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What Can We Expect from the Upcoming Galaxy S23 Series?

With the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S23 series only a few weeks away, time is running out for the current Galaxy S22 model. It appears that Samsung has been working hard in creating anticipation about the upcoming flagship line with plenty of juicy leaks and early details already circulating. Needless to say, it looks like there's no shortage of excitement surrounding this new Galaxy series! Let’s dive into the latest rumours about what the Samsung Galaxy S23 will be like.

In this article:

When will the Samsung Galaxy S23 series come out?

The new Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23 Plus and Galaxy S23 Ultra will be unveiled at a special Unpacked event on the 1st of February 2023 at 6pm GMT. Samsung usually follows at least a 2 week delay after the event to release its new flagships. With this in mind it is likely that the Galaxy S23 series will be available to buy on 15th of February 2023, at the earliest.

How much will the Samsung Galaxy S23 cost?

The Galaxy S22 lineup was pricey, but the newest generation of Galaxy S flagships is expected to cost around £100 more, if leaked prices for European markets are of any indication.

Given that the UK is no longer part of the EU, it is difficult to predict whether this will play in our favour in terms of the price for the Galaxy S23. The Galaxy S22 started at £769 last year, so it is safe to assume that the Galaxy S23 will at least keep the same price tag. The S23 Ultra version will be expensive, starting at a whopping £1,149 or more.

What new features will the Samsung Galaxy S23 series have?

Despite the Unpacked event being titled “Most Epic Yet”, Galaxy S23 lineup isn't looking to be revolutionary, and even the Galaxy S23 Ultra won't get that many improvements. The basic model and the Plus variant will see minimal tweaks. Here's an idea of improvements and features coming to the Galaxy S23 phones.

Appearance and design: What will the Galaxy S23 series look like?

  • The Galaxy S23 may look almost exactly like the Galaxy S22.
  • Rumour has it the new models won't have a rear camera bump.
  • The Galaxy S23 Ultra could have a redesign.

The recently leaked images of the upcoming Galaxy S23 suggest that it looks quite similar to last year's basic S22 and Plus models. Whereas upon closer inspection of the S23 Ultra, there are some subtle differences for the Ultra model. It's rumoured that Samsung is planning on bending the phone glass around all four of S23 Ultra’s edges. That's something they've done with their Galaxy S6 Edge. But if this is true, the S23 Ultra will be the first with an all-around curved display.


The Galaxy S23 will probably have a more minimalistic design, especially on the back. Each camera lens and sensor will have its own dedicated spot on the back, giving it a sleek look similar to that of the Galaxy S22 Ultra.

According to sources, it looks like the Samsung Galaxy S23 will be released in four colour variants – Cotton Flower (cream), Misty Lilac (pink), Botanic Green, and Phantom Black but, apparently, Samsung will have extra shades that will be exclusive to their online shop.

Display: How will it be?

  • New models may have the same size display as the Galaxy S22.
  • The Galaxy S23 Ultra might be taking over the throne with the brightest display.

The upcoming Galaxy S23 is expected to feature the same top-notch display as was present on its predecessor, the Galaxy S22. That's not really shocking news to anyone, as Samsung is known for their quality screens. The displays on the Galaxy S23 flagships are said to be AMOLED with a 120Hz refresh rate, making them vivid and luminous with buttery-smooth motion.

Apparently, the S23 will have a 6.1-inch display with more than Full HD resolution. 2340x1080 pixels which isn't extraordinary but should be advantageous for power conservation - which is more important than extra pixels in this case. The Galaxy S23 Plus will be equipped with a 6.6-inch display having the same resolution as its predecessor, while the Galaxy S23 Ultra reportedly will have a 6.8-inch screen with a 3088 x 1440 pixel resolution - same as last year.

Additionally, the upcoming Galaxy S23 Ultra is rumoured to make use of the latest Gorilla Glass Victus 2, which offers superior protection against drops onto hard surfaces and is reportedly thick enough to be suitable for larger phones.

Galaxy S23 Camera: Will there be any improvements?

  • The Galaxy S23 Ultra's biggest new feature will be its camera capabilities.
  • Non-Ultra S23 models won’t have camera upgrades.

In terms of front camera, don't get your hopes up for an under-display camera on the upcoming Samsung S23 models. We anticipate that instead, the entire lineup will have a smaller punch-hole in the display for the camera.

Talking about the rear cameras,Stuff suggests that all the improvements are exclusive to the Galaxy S23 Ultra. Rumours suggest that it will boast an upgraded ISOCELL HP2, which will make nighttime photography even better. Additionally, Samsung just released a promotional video with a hint that 'Epic nights are coming' and it's sure to get tech-enthusiasts excited.

The Galaxy S23 Ultra could provide an enhanced night mode and a better 'Moon shot' option. Reports are indicating that the Galaxy S23 Ultra will have improved anti-shake and focusing capabilities compared to the Galaxy S22 Ultra. Aside from that, it looks like the camera specs will remain similar. We're talking about the same ultrawide and 10x optical zoom lens for the Galaxy S23 Ultra. Virtually all specifications should stay the same as last year's model.

Galaxy S23 Performance. Will there be any upgrades?

  • Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 under the hood.
  • Performance levels close to that of Apple's A16 Bionic chipset.

Rumour has it that Samsung will feature the plus version of Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 platform. Along with this, leakers have come forward claiming that Samsung will be receiving exclusive versions of the latest Snapdragon chips for some of their upcoming phones. This should just result in a quick performance upgrade without any major alterations. Therefore, the upcoming Galaxy S23 could easily become one of the speediest Android phones on the market if it gets a significant performance boost. This would definitely put its specs and capabilities on par with those of the A16 Bionic.

Image: Evleaks

The S23 models are said to be boasting remarkable performance increases of 36% faster, 48% better at graphics and a whopping 60% more powerful when it comes to neural processing than the previous models. In terms of storage some leaks confirmed that the Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus phones might double the storage space and launch with 256GB of storage. The 1 TB option will be reserved for the S23 Ultra. Without a doubt, the entire lineup will be running Android 13 with Samsung's One UI 5.

Will Galaxy S23 have a longer battery life?

  • Bigger battery for the Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus.
  • Nothing new in terms of charging compared to previous generation.

Techradar suggest that the Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus may have a battery capacity upgrade of a few hundred mAh. Meanwhile, the S23 Ultra is said to feature the same 5,000mAh battery as last year's model.

As far as we know so far, Samsung won’t be taking Galaxy S23 lineup’s charging speeds up a notch anytime soon. The Galaxy S23 will charge at the same speed as the S22 - at 25W. Meanwhile, the Plus and Ultra variants can get up to 45W charging rate. Samsung’s competitors are using much higher charging speeds, some even up to 120W, so we were definitely expecting a bigger battery upgrade from Samsung.

Should I wait to buy the new Galaxy S23?

You should definitely wait for the Galaxy S23 to launch if you don't desperately need a new phone at the moment. Samsung's upcoming flagship has got an all-new mobile platform, Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 – so if you can hold out for a bit, it may be worth it. On top of that, if Galaxy S23 models don’t take your fancy, there will be significant discounts on the Galaxy S22 handsets after the release of Galaxy S23.

If you currently own a Galaxy S22 model, there is no need to wait around for the upcoming S23. The improvements it might bring may be minimal and not worth the hassle of upgrading, so you might as well just stay with your current phone instead. Besides, Samsung phones have really fancy camera upgrades but if you're after a bit more assistance with taking good photos then Google Pixel phones are probably a better choice for you.

When you make the decision to upgrade, don't forget that you can always recycle your old device at Compare and Recycle and get some extra cash back to offset your new phone cost. It's a great way to ensure that your old phone is taken care of responsibly and also helps you save money on your new device.

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