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Samsung has an Unpacked event scheduled for February 1, where the company will debut the new Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23+ flagship smartphones. Ahead of that official launch, WinFuture has been able to find the official spec sheet for the devices, as well as renders that show the design.

For those expecting a major overhaul of the series, you may be disappointed. Looking at the renders obtained by WinFuture, the design of the Samsung Galaxy S23/S23+ is admittedly different to the S22 and S21 aesthetics. However, that is not a compliment as Samsung seems to have gone for a completely bland design with basically no unique flourishes.

Of course, for many users a boring design is forgivable if the underlying smartphone is excellent. As you expect with Samsung flagships, the Galaxy S22/S22+ will be top-line handsets with excellent specifications.

Enough for an upgrade from last year’s model? For me no, but your opinion may be different.

The Samsung Galaxy S23 will have a 6.11-inch display, while the Galaxy S23+ will have a 6.6-inch panel. Both screens will be AMOLED Infinity-O displays with Full HD+, 48 to 120Hz variable refresh rate, HDR 10+, and protection from Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2.

Despite the top of the range specs, both handsets will be just 7.6mm thick. In terms of what is under the hood, the Samsung Galaxy S23/S23+ will have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 across all markets, which means no Samsung Exynos variant this year. There will be 8GB of RAM and 128/256GB of storage, with the S23+ also offering up to 512 GB.

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Around the back, a main 50MP rear camera will handle photo duties, accompanied by optical image stabilization. Adding to the camera module is a 12MP ultrawide and 10MP telephoto sensor with 3x optical zoom. Samsung’s main snapper is good for 8K video recording at 30fps or 4K video recording at 60fps.

Samsung is adding a 3,900mAh battery to the Galaxy S23, with the larger Galaxy S23+ receiving a 4,700mAh juicer. Other notable specs include 5G support, dual SIM support, eSIM support, IP68 water/dust resistance, stereo speakers, and Dolby Atmos.

Nothing here is especially attention-grabbing. The design is bland and the specs at the top end of the market. It seems this year Samsung may more clearly define the difference between the standard Galaxy S23/S23+ and the Galaxy S23 Ultra.

Last week I reported on the rumor that the company will ditch the Galaxy S+ variant in 2024 in favor of a standard S device alongside an S Ultra. It seems the company is laying the foundations for that switch this year.

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