NO Major physical changes expected with the Galaxy S23 lineup BUT..
Updated: Sep 18, 2022
Looking at the recent leaks it seems that just like the Galaxy S22 series the Galaxy S23 series design and specs are already cooked. As far as the Galaxy S23 exact release date is concerned, looking at the past track records and recent leaks, the phones will be released on February 24, 2023.
The MWC expo is scheduled for Mon, Feb 27, 2023 – Thu, Mar 2, 2023, so just like last year the Galaxy S23 series should launch the Friday before it, on February 24, 2023 and the preorders could start on February 8, 2024.
Just like last year's Galaxy S22+ battery certification by the Safety Korea (via Android Headlines ) regulatory body, the battery of the S23+ has appeared there in the same month of September. That also kinda indicates the same launch timeframe.
SamMobile says the model number is EB-BS916ABY, it is meant for the SM-S916 phone of Samsung. For reference the Galaxy S23 Ultra model number is SM-S918. The S23+ battery capacity seems to be the same 4,500 mAh battery of the S22+. The battery is made by China's Amperex Technology Limited (ATL), one of the largest battery makers.
Leaker Ice Universe says this about the Galaxy S23 and S23+ "Same screen, the same sensor, the same camera, and the battery is estimated to be similar," even the frame will see no drastic changes if any. This will almost be the same thing we saw with the iPhone 14 standard models. Very minor changes.
The Galaxy S23 and S23+ will get the hybrid LTPS display which can only go down to as low as 48Hz, while the LTPO panel of the note 20 Ultra from 2020 can switch between 10Hz and 120Hz. Which is actually stupid considering the its such a old tech.
So if Samsung will have to provide more battery life to these two phones then definitely they will have to depend heavily on the optimisation and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. Given that Samsung will only use Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 in all markets they will one less thing to worry about. All of these might sound disappointing but if Samsung will be able to launch the Galaxy S23 and S23+ at lower prices, many of us won’t be hurt by that.
According to a recent leak first published by SlashLeaks the dimension of the standard Galaxy S23 will supposedly be 146.3×70.9×7.6mm. For reference, the current Galaxy S22’s measurements are 146x70.6x7.6mm. You see the difference?
The S23 Ultra will have dimensions of 163.4×78.1×8.9mm now if you compare the S22 Ultra’s are 163.3x77.9x8.9mm. The Plus version will be no different - 157.8×76.2×7.6mm for the S23+ in comparison to 157.4x75.8x7.6mm for the S22+ model. You can also guess the screen sizes too. The S23 both feature a 6.1” (2340×1080), the S23+ - a 6.6” (2340×1080) one, and the S23 Ultra - a 6.8” (3088×1440) display. Identical to the current model.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset model number SM8550 will reportedly sport one Cortex-X3 core that provides a 25% performance boost over the X1, as well as two Cortex-A715, two Cortex-A710, and three Cortex-A510 cores, which is really unusual in smartphone world.
This way, Qualcomm can turn on and off specific cores depending on the task. So it will have best performance and better battery efficiency at all times. The powerful Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 has been one hot SoC. It is not so efficient. But that will hopefully change thanks to TSMC manufacturing.