Samsung Galaxy S23: 7 Things We Want To See

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Every Wintertime, nosotros look forward to the release of a new mainline Galaxy Southward series from Samsung. Thanks to Samsung’south simpler, modern naming scheme for the serial, we know that the Side by side Large Thing will be called the Milky way S23, and it’ll probable be announced one-time after the New Year in 2023.

Until so, though, there are plenty of things we tin can think of that nosotros’d dear to see on the best Samsung phones
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in 2023, including changes, additions, and even subtractions. We’ve already seen enough of rumors swirling around Samsung’s next big phones, and fifty-fifty some potential leaks that indicate usa in the direction Samsung will exist taking its flagship phones in 2023.

This year might have already brought usa great releases like the Annotation-worthy Galaxy S22 Ultra
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and the e’er-productive Galaxy Z Fold four
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, merely Samsung’s 2023 phones look like they could bring even more than bang for our collective bucks. What volition we see? What
we encounter? Here’s our wishlist for the Galaxy S23.

A real Fan Edition

Holding a Samsung Galaxy S21 FE at sunset

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The Samsung Galaxy S20 Fe
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was a product of a strange year in tech that was both affected by higher retail prices and a fast-growing pandemic that close workers out of their jobs. The big $300 price gap made the production make sense. Having most the same specs every bit the same mainline Galaxy S20 phone simply helped matters further.

But the Galaxy S21 FE
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was likewise a product of the pandemic, and not in the positive way that the Galaxy S20 Atomic number 26 was. Information technology was delayed, oftentimes thought canceled, and somewhen debuted at about the verbal same fourth dimension as the Milky way S22, virtually xviii months after the S20 Iron came out.

To make matters worse, it was but $100 less than the Milky way S22 — despite using 2021’south processor, cameras, and horrible haptic motors — and phones like the Google Pixel 6 were $100 less than it.

So far, we haven’t seen hide nor hair of a Galaxy S22 Fe, and Samsung should keep it that mode. Instead, Samsung should be focusing on making the Galaxy Southward and Galaxy A series phones the all-time in their corresponding classes. There’south really just no room for a Galaxy S Fe serial if Samsung isn’t willing to significantly slash the price.

Bigger battery in the babe

Derrek Lee holding the Galaxy S22

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Pocket-size phones don’t run into a lot of love on Android these days, and while Samsung’s smallest Galaxy S22 packs a lot of value in a relatively small bundle, the battery life can leave a lot to be desired. Sure, keeping the phone small means Samsung
to cede some battery capacity, but we’ve got one suggestion for Samsung here: thin phones are not worth the trade-off.

For a long fourth dimension, phone manufacturers were obsessed with making phones as thin equally possible. While this looks cool when you lot take it out of the box, the truth is that most people stick their phones in a case and hibernate those graceful looks. Furthermore, polls evidence
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that people would rather have better battery life on their phones than annihilation else these days.

Over the past two or three years, we’ve seen an uptick in the number of phones that employ protruding camera lenses — or a camera “island” that keeps the raised portions of the phone more level — but I have a suggestion for Samsung. Instead of making the rest of the telephone thinner than the photographic camera hump — which puts the phone off-remainder and makes information technology wobbly, anyhow — how well-nigh keeping the phone a uniform thickness and make the battery bigger?

There oasis’t been also many rumors around battery size changes or a major design change that would rid united states of america of protruding camera humps, but it feels like such an obvious choice when people continue to asking better bombardment life.

Goodbye, Exynos

Samsung Exynos chip mockup

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Before this yr, I waxed poetic about the possibility of Samsung bringing the Exynos processor to all its phones
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. After all, Samsung had just completed a multi-year redesign with none other than AMD, the kings of operation-per-watt on the X86 side of things. They even touted ray-tracing every bit a major characteristic of the new Exynos 2200 line, getting our hopes up for one beast of a processor.

Turns out, not even AMD could save Exynos from itself. Over the years, the International Exynos-powered models of Samsung phones were often the worst model to buy, while comparable Qualcomm-powered models oft performed amend, ran cooler, and had better battery life.

This year, it’s fourth dimension for Exynos to go the way of the Dodo. Y’all’ve tried again and again, Samsung, and I think it’s nearly high time yous gave up the ghost.

Thankfully, rumors and leaks are saying that Samsung is looking to ditch Exynos for the entire Milky way S23 series, instead providing customers with either a Qualcomm chipset — nearly likely the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 — or a MediaTek chipset for regions or models where it makes more than sense.

Ameliorate nevertheless, next year’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will be manufactured on the same 4nm process
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from TSMC as the excellent Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, and is said to be focusing on battery efficiency equally the core tenet of the chipset. Considering how fast and cool the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 runs — not to mention that information technology delivers hours of additional use with the aforementioned size battery — it’due south bully to come across Samsung opting to pick the very best for its adjacent flagships.

Improved move capture

Pixel 6 Pro showing clear photo of moving cars

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Every year, nosotros hear well-nigh one photographic camera improvement or another. Whether it’southward improve low-light photography and video, the ability to zoom up to 100x away, or silky polish stabilization to proceed even the wildest of events clean and piece of cake to see, at that place’southward always something to meliorate on a smartphone’s tiny camera.

But what about capturing motion itself? Final year, Google launched a new smart algorithm on its Pixel 6 line called Face Unblur
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, which uses the AI smarts congenital into the Tensor processor to identify faces of people and pets and proceed them every bit sharp and articulate every bit possible, even when the people or pets attached to those lovable faces won’t hold nonetheless.

In fact, this particular trait has been Samsung’s weakest link for as long as I’ve been reviewing Android smartphones (that’south well over a decade, now). Information technology’s but with the Galaxy Z Flip four and Z Fold 4 cameras
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where I’ve seen whatever improvement in this expanse. Simply ask anyone with a Samsung phone — and either has kids or pets — how frequently they take a photo and it ends upwardly a blurry mess, and yous’ll know this is a problem Samsung really needs to get right with the Galaxy S23.

Given the AI smarts that Qualcomm has packed into its latest chips — not to mention the inevitable increase in processing power that’ll come with the chips that power the Galaxy S23 — there’southward no reason we shouldn’t see something similar to Google’s Confront Unblur feature appear on Samsung’s next flagship phones.

Even better zoom

Zooming in 30x on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4's camera to capture a photo of the Statue of Liberty

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Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra shipped with a 108MP chief sensor, just rumor has it that Samsung is going to outdo itself by shipping the Galaxy S23 with a 200MP camera sensor
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. 200MP might sound a little ridiculous on the surface, but there are several reasons for a company like Samsung to go on to push these kinds of numbers.

Beginning up, many of these camera sensors are physically bigger than their predecessors. While that creates a larger camera hump — if Samsung doesn’t follow our previous advice on phone size — it also makes for more natural-looking photos. Typically, larger camera sensors create a higher-quality depth of field, likewise known as bokeh, which delivers a better picture in the terminate, regardless of the number of pixels on board.

Depending on which of the two new 200MP Samsung camera sensors
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are used, each pixel will occupy either 0.64μm or 0.56μm of physical space on the sensor. That’due south a paltry size when compared to even the tiny i.0μm pixels on the 50MP sensor in the regular Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus, merely Samsung tin can utilize a secret weapon to make those pixels substantially bigger.

This 200MP sensor is able to “bin” up to 16 adjacent pixels into one physical pixel, making them a whopping ii.56μm in size. Larger pixels are a huge benefaction for low-light photography, in particular, as they are physically able to bring more calorie-free into the sensor and create brighter images. During the day, this frequently results in images with wider dynamic range.

Just a 200MP sensor isn’t merely good for regular sometime photos. It’s also corking for further enhancing Samsung’s highly-respected Space Zoom feature.

Since its debut on the Milky way S20 Ultra, Space Zoom
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has gotten better and amend thank you to a combination of improved hardware and software. While the Galaxy S23 Ultra is reportedly sticking with the 10MP sensor behind its 10x optical zoom lens, a more pixel-dumbo 200MP main sensor would assist it deliver even more detailed photos at maximum zoom levels.

That’south because Samsung uses an incredibly smart algorithm that combines image information from both the telephoto sensors and the main sensor. When ane of those sensors doubles in resolution, you should absolutely expect the Galaxy S23 Ultra, in particular, to deliver even meliorate zoom than we saw with the S22 Ultra.

More comfy Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra with its S Pen unsheathed

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Wait, the Galaxy S22 Ultra might be the all-time mainline flagship telephone Samsung has always made — including all those Galaxy Note features that fans have loved for years — but Samsung’s increasingly indigestible design for the Note serial was never a comfy tendency. Given the S22 Ultra looks almost identical to the Note 20 Ultra, it’s no surprise that the telephone wasn’t the most comfy to utilize without a case wrapped around it.

While Samsung rounds the left and right edges of the S22 Ultra, I’d similar to see some more rounding of the corners on the Galaxy S23 Ultra. When I’grand holding the S22 Ultra in my palm and just trying to scroll through Twitter or one-paw swipe type a message, those difficult, sharp corners dig right into my palm and get very irritating, very quickly.

Phones like the Milky way S22, S22 Plus, and even the behemothic Galaxy Z Fold 4 feature rounded corners that are far, far more than comfortable to hold. I know you’ve got to put an Southward Pen somewhere, Samsung, but making those corners sharp ninety-caste angles just isn’t the nicest manner to go virtually it.

While we’re at information technology, please ditch the waterfall display for the Galaxy S23 Ultra, Samsung. While waterfall displays were cute for a while and looked dainty, the design has gotten
long in the molar. Information technology’s non cracking for protecting the brandish with a screen protector since the glass itself is curved and, worse still, it’southward impossible to write all the mode to the edge with the South Pen because of those curves.

In summation: Flat display, curvy corners. Thank you, Samsung.

Better fingerprint sensor placement

A fictional in-display fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy Z Fold 3

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Samsung’s in-display fingerprint scanners have long been some of the all-time in the business, but at that place’s however no getting around the odd and sometimes uncomfortable placement. A forepart-mounted, lesser-aligned fingerprint scanner was bad when the iPhone did it and it’s nonetheless bad these days, no matter what engineering is used to do the actual “scanning” of fingerprints.

Over 42% of our readers
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said they liked rear-mounted fingerprint sensors far better than any other manner or position, and another 10% said they would prefer side-mounted fingerprint sensors as institute in the Galaxy Z Flip and Fold series, instead. Only 27% of respondents said they liked in-display fingerprint sensors, and the staff at Android Central largely agrees with these positions.

Personally, I prefer the side-mounted fingerprint sensor in the power button. It makes it easy to wake the device up and unlock it in one motion, and it’due south located where you’re already property the phone, anyway. Not only that but side and rear-mounted fingerprint sensors are nearly always faster and more accurate than in-display sensors. While information technology looks absurd to have them in the display, it’s largely a less desirable blueprint.

Nicholas Sutrich

Nick started with DOS and NES and uses those fond memories of floppy disks and cartridges to fuel his opinions on modernistic tech. Whether it’due south VR, smart home gadgets, or something else that beeps and boops, he’s been writing about information technology since 2011. Reach him on Twitter or Instagram @Gwanatu