For reasons that aren’t clear to everyone but Samsung, the Samsung Galaxy S22 has a smaller battery than its predecessor – coming in at just 3,700mAh, but it looks like the company may be backtracking on that reduction for the Samsung Galaxy S23.
According to Digital Chat Station – a leaker with a reasonable track record – in a post on the Chinese website weibo (opens in new tab)spotted by pocket lint (opens in new tab), the Samsung Galaxy S23 will have a 3,900mAh battery. So that’s 200mAh more than the Galaxy S22, which isn’t a massive increase, but would be desirable.
Even that won’t leave the phone with a particularly large battery. The Samsung Galaxy S21 has a 4,000mAh battery, and that’s the level we’d expect from a small-screen flagship, but that would at least be a step back in the right direction.
The source also says that the Samsung Galaxy S23 will have a 6.1-inch 1080p screen – as expected, just like its predecessor – and that its fast charging will be “a little worse” than the “domestic” ones – that is, , Chinese – small flagship of the screen.
They don’t specify what the charging speed is, but we’ve heard elsewhere that the Galaxy S23 will only have 25W of charging, like its predecessor. Samsung’s phones tend to charge slower than most rival brands, so that’s no surprise.
Of course, none of this has been confirmed yet, but it’s all in line with what we’d expect, based on the company’s previous form, and it suggests that once again the standard Galaxy S model won’t stand out for battery life or charging, albeit for the first might be at least a little better than the S22.
Analysis: Battery updates for two out of three
Previous leaks had already revealed the possible battery capacities of the Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, and while one is also getting a boost, the other is not.
A leak suggests that the Galaxy S23 Plus will have a 4,700mAh battery, which is 200mAh more than the Galaxy S22 Plus, so exactly the same capacity boost the standard Samsung Galaxy S23 might be getting. Though similarly, that would still leave it with 100mAh less capacity than the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus.
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, on the other hand, will apparently have a 5,000mAh battery, as will the Galaxy S22 Ultra, Galaxy S21 Ultra, and Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. So Samsung at least remained consistent there.
That’s not unreasonable, given that 5,000mAh is a pretty standard battery size for a big-screen flagship, we’d like to see the company commit to larger batteries on both the Standard and Plus models.
These leaks at least point to a step in the right direction, giving them a good chance of ranking among the best Samsung phones.