Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra vs S22 Ultra: Alleged differences

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(Pocket-lint) – Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy S23 lineup in early 2023, with most rumors suggesting the device will launch in early February.

Although nothing has been confirmed yet, it is believed that there will be a standard Galaxy S23, S23+ and S23 Ultra.

Rumors have surrounded these three devices, but here we take a look at how the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra compares to the Galaxy S22 Ultra, based on advertised specs. Will the upgrade be worth it?


  • Galaxy S22 Ultra: 163.3 x 77.9 x 8.9mm, built-in S Pen.
  • Galaxy S23 Ultra: 163.4 x 78.1 x 8.9mm, built-in S Pen.


Based on leaked images, it looks like the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra will share a similar design to its predecessor. A premium build is to be expected, along with rounded edges and a rear camera lens positioned in the top left corner, on the outside of the case.

Like the S22 Ultra, the S23 Ultra is also expected to feature a built-in S Pen, retaining its position as the successor to the Galaxy Note, and IP68 water and dust resistance is also expected.

Rumors claim that the S23 Ultra will measure 163.4 x 78.1 x 8.9mm, which is about the same as the S22 Ultra’s 163.3 x 77.9 x 8.9mm. The S22 Ultra is available in many colors. As of now, we are not aware of any color options for the S23 Ultra.

The S22 Ultra features a central punch-hole camera on the front of the device, which is also rumored to be offered by the S23 Ultra. So it looks like most of the changes this time around could be internal.


  • Galaxy S22 Ultra: 6.8 inches, 3088 x 1440 resolution, 120Hz refresh rate.
  • Galaxy S23 Ultra: 6.8 inches, 3088 x 1440 resolution, 120Hz refresh rate.

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra has a gorgeous 6.8-inch display that offers a Super AMOLED panel and a resolution of 3088 x 1440. It offers an adjustable refresh rate of up to 120Hz and a peak brightness of 1750nits.

The edges of the S22 Ultra’s screen are also curved, giving it a nice premium design. There are rumors that the S23 Ultra could also have curved edges on the top and bottom of the screen, which will make it slightly different from its predecessors, although this is currently unconfirmed.

Elsewhere, rumors suggest that the S23 Ultra will also offer a 6.8-inch display with a 3088 x 1440 resolution and an adjustable 120Hz refresh rate. It’s not yet known if the maximum brightness can be increased to match the Apple iPhone 14 Pro, or if there may be other changes of Samsung’s 2022 flagship model.

Hardware and Specifications

  • Galaxy S22 Ultra: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Exynos 2200, 8/12 GB RAM, up to 1 TB storage, 5000 mAh battery.
  • Galaxy S23 Ultra: Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, 8/12 GB RAM, up to 1 TB storage, 5000 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra runs with Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Exynos 2200, depending on the region, but it is said that Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra will ditch Exynos and run exclusively with Qualcomm’s latest chip – Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 .It is also said that it could be a version single chip, with a higher clock speed.

So far there are no details on RAM or storage options for the S23 Ultra, although the S22 Ultra is being offered with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, or 12GB RAM and 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage options. it has microSD support, which the S23 Ultra may not offer either.

Rumors predict that the Galaxy S23 Ultra will come with a 5000mAh battery, which is the same as the S22 Ultra under the hood, so we might not see much of a change here. The S22 Ultra has 45W fast charging and 15W wireless charging. It’s currently unclear whether the S23 Ultra will offer an increase in those speeds.


  • Galaxy S22 Ultra: Quad rear (108MP + 12MP + 10MP + 10MP)
  • Galaxy S23 Ultra: 200MP main camera?

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra has a quad rear camera consisting of a 108 megapixel main sensor, a 12 megapixel wide sensor, a 10 megapixel zoom lens with 3x zoom, and a 10 megapixel second zoom lens with 10x zoom.

It has the same resolution as the S21 Ultra, though Samsung made the main sensor 23% larger and the S22 Ultra’s overall camera experience is great in general use, both in daylight and in the dark.

The S23 Ultra is rumored to change things up a bit in terms of resolution compared to its predecessor, with a 200-megapixel main sensor. There’s also talk of a 30fps option for shooting 8K video. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but if the design and screen stay the same, the camera upgrade won’t be an unreasonable prediction.


As of now, nothing has been confirmed for the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, so there could be more improvements than the first rumors suggested.

At the moment, it looks like the S23 Ultra may offer a similar design to the S22 Ultra, and offer a similar display, but improve on the internal and camera capabilities.

You can read all of the rumors surrounding the Samsung Galaxy S23 in our separate column to give you an overview of what’s been said so far, but we’ll update this column as new information is revealed, as well as when official details come out. will arrive.

Written by Britta O’Boyle.

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