Don’t count on the Galaxy S23 changing Samsung’s mind about fast charging

Samsung’s cellphones are falling behind those of rival brands

Although the planned release of the Galaxy S23 is still a few months away, it is still too early for rumors to start swirling. Although it appears that Samsung is upgrading the S23’s camera to a 200MP sensor and making other significant modifications, the rest of the phone may retain a lot of this year’s technology. We enjoy the current Galaxy S-series design, so that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it appears like we’ll also be stuck with some old technology, especially when it comes to charging.

The Galaxy S23 has passed the network certification and still uses the basic specifications of 25w. Almost the slowest charging in the mobile phone industry.

— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) September 23, 2022

The Galaxy S23 successfully completed network certification today on its route to becoming a true boy phone, as noted in a tweet by renowned leaker Ice Universe. Although this regulatory appearance doesn’t provide us with a lot of information to base our decisions on, it does appear to confirm that Samsung will continue to use 25W charging for the fifth generation in a row. It might have been remarkable when the Galaxy S10 first came out, but as businesses, especially those in China, continue to push the edge in this area, it is distressing to watch Samsung continuing to hold back its phones.

Anyone who has followed the latest Galaxy flagship phones over the past few years shouldn’t be too surprised by this specification. Samsung’s $1,800 crown jewel for 2022, the Galaxy Z Fold 4, has a 25W charging capacity. The OnePlus 10T, which will be available in the US next week, boasts 125W charging, which can fully charge the phone in around 20 minutes.

However, not everyone finds the concept of fast charging appealing. In most cases, 25W is sufficient to charge a phone to 50% in around 30 minutes, and many users find that satisfactory. Although maintaining these slower speeds is a little easier on the battery, it falls short in a spec competition with rival smartphones like OnePlus and Xiaomi. Of course, the fact that the Galaxy Note 10+ and the bigger S22+ and S22 Ultra both had 45W charging earlier this year makes the situation much more unpleasant. Although it’s unclear if these larger phones will maintain their increased speeds, it appears that lovers of smaller devices may once again be forced to forgo their favorite features. 

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