Samsung Galaxy S23 release date, price, features, and news

Published on January 25, 2023

Samsung is holding a February Unpacked event for the announcement of the Galaxy S23 series and the best news is that it will likely keep their prices unchanged. Moreover, the S23 line preorder reservations are live so you can save even more with up to $100 discount is you order with an upcoming Galaxy Book 3 device, on top of all the free gifts and trade-in bonuses to be had until the S23 release.

 

Lo and behold, shortly after the announcement of its 200MP Samsung ISOCELL HP2 sensor, all of the Galaxy S23 Ultra specs leaked out, and ditto for the Galaxy S23 and S23+ specs list. Those expecting LTPO displays on the smaller phones may be in for a slight disappointment, yet the S23 and S23+ prices remain the same, so no bad feelings. Also, a base 256GB amount for the cheapest Galaxy S23 Ultra and S23+ seems to finally be happening, plus the S23+ finally gets a 512GB model available even on carriers like Verizon.

 

Press images of all the Galaxy S23 Ultra colors have already leaked out and they show how the Botanic Green, Misty Lilac, Phantom Black, and Cotton Flower hues will look like on Samsung's 2023 flagship. Heck, the S23 Ultra even leaked in a brief hands-on from a store that may have it as a dummy unit, though.

 

After opening the preorder reservations, Samsung went light on Galaxy S22 series deals as we are mere weeks away from the Galaxy S23 deals and preorder bonuses that will be unveiled on February 1. Here are all exciting changes to look forward to with the Galaxy S23 series that will certainly top the best Samsung phones roundups!

 

 

Galaxy S23 release date

ModelAnnouncement date
 
Release date
 
Galaxy S23 seriesFebruary 1, 2023 (est.)February 17, 2023 (est.)
Galaxy S22 series
 
February 9, 2022
 
February 25, 2022
 
Galaxy S21 series
 
January 14, 2021
 
January 29, 2021
 
Galaxy S20 series
 
February 11, 2020
 
March 6, 2020
 
Galaxy S10 series
 
February 20, 2019
 
March 8, 2019
 


 

The Galaxy S23 phones may be released on February 17, 2023, according to Samsung's Unpacked event announcement schedule for Wednesday, February 1. It is typical of Samsung to release its Galaxy S series before the yearly MWC expo opens to the public in a Wednesday-Friday release game, pegging the Galaxy S23, S23+, and S23 Ultra launch for February 17 with preorder deals to be stacked to the reservation bonus in the meantime.


 

Samsung Galaxy S23, S23+, and S23 Ultra price

ModelPrice
Galaxy S23 Ultra$1199 (256GB)
Galaxy S22 Ultra$1199
Galaxy S20 Ultra$1399
Galaxy S23+$999 (256 GB)
Galaxy S23$799 (128 GB)


 

The leaked Galaxy S23 line prices on Verizon suggest that Samsung will keep pricing the same, but double the Galaxy S23+ base storage and introduce a 512GB tier to set it further apart from the S23 and its base $799 price for the 128GB version. At Verizon, the Galaxy S23 Ultra price will start at $1,199.99 before trade-in deals, or subscribers will be able to get it for 36 monthly payments of $33.33.

Verizon Galaxy S23 series prices and payment plans - Samsung Galaxy S23 release date, price, features, and news

Verizon Galaxy S23 series prices and payment plans

Galaxy S23 Ultra vs Galaxy S23+ vs Galaxy S23 specs

The Galaxy S23 series will be powered by a custom version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 that may end up being called "Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform for Galaxy" as it will be made in Samsung's chip foundries. The "regular" Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip features an ARM-Cortex X3 prime core running at 3.2 GHz, but the "for Galaxy" version increases the clock speed to 3.36 GHz.

Here are the Galaxy S23 series specs we can expect from Samsung to announce in early February:


 

Keeping most of the hardware but the chipset the same has allowed Samsung to launch the Galaxy S23 and S23+ at the same prices, even if it doubled the base storage of the Plus, because $999 for the same LTPS display would have been overkill. This tag may still skew the decision in favor of the S23 Ultra, which may be Samsung's goal all along as it has the least amount of units forecast for the sales of the middle child. 

Galaxy S23 camera

The biggest hardware upgrade that will arrive with the Galaxy S23 series will be Samsung's newly announced 200MP ISOCELL HP2. The sensor features 200 million 0.6-micrometer (μm) pixels using a 1/1.3-inch optical format. This is a sensor size that is deployed in 108MP main smartphone cameras allowing users of high-end smartphones to have a high-resolution camera without having to deal with large camera bumps.

 

The sensor uses advanced pixel-binning technology called Tetra2pixel. This allows the sensor to change pixel sizes depending on the amount of light in the environment. Under low-light conditions, the sensor captures 50MP images at 1.2μm (4:1 pixel binning) or 12.5MP images at 2.4μm (16:1 pixel binning).

 

Samsung’s new Dual Vertical Transfer Gate (D-VTG) technology will enhance color reproduction and reduce overexposure. As a result, you'll see fewer washed-out photographs snapped under bright lighting conditions.

Focusing in low-light environments will be vastly improved thanks to the HP2's Super QPD feature which uses all of the sensor's 200 million pixels as focusing agents. The result is faster and more accurate auto-focusing even in an environment without much light. Samsung explains that "the ample amount of focusing agents are grouped by four adjacent pixels to recognize both horizontal and vertical pattern changes."

Samsung says that "Utilizing the rich pattern data along with the sheer number of reference points, the new sensor is capable of fast auto-focusing, even in a dimly lit environment." To improve HDR (High Dynamic Range) photos, the HP2 will use DSG (Dual Signal Gain) for the first time in 50MP mode. The Smart-ISO Pro feature will allow the camera to snap 12.5MP images and 4K video at 60 frames per second in HDR.

For video, Samsung adds, "For fuller 8K video, approximately at 33MP, the HP2 switches to 1.2μm 50MP mode to minimize cropping and capture more of the scene. Filming 8K at 30 frames-per-second (fps), a wide field of view along with bigger pixel size can produce sharp cinematic videos."

Galaxy S23 Ultra camera samples

As if to tangentially prove the rumor about an improved low-light photography, an alleged camera sample from the 200MP Galaxy S23 Ultra vs Galaxy S22 Ultra's 108MP camera has emerged from the bowels of the Chinese tech blogosphere and, if the sample is indeed from the S23 Ultra, it is much sharper and more detailed than what the S22 Ultra is able to muster in the same situation.

Alleged Galaxy S23 Ultra vs Galaxy S22 Ultra camera sample in extreme low-light conditions - Samsung Galaxy S23 release date, price, features, and news

Alleged Galaxy S23 Ultra vs Galaxy S22 Ultra camera sample in extreme low-light conditions

Galaxy S23 Ultra zoom photo samples

If you wish to capture a regular photo with the same framing on the S22 Ultra, the camera would have intelligently switched over to the 10X optical zoom periscope lens already, improving the sharpness and level of detail. However, this doesn't seem to be the case in this situation as the main 200MP camera was reportedly used to take a photo, and then it was zoomed in 12X times to this specific area, showcasing the more natural and unsharpened looks Samsung may go for with the S23 Ultra camera.

Alleged Galaxy S23 Ultra 12x crop zoom - Samsung Galaxy S23 release date, price, features, and news

Alleged Galaxy S23 Ultra 12x crop zoom

Not only that, but Samsung can combine the quality crop zoom with the actual physical periscope-style optical magnification with pretty amazing results, judging from a leaked 30x zoom sample series that looks clearer than the S22 Ultra at 20x zoom.

Galaxy S23 Ultra zoom camera samples

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Galaxy S23 Ultra vs S22 Ultra vs Pixel 7 Pro low-light and indoor photos

Moreover, another Galaxy S23 Ultra camera comparison, this time of its indoor photography abilities, allegedly pit it against the both its predecessor the S22 Ultra, and Google's Pixel 7 Pro, with the eventual S23 Ultra emerging a clear winner in terms of detail and sharpness, provided that the pictures are truly coming out of its 200MP main camera.

Galaxy S23 Ultra

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Furthermore, the ISOCELL HPX sensor supports 8K video at 30 frames per second, as well as seamless dual HDR shooting in 4K and FHD modes. The staggered HDR mode will capture bright lights and shadows at low, medium, or high exposure depending on the lighting. It also combines all three exposures to deliver great-looking HDR photos and videos, so we can safely expect this technology will be present on the S23 Ultra's custom 200MP shooter as well.

Galaxy S23 Ultra selfie camera samples

The S23 Ultra will sport a new front-facing camera with lower resolution than on the S22 Ultra but much larger pixels, and, as you can see in the reported image samples below, it performs admirably in comparison with the Pixel 7 Pro selfie shooter.

 

 

Galaxy S23 Ultra camera specs to expect


 

  • Main camera: 200MP custom Samsung ISOCELL HP2 1/1.13" sensor with 0.60 micron pixel size
  • Front camera: 12MP with large pixels and AF
  • 3x telephoto camera: 10MP, Sensor size: 1/3.52"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
  • 10x periscope zoom camera: 10MP, Sensor size: 1/3.52"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
  • Ultrawide camera: 12MP sensor size: 1/2.55"; Pixel size: 1.4 μm


It won't be the first time that Samsung sells an ultra high-res sensor to other phone makers to brag with, like its last 108MP and 200MP products, but keeps their customized version for itself and the Galaxy S Ultra line for its last few generations. Not that the 108MP sensor of the S22 Ultra is a slouch, even though it's getting a bit long in the tooth as Samsung has been using such sensors for three years in a row now.

The main camera hardware upgrade is not expected to carry over to the zoom cameras of the S23 Ultra, as they are still expected to remain a 10MP one with 10x periscope magnification and another 10MP sensor under the 3x telephoto camera lens. We can't complain, as the Galaxy S22 Ultra possesses one of the mightiest phone camera zoom levels we've ever tested, with the only direct competitors being some other flagships with 10x optical zoom lens, or the Google Pixel 6 Pro's shorter-range periscope zooming.

Galaxy S23 Ultra 8K video recording mode

Samsung may also have an answer to Apple's Action Mode video recording called "Ultra Stabilization," as per one credible tipster. It would be aptly called "Ultra Stabilization" and be exclusive to the top end Galaxy S23 Ultra model as an extension to Samsung's resident Super Steady mode that you see pitted against the iPhone 14 Pro Max's Action Mode below. 

 

Not only that, but, thanks to the powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 imaging co-processor, Samsung will bring 8K video recording with smoother 30 frames per second that would be a boon for videographers as the new high-def format is wiggling its way into living rooms and streaming platforms with increasing frequency.

 

Galaxy S23 storage

ModelStorage
Galaxy S23 Ultra256GB, 512GB, 1TB
Galaxy S22 Ultra128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB
Galaxy S23+256GB/512GB
Galaxy S23128GB/256GB


 

As the manufacturer of its own RAM memory and internal flash storage chips, Samsung can afford to be generous with its phones' gigabytes. With the Galaxy S23 series, Samsung may finally break the cycle of 128GB starting storage, at least for the S23+ and Ultra variants. 

The S22 Ultra was rumored to start from 256GB and this time the speculation may hold water for its successor which will have an upgraded camera sensor that can capture huge single RAW photo files and breathtaking 8K video footage that will occupy a lot of space inside, so 128 gigs may simply not cut it this time. Ditto for the S23+ that will also upgrade to 512GB storage option as well.

Moreover, Samsung announced the latest version of its Universal Flash Storage (UFS) solution and version 4.0 will go into mass production during the third quarter of this year. UFS 4.0 will deliver big-time gains in speed and efficiency for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets and could be present on the 2023 Galaxy S23 flagship series.

Galaxy S23 design

 

There will be slight changes in the series design, with the Ultra taking a boxier shape, while the regular S23 and the Plus sibling will drop the camera island plateau on the back, and adopt the individual protruding lenses from the Ultra, as you can see from the leaked press promo images of the phones below.

 

Here are the latest Galaxy S23 design leaks in the form of dummy units that case manufacturers often use as molds for their wares.

Samsung Galaxy S23 vs Galaxy S23+ vs Galaxy S23 Ultra dummies - Samsung Galaxy S23 release date, price, features, and news

Samsung Galaxy S23 vs Galaxy S23+ vs Galaxy S23 Ultra dummies

The Galaxy S23 and S23+ will mimic the island-less camera design with isolated individual camera lenses, so the big design change will be on the cheaper siblings which would also be slightly taller and more narrow than their predecessors.

Galaxy S23 series design

 

Unfortunately, this also means that your Galaxy S22 case won't fit the Galaxy S23, should you decide to upgrade for some reason, as using the old wrappers will result in a huge area between the lenses left unprotected to gather dust, debris, and scratches.

Galaxy S23 case - Samsung Galaxy S23 release date, price, features, and news

Galaxy S23 case

As for the Galaxy S23 Ultra, the big design change is said to be the different curvature radius of the side frame, according to Ice Universe, which is shaping up to be higher on the Galaxy S23 Ultra, potentially freeing up a bit more space on the inside of the phone.

 

Apart from the boxy design when looked at from the sides, the Galaxy S23 Ultra is not expected to sport any other exterior alterations. Even the rumored 200MP main sensor, up from 108MP, won't change the raindrop camera set design on the back, for instance.

Samsung Galaxy S23 UltraSAMSUNG GALAXY S23 ULTRA

Dimensions

6.43 x 3.07 x 0.35 inches

163.4 x 78.1 x 8.9 mm

Weight

8.22 oz (233 g)

Samsung Galaxy S22 UltraSAMSUNG GALAXY S22 ULTRA

Dimensions

6.43 x 3.07 x 0.35 inches

163.3 x 77.9 x 8.9 mm

Weight

8.08 oz (229 g)

See the full Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra size comparison or compare them to other phones using our Size Comparison tool.


 

We'd still have three lens rings protruding from the back independently, rather than being a part of an elevated camera island "plateau" as on most every other major phone out there.

Galaxy S23 Ultra colors

The base Galaxy S23 series colors to expect are as follows:

  • Botanic Green
  • Misty Lilac
  • Phantom Black
  • Cotton Flower

As if to confirm the colors at launch, the hues of the leaked S23 Ultra's S Pen are exactly those, but Samsung usually shakes things up and offers exclusive colors that can only be had if one purchases the phones from its own store.

Meanwhile, a leaked case roster for the Galaxy S23 includes black, camel, green, white, cream, and lavender colors, while the S23+ adds orange and navy to the mix. The Galaxy S23 Ultra case colors, on the other hand, are an interesting mix include of a camel hue for the leather case, and navy and orange as well for the official silicone cases, so these might be its exclusives at Samsung's store, or just new jolly wrapper colors.

Galaxy S23 display

The Galaxy S23 and S23+ may still get the hybrid LTPS display that Samsung managed to introduce variable refresh rate to, which can only go down to 48Hz, while the LTPO panel on the Ultra models can cover the whole 1Hz-120Hz range. and save on battery while displaying static images. The Galaxy S23 and S23+ screens are now expected to be brighter, up to 1750 nits, and with wider refresh rate range than their predecessors.

 

As for the high-end phone of the series, a rumor for a quad-curved S23 Ultra display was shot down, and it indeed doesn't make a whole lot of sense on a phone with an S Pen stylus integration, as you need as much flat canvas to doodle on as possible. Samsung, however, will be going with a curved display, but just the side slopes, judging from the leaked Galaxy S23 series screen protectors.

Alleged Galaxy S23 screen protectors

The Galaxy S23 Ultra will have a 6.7" 1440p panel of Samsung's latest, 12th-gen OLED display generation, like the one that boosted the peak brightness of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 significantly compared to the Z Fold 3, or the one with record peak brightness of 2000 nits on the iPhone 14 Pro Max

Actually, new rumors peg the Galaxy S22 Ultra screen as being able to hit 2200 nits of peak brightness, so it would take the helm of the best phone display from the top iPhone, since Samsung also calibrates its panels very well, too, and grants them very granular refresh rate range.

The S22 Ultra already sports top brightness levels in the isolated scenarios that Samsung tests at, so the S23 Ultra panel should be a sight to behold if it one-ups its predecessor in that respect. In addition, all phones in the series are likely to offer Corning's newest, tougher Gorilla Glass Victus 2 edition, which might mean no S23 screen protector freebie in the box, too.

 

 

Galaxy S23 battery life

The battery life of the Galaxy S23 series is expected to get a bump from the utilization of a new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor made on the 4nm technology, as well as the new OLED panel generations they may bring to the table. Given that the battery pack sizes will be only slightly higher, then the only battery life boost possibility will have to come from the efficiency-focused Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor of Qualcomm. 

 

That would be a significant gain, though, as it is built on the second-gen optimized 4nm process and has an ingenious mix of older and newer ARM Cortex core generations that should make it very gentle on the battery with everyday tasks, unlike the 3GHz Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 monster that heats up and throttles quite a bit under heavy load like 3D gaming. 

Thanks to the latest appearance of the Galaxy S23 Ultra on the FCC, we get a confirmation that the phone will come with a battery with the model number EB-BS918BY that has a rated capacity of 4,855mAh, resulting a typical capacity of around 5,000mAh, just as on its predecessor.

 

The Galaxy S23, the S23+, and the S23 Ultra are expected to sport a number of new hardware and software features such as the ones in the list below:

  • 3.36 GHz Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform for Galaxy
  • 256GB base S23+ and S23 Ultra storage
  • Qualcomm X70 5G modem
  • 200MP Galaxy S23 ultra camera
  • 50MP Galaxy S23/S23+ camera sensor
  • Boxier Ultra lends its rear camera area design to the S23/S23+
  • Android 13 with One UI 5 on top
  • Larger S23/S23+ batteries

 

Samsung will only use a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor to power the S23 series, as Samsung can't achieve the power draw synergies between the Exynos 2300 chipset and its 5G modem as Qualcomm can for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and the X70 5G modem crafted on the 4nm process of TSMC. 

What's more, instead of the default 3.2GHz, the S23 edition could be clocked higher, at 3.36GHz and rumor has it that its exclusive Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 may be done in Samsung's foundries, after all.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 vs Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 specs and features

 

 Snapdragon 8 Gen 2Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Process4nm
TSMC 4NP (same as A16 Bionic)
 
4nm
Samsung 4LPX
CPUKryo CPU next-gen
35 percent faster
40 percent power savings
Kryo CPU
CPU cores1X prime core (Cortex-X3) running at up to 3.2GHz
4X performance cores at 2.8GHz
3X efficiency cores at 2.0GHz
 
1X prime core (Cortex-X2) at up to 3.0GHz
3X performance cores (Cortex-A710) at 2.5GHz
4X efficiency cores (Cortex-A510) at 1.8GHz
 
GPUAdreno 740 GPU
25 percent faster
45 percent better power efficiency
Real-time hardware ray tracing
Adreno 730 GPU
ISPSpectra ISP with real-time semantic segmentation for photos and videos*
Supports new Sony and Samsung sensors of up to 200MP
8K, 4K at 120fps, 720p at 960fps video capture
 
Spectra ISP
AI4.35X fasterHexagon DSP
Other featuresWi-Fi 7, Bluetooth 5.3
Dynamic Spatial Audio
Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2
ModemSnapdragon X70 with own AI processor for improved 5G coverage and speed
Dual active SIM support
Snapdragon X65


 

While both the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and the 8 Gen 1 are manufactured using 4nm technology, Qualcomm no longer relies on Samsung's 4LPX node and has changed things up to a second-gen 4nm TSMC 4NP manufacturing. This is the same node that Apple is using in its A16 Bionic chip.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor and graphics performance

On the CPU side, Qualcomm quotes up to 35% better performance and up to 40% in power savings, and, while most of this will be felt in multi-threaded tasks only, those are some big numbers that we rarely see in a yearly chip update. In fact, a leaker recently pegged the Galaxy S23 Ultra performance improvements as 36% on the CPU side, 48% on the graphics subsystem side, and the whopping 60% bump in the AI-related NPU co-processor, which should bring incredible computational photography gains, among other uses.

It is still an 8-core CPU design, but this time, the prime core runs even faster at up to 3.26 GHz, and the configuration is tweaked: instead of three performance cores, you now have four of them, while the efficiency cores are reduced from four to three. We have a bunch of improvements with the Image Signal Processor (ISP), which now supports new Sony and Samsung sensors with up to 200MP resolutions.

You also have support for 8K@30, 4K@120 and 720p@960 frames video capture, but it's up to the phone makers whether they will implement those capabilities. All of these sound super impressive, so here's to hoping.

Gaming on the Galaxy S23 series

The biggest improvement, however, seems to be in the graphics subsystem performance under heavy load like 3D gaming. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 keeps cool in games like Genshin Impact like no other Qualcomm processor before it at such a high frame rate.

 

 

It even manages to rival Apple's newest Apple A16 processor in the frame count per watt metric, all the while it stays cooler under pressure than Apple's high-clock monstrosity, and our own Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 benchmark tests on the Vivo X90 Pro+ peg it beating Apple's chipset, and that gap may be widened further with the Galaxy S23 series which will have a custom 8 Gen 2.

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 gives even Apple A16 a run for its money - Samsung Galaxy S23 release date, price, features, and news

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 gives even Apple A16 a run for its money

New Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 X70 5G modem features in the Galaxy S23

We'll see how the Snapdragon X70 5G modem behaves in reality compared to the X65 on phones like the Galaxy S22 Ultra but in the meantime Qualcomm teases us with all the new features in the future Galaxy S23 5G modem:

  • Snapdragon X70 unleashes advanced capabilities such as Qualcomm 5G AI Suite, Qualcomm 5G Ultra-Low Latency Suite, Qualcomm 5G PowerSave Gen 3 and 4X
  • sub-6 carrier aggregation to achieve unmatched 5G performance.
  • Harnessing the power of AI to enable breakthrough 5G speeds, coverage, low latency and power efficiency to fuel the 5G Connected Intelligent Edge
  • World’s only comprehensive 5G modem-RF system family capable of supporting every commercial 5G band from 600 MHz to 41 GHz, offering flexibility to OEMs for
  • designing devices capable of supporting global operator requirements
  • Unmatched global band support and spectrum aggregation capabilities including world’s first 4X downlink carrier aggregation across TDD and FDD, mmWave-sub-6 aggregation
  • Standalone mmWave support to allow MNOs and service providers to deploy services such as fixed wireless access and enterprise 5G, without needing sub-6 GHz spectrum
  • Unmatched uplink performance and flexibility with uplink carrier aggregation and switched uplink support across TDD and FDD
  • True global 5G multi-SIM including Dual-SIM Dual-Active (DSDA) and mmWave support
  • Upgradeable architecture allowing rapid commercialization of 5G Release 16 features through software updates

 


 

Samsung Galaxy S23 Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor benchmarks

The leaked Galaxy S23 (SM-S911U) scores on Geekbench peg the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 as an octa-core affair but with a seemingly rearranged set. Instead of one full-speed core and four smaller cores for the mundane tasks, like the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 has one large core and three smaller ones, with more and faster cores in the golden middle.

Being made on TSMC's second-gen 4nm processor node, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 can afford peak clock speeds akin to an Apple A-series chipset. It hits 3.36 GHz on the Galaxy S23 series with the primary core and, consequently, some very high benchmark scores.

S23+ vs S23 Ultra benchmarks - Samsung Galaxy S23 release date, price, features, and news

S23+ vs S23 Ultra benchmarks

Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy processor core distribution


 

  • 3 x 2.02 GHz
  • 4 x 2.80 GHz
  • 1 x 3.36 GHz

Meanwhile, the first Galaxy S23 and Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 benchmark also leaked. Those faster core clocks led to outstanding first Galaxy S23 benchmark of 1524 in single-core and 4597 points in the multi-core test. For comparison, the S22 gets a tad above 1200 and 3200 points, respectively.

Thus, the Galaxy S23's Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 seems to also be on par with the iPhone 14's Apple A15 processor, at least in the multi-core results, despite being clocked lower, and it only gives way to the new Apple A16 in the 14 Pro Max. The Galaxy S23 Ultra notched an equally high benchmark score of 1517/4694, respectively, so this is evidently the level of performance that can be expected from Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, if we discount its aforementioned graphics superiority while gaming.

Geekbench 5 BenchmarksSingle-coreMulti-core
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform for Galaxy (Galaxy S23 Ultra)15174694
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (Xiaomi 13 Pro)15045342
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (Snapdragon 8 Gen 1)11573307
Google Pixel 7 Pro (Tensor G2)10473192
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max (Apple A16)18845491

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra model numbers

The Galaxy S23 Ultra is codenamed DM3 internally and we can only guess what does this stand for, while the model number is denoted as SM-S918, an apparent follow-up to the Galaxy S22 Ultra's SM-S908.

All of the leaked Galaxy S23 Ultra model numbers are as follows SM-S918BDS, SM-S918U, SM-S918U1, and SM-S918W are all associated with the Galaxy S23 Ultra. As usual, the suffixes denote the dual-sim and unlocked versions for various geographical regions, too.

Should I wait for the Galaxy S23?

  • Yes, the wait on the Galaxy S23 models may turn out beneficial as not only will you be getting the most advanced processor and 5G modem hardware that will be on a phone for the foreseeable future, but you may also score faster memory. When we add the rumored 200MP camera, the Galaxy S23 Ultra is shaping up to be the one worth waiting for.
  • No, don't wait to buy a Galaxy S23 model if you don't think that adding camera resolution helps picture quality all that much, or if you think your current phone's 5G is fast enough as the Galaxy S23 models will keep the same 10Gbit 5G download speeds from their predecessors that no carrier can supply at the moment anyway.

Should I upgrade from the Galaxy S22 to the Galaxy S23?

The Galaxy S23 series will be the biggest upgrade to the S-line in a while, especially in terms of the Ultra's hardware, just as the iPhone 14 series is the biggest design upgrade in the iPhone-with-Face-ID history. 

Samsung will have to bring its A-game to counter the iPhone 14/15 Pro models and it seemingly will, as the Galaxy S23 Ultra is supposed to sport the largest 200MP camera sensor on an S-line phone so far, with the best low-light photography performance, while it, and the S23/S23+ could shine with faster processing, bigger battery, and better 5G connectivity. 

If Samsung gives the same generous conditions it now offers with the best Galaxy S22 Ultra deals, the Galaxy S23 models would be a no-brainer to upgrade to.