When the Samsung Galaxy S23 vs. iPhone 14 battle comes to a head early next year, it’s likely going to be hard to say which is the winner.
We’ve seen the iPhone 14 before with its modest set of upgrades, but generally high overall feature quality. While it doesn’t impress in the same way as the iPhone 14 Pro, it’s still one of the best phones you can buy.
On the other corner, the Samsung Galaxy S23 is the next successor to the Galaxy S22, already one of the best Android phones and the best phones in general. Rumors make it sound like not much will change between generations, leading us to expect another great phone, but not one that can beat the iPhone 14 without something special.
This comparison is for the standard iPhone 14 and Galaxy S23 models. If you’re looking for a more expensive phone, also check out our Galaxy S23 Ultra versus iPhone 14 Pro Max preview.
Samsung Galaxy S23 vs iPhone 14: price and availability
Arriving in September 2022, the iPhone 14 starts at $799 for the 128GB model. That’s the same price as the latest base iPhone generations, so we’re glad Apple decided to avoid raising the award for another year.
According to current rumors, the Galaxy S23 could arrive in January or early February, a little earlier than expected. Pricing is currently unknown, and there haven’t been any rumors to fill the void, so we’ll have to look at the current-gen for context. The Galaxy S22 series retails for $800, and we expect the S23 to cost the same. But there is always a chance that Samsung decides to raise the price.
Samsung Galaxy S23 vs iPhone 14: design and display
In keeping with the last two iPhone generations, the iPhone 14 comes in a flat 6.1-inch body, with a notch for Face ID unlocking on the front, and the typical combination of power/volume buttons, lightning port and alert slider. around its edges. The back is glass with a glossy finish and is available in Blue, Purple, Midnight, Starlight or Product Red.
The Galaxy S23 should end up looking a lot like the curved-sided Galaxy S22, including maintaining its 6.1-inch size. However, we’ve heard rumors of thicker bezels around the display, and also that the back could get a whole new look. The leaked renders show a new camera layout like that of the Galaxy S22 Ultra, with separate rear camera lenses.
Apple has equipped the iPhone 14 with a sub-FHD 60Hz OLED display, which is a little disappointing considering the price you’re paying for the iPhone. The Galaxy S22 already offers FHD resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate for its OLED panels, and we expect to see them again unless rumors seem to contradict us. Although the iPhone 14 screen is good for what it is, we should see much better performance here from the S23 going through the S22 precedent.
Samsung Galaxy S23 vs. iPhone 14: Cameras
The iPhone 14 doesn’t change its cameras significantly either. It has a trio of 12MP snappers, covering the main, ultrawide and selfie roles. New this year is photonic engine processing for improved low-light images, autofocus for the selfie camera, and a larger main sensor with a larger aperture.
The iPhone generally outperforms the Galaxy S22 in our comparisons, but the Samsung has a big advantage in the form of a telephoto lens as well as primary and ultra-wide sensors. That’s something Apple only gives to its iPhone Pros these days, so from a photography standpoint the S22 offers better value.
We should expect the S23 to offer something similar, as it’s expected to have neither an ultra-wide camera resolution shift nor a telephoto camera resolution shift. We haven’t heard any rumors about the main camera yet, but we assume it will stick with the current 50MP sensor. It might have a 12MP selfie camera instead of 10MP, though, which would help against the iPhone’s new autofocus front camera.
Samsung Galaxy S23 vs. iPhone 14: performance
The Galaxy S23 is unlikely to outperform the iPhone 14, even with the latter’s year-old A15 chipset. Although Apple reserved the new A16 Bionic chipset for its Pro phones this year, the A15 still beats the Galaxy S22’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset on benchmarks.
As for the S23’s chip, it may contain only Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chips worldwide, or Exynos 2300 chips in most models sold outside the United States. have plenty of power for the average user’s apps and gaming needs
In terms of storage, the iPhone 14 can be specified with 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB of storage. We expect the S23 to come with either 128GB or 256GB, just like the S22.
Samsung Galaxy S23 vs iPhone 14: battery and charging
Apple has increased the battery size of the iPhone 14, but not by much. Even still, it has decent battery life, and that beats the Galaxy S22 by over an hour, even with the S22’s display pegged to its base 60Hz.
The rumor mill claims there will be a battery boost for the S23, but that alone won’t be enough to beat the excellent battery life of the iPhone 14. Samsung will have to add power efficiency elsewhere if he wants to keep pace with Apple.
Samsung will always have an advantage in terms of charging speed. Although the S23 is believed to hold 25W charging for another year, it’s still faster than the 20W charging of the iPhone 14. The iPhone 14 can also charge at 15W without wire, just like the Galaxy S22. We expect the Galaxy S23 to charge wirelessly at 15W as well.
Samsung Galaxy S23 vs iPhone 14: outlook
When Samsung unveils the Galaxy S23 next year, it’s hard to see where it will get an edge over the iPhone 14 where the S22 doesn’t already have one. Value for money, display specs and charging speed are believed to still be ahead of the latest base iPhone, but Apple should still have the upper hand with battery life, performance and charging speed. overall photo quality.
With the iPhone 14 already out, it’s up to Samsung to take the initiative. If it keeps the price of the Galaxy S23 at the same level as the Galaxy S22 (and therefore the iPhone 14), it may continue to undermine Apple on overall hardware quality. However, without an improvement in photo processing and battery efficiency, it won’t be able to entice dedicated iPhone users to the Android side.