A purported image taken by the new Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra has been leaked online, hinting at a great advancement in image quality.
The image, provided by noted tipster Samsung Ice Universe, appears to be a crop of the Galaxy S23 Ultra’s new 200MP ISOCELL HP2 main camera sensor, which the company announced earlier this week.
According to the leaker, the image is not taken from the Galaxy S23 Ultra’s telephoto or periscope cameras, but is a 12x magnification of the main wide-format camera.
Normally, with this level of framing, we’d expect to see a ton of pixelation and signs of the intensive image processing that every smartphone camera should use. However, this image has no such digital artifacts.
If this is indeed a Galaxy S23 Ultra camera leak, we could be seeing a major advance in smartphone image quality from Samsung’s upcoming flagship. U the following tweetsIce Universe claims that photo quality from the ISOCELL HP2 sensor looks “completely different” from Samsung’s previous high-resolution sensors, with a distinct lack of sharpness for a “soft and natural” look.
Of course, this should not be taken as a pure coin. Even if this is indeed taken from the Galaxy S23 Ultra, it doesn’t offer any idea of the overall shooting experience with the new phone.
Things like shooting speed, autofocus speed, low-light performance, and overall image quality (not just sharpness) are still up for grabs, and only a close hands-on inspection will reveal such things. However, this is a very encouraging sign.
Samsung will announce the Galaxy S23 Ultra alongside the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus at its Unpacked event on February 1.