Samsung Galaxy S22 release date, price, camera specs, and almost every other rumor we've heard
Even with Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event scheduled for Oct. 20, we may still have a few more months until Samsungs new flagship, the Galaxy S22, makes an appearance. The rumor mill about the phone's imminent debut is only beginning to heat up because we still have a long way to go until it will be released.
Samsung's August 2021 Unpacked event featured two new foldable phones, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3, as well as the company' s newest smartwatch, Galaxy Watch 4, and Galaxy Buds 2. However, we're yet to hear when Samsung will remove the rumored Galaxy S22. The Galaxy S21 lineup was unveiled in January, which means we may see Samsung's new flagship early next year.
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The Samsung Galaxy S21 impressed us with its excellent all-round performance and a better balance between features and price. The Galaxy S21 Ultra meanwhile surprised us with its stunning camera setup and its ability to take amazing zoomed-in photos. But what about the follow-up series? We're curious to see what the Galaxy S22 will bring.
We've got a good idea of what we might expect from the Galaxy S22.
Release date for the Galaxy S22 is January 2022.
Samsung typically releases its S-series phones in March, but it reversed that trend in 2021 by launching the S21 line in January. The S22 is currently expected to be unveiled in January 2022, possibly at or around the CES tech show in Las Vegas. The company generally updates its phones every 12 months, so we expect the S-22 to arrive in the United States in 2021.
It's also possible that Samsung will give the S21 line a little more breathing room and return to 'a March launch date'. Samsung may plan to hold an in-person launch event, which it does often simultaneously in cities across the globe, with COVID-19 restrictions hopefully being eased by then.
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Galaxy S22 may have a smaller display and battery than its predecessor, but it may also have an even smaller battery life.
Samsung may offer slightly smaller display sizes for the Galaxy S22 line. According to Twitter leaker FrontTron, the Galaxy S22 might have a 6.01-inch screen, while the galaxy S21 Plus might get sassy sized screens, and the Samsung S-22 Ultra might receive nigh-on-a-mirror screens. For comparison, the Galaxy S21 lineup has 6.2-, 6.7- and 6.8-inch displays, respectively.
Batteries in the Galaxy S22 lineup may be smaller than in previous generations. Tron believes that the S22 and S2 Plus will have 3,800- and 4,000-mAh batteries, respectively. The Galaxy S22 Ultra, according to the leaker, will maintain its 5,000-mAh battery.
How much will the Galaxy S22 cost?
It's possible that the disappointing sales of the Galaxy S20 line were due to the general high prices, as well as widespread financial uncertainty for many people due the epidemic. The S21 substituted glass back panels for toughened plastic to provide handsets at slightly more affordable prices. Here are all the differences between the Galaxy S21 and S20.
The base S20 cost $1,000 in the US, while the baseS21 cost $800 in Canada. While we don't believe Samsung will try and make the S22 line cheaper, we do believe it's a good bet that the company will attempt to match the approximate price of the Samsung S21, rather than raising it to S20 levels.
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Multiple Galaxy S22 models: Plus and Ultra:
It's a certain bet that Samsung will also offer several versions of the S22 line to offer varying specs at dozens of prices. It's possible that a base S22, along with an upgraded S-22 Plus and an S222 Ultra model, will be at the top of the range with the most features and the highest price to match. (Here's how the Galaxy S21, S 21 Plus, and S-21 Ultra variants compare.)
It's a recipe Samsung has followed for the last few generations, and it'' s an apparent strategy that'll be applied. For those on a smaller budget, it's possible that the company will also make arguably more affordable Galaxy S22 FE, although that won't be available with the Galaxy range until later this year -- we're not expecting the S21 fe until late this summer. The Galaxy S20 FE (FE stands for Fan Edition) will be released in October 2020, eight months after the flagship S-20 lineup. To get a more budget-friendly price, the Fan Edition phone made alterations to varying specifications and features.
Although we don't know how each Galaxy S22 model will look, according to renders shared by Digit and @OnLeaks, the Galaxy Galaxy 22 Ultra may have a design similar to the Samsung Note 20, with recessed S Pen slots and flat edges on the top and bottom of the phone. According to Digit and @OnLeaks, Samsung's new Ultra will feature a P-shaped camera module with 'quad-camera setup'.
Galaxy S22 may support 65W charging if it has a Galaxy Note 22.
According to leaker FrontTron, Samsung may be upgrading the S22 lineup with 65-watt charging capability. The tipster posted to Twitter in July that 65-watt fast charging is currently in the testing phase for Rainbow RGB, a rumored code name for the S22 series. If this is the case, the S22 would have significantly quicker charging times than the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy Note 20 lineup, which both have 25-watt charging.
Galaxy S22 processor, Android version, and display for Samsung Galaxy Note 22
In its S series phones, Samsung tends to use both Qualcomm Snapdragon chips and its own Exynos processors -- depending on region -- and we fully expect it to do the same in the S22 line. It's possible to assume that the next generation of both chips, the Snapdragon 895 (which is expected to debut in December this year), and the Exynos 2200, will be used.
Samsung and AMD collaborated in 2019 to increase mobile graphics power, but so far, we haven't seen any Samsung phone equipped with dedicated AMD hardware. It's possible that the S22 (or, more likely, the Galaxy S222 Ultra) will be the first AMD phone to offer superior graphics performance for gaming.
It's also a good bet that the S22 line will run Android 12 -- released in June at Google'' IO event and currently in beta -- with Samsung' own user interface tweaks over the top, such as Samsung Health, Samsung Pay, and its Bixby virtual assistant software.
The display size will almost certainly vary depending on which model you choose. The S21 line was the smallest at 6.2 inches, while the S211 Plus increased it to 6.7 inches and the new S-21 Ultra jumped further out to 6.8 inches. Some early reports suggest that Samsung will make the S22 and S21 Plus slightly smaller -- 6.05 inches and 6.5 inches, respectively. According to the same reports, the S21 Ultra will remain the exact same size and, like the previous S211 Ultra, be the only one in the range to offer variable refresh rates up to 120Hz.
Camera Galaxy S22: 200-megapixel resolution?
Some reports claim that it's the hero S22 Ultra that will receive the most exciting camera upgrades this time around. That's great to hear, as the S21 Ultra'' camera is superb, but it wasn't a major upgrade over its predecessor.
According to a teaser tweet from Samsung's Exynos account showing 'a 200-megapixel phone camera,' it'll be the first Samsung phone with incredibly high resolution. That would be a significant upgrade from the already pixel-packed 108-megapixel S21 Ultra and would theoretically allow for crisper zoomed-in images. However, Ice Universe suggested (via GSM Arena) that the phone will retain its 108-megapixel sensor, with the main camera specs being roughly similar to the S21 Ultra.
Ice Universe also speculated that Samsung may introduce a 50-megapixel RGBW and / or 200-MP camera sensor this year. The RGBW sensor, according to Leaker Yogesh Brar, may be available on the Galaxy S22 series as well.
Speaking of zoom, the S22 Ultra is also said to have a continuous optical zoom rather than having to switch between 3x or 10x optical Zoom lenses. If you zoom in at 7x on the S21 Ultra, you'll likely be using a combination of optical zoom and digital cropping, resulting in images that appear lower in quality than when you use the 10x optical lens. A continuous zoom would permit uncropped optical zoom throughout the zoom range.
Other speculations, however, suggest that the Galaxy S22 Ultra's new camera specs aren't all that exciting. According to a Galaxy Club story in August, the Ultra version of Samsung's upcoming smartphone might include the same camera hardware as the Galaxy S21 Ultra, including 108-megapixel main camera, 10-megapixel periscope, 10megapixel photo, and 12-megapixel ultrawide lens.
The base S22 and S-22 Plus models aren't expected to get similar camera upgrades, so the question remains whether the S 22 Ultra will stand out and justify spending the extra cash. Expect to still see multiple lenses and a 50-megapixel main sensor.
Could the Galaxy S22 be available in burgundy and green?
The Galaxy S22 may come in a green and dark red color combination. According to Galaxy Club, the Galaxy S22 and S 22 Plus will be available in four colors: white, black, rose gold, and green. The new green option is said to be comparable to the Phantom Green of the Galaxy Z Fold 3. According to the blog, the Galaxy S22 Ultra will be available in white, black, and a new dark red color.
Leaker Ice Universe also recently tweeted an image of a burgundy Galaxy S8 with the caption "burgunty red return!" Although the leaker didn't specify which Galaxy model was in the image, LetsGoDigital followed Ice Universe's post with a separate tweet stating that the Galaxy S22 Ultra is expected in burgundy red, black, and white.
Blogger LetsGoDigital previously speculated that during Samsung's August 2021 Unpacked event, the business may have hinted at possible new color options for the upcoming Galaxy S22. When Samsung discusses the S Pen stylus's compatibility with the Galaxy Z Fold 3, the words "SS22 colors" are written on the foldable phone at one point in the presentation (about 46 minutes in). The text sat next to a separate window showing 'a light green plaid pair of pants and blazer with the words "pistachio green" and "flamingo pink." We might see these new colors for the Galaxy S22, but we won't know until the phone's debut.
Extra features of the Galaxy S22 include:
All of the S22 models have a number of additional features, such as wireless charging, NFC for contactless payments, 5G connectivity, and in-display fingerprint scanners. It's also possible that Samsung will continue to provide 128GB storage options on all models, with upgrades of up to 256GB or even 500GB available for those who want the extra space.
Don't expect to add more storage, though, since the S21 series eliminated the option to include microSD cards. That was a real disappointment, particularly on the S21 Ultra, where high-resolution photos and 8K videos take up incredibly much space. Fingers crossed for a return, but don't put your hopes on such nonsense.