Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s annual launch of its flagship S range of phones is expected early next year and ahead of the release, various leaks have provided an idea of what to expect.

The S23 range, which has a rumored launch date of Feb. 1, is expected only to see minor upgrades. Among the changes are that Samsung is said to be abandoning Exynos-powered versions of phones in favor of Qualcomm Inc. Snapdragon chips. Samsung has always offered the S range with Qualcomm chips in the U.S. but has previously used Exynos chips in the phones sold in other territories, including Europe and Asia.

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip is expected to feature across the entire range. Phone Arena reports the Samsung-manufactured chip will feature an over-clocked high-performance X-3 core running at a clock speed of 3.32GHz. The chip will be faster than the standard Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, which has a clock speed of 3.2 GHz.

The Galaxy S23 Ultra is rumored to be coming with a 200MP camera sensor. The phone is also believed to offer support for recording 8k video at 30 frames per second compared to the 24fps on the S22 Ultra. The upgraded fps would deliver smoother videos recorded in 8k. As with the S22 Ultra, the S23 Ultra will also be offered with Samsung’s S Pen and a silo to house it, an additional feature that returned last year after previously being offered in Samsung’s now-discontinued range of Note phones.

9to5Google claims that the Galaxy S23 devices will offer SuperAMOLED displays with 1,750 nits. The base S23 is expected to ship with a 3,900 mAh battery, up from 3,700 mAh in the previous model, the S23+ is expected to have a 4,700 mAh battery, up from 4,500 mAH. The S23 Plus and Ultra models are believed to have the same 5,000 mAh battery seen last year.

The two base models are expected to support 25W fast charging, while Plus and Ultra are expected to support 45W charging.

Visually, the form factor of the phones remains roughly the same as the S22 lineup, with leaked promotion material reported by 91mobiles showing new color options. One notable change is that Samsung has seemingly ditched its previous camera island. Instead, the new phones have cameras that protrude individually from the phone’s back panel.

Samsung, like rival Apple Inc., tends to keep form factors across several models, be it that Samsung usually changes the form factor every two years, whereas Apple typically only makes significant changes every three years.

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