The new iPhones are here and our review of the iPhone 14 is mostly positive, but there’s also room for improvement. And that means the Samsung Galaxy S23 also has room to be the best phone for most people when it launches – due early next year.
There have only been a handful of Galaxy S23 rumors so far, and many of them focus on the high-end Galaxy S23 Ultra. But it’s the Galaxy S23 that we’re focusing on here because its most direct competitor is the regular iPhone 14 and that handset looks the most vulnerable.
Here are 5 ways the Galaxy S23 could beat the iPhone 14.
The Galaxy S23 should already have a built-in advantage over the iPhone 14 if Samsung sticks to a similar camera setup to the Galaxy S22. A dedicated telephoto lens would again give you true optical zoom. The S22 has 3x optical zoom and 30x digital zoom, so you can go much further than the meager 5x digital zoom of the iPhone 14.
GalaxyClub sources say the Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus will use a 10MP telephoto lens, like the S22 and S22 Plus. And you might see a front camera upgrade from 10MP to 12MP, which would match the iPhone 14 series.
It’s also worth noting that the S22 series captured some great low-light shots indoors thanks to advancements in Samsung’s Nightography, and in some cases looks better than the iPhone 14 even now. The S23 could therefore build on this strength.
Even though Samsung offers the same screen on the Galaxy S23 as the Galaxy S22, it will likely outperform the iPhone 14. And that’s because Samsung offers a 120Hz refresh rate display, which can go down to 48 Hz. It’s not as versatile as the 1-120Hz range of the iPhone 14 Pro, but the normal iPhone 14 maxes out at 60Hz.
All of the above means you can enjoy smoother scrolling and better video playback and gameplay on optimized titles. Additionally, the Galaxy S22 offers always-on display, which we expect to continue on the Galaxy S23. This is another Pro feature only for iPhone.
While the iPhone 14 sticks with the notch, the Galaxy S23 will likely feature a punch-hole display just like its predecessor. So you should be able to enjoy a more immersive viewing experience.
Samsung has experimented with under-display cameras with handsets like the Galaxy Z Fold 4, but we wouldn’t expect a premium feature like this to come to the Galaxy S23 and maybe not even the S23 Ultra. . And that’s because the image quality of these types of cameras is usually inferior.
Samsung might make the back design a little sleeker this year, as the contour cut look is now a few generations old.
It sounds a bit far-fetched, but there’s a rumor that the upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip may outperform the iPhone 14 Pro (opens in a new tab)The A16 Bionic chip — at least in the graphics department.
A leaker named Digital Chat Station posted on Chinese blog Weibo that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset may have an “ultra-high frequency” version capable of reaching speeds of 3.4-3.5 GHz. The current Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 is clocked at 3.2 GHz.
The post points to significant GPU upgrades and suggests the chip could beat the graphics offered by the iPhone 14 Pro and its A16 Bionic chipset.
The current Galaxy S22 series maxes out at 25W charging, but that’s still faster than the iPhone 14. In our tests, the S22 got 60% in 30 minutes compared to the iPhone 14’s 54%. we’d like to see the Galaxy S23 extend its lead.
For example, the Galaxy S22 Plus supports 45W charging, which allowed this phone to reach 70% in 30 minutes. So maybe Samsung could extend that advantage to the base model this year. Plus, you’ll get USB-C charging instead of Apple’s proprietary Lightning connector.
At the end of the line
At least based on what we know so far, the iPhone 14 could very well maintain its lead in overall image quality and overall performance. But Samsung could build on the Galaxy S22’s strengths with the S23’s 120Hz display, sleeker notchless design, more versatile zoom camera and more.
Stay tuned to our Samsung Galaxy S23 hub for all the latest rumors and leaks as we get closer to launch.
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