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Case confirms new camera layout Samsung Galaxy S23

Rumors ·

A future phone case for the still unannounced Samsung Galaxy S23 recently surfaced. This case proves that Samsung's new flagship is getting a new camera layout.

With the upcoming S23, Samsung is saying goodbye to the Contour Cut Camera. This is the elevated corner on which the cameras of the S21 and S22 are placed. A recently released render showed the Galaxy S23 with the three cameras placed separately on the back.

Purple case for Samsung Galaxy S23
Case for the upcoming S23

A case that has now appeared confirms the disappearance of the Contour Cut style, but it is still unclear whether the cameras are placed separately or are grouped on a pill-shape just like the Fold4. If earlier rumors are accurate, we expect a 50+12+10MP camera setup.

Bora Purple

The source does not mention whether we are looking at an official case from Samsung. If true, at least a purple version of the Galaxy S23 seems to be in the cards. The S22 was also available in purple. This Bora Purple version was announced six months after the introduction of the S22.

Should existing S22 owners like this new case know that it will not fit because of the new camera layout. That gives accessory makers a chance to market new products.


Samsung S23 Render Onleaks Digit

Samsung Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus display new rear

Render of barely modified Galaxy S23 Ultra also appeared

Rumors ·

The first renders of the Samsung Galaxy S23, S23 Plus, and S23 Ultra are published. From these renders, we can see that the S23 and S23+ will get a redesigned rear. The S23 Ultra, however, has even less noticeable differences.

The render below came from @onleaks who is publishing his material via Digit. As for the images of the S23 and S23+, they look very similar to the existing S22 and S22+. This goes especially regarding the front side.

Samsung Galaxy S23 render.
Render of the Samsung Galaxy S23

Things get different when we look at the back. Gone is the elevation in the corner where the cameras sit. Samsung introduced this Contour Cut Camera style with the S21 and it returned with the S22. It gave the smartphone series their distinctive look but also added weight.

Perhaps this was why Samsung did not apply the Contour Cut Camera to the Ultra. By now placing the individual sensors separately on the back, the S23, S23+ and S23 Ultra look more uniform.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus render

Pictures of the S23+ sold @onleaks to Smartprix. These are not much different from those of the Galaxy S23. The source expects this is still a 6.6-inch device with three cameras on the back.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus render.
Render shows the Galaxy S23 Plus in black

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra render

Renders of the Smartprix also appeared via Galaxy S23 Ultra. Here, the differences are even more marginal. For example, the screen bezels are slightly smaller, and the cameras are slightly larger. The source notes that the device has slightly less rounded corners than its predecessor.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra render
And another render of the S23 Ultra

The S23 series is not one with significant changes. Most specifications will be the same, except for a new Qualcomm processor. Therefore, we are curious to see what arguments Samsung gives to sell its latest smartphones. We will probably hear that around February 2023, but rumors are also swirling that the series will be announced earlier than expected.

Galaxy S22 Series Mwc

Not much change expected for Samsung Galaxy S23 series

Rumors ·

According to tweets from @IceUniverse, the Galaxy S23 series promises to be a minor update. He doesn't expect many changes besides a new chipset. In that respect, it is somewhat similar to the strategy of arch-rival Apple.

On Twitter, @IceUniverse has long been complaining about the upcoming Galaxy S23, S23+ and S23 Ultra. As an insider, he often sees phones before they hit the market. Yet he thinks he has seen the S23 family before. Indeed, it differs little from the current S22 series.

Samsung Galaxy S22 series announced during MWC
Samsung looks to reuse the S22 series in 2023

Especially with the S23 and S23 Plus, @IceUniverse thinks Samsung is cutting corners. There, only a processor swap seems to be in the offing. The S23 Ultra comes off better though it remains marginal. In addition to a new chipset, a slightly different screen and main camera are also expected.

Focus on foldables?

The reason why Samsung seems to opt for a minor update is unknown. We saw this strategy many times in previous years with Samsung's biggest competitor: Apple. The latter does not always put much effort into designing new models. For example, the iPhone SE 2022 did not differ from its predecessor except for the processor.

It's unknown what Samsungs reasons are. The fact is that since Huawei has disappeared as a competitor, there is also little reason for Samsung to innovate vigorously. Xiaomi's growth appears to be stalling and BBK brands Oppo and Vivo are not yet big enough outside of China for Samsung to see as a threat.

Of course, it could also be that Samsung sees more in its foldable line and is betting on that. That's where Samsung has an edge that seems difficult for competitors to catch up with.


Exynos 2200

Every Samsung Galaxy S23 sold with Snapdragon processor

Rumors ·

Until now, Samsung sold its Galaxy S flagship in versions with its own Exynos processor and Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor. Depending on where you lived. Much to the dismay of some because the Exynos version was generally less powerful. The Galaxy S23 doesn't seem to suffer from this.

Because according to reports by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, all versions of the upcoming Galaxy S23 are equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Particalar customers in Europe received the version with Exynos chip, that's proven to be less powerful than its Snapdragon counterpart in benchmarks.

Samsung Exynos 2200 chipset
Exynos out, Snapdragon in

However, it is unclear if that is the real reason for the strategy change. Perhaps there is more than meets the eye. For example, it is known that Samsung produces the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1-chip for Qualcomm. But as it turned out, that chip is prone to overheat, which is why Qualcomm switched from Samsung to TSMC. The chip was renamed Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and turned out to perform better, despite both being based on 4nm.

Outsource to Qualcomm

Samsung is less likely to outsource its Exynos chip production, so it appears to be opting for Qualcomm for the upcoming Galaxy phones. This may upset some Exynos chip developers, but the performance gain of future Snapdragon series is too significant.

Whether this means the end of the Exynos processors remains to be seen. Until recently, Samsung was still working on an Exynos 2300, but it is unclear what the current status of that project is.

Video about the Samsung Galaxy S23

Still far from official but looking like this we are already looking forward to it: the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra. A render based on rumors

Questions and answers about the Samsung S23