Is this the first image taken by the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra?

Samsung's flagship Android phone is rumoured to feature a 200MP sensor, with greatly improved camera software

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra render wideview
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The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is expected to be released at the start of 2023, but rumours are already flying about the handset. One of the most discussed changes for Samsung's flagship phone is a 200MP main sensor on the camera array.

Now, images have appeared online which are believed to have come from a prototype unit of the S23 Ultra. Renowned tipster, Ice Universe, posted two images on their Weibo (opens in new tab) account, showing the resolution of an image zoomed in 16x on both a 108MP sensor and a 200MP sensor.  It could just be a coincidence that the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra has a 108MP sensor, while the S23 Ultra looks set to feature a 200MP one. That's unlikely though.

The images show a night-and-day difference, with the 200MP image looking much sharper and more detailed than the image taken on the 108MP device. While the sensor plays a part in that, it's likely that we're also seeing evidence of the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra getting a serious camera boost.

Camera software is big news at the moment. The Google Pixel 7 Pro released a few weeks ago with a host of camera upgrades. Almost all of those upgrades were software-based. Indeed, while upgrading sensors and cramming in more pixels can help, it's certainly not the only way to improve image-taking prowess these days.

Consumers looking for the best phone will want a camera that takes great images, but is also easy to use. Using enhanced software and AI to improve the overall experience could be just as important as having better hardware which is capable of more detail and higher resolution.

If we are seeing the S22 Ultra and the S23 Ultra here, then that difference is astounding. The S22 Ultra takes some of the best images I've ever seen come from a phone. If it's being schooled by that much, the S23 Ultra could feature the best phone camera ever seen.

Sam Cross
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Online news writer at T3.com, 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.