Samsung’s next little thing, as the company unexpectedly teases the Galaxy Z Flip 4 only has days left to live in (theoretical) obscurity, meaning rumor makers, industry experts, insiders and leakers will soon have to pick another unannounced product to obsess over.
Even if Samsung will be doing an equally bad job this fall to keep its next big (mainstream) thing a secret, it’s clearly way too early to know exactly what members of the upcoming S23 family might look like. What it is not too early for is the unveiling of some key specs and features, especially when they are unchanged compared to the Galaxy S22 series.
Same old battery capacity, hot new processor
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Based on recent history, we certainly wouldn’t be surprised if the Galaxy S23 Ultra’s latest prediction turns out to be absolutely correct, as a 5,000 mAh battery is perfectly in line with what the S22 Ultra… and the S21 Ultra… and the S20 Ultra all offer in that department.
A 5,000mAh battery has been a staple of Samsung flagships since the S20 Ultra.
Of course, see The world’s number one smartphone vendor failing to make any headway in an area that continues to be criticized by many users could lead to quite a bit of disappointment among hardcore Samsung fans.
But before you ditch the S23 Ultra, keep in mind that mobile device makers seem to have reached some sort of battery capacity ceiling. There’s most likely a reason why the S22 Ultra, OnePlus 10 Pro, 10T, Motorola Edge+ (2022), Sony Xperia 1 IV, and Google Pixel 6 Pro are all circling the 5,000 mAh mark and 6,000 mAh pack. Asus ROG Phone 6 basically drives home that point with a slightly overweight body.
Samsung probably can’t put a bigger battery than 5,000 mAh in the Galaxy S23 Ultra without making the premium phone look… not very premium with an overly thick profile and a bit of overweight in all the wrong places.
But again, battery life is never just a matter of battery size, and with a next-gen Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor anything but Etched in stone here, we hope the S23 Ultra’s endurance between charges will be improved by the new chip’s reduced power consumption.
Other functions also remain unchanged
We know it’s hard to get excited about a future ultra-high-end phone when you’re constantly hearing about things that are expected to stay the same, but it’s important to remember that we’re still a long way from the official one. announcement of the Galaxy S23 series and major upgrades usually come to light a little later in the pre-release news cycle.
At least one of those S22 Ultra cameras will remain unchanged, while another could get a massive upgrade on the S23 Ultra.
A the so-called “waterfall” screen tipped for the first (and only) time all the way back in February also seems unlikely, as Samsung may not want to fix what isn’t broken, and further refine its current flagship design language rather than drastic (and some would say make unnecessary) changes.