The new iPhones are here and the iPhone 14 review is very positive, but there is also room for improvement. That means there’s also room for the Samsung Galaxy S23 to make a case for it being the best phone for most people when it launches – likely to use early next year.
There have been very few Galaxy S23 rumors so far, and many of them focus on the high-end Galaxy S23 Ultra. But here we are focusing on the Galaxy S23 because its direct competitor is the regular iPhone 14 and it seems that this phone is the most vulnerable.
Here are 5 ways the Galaxy S23 can outperform the iPhone 14.
The Galaxy S23 should already have a built-in feature on the iPhone 14 if Samsung sticks to a camera setup similar to the Galaxy S22. A dedicated telephoto lens will once again give you true optical zoom. The S22 features 3x optical zoom and 30x digital zoom, so you can push further than the 5x digital zoom on the iPhone 14.
GalaxyClub sources say that the Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus will use a 10MP telephoto camera, like the S22 and S22 Plus. And you can see an upgrade of the front camera from 10MP to 12MP, which will match the iPhone 14 series.
It’s also worth noting that on the S22 series, great low-light shots have been captured indoors thanks to Samsung’s night photography advancements and in some cases look better than the iPhone 14 so far. So the S23 can build on that strength.
Even if Samsung ships the same screen on the Galaxy S23 as the Galaxy S22, it will likely outperform the iPhone 14. This is because Samsung offers a 120Hz refresh rate display, which can be scaled down to 48Hz. This isn’t as versatile as the iPhone 14 Pro’s 1-120Hz range, but the regular iPhone 14 does a maximum of 60Hz.
All of the above means that you can enjoy smoother scrolling, better video playback, and playing on enhanced titles. Additionally, the Galaxy S22 offers an always-on display, which we expect to continue on the Galaxy S23. This is another feature of the pro version of the iPhone.
While the iPhone 14 sticks to the notch, the Galaxy S23 will likely feature a perforated display just like its predecessor. So you should be able to enjoy a more immersive viewing experience.
Samsung has been experimenting with under-display cameras with phones like the Galaxy Z Fold 4, but we don’t expect a premium feature like this to come in the Galaxy S23 and possibly even the S23 Ultra. This is because the image quality of these types of cameras is usually poor.
Samsung could make the rear design a little more elegant this year, as the contouring-cut look is now a few generations old.
That sounds a bit farfetched, but there are rumors that the upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip could outperform the iPhone 14 Pro (Opens in a new tab)A16 Bionic chip – at least in the graphics department.
A leaker called Digital Chat Station posted on the Chinese Weibo blog that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset could have a „high frequency“ version capable of reaching speeds from 3.4 to 3.5 GHz. The current Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 clocks operate at 3.2GHz.
The post notes significant GPU upgrades and suggests that the chip could outperform the graphics offered by the iPhone 14 Pro and its A16 Bionic chipset.
The current Galaxy S22 series has a maximum charge of 25W, but that’s still faster than the iPhone 14. In our testing, the S22 got 60% in 30 minutes versus the iPhone 14’s 54%. But we’d like to see the Galaxy S23 extend its lead.
For example, the Galaxy S22 Plus supports 45W charging, which enabled this phone to reach 70% in 30 minutes. So maybe Samsung can extend this feature to the base model this year. Plus, you’ll get USB-C charging instead of Apple’s own Lightning connector.
At least based on what we know so far, the iPhone 14 could very well maintain its lead in terms of overall image quality and overall performance. But Samsung can build on the Galaxy S22’s strengths with the S23’s 120Hz display, sleek notch-free design, a more versatile zoom camera and more.
Stay tuned to the Samsung Galaxy S23 Hub for the latest rumors and leaks as we get closer to launch.