Samsung Galaxy S22 release date, price, specs, and leaks
The Samsung Galaxy S22 is expected to include a new design and a slew of improvements.
Samsung’s Galaxy S22 is still a long way off; we’re not expecting it until early 2022. However, leaks and rumors about what is likely to be Samsung’s next non-folding flagship phone continue to circulate.
Thus far, the Galaxy S22 has been tipped with camera-centric features, most notably that the phone will include a camera created in collaboration with Olympus. However, others claim that the Galaxy 22 will have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 895 processor, a smaller design, and an under-display camera.
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Such upgrades will be welcomed, as while our Samsung Galaxy S21 review lauded the South Korean company’s current flagship phone, there is still room for improvement.
Notably, additional camera performance refinement would be appreciated, as the iPhone 12 Pro, Google Pixel 5, and Oppo Find X3 Pro have all raised the standard for smartphone photography in the last 12 months. And by the time the Samsung Galaxy S22 is available, it will almost certainly have to compete with the iPhone 13 and Google Pixel 6.
Additionally, the Samsung Galaxy Note 21 is unlikely to be released this year and may be discontinued entirely. As a result, the Galaxy 22 will need to deliver an impressive next-generation flagship experience in order to compete with its rivals.
However, based on what has been leaked thus far, the Galaxy S22 may just do that. Likewise, all of the early speculations about the Samsung Galaxy S22 and what we want to see from this series are accurate.
Samsung Galaxy S22 news (updated July 11)
- According to DigiTimes, Samsung’s 2022 phones, which could include the Galaxy S22, will have vapor chamber cooling similar to that found on gaming handsets.
- A new rumor has debunked claims that the Samsung Galaxy S22 will include a 200MP main camera, with the company reportedly focusing instead on enhancing the current 108MP sensor. This follows the report that the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus versions will have a lower-resolution camera, with a 50MP primary lens and two additional 12MP lenses, implying that the Galaxy S22 will fall short on pure camera specs.
- The Samsung S22 could feature a new Exynos processor with AMD graphics, giving it a gaming advantage over Apple’s iPhone and other flagships.
Samsung Galaxy S22 release date
Samsung’s S22 is expected to ship in early 2022. Samsung accelerated the Galaxy S21’s release schedule from February to January 29.
Samsung may not be as aggressive this time around. If Samsung adheres to a similar timeline for the Galaxy S22, the final Friday in January 2022 will be January 28.
Samsung Galaxy S22 price
We haven’t seen any pricing rumors for the S22 yet, but we expect Samsung to keep costs comparable to the Galaxy S21 family. The company cut the cost of all three versions by $200, and we don’t anticipate them increasing again.
Therefore, if Samsung maintains its current pricing structure, the Galaxy S22 will cost $799, the Galaxy S22 Plus would cost $999, and the Galaxy S22 Ultra will cost $1,199. It will be fascinating to watch if Samsung offers a lower-cost Galaxy S21 FE between now and the introduction of the S22, but there is speculation that the S21 FE may be delayed owing to the global chip shortage.
Samsung Galaxy S22 design and under-display camera
The most significant update that could come to the Galaxy S22 is the addition of an under-display camera. This would permit a genuine full-screen design without the need for a standard punch hole at the display’s top.
Samsung has submitted a patent for a punch hole camera with a sub-display, according to LetsGoDigital. Additionally, when the selfie camera is not in use, an integrated pop-up display conceals it. Given that the iPhone 13 is expected to retain a notch — albeit a smaller one than the one on the iPhone 12 — this design adjustment could provide Samsung with a significant edge.
Having said that, another report suggests that the Galaxy S22 will not feature an under-display camera, as the technology may not be ready for the flagship phone. However, strangely, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is still expected to feature an under-display camera. Take everything with a grain of salt.
Additionally, a tip from Twitter leaker Mauri QHD suggests that the Samsung Galaxy S22 would be thinner than the Galaxy S21. This may, however, result in smaller batteries.
Additionally, LetsGoDigital has released a collection of concept images for the Galaxy S22, highlighting potential design alterations. These include a large primary camera flanked by four smaller sensors, as well as the possibility of an active cooling system.
Samsung Galaxy S22 displays
According to a tip from leaker Mauri QHD, who has a fairly decent track record with Samsung leaks, Samsung is decreasing the Galaxy S22 lineup’s displays in comparison to the Galaxy S21. This, in our opinion, is a good thing, since the Galaxy S22 may save us from huge phones.
The Galaxy S22 will be 6.06 inches in size (down from 6.2 inches on the S21); the Galaxy S22 Plus will be 6.5 inches in size (down from 6.7 inches); and the Galaxy S22 Ultra will be 6.81 inches in size (down from 6.9 inches).
Additionally, Mauri QHD claims that only the Galaxy S22 Ultra will use LTPO technology, which enables the device to scale its display’s refresh rate from 120Hz to 1Hz. As observed on the current Galaxy S21 range, this helps conserve battery life, but only those that do not scale down to 1Hz.
Samsung Galaxy S22 cameras
A camera improvement for the Galaxy S22 could come as a result of a potential Samsung agreement with Olympus. According to many tweets from often reputable sources, the two companies are planning to collaborate on camera technology for next smartphones, with the Galaxy S22 Ultra expected to be the first to receive the new technology. Given Olympus’ recent announcement of its aim to partner with other companies, there is reason to believe this report may be real, but no official statement has been issued.
According to leakers Ice Universe and Digital Chat Station, the Galaxy S22 Ultra will feature a massive 200MP sensor to compete with the iPhone 13. The extent to which this is true is unknown, but the level of detail that the Galaxy S22 could record would be astounding.
However, Ice Universe has since backtracked, claiming that the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra will use a 108MP sensor rather than a 200MP camera. Rather than increasing the number of megapixels, Samsung may instead focus on image signal processing and computational photography.
Additionally, the Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus may be underwhelming. According to @FrontTron, the phones will include a 50MP primary camera, as well as 12MP ultrawide and telephoto lenses. However, FrontTron stated that this rumor should be treated with caution. As a result, it’s uncertain whether the Galaxy S22 phones will truly have lower camera resolution than their S21 siblings.
Samsung, on the other hand, may be developing a new camera sensor for the S22 and S22 Plus. Samsung has unveiled the ISOCELL JN1, a new 50MP camera sensor. It crams a high pixel count onto a small space, perhaps reducing the camera hump by 10%.
Additionally, Samsun’g is reportedly testing the S22’s potential to record 8K video at 60 frames per second. This would be an improvement above the Galaxy S21 Ultra, which supports 8K video at a maximum frame rate of 24fps.
To be sure, very few individuals purchase 8K televisions due to their excessively high price. However, this improvement would result in a phone that is more future-proof.
Samsung Galaxy S22 specs and graphics
The S22’s main processor could be the new Snapdragon 895, which is rumored to be a 4nm device. Indeed, rumors suggest that Samsung may be the manufacturer of the Snapdragon 895.
Under the hood, the Samsung Galaxy S22 is expected to see a significant improvement in graphics performance, since it is expected to use a GPU based on AMD’s RDNA 2 architecture, which also powers the PS5 and Xbox Series X. That is not to claim the Galaxy S22 will rival the latest gaming consoles, but it could provide a significant jump in graphics performance over other phones, such as those on our list of the best gaming phones.
This report has gained validity following a tip that Samsung is now testing numerous combinations of a new Exynos system-on-a-chip equipped with AMD graphics. And trusted leaker Ice Universe shared supposed Wild Life performance numbers on Twitter for one configuration; the graphics benchmark results indicated an 8,134-point score with an average frame rate of 50.3. That is quite an accomplishment for an Android phone.
What is unknown is if this AMD technology will be reserved for Samsung’s Exynos 2200 CPU or will also be included in the Snapdragon 895.
Meanwhile, according to a story in DigiTimes, Samsung would restore vapor chamber cooling in its 2022 phones. Though it does not say which devices will receive the technology, it seems logical for the Galaxy S22 to be included, especially if the speculations around its AMD GPU prove to be true.
Samsung Galaxy S22: What we want to see
With lots of time between now and the debut of the S22, we’ve compiled a wishlist of things we hope Samsung includes.
A real full-screen design: This is supposed to be on the horizon, so it’s not an unreasonable request. We’d want to see a full-screen design for the Galaxy S22, complete with a retractable front camera. Additionally, we’d like to be able to utilize programs in full-screen mode without having to rummage through settings, as some apps and games currently require.
A sharper display: Samsung’s downgraded the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Plus’s resolution from quad HD to 1080p, most likely to save money. However, it would be wonderful if the sharpest resolution wasn’t an exclusive feature of the Galaxy S22 Ultra this time around.
Support for the S Pen on all Galaxy S22 models: Currently, only the Galaxy S21 Ultra supports the S Pen as an optional accessory, while the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Plus do not. Therefore, if Samsung’s is serious about expanding the number of devices that support the S Pen, supplying a digitizer for all three Galaxy S22 versions would be appreciated.
Faster charging (even if it’s not included in the box): Samsung dropped the 45W charger option from the Galaxy S20 Ultra for the Galaxy S21 series. However, a report indicates that Samsung will release a 65W charger, which we hope will be compatible with the S22 range.
Battery life could be improved: The S21’s battery life was adequate, but could be improved. On the Tom’s Guide battery test, the standard Galaxy S21 lasted 9 hours and 53 minutes while browsing the web over 5G, but that time dropped to 6:31 with adaptive display mode enabled.
The Galaxy S21 Ultra performed better, lasting 11 hours and 25 minutes in 60Hz mode and 10 minutes and 7 seconds in adaptive mode. Bear in mind that the adaptive display on the S21 Ultra is more dynamic, scaling down to 10 Hz, compared to 48 Hz on the S21 and S21 Plus. Therefore, it would be good if Samsung’s future phones, the S22 and S22 Plus, included the same refresh rate range as the Ultra.
Improved cooling: Some Galaxy S21 users and reviewers have noted that the S22 can become extremely warm when subjected to intense workloads or prolonged gaming sessions. Therefore, it would be beneficial to see a more effective cooling solution for the Galaxy S22.
Bring back microSD: Samsung removed the microSD card slot from the Galaxy S21, much to the chagrin of many users and admirers. While Samsung did not provide an explanation for this, we believe it has to do with keeping the S21’s expenses as low as possible. That is not to say we do not want expandable storage to return in the Galaxy S22. After all, Samsung was one of the last defenders of this feature in the premium market.