There is a lot of competition among Android smartphones on the market today, including Apple’s iPhone, but some of the most popular phones are Samsung's Galaxy models. Samsung is the most prolific manufacturer in this product category and has greatly contributed to the development of many new and innovative ideas. The flagship models of the Galaxy S22 series, released in February, feature some unusual updates that should help establish them as one of the most successful products of 2022.
Not content with its success, the manufacturer is preparing some significant updates to some of the most important components of its next generation of smartphones. Thus, the Galaxy S23 will come with improved front cameras that, in addition, will be able to support higher resolutions. According to information from the GalaxyClub portal, at least two of the next models will benefit from this strategy.
Additionally, other changes are likely to happen but it is still unclear whether they will be improvements or not. Here is what we know so far.
According to the GalaxyClub source, both the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23+ will now feature front-facing cameras with a 12-megapixel resolution for taking selfies and engaging in video chats. It has not yet been clarified whether the sensors will be incorporated into a small hole in the screen or arranged in a notch. As the things stand, there will be no behind-the-screen camera as Samsung is not satisfied with the results that Z Fold 3 has produced in this segment.
The addition of optical stabilization is another improvement that will appeal to consumers around the world. There is still a chance that the Galaxy S23 Ultra, which is currently the top model in the series, will come with an even more advanced front camera – a 200-megapixel camera is being talked about, which would become the biggest jump between the two series. To refresh your memory, the Galaxy S10 was released in 2014 with a front camera that had a resolution of 10 megapixels.
Although Samsung plans to equip the Galaxy S23 and S23+ with improved 12MP selfie cameras compared to the Galaxy S22 and S22+ cameras, what does not seem to happen is the improvement of the main cameras of the two models.
According to GalaxyClub, the Galaxy S23 and S23+ will not come with improved zoom cameras. Both models will keep the 10-megapixel cameras for the telephoto. The sensor would be the S5K31, which would be based on the 10 MP camera of the S21 Ultra with 3x optical zoom. This telephoto is much better than the digital zoom from the 64-megapixel sensor of the Galaxy S20 and S21 non-Ultra.
What we could have is better optics, although this point is unknown at this period. Actually, it is not something strange in Samsung, which usually keeps the cameras for two generations. This would be the second generation of the 10-Mpx telephoto camera, so it seems logical that no significant changes will be made. The camera that could be replaced is the ultra-wide angle with the IMX563 sensor, which has been active for two generations.
The current generation of Samsung's top phones come with Exynos and Snapdragon chips for different markets, but that could all change as early as the end of this year.
If you live in America, South Korea, Australia, or China, and you buy one of the models of the best Samsung Galaxy phones, you will get the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, but if you live anywhere else in the world, these phones come with the Exynos 2200 chipset. And it's been that way for generations, but it looks like the Galaxy S23 series will change all that.
According to the media in Korea, one of the country's largest companies is considering the use of new MediaTek chipsets for the new generation of its flagship phones. Samsung did use MediaTek chipsets for its Galaxy A series models, but never for the flagship of its lineup for the simple reason that MediaTek never delivered good enough performance.
The first models that could use the MediaTek chipset are the Galaxy S22 FE (Fan Edition), and the Galaxy S23 series. Whether Samsung will fully introduce phones with a MediaTek chipset or create even more confusion by introducing the same phone with three different chipsets for different markets remains to be seen. If the latter version is chosen, the MediaTek models could be reserved for the Asian market.
On the other hand, the great progress of MediaTek is indisputable, and the new generation of chipsets seriously threatens the market dominated by Qualcomm, Bionic, and Exynos. MediaTek's global share of the mobile chipset market was 26.3% in 2021, just behind Qualcomm, which had 37.7%, Apple Bionic had 26%, and Exynos had 6.6%.
MediaTek has been the number one chipset manufacturer in China for the past five years, but at the same time, its share in other markets remains below 10%, which is something that this company wants to change.
Although 95% of MediaTek chipsets were installed in low- and mid-range models, everything could change since this company announced a new generation of Dimensity chips, led by the Dimensity 9000 premium chipset, which has already shown exceptional performance in the first tests.
On the other hand, Samsung has been holstering its Exynos chipsets for years, which have never been side by side with their Snapdragon counterparts, so the move to MediaTek could be the beginning of the end for their chipsets.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 is powered by a 3,700 mAh battery, which isn't much, but good enough considering its relatively small 6.1-inch screen. The Galaxy S22 Plus and S22 Ultra do better, with capacities of 4,500 mAh and 5,000 mAh respectively, though even those capacities are insufficient.
So with the Samsung Galaxy S23 lineup, we're hoping to see larger batteries in all models, especially the entry-level phone, which some rumors seem to confirm. One thing that doesn't increase as phones get better is battery life, which we'd like to see.
When it comes to other features, such as storage, RAM, etc., it all seems unlikely to change. But the new chipset, improved cameras, and the new OS will definitely bring more power and fluidity, which is something that every manufacturer seeks.