You might have considered every aspect of the leaked upcoming Samsung Galaxy S23 phones at this point, but nope — the rumor mill keeps rolling out more information about these flagship devices ahead of their February 1 launch.
Today we have another piece of information from a well-known leak provider, Ice Universe (Opens in a new tab) (via GSMArena (Opens in a new tab)), who took to Chinese social media platform Weibo to give us some details about the portrait video mode on the Galaxy S23 Ultra.
The source says the mode will be able to shoot in 4K at 30fps, as the phone offers relatively good thermal control so that the processing power required to capture clips in this mode does not overheat the phone.
We weren’t terribly impressed with the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s portrait video mode, especially compared to the iPhone’s cinematic mode. In either case, the subject of the video is in focus while the background is blurred.
The current Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra can capture normal 8K video at 24fps, or 4K at 60fps. In portrait mode, that drops to 1080p resolution at 30 frames per second.
What is not clear is whether or not the other two Galaxy S23 models will get portrait mode this time around. All will be revealed when Samsung’s next Unpacked launch event kicks off, with only two weeks left.
Analysis: A Tale of Two Sensors
Based on the rumors we’ve heard so far, we expect the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra to come with the new 200MP ISOCELL HP2 sensor revealed by Samsung. Meanwhile, the standard and Plus models are rumored to stick a 50MP main sensor.
That should mean the Ultra is the model to look at for the most significant camera upgrades over last year’s models. So far we’ve heard the night vision capabilities will be better, and seen sample shots for comparison purposes.
There’s also been talk of Samsung adding more modes on the software side, to go along with the improvements in the hardware. From a photo and video standpoint, you should be able to do more than ever with the upcoming Galaxy S23 phones.
In fact, there’s been so much buzz around it that we think the Galaxy S23 Ultra could be one of the best photo-shooting phones of the year — and it might have a lot more to offer than anything Apple plans with the cameras on the iPhone 15.