Samsung Galaxy S23 leak reveals another spec upgrade for 2023. The latest rumor suggests that the three variants in the lineup will have internal storage options starting at 256GB, up from 128GB last year. This follows a busy few days for Samsung Galaxy S23 leaks.
Samsung Galaxy S23 leak
512GB and 1TB of onboard storage will be offered for the Ultra variant, according to frequent tipper Ahmed Qwalder (via SamMobile). Higher choices for the regular and Plus models aren’t mentioned, at least not in this source.
We also learn that the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus will feature 8GB of RAM while the Galaxy S23 Ultra will have 12GB of RAM, even though earlier reports said that an 8GB RAM version of the Ultra phone was also in the works.
Both the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus have internal storage options of 128GB or 256GB. The Galaxy S22 Ultra offers the most configuration possibilities of all, with storage options of 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB.
According to this most recent leak, all three phones will lose their 128GB entry-level choice, and no additional options will be offered. The 2022 phones would also be compatible with 8GB of RAM (with 12GB being an option on the Ultra).
Samsung is therefore decreasing the number of versions that will be available for the series this year even if this is essentially an upgrade and one that may be free if the starting pricing of the Galaxy S23 phones is the same as those of their predecessors.
Analysis: internal storage still matters
Internal storage choices may not be as crucial as they previously were now that so many apps use streaming technologies; after all, Netflix, Spotify, and the rest get all their information from the cloud rather than your real smartphone.
However, greater storage space is still preferable, not least so that apps like Netflix and Spotify may cache video and audio offline for times when you’re not connected to the internet. Then there are podcasts, your own images and videos, apps, and games that are getting bigger and more complicated.
In conclusion, even though many new phones still start at 128GB, it’s beginning to feel a little low for a starting configuration. Although it might take some time to catch up given that Apple was still selling 64GB in its most current iPhone model, the 12, this year may mark the year when 256GB and higher become the standard.
We long for the day when phones included a memory card port so that owners could add more capacity as needed. Although that option has now mostly vanished, the Galaxy S23 will benefit from an increase to 256GB, provided the price is reasonable.
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