Samsung is at the heart of tech news right now and not only because the famous South Korean brand is about to finally unveil its new foldable smartphones during a Galaxy Unpacked which will be organized on August 10. Lately, all eyes have also turned to its future flagship, the famous Galaxy S range, yet not expected before the beginning of next year because it too would be a real jewel of technology, according to recent rumors concerning, in particular, its photo configuration.
Today, the largest photo modules on smartphones have a 108-megapixel sensor. Tomorrow, we can expect them to become almost twice as large as Samsung having already unveiled 200 MP sensors. They haven't officially appeared on the market yet, but it won't be long. And besides, it is rumored, somewhat naturally to tell the truth, that the future luxury model of the Korean manufacturer would be just one of the devices that will soon benefit from such a monster sensor.
More specifically, it is the Galaxy S23 Ultra, the most premium model, which has been making a lot of noise lately. And for good reason as it would adopt a 200-megapixel sensor. It's still unheard of, for the moment but remember that its predecessor, the current Galaxy S22 Ultra, is already well supplied in this area, with the main lens of 108 MP. But while such a resolution is currently reserved for only a few (very) high-end smartphones on the market, it is already on the way to becoming obsolete. The fault of Samsung moreover, which is not only a manufacturer of smartphones but also a supplier of components for other brands, in particular of photo sensors - the Samsung’s Isocell is of a small name but is becoming more and more imposing.
We have even been talking about 200 MP photo sensors designed by Samsung for several months, without having really seen the color yet. The very first, the Isocell HP1, was unveiled in September 2021 by the Korean manufacturer. And even though it has not yet officially appeared in a smartphone, a few months later, last June, we learned of the existence of an Isocell HP3, a 200 MP sensor too but slightly smaller, at 1/1.4 inch (vs 1/1.22 inch), with 0.54 μm (vs 0.64 μm) photosites. So, should we expect one of these two shock sensors to enter the market through the Galaxy S23 Ultra? Well, not necessarily.
We were just wondering where he had gone, this second of the name because it hadn't been mentioned at all until now. But if it has not actually been the subject of any communication from Samsung for the moment, it does exist according to a reputable informant in the middle, named Ice Universe, who predicts that it will thus appear on the future premium smartphone of the Korean manufacturer. "The 200 MP sensor of the S23 Ultra is an HP2 that is still new, I'm almost 100% sure of it," said the leaker on August 2 on Twitter. And to add, in the comments: "The HP2 will be better than the HP1 and HP3." It’s difficult to say why, since we do not know more at the moment. But we can indeed imagine that Samsung would have wanted to keep the scoop on a shock sensor, certainly in the spirit of competing with the future Apple iPhone 14 Pro.
Qualcomm is developing a completely new chipset for the Galaxy S23 series, which will be called "Snapdragon X70" and should correct all the shortcomings that Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 brought with it. This would mean either "none of" the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset or "X70" is just a codename for Gen 2 from Snapdragon. What is being said is how the Snapdragon X70 will correct the lack of an audio-video codec in known applications for playing video content.
In one segment, Samsung has an "advantage" over the competition. This concerns the production and implementation of the working and internal memory because the memory of the smartphone is also produced independently by Samsung.
Thus, it is rumored that the Galaxy S23 Ultra will start "as an entry-level model" with 256GB of internal memory. So there will no longer be a 128GB model, as is the case now with the Galaxy S22 Ultra smartphone. Other Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23+ models will still come with known working and internal memory capacity (as well as Galaxy S22 models).
It is expected that the arrival of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset (which further confirms that X70 is just a factory name) will further improve the autonomy of the Galaxy S23 model.
But if we take into account how the redesign of the same is being prepared, it inevitably means that the capacity of the batteries will be further reduced, that is, their volume will be smaller. Let's recall how, for example, the Galaxy S22 Ultra has a capacity of 5,000mAh, while the Galaxy S22+ and Galaxy S22 have a battery capacity of 4,800mAh and 4,000mAh, respectively.
We hope that the battery capacity will not be reduced and that the Galaxy S23 models will bring support for higher power fast charging (if we still won't get a charger in the box and we will obviously lose the cable).
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is said to arrive with Qualcomm's 3D Sonic Mac fingerprint sensor, which will be an improvement over the one found on the Galaxy S22 Ultra phone.
The above-mentioned sensor boasts an even higher speed compared to its predecessor, as well as a larger scanning area. The Vivo X80 Pro and iQOO 9 Pro already use this sensor, and testers were impressed with the accuracy and speed of the fingerprint scanner on these phones.
When it comes to the other two models, it is not clear if they will also get the new fingerprint sensor or if it will be exclusive only to the Galaxy S23 Ultra.
We just have to wait a few months before seeing what it will give for the next range of Galaxy S23 is being expected for the beginning of 2023. One thing is certain, in any case, the era of monster photo modules, with therefore a main sensor of 200 MP, is about to arrive very soon. With all these rumored improvements, is the new S23 series worth the money?