If the Samsung Galaxy S22, Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus, and Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra failed to perform for you, there might be another member of the S22 line, as was expected to see a Samsung Galaxy S22 FE.
This might be an upper mid-range handset that is designed to be at the bottom of the line. However, given that the Galaxy S22 will have seen some price decreases by the time it comes, that may not seem to be neatly pan out.
Below we have collected everything we have learned so far about the Samsung Galaxy S22 FE, as well as a wish list of things we want from the phone.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? A more affordable member of the S22 line
- When is it out? Probably October or later
- How much will it cost? Likely at least 699 / $699 / AU$999
Samsung Galaxy S22 FE release date and price
While the Samsung Galaxy S22 FE came to market in January 2022, the Galaxy S20 FE was spotted in stores in October of 2020.
Samsung hasn''t been consistent with the release dates, although a November launch would make more logic than a January launch, as the latter would bring the Samsung Galaxy S23 much too close to when it was likely to. It also would make sense for all of the Galaxy S22 line to land in the same year.
However, the FE phones do not make a lot of sense in a variety of ways, as will become clear in this article.
Though October might be the most appropriate time to launch the Galaxy S22 FE, one source claims that it might not land this year if it lands at all, while another claims that since April the phone was not yet in development, it is more likely to launch in 2023, and it is likely this phone will not see the light of day either.
There is no information on how the Samsung Galaxy S22 FE might cost if and when it comes to launch, but for reference the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE began at 699 / $699 / AU$999, thus a similar starting price here is possible.
News and leaks
The Samsung Galaxy S22 FE hasn''t been heard much, but one thing we have discovered is that it might be equipped with a MediaTek Dimensity 9000 chipset.
This is a high-end chipset that is similar to the Exynos 2200 and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 used in the other portions of the Samsung Galaxy S22 line, albeit from a brand with less prestige and thus a lower price for Samsung.
It''s possible for the phone to use this option, given that the Galaxy S22 FE itself will probably be a cheaper handset than the other S22 models, but there is evidence to suggest that it wont.
Another source has since stated that it will not use the Dimensity 9000, and on top of that, using a MediaTek chipet in an FE phone would be a significant change for the company, as these handsets previously used either Snapdragon or Exynos ones.
Wed expect a Dimensity 9000 to be somewhat unlikely, with the Galaxy S22 FE more likely to get the same chipset split as the rest of the S22 line, resulting in an Exynos 2200 in Europe and a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in many other locations.
Samsung Galaxy S22 FE: what we want to see
There are plenty that we want to see changed or improved for the next FE phone, including the following things.
1.A lower price
The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE had a major problem with its price, as while it had a lower starting price than the Samsung Galaxy S21 introduced, you might often see the S21 significantly reduced by the time the S21 FE came, placing the FE in the commodity position of potentially being more expensive in the future.
If the Galaxy S22 FE is truly cheaper than the Galaxy S22, it would want a hit on its hands, that wasn''t a viable proposition.
2.Better battery life
The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is no exception, just barely lasting a day of moderate use. Wed said its life was somewhat below average, and we were hoping for a more normal life from the Samsung Galaxy S22 FE.
That might be accomplished by increasing the capacity perhaps to 5,000mAh or by improving the software, but in another direction, it''s something we want to see.
On a related note, we were not very impressed by the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE charging speeds. Or really by the charging speeds of most Samsung phones, as even the Galaxy S22 Ultra charges less than many competitors.
Despite the fact that the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is ok with relatively slow 25W charging, we''d like to see an upgrade here for the Samsung Galaxy S22 FE.
4.A glass back
While the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE isn''t a top-end phone, it is relatively pricey enough that wed expect superior materials, but it has a plastic back. We do not want the same to be true of the Samsung Galaxy S22 FE even if it has a price reduction (unless that price reduction is very significant).
Plastic shouldnt be a major component of the phone once a $500/500, therefore we want a glass back on the Galaxy S22 FE.
5.A clear reason to exist
The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE has a largely similar specs than the Samsung Galaxy S21, and where they differ, the changes don''t always work out in the S21s favor. That''s despite the Galaxy S21 FE being positioned as a lower end phone.
The confusing pricing provided above and its a difficult, complicated sell, make sure that the Samsung Galaxy S22 FE is clearly positioning the handset.
Making it more affordable will help, but we also want to see clearer differences in the specs from the standard S22, and with the S22 FE packing the lesser specs of the two. However, not too much lesser, or it might be unappealing. It''s a tricky balance.