what is the rumored difference?
Samsung will announce its new flagship smartphones in early February, namely the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra.
All three devices have been heavily rumored over the last few months, which already gives a good idea of what to expect.
We’ve covered how the three Galaxy S23 devices compare to each other in separate articles, as well as how the S23 Ultra compares to the S22 Ultra, but here we’re focusing on the S23 and S23+ and how they compare to their predecessors.
- S23: 146.3 x 70.9 x 7.6mm, 167g, IP68
- S23+: 157.8 x 76.2 x 7.6mm, 195g, IP68
- S22: 146 x 70.6 x 7.6mm, 196g, IP68
- S22+: 157.4 x 75.8 x 7.6mm, 229g, IP68
According to the leaked images, the Samsung Galaxy S23 and S23+ will deviate slightly from the design of the Galaxy S22 and S22+. It seems that while the front will remain the same, with all devices offering flat screens and a center-punch camera on top, the back will change.
The Galaxy S22 and S22+ both feature a triple camera lens in a stainless steel frame that integrates seamlessly with the device’s frame. The S23 and S23+ images show that the 2023 device will ditch the case in favor of the lens only, more similar to the S22 Ultra’s design.
There may also be color differences offered. The Galaxy S22 and S22+ come in white, pink, ghost green and black, while the Galaxy S23 and S23+ come in black, cream, green and lavender.
Separately, leaked specs suggest that the Galaxy S23 will be very similar in size to the Galaxy S22, and the Galaxy S23+ will be similar to the S22+, although the new model is said to be slightly lighter than its predecessor.
All models are expected to offer IP68 water and dust resistance, as well as an under-display fingerprint sensor.
- S23: 6.1″, Full HD+, flat, 48-120Hz
- S23+: 6.6 inches, Full HD+, 48-120Hz
- S22: 6.1″, Full HD+, flat, 10-120Hz
- S22+: 6.6 inches, Full HD+, flat, 10-120Hz
The Samsung Galaxy S23 is expected to feature a 6.1-inch Super AMOLED display that offers Full HD+ (2340 x 1080) resolution, just like the Galaxy S22. The S23+, on the other hand, is said to feature a 6.6-inch Super AMOLED display, also featuring Full HD+ resolution, just like the Galaxy S22+.
The Galaxy S22 and S22+ feature flat screens, unlike the S22 Ultra, which is curved, and the S23 and S23+ are expected to follow suit.
However, there is a slightly odd difference in refresh rate. Rumor has it that the S23 and S23+ will come with screens capable of adjusting the refresh rate between 48Hz and 120Hz. The S22 and S22+, on the other hand, have adjustable refresh rates between 10 and 120 Hz.
The S22 and S22+ are both HDR10+ compatible, which should be the same as the S23 and S23+.
Hardware and Specifications
- S23: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, 8GB RAM, 256/512GB storage, 3900mAh
- S23+: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, 8GB RAM, 256/512GB storage, 4700mAh
- S22: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1/Exynos 2200, 8GB RAM, 128/256GB, 3700mAh
- S22+: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1/Exynos 2200, 8GB RAM, 128/256GB, 4500mAh
The Samsung Galaxy S23 and S23+ are rumored to be running the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset and are said to be custom builds. It is also said that there will be no Exynos models this year, with all S23 models running on the latest Snapdragon platform.
A leaked spec sheet suggests the S23 and S23+ will feature 8GB RAM and a choice of 256 or 512GB storage. No microSD support is provided. Support for Dolby Atmos is planned, along with Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3.
In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22+ run Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Exynos 2200, depending on the region. Both devices have 8GB of RAM, and they either have 128GB or 256GB of storage, so it’s a slight upgrade over the newer model. The S22 and S22+ also don’t support microSD cards.
As for the battery capacity, the S23 is expected to come with a capacity of 3900mAh, with support for 25W fast charging. The S23+ is said to have a capacity of 4700mAh and support 45W fast charging. The S22 has a 3700mAh battery with 25W fast charging and the S22+ has a 4500mAh capacity with 45W, so no big changes here.
- S23: Triple rear (50MP + 12MP + 10MP), front 12MP.
- S23+: Triple rear (50MP + 12MP + 10MP), front 12MP
- S22: Triple rear (50MP + 12MP + 10MP), front 10MP
- S22+: Triple rear (50MP + 12MP + 10MP), front 10MP
From the leaked spec sheet, it seems that not much has changed in terms of the camera resolution of the Samsung Galaxy S23 and S23+ compared to their predecessors. Things are a little different with the Galaxy S23 Ultra.
The Galaxy S22 and S22+ feature a triple rear camera system consisting of a 50 megapixel main camera with f/1.8 aperture and OIS, a 12 megapixel ultra-wide sensor with f/2.2 aperture and a 10 megapixel telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture.
Both the Galaxy S23 and S23+ are said to have a triple rear camera system with a 50-megapixel main sensor with f/1.8 aperture, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor with f/2.2 aperture, and a 10-megapixel telephoto sensor with f/2.4 aperture and 3x optical zoom capability. If true, that suggests the main sensor may be better for low light photography thanks to a wider aperture, but elsewhere the hardware remains the same.
On the front, the S22 and S22+ are equipped with a 10 megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture. According to reports, the S23 and S23+ will increase the resolution of the selfie camera to 12 megapixels with an aperture of f/2.2.
According to rumors, there won’t be a big difference between the Samsung Galaxy S23 and S23+ and their predecessors. For now, it looks like we’ll see slight rear design changes, processor and storage upgrades, and a slight increase in battery capacity for the 2023 model.
The screen appears to be largely unchanged, as does the camera, though there could be some processing improvements, as well as additional features in newer models.
Nothing has been confirmed yet, but we will update this section as soon as the official specs become known. For now, you can read our roundup of Samsung Galaxy S23 rumors for all the latest information.