According to recent rumours, there may be more camera enhancements for the Samsung Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Ultra than we previously assumed.
To begin, it appears that the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus will get a telephoto camera boost, as ETNews(opens in new tab) reports that these versions will have 50MP, 12MP, and 11MP cameras on the rear. The Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus have 50MP primary, 12MP ultrawide, and 10MP 3x telephoto cameras, therefore it appears that the telephoto camera could get a tiny resolution boost.
There’s no word on whether this would result in a change to the 3x zoom, but raising it would be a wise move. It would help Samsung compete with the Google Pixel 7 Pro’s 5x zoom, which, despite its superior magnification and larger size, costs around the same as the standard Galaxy S22. (The Pixel 7 Pro costs $899, while the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus cost $799 and $999, respectively.)
The ETNews article also states that all versions will have a 12MP selfie camera, which is consistent with previous rumours for the basic and Plus variants.
This would represent a resolution boost for the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus over its S22 predecessors, but if it also applies to the Ultra model, as ETNews suggests, it may be considered a downgrade.
The camera on the Galaxy S22 Ultra is 40MP, which is obviously higher resolution than 12MP. However, camera quality is determined by factors other than megapixel count. If the sensor is larger, or the aperture is wider, the S23 Ultra may still capture better selfie photographs than its higher-resolution predecessor.
Finally, we have a leak for Samsung’s next mid-priced smartphone, the Galaxy A54, from Steve “OnLeaks” Hemmerstoffer(opens in new tab) and 91Mobiles(opens in new tab). If it looks familiar, you’ve been paying attention to leaks, as it appears to be following in the footsteps of the rumoured Galaxy S23 by adopting a Galaxy S22 Ultra-style back panel with separated camera lenses.
Around contrast to the Galaxy S series, Samsung normally releases new Galaxy A phones in the spring to early summer time frame. It will take more time to determine whether this leak is real, but it adds to the evidence that Samsung is attempting to unify the aesthetic of its smartphone portfolio, including the Galaxy S23 series.