After thinking we heard about the Samsung Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Ultra chipset rumors, a new leak has thrown everything upside down again.
A new Samsung chipset, with a codename believed to refer to the Exynos 2300, has been spotted in the Bluetooth Launch Studio database (opens in a new tab) (via Sam Mobile (opens in a new tab)), the system by which companies submit their products for Bluetooth certification. This chip supports Bluetooth 5.3 (the latest standard) but no other details are given.
The most recent leaked consensus on the Galaxy S23 series chip was that it would have the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 worldwide, a theory apparently supported by comments from Qualcomm’s own management. However, the presence of the new Exynos silicon in the Bluetooth registry suggests that Samsung still intends to release the chip, which could suggest that some Galaxy S23 handsets will use the new in-house Samsung chip instead.
Currently, Samsung divides the chipsets in its Galaxy S phones based on where you buy them. US customers purchasing the currently available Galaxy S22 will receive a Snapdragon processor version due to a pre-existing agreement with Samsung to use its chips in that market, while the global version of the S22 series comes with Samsung’s Exynos 2200 chipset. Samsung, arguably the lower quality chip of the two due to its lower performance scores.
Maybe the Snapdragon chip rumors around the world in the Galaxy S23 series are not accurate. Another possibility is that Samsung is using the chip in another Galaxy device or selling it to another company for use. For example, Chinese phone maker Vivo uses Exynos chips in some of its models.
New Galaxy S23 renders
Although the Galaxy S23 chip remains a mystery, it looks like the new flagship is getting a slightly updated design. And these new renders from 4RMD (opens in a new tab) help illustrate possible changes.
The new cutting-edge design for the regular Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus, as seen in the video above, makes them look more like the Galaxy S22 Ultra, helping bring a family resemblance back to the lineup.
Many will supposedly remain the same, including their rear cameras, screen size and resolution. Their front cameras can get a higher resolution sensor, though, and their battery capacities could be boosted as well.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra won’t get a major redesign according to other sources, but it might have slightly flatter edges and a less prominent display curve. Its main upgrade is believed to be a 200MP main camera, which would allow for higher resolution photos than any of Samsung’s main rivals like the 48MP iPhone 14 Pro or the 50MP Google Pixel 7 Pro.
All signs point to the Galaxy S23 series arriving before March next year. More specific rumors say we could see the phone in January, which would be earlier than normal but still within expectations.