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.
Samsung confirms February launch event for the Galaxy S22 series
The Korean giant promises a “noteworthy” Galaxy S22 Ultra.
As has been widely speculated, Samsung is preparing for a flagship phone announcement event next month. TM Roh, the President and Head of MX Business for Samsung Electronics, authored a fascinating blog post today, which was accompanied by the teaser video you can see below. While the company hasn’t yet confirmed a specific date for the upcoming Unpacked event,
Roh promises that, at next month’s Unpacked, we’ll get to see “the most noteworthy S series device” Samsung has ever made. Get it? Noteworthy?
All of this appears to be a pretty obvious method of teasing the idea that the Note series, which was supposed to die in 2021, is making a comeback this year-but, not as the Note line. In fact, the Galaxy S22 Ultra has already been speculated to feature a design identical to that of the Galaxy Note20 Ultra (the last Note ever created), as well as a built-in stylus with the lowest touch latency rate ever.
Roh’s blog post concludes with the phrase “Get ready for the ultimate Super experience,” which we believe confirms that the name of the company’s next ultra-high-end smartphone will be the Galaxy S22 Ultra, rather than the S22 Note, as has been speculated at various points in the past.
This phone is supposed to help you “own the night – taking the best and brightest photos and videos you’ve ever captured with a phone,” “dominate the day with power, speed, and tools that can’t be found anywhere,” and “enjoy cutting-edge innovations made possible thanks to the smartest Galaxy experience yet,” whatever that means.
There’s also the promise of feeling good about being a member of the Galaxy ecosystem’s most sustainable ecosystem–hopefully, this doesn’t imply the charging cord is no longer included in the box.
Exynos 2200 with Xclipse GPU, based on AMD is now official
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1’s Adreno GPU lacks support for ray-tracing.
The Exynos 2200, Samsung’s latest flagship processor, was unveiled today, and it will power the Galaxy S22 devices in select territories. The new platform, called Xclipse, is based on the 4nm EUV manufacturing technology and comes with a custom-made GPU.
It’s a “one-of-a-kind hybrid graphics processor” based on the AMD RDNA2 architecture, and it’s the first smartphone chip to offer advanced features like ray tracing and variable rate shading.
Ray tracing is a method of estimating the movement and color of things as light rays bounce off surfaces in order to approximate how light behaves in real life. Realistic effects and immersive graphics are provided by the hardware-accelerated functionality, making playing games that support these features as good as it gets.
Another technology used in PC and console games is variable rate shading. It allows creators to use less shading in regions where the quality of the game will not be harmed, resulting in a faster frame rate and smoother gameplay.
Also, one of the first chips to include Armv9-based CPU cores is the Exynos 2200. The octa-core CPU has a single Cortex-X2 core with a lot of power, three Cortex-A710 cores for efficiency and performance, and four Cortex-A510 cores for power efficiency. The frequency at which Samsung’s chips are clocked has been a secret for a long time.
The upgraded GPU and CPU are kept company by a more powerful NPU. The Exynos 2100’s performance has increased by a factor of two, allowing for more concurrent computations and enhancing overall AI performance.
The Exynos 2200 also has a single camera with a resolution of up to 200 megapixels, 8K video recording, and up to 120Hz or 144Hz for 4K or QHD+ displays.
The newest LPDDR5 memory and UFS 3.1 storage are supported by the chipset. The worldwide navigation system supports all key standards and satellites, and the 5G modem works on both sub-6GHz and mmWave frequencies.
The Exynos 2200 is “now in mass production,” according to Samsung. There’s no word on when the Galaxy S22 series with the chip will be released, but rumors are pointing to February 8 as a possible debut date.
Redmi Note 11 series is launching in Europe on January 26
Price starts at €250.
According to a media source last week, Xiaomi sub-brand Redmi will launch the Redmi Note 11 in Europe for €250. Even though Redmi hasn’t confirmed the report, the company took to social media to promote an event on January 26th, which will mark the Note 11 series’ European premiere.
Xiaomi didn’t identify the area in its posts, but the Note 11 series is already available in numerous territories, including China and India, so we know it’s Europe.
Xiaomi also doesn’t indicate how many smartphones it’ll introduce to Europe next Wednesday, but based on the company’s social media posts, it’s safe to assume we’ll see at least two.
The Redmi Note 11 4G, which was unveiled in November in China, is likely to be the star of the show. The Helio G88 SoC powers it, but the Snapdragon 680 CPU is expected to be included in the global variant.
You’ll receive a 6.5″ 90Hz FullHD+ LCD, Android 11-based MIUI 12.5, a 50MP triple camera, an 8MP selfie camera, stereo speakers, a side-mounted fingerprint reader, and a 5,000 mAh battery with 18W charging if the rest of the specs remain unchanged.
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