The Samsung Galaxy S23 series will be one of the first major flagships in the first quarter of 2023. There have been several rumours regarding this upcoming flagship series. As the launch of the series draw closer, we are getting some official information. According to popular Weibo tech blogger, @DCS, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra has entered the network of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). As we ma know, MIIT database reveals relevant specs of the devices it documents.
The Samsung Galaxy S23 series will launch the exclusive 3.36GHz high-frequenc version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 flagship processor. This device will come with a 6.8-inch OLED display that will support 3088 x 1440p resolution. On the front, this flagship series will come with a 12MP self-timer camera. On the rear, there will be a quad camera setup. This device will come with a 108MP main camera. However, there are also rumours that the main camera could be up to 200MP. It will also use a 12MP + 12MP dual telephoto lens that supports 10X zoom. In terms of memory, this device will have 8GB and 12GB of RAM versions. For the internal storage, it will have 256GB, 512GB and 1TB storage options. Under the hood, there will be a 5000 mAh battery to keep its lights on. The mobile phone will support 25W charging. The dimension of this device is 163.4 × 78.1 × 8.9mm and it weighs 233g.
Samsung Galaxy S23 models
According to previous reports, the new Galaxy S23 series will provide at least three models. The series will have the Galaxy S23 Standard Edition, the Galaxy S23+, and the Galaxy S23 Ultra. There are reports that the Samsung Galaxy S23 Standard Edition and S23+ models will still only provide 8GB memory versions. From the available renders of the Samsung Galaxy S23 Standard Edition and S23+, the basically continues the design language of the previous generation. The only difference is that the frame of the camera module is no longer there and the camera arrangement is now similar to the older Ultra model.
In addition, information about the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra has also been exposed many times. In terms of appearance, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra basically continues the design of the previous generation. The biggest change is the increase in the width of the middle frame. This reduces the curved surface of the screen and will be closer to the micro-curved screen. In terms of camera, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra has a rear “200MP main camera”. This camera according to speculations can offer 12MP, 50MP and 200MP images. Samsung is also expected to use Qualcomm’s ultrasonic 3D wide-area fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S23 Ultra. However, there is no official confirmation that Samsung will use this sensor.
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Samsung Galaxy S23 series will support recording 8K@30fps video
With regards to the camera of this new coming flagship, there are reports that this device ma just be the industry’s mobile phone new camera king. As the launch of the new series get closer, more and more speculations are surfacing. In a recent Tweet, popular Twitter tech blogger, @iceuniverse reveals that the Samsung Galaxy S23 series will bring support for 8K@30fps video recording. The Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy S21, and Galaxy S22 series support 8K 24fps video recording. Thus, 8K videos shot with the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra will be smoother.
Many other smartphones already support 30fps video recording at 8K resolution, but this is a first for Samsung. With the 1TB option, Samsung is a bit generous with storage. This is because users who want 8K videos need to know that this consumes a lot of space. Other rumours suggests that the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra will support sensor-shift OIS, similar to the technology used by the iPhone 14 Pro, to improve image stabilization. Some other reports claim that photos taken on the Galaxy S23 series will feature white balance and saturation improvements.
Galaxy S23 confirmed to replace Snapdragon chip
Qualcomm and Samsung are two major players in the mobile chip market. However, Qualcomm has always been ahead of Samsung. The Exynos chips from Samsung do not seem to quite be at the same level as Snapdragon chips. For some regions, Galaxy flasghips always come with Snapdragon chips. But other markets like the European market receive Galaxy flagships with Exynos chips. Qualcomm had previously hinted that Samsung’s next-gen flagship phone, the Galaxy S23 series, will all use Snapdragon processors. The recent running score of this upcoming mobile phones seems to confirm this statement.
The European version of the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra (SM-S918B) recently appeared on the GeekBench 5 database. The CPU info shows that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will be used in this device. This is the over-clocked exclusive version hitting 3.36GHz. The single core running score is 1504 while the multi core running score is 4580.
In the Samsung Galaxy S22 series, the North American, South American, Chinese, African and Indian versions are equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processors. However, the European version and some specific Asian market versions are equipped with Exynos 2200 processors.
With the European version of the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra switching to the Snapdragon chip, it seems that the last “territory” of Exynos is gone. However, this seems to be a good thing for European users. After all, the Exynos 2200 processor of the Samsung Galaxy S22 has received many poor reviews in terms of performance and user experience.