Samsung Galaxy S23 launching on February 1; Here is what to expect

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Every year Samsung introduces its newest Galaxy S smartphone in the first couple of months. This year won’t be any different. Samsung is hosting on February 1. We expect to see the Galaxy S23, the Galaxy S23 Plus, and the highest-spec Galaxy S23 Ultra during this upcoming event.

Some of our favorite smartphones from 2022 are part of the Samsung Galaxy S22 lineup. The S22 Plus (review) is a fantastic all-arounder, the entry-level S22 wowed as a more affordable choice, and the super-charged S22 Ultra (review) astounded us with its outstanding camera capabilities.

We can anticipate seeing a base model, Plus, and Ultra variations once more if Samsung continues its formula for the previous three generations. Here is what we expect based on rumors, leaks, and Samsung’s recent product debuts. We’ll know more on February 1. Longer battery life and more innovative camera capabilities are at the top of my wish list for the Galaxy S23 lineup.

Galaxy S23 release date

A base model, Plus, and Ultra models should return if Samsung follows the same pattern as the previous three generations. We won’t know for sure until February 1, but based on rumors, leaks, and Samsung’s recent product releases, here is what we anticipate. Longer battery life and cleverer camera features are at the top of my list of things we hope to see from the Galaxy S23 series.

Galaxy S23 models and sizes

We can be sure that Samsung will continue to offer several phone models, each with unique features and pricing points to appeal to a broad range of consumers. Based on Samsung’s past performance, we’re convinced that the Galaxy S23 lineup will include an entry-level S23, a step-up S23 Plus with a bigger screen, and a premium S23 Ultra. The Ultra will consist of the most advanced technology, including additional cameras, the largest display, and perhaps the S Pen stylus.

Three spotlights can be seen on Samsung’s Unpacked event invitation, which could be a subtle reference to three upcoming Galaxy models.

Galaxy S23 price

Assuming Samsung launches multiple models, the S23 range will come at three main prices. We don’t expect Samsung to stray from last year’s prices. For reference, the base S22 launched with a price of ₹72,999. At the same time, the Plus model started at ₹84,999, and the high-performance S22 Ultra debuted at ₹1,09,999 in India last February.

Galaxy S23 cameras

Samsung Galaxy S23 series emphasis appears to be the cameras. In a recent blog post, the CEO of Samsung’s mobile experience business, T.M. Roh, hinted at upcoming camera upgrades. He claimed that “our pro-grade camera system is getting smarter among all of the Galaxy smartphones, giving the greatest photographs and movies in any light.”

That’s probably mainly the case for the Ultra device, which often houses Samsung’s most significant camera advances. Considering that Samsung has already released two of these image sensors and that they are available in other phones, we anticipated the S22 Ultra to come equipped with a massive 200-megapixel image sensor. Although we didn’t notice it on the S22 Ultra, it appears likely that the S23 Ultra will include a 200-megapixel sensor as one of its main selling points. The 200-megapixel sensor for the Galaxy S23 Ultra is another prediction made by Ice Universe. Given that Samsung recently unveiled a new 200-megapixel camera sensor for smartphones, it looks pretty feasible.

The Samsung Image sensor website touts enhanced low-light photography by merging groups of tiny pixels into larger individual ones that can collect more light and improve resolution (obviously). In our latest tests, the S22 Ultra outperformed the Pixel 7 Pro as one of the best nighttime camera phones, so news of an increase in its low-light capabilities is interesting.

The phone’s zoom abilities, which are already excellent due to its 10x optical zoom lens, will benefit from its enormous resolution. The lens lineup will reportedly remain the same across all phones, according to recent speculations from Ice Universe. However, the added resolution should make zoom images even more precise.

There’s a chance that the Galaxy S23 Plus and possibly the Galaxy S23 will feature a slightly modified camera design. According to credible leakers Ice Universe and Steve Hemmerstoffer, the new gadgets may include circular cutouts for the camera lenses that are directly attached to the device’s back rather than on a camera module. This kind of camera already exists on the Galaxy S22 Ultra. Still, Hemmerstoffer’s leak makes it seem like the Plus model would also adopt it.

See what I mean by perusing the images of the Galaxy S22 Ultra next to the Galaxy S22 Plus and Galaxy S22 that are included below.

Galaxy S23 battery, processor, and other specs 

The latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 CPU will probably be used in the Galaxy S23 lineup. Other specifications include a minimum of 8GB of RAM on the standard variant and 12GB on the S23 Ultra. Storage will likely continue to start at 128GB, with choices for additional capacities being available at a higher cost. And no, we don’t anticipate the microSD card slot coming back. 

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