Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S23 series looks to be a pretty tame upgrade over the Galaxy S22 series, but it seems Samsung is ready to upgrade the base storage on its flagship phone for the first time in years.
Our storage needs on smartphones have evolved greatly over the years. A decade ago, it was common to buy a smartphone that had just 16GB of storage, with 32GB or 64GB being the most available in many cases. But in the time since, the amount of available storage has greatly increased.
In 2022, the vast majority of high-end smartphones, and even mid-range options, shipped with 128GB of storage in their base model. Certainly plenty of room, but with that having been the standard for a while, it was only a matter of time before someone pushed things forward.
It seems Samsung will be the first to do that, with the Galaxy S23 series moving its base storage tier to 256GB for most buyers.
The change has been reported by a few leakers including SnoopyTech and Ahmed Qwaider (backed up by Ice Universe).If it turns out to be correct, the Galaxy S23 will be sold in most regions with a default, base storage of 256GB, but some countries will still see 128GB tiers. It’s not clear which regions will get the short end on that deal, but it’s not a particularly surprising move. However, for the Galaxy S23+ and the Galaxy S23 Ultra, base storage would be moved to 256GB across the globe.
Once this 256GB storage tier is set in place, it’s all but certain that other smartphone makers will follow with their 2023 and 2024 flagship releases.
RAM allotments – using DDRX5 – for all base models would stick at 8GB for the S23 and S23+, but with 12GB of RAM on 512GB and 1TB versions of the Galaxy S23 Ultra at least. There’s a small chance 12GB/256GB is also available as the base Galaxy S23 Ultra.
Samsung is also expected to launch the Galaxy S23 series in four colors – Botanic Green, Misty Lilac, Phantom Black, and Cotton Flower – with some exclusive colors on Samsung.com including Gray, Light Blue, Light Green, Red, Beige, Black, Green, and Light Pink as Ross Young claims.
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Author: Ben Schoon