The Samsung Galaxy S22 is going to be one of the best phones launching over the next four months. A Galaxy S series phone launch is always one of the most eagerly anticipated on the technology calendar, and the next one is going to be no different.
This is because while we're expecting a now traditional range of three different handsets, a Samsung Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+ and Galaxy S22 Ultra, this year the flagship mobile looks like it is going to be very different than last year's Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra.
This is because the S22 Ultra appears to be morphing into the successor to the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and coming with full S Pen digital stylus functionality.
Here we'll outline everything we know at the moment about the S22 phone series, and where it's likely to land in the overall best Samsung phone ranking.
It's fair to say that the list of the best Android phones is an impressive one at the moment – and there are already several Samsung handsets on there – but we think the Galaxy S22 could end up blowing them all away. Here's what you need to know about the device.
Samsung Galaxy S22 latest news
October 19, 2021 – Screen protectors for the Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus have broken cover and revealed that the screens on both these handsets are going to be slightly wider than on the Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus.
The feeling is that this wider display will be carried onto the S22 Ultra, too, which makes sense as that handset now looks nailed on for full digital stylus support, and a a wider screen makes for better S Pen potential.
The protectors are made from tempered glass and are designed to sit directly on top of the phones' screens. As such, their dimensions tend to be very accurate in terms of mimicking the size and shape of a handset's actual display. This gives this leak, if the protectors indeed are for S22 and S22 Plus, some proper weighting.
In addition, closer inspection of the protectors show that they appear to have slightly more round corners, too, as well as very symmetrical, minimal bezels.
Here at T3 we see this leak as further proof that the S22 series is going to be a bit of a hybrid between the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series in terms of design, with the S22 Ultra specifically delivering a full-on Note experience.
October 11, 2021 – A dummy unit of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra has broken cover and, well, it seems to confirm the P-shaped cutout and that the handset will be a mixture of Galaxy S series and Galaxy Note series.
The dummy is made out of aluminium and shows a phone with a curved 6.8-inch display, P-shaped camera bump and right-mounted power and volume buttons.
What the dummy doesn't show is the S22 Ultra's S Pen digital stylus recess, although the leaker of the dummy confirms that the handset is going to have one.
October 8, 2021 – T3's Alan Martin has waded in on the perceived Samsung Galaxy S22 release date chaos that has been created by the rumor that the S21 FE is going to launch in January now.
This move, if true, means the Samsung Galaxy S22 release date is almost certainly now going to be pushed back to February or even March 2022, and according to Martin that's a frustrating and potentially damaging situation. For the record the Galaxy S21 series was launched in January 2021.
"Honestly, at this point, my view is that this is the sunk cost fallacy in action," notes Martin, "and Samsung would be better off cutting its losses and focusing on the S22 instead."
Indeed, it would make a pretty tough sell for Samsung to sell the S21 FE handset mere weeks before an S22 launch unless the price was very attractive. And, equally, if the S21 FE really kills it then it could end up overshadowing the S22.
Something doesn't sound right to us here at T3 right now with this, though, so we'll report back in when we have more info on the S22 release date.
October 6, 2021 – Potentially massive Samsung Galaxy S22 release date news has just dropped courtesy of a report by SamMobile that states that the handset might be delayed.
According to the report, the Samsung Galaxy S22 could be delayed by at least a month to February 2022, as far from cancelling the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE as has been rumored, it is in fact going to launch in January 2022.
This is why the Galaxy S22 is reportedly delayed according to what SamMobile has heard (there is no more concrete source to this info), because the S21 FE is going to take its place and launch in January.
If true this seems like a net win for Android phone users as it means, while it would mean they would have to wait a little longer for the Galaxy S22 range to launch, they'd get the Galaxy S21 FE as well, which many phone users will have been holding out for after the marked success of the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE.
This report, if true, would also bury rumors about a potential December 2021 release date for the Galaxy S22. This only made sense if Samsung was canning the S21 FE, so with that phone back in play it seems bonkers that the S22 range would launch before it.
October 5, 2021 – Some really great news here for prospective Samsung Galaxy S22 owners as Samsung has announced that its incoming Exynos 2200 GPU will support ray tracing.
The news, which was broken by Samsung's own leakster-in-chief Ice universe, means that phones equipped with the Exynos 2200 (such as the Galaxy S22 is widely now accepted to be in many territories) will be able to enjoy mobile games programmed with ray tracing.
Ray tracing, for those who are unaware, is next-gen lighting tech that makes games look better and more realistic.
And, considering that the Exynos 2200 is expected to be up to 30 per cent faster than the current top Mali GPU (widely used in Android phones), it sure now looks like the Galaxy S22 is going to be a graphical powerhouse and looks set to enter T3's best gaming phones buying guide upon release.
For gamers, the Galaxy S22 now looks like a really smart choice.
October 3, 2021 – T3.com Deputy Editor Robert Jones has weighed in to the Samsung Galaxy S22 debate with an opinion piece discussing why he thinks the incoming S22 range of phones are going to be a game-changer.
There's been quite a lot of hand ringing and reported confusion over Samsung's apparent tactic with the Galaxy S22 range as of late from critics, but Jones doesn't see what all the fuss is about and, instead, can't wait to get hands on.
Not only does the Samsung Galaxy S22 range make perfect sense, but T3's Deputy Editor also notes that it is going to deliver in terms of performance and do so for a price that is far from going to break the bank. Worth a read.
Samsung Galaxy S22 release date
So far we have not had an official Samsung Galaxy S22 release date announced, but we can glean some clues from previous handsets. What complicates this, though, is that the Galaxy S series launch date has been getting earlier and earlier with each passing year.
The Samsung Galaxy S8, for example, launched in March 2017, then the Samsung Galaxy S9, Samsung Galaxy S10, and Samsung Galaxy S20 all launched in February (though the date kept creeping towards the start of the month by a few days each time).
Then we saw the Samsung Galaxy S21 show up in January 2021, just 14 days into the new year.
Now most commentators think it's unlikely that the Galaxy S22 will launch in the same year, despite some rumors indicating we could see a December 2021 launch, so right now it seems like a safe bet that we're going to see it make an appearance in January 2022.
The difference this year, though, is that CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is happening again in 2022 (5 Jan - 8 Jan) and that could lead to Samsung waiting for it to be over before making any move. This could also lead it to resume its old schedule of releasing phones a bit closer to MWC's date (although that changed too, so we'll just have to see).
Samsung Galaxy S22 price
As with the release date, the only hints we've got at this stage about an official Galaxy S22 price are what has happened before on other handsets. We do know that Samsung has been trying to make the S series more affordable, and that could continue in 2022.
The starting prices for the standard S21 were $799 / £769 / AU$1,249, which went up to $999 / £949 / AU$1,549 for the S21 Plus edition, and the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra model first went on sale with a starting price of $1,199 / £1,149 / AU$1,849.
An S22 price point that shaves another $50 to $100 off the cost feels entirely possible, which would put the base S22 phone ringing in at $749.
What complicates the S22 pricing this year, though, is that the range could see the S22 Ultra take the form of the next true Galaxy Note phone, which means you've got to factor an S Pen digital stylus into the mix. Whether Samsung can make this change while also bringing the price of the flagship down remains to be seen.
It's by no means certain that Samsung is going to stick to those price points, or that it will release three models in the Galaxy S22 range, though, with us only likely learning the final pricing at the close of the S22 launch event.
Samsung Galaxy S22 specs
The Samsung Galaxy S22 specs sheet to date includes the news that the range looks set to use either the incoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 895, which is a 4nm chip, or the South Korean firm's own Exynos 2200 processor.
This CPU boost is also set to be partnered with a GPU boost, too, with AMD's RDNA 2 architecture built in to the system-on-chip (SoC). That seems to indicate that the Galaxy S22 is going to a sure fire bet for our best gaming phones guide.
This big gaming power seems to have been backed up by a leak from Ice universe that claims to show the result of the Exynos 2200 paired with this new AMD GPU in the 3DMark Wild Life benchmark.
As to which processor the S22 will take, that will largely depend on which territory it is sold in, with the USA getting Snapdragon chips historically and ROW getting Exynos.
Another big question is that the Snapdragon chip will also get access to the new AMD GPU. Right now that remains unclear.
Samsung Galaxy S22 screen
It looks like the Samsung Galaxy S22 is going to come with a slightly smaller screen. This comes after a well-known Samsung leakster claimed that the S22 was going to be Samsung's "smallest flagship phone in recent years" and that the handset would be "smaller than iPhone 13".
The Samsung Galaxy S21 had a 6.2-inch screen, so the current thought is the Galaxy S22 will feature a 6.1 or even 6-inch display. This seems to be backed up by dimensions released by Samsung's leakster-in-chief Ice universe for each handset in the range.
S22 146×70×7.6 167g
S22+ 157.4×75.8x7.6 195g
S22 Ultra 163.3×77.9×8.9 228g
This reduction looks like it will be followed on the S22 Plus, too, although the S22 Ultra remains a bit of mystery, and especially so considering its potential adoption of the Galaxy Note S Pen functionality. Basically, it is a lot harder to tell with the Ultra if there will be a screen size reduction.
Regardless, this is what we think we could see. The Galaxy S22 is likely to be around the 6.06-inch mark (down from 6.2 inches on the S21); the S22 Plus will rock a 6.5-inch panel (down from 6.7 inches); and the Galaxy S22 Ultra will boast the largest screen of all three handsets at 6.81 inches (down from 6.9 inches).
Samsung Galaxy S22 cameras
The earliest Samsung Galaxy S22 cameras rumor hinted that the South Korean maker was going to strike a deal with camera masters Olympus to tune up a new camera system, although that seems to have been inaccurate.
We also got plenty of rumors that hinted that the S22 could be the first phone range from Samsung to feature an under panel selfie camera. This has since been quashed, though, disappointingly.
Other early rumors suggested the range-topping S22 Ultra phone would rock a quite staggering 200MP rear camera sensor, too, but again that seems to have been quite far from the mark, as our most recent information about the S22's main sensor is that it will be a 108MP sensor instead.
As for the standard S22 and S22 Plus, our most recent information indicates that these phones will both rock 50MP main sensors along with 12MP ultrawide and telephoto lenses. While all phones have been rumored to be sporting a 50MP RGBW front selfie camera sensor.
In terms of video, leaked information says the S22 will be capable of recording video at 8K resolution and up to 60 frames per second, which if true would be a marked improvement over its predecessor, which could only manage 8K at 24fps.
What we seem to be looking at, therefore, is this kind of setup in the S22 range:
S22 = ISOCELL GN5 50MP main + 12MP ultrawide + 12MP telephoto + 50MP RGBW selfie
S22 Plus = ISOCELL GN5 50MP main + 12MP ultrawide + 12MP telephoto + 50MP RGBW selfie
S22 Ultra = 108MP main + 12MP ultrawide + 12MP telephoto + 50MP RGBW selfie
Samsung Galaxy S22 S Pen support
Yes, you did read that right. A series of leaks has indicated that the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is going to come with full S Pen support. This means that unlike the S21 Ultra, which could be used with a digital stylus but didn't come with one or have the ability to carry one, the S22 Ultra will come with an S Pen cavity and an S Pen.
This is being achieved, so the leaks claim, through a redesign a of the flagship handset in the range so that it has a more squared-off corners look, as well as a change to the S21 Ultra's camera array, among other things. These changes are theorised to be so an S Pen storage and charging cavity can be built in to the phone.
If the S22 Ultra does come with full S Pen support it will be the proper successor to the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 range, which was the last in the Note series before Samsung pulled the plug on it.
Samsung Galaxy S22 design
The design of the Galaxy S21 phones was substantially different from the Galaxy S20 handsets that came before them – in relative terms at least. The wraparound camera module was a good move in our eyes, and it doesn't look like Samsung is going to ditch it after just one year for the S22 and S22 Plus.
There does look like there's going to be some subtle design changes to the S22, though. Ice universe, Samsung's most accurate leaker, has confirmed that the connection between the frame and camera has changed, and that the S22 and S22 Plus will have symmetrical bezels.
As to what the S22 and S22 Plus will actually look like, our best look yet comes courtesy of @OnLeaks, who has created a series of concept images showing the S22 in various colorways.
And speaking of colors, we've also had some leaked information about the colors that the S22, S22+ and S22 Ultra are going to be coming in. The information on colors comes courtesy of GalaxyClub, who state that the S22 and S22+ will come in White, Black, Rose Gold and Green colorways, while the Galaxy S22 Ultra will come in White, Black and a new Dark Red finish.
Of course, there's one big invisible elephant in the S22 design room right now, and that's just what the S22 Ultra will look like. Its design could be markedly different to the S21 Ultra if it is morphing into the new Note, and the only info we've got so far seems to indicate that it will look like a hybrid between a Galaxy Note Ultra and a Galaxy S Ultra.
Samsung Galaxy S22 battery
The Samsung Galaxy S22 battery has been heavily rumored to support 45W charging, which mysteriously vanished on the Galaxy S21 series even though Samsung had already deployed the tech in previous phones.
In terms of battery life what we've heard so far is that the battery capacities on the S22 range are going to shrink compared to the previous generation, with tipster Ice universe claiming the S22 will only feature a 3,700mAh stack.
In terms of the S21 range's battery capacities, the S21 came with a 4,000mAh battery, the S21 Plus came with a 4,800mAh capacity, and the range-topping S21 Ultra came with 5,000mAh rating.
However, while capacities look to be going down, we could see the same or better battery life results, as a leak has indicated the new range could use some energy saving new OLED screen tech.
Samsung Galaxy S22 news archive
September 30, 2021 – So, it's now been confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S21 battery is a 3,700mAh unit, with a certification on SafetyKorea showing the phone's battery extracted from the handset.
This confirms the previous rumored information that we reported on that the Galaxy S22 was getting a drop in battery capacity from the Galaxy S21, which had a 4,000mAh battery.
This, on the face of it, is highly uninspiring news, but it does go hand in hand with the news that the S22 is also going to be smaller than the S21. If that reduction in size means that battery life remains the same then that's not too bad, but it's hardly the upgrade that Samsung phone fans would of wanted.
Hopefully software and screen optimisations mean we'll see a slight battery increase, but considering that 300mAh has been sliced off the stack, it's hard to see that happening.
September 29, 2021 – Some potentially huge news has leaked out in the form of an interesting comment from Samsung's top leaker Ice universe, who has mentioned the Samsung Galaxy S22 release date could be as shockingly early as December this year.
As T3's report on the bombshell relates, Ice has suggested that if the S22 is released in December 2021, then it would be reasonable for Samsung to cancel any S21 Fe handset. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Fe handset was launched in October 2020, so the thinking behind this comment appears to be that there would be too many phones launched at the same time.
T3's take is more that the S20 Fe was likely a one-off handset that was created to test the market for a specific price point and launch date for a Samsung phone. It could very well be that Samsung never intended to make the Fe handset a yearly event.
After all, if anything Samsung appears to have been streamlining its phone offering recently, with the Samsung Galaxy Fold range put out to pasture.
What seems most likely, then, is that the S22 range will launch either in January 2022 as widely expected, or in December 2021 but in place of any S21 Fe.
September 27, 2021 – Concept images from well-known insider @OnLeaks have broken cover that claim to show the two most likely rear camera array designs for the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. And, putting things bluntly, both of them look ugly as sin and a marked downgrade aesthetically from the S21 Ultra.
Never too far away from a Galaxy S22 leak, though, Samsung's leakster-in-chief Ice universe has weighed in immediately to explain why this could be the case. Writing on Twitter Ice pointed to two things that could of lead to a markedly ugly camera array on the S22, namely the need for the phone to now carry an S Pen digital stylus and, two, the handset's need to keep weight down.
Indeed, according to Ice himself the S22 Ultra is going to weigh in at 228g, which is the same weight as the S21 Ultra. However, if the S22 Ultra is coming with an S Pen digital stylus and the ability to carry it in its body, then surely it would weigh more? Well, not if Samsung make some changes to the camera array. See where he's going?
Both these points sound like they could be contributing factors, but especially the first as the S Pen docking cavity is on the same side as the camera array, making space on that side of the phone at a premium and, most likely, requiring some tweaking in terms of camera array design.
September 24, 2021 – The evidence behind the S22 Ultra phone being the new Galaxy Note grows even more, with Samsung's chief tipster Ice universe confirming that, in terms of screen design, "the angle is between S and Note" and that "it is not rounded like S but not right angle like Note".
News of full function S Pen digital stylus functionality on an S22 handset (presumed to be the flagship for obvious reasons) has been building recently, and this small nugget seems to add to that. A change in screen curvature could be evidence of a redesigned phone with different screen dimensions. It could of course just be an aesthetic change, too.
However, if Samsung was to build an S Pen digital stylus cavity into a Galaxy S-series phone, then its screen would need to change dimensions. Galaxy Note screens are typically more right angled in terms of corners than the curved Galaxy S screens, and wider to account for the cavity and for the intended usage of the stylus on the screen.
We also know for a fact that Samsung was drawing both Galaxy Note and Galaxy S series closer together in terms of technology, and so when the Note line was ended, it feels only natural that its unique functionality get subsumed in to the S series.
Still not confirmed then, but there's now plenty of smoke around this fire, so here's hoping we get 100 confirmation soon as it would be great to see a proper return of the Galaxy Note.
September 22, 2021 – Some interesting Galaxy S22 news about a potential new colorway has broken courtesy of Samsung's leakster-in-chief Ice universe, who claims that he is 100 per cent sure that the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is going to come in a brand new dark red finish.
Writing on Twitter, Ice stated first that "Galaxy S22 Ultra: White, black, dark red" before then confirming when asked about the new dark red colorway, "Yes, sure 100%, it has dark red".
And, judging from Ice's bullet-proof record in calling future Samsung products and features, we're considering that as accurate information. The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra will come in a new dark red colorway.
As to why we think Samsung has introduced this, we can't help but think of Apple's (PRODUCT)Red colorway, which again is a deep, dark red. In that case the range of products is more exclusive than others, so we think Samsung is going for the same thing here, offering its ultra premium flagship in a unique, bold colorway.
Whether or not this new colorway will cost more than the other colorways remains to be seen. Let's hope not.
September 21, 2021 – Following on from yesterday's leak that the Samsung Galaxy S22 is to be smaller than its predecessor, the Galaxy S21, comes a size comparison chart that claims to show by just how much.
Samsung leakster-in-chief Ice universe dropped the info, with a Tweet showing how the Galaxy S22 is set to stack up against the iPhone 13 and Galaxy S21 in dimensions.
As can be seen, the S22 measures in noticeably smaller in overall dimensions when compared with the Galaxy S21, and sneaks in smaller than the iPhone 13, too. That reduction in size is interesting as it seems like Samsung is chasing the "mini" Apple iPhones we've seen as of late, as well as a small industry shift away from making phones with ever increasing screen sizes.
The reduction in dimensions probably won't lead to a huge reduction in screen size though, with the shrinkage likely absorbed by reduced bezels and smaller camera and sensor arrays. We're guessing we will see a 6-inch screen on the S22 rather than the 6.2-inch we saw on the S21.
This smaller form factor probably also accounts for the rumored S22 battery capacity reduction, too.
T3's take away here is that a 6-inch screen, providing it is high quality, is more than enough screen real estate to have a fantastic smartphone experience. Samsung is a display master, too, so we've not got high hopes that the S22 could be 2022's most exciting new entry to T3's best small phones buying guide.
September 20, 2021 – More interesting information has leaked out about just how big the Samsung Galaxy S22 is going to be, with serial Samsung phones leakster Ice universe stating that the incoming flagship will be "Samsung's smallest flagship phone in recent years".
Indeed, according to Ice, the S22's "length, width and thickness are a little smaller than iPhone 13".
This information comes hot on the heels of the more disappointing news that the S22 is going to feature a smaller battery than the S21 handset, with capacity dropping down to 3,700mAh.
On paper that drop doesn't look good, but with the phone's smaller dimensions and, hopefully, Android 12 power saving enhancements, we might see the same battery life maintained. That's still not great, but at least it means we won't get a downgrade from S21.
In terms of aesthetics we know that there likely isn't going to be much difference in the S22 range, but at least it now looks like the S21 will be sleeker than before, and more pocket friendly as a result.
September 17, 2021 – T3's Robert Jones has reported on the flurry of Samsung Galaxy S22 spec leaks we've had over the last week, and in his opinion it is not all good news. In the good column we've got the fact that the S22 Ultra is primed to come rocking the Exynos 2200 SoC (system on chip), which has powerful if not A15 Bionic-beating benchmark scores.
There's more good news, too, as the S22 range is also slated to come rocking the super advanced ISOCELL GN5 50MP camera sensor. This sensor has a maximum resolution of 8,160 x 6,144 pixels and also supports 8K video recording at 30fps, while its low light photography credentials are great thanks to its adoption of 2x2 pixel binning tech.
In the bad news, column, though, we've got the leak that the S22 is still going to use a pinhole selfie camera. This seems to kill dead the idea the S22 was going to be the range that introduced under panel cameras to the market.
And, bringing up the rear in terms of bad news, there's also the disconcerting rumor that the S22 and S22+ are going to feature smaller capacity batteries than their S21 equivalents. Hardly the news Samsung phone users wanted to hear.
September 15, 2021 – A quick tweet from IceUniverse suggests that the the S22 Ultra will support 45 Watt fast charge. This might sound obvious but the S21 Ultra can't charge at 45 Watts, it's limited to 25 instead. Even more strange is that the S20 Ultra did support 45 Watt fast charging. Either way, good news for people who want to slam a lot of juice into their phone very quickly.
September 14, 2021 – It looks like Samsung isn't going to be using an under screen camera for the Galaxy S22. That makes a lot of sense, as people buying flagship phoned won't be prepared to make a compromise on selfie quality, for the minimal advantage of not having a small screen punchout. Perhaps as the technology improves it will appear on high-end devices, but that could be some time off yet.
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