The latest Google Pixel 7 leak includes face unlock and eSIM details

We're mere days away from the grand unveiling of the Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, but the leaks are unlikely to dry up until the launch event is underway. The latest information to emerge on the flagship phones covers details of the face unlock and eSIM features.

This comes from Android expert Mishaal Rahman (via Android Police), who has been digging into the code in the Google Play Console – that's the platform used by developers to manage the availability of their apps on Android.

Google has been doing some groundwork for the arrival of the Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro – codenamed Panther and Cheetah respectively – and that means some of the features of the new phones are now referenced in the Google Play Console database.

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Trading features

Based on the code now in place, full face unlock will be coming to the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. The feature was left off the Pixel 5 and Pixel 6 phones having been one of the selling points of the Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 4 XL.

Google originally described the dropping of face unlock as a "good trade-off" in terms of the overall feature set offered by the Pixels, but there has been consistent chatter around the idea of it coming back for the Pixel 7 – and even being retroactively rolled out to the Pixel 6 phones as well.

The other tidbit revealed here is that the phones look set to support dual eSIM setups, rather than one physical SIM and one eSIM. Whether or not that means the Pixel 7 handsets will come without SIM trays – at least in some regions – remains to be seen. The launch event is scheduled for Thursday, October 6.


Analysis: the Pixels could get their Face ID back

It's not certain that the code spotted in the Google Play Console will equate to full, secure face unlock on the Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro – but it's certainly looking more likely. It seems that at least some form of facial recognition feature will be offered.

Apple has of course gone all in with Face ID on its recent iPhones, except for the budget iPhone SE. As a phone unlock method it's fast, it's convenient, and it's secure, and Google should have really added it back to the Pixel line before now.

The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL included special radar sensor technology that could map a face incredibly quickly from a wide variety of angles. Face unlock worked so well on those phones that it was almost as if the lock screen wasn't there.

Having the same friction-free unlock experience would be a definite plus for the Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro – and considering that several of the specs are expected to match their Pixel 6 predecessors, it seems that the new phones could use a few upgrades to show off.

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T-Mobile offers end-to-end packages of 5G tech and connectivity for industry

US mobile operator T-Mobile has launched a range of ‘ready-to-deploy’ 5G products for specific industries, aiming to make the process of using next-generation networks as easy as possible.

The initial tranche of Advanced Industry Solutions’ will target four ‘early adopter’ industries - retail, manufacturing, logistics, and municipalities.

Each product includes connectivity, compute, devices, and applications for various 5G use cases, including smart cities, autonomous factories, and intelligent shopping. Alongside the provision of technology, customers will also receive dedicated support.

5G for industry

By combining everything into an end-to-end suite with a single point of contact, T-Mobile hopes to drive adoption of its 5G services, particularly among businesses put off by the potential complexity of identifying, assembling, and managing multiple technologies.

It says the typical project might include ten or more vendors and partners and the onboarding process could take months.

“We are on the precipice of billions of AI-powered devices, all connected by 5G with efficient application processors, all converging to provide intelligent data-driven insights,” said Callie Field, President, T-Mobile Business Group.

“Technologies are pushing the limits of most companies’ IT organizations. That’s why we’ve been working closely with many of these organizations to develop specific solutions that address their unique challenges. Our Advanced Industry Solutions enable easier and simpler implementation — from vision to ROI.”

T-Mobile claims its 5G network now covers more than 315 million people in the US, with 225 million of those able to access it fastest ‘Ultra Capacity 5G’ service. The latter figure is expected to reach 260 million later this year and 300 million in 2023. In addition to offering enhanced mobile broadband services for consumers, the company is also a major player in Fixed Wireless Access (FWA).

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Using your iPhone to pay for things just got a whole lot easier

Paying for items using your iPhone could soon be much smoother thanks to an announcement from Square.

The payment provider has officially launched its Tap to Pay on iPhone service, which will allow merchants and sellers of all sizes accept contactless mobile payments directly from their iPhone.

There's no need for any additional hardware, either from Square or any other POS system, and there's no additional cost to the seller, with the service available within the Square Point of Sale iOS app.

Tap to Pay on iPhone with Square

The launch comes after Square announced an initial early access program for the service back in June 2022. Apple had launched Tap to Pay in February 2022 as a way for more businesses to accept Apple Pay and other types of contactless payments. 

The two companies looked to make the payment process as straightforward to use as possible, with merchants simply needing to open up the Square POS app, ringing up the sale, and presenting their iPhone to the buyer. 

Apple says it doesn’t store card numbers on the device or on its servers, so customer data should remain safe and secure.

“As commerce continues to rapidly evolve and contactless adoption in the U.S. continues to grow, Square is focused on ensuring sellers of all types and sizes have the technology needed to delight their customers and never miss a sale,” said David Talach, Head of Financial Services at Square. 

“Tap to Pay on iPhone offers a new level of accessibility for merchants to begin taking payments in minutes and processing transactions in seconds from anywhere in the store or on the go without the need for a separate payments device.”

Tap to Pay on iPhone is available now, with Square sellers and new merchants able to start using the service by downloading the Square POS app on compatible devices - namely, an iPhone XS or later device to use the app.

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Apple ‘abandons’ plans to produce additional iPhone 14 units

Apple has reportedly abandoned plans to increase production levels of the iPhone 14 due to lower than anticipated demand for its latest flagship smartphone.

Reports says the company hoped the launch would trigger a surge in interest and had made arrangements to increase production by up to six million units during the second half of 2022.

However, this scenario failed to materialise, and Apple will now revert to its original plan of producing 90 million handsets.

China smartphone sales

There are several possible reasons why orders have not increased in the way Apple might have hoped. While supply chain issues caused by the Covid-19 pandemic are easing, the most obvious explanation for demand levels are unfavourable macroeconomic conditions.

Inflation and the rising cost of living, have meant many households have abandoned or are delaying purchases of high-end electronics. Several analysts have predicted a contraction in the global smartphone market this year.

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The impact is certainly being felt in China, the world’s biggest mobile market, which is currently suffering from an economic downturn. The iPhone 14 range has shifted 11 per cent fewer units during the first three days on sale when compared to the iPhone 13 last year.

Conversely, the same report noted that interest in the more expensive iPhone 14 models is higher than the standard iteration of the device. Indeed, Apple could now shift more production capacity towards its higher-priced variants, allowing it to benefit from higher margins that will offer good news for its balance sheet.

Via Bloomberg

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The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra might not be much of an upgrade

Typically, new phones in Samsung’s Galaxy S Ultra line are among the most exciting handsets of the year, but that might not be the case with the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, as a leak suggests you could be hard pressed to tell the difference between this and the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.

That’s the impression we get from unofficial renders shared by @OnLeaks – a leaker with a great track record – on behalf of SmartPrix. They show a phone that looks almost identical to the S22 Ultra, as you can see below.

There are some slight changes though. While this leak suggests the phone will have a 6.8-inch screen again, the dimensions will seemingly differ slightly, coming in at 163.4 x 78.1 x 8.8mm, compared to 163.3 x 77.9 x 8.9mm on the Galaxy S22 Ultra.

An unofficial render of the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra

(Image credit: @OnLeaks / SmartPrix)

The screen will also apparently have some improvements, such as being brighter and offering better color accuracy and HDR performance.

Other listed changes for the Galaxy S23 Ultra include less curvy sides, and the two smallest sensors on the camera being flush with the rear, where on the S22 Ultra they stuck out a bit.

We’d take this leak with a pinch of salt for now, but given the source there’s a high chance it’s accurate, and if so, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra might barely be a change at all – at least visually.


Analysis: upgrades under the hood

The good news is that while the design might not be changing much, the specs could be. There isn’t much in the way of specs included in this latest leak, but an earlier leak suggested the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra might get a 200MP camera – up from 108MP on the S22 Ultra.

It will also of course have a new and more powerful chipset – likely the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, so performance will be improved at the very least.

Still, if that’s the bulk of the upgrades then the Galaxy S23 Ultra probably won’t be a super exciting phone overall, even if it’s sure to be one of the best Samsung phones.

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The Samsung Galaxy 23 could take inspiration from the S22 Ultra

We’ve heard quite a few rumors about the Samsung Galaxy S23 line, but it’s only now that we’re starting to see how these phones might actually look – and if a new leak is accurate, the Samsung Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus could look a lot like their predecessors, but with a camera design inspired by the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.

That’s the impression given by unofficial renders that @OnLeaks – a leaker with a great track record – shared with SmartPrix and Digit.

Both phones look very much like the Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus, complete with a punch-hole camera in the top-center of the display, a flat screen, a metal frame, and a triple-lens camera on the back.

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An unofficial render of the Samsung Galaxy S23

An unofficial render of the Samsung Galaxy S23 (Image credit: @OnLeaks / Digit.in)
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An unofficial render of the Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus

An unofficial render of the Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus (Image credit: @OnLeaks / SmartPrix)

However, the actual design of the camera is different here. While there are once again three lenses running down the top-left section of the rear, they’re not housed in a camera block in these renders, so they look a lot more like the cameras on the S22 Ultra than on the rest of the S22 line.

The leak also includes details of other specs, with the Samsung Galaxy S23 apparently having a 6.1-inch screen, just like the Galaxy S22, and dimensions of 146.3 x 70.8 x 7.6mm; the S22 is 146 x 70.6 x 7.6mm, so the two phones will basically be identical in size if this leak is accurate.

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus is also said to have a 6.6-inch screen, just like the S22 Plus, and to have dimensions of 157.7 x 76.1 x 7.6mm, compared to very similar dimensions of 157.4 x 75.8 x 7.6mm for the S22 Plus.


Analysis: a likely, logical change

While we’d take these renders and the associated specs with the usual pinch of salt, the changes to the cameras shown here would make sense.

The Galaxy S22 Ultra is the odd one out in the Galaxy S22 line, as it looks completely different to the other models. So it would make sense to bring some consistency to the Galaxy S23 line, by at least making the cameras look similar.

The Ultra model will probably still look quite different to its siblings, with a curved screen and a slot for an S Pen stylus being likely inclusions, but it might at least look like it’s part of the same family this time.

That said, we haven’t seen any S23 Ultra renders yet, so we can’t be at all sure. But now that renders for the other models have emerged it’s probably only a matter of time before we get a look at what could be the best Samsung phone of 2023.

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Google warns EU plans to make tech giants pay for networks is outdated concept

Google has told the European Union (EU) that proposals for big tech companies to make financial contributions to mobile and broadband deployments were a ‘decade-old idea’ that did not reflect the fact the company already invested millions in infrastructure

Matt Brittin, president of EMEA business & operations at Google, told an event organised by telecoms group ETNO that Google was investing significant sums in communications infrastructure – including subsea cables and data centres – and that it carried its traffic for ’99% of the way’.

He argued that any move by the EU to make tech firms pay could increase costs for consumers and threaten the principles of the open internet.

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"These arguments are similar to those we heard 10 or more years ago and we have not seen new data that changes the situation,” Reuters quotes him as saying.

The telecoms industry is increasingly frustrated that companies such as Google, Meta, Netflix, and others benefit significantly from their network investments while it is operators who are forced to ensure there is enough capacity to meet demand.

Adding fuel to the flames is the fact that many of these companies actively compete with the communications industry, affecting revenues, but are not subject to the same level of regulation. Without intervention, they argue, capital-intensive network builds will lack sufficient return on investment to be attractive.

The EU, which sees fibre and 5G as essential components of its social and economic agenda, appears to agree the current situation is unsustainable and has put forward the idea that tech firms that benefit from this infrastructure should help pay for it.

However ahead of any potential legislation, the EU has invited both sides of the argument to state their case. Before Google’s comments, the chief executives of 13 major telecoms firms, including BT and Vodafone, signed a letter urging to the EU to take action.

Howwver big tech could have an unlikely ally in the form of mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) who argue they will be collateral damage of any such legislation.

Industry body MVNO Europe says any legislation would not just subject its members be subject to additional costs, the funds they would pay would be used to strengthen the position of incumbent operators, making it more difficulty to compete. This would not only have an impact on price, but would also make it unfeasible for many niche MVNOs to offer their services.

Via Reuters

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Google Pixel 7 Pro leak suggests it won’t worry Apple

Just a day ago we saw a full specs leak for the Google Pixel 7, and now the source of that is back with a similarly complete leak for the Google Pixel 7 Pro, but it’s a similarly disappointing one too.

Yogesh Brar – a leaker with a solid track record – has tweeted out this specs list, and almost nothing is different from what we saw on the Pixel 6 Pro.

The only real difference is the presence of a Tensor G2 chipset, which is Google’s next-generation chip. We know this will be present because Google has confirmed as much, but it might still lag behind the competition if leaks are to be believed.

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The rest of the listed specs meanwhile include a 6.7-inch QHD+ OLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, 12GB of RAM, 128GB or 256GB of storage, a 5,000mAh battery, 30W charging, wireless charging, Android 13, and a triple-lens camera, with a 50MP main sensor, a 12MP ultra-wide one, and a 48MP telephoto one. That’s all stuff that you’ll find on the Pixel 6 Pro.

So is Google really going to release a new phone where the only upgrade is the chipset? Well, not quite. Assuming this leak is accurate – which we can’t be certain of – the design is still being tweaked at the very least, and it’s possible that things like the camera could perform better, despite the similar specs. But it does sound like the Pixel 7 Pro could be very similar to the Pixel 6 Pro.


Apple iPhone 14 Pro home screen

The iPhone 14 Pro is a much bigger upgrade (Image credit: Future / Lance Ulanoff)

Analysis: no threat to the iPhone 14 line

Google shook things up with the Pixel 6, offering a phone with a distinctive new design and a bespoke chipset. It might have been enough for Apple to take notice, but Google doesn’t seem to be repeating the trick this year, leaving the iPhone 14 with less competition.

Or rather, leaving the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max with less competition, as the standard iPhone 14 is, if anything, even less of an upgrade from the iPhone 13 than the Pixel 7 Pro looks to be from the Pixel 6 Pro.

But at least Apple gives you options – buy the almost pointless but relatively affordable iPhone 14, or shell out more on the bigger upgrades in the Pro. With the Pixel 7 line though, Google might give people very little reason to upgrade from the Pixel 6 phones.

Still, those are only a year old, and the world would be in better shape if more people kept their phones for longer, so maybe that’s not such a bad thing. And if you are in the market for a new handset, there are loads of other top options in our best phones guide.

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The Samsung Galaxy S23 edges closer to launching, with another spec leaked

Before a smartphone can make it out into the world, it has to be approved by various regulators – and the Samsung Galaxy S23 just showed up at 3C, the Chinese regulatory agency, revealing another key spec along the way.

This comes from SamMobile and Ice Universe, which are both trustworthy sources when it comes to upcoming Samsung products. The fact that the phone has now shown up at 3C suggests that it's still on track for a launch in the not-too-distant future, with February 2023 the month that the handset is most likely to be launched in.

The only real tidbit of information we get from this filing is that the wired charging speed is going to stick at 25W, just like the Samsung Galaxy S22. By today's standards, that's not speedy at all, with some handsets almost five times faster (120W) at recharging the battery.

Slow and steady

This caution when it comes to charging speeds is something that we've noticed on Samsung's other premium phones as well. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, for example, also tops out at a wired charging speed of 25W, with wireless charging at 15W.

It's perhaps understandable that Samsung is sticking to the 25W wired charging speed for the Galaxy S23, considering what happened with certain Galaxy Note 7 models catching fire – that was back in 2016 though, so it's not all that recent.

There is one caveat, which is that this regulatory listing only mentions the standard Samsung Galaxy S23 handset. It's possible that the other models, the Galaxy S23 Plus and the Galaxy S23 Ultra, will up the charging speeds.


Analysis: how important is charging speed?

The wired charging speed of a phone is maybe not the most important spec when it comes to choosing a new device, but it does have an effect on how a phone is used. If a device can be fully charged in minutes rather than hours, it means battery life isn't quite so crucial.

If you're rushing out of the house or making a quick stop at the office then knowing that you can get a significant amount of juice back in your phone's battery in a short space of time helps to reduce that creeping anxiety that can come on about ending the day with a phone that has died.

Samsung can at least point to Apple as another company that's taking it slow when it comes to battery charging speeds. The iPhone 14 maxes out at 30W when it comes to wired charging, not far above the reported ceiling for the Galaxy S23.

As long as the 2023 phones come with other improvements, Samsung can probably get away with keeping the charging speed the same on the Galaxy S23 as on its predecessors – and it should at least come with more powerful internals.

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The Samsung Galaxy S23 edges closer to launching, with another spec leaked

Before a smartphone can make it out into the world, it has to be approved by various regulators – and the Samsung Galaxy S23 just showed up at 3C, the Chinese regulatory agency, revealing another key spec along the way.

This comes from SamMobile and Ice Universe, which are both trustworthy sources when it comes to upcoming Samsung products. The fact that the phone has now shown up at 3C suggests that it's still on track for a launch in the not-too-distant future, with February 2023 the month that the handset is most likely to be launched in.

The only real tidbit of information we get from this filing is that the wired charging speed is going to stick at 25W, just like the Samsung Galaxy S22. By today's standards, that's not speedy at all, with some handsets almost five times faster (120W) at recharging the battery.

Slow and steady

This caution when it comes to charging speeds is something that we've noticed on Samsung's other premium phones as well. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, for example, also tops out at a wired charging speed of 25W, with wireless charging at 15W.

It's perhaps understandable that Samsung is sticking to the 25W wired charging speed for the Galaxy S23, considering what happened with certain Galaxy Note 7 models catching fire – that was back in 2016 though, so it's not all that recent.

There is one caveat, which is that this regulatory listing only mentions the standard Samsung Galaxy S23 handset. It's possible that the other models, the Galaxy S23 Plus and the Galaxy S23 Ultra, will up the charging speeds.


Analysis: how important is charging speed?

The wired charging speed of a phone is maybe not the most important spec when it comes to choosing a new device, but it does have an effect on how a phone is used. If a device can be fully charged in minutes rather than hours, it means battery life isn't quite so crucial.

If you're rushing out of the house or making a quick stop at the office then knowing that you can get a significant amount of juice back in your phone's battery in a short space of time helps to reduce that creeping anxiety that can come on about ending the day with a phone that has died.

Samsung can at least point to Apple as another company that's taking it slow when it comes to battery charging speeds. The iPhone 14 maxes out at 30W when it comes to wired charging, not far above the reported ceiling for the Galaxy S23.

As long as the 2023 phones come with other improvements, Samsung can probably get away with keeping the charging speed the same on the Galaxy S23 as on its predecessors – and it should at least come with more powerful internals.

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The Samsung Galaxy S23 edges closer to launching, with another spec leaked

Before a smartphone can make it out into the world, it has to be approved by various regulators – and the Samsung Galaxy S23 just showed up at 3C, the Chinese regulatory agency, revealing another key spec along the way.

This comes from SamMobile and Ice Universe, which are both trustworthy sources when it comes to upcoming Samsung products. The fact that the phone has now shown up at 3C suggests that it's still on track for a launch in the not-too-distant future, with February 2023 the month that the handset is most likely to be launched in.

The only real tidbit of information we get from this filing is that the wired charging speed is going to stick at 25W, just like the Samsung Galaxy S22. By today's standards, that's not speedy at all, with some handsets almost five times faster (120W) at recharging the battery.

Slow and steady

This caution when it comes to charging speeds is something that we've noticed on Samsung's other premium phones as well. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, for example, also tops out at a wired charging speed of 25W, with wireless charging at 15W.

It's perhaps understandable that Samsung is sticking to the 25W wired charging speed for the Galaxy S23, considering what happened with certain Galaxy Note 7 models catching fire – that was back in 2016 though, so it's not all that recent.

There is one caveat, which is that this regulatory listing only mentions the standard Samsung Galaxy S23 handset. It's possible that the other models, the Galaxy S23 Plus and the Galaxy S23 Ultra, will up the charging speeds.


Analysis: how important is charging speed?

The wired charging speed of a phone is maybe not the most important spec when it comes to choosing a new device, but it does have an effect on how a phone is used. If a device can be fully charged in minutes rather than hours, it means battery life isn't quite so crucial.

If you're rushing out of the house or making a quick stop at the office then knowing that you can get a significant amount of juice back in your phone's battery in a short space of time helps to reduce that creeping anxiety that can come on about ending the day with a phone that has died.

Samsung can at least point to Apple as another company that's taking it slow when it comes to battery charging speeds. The iPhone 14 maxes out at 30W when it comes to wired charging, not far above the reported ceiling for the Galaxy S23.

As long as the 2023 phones come with other improvements, Samsung can probably get away with keeping the charging speed the same on the Galaxy S23 as on its predecessors – and it should at least come with more powerful internals.

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The Samsung Galaxy S23 edges closer to launching, with another spec leaked

Before a smartphone can make it out into the world, it has to be approved by various regulators – and the Samsung Galaxy S23 just showed up at 3C, the Chinese regulatory agency, revealing another key spec along the way.

This comes from SamMobile and Ice Universe, which are both trustworthy sources when it comes to upcoming Samsung products. The fact that the phone has now shown up at 3C suggests that it's still on track for a launch in the not-too-distant future, with February 2023 the month that the handset is most likely to be launched in.

The only real tidbit of information we get from this filing is that the wired charging speed is going to stick at 25W, just like the Samsung Galaxy S22. By today's standards, that's not speedy at all, with some handsets almost five times faster (120W) at recharging the battery.

Slow and steady

This caution when it comes to charging speeds is something that we've noticed on Samsung's other premium phones as well. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, for example, also tops out at a wired charging speed of 25W, with wireless charging at 15W.

It's perhaps understandable that Samsung is sticking to the 25W wired charging speed for the Galaxy S23, considering what happened with certain Galaxy Note 7 models catching fire – that was back in 2016 though, so it's not all that recent.

There is one caveat, which is that this regulatory listing only mentions the standard Samsung Galaxy S23 handset. It's possible that the other models, the Galaxy S23 Plus and the Galaxy S23 Ultra, will up the charging speeds.


Analysis: how important is charging speed?

The wired charging speed of a phone is maybe not the most important spec when it comes to choosing a new device, but it does have an effect on how a phone is used. If a device can be fully charged in minutes rather than hours, it means battery life isn't quite so crucial.

If you're rushing out of the house or making a quick stop at the office then knowing that you can get a significant amount of juice back in your phone's battery in a short space of time helps to reduce that creeping anxiety that can come on about ending the day with a phone that has died.

Samsung can at least point to Apple as another company that's taking it slow when it comes to battery charging speeds. The iPhone 14 maxes out at 30W when it comes to wired charging, not far above the reported ceiling for the Galaxy S23.

As long as the 2023 phones come with other improvements, Samsung can probably get away with keeping the charging speed the same on the Galaxy S23 as on its predecessors – and it should at least come with more powerful internals.

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The Samsung Galaxy S23 edges closer to launching, with another spec leaked

Before a smartphone can make it out into the world, it has to be approved by various regulators – and the Samsung Galaxy S23 just showed up at 3C, the Chinese regulatory agency, revealing another key spec along the way.

This comes from SamMobile and Ice Universe, which are both trustworthy sources when it comes to upcoming Samsung products. The fact that the phone has now shown up at 3C suggests that it's still on track for a launch in the not-too-distant future, with February 2023 the month that the handset is most likely to be launched in.

The only real tidbit of information we get from this filing is that the wired charging speed is going to stick at 25W, just like the Samsung Galaxy S22. By today's standards, that's not speedy at all, with some handsets almost five times faster (120W) at recharging the battery.

Slow and steady

This caution when it comes to charging speeds is something that we've noticed on Samsung's other premium phones as well. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, for example, also tops out at a wired charging speed of 25W, with wireless charging at 15W.

It's perhaps understandable that Samsung is sticking to the 25W wired charging speed for the Galaxy S23, considering what happened with certain Galaxy Note 7 models catching fire – that was back in 2016 though, so it's not all that recent.

There is one caveat, which is that this regulatory listing only mentions the standard Samsung Galaxy S23 handset. It's possible that the other models, the Galaxy S23 Plus and the Galaxy S23 Ultra, will up the charging speeds.


Analysis: how important is charging speed?

The wired charging speed of a phone is maybe not the most important spec when it comes to choosing a new device, but it does have an effect on how a phone is used. If a device can be fully charged in minutes rather than hours, it means battery life isn't quite so crucial.

If you're rushing out of the house or making a quick stop at the office then knowing that you can get a significant amount of juice back in your phone's battery in a short space of time helps to reduce that creeping anxiety that can come on about ending the day with a phone that has died.

Samsung can at least point to Apple as another company that's taking it slow when it comes to battery charging speeds. The iPhone 14 maxes out at 30W when it comes to wired charging, not far above the reported ceiling for the Galaxy S23.

As long as the 2023 phones come with other improvements, Samsung can probably get away with keeping the charging speed the same on the Galaxy S23 as on its predecessors – and it should at least come with more powerful internals.

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The Samsung Galaxy S23 edges closer to launching, with another spec leaked

Before a smartphone can make it out into the world, it has to be approved by various regulators – and the Samsung Galaxy S23 just showed up at 3C, the Chinese regulatory agency, revealing another key spec along the way.

This comes from SamMobile and Ice Universe, which are both trustworthy sources when it comes to upcoming Samsung products. The fact that the phone has now shown up at 3C suggests that it's still on track for a launch in the not-too-distant future, with February 2023 the month that the handset is most likely to be launched in.

The only real tidbit of information we get from this filing is that the wired charging speed is going to stick at 25W, just like the Samsung Galaxy S22. By today's standards, that's not speedy at all, with some handsets almost five times faster (120W) at recharging the battery.

Slow and steady

This caution when it comes to charging speeds is something that we've noticed on Samsung's other premium phones as well. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, for example, also tops out at a wired charging speed of 25W, with wireless charging at 15W.

It's perhaps understandable that Samsung is sticking to the 25W wired charging speed for the Galaxy S23, considering what happened with certain Galaxy Note 7 models catching fire – that was back in 2016 though, so it's not all that recent.

There is one caveat, which is that this regulatory listing only mentions the standard Samsung Galaxy S23 handset. It's possible that the other models, the Galaxy S23 Plus and the Galaxy S23 Ultra, will up the charging speeds.


Analysis: how important is charging speed?

The wired charging speed of a phone is maybe not the most important spec when it comes to choosing a new device, but it does have an effect on how a phone is used. If a device can be fully charged in minutes rather than hours, it means battery life isn't quite so crucial.

If you're rushing out of the house or making a quick stop at the office then knowing that you can get a significant amount of juice back in your phone's battery in a short space of time helps to reduce that creeping anxiety that can come on about ending the day with a phone that has died.

Samsung can at least point to Apple as another company that's taking it slow when it comes to battery charging speeds. The iPhone 14 maxes out at 30W when it comes to wired charging, not far above the reported ceiling for the Galaxy S23.

As long as the 2023 phones come with other improvements, Samsung can probably get away with keeping the charging speed the same on the Galaxy S23 as on its predecessors – and it should at least come with more powerful internals.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5: what we want to see

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip line are the most popular collection of foldable phones on the planet, and with good reason – they pair a folding form factor with decent specs and a relatively affordable price.

Hopefully, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 will continue that trend, and in this article we’ve created a wish list of what we want from it beyond that.

But that’s not all. We’re already starting to hear rumors about what the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 might offer, so you’ll find those below too; along with information on the possible release date and price. We’ll also update this article whenever we hear anything new about this phone, so check back soon.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The next entry in Samsung's foldable Z Flip line
  • When is it out? Probably August 2023
  • How much will it cost? Likely around $999.99 / £999 / AU$1,499

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 release date and price

While there’s no news yet on when the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 will be announced, we can take a good guess. We predict we’ll see it on August 9, 2023, because that’s the second Wednesday of next August, and Samsung launched the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 on the second Wednesday in August of their respective release years.

Based on past form, there will probably then be a wait of around two weeks before it ships, so you should be able to have it in your hands in late August, if our predictions are right.

The price is harder to predict, but it’s likely to cost a similar amount to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4, which starts at $999.99 / £999 / AU$1,499.

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The Galaxy Z Flip 5 might have a similar price to the Z Flip 4 (Image credit: Future / Alex Walker-Todd)

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 news and leaks

The only Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 leak so far comes from a source who claims it run on a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset.

Given that the Galaxy Z Flip 4 uses the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, this always looked likely – though if there’s another Plus version of the chipset next year, then the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 2 is also a possibility.

In any case, that’s likely to be one of the top Android chipsets of 2023, so it should provide plenty of power.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5: what we want to see

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 wasn’t much of an upgrade on the Galaxy Z Flip 3, so we want to see bigger improvements from the next model, including the following things.

1. A telephoto camera

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The Galaxy Z Flip 4 is lacking in cameras (Image credit: Future / Alex Walker-Todd)

A telephoto lens is a standard feature across almost all high-end phones, yet it’s a feature the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 lacks.

In fact, the Z Flip 4 only has a dual-lens camera, comprised of a 12MP primary and 12MP ultra-wide snapper, so it’s quite basic and lacking on the photography front. We want to see big upgrades here for the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5, with a telephoto lens added and ideally upgrades to the other cameras too.

2. Better battery life

Battery life is a problem for a lot of phones and even more so for foldables, as they tend to have smaller batteries than similarly-sized conventional handsets.

That’s presumably because the folding mechanism takes up space that could otherwise be used by a battery, but it’s a definite issue; often leading to sub-par longevity.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4, for example, only has a 3,700mAh battery, and in our review, we noted that its output was underwhelming, so we want to see a battery boost in the Galaxy Z Flip 5.

3. A lower price

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 is actually one of the more affordable foldable phones, but for the specs you get – folding screen aside – it’s still fairly expensive, so we’d love to see Samsung push the price down a little further for the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5.

This probably won’t happen – especially if there are significant upgrades to the specs – but it would make the device all the more appealing.

4. A bigger cover screen

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The Z Flip 4 has a tiny cover screen (Image credit: Future / Alex Walker-Todd)

While the 6.7-inch foldable main screen on the Galaxy Z Flip 4 is a decent size, the 1.9-inch cover display – which is what you can see and interact with when the main screen is folded shut – is too small to do much with.

Sure, it can show notifications and the time, but it’s too tiny to properly interact with, meaning that for most smartphone functions you have to flip the phone open. We’d like to see a bigger secondary screen on the next model, allowing you to keep the phone folded shut more often.

5. More substantial upgrades

We’ve detailed some of the upgrades we want above, but just in general we want the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 to feel like a substantial improvement on the Galaxy Z Flip 4.

The last two models have been extremely similar to each other, so it’s past time we saw some major updates – and we'll need to for this to have a good shot at ranking among the best foldable phones.

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