Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra just got a major camera upgrade

Samsung's new Isocell HP2 sensor has been unveiled, giving us another glimpse of what the S23 Ultra might look like

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra wide view render
(Image credit: SmartPrix)

The Samsung Galaxy S23 range is set to be unveiled in just over two weeks time, and the range of leaks and rumours about the new handsets shows no sign of relenting. 

In particular, fans are eager to see what the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra can offer. It's predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, comfortably held the title of best Android phone, and the Korean tech giants will be keen for their latest model to follow suit.

One rumour we've heard for a while is that the S23 Ultra will be packing a whopping 200MP camera. Now, we know a little more about the sensor involved, as Samsung have announced their new Isocell HP2.

The new Samsung Isocell HP2 image sensor – which is rumoured to feature in the new Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra – on a white background

(Image credit: Samsung)

According to the press release, the HP2 will feature 200 million pixels the same size as the ones found in the 108MP sensor from the S22 Ultra. According to respected Samsung insider, Ice Universe, the new sensor has improved performance in brightly-lit conditions, reducing overexposure.

That was something the S22 Ultra camera suffered with, resulting in blown-out images. The new sensor also offers better colour reproduction in well-lit environments.

On top of that, Ice notes that the sensor can record 200MP footage at 15 frames per second. That goes above and beyond any other sensor in the range. The tweet says, "HP1 and HP3 [offer] 200MP@7.5fps, HM3 [offers] 100MP@10fps. HP2 is Samsung's most powerful sensor."

It's a massive victory for the S23 Ultra. Coming into one of the most competitive marketplaces in history, Samsung needed to pack their flagship with a true standout feature. This could well be that feature.

Okay, it will still need to stack up elsewhere – particularly after leaked prices suggest it could be even more costly this time around. But the camera is one of the most important aspects of a modern phone, and it's one where Samsung have traditionally excelled.

We'll know all the details on the 1st of February at the Galaxy Unpacked event. Expect more rumours in the coming weeks, though.

Sam Cross
Staff Writer

Online news writer at, Sam has five years of experience in online and print journalism, with work featured in publications like Metro and Last Word on Sports. After years writing about music and football, Sam now turns his hand to bringing you news about new phones, smart home products, smart watches, laptops and TVs. Sam is a longtime fan and user of Apple products, including iPhones, MacBooks and Apple Watches.He’s also T3’s resident football expert, bringing you everything you need to know about the big games, including how to watch them. In his spare time, Sam is a keen guitarist, watch lover and (very) amateur golfer.