Before a smartphone can go out into the world, it needs to be approved by multiple regulators – and the Samsung Galaxy S23 just appeared at 3C, the Chinese regulatory agency, revealing another key spec along the way.
it comes from SamMobile (opens in new tab) and ice universe (opens in new tab), who are trusted sources when it comes to upcoming Samsung products. The fact that the phone has just appeared at 3C suggests that it is still on track for a release in the not too distant future, with February 2023 the month the handset is likely to launch.
The only real information we get from this filing is that the wired charging speed will stay at 25W, just like the Samsung Galaxy S22. By today’s standards, that’s not fast at all, with some devices nearly five times faster (120W) to recharge the battery.
slow and steady
This care when it comes to charging speeds is also something we’ve noticed on Samsung’s other premium phones. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, for example, also hits a wired charging speed of 25W, with 15W wireless charging.
Perhaps it’s understandable that Samsung is sticking to the 25W wired charging speed for the Galaxy S23, considering what happened with certain Galaxy Note 7 models on fire – this was in 2016, so it’s not that recent.
There is one caveat, that this regulatory listing only mentions the standard Samsung Galaxy S23 handset. It is possible that the other models, the Galaxy S23 Plus and Galaxy S23 Ultra, will increase charging speeds.
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A phone’s wired charging speed is perhaps not the most important specification when it comes to choosing a new device, but it does affect how a phone is used. If a device can be fully charged in minutes instead of hours, it means battery life isn’t all that crucial.
Whether you’re running out of the house or taking a quick stop at the office, knowing that you can get a significant amount of energy back into your phone’s battery in a short amount of time helps to reduce that daunting anxiety that can arise. ending the day with a phone that died.
Samsung can at least point to Apple as another company that is 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 will likely be able to keep the charging speed on the Galaxy S23 the same as its predecessors – and it should at least come with more powerful internals.