Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus hardware flaw causing blurry photos, claims say

It is not uncommon for new smartphones to have problems and most of them are usually software glitches. That unfortunately doesn’t seem to be the case with the Samsung Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus. The phones appear to have a faulty main lens, resulting in blurry images.

Many Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus users say they’ve noticed banana or ring-shaped blurs in images taken by the phones. Basically, some parts of the images appear blurry and out of focus.

This is most noticeable in images with text, although that doesn’t mean other images are immune to the problem. If you’re not too particular about image quality, you might not notice these issues, but if you look closely, some parts of the images are definitely blurry and not as sharp as the other parts.

Notebookcheck says their Galaxy S23 Plus also has this problem. The images also appeared blurry in the RAW mode, which allows you to access uncompressed image data directly from the sensor, leading them to conclude that this is not a software-side issue.
People at SamMobile says they were able to reproduce the issue on their Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus units, but only images of text and documents had issues.

It appears that most of the affected units were manufactured in Vietnam, which is where most Samsung phones are manufactured, but some Indian and South Korean units also have the problem.

Some Galaxy S22 owners said last year that the images the phone produced were blurry at the edges, but that problem was fixable in settings and didn’t affect a significant number of users.

There seems to be something wrong with the lens on the 50MP main unit. It is either of poor quality or slightly bent. Samsung is yet to comment on the issue and if this turns out to be a hardware defect, affected users may have to replace their camera module. Samsung is said to be however, preparing a huge camera update for the Galaxy S23 series, so there is some hope that the problem will be fixed.

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