Samsung is the world's biggest smartphone maker, and one of the reasons for Samsung's immense popularity is their Galaxy S lineup. Their S series made its debut on June 4, 2010, and since then it’s become the phone line most people think of when Android is mentioned. In fact, it is the most popular Android phone series of all time.
The Galaxy S23 lineup is expected to carry this legacy forward, we know quite a lot about the S23 Ultra already. From a new faster and more efficient chipset, new faster storage, a new camera system, and more. But today let's talk about the regular S23 and S23 Plus and finally a much-needed upgrade that these two handsets are getting after a span of 4 years.
You see Samsung used a 10MP selfie camera on the S10 back in 2019 which was an upgrade over the S9's 8MP front-facing camera. And ever since Samsung didn't bother upgrading this camera, the S20, S21, and S22 all featured the same camera except the Ultra models. Now it's finally changing as GalaxyClub which has a good reputation claim that Samsung will upgrade the selfie camera on the S23 and S23+ to 12MP. This new sensor has a bigger size, which means it will perform better in low light conditions. Plus, it will also deliver improved electronic stabilization for videos.
Now there's no information about whether or not the S23 Ultra's front camera is also seeing an upgrade from the 40MP on the S22 Ultra, I guess we'll know soon enough. With that said, Samsung just unveiled its second 200MP HM3 sensor and since the S23 Ultra is expected to have a 200MP camera, many are claiming that this HM3 sensor is the one that will end up on the S23 Ultra. Well, that is not true. A quick look at its spec sheet provides the reason. For one, this new camera has a smaller sensor size than the one on the S22 Ultra. Second, it also has a smaller pixel size, and even after 16-in-1 binning, the S22 Ultra's camera remains ahead at 2.4 μm, versus the new sensor's 2.24 μm. So this new 200MP camera is for other OEMs to use, Samsung will unveil another 200MP sensor that they will exclusively use on the S23 Ultra.
Now, Samsung will use a new display material that will not only help them make truly bezel-less phones, but it also reduces the cost significantly and thus cheaper smartphones.
Moving on, the new material that makes a completely bezel-less smartphone possible is called OCR optically clear resin, which is a liquid. Current phones use OCA optically clear adhesive, which is in a film form. Basically, both of these serve the same function, which is to bond components of the display together. So how does the OCR better than OCA. Well since OCR is in liquid form, it can reach places like the tricky areas around the punch-hole for the selfie cameras and speakers, and also it is easier to work with at the edges using this liquid which the earlier technology OCA was not able to achieve.
Samsung is using inkjet machines to accurately drop the OCR liquid on the panel while avoiding cameras, speakers, or holes, and it's being reported that this new method is ten times cheaper than the OCA method. Thus, it will reduce the overall cost of the display and hence the cost of the phone. Plus, it will also make the phones thinner, albeit marginally since there are no OCA films involved. By the way, this isn't some patent or something, but Samsung is already setting up a modular production line in its Vietname factory for mass production. Samsung has reportedly overcome all the challenges that are related to this inkjet printing, and we will see the new tech implemented soon enough. Now, we don't know when exactly but let's hope they get it working in time for the S23 Ultra.