The Samsung Galaxy S23 isn’t there yet — not quite. It’s due to be announced on February 1, at Galaxy Unpacked 2023, so it’s landing pretty soon, and thanks to leaks and rumors we already have a pretty good idea of what to expect.
With that in mind, we have drafted this article to compare the potential specs, designs, and features with those of the Samsung Galaxy S22.
So nothing we say about the Samsung Galaxy S23 is foolproof yet, but most likely will be, giving us a reasonable idea of how Samsung’s next flagship compares to its current counterpart.
Samsung Galaxy S23 vs. Samsung Galaxy S22: Price and Availability
The Samsung Galaxy S22 is widely available worldwide, starting at $799 / £769 / AU$1,249 for 128GB of storage, and going up to $849 / £819 / AU$1,349 for 256GB. However, they can often be found on shortening, about a year later.
Leaks pretty much suggest that the Samsung Galaxy S23 will cost more than the Galaxy S22, with one source placing the increase somewhere between 10-20%. This appears to be mostly due to inflation.
However, there is also the possibility that the S23 will start with 256GB of storage, which is double what the S22 starts with. Not all reports agree, but if it does, you might actually get more for your money this year, though you’ll also likely pay more.
We expect the Samsung Galaxy S23 to be as widely available as the S22 when it goes on sale, possibly soon after its February 1 announcement.
Samsung Galaxy S23 vs. Samsung Galaxy S22: Design and Display
The Samsung Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S22 may look very similar in many ways, as the upcoming phone is expected to have a glass back, a metal frame, and a flat screen with a punch-hole camera, just like the Samsung Galaxy S22.
The screen is also likely to remain at 6.1 inches, which means that the dimensions and weight are likely to be similar as well. And the screen specifications may be almost identical, as it is rumored that the upcoming phone will have a 1080 x 2340 AMOLED screen, with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, just like the S22.
However, some aspects of the design are likely to change. The biggest difference may be the cameras, as many leaks have indicated a new design for the Samsung Galaxy S23 phones. The metal camera block found on the S22 appears to be absent, with the lenses instead appearing individually, like the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.
Also, colors are sure to vary. Most reports state that the Samsung Galaxy S23 colors are Cotton Flower (Off White), Misty Lilac (Pink), Botanic Green, and Phantom Black while the Samsung Galaxy S22 colors include Phantom White, Phantom Black, Pink Gold, And Green, and Graphite, and Cream, and Sky Blue, and Violet.
So the Samsung Galaxy S23 may not be available in many shades, although one source suggested that additional colors will be offered exclusively through the Samsung Store.
Samsung Galaxy S23 vs Samsung Galaxy S22: Camera and Battery
The Samsung Galaxy S23 is rumored to have a 50MP main sensor, a 12MP wide camera, and a 10MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom. If this sounds familiar, that’s because the Samsung Galaxy S22 has the exact same setup.
There will likely be other changes to the sensors used, but we don’t expect that at the moment.
So the camera experience could be similar in these two phones, but the Samsung Galaxy S23 may at least have an upgraded 12MP selfie camera, instead of the S22’s 10MP camera.
There could be some new software features for the Samsung Galaxy S23’s camera too, with reports pointing to the likes of a Pro mode for the selfie camera, and the ability to save RAW images at 50MP quality.
However, there’s a good chance these features will come to the Samsung Galaxy S22 as a software update anyway, so the S23 probably won’t be much better for photography.
It may have better battery life, with leaks suggesting a 3,900mAh battery, compared to the 3,700mAh in the Samsung Galaxy S22. It remains to be seen how much of a difference that will make, but it could be a useful upgrade, as the S22’s longevity isn’t all that noteworthy in our experience.
However, charging likely won’t get a huge boost, as leaks indicate that the Samsung Galaxy S23 will charge at 25W when wired or wireless at 15W, which is the same as the Galaxy S22.
Samsung Galaxy S23 vs. Samsung Galaxy S22: Specifications and Features
The chipset will likely be one of the biggest upgrades over the Samsung Galaxy S23, as it will almost certainly use the all-new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. Not only that, but this is widely said to be a supercharged version of the chipset, offering more power than the stock version.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 in any way is very powerful, and a generational jump over the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 found in the Samsung Galaxy S22, so the S23 could be significantly more powerful.
This is particularly true in the UK and other parts of Europe, which got a version of the Galaxy S22 with the Exynos 2200 chipset instead, which is widely considered to be better performing than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. It seems that everywhere in the world will get it. The new Snapdragon chipset.
However, while we can see significant performance boosts on this front, other aspects of the specs and features may not differ much.
For example, the RAM will likely remain at 8GB, just like the Samsung Galaxy S22. Storage may increase but there is disagreement there — at least one source says the Samsung Galaxy S23 will start at 256GB, while another points to 128GB, the same as the S22.
The software is also likely to be the same, the Samsung Galaxy S23 is almost certainly slated to run Android 13, just like the S22. It might ship with a newer version of Samsung’s One UI, but it’s almost certainly coming to the S22 as well. However, the Samsung Galaxy S23 is likely to be supported with software updates for a longer period.
The Samsung Galaxy S23 could also get a connectivity boost, with emergency satellite communications potentially being added to the mix.
Based on the leaks and rumors, it appears that the Samsung Galaxy S23 will be an incremental upgrade of the Galaxy S22 only.
The main expected change is the chipset, which could be much better this year, but then the Samsung Galaxy S22 doesn’t lack power.
Furthermore, the design is likely to be tweaked slightly, the available colors will certainly vary, the Samsung Galaxy S23 will likely have a larger battery, and there may be other small upgrades, such as the selfie camera with the addition of satellite communications. The initial storage capacity could also be higher, but we’re not sure about that.
Meanwhile, the screen, camera specs, amount of RAM, charging speed, and most other aspects will likely be the same as last year — and the price will likely be higher.
So while the Samsung Galaxy S23 has a good shot at being one of the best Samsung phones out there, you may not feel the need to upgrade if you have the Galaxy S22.