Unless you’re the world’s most devoted Samsung fan or you continue to use, say, an older Galaxy S9 that you’re fully committed to upgrading to a new flagship next spring, whatever it happens, there is a good chance the latest rumors around the The Galaxy S23 family left you feeling rather disappointed (at best).
There are now several reliable stories and sources pointing to a totally unchanged design for the vanilla S23 and S23+ (at the very least) compared to their respective predecessors, but what you may not have realized until today is that a lack of external modifications could actually turn out to be a good thing.
Beautiful on the outside, powerful on the inside
They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but in an age of (far too) similar premium smartphones, the Galaxy S22, S22+ and S22 Ultra objectively feel both familiar and special enough to make a visual impression on (almost) anyone.
Not too heavy and certainly not too thick, the 6.6 inch metal and glass The S22 Plus, for example, also manages to pack a reasonably hefty 4,500mAh battery, combining beauty and power (almost) perfectly. Of course, there’s always room for improvement in the battery endurance department, especially when it comes to Android flagships, and that’s precisely what Samsung should do with the Galaxy S23 Plus.
The S23+ might look a lot like the S22+ (pictured here), at least on the surface.
Whether Elec’s inside information proves to be correct, which has happened many times in the past for many unreleased Galaxy devices, the S23+ will upgrade the aforementioned cellular capacity of its 2022 predecessor by approximately 5%.
That might not sound like a lot, but it would be quite an impressive feat on Samsung’s part to squeeze a 4,700mAh battery into an unchanged plus-size body of a high-end Galaxy. The current plan is definitely to retain (more or less) the 7.6mm thickness and 195 gram weight of the S22+, mind you, which could allegedly be achieved using so-called “stacked” technology. .
The internal battery material would be stacked “layer by layer like a staircase” to ensure that it doesn’t take up too much space inside the Galaxy S23+, keeping the phone relatively slim. That sounds like a lot of engineering work for a 5% increase in battery capacity, but if the end result is even just an extra hour or two of life between charges in the real world, we’re pretty sure a lot of users will appreciate the otherwise seemingly modest upgrade.
No news on the S23 and S23 Ultra fronts… yet
While the latter report Elec (translated here) doesn’t spell things out for us, its timing definitely suggests that the 4700mAh info is somehow connected to the recent battery certification which left the capacity number up in the air. Although no similar document has been discovered for the other two members of the next Galaxy S23 family as of now, these should also arrive fairly soon.
Until then, we probably won’t know if the “regular” Galaxy S23 and The S23 Ultra models have similar battery size upgrades in the pipeline compared to the S22 and S22 Ultra. But that won’t stop us from speculating that Samsung is indeed planning to improve this area across the range.
The S22 Ultra packs a hefty 5,000mAh battery.
After all, the The Galaxy S22+ scored the highest battery life test results in our in-depth reviews of all three S22-series devices, so it wouldn’t make much sense to upgrade the S23+ and not not upgrade the S23 and S23 Ultra as well in this ever-important department.
If we were to make some (semi-educated) guesses, we’d expect the base version of the Galaxy S23 to pack at least around a 3,800 mAh battery while the S23 Ultra could probably go up to around 5,300 mAh of juice. If you also add the widely speculated Qualcomm energy efficiency improvements Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor to the equation, you can expect the entire S23 family to absolutely crush its forerunner in our battery endurance tests next year.