Samsung announces Galaxy S23 series with $799.99 starting price and 200MP camera
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If you have a Samsung Galaxy Note 20 or Note 20 Ultra, you are the lucky recipient of Android’s February security update.
As reported by XDA Developers, Android has officially rolled out its security update for the month of February. Google usually rolls security updates for the platform out on a monthly basis, and February is no exception. While some phone makers can take a while to implement the update for their devices, Samsung tends to be pretty quick about it.
That reputation holds up with the February update, with Samsung already rolling it out to the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Both phones are already able to download and install the security patch. The report specifically notes that “both the global and US carrier unlocked variants are receiving the new update.”
So, what’s in the update? Being a security update, there likely aren’t any new features for the phones to be seen, and that tracks based on the release notes that Samsung has made available. The update addresses a number of security vulnerabilities for Android, some of them considered “critical” or “high” in terms of their importance. So, if you have a compatible phone, make sure you install that update!
Samsung’s security update comes a week after the company hosted its Galaxy Unpacked event, its first in-person event since the pandemic began. At the event, the company announced the Galaxy S23 series with starting price of $799.99 and a 200MP camera system — a move aimed at taking on the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro lineup. It also unveiled a new lineup of Galaxy Book laptops with one primed to go after the market Apple has been recently dominating with the Apple silicon-powered MacBook Pro models.
At the event, Samsung also announced that it would be teaming up with Google and Qualcomm on mixed-reality, another potential threat to Apple and, of course, Meta.
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As leaks continue unabated, Samsung confirmed this week that its next Galaxy Unpacked event will take place on February 1 at 10 a.m. PST / 1 p.m. EST. Samsung will host the in-person event in San Francisco, where we will see the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23 Plus, Galaxy S23 Ultra, and the new pair of Galaxy Buds. You can watch the Unpacked event live on YouTube or on Samsung’s website to get a first glimpse of the Galaxy S23.
Countless leaks have already spoiled most of the new features coming to the Galaxy S23, as well as the design, which Samsung is obviously teasing on its invite. The three spotlights represent the triple rear camera array, which will be the focus of this generation.
Unlike the previous generation, all three models should feature the embedded rear camera design that was exclusive to the Galaxy S22 Ultra. It’s a much cleaner look, and it’s clear that Samsung heard the feedback from its fans loud and clear last year.
Samsung’s reservation page for the Galaxy S23 is already live as well. If you reserve the Galaxy S23 today, you can get up to $100 in Samsung Credit. If you check out that page, you can watch a video highlighting one of the phone’s new camera features.
Galaxy S23 specs and features leaked
According to recent leaks, the Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus will feature 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage. The Galaxy S23 Ultra will feature up to 12GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. All three should also use faster DDR5X RAM instead of DDR5.
As for the colorways, display analyst Ross Young claims the Galaxy S23 will come in Beige, Black, Green, and Light Pink. There will also be Gray, Light Blue, Light Green, and Red options for the Galaxy S23 Ultra.
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2022 is nearly over, which means a whole new year of smartphone releases lies ahead. Usually, Samsung is the first major vendor on the scene with its latest flagship. According to a recent leak, that will be the case again in 2023. Prolific Twitter leaker Ice Universe claims that Samsung plans to host its next Galaxy Unpacked event on February 1st, which is where we expect the company to reveal the Galaxy S23 series to the public.
In recent months, reports have helped narrow down the window of Samsung’s Galaxy S23 launch event. In early November, a report from the Korean newspaper Chosun suggested Samsung was going to launch the Galaxy S23 in the first week of February. A few weeks later, Korea JoongAng Daily reported that a Samsung executive had confirmed that the Galaxy S23 Unpacked event would take place in the US in February, but didn’t provide a date.
Based on several previous rumors, the Galaxy S23 won’t be a major departure from the previous generation. Leaked renders have revealed that the design will be similar to that of the Galaxy S22, but every model will seemingly adopt the look of the Galaxy S23 Ultra’s rear panel. In other words, Samsung will dump the camera island and embed the rear cameras directly into the panel. It’s a cleaner look, but it might not be for everyone.
The rest of the Galaxy S23 should look virtually identical to its predecessor. There will once again be a single hole-punch cutout for the selfie camera near the top center of the display, the volume rocker and power button will be on the right side of the device, and there will be a speaker grille alongside the USB-C port at the bottom.
As for the specifications, rumors have also suggested that Samsung will forego its Exynos processor next year and equip every Galaxy S23 model with the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. This should alleviate concerns about the flagship’s power.
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After the Galaxy S22 series blunders, Samsung assuredly can’t wait to release a traditional smartphone that consumers can actually get excited about. Add to that the incredible iPhone 14 Pro sales and Apple’s manufacturing issues in China, and Samsung has plenty of reasons to launch the Galaxy S23 series as quickly as possible next year.
A report from Korea says the launch event will take place in the US in early February. But we don’t have an actual date for the event yet.
We’ve always expected the Galaxy S23 series to hit stores in the first quarter of 2023 after a two-week preorder period. That’s been Samsung’s strategy in recent years. But this is the first time that a more specific launch window has leaked this early.
According to Korean media, an unnamed Samsung executive confirmed the launch period.
“The S23 series will be shown during our own Unpacked event in the United States, which will be held in February,” the person said. They didn’t mention a date or city, but local media said the Galaxy S23 launch event would take place in San Francisco in the first week of the month.
February 1st falls on a Wednesday next year. If the claim is accurate, Samsung will launch the handset by Sunday, February 5th. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S22 on February 9th.
Galaxy S23 Plus renders reveal redesign. Image source: @OnLeaks/Smartprix The Galaxy S23 could hit stores before the 2023 edition of the Mobile World Congress kicks off in Barcelona on February 27th. MWC was once the home of the Galaxy S launch event. But in recent years, Samsung moved away from the big Spanish mobile show.
The report notes that the Galaxy S23 series might be more expensive. But the good news is that Qualcomm’s brand new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will power all Galaxy S23 models. This should prevent any performance issues similar to the Galaxy S22 series.
Galaxy S22 issues aside, Samsung’s mobile business isn’t doing great compared to Apple’s iPhone. Samsung handset sales fell 11% last month, according to the report. Apple’s iPhone sales rose by 10% as the company launched the iPhone 14.
Demand for the iPhone 14 Pro remains high in December, as Apple is dealing with massive COVID-related production issues in China that have further delayed shipments. An early Galaxy S23 launch might help Samsung take advantage of that.
Samsung has yet to announce anything officially. Invites for the Galaxy S23 media event should go out in January if the early February launch event claim is accurate.
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