You might have thought that all the features of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S23 phones have been leaked at this point, but not so – the rumor mill keeps coming up with more information about these flagship devices before its launch on 1 February.
Today we have another piece of information from renowned leak provider Ice Universe (opens in a new tab) (via GSMArena (opens in a new tab)), has taken to the Chinese social media platform Weibo to give us some details about the portrait video mode on the Galaxy S23 Ultra.
The source says that the mode will be able to shoot in 4K resolution at 30 frames per second, with the phone offering reasonably good thermal control so that the processing power required to capture clips in this mode won’t overheat the phone .
We weren’t impressed with the portrait video mode on the Galaxy S22 Ultra, especially compared to the cinematic mode on the iPhone. In both cases, video content is kept in focus and the background is blurred.
The current Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra can capture normal video at 8K resolution at 24 frames per second, or at 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. In portrait mode, that drops down to 1080p resolution at 30 frames per second.
What is not clear is whether the other two Galaxy S23 models will get a portrait mode this time around. All will be revealed when Samsung’s next Unpacked launch event takes place, and it’s just a few weeks away.
Analysis: a tale of two sensors
Based on the rumors we’ve heard so far, we expect the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra to be equipped with the new 200MP ISOCELL HP2 sensor revealed by Samsung. Meanwhile, the standard and Plus models are said to be sticking with a 50MP main sensor.
That should mean the Ultra model is the one to look at for the most significant camera upgrades over last year’s models. So far we’ve heard that the night vision capabilities will be better, and we’ve seen sample shots for comparison purposes.
There was also talk that Samsung is adding more methods on the software side, to go with improvements to the hardware. In terms of photos and videos, you should be able to do more than ever with the upcoming Galaxy S23 handsets.
In fact there’s so much buzz around it that we think the Galaxy S23 Ultra could be one of the best photography phones of the year – and it might even have more to offer than whatever Apple has planned with the cameras on the iPhone 15.