Galaxy S23 (Ultra): Samsung would be out of innovation for its flagships

The launch of Samsung’s Galaxy S23 range in February will be the biggest tech event of the beginning of 2023. While we were expecting great news, we could possibly be disappointed as rumors have shown. A new Galaxy S23 design and spec sheet leak shows that Samsung isn’t planning to change things.

Samsung seems to be struggling to manage its confidential documents, that’s what you would think with all the leaks on the Galaxy S23. Images of Galaxy S23 prototypes have been shared by Slashleaks and they look pretty real. While we can’t vouch for their authenticity, these designs do well with previously released renders.

Galaxy S23: A not really innovative design

Exterior changes include a revised back on the Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus. The photo module as such disappears to give way to a symmetrical arrangement of lenses, flatter and minimalist. There is also little change for the Galaxy S23 Ultra, except that it now sports more rounded left and right edges but with the same flat upper and lower edges.

Prototypes of the Samsung Galaxy S23, S23 Plus and S23 Ultra / © Slashleaks

Moreover, on all three models, the slot for the SIM card is on the left side, while the physical buttons are placed on the right side. Surprisingly, the images verify a fingerprint scanner placed on the power button.

But that could be a major mistake considering that the Galaxy S22 has an in-display fingerprint scanner. Finally, the USB port is located on the lower edge, next to the speaker and the location for the S Pen of the S23 Ultra.

Galaxy S23: Bigger batteries and improved photo modules

Samsung is expected to equip the Galaxy S23 lineup with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, bigger batteries and better camera modules. The Galaxy S23 Ultra is expected to sport a new 200MP sensor and should be able to shoot 8K at 30fps. Pricing is unknown yet, but Samsung plans to hold a launch keynote in early February next year.

What do you think of this alleged Galaxy S23 design. Do you prefer the current style of the Galaxy S22 or that of the S23?


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