Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22+ release date, rumors and news
(Pocket Ribbon) – Samsung’s Galaxy S21 range was launched in January 2021, so we’re not far from the expected arrival of their successors.
While not much is official yet, there has been a lot of speculation about the Galaxy S22 lineup, which is expected to be the Galaxy S22, S22+ and S22 Ultra.
We covered the Galaxy S22 Ultra in a separate feature, while here we look at everything we’ve heard so far about the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus models.
Release date and price
Unpacked almost confirmed for February 8, 2022From €849 for the S22From €1049 for the S22+
The Samsung Galaxy S21, S21+ and S21 Ultra were unveiled in January 2021, which was a few months ahead of the company’s typical timeline for the launch of the Galaxy S series.
For 2022, the cycle has shifted a bit, with the S21 FE arriving in early January and Samsung almost confirming that the Unpacked reveal event will be on February 8, 2022.
Price-wise, 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. Rumors have it that the S22 will start at €849 (about £730/$975), while the S22+ will start at €1049 (about £900/$1210).
‘Glasstic’ on standard modelProminent camera bodyS Penholder on S22 Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy S22 series is likely to share design cues like the S21 series does. There will no doubt be some changes over the 2021 range, but they may be minor changes than those between the S20 range and S21 range.
Rumors and renders suggest a minor change, but nothing substantial, with the camera body moving to a separate island rather than wrapping around the frame again for the S22 and S22+.
We’d expect premium handsets across the range, but it’s likely the standard S22 will at least opt for a plastic back rather than glass – AKA ‘Glasstic’ – as the S21 did. However, water resistance is expected on all S22 models and USB Type-C charging.
We also expect a prominent camera body on all models and a perforated front camera. Despite the Galaxy Z Fold 3 offering an under-display camera, the Galaxy S22 series is said to not be using it.
6.06-inch/6.55-inch Full HD+ resolution likely 120 Hz refresh rate Thinner edges?
The Samsung Galaxy S21 has a 6.2-inch display and the S21+ has a 6.7-inch display. Rumors suggest that the Galaxy S22 and S22+ will be smaller, with the S22 having a 6.06-inch display and the S22+ a 6.55-inch display. There are also claims of slim bezels and more rounded corners.
We expected the standard S22 and S22+ to offer Full HD+ resolutions, as well as flat panel displays, as was the case for the S21 and S21+.
Support for HDR and a refresh rate of 120 Hz are expected on all S22 models.
Hardware and Specifications
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and Exynos 2200 chipsets (regional differences) Minimum 8GB RAM No charger in box
It is currently not clear what the Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22+ will offer in terms of hardware. It is likely that there will be a split between Qualcomm and Exynos chipsets depending on the region, as has been the case for a number of years now. While Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon platform, 8 Gen, was officially unveiled in December 2021, the next-generation Exynos 2200 chipset is expected to be used in Korea’s regional handsets. This chip was unveiled in January 2022.
As for other specs, it’s likely that the S22 will offer at least 8GB of RAM just like its predecessor, and it comes in a base model with at least 128GB of storage. The S21 series does not have microSD support, so we suspect the S22 series is unlikely to reintroduce it. Based on rumours, the S22 and S22+ will come with 8GB of RAM and in 128GB and 256GB storage options.
It’s certain that all S22 handsets will be 5G compatible based on that platform usage, and we expect the S22 to also support fast charging and fast wireless charging.
Samsung has confirmed that the wall charger won’t come in the box — a move Apple made for its iPhone 12 series and continued for the iPhone 13 series — it’ll just be the cable on hand.
Rumors claim that the Galaxy S22 will have a 3800mAh battery and the S22+ will have a 4600mAh battery. There are also 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
Rumors have it that 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 ultra-wide and telephoto, with the telephoto camera capable of 3x zoom.
There are also reports that the ToF sensor is also not returning on the Galaxy S22 – like not on the S21 model.
Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22+ rumours: here’s everything we’ve heard so far
Here’s everything we’ve heard so far about the Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22+.
January 24, 2022: Samsung Galaxy S22 prices and storage options leak
Roland Quandt tweeted out a European price list for the Samsung Galaxy S22 series and revealed what we can expect them to cost.
Whoever said the S22 series would be cheaper was not thinking about Covid, parts shortages and inflation.
Actual official EURO prices:
S22 8/128GB = 849
S22 8/256GB = 899
S22+ 8/128GB = 1049
S22+ 8/256GB = 1099
S22 Ultra 8/128GB = 1249
S22 Ultra 12/256GB = 1349
S22 Ultra 12/512GB = 1449 pic.twitter.com/QRnfrhkzTz
— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) January 22, 2022
January 18, 2022: Samsung announces Exynos 2200 ahead of S22 launch, including ray-tracing support
Samsung announced the Exynos 2200 chipset, believed to be the processor that will power some Galaxy S22 models.
January 17, 2022: Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus renders show different color options prior to Unpacked
Leaker Ishan Agarwal and MySmartPrice published some renders of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus, revealing the expected colorways.
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January 11, 2022: February 8 Unpacked confirmed
Korea’s DDaily confirms with: Samsung that Unpacked will take place on February 8, with handsets reportedly on sale as early as February 21.
January 10, 2022: Samsung Galaxy S22 Unpacked launch event could be February 8
According to a report, Samsung Galaxy Unpacked will take place on February 8.
November 8, 2021: Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra leak reveals built-in S Pen and release date
Jon Prosser of FrontPageTech claimed that the Samsung Galaxy S22 series will be announced on February 8, 2022 and will go on sale on February 18, 2022.
October 22, 2021: Samsung Galaxy S22 lineup tipped to have separate versions with Exynos and Qualcomm chips – again
Tech reporter Max Weinbach suggests that the upcoming Samsung S22 flagship phones will once again feature models with both Qualcomm and Exynos chips.
oh yeah s22, s22+, s22 ultra gets an exynos 2200 and a Snapdragon 898 version
found it a few weeks ago
— Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) October 22, 2021
October 18, 2021: Samsung Galaxy S22 glass leak shows more rounded corners, slimmer edge
An image of tempered glass panels allegedly used on the Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22+ leaked online, showing rounder corners and slimmer bezels.
This is the first time we’ve seen the Tempered Glass Screen Protector of Galaxy S22 and S22+. We can see that they are more rounded and slightly thicker than the S21 series. pic.twitter.com/3BhneQsSTq
— Ice Universe (@UniverseIce) October 15, 2021
September 27, 2021: Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22+ leaks give us a detailed look at the next flagship
Another set of renders was published by @OnLeaks, this time in conjunction with 91Mobiles and Zouton showing off the S22 and S22+.
September 17, 2021: Samsung Galaxy S22 with smaller battery than S21?
GalaxyClub reported that the battery capacity of the Galaxy S22 series will be smaller than that of the Galaxy S21 series. Only the Galaxy S22 Ultra is said to remain the same.
September 14, 2021: Samsung Galaxy S22 has no camera under the screen, tipster says
Leaker Ice Universe claimed on Twitter that Samsung will opt for a hole punch camera instead of an under-screen camera for the Galaxy S22 series.
It can be confirmed that the Galaxy S22 series still uses Hole and still uses the same camera area as the S21
— Ice Universe (@UniverseIce) September 14, 2021
August 17, 2021: Samsung Galaxy S22 series leaks camera, battery and display specs
Leaker Ice Universe revealed some details of what is expected to come to the Samsung Galaxy S22 range in terms of screen, camera and battery specs.
June 23, 2021: Samsung Galaxy S22 camera specs leaked
Twitter user FronTron claimed that the Samsung Galaxy S22 will come with a triple rear camera consisting of a 50-megapixel main sensor, plus two 12-megapixel sensors for ultra-wide angle and telephoto, with a telephoto camera capable of 3x zoom. However, he said to take the leak with a grain of salt.
June 16, 2021: All three Samsung Galaxy S22 series phones downsized?
Twitter user @MauriQHD suggested that Samsung will downsize all three models in the Galaxy S22 family compared to the S21 series. That means: the regular S22, S22 Plus and S22 Ultra will all have smaller screens than their predecessors.
April 27, 2021: Samsung’s upcoming phones could launch with 65W super-fast charging
A Samsung 65W fast charging adapter appeared in India’s BIS database, which works similarly to FCC or TENAA. The charger suggests that Samsung could offer 65W fast charging to future smartphones, such as the S22.
April 19, 2021: No ToF sensor on Samsung Galaxy S22
Sammobile reported ET News claimed that Samsung has chosen not to include a ToF sensor on the Galaxy S22 models.
April 12, 2021: Is Samsung working on its own sensor-shift phone camera?
Samsung hopes to incorporate sensor shift technology into its upcoming smartphone cameras, according to the report on Dutch site, Galaxy Club.
April 12, 2021: A Samsung-Olympus collaboration could be on the way
Reports are circulating that Samsung has been in talks with Olympus about the possibility of collaborating on camera technology for smartphones.
January 15, 2021: No boxed chargers for future models
October 15, 2020: Samsung claimed to be working on new Exynos processors
Leaker Ice Universe claimed on Twitter that Samsung was working on new Exynos processors, including the 9855 and 9925 – the latter of which may be with AMD GPU.
Written by Britta O’Boyle.