Samsung Galaxy S23 vs Galaxy S22: expectations

Samsung Galaxy S23 vs Galaxy S22: expectations


Samsung will be announcing the new Galaxy S23 in about 3 months plus change. And, you know how the Internet is — we already have so many leaks to go on.

So, we can start making assumptions and forming expectations — what will be improved, will the S23 be better than its predecessor, is it worth waiting for the new model?

Sure, we will get a new processor as we do every year, and it seems we will be getting a redesign more than a facelift, but what about camera improvements? Well, let's talk Galaxy S23 vs Galaxy S22 — design, performance, camera, and battery.

Galaxy S23 vs Galaxy S22 as per the leaks:
  • S23 to get unified design — slim, with camera rings
  • S23 to have Snapdragon in all markets! (maybe, probably)
  • S23 to get a slight battery bump
  • No major change in camera

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Samsung Galaxy S23

Samsung Galaxy S23

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Design and Display Quality

Excellent Samsung AMOLED on both phones

It's hard to imagine that Samsung can do anything to improve its screens currently. The manufacturer has perfected its AMOLED screens over a span of many years and the Galaxy S22 has excellent, sharp, vibrant displays. We expect nothing less from the Galaxy S23. We also imagine sizes and dimensions will stay the same, with both screens having a 6.1-inch diagonal, 19.5:9 aspect ratio. That'd mean that the resolution also stays the same — 1080 x 2340 for a packed 422 PPI density.

Where we do expect to see a change is in the design. The Galaxy S22 series had two distinct looks — the S22 and the S22+ had that camera slab on the back, fused to the phones' metal frame. The S22 Ultra has a fully flat back, with 5 metal rings protruding out to protect and hold its camera lenses + the flash and focus sensors.

As per the leaks, the Galaxy S23 series will have a unified design language, meaning the three models will look much more similar. And the design language Samsung has — reportedly — chosen to go with is the minimalist one. A flat back with protruding metal rings.

Combine this with the fact that the S23 will most probably have a flat screen (as opposed to rounded off edges) and it seems we are in for a very nice, boxy, simplistic but elegant (and functional) phone.

But, to be fair, the Galaxy S22's flat sides and flat screen also make it a pleasure to handle. While we can't call it small, it's definitely a... handy smartphone.

As for colors, the S22 is available in 5 colors — black, white, purple, green, and pink gold — but there are also 3 exclusive paintjobs available at the store — graphite, violet, and sky blue. Rumors say that the Galaxy S23 will have 4 basic colors — black, pink, green, and beige. However, we are pretty sure that it will also be offered with a couple more exclusive ones at, as its predecessors have been.

Of course, we've no reason to believe that the under-screen fingerprint sensor will be going away — Samsung has improved the ultrasonic technology by quite a bit and these have become fast and responsive over the past couple of years. Surely, the Galaxy S23 will make full use of that, but we have little to complain about with the Galaxy S22's scanner.

Performance and Software

Qualcomm has just announced the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and there are some bombastic promises — 35% faster performance, 40% better power-efficiency. Wow!

By all means, we do expect the Galaxy S23 series to have a bump in performance — it's only natural, as technologies get better and better. But if we see those numbers, that will be an awesome improvement over an already powerful Galaxy S22.

What's even better — reports say that, in 2023, we will finally stop splitting the Galaxy S phones by "Exynos variants and Snapdragon variants". Allegedly, all markets will get the Snapdragon processor!

This is huge because the difference in Exynos and Snapdragon was not just raw performance — the two chips also process camera imagery differently, leading to a ton of confusion online. "What Galaxy variant were these samples taken with, which processor was used for this battery test?". All of these questions will hopefully, maybe, become a thing of the past.

Of course, the Galaxy S23 will ship with Android 13 and Samsung's One UI on top of it. The latest version of the interface is One UI 5 and we don't know if there will be an updated version with the S23 — like a One UI 5.5.

However, we do know that the Galaxy S22 is still eligible for major updates, so we expect very little (if any) difference in the software of both phones. We remind you that Samsung has pledged 4 years of software support for its flagships (and 5 years of ongoing security updates), meaning the Galaxy S22 will get Android 16 and call it quits in early 2026. The Galaxy S23 should receive Android 17 and then be done.


Not much improvement expected

While rumors insist that the Galaxy S23 Ultra will get a huge improvement with a new 200 MP sensor, it seems that the regular S23 won't budge in terms of camera module. As per the latest reports, the Galaxy S23 will have the very same combo of cameras on its back — 50 MP main, 12 MP ultra-wide, 10 MP telephoto — as its predecessor.

Now, of course, some improvements in post-processing are possible, especially with the new Qualcomm chip. But it remains to be seen if there are any major differences between photo quality from the two phones. Our guess is "no". Not because we are skeptical but because the Galaxy S22's camera is already very, very good.

However, we may see a couple of improvements. The Galaxy S23 is rumored to have a new 12 MP selfie camera, which is slightly higher-res than the 10 MP sensor on the S22's front camera. Will that make a huge difference? Probably not, but we are curious to see why — if it's true — Samsung chose to make this tiny change.

Also, there's a new Ultra Stable mode for action video recording — allegedly, one good enough to rival the iPhone 14's Action Camera mode. Early rumors say it will be on the Galaxy S23 Ultra, but we do hope it's a standard mode across the entire Galaxy S23 family.

Audio Quality and Haptics

The Galaxy S22 sounds pretty good — it packs stereo speakers tuned with the AKG know-how, since Samsung has acquired the audio company. They are loud, a bit middy, but still well-detailed. Maybe they lack a bit of oomph in the bass, so we are curious to see if the Galaxy S23 can improve on that. But hey, these are tiny, thin smartphones, so we don't expect miracles.

As for haptics — the flagship Galaxy phones have been clicking and clacking with very pleasant and reassuring feedback over the last few years. Samsung (and other Android phone manufacturers) kind of struggled with nailing the vibration over the years, but we are quite happy to say that they are nailing it nowadays.

Battery Life and Charging

Can the Galaxy S23 shock us?

So, the Galaxy S23 will have a slightly larger battery — 3,900 mAh versus the 3,700 mAh in the Galaxy S22. This sounds... promising, considering the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2's improvements in energy efficiency.

The Galaxy S22 already gave us a good 10 hours of screen-on time with just browsing. That's pretty reliable as it is, but if the Galaxy S23 boosts it up by even a little — that'd be a win. Or hey, we should hope for better gaming performance, since heavy 3D applications did bring the Galaxy S22's battery quite fast.

Specs Comparison

Well, here's a good look of what we expect from the data sheets of the two phones. Keep in mind, all Galaxy S23 info is still speculatory:

Summary and Final Verdict

So, if you own a Galaxy S22, should you be worried? Should you hurry to upgrade to a Galaxy S23 as soon as it comes out? According to preliminary data — no. But hey, fact is, smartphone tech is pretty mature now and we can't really expect major improvements every year, right? And thankfully — because smartphones have become quite pricey.

On the flip side, if you are planning to buy a phone right now and you are wondering — should you take the plunge for a Galaxy S22 or wait for the Galaxy S23? We'd say 3 months is still a long time to wait and you can buy a Galaxy S22 with confidence — especially now that the Black Friday deals are coming to knock those prices down. But hey, if it's not urgent and you can wait — sure, let's see what that Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 can do!
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