Samsung's Galaxy S23+ bids for a spot in the limelight with its own 'official' leaked renders

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Samsung's Galaxy S23+ bids for a spot in the limelight with its own 'official' leaked renders
Whether or not it will end up being the last of its kind, Samsung's Galaxy S23+ is most definitely coming alongside a "regular-sized" S23 and a state-of-the-art S23 Ultra model on February 1. If you don't believe us, we finally have the official press renders (leaked by a decidedly "unofficial" source) to prove it.

This fresh batch of reasonably high-quality product depictions completes the trinity of "official" Galaxy S23 series leaks this week, showing off the high-end family's middle child in the exact same poses, colors, and angles as its big brother.

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Do you like what you see?

Before you even think it, no, this is not 100 percent identical to last year's Galaxy S22 Plus. The most obvious difference is by far the rear-facing camera arrangement, which appears to be gaining in subtlety and losing in... consistency, just like on the "vanilla" S23.

The three shooters on the back of the Galaxy S23+ are way less prominent than the same imaging sensors on the S22+, which we're sure some of you will be quick to praise as a positive change while others are likely to feel... differently.

That's why they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and the old saying definitely applies to the flat screen, razor-thin bezels, rounded corners, and very clean overall rear panel of the 6.6-inch or so Galaxy S23+ as well.

Even the four "main" colors rendered above are a matter of personal taste, with the "Cotton Flower" and "Misty Lilac" hues, for instance, looking a little bland in the humble opinion of this writer, while the "Botanic Green" paint job seems far too gray-ish to turn a lot of heads.

Then there's "Phantom Black", which is just good old fashioned black with a cool name, making us hope the Galaxy S23 Plus will "borrow" at least some of the S23 Ultra's additional "limited" colorways. Now how cool would this thing look in an eye-catching red shade?

Does the Galaxy S23+ stand a chance?

Following in the footsteps of a good but not great phone that was overshadowed by its Ultra sibling right off the bat en route to disappointing sales figures, the S23 Plus seems... similarly underwhelming and unimpressive on paper, which means we really wouldn't be shocked if this thing's box-office performance brought about the cancellation of next year's Galaxy S24+.

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But we're obviously getting a little ahead of ourselves there. After all, while the rumors are certainly not encouraging, Samsung could get the Galaxy S23 series prices just right. Or at least "right" enough to keep the S23+ afloat.

With a 4,700mAh battery under its hood, as well as an overclocked Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor (possibly around the world), 256 gigs of internal storage space in an entry-level variant also equipped with 8GB RAM, this doesn't sound like a bad phone by any standard... as long as it's not too expensive.

Given the state of the global smartphone market as a whole and the poor aforementioned sales results of last year's S22 family, we can't help but hope Samsung will release the S23 Plus in early February at a lower rather than a higher price compared to the S22+. We know, we know, it's unlikely, but not impossible.

Just in case that doesn't end up happening, you might want to reserve the S23+ (or the S23, or the S23 Ultra) and get a nice pre-order discount, as well as (hopefully) an extra deal sweetener in the form of a cool launch gift. Early reservations don't come with an obligation to actually order any of these devices when they're released, so you really have nothing to lose and (potentially) much to gain.

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