The flagship “S” series from Samsung is one of the most popular premium phones on the market. The smartphone powerhouse combines all of the latest technological breakthroughs into the “S” series, including the latest chip, greatest cameras, brightest display, and so on. Leaks and theories about the forthcoming Galaxy S22 series are circulating online as we move closer to 2022. These leaks, as usual, give us a glimpse of what to expect from Samsung’s forthcoming flagships. Here’s everything we know about the Galaxy S22 thus far, including pricing and availability.
We haven’t seen any pricing information for the Galaxy S22 phones yet, but we expect Samsung to keep the same prices as the Galaxy S21 phones. This means the Galaxy S22 will likely start at $799, with the Galaxy S22 Plus at $999 and the Galaxy S22 Ultra at $1,199. Note that these are only rumored prices based on the phone’s current leaks. You might expect costs to rise if Samsung decides to introduce a slew of new features and improve a variety of areas of the devices.
Samsung Galaxy S22
Both phones’ designs have been leaked, and they appear to be quite similar to the Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus. The camera hump, in particular, appears comparable to the S21 series, as does the chassis. With dimensions of 146 x 70.5 x 7.6mm, the Galaxy S22 will be the smallest phone in the range.
Ice Universe previously stated that the Galaxy S22 would have a smaller footprint than the Galaxy S21, which appears to be correct based on leaked renders. The Galaxy S22 is expected to sport a 6.06-inch display, as opposed to the Galaxy S21’s 6.2-inch screen. This will undoubtedly delight small-screen phone fans. The images also give the impression that the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus have a uniform bezel around the display, but we won’t know for sure until we see the device in person.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
Of course, the Galaxy S22 Plus is larger than the S22, but it also has the same design as the S21. According to leaks, the Galaxy S22 Plus will be 157.4 x 75.8 x 7.6mm in size. There are no details on the display size yet, but given that the Galaxy S21 Plus has a 6.7-inch display, it’s logical to believe that the Galaxy S22 Plus will feature a similar display. The Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus should both include a 120Hz AMOLED display with a Full HD+ resolution. The back of the Galaxy S22 is believed to remain polycarbonate, while the back of the S22 Plus is expected to be glass.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Moving on to the series’ largest and greatest phone, the Galaxy S22 Ultra, we recently got another look at the smartphone thanks to Jon Prosser. What are claimed to be real-life photographs of the Galaxy S22 Ultra show the device from a variety of angles, providing a wealth of information about the gadget, at least in terms of what to expect from the outside. The Galaxy S22 Ultra has a look that is reminiscent of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, which was the last phone in the Note series and is now nearly extinct.
Its end is due to the fact that, as expected, real-life photos of the Galaxy S22 Ultra reveal an S Pen slot (rejoice, Note aficionados!). Although the Galaxy S21 Ultra supported the S Pen, it lacked a silo in which to put it. The Galaxy S22 Ultra is set to change that, becoming the spiritual and physical successor to the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. With curved edges on the sides, the display looks similar to that of the Note 20 Ultra.
The phone also appears to have a boxy shape akin to the Samsung Galaxy Note series. Individual lenses are expected to protrude from the back of the camera module, rather than a separate camera bump or platform as seen on the S21 Ultra. The S22 Ultra is expected to sport a display similar to the S21 Ultra’s: a 120Hz LTPO AMOLED panel with a QHD+ resolution.
Chipset, Cameras, and Battery
The S22 series will be Samsung’s flagship range for 2022, so expect the phones to be powered by the most up-to-date SoCs. Qualcomm’s latest flagship CPU, the Snapdragon 898 (unlikely the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1), is slated to be used in phones in the United States. The Exynos 2200 SoC will be available in several markets throughout the world, including the United Kingdom, the European Union, and India.
Initially, there were reports that the Galaxy S22 series would launch globally with the Snapdragon 898, but given the global chip shortage and the estimated volume of the series, this appears exceedingly unlikely. However, some rumors suggest that the Snapdragon CPU will be used instead of the Exynos in India, one of Samsung’s most important markets. According to reports, the Exynos 2200 processor will deliver some much-needed GPU upgrades.
According to Ice Universe, the Exynos 2200’s rumored configuration is as follows:
- 1 Cortex-X2 2.9GHz + 3 2.8GHz + 4 2.2GHz
- AMD GPU with a 1250 MHz clock speed
At least according to leaked renders, the camera modules on the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus are mostly identical. However, the camera hardware is expected to change. Both the Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus have a 12MP primary camera, which will be upgraded to Samsung’s new 50MP GN5 sensor on the S22 series, according to Ice Universe. This year, we’ve seen Samsung’s GN1 sensor on a number of flagship phones, and the sensor has performed admirably. In fact, we believe the 50MP GN1 is likely to outperform the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s 108MP primary camera. The S22 Ultra, speaking of the Ultra, might keep its 108MP primary camera. The S22 and S22 Plus should include ultra-wide and telephoto cameras, respectively, while the S22 Ultra may have the periscope camera from the S21 Ultra.
According to new camera leaks for the Galaxy S22 Ultra, the huge phone will keep the 108MP camera, but with significant enhancements. According to rumors, it’ll have a sensor size of 1/1.33-inch and a pixel size of 0.8m. On the primary lens, the aperture is projected to be f/1.8. A 12MP ultra-wide lens, a new 10MP Sony sensor for 10X zoom, and another new 10MP Sony sensor for 3X magnification are expected to accompany the 108MP camera.
We said before in the design section that the Galaxy S22 is believed to have a smaller chassis and display, which implies we may expect a smaller battery as well. According to reports, the Galaxy S22 would have a 3700mAh battery, which is 300mAh less than the S21. The battery capacity of the S22 Plus and S22 Ultra is unknown, but they should be roughly equivalent to those of their S21 equivalents.
Finally, some speculations claim that the S22 Ultra will allow fast-charging up to 45W, which was capped at 25W on the S21 Ultra for some reason. Samsung also has a 25W wireless charger that has been detected by the FCC. This charger could make its debut with the Galaxy S22 series, implying better wireless charging capabilities.