The most recent Samsung Galaxy S23 and Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra rumours have thrown additional insight on how the upcoming smartphones may perform, as well as hinting that the release date may be sooner than expected.
According to a fresh tweet from Ice Universe, the Galaxy S23 series may be getting a new “Light” performance profile. Turning this on is designed to slow down the phone’s processor, extending battery life and keeping the phone cool.
IU adds that this will have no effect on the phone’s refresh rate, so you’ll be able to experience the fluidity of the 120Hz panels that all three anticipated Galaxy S23 variants are expected to have while also maximising battery endurance.
Our tests found that all three Galaxy S22 versions had adequate battery life, however they may be better when compared to the iPhone 14 series. So, if we can get even more mileage out of the batteries (rumoured to be somewhat larger on the base S23 and also the S23 Plus, but the same size for the Ultra), Samsung’s new phones may make it onto our top phone battery life list.
This setting is distinct from the Game Booster option that Samsung gives to modify gaming performance on their devices, according to the screenshot shared by IU.
Report on the Samsung Galaxy S23’s early release date
Our next rumour comes from a report in the Korean newspaper Chosun. According to “a business official acquainted with the topic,” Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S23 series in the first week of February.
“Samsung Electronics is preparing to have an Unpacked event in San Francisco, USA in the first week of February next year to announce its upcoming product,” the unnamed official says.
As Chosun points out, this would be around a month earlier than Samsung usually launches its Galaxy S flagship phones each year. This is owing to increased competition and slow smartphone demand, which means Samsung needs to get its latest product out there to compete with devices such as the iPhone 14 and the Google Pixel 7 series.
What, no more Exynos?
The final item comes from Ice Universe and is a remark from Qualcomm CFO Akash Palkhiwala. According to the screenshot provided by IU, Samsung’s new phone will bring a significant boost to the firm, which makes the Snapdragon series of CPUs used by Samsung and other smartphone manufacturers.
Palkhiwala initially discusses how Qualcomm might anticipate the benefit of Samsung’s launch in “the second half of the March quarter,” which corresponds to the rumoured release date above. More notably, he claims that Qualcomm’s “share” will increase “from 75% in G S22 to worldwide share in G S23.” This looks to imply that Snapdragon chips will be found in all Galaxy S23 versions, not just some of them.
According to some sources, Samsung will utilise its usual combination of in-house Exynos 2300 chips and the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chips for the Galaxy S23 series, as it has for the previous many years due to ongoing deals with Qualcomm to use its CPUs in specific areas. However, it has already been claimed that the S23 family would only include Snapdragon chips to provide consistent performance over the world, which Palkhiwala confirmed.
For some time, Samsung has struggled to make its Exynos chips as powerful as identical Snapdragon models, leaving Samsung users with potentially inferior phones depending on where they purchase their handsets.
Outlook for the Galaxy S23
There are more exciting speculations about the Galaxy S23 series than CPUs, additional performance modes, and an earlier-than-usual launch date. The standard and Plus variants are expected to undergo a facelift, as well as an enhanced 12MP selfie camera. The Galaxy S23 Ultra could also get a camera upgrade, with a new 200MP primary camera on the rear.
That’s not a large list of improvements, but we’re nonetheless excited to put these new phones through their paces when they arrive early next year.