Samsung Galaxy S22 release date, price, news and leaks

Samsung Galaxy S22 release date, price, news and leaks

Samsung Galaxy S22 release date, price, news and leaks 1600 900 Muhammad Saad

Everything we want the Samsung Galaxy S22 to improve in 2022

The Samsung Galaxy S22 is expected to be the company’s next flagship phone series, and we’re expecting it to include sequels to 2021’s Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus and Galaxy S21 Ultra. 

We’re already starting to hear leaks and rumors about the Samsung Galaxy S22 range, and we’ve also been considering what the company could improve for the phones.

Little is known about what Samsung will be concocting for its next flagship S-range smartphone, and we’re almost certain to hear of the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy S21 FE and Galaxy Z Flip 3 before we hear about the S22. The Samsung Galaxy Note 21 is likely cancelled, so the S22 could be Samsung’s next mainstream flagship.

Below is where we’ll be collating all the leaks, rumors and news we hear about the Samsung Galaxy S22 until its launch, likely in early 2022. We’ll be keeping track of details of the Galaxy S22 release date, price, features and much more.

Then below that you’ll find our ultimate wish list of what we want to see Samsung improve for its next Galaxy S flagship range.

Samsung Galaxy S22 release date and price

The only Samsung Galaxy S22 release date rumor so far points to January 2022, but doesn’t say exactly when in January.

That makes sense though, as we’d expect Samsung to follow a similar schedule to its 2021 plans where the company pulled forward its launch compared to previous years and revealed the phone in mid-January.

Does that mean we’ll see the Samsung Galaxy S22 series in January 2022? There’s no guarantee, and Samsung may decide to default back to its usual spot of releasing in February or March. That said, the company may even bring the launch forward and announce the handsets even earlier.

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An earlier launch is especially possible since it looks like there probably won’t be a Samsung Galaxy Note 21, meaning there will have been a big gap between mainstream (read: non-foldable) Samsung flagships.

But we doubt Samsung would launch two S numbers in one year, and a leak suggests that the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE will instead take the Note’s place.

So while no-one knows yet what to expect from Samsung, our best guess for now is a January launch again, but we’ll be sure to provide more details when leaks start giving us a clearer expectation of the release date.

It’s a similar story for the price, so we don’t know anything for sure yet but we’d expect the S22 range will be around the same price as the Galaxy S21 range. The Samsung Galaxy S21 starts at $799 / £769 / AU$1,249, the S21 Plus starts at $999 / £949 / AU$1,549 and the S21 Ultra starts at $1,199 / £1,149 / AU$1,849.

Design and display

We might see slightly different screen sizes with the Samsung Galaxy S22 range to the Galaxy S21, with a source claiming that the Galaxy S22 will have a 6.06-inch screen (down from 6.2 inches on the S21), the Galaxy S22 Plus will have a 6.55-inch one (down from 6.7) and the S22 Ultra might have a 6.81-inch one (up from 6.8).

Additionally, this source claims that only the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra will have an LTPO display, meaning it’s likely to be the only model with a variable refresh rate. It might also be the only one with a glass back, as the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus will apparently be switched to plastic, with the standard S21 already being plastic.

Camera and battery

On the camera front we’ve heard from one leaker that the Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus will have a 50MP main sensor, a 12MP ultra-wide, and a 12MP telephoto (capable of 3x optical zoom), That would be quite a change from the 12MP main, 12MP ultra-wide and 64MP telephoto of their predecessors.

It also sounds very much like the Galaxy S22 won’t have a 3D time-of-flight (ToF) sensor on its rear camera setup. That’s no real surprise – it wasn’t on the Galaxy S21 either – but it might disappoint those who wanted it to make a return.

As for the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, one report originally suggested it could have a 200MP main camera and an under-display selfie camera. Further reports since then have suggested that Samsung won’t be including a 200MP sensor, and instead it will go for a 108MP sensor with a “polish” that we haven’t seen on previous versions.

That said, we’ve also now heard the 200MP claim again, along with a claim that the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra will have a penta-lens camera with Olympus tech. That Olympus partnership is also something we’ve heard more than once.

The rumored under-display selfie camera is looking a lot less certain though, as a source has since said that the Galaxy S22 won’t have this, because the quality apparently isn’t high enough, the camera itself is still supposedly slightly visible under the screen, and Samsung simply can’t build enough of them right now.

One source also says to expect continuous optical zoom, meaning that all of the zoom levels up to its maximum optical (likely 10x) would be optical, where most phones have to fall back on digital or hybrid zoom for the middle zoom ranges.

We don’t know much about the battery yet, but Samsung itself has confirmed that it won’t be including chargers in the box with future smartphones, so you should expect to buy a separate charger alongside your Samsung flagship if you’re not already equipped with one. 

One piece of information has emerged about the charging speed, though, as apparently, Samsung is testing 45W or 65W powering. Either would be a big improvement on the 25W of the S21 series, and the latter would put the new phones on par with their competitors, as 65W is becoming the norm for premium Android phones.

Specs and features

One source says to expect an Exynos chipset that would be paired with an AMD GPU. This is something we’ve heard before, as one much older leak suggested Samsung was working on a new chipset in collaboration with AMD.

This AMD partnership has since been confirmed, and we now know that it will bring ray tracing and variable rate shading capabilities to the chipset, and therefore presumably to the Samsung Galaxy S22.

We’ve also heard that the Samsung Galaxy S22 range might have vapor chambers to keep them cool. This is a feature that Samsung has used before but not in every recent flagship. However, the company is reportedly considering bringing them back for its 2022 flagships, likely including the Galaxy S22 range.

While keeping the internals of phones cool is vital to maintaining optimal performance though, vapor chambers aren’t the only way to achieve this, so it’s not necessarily a loss if the Galaxy S22 doesn’t end up with one.

Finally, it’s also rumored that the Galaxy S22 Ultra will support Samsung’s S Pen stylus, which is likely given that the S21 Ultra does.

Samsung Galaxy S22 release date, price, news and leaks

Samsung Galaxy S22

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The Samsung Galaxy S22 is expected to be the company’s next flagship phone series, and we’re expecting it to include sequels to 2021’s Samsung Galaxy S21Galaxy S21 Plus and Galaxy S21 Ultra

Little is known about what Samsung will be concocting for its next flagship S-range smartphone, and we’re almost certain to hear of the Galaxy Z Fold 3Galaxy S21 FE and Galaxy Z Flip 3 before we hear about the S22. The Samsung Galaxy Note 21 is likely cancelled, so the S22 could be Samsung’s next mainstream flagship.

Below is where we’ll be collating all the leaks, rumors and news we hear about the Samsung Galaxy S22 until its launch, likely in early 2022. We’ll be keeping track of details of the Galaxy S22 release date, price, features and much more.

Then below that you’ll find our ultimate wish list of what we want to see Samsung improve for its next Galaxy S flagship range.LATEST NEWS

Apparently the Samsung Galaxy S22 could get faster charging than the S20 or S21 series phones. We’ve heard Samsung is looking at 45W or even 65W powering, which would put the S22 devices on par with their competitors.

Samsung Galaxy S22 release date and price

The only Samsung Galaxy S22 release date rumor so far points to January 2022, but doesn’t say exactly when in January.

That makes sense though, as we’d expect Samsung to follow a similar schedule to its 2021 plans where the company pulled forward its launch compared to previous years and revealed the phone in mid-January.

Does that mean we’ll see the Samsung Galaxy S22 series in January 2022? There’s no guarantee, and Samsung may decide to default back to its usual spot of releasing in February or March. That said, the company may even bring the launch forward and announce the handsets even earlier.

An earlier launch is especially possible since it looks like there probably won’t be a Samsung Galaxy Note 21, meaning there will have been a big gap between mainstream (read: non-foldable) Samsung flagships.

But we doubt Samsung would launch two S numbers in one year, and a leak suggests that the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE will instead take the Note’s place.

So while no-one knows yet what to expect from Samsung, our best guess for now is a January launch again, but we’ll be sure to provide more details when leaks start giving us a clearer expectation of the release date.

It’s a similar story for the price, so we don’t know anything for sure yet but we’d expect the S22 range will be around the same price as the Galaxy S21 range. The Samsung Galaxy S21 starts at $799 / £769 / AU$1,249, the S21 Plus starts at $999 / £949 / AU$1,549 and the S21 Ultra starts at $1,199 / £1,149 / AU$1,849.

Design and display

We might see slightly different screen sizes with the Samsung Galaxy S22 range to the Galaxy S21, with a source claiming that the Galaxy S22 will have a 6.06-inch screen (down from 6.2 inches on the S21), the Galaxy S22 Plus will have a 6.55-inch one (down from 6.7) and the S22 Ultra might have a 6.81-inch one (up from 6.8).

Additionally, this source claims that only the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra will have an LTPO display, meaning it’s likely to be the only model with a variable refresh rate. It might also be the only one with a glass back, as the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus will apparently be switched to plastic, with the standard S21 already being plastic.

Camera and battery

On the camera front we’ve heard from one leaker that the Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus will have a 50MP main sensor, a 12MP ultra-wide, and a 12MP telephoto (capable of 3x optical zoom), That would be quite a change from the 12MP main, 12MP ultra-wide and 64MP telephoto of their predecessors.

It also sounds very much like the Galaxy S22 won’t have a 3D time-of-flight (ToF) sensor on its rear camera setup. That’s no real surprise – it wasn’t on the Galaxy S21 either – but it might disappoint those who wanted it to make a return.

As for the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, one report originally suggested it could have a 200MP main camera and an under-display selfie camera. Further reports since then have suggested that Samsung won’t be including a 200MP sensor, and instead it will go for a 108MP sensor with a “polish” that we haven’t seen on previous versions.

That said, we’ve also now heard the 200MP claim again, along with a claim that the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra will have a penta-lens camera with Olympus tech. That Olympus partnership is also something we’ve heard more than once.

The rumored under-display selfie camera is looking a lot less certain though, as a source has since said that the Galaxy S22 won’t have this, because the quality apparently isn’t high enough, the camera itself is still supposedly slightly visible under the screen, and Samsung simply can’t build enough of them right now.

One source also says to expect continuous optical zoom, meaning that all of the zoom levels up to its maximum optical (likely 10x) would be optical, where most phones have to fall back on digital or hybrid zoom for the middle zoom ranges.

We don’t know much about the battery yet, but Samsung itself has confirmed that it won’t be including chargers in the box with future smartphones, so you should expect to buy a separate charger alongside your Samsung flagship if you’re not already equipped with one. 

One piece of information has emerged about the charging speed, though, as apparently, Samsung is testing 45W or 65W powering. Either would be a big improvement on the 25W of the S21 series, and the latter would put the new phones on par with their competitors, as 65W is becoming the norm for premium Android phones.

What we want to see

While we wait to hear more about the Samsung Galaxy S22, we’ve put our heads together to think of some improvements we’d like to see the company make in its next flagship series.

1. Bring back microSD support 

This is a simple one, and it’s a clear step down from Samsung, as the company has almost always offered microSD support in its smartphones. For those unclear on the situation, the Samsung Galaxy S21 range doesn’t feature a microSD card slot, meaning you won’t be able to expand the storage.

Bought the 128GB Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra? You’re stuck with that amount of storage no matter how long you use the phone. This is the case from other brands such as Apple, but we preferred it when Samsung offered the option to expand your storage.

2. Include better storage options 

On the topic of storage, the Galaxy S22 range should offer further storage options for people to choose from. That’s especially true if the company does decide it doesn’t want to offer microSD card support again.

The Galaxy S21, for example, is just available in 128GB and 256GB storage sizes. If you want more space, you’ve got to opt for the larger Galaxy S21 Ultra.

3. Drop the price further 

The Samsung Galaxy S21 range dropped in price compared to 2020’s smartphones, and that’s an admirable feat from the company, but we’d like to see the prices drop even further in 2022.

Of course, this is a big ask. The Galaxy S21 Ultra is full of top-end tech, and it’s unlikely the company will be able to drop the price down any further than it did with 2021’s phone.

That said, there were a lot of spec drops when comparing the Galaxy S21 to the Galaxy S20. If the company continues to offer slightly lower specs than we’re used to, we’d like to see the price drop down further to reflect that.

4. Make the standard editions more exciting 

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The Samsung Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Plus may not be the most exciting smartphones, but they’re still a great choice. We gave each of them four stars on TechRadar, and we went up to four and a half stars for the slightly more innovative Galaxy S21 Ultra.

We don’t know how, but we’d like to see some more features trickle down to those two cheaper handsets that are almost certain to launch in 2022. We’d like to see the company bring top-end features like S Pen stylus support or the 100x digital zoom telephoto camera.

The Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Plus were a bit of a downgrade on their predecessors, so we’d like to see Samsung make the next models a touch more exciting when they arrive in 2022.

5. Avoid Glasstic

This isn’t something that everyone cares about, but the Galaxy S21 moved away from a glass rear and switched to a Glasstic back. That’s Samsung’s own name for a plastic and glass hybrid, and it doesn’t feel as premium.

Both the Galaxy S21 Plus and Galaxy S21 Ultra stuck with glass, and we’d like to see the company opt for that material on every Samsung Galaxy S22 model considering the price of these smartphones.