them. They have different chipsets and cameras, but the design and some other specs are the same.
So, we want the Samsung Galaxy S23 line to go through even bigger changes, like the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra did. That could mean a new look or new features, but in short, we want them to feel new.
4. Slicker software
In our review of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus, we said that the phone’s software didn’t feel as fast as some other interfaces, like those from OnePlus or Xiaomi, and definitely not as fast as stock Android.
Even though Samsung’s One UI isn’t slow, it can sometimes feel a little bit slow, which is the last thing you want on a high-end phone. So, we’d like the company to work on making this better for the software version that runs on the Galaxy S23 range.
5. The Ultra has new cameras.
The cameras on the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra are great, but they’re almost the same as the cameras on the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. For the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, we really want to see some big changes.
Early rumors about the S22 Ultra said that it would have continuous optical zoom, which would let the phone optically zoom at any level from 1x to 10x. We didn’t get that in the end, though. The phone only had 3x and 10x options, but that and the rumored 200MP sensor could have made things more interesting. So this is a wish that could come true.