Taking the mantle from one of the best Android phones available, there are high hopes for the Samsung Galaxy S22. Since the smartphone has seen countless leaks and rumours ahead of its release, here’s everything we know about the latest handset.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 series is expected to consist of the vanilla model, alongside the larger Galaxy S22 Plus and the flagship Galaxy S22 Ultra.
Sitting high up in the Android market, the Galaxy S21 – as well as the Galaxy S21 Plus and Galaxy S21 Ultra – is a tough phone to beat, and we can only hope that the successor to the S series is as well-loved.
Keep scrolling to find out everything we know about the Galaxy S22, including when we expect it to be unveiled, what colour options there are and what the specs are looking like.
Samsung is known for announcing its phones early in the year, which matches with the predictions from trusted tipster Ice Universe (via Twitter). This leaker is suggesting that 8 February is when the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra will be released, which will very likely mean the S22 line-up will be revealed at the same time.
Galaxy S22 Ultra came too late. If it is released on February 8, at that time, at least five Snapdragon 8 GEN1 flagship phones have been listed. pic.twitter.com/u7ddu6kAKl— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) December 3, 2021
The S22 series was initially expected to launch in January 2022, since the S21 arrived in late January 2021. But it’s not a huge surprise to see it come a month later instead, especially since the Galaxy S21 FE is expected to be unveiled in January instead.
It also matches with another well-known tipster, Jon Prosser (via Twitter), who believes that the line-up will be revealed and available for pre-order on 8 February, and arrive in stores on 18 February.
We’re in the dark about the pricing, as that’s usually the last thing to be leaked or revealed before a launch. Looking at the S21 line-up last year, the vanilla model started at £769, with the S21 Plus costing £949 and the S22 Ultra going for £1149.
Samsung could stay consistent, however, there have been rumours of a Galaxy S22 price hike, as noted leaker TheGakox (via Twitter) claimed that all models will see a jump in price, with $50 added on for the base and Plus models, and $100 for the Ultra.
You can take the price rumours with a pinch of salt for now, but you’ll likely have to splash out if you want to upgrade.
$799, $999 & $1199 Maybe a $50 increase on base and plus at maximum, bigger model could see up to a $100 increase.Keep in mind, Plus and Ultra are expected to have 256gb of base storage pic.twitter.com/kwHs4u21mH— Anthony (@TheGalox_) November 11, 2021
The Samsung Galaxy S22 has seen its fair share of leaks, with many focused on the camera setup.
FrontTron (via Twitter) claimed that there will be a 50-megapixel main camera, alongside a 12-megapixel ultra-wide and 12-megapixel 3x telephoto camera on both the S22 and S22 Plus models.
Samsung Rainbow R/G Rear CamMain 50MPUltrawide 12MP Telephoto 12MP 3x Take w/ 🧂~BV— Tron ❂ (@FrontTron) June 23, 2021
This suggests that the main camera will be a new sensor, which would hopefully bring an upgrade to the image quality. Though keep in mind that more megapixels don’t always make for better pictures.
However, a recent leak suggested that the S22 Ultra will pack a new camera feature, Detail Enhancer, which should do wonders for picture quality. This feature will allow for more detail when shooting at 108MP and supposedly take better macro shots than the Galaxy S21 Ultra.
Ice Universe (via Weibo) also revealed some more details about the camera, with the sensors matching FrontTrons predictions. However, it also mentions that 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.
Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21 Ultra
Finally, another rumour about the S22 Ultra camera; GalaxyClub (via GSMArena) claims that the S22 Ultra will have a 109-megapixel sensor, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, a 10-megapixel telephoto sensor with 10x zoom and a 10-megapixel telephoto sensor with 3x zoom. This setup is the exact same as its predecessor, which would make the S22 Ultra’s camera pretty underwhelming at best
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. Considering Samsung ditched this sensor for the Galaxy S21, it’s hardly a surprise to hear 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
There are already many rumours floating around about the design of the Samsung Galaxy S22 range.
The base and Plus model look to be very similar to the S21 range, but it seems that the Ultra variation is where the design may change. OnLeaks (via Twitter) graced us with potential renders of the first two models, which seemingly stick with the same looks as its predecessor.
More photos of the S22 models have come out too, with a recent render of the S22 Ultra surfacing that shows off a potential new colour variant: a deep forest green.
And looking closer at the colour options, GalaxyClub claims that the S22 and S22 Plus models will come in Black, Beige, Green, Grey, Light Blue, White and Rose Gold, with the S22 Plus getting a Violet option too. The S22 Ultra should come in Green, Black, White and Dark Red, so there should be plenty of colour options to choose from.
Looking at the screen, leaker MauriQHD (via Twitter) claims that the S22 line-up will have shrunken screens when compared to the S21. Ice Universe (via Weibo) also shares this theory, which puts the base model at 6.06-inches, the Plus at 6.55-inches and the Ultra at 6.81-inches, with the claim that only the flagship will have an LTPO display.
Specs and Performance
Since the Snapdragon 888 processor has recently been replaced by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, it’s not unlikely that the Samsung Galaxy S22 series will be packing the new chip, especially in regions like America.
However, Ice Universe (via Weibo) has suggested that the S22 could come with the Exynos 2200 chipset, paired with an AMD GPU. Since the AMD partnership has been confirmed, we know that the chip will be capable of ray tracing and variable rate shading capabilities.
Saying that, a leaker on a South Korean social media is claiming that Samsung is having issues producing this chipset, which would mean that most regions will receive the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, which Qualcomm says will offer 20% faster CPU compared to the previous generation, and use 30% less power.
The same social media site also featured a leaker claiming that the S22 will have the same amount of RAM and storage as the S21, which is 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for both the S22 and S22 Plus, with12GB / 16GB of RAM and 256GB / 512GB of storage for the S22 Ultra.
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 result in a downgrade for the two base models, with the S21 having packed a 4000mAh battery and the S21 Plus a 4800mAh cell.