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What do we know about the Samsung Galaxy S22?
25th November, 2021 |
Time moves pretty fast in the world of mobile phone technology, as the tech titans battle for our attention and our cash with their latest flagship products. With both Apple’s iPhone 13 and Google’s Pixel 6 recently released to much acclaim, early 2022 will see Samsung’s Galaxy S22 take its turn in the spotlight.
But how will the Galaxy S22 compare to its rivals? What tantalising features will it offer? Will it beat its rivals on price? The launch date is only a few short months away, and the technophiles are getting more excited by the day. So, the helpful team at Gadget Cover has sorted through all the leaks, whispers, tips, and rumours about Samsung’s next range of flagship phones.
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Release date rumours
While rumours are flying among the tech cognoscenti, we won’t know whether any of them are true until we finally see the official launch from Samsung. Unfortunately, we don’t even know the date of that yet! Which shows just how up in the air everything is when it comes to Samsung’s latest offering.
Traditionally Samsung likes to keep everything running like clockwork. So it often launches a new flagship Android phone at the beginning of every year. The tech titan usually favours a February launch announcement before a March release. But last year the Galaxy S21 made its debut a few weeks earlier in mid-January.
What might be the decision for 2022 then? The majority of industry sources seem to be opting for a January release date with some talk of the S22 breaking cover on Friday 28th January 2022. However, Tom’s Guide recently reported on suggestions it could launch in February at a Galaxy Unpacked event just before the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
As 2021 comes to a close, we’ll be keeping a close eye on further release date rumours. But if even half of what we’ve seen rumoured comes true, then we should be looking forward to a great update.
Price is always going to be an important consideration no matter how deep your pockets are. Whether you’re looking at a top-of-the-range flagship or an entry-level budget phone, just like with mobile phone insurance everyone wants to get a great deal.
The cost of the Galaxy S22 is still something of a mystery. But there could be clues to be found in the Galaxy S21 launch earlier in 2021. That range debuted at less than its predecessor the S20, so could the S22 go even cheaper? If you’re at all interested in a bargain (which we are) then this could be great news.
Currently prices of the standard Galaxy S21 start at £769 in the UK. While the S21+ starts at £949 and the S21 Ultra from £1,149. It seems most likely that the S22 successors will stay within a similar price point, but it’s too early to promise anything. Although, whatever happens industry commentators say it’s unlikely Samsung will send prices back up to S20 levels.
When your main rivals include Apple, design is going to be high on your list of must-haves. Indeed, a much-discussed recent tip picked up by Android Central suggested the Galaxy S22 and the S22+ would look a lot like the recent iPhone 13. But in a big plus for tech-design geeks they won’t have that much-maligned notch!
Perhaps surprisingly no leaked images of the Galaxy S22 or S22+ have appeared yet on the internet, but there have been plenty of renders based on rumours. If these design mock-ups prove to be on the money, then we could see a major camera bump, thinner bezels and a flat, rather than curved, display.
It does seem like the S22 and S22+ could have smaller dimensions than their S21 brethren. The standard S22 could measure 149.98 x 70.56 x 7.65mm; compared to the S21’s 151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9mm. The Galaxy S22+ could measure 157.43 x 75.83 x 7.65mm; compared to the S21+ which was 161.5 x 75.6 x 7.8mm.
Thanks to TechRadar we have seen some images of the Galaxy S22 Ultra. These have revealed a design very similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Note series. With a flatter, squared-off, Note-esque frame and dedicated S Pen slot. Making it less likely for you to lose that oh-so-desirable accessory. The Galaxy S22 Ultra’s dimensions look like being 163.3 x 77.9 x 8.9mm.
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There's no official word on colours yet, so you might want to put off buying any big-ticket clothing items until you know whether they’ll match! According to one rumour the S22 and S22+ will come in white, black, rose gold and green. While the S22 Ultra will arrive in white, black and a dark red. If this leak proves correct then the green and dark red colourways will be sure to get people talking!
And when it comes to the feel in your hand there could be changes afoot here, too. Currently Samsung’s entry-level S21 is plastic, but there’s talk of Samsung also switching the S22+ to plastic. While this will cause a change to the feel in your hand it could also make a big impact on the feel in your pocket. A plastic-bodied S22+ could help deliver a big price drop for buyers. And may even convince some to pass over the standard S22 in favour of the S22+.
As you would expect from a company with a pioneering display tech team, Samsung's phones are always lauded for their crisp displays. In an interesting move against the advance of ever larger oversized displays, the latest rumours have it that Samsung will shrink the Galaxy S22.
A couple of respected leakers claim the standard Galaxy S22 will sport a 6.06-inch screen, down from 6.2 inches on the S21. While the S22+ could shrink down to a 6.5-inch display, from the S21+’s 6.7 inches. However, the range-topping S22 Ultra could receive a minor boost, up from 6.8 inches to 6.81 inches. We’d also expect the S22 and S22+ to maintain the S21 and S21+ offering of at least Full HD+ resolutions as well as flat displays.
With all three phones in the S21 roster supporting a 120Hz refresh rate, we'd expect the S22 line-up to follow suit. So, gaming and sports enthusiasts need not worry. That said, it’s believed only the S22 Ultra will be LTPO. Meaning it will be the only member of the S22 family to support variable refresh rates. This ability has been seen as a big plus in modern phones, as it enables the phone to scale up to maximum 120Hz refresh rate when needed. Then scale back down to a lower refresh to save battery life.
And there’s another big potential display plus for the S22 Ultra. A recent rumour featured on What Hi-Fi alleged the peak brightness of the phone’s display broke through the record of Samsung’s OLED screen. Resulting in what could be the ‘brightest display ever’ for a Galaxy phone.
Given the S21 Ultra hits a brightness of 1500 nits, the S22 Ultra should top that. Maybe even pushing towards 2,000 nits. That huge boost in brightness will deliver more convincing HDR and colours. Perfect for movie buffs and gaming enthusiasts.
Camera capability considerations
Another popular source of interest for tech-observers and buyers alike is that of camera capabilities. It’s believed the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+ will have a 50MP main sensor, a 12MP ultra-wide, and a 12MP telephoto (capable of 3x optical zoom). That would be a significant development from the 12MP main sensor, 12MP ultra-wide and 64MP telephoto of their predecessors. There have also been rumours of an upgraded main sensor to deliver better colours in high-contrast scenes.
There had been tantalising rumours of the S22 Ultra sporting a massive 200MP main camera and an under-display selfie camera. But since then, it seems both of these are unlikely to happen. Instead, it seems like the S22 Ultra will have a 108MP main camera, two 12MP telephoto ones, and a 12MP ultra-wide.
A ground-breaking under-display camera would give the S22 family a distinct competitive edge over their main tech rivals. But if rumours are to be believed this doesn’t look likely. Apparently, sources claim the quality isn't high enough and Samsung simply can't produce enough of them at the moment.
In terms of zoom potential, rumour has it the S22 and S22+ will offer a 3x telephoto zoom lens with a 10MP resolution. There has been some internet chatter about a new periscope lens coming to the S22 Ultra that could move freely between 3x and 10x zoom.
Last, but by no means least, Samsung is reportedly testing 8K video at 60fps on the S22 Ultra. That could be welcome news for anyone thinking of investing in the latest 8K TV technology.
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Other specs and features
Just as with everything else related to the range, it's not currently clear what the S22 range will offer in terms of hardware. It's likely there will be a split between Qualcomm and Exynos chipsets, depending on the region and the international chip supply situation.
The next flagship Snapdragon 898 processor is set to receive an official reveal in December. The next-generation Exynos is the 2200 chipset with an AMD GPU. Either way you should be getting one of the best chips around! Perfect for online gaming enthusiasts.
In terms of other specs, rumours suggest storage and RAM won’t be much different from the S21 range. We expect the S22 to offer at least 8GB of RAM and at least 128GB of internal storage space.
Coming as a disappointment for many, it looks unlikely that the S22 will reintroduce microSD support. Although many still live in hope, we suspect that the decision taken with the S21 will be maintained for the S22.
As a market leading manufacturer, it seems a pretty sure thing that all the S22 handsets will be 5G compatible. We can also expect the S22 to offer support for fast charging and fast wireless charging. Indeed, could Samsung go a step further than the 45W fast charging introduced in the S20 Ultra? Fingers crossed for 65W fast charging capability. Samsung has also confirmed it’s sticking with the decision not to include a charger in the box.
If you’re looking for wins in the battery department then this might not be your year. Rumours claim the Galaxy S22 will have a 3800mAh battery (a drop from the 4000mAh of the S21). The S22+ will also suffer a drop to 4600mAh (from the 4800mAh on the S21+). The S22 Ultra is the only one not to suffer a drop with a 5,000mAh battery, the same as its predecessor.
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