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It’s been nearly a year since Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S22 Ultra, and like clockwork, rumors, leaks, plus some official information about the successor and its launch have started to circulate. These initial tidbits often help construct an idea of what to expect — before the official debut — and can even help decide whether you should wait for the latest generation or pick up older hardware at a discount.

Here we will explore the rumors and leaks which tell us about the internal specifications, pricing, features, and availability of the Galaxy S23 Ultra and touch upon what upgrades we want to see this time!

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We will update this article as more information about the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra comes to light.

Release Date

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On January 10, 2023, a press release from Samsung confirmed that an in-person Galaxy Unpacked event would take place on February 1, 2023. While the release didn’t explicitly mention the Galaxy S23 moniker, it did state that Samsung will introduce the next generation Galaxy S series.

Now, smartphones won’t be the only thing we see in the coming month, as Samsung is expected to launch a new generation of Galaxy Book. If interested, here’s how you can reserve both devices (or either one) on Samsung’s website.

Nevertheless, the date falls in line with the launch timelines we’ve seen previously, which means it would be a shocker if Samsung doesn’t announce the Galaxy S23 Ultra and other members of the family — Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus.

Pricing and Availability

While we know when Samsung will unveil the device, it’s still unclear when it’ll be available. Going by past trends, you can expect the device to be available approximately two weeks later, somewhere around the 15th or 17th of February.

As for how much it’ll cost, we believe Samsung will maintain parity with last year’s Galaxy S22 series. So, Galaxy S23 Ultra should cost $1,199, while the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus will cost $799 and $999, respectively. But there is one point to note; some reports say the Galaxy S22 Plus and the Galaxy S23 Ultra will offer 256GB of internal storage for their base variant.

Technical Specifications (Rumored)

Category

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra

Build

  • Gorilla Glass Victus Plus front and back
  • Armor aluminum frame
  • IP68 dust and water resistance

Display

  • 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X
  • 1440 x 3088-pixel resolution
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • HDR10+
  • 1750 nits peak brightness
  • Corning Gorilla Glass Victus Plus

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2

Memory & Storage

  • Memory: 8GB, 12GB
  • Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
  • No SD Card Slot

Rear Cameras

  • Primary: 200 MP wide, f/1.8, OIS, HDR, Laser AF
  • Ultra-wide: 12 MP, 120-degree FoV, dual pixel PDAF, HDR
  • Periscope Telephoto: 10 MP, dual pixel PDAF, OIS, 10x optical zoom
  • Telephoto: 10 MP, PDAF, dual pixel PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom

Front Camera

40 MP, HDR

Security

Under-Display Fingerprint Scanner, PIN, Pattern, Password

Connectivity

5G, LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3

Ports

USB-C, No 3.5mm Headphone Jack

IP

IP68

Battery

5,000 mAh

Wired Charging

45W

Wireless Charging

15W

Operating System

OneUI 5 (based on Android 13)

Colors

N/A

Starting Price (rumored)

N/A

Design

S23 Ultra Render 4

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is expected to have a design that is largely unchanged from the Galaxy S22 Ultra. Leaked images and renders show that the S23 Ultra will have a similar appearance to the S22 Ultra, with squared-off corners, a big display on the front, and individually embedded cameras on the back, forming a ‘camera island.’ The S23 Ultra is also rumored to have an embedded S Pen, similar to the S22 Ultra.

S23 Ultra Edges and Camera

There will be some subtle differences, though, according to the reports. These include a slightly flatter metal edge and more flushed camera sensors on the back. The front glass of the S23 Ultra is also expected to be less curved than the S22 Ultra, resulting in a boxier design. However, these changes may not be noticeable to most users, but what will be noticeable are the new colors.

Rumors indicate the Galaxy S23 Ultra will be available in four color options — Cream, Green, Lavender, and Phantom Black. Supporting this argument, we also saw images of the Samsung Galaxy S23 — which are allegedly official marketing material — from Roland Quandt (via winfuture.de). Samsung has ha common color options in its lineup before, and we bet you will find some of these choices for the Galaxy S23 Ultra.

Display

S23 Ultra Render 3

Like the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, the Galaxy S23 Ultra will feature the largest and the best display of all three phones. Rumors suggest that the S23 Ultra will feature a Quad-HD 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with resolution of 3088 x 1440 pixels. Like the most modern Android flagships, the Galaxy S23 Ultra will support up to 120Hz that will be able to go as low as 1Hz to preserve battery life. Some rumors also claim that the S23 Ultra will feature up to 2100 nits of peak brightness, which is more than the Galaxy S22 Ultra and the latest iPhone 14 Pro Max.

As noted in the Galaxy S23 rumor roundup, the whole Galaxy S23 series could be equipped with a new Qualcomm 3D Sonic Max fingerprint reader. This under-display fingerprint sensor will be significantly larger than the current in-display fingerprint readers used by Samsung and will improve the overall experience.

Processor

Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Key Visual-Red

Samsung is reportedly planning to launch all the models of the Samsung S23 series, including the Ultra variant, with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor in all regions. This is a change from previous Samsung Galaxy S models, which were released with different processor variants in different regions. For example, the Samsung S22 was released with the Exynos processor in Europe, while it featured Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in the US, South Korea, and India.

Some reports suggest that the Galaxy S23 Ultra will run on Android 13 out of the box and feature up to 1TB of internal memory. RAM options will stay the same as the Galaxy S22 Ultra, i.e., 8GB or 12GB. Unfortunately, like its predecessor, there will be no microSD card slot for storage expansion.

As for connectivity, Samsung is expected to offer Wi-Fi 6, 5G (sub-6Ghz and mmWave), and Bluetooth 5.3. But in addition to this, new rumors indicate support for Qualcomm Snapdragon Satellite. This will give the Samsung S23 Ultra the ability to connect with emergency services in areas with no cellular or internet coverage.

Camera

S22 Ultra Camera Unsplash

Moving to the camera side of the things, the Galaxy S23 Ultra is rumored to ditch the 108MP sensor that Samsung has used in its flagships since 2020 for the 200MP ISOCELL HP2 camera sensor. It is believed that the 200MP sensor on the Galaxy S23 Ultra will enable it to capture significantly more detailed photos with significant enhancements in low light conditions. While the phone will still capture regular shots in 12MP mode (thanks to pixel binning technology), the 200MP sensor will be useful for professional photographers.

A few camera samples taken through the Galaxy S23 Ultra were shared by Ice universe on Weibo. The first shot shows a 16x zoomed image taken through the 200MP sensor of the S23 Ultra and the same picture taken through the 108MP sensor of the Galaxy S22 Ultra. The difference is clear — the S23 Ultra has more detail because of its higher-megapixel camera sensor when zoomed in. The second image shows the difference in image processing of the S23 Ultra, S22 Ultra, and the Pixel 7 Pro.

S22 Ultra vs S23 Ultra Camera S23 Ultra vs S22 Ultra vs Pixel 7 Pro Camera

The rest of the sensors are expected to remain the same. This means you’ll get the same 12 MP Ultra-Wide Camera, 10 MP Telephoto Camera with 3x Optical Zoom, and another 10 MP Telephoto Camera with 10x Optical Zoom on the back. One small upgrade will come in the video recording department, with the S23 Ultra capable of shooting at up to 8K 30fps (from 8K 24fps in the Galaxy S22 Ultra).

Battery

Battery was one of the strong suits of the Galaxy S23 Ultra, and Samsung could be looking to replicate the experience on the 2023 flagship. According to the leaks, the Galaxy S23 Ultra will feature the same 5,000 mAh cell as the 2022 flagship. Coupled with the optimizations that Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 brings, the Galaxy S23 Ultra could deliver the best battery life of all the Android smartphones.

In terms of charging speed, we expect the Galaxy S23 Ultra to have the same 45W fast charging speed as the Galaxy S22 Ultra, as well as support for wireless charging up to 15W and reverse wireless charging up to 10W.

What Improvements Would We Like to See

Galaxy S22 Ultra in hand

  • Better One-Handed Usability: One of the biggest complaints about the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra was its size. While the larger screen is great for media consumption and gaming, it can be a pain to use with just one hand. With the S23 Ultra, we would like to see Samsung focus on improving one-handed usability, which can be achieved through a more ergonomic design.
  • Satellite Communication: Another feature we would like to see on the S23 Ultra is satellite communication. This would allow users to stay connected even in areas with poor or no cell service. This would be especially useful for travelers, hikers, and anyone who spends a lot of time off the grid. By incorporating satellite technology, the S23 Ultra would be able to compete with the likes of the Apple iPhone 14 series in terms of connectivity.
  • Expandable Storage: One of the biggest frustrations with smartphones is the lack of storage space. While cloud storage is convenient, it’s not always reliable or secure. That’s why expandable storage is so important. By adding a microSD card slot to the S23 Ultra, users would be able to expand their storage capacity and keep all of their important data on their phone.
  • Faster Charging: In the world of smartphones that are able to charge 120W and 150W, the Galaxy S23 Ultra will reportedly be limited to only 45W wired charging. We would love to see even faster charging on the most expensive Galaxy S23 series device, which would allow users to quickly top up their battery when needed.

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