Samsung Galaxy S22 5G
A new year brings new phones, and that will include the Samsung Galaxy S22, expected to arrive in early 2022. The rumors, leaks and speculation are in high gear right now, which means we’ve already got a pretty good idea of what Samsung’s cooked up for Android phone buyers next year.
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One of the most compelling rumors is that the Galaxy S22 Ultra will have a lot of the Note lines DNA, which our Phones Editor Jordan Palmer reckons could make it the Galaxy Note we’ve all been waiting for. And it’s one of our most anticipated phones of 2022. Samsung Galaxy S22 5G
And across the line of next-gen phones, we’re expecting camera upgrades, a new chipset, refined design and more. Such upgrades will be rather welcome. While our Samsung Galaxy S21 review was largely positive, shoppers didn’t seem all that excited about Samsung’s three flagship phones. The Galaxy S22 Ultra should be the most exciting model, as it’s tipped to include an S Pen and a Galaxy Note-like design
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Samsung Galaxy S22 5G price
With the Galaxy S21 lineup, Samsung reduced the cost for all three models by $200, and we don’t see prices going back up.
So if Samsung stays consistent, the Galaxy S22 will cost $799, the Galaxy S22 Plus will be $999 and the Galaxy S22 Ultra will be priced at $1,199. Samsung Galaxy S22 5G
However, a new rumor has the Galaxy S22 range tipped to get a price increase. The Galaxy S22 will reportedly increase to an $849 starting price, the Galaxy S22 Plus to $1,049 and the Galaxy S22 Ultra to $1,299. Seeing the Ultra bump up to the same price that the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra launched at isn’t all that surprising given it’s expected to be a spiritual successor to the Note.
That said, yet another rumor says that the Galaxy S22 could start at $799 just like its predecessor. This rumor comes from SamMobile, which cites sources staking that claim. We’re partial to believe this one, since it would make sense for Samsung to keep the price of the non-Ultra models the same. Samsung Galaxy S22 5G
Samsung Galaxy S22 5G displays
Getting back to the full Galaxy S22 lineup, a rumor from leaker Mauri QHD claims that Samsung is shrinking the displays on the Galaxy S22 lineup compared to the Galaxy S21; Ice Universe, another reputable leaker has shared the same thing. Our take is that this is a good thing and that the Galaxy S22 could save us from oversized phones.
The Galaxy S22 would be 6.06 inches (down from 6.2 inches on the S21); the S22 Plus would sport a 6.5-inch panel (down from 6.7 inches); and the Galaxy S22 Ultra would be 6.81 inches (down from 6.9 inches).
Samsung will keep the overall shape of the display the same for the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus, according to a leak showing the phone’s displays or display protectors. However the Galaxy S22 Ultra appears to feature squared corners, again a sign of the phone’s Galaxy Note-ification. Samsung Galaxy S22 5G
The S22 Plus’ display shrinkage was further backed by a report from SlashGear.
In addition, Mauri QHD claims that only the Galaxy S22 Ultra will boast LTPO technology, which means only it would be able to scale the refresh rate on its display from 120Hz down to 1Hz. This helps save battery life.
Another rumor claims the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and S22 Plus will sport some of the brightest displays ever, with both phones set to hit a peak brightness of 1,750 nits.
In terms of product mix, one report from The Elec says that 6.1-inch Galaxy S22 will see the highest volume of production at 50-60%. Just 20% of the allocation is reportedly earmarked to be 6.6-inch S22 Plus. The Galaxy S22 Ultra will apparently account for the remaining 20 to 30%.
A new report out of China shows that both the Galaxy S22 Ultra and Galaxy S22 Plus have displays with an insane max brightness of 1,750 nits. That’s handily beats anything else on the market, including the iPhone 13 Pro Max. The report also says that the phones managed to cover 100% of the challenging DCI-P3 color gamut, beating the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s 81% and the iPhone 13 Pro Max’s 77% (from our testing). Samsung Galaxy S22 5G
Samsung Galaxy S22 5G cameras
It’s looking like the Galaxy S22 and it’s Plus stablemate are set to get upgraded main and telephoto rear cameras, at least according to reliable leaker Ice Universe.
Apparently, both phones will make use of a 50MP main camera, which could be equipped with a Samsung GN5 sensor that the company unveiled earlier in the year, and that has already been providing impressive results on the Google Pixel 6.
What about the zooming power? One rumor points to the Galaxy S22 offering a 3X telephoto zoom lens with a 10MP resolution. This would be an upgrade over the previous 3x hybrid optical zoom. Samsung Galaxy S22 5G
Samsung is also reportedly testing the ability to shoot 8K video at 60 frames per second for the Galaxy S22. This would be an improvement over the Galaxy S21 Ultra, which maxes out at 24fps for 8K video. Granted, there are very few people who own 8K TVs, as they are prohibitively expensive. But this upgrade would result in a more future-proof phone. Samsung Galaxy S22 5G
Around the front, the Galaxy S22 range has been tipped to come with the same resolution sensors as their predecessors; so 10MP for the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus and 40MP for the Galaxy S22 Ultra. This may seem a bit disappointing, but there’s potential for some hardware changes, such as wider apertures. And Samsung is very likely to have worked to improve the image processing on the software side of its next-gen phones, hopefully reducing over-sharpening or over-smoothing, as well as letting in more light and delivering even colors. Samsung Galaxy S22 5G
Samsung Galaxy S22 5G specs and graphics
The main chip powering the Samsung Galaxy S22 5G could be the just unveiled Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. In fact, a rumor that circulated before Qualcomm revealed its new chipset claimed that Samsung could be the company to manufacture the new Snapdragon chip.
A benchmark for a Galaxy S22 Plus has been discovered using the next-gen Snapdragon chip. The results don’t look too hot compared to currently available phones, but we’d imagine the scores will increase as Samsung does some final tweaking to the phone before launch. For what it’s worth, Qualcomm says that the Kryo CPU in the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is 20% faster than its predecessor with 30% more power savings. The Adreno GPU is supposed to boost speed by 30% while being 25% more efficient in terms of power consumption.
But Samsung doesn’t usually rely just on Snapdragon silicon to power its Galaxy S phones. For flagships released outside the U.S., Samsung has turned to its own Exynos chips, and history is expected to repeat itself with the Galaxy S22. This time, though, the Exynos chipset in Samsung’s upcoming phone could be packing something extra.
Samsung will show off the latest Exynos chip on January 11. Expected to be called the Exynos 2200, the new chip is confirmed to feature a GPU based on AMD’s RDNA 2 architecture, which happens to underpin the PS5 and Xbox Series X. That’s not to say the Galaxy S22 5G will have the power of the latest games consoles, but it could easily surpass the handsets on our best gaming phones list.
Reliable leaker Ice Universe posted alleged Wild Life results on Twitter of the performance of one Exynos 2200 configuration; the graphics benchmark results showed a score of 8,134 points with an average FPS of 50.3. That’s extremely impressive for an Android phone.
The Exynos 2200 chip may even support ray tracing. This was apparently confirmed by Samsung via its Weibo account, but the post has since been deleted. If it was accurate, then this would make the S22 an incredible phone for mobile gaming. Assuming game devs were able to make games that would support it.
We should point out that some rumors claim that Samsung, lacking in parts for the Exynos 2200 chip, will use the next-generation Snapdragon chip worldwide for the Galaxy S22 5G. Not every leaker agrees with this, but if it’s the truth, then we’ll miss out on that AMD-enhanced Exynos chip for the time being. We should get more details about Samsung’s Exynos plans on January 11.
As for rumors about RAM, the vanilla S22 and S22 Pro may use 8GB RAM and 256GB storage, while the S22 Ultra will have a choice between 12GB and 16GB of RAM, and 256GB and 512GB of storage.
A new leak says that the Galaxy S22 Ultra will come in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB flavors, paired with either 8GB or 12GB of RAM. Samsung Galaxy S22 5G
Another tipster offers different storage options for the S22 models. The S22 and S22 Plus would come in 128GB and 256GB versions in this rumor, while the S22 Ultra would include a 512GB version as well. And as we mentioned, there’s rumors of a 1TB option for the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
Samsung recently announced the development of its new LDDR5X DRAM, an upgraded take on the LPDDR5 found in flagship Android phones. This new memory promises to be faster and more efficient. And there’s an outside chance it could feature in the Galaxy S22. It may not hit production in time, but if it does we could see the Galaxy S22 get a bigger performance boost over its predecessor and potentially more scope to hold more apps in a standby mode within the RAM. Samsung Galaxy S22 5G