Samsung Galaxy S23 confirmed for much-wanted hardware upgrade

Another day, another Galaxy S23 leak – and this one is an official document from Samsung

Samsung Galaxy S22 Android phone being held by a woman in a black leather jacket
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We already know that the Samsung Galaxy S23 is poised to be one of the best Samsung phones of 2023, as well as one of the best phones of any kind. And with more leaks than a Welsh greengrocer, we're already seeing a very detailed picture of what its specifications will be.

The latest such Samsung Galaxy S23 leak comes in the form of an official Samsung filing with US regulator the FCC, and it confirms rumours about the handset's batteries and charging.

According to the filing, as reported by SamMobile, the standard S23 model will have a battery with a rated capacity of 3,785mAh, which is likely to mean a typical capacity of 3,900mAh. And, if that figure is correct, that would mean a battery capacity upgrade over the outgoing Samsung Galaxy S22.

The more powerful Samsung Galaxy S23+ will have a battery with a rated capacity of 4,565mAh, too, which will likely translate as 4,700mAh, up from 4,500mAh on the Galaxy S22+.

Both these battery capacity upgrades will come as welcome news to Samsung Galaxy fans, as longer battery life is a common, much-wanted feature.

Samsung Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23+: what to expect

The FCC report also details fast charging, but doesn't go into any other specs. However, it seems pretty much certain that the Galaxy S23 range will run the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, even in markets such as Europe where Samsung previously used its own Exynos system on a chip. It's possible that the Snapdragon in the 2023 Galaxy phones will be a customised one optimised for Samsung's One UI, the latest version of which is currently rolling out to existing Samsung phones. And as we reported earlier there are going to be some serious improvements to the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra too: it's going to be getting not one, not two, but five important camera upgrades.

We're expecting the Samsung Galaxy S23 launch date to be in February 2023, and at this rate we'll be amazed if there are any secrets remaining by the time Samsung takes the stage. Samsung already has a winning formula with its Galaxy range; the S23s look like they'll be taking that formula and making it even better.

Carrie Marshall

Writer, musician and broadcaster Carrie Marshall has been covering technology since 1998 and is particularly interested in how tech can help us live our best lives. Her CV is a who’s who of magazines, newspapers, websites and radio programmes ranging from T3, Techradar and MacFormat to the BBC, Sunday Post and People’s Friend. Carrie has written more than a dozen books, ghost-wrote two more and co-wrote seven more books and a Radio 2 documentary series. When she’s not scribbling, she’s the singer in Glaswegian rock band HAVR (