Not Just Apple’s iPhone 15 Will Be Exciting In 2023: Even though the year isn’t yet finished, there are numerous phone-related rumors circulating. Although it’s difficult to predict exactly what the smartphone market will look like in 2023, as companies like Apple, Google, and Samsung largely follow the same launch schedule each year, educated estimates can be made.
For instance, the iPhone 15 series is scheduled to release in September and may include USB-C charging for the first time.
One of the first new phones we’ll see in 2023 will be the Galaxy S23 if Samsung sticks to its usual release schedule.
These launches would occur after the smartphone industry made small but significant advancements in 2022. For emergency situations and auto crash detection, the iPhone, for instance, now has satellite connectivity, while Google found new applications for its Tensor chip in the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro.
Samsung, on the other hand, updated the camera and gave its top Galaxy S range a new design. These are the new phones that, based on past launch cycles, speculations, and reports, we may expect to see in 2023.
Apple iPhone 15
Apple typically introduces its new iPhone line around September, and there is no reason to think 2023 will be any different. One of the greatest changes we anticipate seeing in Apple’s upcoming iPhones is the implementation of USB-C charging. By 2024, all new phones sold in the region must enable USB-C charging, according to a recent directive from the European Union.
Apple stated that it would abide by these regulations, however, it was unclear if this meant that USB-C would take precedence starting in 2023. Additionally, it is unclear whether a USB-C iPhone will be available worldwide or only in Europe.
Otherwise, standard adjustments like camera improvements and a new CPU are likely to be made. The well-known Apple product forecaster Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities claims that the company may take additional steps to differentiate the iPhone 15 Pro from the standard iPhone 15 in the future.
The iPhone 14 generation, already took a step in that approach by restricting the availability of features like Dynamic Island and the new A16 Bionic CPU to the Pro line. But what’s more intriguing, in Kuo’s opinion, is the notion that Apple would further distinguish the larger iPhone 15 Pro Max from the more compact iPhone 15 Pro.
The screen size is the primary distinction between the Pro and Pro Max. Giving the Pro Max some more benefits would persuade customers, even more, to splash out on Apple’s largest (and most costly) iPhone.
According to Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, Apple may eventually rename the iPhone Pro Max to the iPhone Ultra in order to more closely resemble other items like the Apple Watch Ultra.
The biggest reason to get excited about Apple’s upcoming smartphone is probably the long-awaited switch to USB-C for the iPhone. With the transition, iPhone customers will now be able to use the same charging cable to charge their iPhone, iPad, and Mac, which will reduce friction and make the iPhone even more practical.
I’m also interested to see if Apple makes any other distinctions between the iPhone 15 Pro and the iPhone 15 Pro Max. I’ve advocated that Apple should equip its giant iPhones with more features that make use of their larger screens, much like the iPad.
Samsung Galaxy S23
According to the reports, Samsung’s Galaxy S23 may have some significant improvements to the camera and design, two features that have long been top priorities for the South Korean tech giant.
According to a renowned leaker who goes by the handle Ice Universe on Twitter, the rumored Galaxy S23 Ultra could have a 200-megapixel main camera. On paper, that seems like a significant improvement over the 108-megapixel primary sensor of the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
But it’s crucial to keep in mind that aspects like sensor size and speed also have a significant impact on image quality. According to Ice Universe, the new 200-megapixel sensor is only rumored to be somewhat bigger than the one in the iPhone 14 Pro and a little bit smaller than other Android flagships.
Samsung might potentially alter the appearance of the standard Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus so that it more closely resembles the Ultra model.
Samsung may replace the camera bulge on the S23 and S23 Plus with the protruding lenses featured on the Galaxy S22 Ultra, according to images from reputable leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer. Together with Hemmerstoffer, the photographs were posted on the tech blogs Smartprix and Digit.
Samsung often uses Qualcomm’s most recent mobile chip in the new version of its phones that are introduced in the United States and some other areas, albeit we are not exactly what to anticipate in terms of performance.
Therefore, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will probably be included in Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy phone. Among other improvements, the new CPU delivers increased power efficiency, ray tracing for better visuals in mobile games, and updated AI that can better distinguish you from your Zoom background.
Analyst Kuo even thinks Samsung could stop using its own Exynos chips and switch the Galaxy S23 entirely to Qualcomm.
Given how advanced smartphone cameras have already become, I’m interested to see whether Samsung’s 200-megapixel sensor actually makes a noticeable difference.
In any case, it will be intriguing to watch how Samsung improves the camera experience in the S23 lineup considering the recent escalation of competition from Google’s Pixel line.
I also support the expected redesign of the Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus to more closely match the Galaxy S23 Ultra. According to the renderings, it appears more streamlined and clean than the camera bulge on the Galaxy S22.
Google Pixel 7A
If Google sticks to precedent, the Pixel 7A, a less expensive variant of the Pixel 7, may debut in the spring or summer. There are currently few rumors about the Pixel 7A. However, developer Kuba Wojciechowski claims to have located information in the Android core that may be related to the Pixel 7A, indicating that some very big enhancements are in the works.
According to Wojciechowski’s research, the Pixel 7A might offer wireless charging and a screen with a higher refresh rate of 90Hz, two features that are conspicuously lacking from the Pixel 6A. The Pixel 7A will likely have a very similar style to its predecessor, according to leaked renders from Hemmerstoffer that were once again posted on Smartprix.
The same Tensor G2 CPU and camera system found in the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro may also be found in the Pixel 7A, along with wide- and ultrawide-angle sensor configurations. That is, of course, assuming that the Pixel 7A follows in the footsteps of the Pixel 6A.
From a value perspective, Google’s A-series Pixel phones are quite outstanding. Because of this, the Pixel 6A is our favorite Android phone for under $500 and has won a CNET Editors’ Choice award. Google will be an even more powerful competitor to Samsung in the low-cost phone market if it can fix the Pixel 6A’s few minor flaws while keeping the same price of $449.
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Samsung may be most known for its Galaxy S products, but if you’re on a tighter budget, you should pay attention to its line of Galaxy A phones. Following the release of the Galaxy A53 5G in the spring, the Galaxy A54 5G is anticipated to be the following phone in this series.
According to the scant number of leaks that have leaked so far, the Galaxy A54 5G will only be somewhat superior to the A53 5G. It is anticipated to sport a triple back camera and a 6.4-inch screen, which is somewhat smaller than the A53’s 6.5-inch display.
That’s according to the leaker Hemmerstoffer, who provided images with the tech blog 91Mobiles that purported to depict the design of the Galaxy A54 5G. According to a rumor from the Dutch technology website Galaxy Club, the A54 5G might have a somewhat bigger battery than its forerunner.
The Galaxy A53 5G felt significantly more expensive than it actually was when I tried it shortly after its launch. Although it isn’t ideal, Samsung’s Galaxy A53 5G offers a complete package for the money. I’m hopeful that the popularity of Google’s Pixel A series will spur Samsung to improve its low-cost phone lineup even more.
One Plus 11
According to renderings by Hemmerstoffer posted on the blog GadgetGang, the OnePlus 11’s revamped circular camera module may be one of the device’s greatest updates.
Similar to what the camera bar has done for the Pixel 6 and 7 series, it has a unique appearance that might help set the OnePlus 11’s design apart from that of other Android devices.
The phone will reportedly include a 6.7-inch screen, Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, and a 5,000 mAh battery with 100-watt charging, according to Hemmerstoffer. 50, 48, and 32-megapixel sensors would be present in the camera.
The increase in charging speed from OnePlus’ already quick 80-watt charging, which is regrettably limited to just 65 watts in the US, makes it especially noteworthy.
For a business that built its reputation as the “flagship killer,” OnePlus’ costs have recently crept up on those of the rivals it seeks to undercut.
Despite this, OnePlus is still known for offering inexpensive products with premium features like speedy charging. According to my colleague Andrew Lanxon, who reviewed the OnePlus 10 Pro, it was quite close to being a fantastic iPhone rival.
However, limitations like the absence of 80-watt charging in the US and a somewhat underwhelming camera kept it from being as good as it may have been. OnePlus should make these improvements in its upcoming model.
The battery and charging experience, along with the camera and design enhancements, appear to be some of the main advancements we anticipate seeing on all new smartphones in 2023. As new devices from Samsung, Apple, OnePlus, and Google are released throughout the year, we’ll learn more.