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Samsung Galaxy S23 series: Everything we know so far and what we want to see
Update, June 27, 2022 (04:34 PM ET): We have updated the Samsung Galaxy S23 hub below with a rumor related to the telephoto lens on the back of the phone.
Original article: Samsung continues to be the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer. A huge reason for its astonishing success is the popularity of its Galaxy S line. Over the years, the Galaxy S line has become synonymous with Android, being some of the most well-known and most revered devices in the market. In 2023, we expect that to continue with the Samsung Galaxy S23 series.
What could Samsung have in store for the Galaxy S23 line? There are a lot of unknown details as of right now, but we can make plenty of assumptions based on what Samsung has done in the past. Meanwhile, we also can make a wishlist of features we hope Samsung brings around for the Galaxy S23 phones. Continue on for what we know and what we hope to see!
Will there be a Samsung Galaxy S23 series?
The Galaxy S line is Samsung’s most popular premium smartphone series. It is inevitable that the company would launch a new entry in the series, just as it has done every year since 2010.
History lesson: The Samsung Galaxy S series
Of course, Samsung has thrown curveballs in the past in relation to the names of the phones. For instance, we skipped from the Galaxy S10 series to the Galaxy S20 series. However, Samsung did this mainly to align the name of the phone with the year in which it was released. Therefore, it’s nearly certain the new Galaxy S line would be known as the Samsung Galaxy S23 series.
When will the Samsung Galaxy S23 release date be?
- Galaxy S10 series — February 20, 2019
- Galaxy S20 series — February 11, 2020
- Galaxy S21 series — January 14, 2021
- Galaxy S22 series — February 9, 2022
Historically, Samsung has launched Galaxy S phones within the first three months of the year. In recent years, Samsung has launched them in February, with only the Galaxy S21 series as an exception. This was likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It stands to reason that Samsung would launch the Galaxy S23 series in February 2023. However, don’t rule out a January or even March launch. Samsung has launched the phones in those months in the past. There’s also no telling how the ongoing global chip shortage could change the company’s plans.
What features and specs will the Samsung Galaxy S23 series have?
We usually get substantial leaks and rumors related to the next Galaxy S release starting in the late summer. As such, we should see a lot of those leaks drop soon. In the meantime, here’s what we can gather from previous Galaxy S launches.
One of the biggest-ever shifts for the Galaxy S line happened in 2022. That’s when Samsung remodeled the Galaxy S22 Ultra to make it look and function more like a Galaxy Note phone. This included it being a boxy design with an S Pen slot.
However, the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus remained largely the same when compared to the previous models. It’s very possible Samsung could repeat this strategy in 2023. If that happened, the Galaxy S23 Ultra would look a lot like the Galaxy S22 Ultra and the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus wouldn’t change much either.
We expect the Galaxy S23 series to look nearly identical to the Galaxy S22 series.
This is the same strategy Apple employs for iPhones. It’s not often that Apple wildly revamps the looks of the phones, instead opting to subtly refine the design each year. Our money is on Samsung using the same strategy going forward for the Galaxy S line.
Specs and features
Samsung Galaxy S phones are almost always the first globally available devices with the latest flagship silicon from Qualcomm. We don’t expect 2023 to be any different in this regard. As such, you can expect all three Samsung Galaxy S23 phones to have the as-yet-unannounced Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 inside. That would be for devices in North America, Korea, and India, while other countries would get the unannounced Exynos 2300. We do not expect Samsung to go all-in on either Qualcomm or Exynos in 2023.
Samsung also very rarely downgrades specs across the years. We expect the Galaxy S23 Ultra to have similar or better specs across the board when compared to the Galaxy S22 Ultra. That would mean at least 8GB of RAM, at least 128GB of internal storage, a 1440p display with at least a 120Hz refresh rate, a battery capacity of at least 5,000mAh, and a wired charging speed of at least 45W. It would also mean a similar quad-sensor rear camera with two telephoto lenses and the main sensor to meet or exceed 108MP in quality. There are vague early rumors of a possible 200MP shooter on the Galaxy S23 Ultra, but we’d take any claims like this with a heavy pinch of salt until more reliable reports arise.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus should carry a lot of specs over from the Galaxy S22 series. That would mean at least 8GB of RAM, at least 128GB of internal storage, and 1080p displays with 120Hz refresh rates. The camera setup on the back would likely remain similar with a wide, ultrawide, and telephoto lens. One rumor suggests the telephoto lens would not see an update in 2023, so the phones could have the same setup as the Galaxy S22 series in that regard.
One of the biggest overall criticisms of the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus was battery life. Therefore, it would make a lot of sense for Samsung to increase the battery capacity of both models in 2023. We don’t have any evidence to support this yet, however.
What will the Samsung Galaxy S23 prices be?
- Galaxy S10 — $899
- Galaxy S20 — $999
- Galaxy S21 — $799
- Galaxy S22 — $799
- Galaxy S10 Plus — $999
- Galaxy S20 Plus — $1,199
- Galaxy S21 Plus — $999
- Galaxy S22 Plus — $999
- Galaxy S20 Ultra — $1,399
- Galaxy S21 Ultra — $1,199
- Galaxy S22 Ultra — $1,199
In 2021, Samsung made the right move and significantly lowered the prices of the Galaxy S21 series compared to the Galaxy S20 family. In 2022, Samsung again made the right move by offering the Galaxy S22 series at the same prices as the Galaxy S21 family.
Hopefully, Samsung carries this strategy through to 2023. If it does, the Samsung Galaxy S23 prices would be $799, $999, and $1,199 for the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23 Plus, and Galaxy S23 Ultra, respectively.
It's very possible the Galaxy S23 phones could cost the same as the Galaxy S22 phones.
If Samsung does change the prices, it seems very unlikely it would reduce them at this point. Judging by prices for Samsung’s lower-end Galaxy A series, the company can’t really go much lower with the Galaxy S line without cheapening the brand. However, there is still a little room there, so it wouldn’t be out of the question for Samsung to drop the Galaxy S23 prices by a small amount — say $50 or so. The only reason we can think that this would happen, though, is if Samsung’s foldables come down in price significantly. If that happened, Samsung would need to shift the Galaxy S line to accommodate. After all, it’s already a little weird that you can get a foldable Galaxy Z Flip 3 for the same price as a Galaxy S22 Plus.
Regardless, until we hear differently, we’re going to assume Samsung won’t be changing Galaxy S pricing in 2023.
Samsung Galaxy S23 series: What we want to see
The Galaxy S23 series will likely end up being some of the best phones of 2023. Even if Samsung changes little from the Galaxy S22 family, they’ll probably be terrific. However, the phones could always be better. Below, we have a wishlist of a few things we hope Samsung does change in 2023 when compared to the 2022 models.
Bigger batteries, especially for Galaxy S23
Samsung inexplicably reduced the sizes of the batteries inside the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus. Obviously, this resulted in weaker battery life for both phones when compared to their Galaxy S21 counterparts. The results weren’t as drastic on the Plus model, but the vanilla S22 definitely suffered. We’re not sure why Samsung expected any other outcome.
In 2023, we hope Samsung rectifies this mistake. The Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus need to have batteries that are at least the same size as the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Plus. That would be 4,000mAh and 4,800 mAh respectively. If the company can go bigger, that would be even better. Even the Galaxy S22 Ultra doesn’t have the very best battery longevity, despite retaining the same cell as its direct predecessor, so perhaps there’s some room for software optimization here too.
Outside of battery life problems, our second-biggest complaint related to the Galaxy S22 series was speaker quality. On all models — even the Galaxy S22 Ultra — the speakers left a little to be desired considering the pedigree of the Galaxy S name. They weren’t bad by any means, but they lacked punch across the board. Let’s hope Samsung invests a bit more money into higher-quality speakers in 2023.
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More storage options (or the return of a microSD card slot)
If you decide to grab a Galaxy S22 Ultra, you have the option of a 128, 256, or 512GB model. You can even go all the way up to 1TB. That’s nice and all, but what if you want a Galaxy S22 or Galaxy S22 Plus? Unfortunately, you’re stuck with either 128GB or 256GB of internal storage.
Depending on your needs, that might not be enough. We’d love to see 512GB and 1TB options for the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus.
Of course, we’d also love to see the return of the microSD card slot, which would pretty much solve all storage problems for everyone. We’re not holding our breath on that one, though.
An update promise to finally match Apple’s
Samsung’s update promise is the absolute best in the world of Android. For its flagship phones — and even some of its mid-rangers — Samsung offers four Android upgrades and five years of security patches. Even Google itself can’t match that.
However, this is just one upgrade short of what Apple offers iPhones. It would be terrific to see Samsung finally match Apple and offer five years of full support, including five Android upgrades.
This would not only be a boon for Samsung users, but also the entire Android ecosystem. If Samsung matches Apple, other Android OEMs would, inevitably, need to follow suit. It might take a while, but it would happen. What better way to start the trend than with the Samsung Galaxy S23 series?
That’s everything we want to see from the Samsung Galaxy S23 series. Which features do you hope for most? Be sure to vote in our poll below.