According to a pair of teaser films issued by Samsung China, this year’s Galaxy S23 series will include upgraded camera sensors with greater resolution and enhanced low-light shooting. In three weeks, on February 1st, during Samsung’s first in-person smartphone presentation since the outbreak, the new phones will likely be formally introduced.
The primary, ultrawide, and telephoto cameras that will be featured on the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus are all depicted in the teasers (rumors suggest the S23 Ultra will have an additional periscope lens). An upcoming “wow-worthy resolution” with “megapixels that’ll make you shout wooow” is advertised in one clip. As for the second, it promises “amazing night photographs are coming” with cameras “designed for moonlight.”
The enhancements that have been discussed for this year’s phones are reflected in the teasers. It has been speculated that the primary camera sensor of the top-tier Galaxy S23 Ultra would receive a resolution boost to 200 megapixels. This sensor could lead to greater low-light performance in addition to gains in detail, as it combines the light from as many as 16 pixels into each pixel in the final image. In2020, my former coworker Sam Byford penned an excellent exposition on the benefits that these high-resolution sensors may bring (though at the time he was talking about 108-megapixel rather than 200-megapixel sensors).
Qualcomm’s latest flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, is widely speculated to power the Galaxy S23 series in the Americas. If renderings for the next Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus are accurate, the smartphones’ designs will not have the camera bumps featured on last year’s models. Meanwhile, the S23 Ultra will probably look like last year’s model, with squared-off corners like Samsung’s defunct Note handsets.
It has also been speculated that the S23 Ultra’s display would be far brighter than those of its predecessors. While we didn’t put a tonne of stock in this article, Samsung Display did just demonstrate an OLED screen that can reach peak brightness levels far beyond 2,000 nits. It makes us question if Samsung Electronics’ flagship phone of 2023 will be the first to include it.
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