Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra’s Telephoto Camera May Not Get An Upgrade

Samsung's Galaxy S23 Ultra will reportedly sport the same telephoto camera setup as its predecessor. Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy S23-series early next year as an upgrade over the Galaxy S22 lineup. Now that the company has gotten rid of its famed Note series, the 'Ultra' model in its Galaxy S-series is doing additional duty as the designated phablet in the company's lineup, meaning the S23 Ultra will also almost certainly ship with a built-in S Pen like its predecessor.

Regarding hardware, all the S23 models are rumored to be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, which is expected to be launched at the next Snapdragon Summit this November. Traditionally, the company uses Qualcomm chips in the U.S. and Chinese versions of its S-series flagships, while Europe and India get Samsung’s own in-house Exynos processors. However, that will reportedly change this year, with reports suggesting that Samsung will exclusively use Qualcomm chips for the S23 series.


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According to a report by Dutch tech blog GalaxyClub, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra might ship with a 10-megapixel telephoto camera with 10x optical zoom. It is believed to be the same Sony IMX754 sensor and periscope lens setup found in the Galaxy S21 Ultra and S22 Ultra, meaning the upcoming device may not get an upgrade in terms of its telephoto camera this year. However, the report claims that Samsung will offer some upgrades in terms of image processing that should provide better results than the camera setup on the S22 Ultra.

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Earlier reports also suggested that the vanilla Galaxy S23 and the S23 Plus might not see an upgrade in terms of their telescope camera, either. Instead, they're said to feature the same 10MP sensor and 3x optical zoom lens found in the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus. Meanwhile, despite disappointing news about the telephoto camera, a recent report claims that the S23 lineup will ship with a new 12MP selfie camera as a long-overdue update over the 10MP sensor that has remained a staple on Samsung flagships since the Galaxy S10 was released in 2019.

Apart from the new selfie camera, potential Galaxy S23 Ultra buyers can also look forward to another significant camera upgrade. According to persistent rumors, the Galaxy S23 Ultra is expected to come with a 200MP primary camera. There's confusing information about the precise sensor, but some reports claim that it might not be Samsung's own ISOCELL HP3 sensor that was announced last month. As for the third camera, there's no immediate information about whether Samsung will retain the existing setup from the Galaxy S23 Ultra or if that will receive an upgrade as well.