With the start of the year also comes the cascade of phone launches from various manufacturers, and one of the most anticipated is that of Samsung and its new Galaxy S22 series.
At the moment, the South Korean giant has not confirmed anything. Still, many rumors suggest that the new Samsung Galaxy S22 saga will be presented on February 9, 2022, and that the pre-order phase will begin that same day.
Samsung has also not released any official information about the specifications that we will see in these new high-end cell phones. Still, if we rely on several leaks and rumors circulating in the industry in recent months, we can make a reasonably accurate portrait.
Here is what you need to know.
The dates of the presentation event and the official launch of the new phones have not been officially confirmed yet, but Samsung usually holds its main exhibitions on the same dates.
That said, according to Ice Universe (a reliable Samsung source), the presentation event (the usual Unpacked) will take place on February 9 virtually. Still, the manufacturer will show the devices to the media during the MWC 2022 celebration in Barcelona, the same date for which these should be in the hands of buyers, as shipments are expected to begin on February 18.
As for the prices, they are estimated to be similar to those we saw in the S21 generation, starting at $699 for the Samsung Galaxy S21, $999 for the Samsung Galaxy S21+, and $1,199 for the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra.
Samsung is likely to introduce three phones as it has done so far. Specifically, we could see the Samsung Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, and Galaxy S22 Ultra models.
At the moment, it seems that it will take a little longer to see a budget device based on this new family since the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE has just been launched on the market.
According to reports, the three models will have different screen sizes: the Samsung Galaxy S22 will be 6.06 inches, the Samsung Galaxy S22+ will be 6.55 inches, and the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra will be 6.81 inches.
Based on the images published by the reputable leaker OneLeaks, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra will have a design similar to that of the Galaxy Note, with straight lines and a different appearance for the camera module.
The Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+ would have a design similar to the S21. They would maintain the curves and the layout of the rear cameras. As for cameras, one of the most substantial rumors is that these models would arrive with the front sensor under the screen.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 has a 6.2-inch screen, and the S21+ has a 6.7-inch screen. Rumors suggest that the Galaxy S22 and S22+ will shrink in size, with the S22 offering a 6.06-inch screen and the S22+ a 6.55-inch screen. There are also claims of slimmer bezels and more rounded corners.
We'd expect the standard S22 and S22+ to offer Full HD+ resolutions, as with the S21 and S21+. The S22 Ultra will be more powerful with UHD+ resolution. HDR support and a 120Hz refresh rate are expected on all S22 models.
It's no surprise that Samsung wants to pack the best power into its new flagship phones. The main chip is expected to be Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in the United States, and for the rest of the world, it will arrive with Samsung's Exynos 2200 chip.
The phones will feature full spectrum 5G connectivity and other connectivity such as WiFi 6 and NFC. We expect the S22 to offer support for fast and wireless charging as well. However, Samsung has confirmed that the wall charger will not come in the box - a move Apple made for its iPhone 12 series and continued with the iPhone 13 series - only the cable will be available.
Rumors claim that the Galaxy S22 will have a 3,800 mAh battery and the S22+ a 4,600 mAh battery. There have also been claims of 3,700 mAh for the Galaxy S22 and 4,500 mAh for the Galaxy S22+, both of which are smaller than their respective predecessors.
In terms of other specs, the S22 is likely to offer at least 8GB of RAM, like its predecessor, and come in a base model with at least 128GB of storage. The S21 range doesn't have microSD support, so we suspect the S22 range is unlikely to reintroduce this.
Again based on leaks and not confirmed by the brand, the camera modules of the Samsung Galaxy S22 will have a 1/1.57-inch 50 MP main sensor with 1.0 µm pixels and f/1.8 aperture. Some rumors pointed to a 200 MP sensor, but they lost quite a bit of steam.
What is expected is that they will have a 3x optical zoom telephoto lens and an ultra-wide-angle camera with a 12 MP sensor.
The front camera may be the same as in the Samsung Galaxy S21, that is, a 10 MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture, 1/3.24-inch size, and 1.22 µm. The phones are expected to feature a new optical stabilization system developed by Olympus.
The new Galaxy S22 series will be amazing, and the S22 Ultra will arguably be the most powerful phone on the market. The S22 and S22 Plus models will not lag behind much while being more affordable.
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