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Samsung Galaxy S22: Everything we know so far

The Samsung Galaxy S21 is one of the best Android phones available right now, meaning we already have high expectations for its successor. Here’s everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy S22 so far.

The S22 series is expected to consist of the Galaxy S22, the larger Galaxy S22 Plus and the higher-specced Galaxy S22 Ultra. The three phones follow in the footsteps of the Galaxy S21, the Galaxy S21 Plus and the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

While the S series hasn’t always been the best phone around, it has consistently been one of the biggest sellers and sits high up in the Android market. The S21 series earned at least 4 stars all-round in our reviews, with the S21 Ultra scoring the highest at 4.5.

So, what might Samsung have in store for the S22? Read on to discover everything we know about the Galaxy S22 so far, including when it’ll launch, how much it could cost, what camera it will have and all about the specs and design.

Release date

Samsung typically announces and releases its flagship S series during the early months of the year. In previous years this has been in February or March, however in 2021 this was moved up to January.

Little is known about Samsung’s plans for the release of the Galaxy S22 as of yet, but it wouldn’t surprise us to see a similar schedule to the one used for the Galaxy S21.

As we hear more rumours and learn of further leaks pointing to the likely release date of the Galaxy S22 we’ll update this page.

As with the release date, we’re completely in the dark about pricing for the S22 series. If Samsung sticks close to the price of the S21, then expect it to start at £769/$799 then rise to $999/£949 for the larger Plus model and finish at $1149/$1199 for the true flagship Ultra model.

Of course the S21 remains an an excellent device, and you can see some of the best prices for that below.

Camera

Some of the biggest leaks we’ve seen for the Galaxy S22 so far have surrounded the cameras. 

Last January, the S21 and the S21 Plus packed a 12-megapixel wide, 12-megapixel ultra-wide and 64-megapixel telephoto triple rear camera, while the S21 Ultra took advantage of a quad setup, consisting of a 108-megapixel wide, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide, a 10-megapixel telephoto and a second 10-megapixel telephoto lens. 

While the camera on the S21 was great, it wasn’t a massive leap forward from what we saw on the S20 and it does fall below the best iPhones. 

This time around, we’ve seen suggestions of a 50-megapixel main sensor, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide and a 12-megapixel 3x telephoto camera on the S22 and the S22 Plus models. The leak, which comes from @FrontTron on Twitter, would mark a change for the base model, as it’d see 38 more pixels on the main camera and 52 less on the telephoto lens, essentially flipping the two around. 

The leak also suggests the main camera will be a completely new sensor, so we could see an upgrade in imaging quality, too. Remember, more megapixels doesn’t mean better pictures, so hopefully, there’s enough going on in the background to make the most of the pixels. 

However, it’s worth taking this leak with a hefty portion of salt – it even says so in the tweet. 

Ice Universe also revealed some details about the cameras on all three models on Chinese social media site Weibo when the tipster leaked a number of specs

According to Ice Universe, the S22 and S22 Plus will feature a 50-megapixel main camera, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide lens and a 12-megapixel 3x optical zoom lens, falling in line with @FrontTrons predictions. Meanwhile, the S22 Ultra will include a 108-megapixel main camera, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide lens, a 12-megapixel 3x optical zoom lens and a 12-megapixel 10x optical zoom lens, making it almost identical to the S21 Ultra albeit with a couple of extra pixels in the zoom lenses. 

We’ve also heard rumours about the S22 Ultra’s camera from Dutch site GalaxyClub (via GSMArena) which make the S22 Ultra sound like even less of a leap from the S21 Ultra. 

According to GalaxyClub, the S22 Ultra will include a 109-megapixel main sensor, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, a 10-megapixel telephoto sensor with 10x zoom and a 10-megapixel telephoto sensor with 3x zoom. That’s the exact same setup we saw on its predecessor.

At one point it was rumoured that the Ultra would be getting Samsung’s first 200-megapixel camera, but the company has apparently chosen to polish its third-generation 108-megapixel sensor instead.

We’ve also heard that the Galaxy S22 won’t come with a ToF (time of flight) sensor – a sensor Samsung used on some S20 series models, but not on the S21.

Samsung Galaxy S21 and s21 Ultra from the back showing the cameras
Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21 Ultra

Considering Samsung ditched this sensor for the Galaxy S21, it’s hardly a surprise it might not come back for the S22 and we can’t really say we’ve missed it. This could always change if further functionality was added.

Screen and design

What kind of design and display specs will be found on the Galaxy S22 will really depend on how Samsung plans to view this phone.

With the Galaxy S21, the materials were shifted from metal to plastic and the curvature on the screen was ditched. This gave it a far more mid-range look and feel, rather than the high-end Galaxy S21 Ultra.

If Samsung goes in a similar route with the Galaxy S22, expect the plastic body and flat screen to stay.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Samsung Galaxy S21. Front shot of the screens.
Galaxy S21 (left) vs S21 Ultra (right)

At least the S21 and S21 Plus both had quality displays, even if the resolution was stuck at 1080p. They both had 120Hz panels and used the excellent AMOLED panels from Samsung. We’d love to see that resolution boosted back up to 1440p, even just for the Plus model.

One leaker has suggested that the S22 would, in fact, have a smaller 6.06-inch display than the 6.2-inch version on the S21. The same leaks also comments that only the high-end Ultra model would have the LTPO tech required for an adaptive refresh screen. This could possibly be a downgrade for the S22 series.

LTPO displays, and adaptive refresh rate tech, allows the screen to ramp down that 120Hz refresh rate when the benefit isn’t very obvious. Missing this out could mean we get potentially worse battery life.

Specs and Performance

We’d expect Samsung to outfit the Galaxy S22 series with the top processor available when the phone is released. This is likely to be the successor to the Snapdragon 888 in the States and whatever Samsung has in line for the Exynos line elsewhere. 

There has even been a rumour that Samsung will itself produce the Snapdragon 895 (or whatever it’s called) for Qualcomm.

Ice Universe revealed some details about the batteries in August, suggesting that the S22 will include a 3800mAh battery, the S22 Plus a 4600mAh and the S22 Ultra a 5000mAh. This would actually mean a downgrade for the two base models, with the S21 having packed a 4000mAh battery and the S21 Plus a 4800mAh one.

Meanwhile, SamMobile has reported that the S22 Plus will feature a 4500mAh battery, implying that we’ll see an even bigger drop for the larger phone.

Trusted Take

The rumours so far are fairly slim for the next-gen Samsung Galaxy device and very little is really standing out. Of course, there is plenty of time to go until a likely release so expect this to change. We’ll be updating this page with more new information as we could it.

Max Parker

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