Samsung Galaxy S23 live blog: last-minute news and rumors ahead of Unpacked 2023



Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

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The S23 Ultra, in particular, looks as though it’s getting more than just a higher resolution camera than its predecessor, with an additional trio of key upgrades over the S22 Ultra expected in a feature by writer, James Rogerson.

For one, how about a powerful new chipset?

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra camera array

The S22 Ultra (Image credit: Future)

As the Samsung fans over at SamMobile unearthed earlier this month, the Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus will sport new primary cameras at the same 50MP resolution as last year’s model. The Galaxy S23 Ultra will drop the 108MP sensor of its predecessor in favor of a new primary camera, rocking an impressive-sounding 200MP.

Not only that, but the new devices will capture photos in RAW format at up to 50MP, up from the previous 12MP limit. We’re also hearing about a feature that helps the camera take hyperlapse videos of the sky.

Cameras Editor, Tim Coleman seems to think we should be looking past that 200MP number when it comes to the S23 Ultra’s camera, saying “it’s more than just a gimmick” in his deep-dive of the sensor the phone’s likely to use.

If one thing has become abundantly clear over the past few weeks of leaks, it’s that the cameras on the S23 generation aren’t messing around. This official video posted by Samsung less than ten days ago highlights the low-light capture capabilities of the new phones.

“Epic nights are coming” may seem a little ambiguous as a tagline but we already have an idea of why that might be the <ahem> focus of the Galaxy S23’s camera experience.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra leak

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An interesting tidbit that’s arisen from the rumors is that every Galaxy S23 buyer will have equal color opportunities, no matter which Galaxy S model you pick. Whether you go for the entry level device or spring for the Galaxy S23 Ultra, you’ll be able to show off Samsung’s unique colors. 

We’re expecting some interesting shades, accompanied by Samsung’s interesting color branding. A Misty Lilac or a Botanic Green could be your preferred hue this season, whether you go for the enigmatic mid-level Galaxy S23 Plus or any other of the new phones. 

We’re also expecting accessories to match the new colors, though we haven’t heard of new devices like earbuds in this year’s shades. 

James Rogerson has even offered up an in-depth round-up of all the expected Galaxy S23 colors, which includes speculative renders of what each color might look like on different models.

Which one’s your favorite? I have a love-hate relationship with the Cotton Flower color, personally. 

Samsung Galaxy S23 dummy units | Source: Sonny Dickson

Leaked images of supposed Galaxy S23 family dummy units (Image credit: Sonny Dickson)

As Samsung fans will already be well aware, we’re expecting three members of the Galaxy S23 series to arrive on February 1: the Galaxy S23, the Galaxy S23 Plus and the Galaxy S23 Ultra.

The leaked image of dummy units you see above (credit: Sonny Dickson) echoes  other leaks and rumors around the design direction Samsung is taking with this generation. Each device looks strikingly similar in form to the Galaxy S22 Ultra. 

The standard and Plus models of the S23 this year appear to shrug off the Contour Cut camera module of the previous two generations of Galaxy S phone, in favor of something a little more sleek and sharp.

TechRadar’s Editor in Chief, Marc McLaren has done a deep-dive on the difference between the three expected models in our Samsung Galaxy S23 vs S23 Plus vs S23 Ultra comparison feature.

Good afternoon and welcome to our Samsung Galaxy S23 event live blog. 

We’re just under 24 hours out from Samsung Galaxy Unpacked, which is set to start at 10am PT / 1pm ET / 6pm GMT on February 1 (or 5am AEDT on February 2). 

We’ll be keeping a close eye on any breaking news ahead of the event, as well as giving you our verdict on the rumors so far. Then, once the event begins, we’ll be sharing all the big news as it happens.

So, on with the show… 


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