Samsung hasn’t exactly done a great job of keeping its flagship design (and specs) under wraps ahead of the company’s big product launch events in recent years, but even by that standard it certainly feels a little unusual to see The Galaxy S23 and S23+ leaked in all their (factory CAD-based) glory in September.
Of course, the most logical explanation for Steve Hemmerstoffer’s possibly record-breaking speed in revealing the subtle visual changes of Samsung’s “next big thing” is simply that yesterday’s leaks aren’t as early as they seem.
That theory seems to be confirmed by none other than The ice universe
if insider knowledge of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 development suggests that the Galaxy S23 trio could
released earlier than previously expected.
Is a January announcement in the cards?
While it’s certainly far too early for anyone to (reliably) answer that question with even a moderate degree of confidence, we highly doubt Samsung will let its most devoted speed-addicted fans wait until February 2023 for the next Unpacked event.
With the world’s first new Android high-ends powered by Qualcomm’s next-generation beast expected to see daylight as soon as November 2022, The Galaxy S23 family could also theoretically be unveiled and released by the end of the year.
The S22 family became official and went on sale in February 2022.
But December isn’t the most conventionally accommodating frame for the launch of a mobile device aimed primarily at a Western audience, so even if the above info checks out, Samsung will likely wait until January.
Although the S22, S22+ and S22 Ultra were both formally announced and commercially released in February 2022, a January launch wouldn’t be entirely unusual or unprecedented. It was only last year that the world’s largest smartphone vendor took the wraps off the Galaxy S21 series on January 14 and put it on sale a few weeks later, and the S23, S23+ and S23 Ultra could well follow a similar schedule.
In case you’re wondering, the first Snapdragon 8 was the Gen 1 handset revealed by Motorola in December 2021, adding to the health of a Galaxy S23 announcement theory from January 2023. It remains to be seen if Motorola manages to beat the competition to the ground again in November by detailing and finally releasing the first Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 smartphone.
What else do we know about the Galaxy S23 series?
In short, a lot of things. Almost too many for a family of ultra-premium Android devices that’s probably still more than two months away from an official announcement, but that’s what happens when you can count the notable upgrades of a new flagship on the fingers of one hand… and you still leave a few fingers unused.
The general lack of innovation in the mobile industry today also explains why the S23 launch timeline is closely related Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 development. Apparently the processing power (and related energy efficiency) improvement will be the biggest changes made by Samsung to the existing S22 family for their already oft-rumored successors.
The S23 Plus (represented here in all its glory) could see the light of day in January 2023 at the latest.
The vanilla S23 and S23+ in particular sound like largely unexciting upgrades destined to more or less keep their predecessors’ camera systems unchanged, while The S23 Ultra is generally expected to rock an impressive sound 200 MP primary shooter on the back.
Discreet Battery capacity improvements across the board are also possible, which could go a long way toward improving real-world endurance between (still-slow) charges if the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC turns out to be as frugal as recently speculated, with pretty much nothing else to report on the upgrade front at the moment.