If you’re not very familiar with the inner workings of the mobile tech industry, you might be surprised to learn that one smartphone (or rather three) that isn’t likely to be revealed in the next seven or eight months is already making headline after headline.
But if you’ve ever followed a traditional news cycle leading up to a Samsung flagship release, it might almost feel like we know too little about it For example, the Galaxy S23 family was compared to the S22 series this time last year.
Interestingly, while we weren’t able to predict with much confidence on the imaging front last week, some recent rumors may have answered a number of important camera-related questions. If all these latest rumors are to be believed, the S23 and S23+ will come with one each improved selfie shooter compared to its predecessors, which is obvious not under the AMOLED screen of any of the three ultra-high-end family members.
Maybe even more important a fresh GalaxyClub report (translated here) claims to reveal an… interesting tidbit about the rear-facing snappers of the aforementioned two non-Ultra Galaxy S23 devices. Unfortunately, this tidbit isn’t very exciting either.
Same old zoom action?
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the “regular” Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus are expected to stick around (for now, at least) with a veeeery familiar-sounding 10-megapixel telephoto sensor equipped with advanced 3x optical zoom technology is.
Of course it’s far too early to know the make and model of the sensor, but we definitely wouldn’t be shocked if Samsung ended up going back to the exact 10MP camera like the S22 and S22+. Should that not be the case, certain evolutionary improvements are possible (not to mention software tweaks, etc.), but either way there are almost certainly no major upgrades in the pipeline… at least in that department.
This is the Galaxy S22 in action (3x optical zoom).
Of course, this doesn’t have to be as tragic as it sounds, especially after that Galaxy S22 and S22+ has arguably and dramatically improved the 64MP telephoto shooter on the back of the S21 and S21+, which could only produce 1.1x optical zoom and 3x “hybrid” zoom.
Unfortunately the S23, S23+, and The S23 Ultra are all geared towards retaining the primary rear-facing camera of their direct predecessors, giving the ultra-wide lens a (small) chance for a truly notable upgrade as the sole key component of the family’s overall imaging system.
In theory, the mysterious telephoto lenses of the S23 Ultra could also gain important new technologies and make significant megapixel leaps, but in reality it seems unlikely that we will get more than 10 + 10 MP and up to 10x optical zoom.
So what big Galaxy S23 changes can you expect?
As much as we’d like to put a smile on your face and help you start the week with excitement, we don’t have much to share on the game-changing upgrade front… yet. Then again with a fancy codenames like “Project Diamond” revealed back in March, the S23 trio just can’t be just an iterative release with a new processor under the hood (no Exynos) and hardly noticeable improvements in the areas of camera or display.
Because it’s still too early for S23 pictures, here’s the Galaxy S22 again.
Perhaps this is a “diamond” that will finally shine brightest in terms of battery life and/or charging speed. And maybe with that The Galaxy S22 FE, which is said to be out of the picture, sees the pricing structure adjusted downwards, with say a “vanilla” S23 starting at $700 that we’re sure many hardcore Samsung fans will appreciate more than a meaningless one megapixel bump would appreciate.