Samsung Galaxy S23 release date revealed after Samsung leak

Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus look similar to what we expect from the S23 (Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus look similar to what we expect from the S23 (Samsung)

It has long been expected that the Samsung Galaxy S23 will be launched in the early months of 2023, and now we have a specific date, accidentally leaked by Samsung itself.

Samsung’s Colombian website briefly featured a banner announcing the date of the next Galaxy Unpacked event when it reveals its upcoming consumer products, captured by the leaker Ice Universe on Twitter.

Everything will apparently be revealed on Wednesday, February 1, with the Colombian site promising “momentos ├ępicos” – or “epic moments” for those who never studied Spanish in school.

Granted, the provisional image didn’t really refer to the Samsung Galaxy S23, but these teasers never state what exactly to expect, instead preferring somewhat cryptic clues.

In this case, the tweet featured three camera lenses in a traffic light formation – one we fully expect to see on the Samsung Galaxy S23 when it arrives.

When will it be possible to buy the Samsung Galaxy S23?

It’s worth remembering that a release date is not the same as a release date, and there’s usually a pre-order window between the announcement of a phone and its arrival in the pockets of early adopters.

In the case of Samsung in recent years, it was about two weeks. Yes, with the Galaxy S20 the difference was three and a half, but that long introduction could have had a lot to do with its arrival in March 2020 – just as the world was reckoning with the contagious nature of Covid-19.

To be determined, of course, but we’d tentatively mark Friday, February 17 as an update day on your calendar if you fancy a new Samsung phone.

What is to change in the Samsung Galaxy S23?

For the regular Samsung Galaxy S23, we don’t expect huge changes except for a year-long speed boost thanks to the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset.

Not only will this give the phone about 35 percent more performance than the S22, but it should also increase performance by 40 percent, meaning the battery lasts longer.

There is also talk of an iPhone 14-matched emergency satellite communications for contact when you’re off-grid, and improved selfie camera.

Will there be S23 Ultra?

Yes, Samsung is to bring back the Ultra version for another year. As with the previous two generations, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is essentially the latest incarnation of the forgotten Note series, right down to its giant screen and built-in S Pen for drawing and taking notes.

It has always had a better camera array than the regular Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus, with a 100x “Space Zoom” allowing for an impressive photographic range. This year it will apparently get a 200MP main sensor – a big megapixel increase over the previous 108MP version.

While megapixel count is only part of the history of photography, Ice Universe says they are very impressed with the performance of the S23 Ultra’s camera, especially in night mode, dubbing this “the biggest upgrade to Samsung’s flagship mobile phone in five years.”

Samsung Galaxy S23 perspective

While the above predictions still need to be confirmed by Samsung, the leaks point to a product line that is treading water a bit – especially the regular S23 and S23 Plus.

This is good news for bargain hunters, who may discover that the suddenly cheaper S22 does everything they want without having to pay extra for the latest and greatest. Samsung has committed to four years of OS updates and five years of security patches for its Galaxy S phones, so rest assured that last year’s models have a decent life ahead of them.

Still, while Samsung still has the largest share of the smartphone market, it cannot be complacent. If the Galaxy S series loses its luster, rival Android phones from Xiaomi, Oppo, OnePlus, Google and others could start eating this pie.

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