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Hey, Samsung! Galaxy S23’s 5% battery boost is a welcome move, but 25W charging is unacceptable

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Battery capacity and charging speed are the two key specs that are consumers’ top priorities nowadays. Next year, Samsung will unveil its next-gen Galaxy S line – the Galaxy S23 series, which could feature battery capacity increased by 5% but charging speed stuck at 25W.

With the Galaxy S22 Plus and S22 Ultra, Samsung brought back the 45W charging support, which might not be continued. At the same time, the middle child of the upcoming Galaxy S23 lineup is rumored to boast the same size battery, but Samsung is extending its capacity by 200mAh with dimensity increment.

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5% battery increment is a welcome move!

In the recent past, an alleged Galaxy S23 Plus battery passed the SafetyKorea certification, which hints the size of the battery is almost the same as its predecessor. However, a recent Korean media report revealed that the Galaxy S23 Plus flagship will have 5% increased battery capacity, thanks to increased dimensity.

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With the same size of the battery, Samsung appears to be offering a 4700mAh capacity to the Galaxy S23 Plus smartphone, which is 200mAh higher than the Galaxy S22 Plus. Well, an additional 200mAh battery capacity isn’t too much but it’s a welcome move for sure!

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Samsung may be offering higher battery power while keeping the size the same is just amazing. Our flagship will continue its premium design without additional weight or a thicker middle frame. It’s all about technology and innovation.

Really, 45W charger is a hoax?

Various reviewers, general consumers and reputed media outlets had the same feedback about Samsung’s 45W phone charger and its authenticity. A reviewer at CNET revealed that the 45W charger managed to charge the Galaxy S22 Plus slightly faster when starting from 0% over the course of 10- and 20-minute increments.

On the other hand, when plugging in at 25%, the 25W adapter filled a higher amount of battery after 10 and 20 minutes, and the results were the same when charging from 50%. The same feedback has also been conveyed by AndroidAuthority.

As the 45W fast charger seems like just an “on paper” thing, the Korean tech giant might not be continuing the same offer with its next-gen flagship smartphone lineup. The Galaxy S23 Ultra test model has recently passed Chinese 3C certification, which revealed a 25W fast charging feature.

In the United States, OnePlus is offering up to 125W fast charging with the OnePlus 10T, which is a mid-range smartphone. At the same time, Galaxy flagships are stuck on just 25W for years and Samsung calls 25W fast charging, it doesn’t make sense.

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We know the Korean phone maker doesn’t believe in just “on paper” and the numbers game, but then, what about the 200MP camera sensor? Motorola used Samsung’s image sensor and introduced the world’s first 200MP camera smartphone, and Galaxy S23 Ultra is rumored to become the second next year.

Concluding…

The battery capacity and charging speed are subject to consumers’ routines, how much time they can use their phone if away from the charger, and how much time they need to keep their phone plugged in to get it fully charged. What do you think about 25W speed? Is it really “fast charging” against rivals, let us know through social media.

James is the lead content creator on Sammy Fans and mostly works on Samsung's firmware section. His first phone was the Galaxy S4 and continues to get new S series devices. Most of the time, James tries to learn about new technologies and gadgets but he also sneaks a bit of free time to nearby rivers and nature.

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Android Updates War: Google’s Game-Changing Move to Outshine Samsung

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When it comes to Android updates, Samsung is leading the Android world. However, this could be the last day of Samsung’s leadership as Google is expected to double up its current Android updates support for Pixel smartphones launching today.

2020 was a remarkable year in Samsung’s history when the company extended Android updates support from two years to three. A few months later, the company extended the security support as well, totaling it to four years for flagship Galaxy devices.

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In 2022, Samsung launched the Galaxy S22 series, which offers four generations of OS upgrades. In its announcement, the company listed all flagships launched in 2021 and later along with select Galaxy A series smartphones for 4 OS and 5 years of security patches.

With this decision, the South Korean tech giant surpassed Google’s support policy, which owns Android. To be noted, Tensor-powered Pixel smartphones come with three years of Android and five years of monthly security updates support.

Today, Google will launch the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro smartphones. And as per the leaks, both phones will offer up to 7 years of software support, surpassing the longest support provided by Apple to its iPhones. Pixel 8 and later might be eligible for 7 major OS upgrades, which sounds a bit confusing.

There are speculations that there will be five major OS versions and 7 years of regular security patches and quarterly Pixel Feature Drops for the latest flagship smartphones. If it happens, it will force other Android vendors to further extend their support.

While Pixel phones are limited to support 3 major OS versions, Samsung is offering 4 generations of OS upgrades to cheaper Galaxy devices that costs approx $249. Samsung won’t take too long to beat Google yet again in terms of software support.

Let’s see, what Google has to offer to the Android world!

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Here’s why Samsung apps start getting One UI 6 support ahead of official release

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After One UI 5.1, we started hearing a lot of news, leaks, and rumors about the upcoming One UI 6. Recently, Samsung has also started releasing One UI 6.0 support for stock apps, starting with the Calculator app.

Looking at all this, we can expect that Samsung will provide this support to more apps in the future too. But the question is, why is Samsung providing One UI 6.0 support to its stocks apps before the official release? If you are thinking that by getting their support, you will get some new features in your apps, then it is not only the reason.

Samsung One UI 6.0 support can also bring new features for apps, but the main reason for this is something else. But what? The answer is that Samsung is going to release a new One UI update in the coming weeks or months and the company aims to make its stock apps compatible with that accordingly. Once the app is supported, the app will not stop working or get crash whenever the company releases that update for the smartphone.

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A recent report revealed that Samsung’s stable Android 14 update will be available in October. This is the same time frame as last year’s UI rollout, with the latest Galaxy S lineup being the first to secure it. Meanwhile, beta activity is seeing an early start if everything goes as planned by the internals.

Still, for the time being, we can consider this information as a pinch of salt as the company has not yet announced any official timeline for One UI 6.0.

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Instead of Camera, Samsung should bring battery upgrade to flagships

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Nowadays, smartphones are being heavily used for gaming and photography. Accordingly, phone makers are focussing more and more on upgrading the imaging capabilities and performance of chipsets. So why not, Samsung should now bring battery upgrade to Galaxy flagships.

Battery upgrade should be the next aim

The recently launched Galaxy S23 Ultra brings a high-profile 200-megapixel camera, allowing users to capture lossless shots, even when cropped. With great collaboration between hardware and software, the new Samsung flagships offer peace of mind to consumers, when it comes to battery life.

In addition to camera lovers, people prefer buying a smartphone, which offers great battery life without compromising features and power specifications. In the same way, Samsung is reportedly working, and there’s still room for improvements in flagships battery life.

The Galaxy S24 Ultra could come with a new battery technology inspired by electronic vehicles. The company is considering stacked battery technology for smartphones, which will reduce the size keeping the same mAh and enhanced lifespan.

Since the stacked battery tech could leave more gap inside the phone, Samsung might not think about increasing mAh on flagship phones. Instead, the company may use an additional vacant area for upgrading other hardware elements and better placement.

The S23 Ultra even defeated the years-old leader iPhone in terms of battery performance, thanks to the “Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy” processor. Exynos 2400 is reportedly coming to the S24 series in certain markets, which re-creates concern about the phone’s battery life and performance.

That said, Samsung should focus on increasing premium Galaxy phones’ battery life so users can use them longer with a single charge. 45W fast charging is doing quite well, just improvements to battery life would prove as cherry on the cake.

What do you think about it, do share your thoughts with us through the Tweet embedded below.

Poll Results: May 12, 2023

We ran a poll that received 106 votes from our readers’ community. Among all, about 70 percent of readers voted in favor of a battery upgrade instead of the camera, while 23.6 percent want both upgrades together. Meanwhile, 6.6 percent of voters still want Samsung to focus on flagship camera upgrade.

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