Samsung next Unpacked is only a few hours away, which means a new batch of Galaxy S phones will likely arrive soon as well. The event, which is scheduled for Wednesday at 10 a.m. (1 p.m. ET), will almost certainly feature the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23 Plus, and premium Galaxy S23 Ultra. That is, if rumors are to be believed.
The Galaxy S22 the range has included some of our best phones of 2022. The base S22 is an impressive and more affordable option, the S22Plus is a superb all-rounder and the all-powerful S22 Ultra blew us away with his outstanding camera skills. We gave the Plus and Ultra a Editors’ Choice Award.
If Samsung maintains the pattern it has followed for the past three generations, we can expect to see a base model and Plus and Ultra variants again. We will know more on February 1 at Samsung unboxed, but here’s what we expect based on the company’s rumors, leaks, and previous product launches. As for what we want to see from Galaxy S23 range, longer battery life and smarter camera features top the list.
Galaxy S23 release date
Samsung will likely announce the Galaxy S23 series at its next Unpacked event on February 1, which will take place in San Francisco. The announcement of the event follows previous leaks, including this report from Korean newspaper JoongAng Daily, suggesting an early February launch of the Galaxy S23. A January 6 Tweeter by prominent leaker Ice Universe also claimed to show a Galaxy Unpacked teaser image with a date of February 1.
Whether the phones will be available in stores to buy that month is another matter, as global supply chains are still struggling and there may be a longer than usual delay. But Samsung is already offering promotions to US customers who want to reserve a phone in advance. You will get $50 in Samsung credit if you register to book one device or $100 if you request to reserve two.
Galaxy S23 models and sizes
We strongly expect Samsung to continue its strategy of launching multiple phone models, each with different specs and price points to appeal to a wide variety of people. Based on Samsung’s history, we’re confident we’ll see an entry-level Galaxy S23 model, an upgraded S23 Plus with a bigger screen, and the top-end S23 Ultra. It’s the Ultra that will pack the best tech, including extra cameras, the bigger screen, and almost certainly the S Pen stylus.
Samsung’s Unpacked event invite also includes what appear to be three projectors, which may be a subtle nod to three new incoming Galaxy models.
Reputable leaker Ice Universe released a detailed look at the sizes of the three upcoming phones (via GSM Arena), which aligned them almost exactly with the current sizes of the S22 lineup. As such, we’re not expecting any noticeable differences in the screen sizes of any of the ranges compared to the predecessors.
It was 6.1 inches for the Galaxy S22, 6.6 inches for the S22 Plus, and 6.8 inches for the 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 stray too far from last year’s pricing. For reference, the base S22 launched for $800, while the Plus model started at $1,000, and the high-performance S22 Ultra debuted at $1,200 in the US last February.
Galaxy S23 Cameras
The cameras seem to be one of the main areas of focus for the new series. In a January 17 blog post, Samsung’s head of mobile experience business, TM Roh, teased camera improvements that we can expect to see.
“Our pro-grade camera system is getting smarter, delivering the best photos and videos in any light among our Galaxy smartphones,” he wrote.
This is probably especially true for the Ultra model, which is usually where Samsung’s biggest camera innovations are found. We expected the S22 Ultra to include a huge 200-megapixel image sensor, given that Samsung launched two such image sensors and they can be found in other phones. We haven’t seen it on the S22 Ultra, but it seems likely that 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 particularly likely given that Samsung just announced a new 200 megapixel image sensor for smartphones.
Samsung’s product pages for these sensors not only offer improved resolution, but also 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 our recent tests, so it’s exciting to hear a further explosion of its low-light prowess.
That massive resolution will also help the phone’s zoom skills, which are already impressive thanks to its 10x optical zoom lens. Recent Rumors from Ice Universe suggest that the lens range will remain the same across all phones, but that extra resolution should help make the zooms even sharper.
We may also see a slight change in the camera design, at least on the Galaxy S23 Plus and potentially the Galaxy S23. Rumors of famous leakers ice universe and Steve Hemmerstoffer suggest that newer devices could have circular cutouts for camera lenses that sit directly on the back of the device rather than on a camera module. The Galaxy S22 Ultra already has a camera like this, but Hemmerstoffer’s leak suggests this style could make its way to the Plus model as well.
Take a look at the photos of the Galaxy S22 Ultra alongside the Galaxy S22 Plus and Galaxy S22 below to see what I mean.
Galaxy S23 battery, processor and other specs
The Galaxy S23 lineup 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. But a recent earnings call from Qualcomm suggested that Samsung would actually use Qualcomm’s silicon for every phone in the lineup.
As for other specs, we’re expecting a minimum of 8GB of RAM on base models, with 12GB available on the S23 Ultra. Storage should continue to start at 128GB, with higher capacity options available at higher prices. And no, we’re not expecting a return of the microSD card slot to expand storage. Sad face.
Recent certifications from the Federal Communications Commission show that the base S23 will have a 3,900mAh battery, a step up from the base S23’s 3,700mAh, while the S23 Plus will also get a battery boost of 4. 700mAh. There’s no official figure for the Ultra model yet, but again Ice Universe suggests it will have the same 5,000mAh cell size as the S22 Ultra.
We’ll probably know more as February 1 approaches. But if the rumors turn out to be true, the Galaxy S23 line will likely be a modest step up from the Galaxy S22 family.