Samsung Galaxy S23 Release Date Status Rumors: Price, Specs, Early Rumors, And What We Want To See

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As far as the greatest Samsung phones go, the Galaxy S22 is still relatively new, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that we do not even know much about the Galaxy S22’s successor, which is expected to be released next year. Samsung’s Galaxy S23 will have some large shoes to fill when it finally arrives, but we’re convinced that the company will be able to do it.

While the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus, among this year’s releases, felt more iterative than innovative, the Galaxy S22 Ultra, on the other hand, did not have this problem, successfully bringing the Galaxy Note back to life.

Even though rumors about the Galaxy S23 are few and far between at the moment, we wanted to compile a list of some of the features we hope to see in Samsung’s next flagship, particularly in the normal and Plus editions. So, here’s what we know so far about the Galaxy S23, as well as our desire for the device.

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Samsung Galaxy S23 Release Date Rumors

If Samsung’s past launches are any indicator, the Galaxy S23 phones will be available on February 24, 2023, according to the company. Samsung has accelerated the introduction of the S21 and S22 smartphones so that they will be available shortly before the Mobile World Congress, which begins on a Monday in late February and concludes on a Friday.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Release Date
Samsung Galaxy S23 Release Date

The MWC expo is slated to take place from Monday, February 27, 2023, to Thursday, March 2, 2023, which means that the Galaxy S23 series should be released the Friday before, on February 24, 2023. If Samsung maintains its current announcement schedule, the Galaxy S23, S23+, and S23 Ultra events and preorders will take place on February 8, 2024, with preorders beginning the next day.

Model Announcement date Release date
Galaxy S23 series February 8, 2023 (est.) February 24, 2023 (est.)
Galaxy S22 series February 9, 2022 February 25, 2022
Galaxy S21 series January 14, 2021 January 29, 2021
Galaxy S20 series February 11, 2020 March 6, 2020
Galaxy S10 series February 20, 2019 March 8, 2019

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Samsung Galaxy S23 Price

It is expected that the Galaxy S23 Ultra will have the same $1199.99 starting price as its predecessor unless the company’s supply chain issues continue into its mass production schedule, or unless Samsung decides that the S23’s new quad-curve design and 200MP camera sensor justify a higher S23 price tag.

We remain optimistic about a $799 Galaxy S23 starting price, a $999 Galaxy S23+ price tag, and a nice $1199 Galaxy S23 Ultra price tag for the device that tucked the S Pen away and maintained the battery size big while still charging at the same rate.

Model Price
Galaxy S23 Ultra $1199 (exp.)
Galaxy S22 Ultra $1199
Galaxy S20 Ultra $1399
Galaxy S23 $799 (exp.)
Galaxy S22 $799

Samsung Galaxy S23 Early Rumors

According to a tweet from famed Samsung leaker Ice Universe, the Galaxy S23 Ultra will have a more than 200MP main camera — a holdover rumor from the early days of S22 speculation. According to the manufacturer, this camera will be “optimized for several years.”

We’re not sure if this means Samsung intends to continuously improve the camera with software updates over time, or if the 200MP sensor will be improved after the S23 Ultra is released.

At this point, the only information we have about the Galaxy S23’s chipset is competing rumors. Unconfirmed reports from a tipster a few weeks ago suggested that Samsung would use a MediaTek Chip in certain Galaxy S23 handsets. Some people, including me, were alarmed by this development. Our reservations about the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 are based on the company’s troubled history. Although we’ve heard excellent things about this chip, we’re skeptical.

However, after that rumor made headlines, another source refuted it. Yogesh Brar has a good track record, and he stated that there would be no future MediaTek partnership for the Galaxy S23 or Galaxy S22 FE.

Obviously, that isn’t a guarantee, but Samsung may still be interested in improving its Exynos brand. We’d like to see this, given that the Exynos 2200 fell short of our expectations, trailing the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in our Galaxy S22 Plus benchmark tests.

About the only thing we’ve heard is that Samsung may internally refer to the Galaxy S23 as “Project Diamond.” Previously, some thought this codename referred to a third foldable, but according to DSCC analyst Ross Young, this is not the case.

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Samsung Galaxy S23 specs: What We Want To See?

Because Samsung has a long time to finalize some Galaxy S23 details, here’s what we’re hoping to see.

 

Increased battery life

In a word, the battery life on all three Galaxy S22 models is disappointing. In Tom’s Guide battery life test, even the Galaxy S22 Ultra with its 5,000 mAh battery couldn’t outlast phones like the OnePlus 10 Pro or iPhone 13 Pro Max. The mid-range Galaxy A53’s battery life isn’t much better.

Samsung needs to improve its battery life. The decision to reduce the battery packs from the Galaxy S21 to the Galaxy S22 (3,700 mAh versus 4,000 mAh) and Galaxy S22 (4,500 mAh versus 4,800 mAh) was a poor one that clearly harmed both phones in testing.

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Improved cooling

It’s no secret that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip is extremely hot. This causes throttling issues, particularly in high-intensity games. Samsung was also caught intentionally throttling some apps in order to maintain system performance. While the move was ultimately deemed shady, if not downright heinous, by some, it proved one point: the Galaxy S22 required improved cooling.

In my experience, the OnePlus 10 Pro has an advanced cooling system that makes this same phone noticeably more pleasant after long gaming sessions than the Galaxy S22 Ultra. We’re not expecting anything on par with the best gaming phones, but the S22 can get extremely hot. We’d like to see the Galaxy S23 address this issue.

Snapdragon or better Exynos

We’re all in favor of breaking Qualcomm’s near-monopoly on Android phones in certain parts of the world. Snapdragon chips are used in the best Android phones that perform the best. While Apple’s silicon remains far superior in some aspects, Samsung’s Exynos processors trail Qualcomm in many others.

We all had great expectations for the flagship Exynos 2200, which featured AMD-powered graphics, but the chip ended up being mediocre at best. Samsung must either figure out why Exynos chips lag behind Snapdragons or abandon the Exynos platform entirely.

Continuous zoom

One issue with telephoto lenses on mobile phones is that you must use either full optical zoom or settle for digital fill-in. Rumors surrounding the Galaxy S22 Ultra suggested that Samsung would introduce continuous zoom, which would allow the phone to smoothly go from 1x to 10x and all points in between.

We’d like to see Samsung include this on all three Galaxy S23 models, though we suspect it’ll be an Ultra-only feature if it ever comes to fruition.

Improved model differentiation

Let’s be honest: the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus are pretty dull. They have a similar appearance to their predecessors, with few new features. The most significant change was improved “night photography” for low-light photos, and all of Samsung’s efforts were clearly directed toward the most expensive Galaxy.

While this is understandable, we’d like to see something more than iterative upgrades for the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23. Whether it’s a new design, better cameras, or display refresh rates that actually drop to 10Hz — because the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus did, in fact, feature a minimum of 48Hz rather than the 10Hz Samsung initially advertised.

We just don’t want to be bored by the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus.

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Maria Gasper is a 'The Current' intern. She is a Journalism student at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. In June of last year, she was a reporting intern at Financial Planning magazine. She enjoys eating pasta, reading books by her favourite journalists, and playing with her three dogs when she is not writing finance articles. Words from Maria: “Money is a terrible master but an excellent servant.”