Samsung’s Galaxy S21 range launched in January 2021, so we aren’t too far away from their successors expected arrival.
Though not much is yet official, there’s been plenty of speculation about the Galaxy S22 range, expected to be the Galaxy S22, S22+ and S22 Ultra.
We’ve covered off the Galaxy S22 Ultra in a separate feature, while here we are looking at everything we have heard so far about the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus models.
Release date and price:
For 2022 the cycle has shifted a little, with the S21 FE arriving early January, and Samsung confirming its Unpacked reveal event will be on 8 February 2022.
In terms of price, the Galaxy S21 started at £769 in the UK and $799 in the US. The Galaxy S21+ started at £949 in the UK and $999 in the US. It’s likely the respective S22 successors will keep within a similar ballpark, but it’s too early to say for now.
- ‘Glasstic’ on standard model
- Prominent camera housing
- S Pen support on S22 Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy S22 range is likely to share design traits, like the S21 range does. There will no doubt be some changes compared to the 2021 range, but it could be that they are smaller changes than those made between the S20 range and S21 range.
Rumours and renders suggest a slight modification but nothing substantial, with the camera housing moving to a separate island rather than wrapping around the frame again for the S22 and S22+.
We’d expect premium handsets across the whole range, but it’s likely at least the standard S22 will opt for a plastic back rather than glass – AKA ‘Glasstic’ – as the S21 did. Waterproofing is expected on all S22 models though and USB Type-C charging.
- Full HD+ resolution likely
- 120Hz refresh rate
- Slimmer bezels?
The Samsung Galaxy S21 has a 6.2-inch display and the S21+ has a 6.7-inch display. Rumours suggest the Galaxy S22 and S22+ will drop in size, with the S22 offering a 6.06-inch screen and the S22+ a 6.55-inch screen. There are also claims of slimemr bezels and more rounded corners.
We’d expect the standard S22 and the S22+ to offer Full HD+ resolutions, as well as flat displays, as was the case for the S21 and S21+.
Support for HDR and a 120Hz refresh rate are expected on all S22 models.
HARDWARE AND SPECS:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and Exynos 2200 chipsets (regional differences)
- At least 8GB RAM
- No charger in box
It’s not currently clear what the Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22+ will offer in terms of hardware. It’s likely there will be a split between Qualcomm and Exynos chipsets, depending on the region, as has been the case now for a number of years. While Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon platform, 8 Gen, was officially revealed in December 2021, the next-gen Exynos 2200 chipset is what’s expected to be used in Korea’s regional handsets.
In terms of other specs, it’s likely that the S22 will offer at least 8GB of RAM, like its predecessor, and come in a base model of at least 128GB of storage. The S21 range doesn’t have microSD support so we suspect it’s unlikely that the S22 range will reintroduce this.
It’s a sure thing that all the S22 handsets will be 5G compatible based on those platform uses, and we’d expect the S22 to offer support for fast-charging and fast wireless charging too.
Samsung has confirmed that the wall charger will not come in the box though – a move Apple made for its iPhone 12 series and continued with for the iPhone 13 series – it’ll just be the cable on hand.
Rumours claim the Galaxy S22 will have a 3800mAh battery and the S22+ a 4600mAh battery. There’s also been claims of 3700mAh for the Galaxy S22 and 4500mAh for the Galaxy S22+, both of which are smaller than their respective predecessors.
- No ToF sensor
- Triple rear camera
Rumours claim the triple rear camera on the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+ will consist of a 50-megapixel main sensor, plus two 12-megapixel sensors for ultrawide and telephoto, with the telephoto camera capable of 3x zoom.
Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22+ rumours: Here’s everything we have heard so far:
This is everything we have heard so far about the Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22+.
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