Samsung Galaxy S23 vs Galaxy S22: Expectations – PhoneArena | Episode Movies


Samsung will announce the new Galaxy S23 in about 3 months plus change. And you know how the internet is – we already have so many leaks to follow up on.

So we can start making guesses and forming expectations – what will be improved, will the S23 be better than its predecessor, is the new model worth waiting for?

Sure, we’ll be getting a new processor like we do every year, and it seems we’re getting a redesign rather than a facelift, but what about camera improvements? Let’s talk about Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S22 – design, performance, camera and battery.
Galaxy S23 vs. Galaxy S22 According to Leaks:

  • S23 for a unified design – slim, with camera rings
  • S23 to have Snapdragon on all markets! (maybe, probably)
  • S23 to get a slight battery boost
  • No big change to the camera

Table of Contents:

Design and display quality

Excellent Samsung AMOLED on both phones

It’s hard to imagine that Samsung can currently do anything to improve its screens. The manufacturer has perfected its AMOLED screens over many years and the Galaxy S22 has excellent, sharp and vibrant displays. We expect nothing less from the Galaxy S23. We also expect sizes and dimensions to stay the same, with both screens measuring 6.1-inches diagonally and with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. That would mean the resolution stays the same too – 1080 x 2340 for a packed density of 422 PPI.

Where we expect a change is in the design. The Galaxy S22 series had two distinct looks – the S22 and S22+ had that camera plate on the back that was fused to the metal frame of the phones. The S22 Ultra has a completely flat back with 5 protruding metal rings to protect and hold the camera lenses, flash and focus sensors.

According to the leaks, the Galaxy S23 series will share a unified design language, meaning the three models will look much more alike. And the design language that Samsung has reportedly opted for is the minimalist one. A flat back with protruding metal rings.

Combine that with the fact that the S23 will most likely have a flat screen (as opposed to rounded edges) and it seems we’ve got a very nice, boxy, simple, but elegant (and functional) phone.

But to be fair, the Galaxy S22’s flat sides and flat screen also make it a pleasure to hold. While we can’t call it small, it’s definitely a… handy smartphone.

As for colors, the S22 is available in 5 colors – Black, White, Purple, Green and Rose Gold – but there are also 3 Store exclusive paint finishes – Graphite, Purple and Sky Blue. Rumor has it that the Galaxy S23 will have 4 primary colors – black, pink, green and beige. However, we’re pretty sure that like its predecessors, it’ll also be offered with a few exclusive copies on

Of course, we have no reason to believe that the fingerprint sensor will disappear under the screen – Samsung has improved the ultrasonic technology quite a bit and it has gotten fast and responsive in the last few years. The Galaxy S23 will certainly take full advantage of that, but we have little complaints about the Galaxy S22’s scanner.

performance and software

We definitely expect the Galaxy S23 series to see an increase in performance – it’s only natural as the technologies keep getting better. But when we see those numbers, it’s going to be a great improvement over an already powerful Galaxy S22.

What’s even better — we’ll finally stop splitting Galaxy S phones into “Exynos variants and Snapdragon variants” in 2023, according to reports. Allegedly, all markets will get the Snapdragon processor!

That’s huge because the difference between the Exynos and Snapdragon wasn’t just raw performance – the two chips also process camera images differently, causing a ton of confusion online. “With which Galaxy variant were these samples taken, which processor was used for this battery test?”. All of these questions will hopefully, maybe, be a thing of the past.

Of course, the Galaxy S23 comes with Android 13 and Samsung’s One UI on top. The latest version of the UI is One UI 5, and we don’t know if there will be an updated version with the S23 – like a One UI 5.5.

However, we know that the Galaxy S22 is still eligible for major updates, so we expect very little (if any) differences in the software of both phones. We remind you that Samsung has promised 4 years of software support for its flagships (and 5 years of rolling security updates), which means that the Galaxy S22 will receive Android 16 and will stop in early 2026. The Galaxy S23 should get Android 17 and then be done.


Don’t expect much improvement

While rumors persist that the Galaxy S23 Ultra will see a huge improvement with a new 200MP sensor, it seems that the regular S23 won’t falter when it comes to the camera module. According to the latest reports, the Galaxy S23 will have the same combination of cameras on the back — 50MP main, 12MP ultra-wide, 10MP telephoto — as its predecessor.

Now, of course, some post-processing improvements are possible, especially with the new Qualcomm chip. However, it remains to be seen if there are major differences between the photo quality of the two phones. Our guess is “no”. Not because we are skeptical, but because the Galaxy S22’s camera is very, very good.

However, we may see some improvements. The Galaxy S23 is rumored to have a new 12MP selfie camera, which has a slightly higher resolution than the S22’s 10MP front camera sensor. Will that make a big difference? Probably not, but we’re curious as to why – if it’s true – Samsung decided to make this tiny change.

There’s also a new Ultra Stable mode for action video recording – reportedly one that’s good enough to rival the iPhone 14’s Action Camera mode. Early rumors say it will be on the Galaxy S23 Ultra, but we’re hoping it’ll be a standard mode across the Galaxy S23 family.

Audio quality and haptics

The Galaxy S22 sounds pretty good – it packs stereo speakers matched with AKG know-how since Samsung acquired the audio company. They’re loud, a little mediocre, but still rich in detail. They might be missing a bit of bang in the bass, so we’re curious to see if the Galaxy S23 can improve on that. But hey, these are tiny, thin smartphones, so let’s not expect miracles.

As for haptics – the flagship Galaxy phones have clicked and clacked with very pleasant and reassuring feedback for the last few years. Samsung (and other Android phone makers) have had trouble nailing vibration over the years, but we’re happy to say they’re nailing it these days.

Battery life and charging

Can the Galaxy S23 shock us?

So the Galaxy S23 will have a slightly larger battery – 3,900mAh versus the 3,700mAh in the Galaxy S22. That sounds… promising considering the power efficiency improvements of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.

The Galaxy S22 gave us a good 10 hours of screen-on-time while surfing. That’s pretty reliable as it is, but if the Galaxy S23 upped it even a bit – that would be a win. Or hey, we should hope for better gaming performance as heavy 3D applications drained the Galaxy S22’s battery pretty quickly.

specification comparison

Well here’s a good look at what we’re expecting from the spec sheets of the two phones. Remember that all information about the Galaxy S23 is still speculative:

Summary and Final Verdict

So if you own a Galaxy S22, should you be worried? Should you rush to upgrade to a Galaxy S23 as soon as it comes out? According to preliminary data — no. But hey, the fact of the matter is that smartphone technology is pretty much mature now and we can’t really expect major improvements every year, right? And fortunately – because smartphones have become quite expensive.

On the other hand, if you’re currently planning to buy a phone and wondering whether you should take the leap into a Galaxy S22 or wait for the Galaxy S23? We’d say that 3 months is still a long wait and you can buy a Galaxy S22 with confidence – especially now that the Black Friday deals are coming to bring those prices down. But hey, if it’s not urgent and you can wait – let’s see what this Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 can do!

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