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Samsung confirms Galaxy S22 release date as price and features leak ahead of launch

Everything you need to know about the upcoming Android flagship

Alistair Charlton,Steve Hogarty
Wednesday 02 February 2022 16:58
<p>The latest smartphone is set to drop in early February at Galaxy Unpacked</p>

The latest smartphone is set to drop in early February at Galaxy Unpacked

Samsung has confirmed it will unveil the Galaxy S22 at its Unpacked event in early February. Now, with just a couple of weeks to go before the grand reveal, leaks of the flagship range of smartphone’s price and specs are starting to pile up.

As usual, this handset is expected to actually be a family of three distinct models, the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22 pro and Galaxy S22 ultra, each with a spec sheet and price tag to compete with the iPhone 13 and Pixel ranges.

Samsung phones usually follow the evolution-not-revolution formula, shunning ground-breaking leaps in technology for minor improvements to the processors and camera units. As ever, the phones are expected to run the latest version of Samsung’s Android-based One UI operating system.

Here’s everything we know so far about the upcoming Galaxy S22 Samsung smartphone family.

Samsung Galaxy S22: Release date

Samsung announced last Friday that it will be hosting one of its Galaxy Unpacked events on 8 February, where it will be unveiling its 2022 line-up of smartphones.

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While the company stopped short of mentioning the S22 by name, Samsung’s president and head of MX Business TM Roh all but confirmed it in a blog post. “At Unpacked in February 2022, we’ll introduce you to the most noteworthy S series device we’ve ever created,” he wrote. “The next generation of Galaxy S is here, bringing together the greatest experiences of our Samsung Galaxy into one ultimate device.

Samsung Galaxy S22: Price

While this one hasn’t been confirmed by Samsung just yet, reputable insider Roland Quandt has already leaked S22 prices for the European market.

According to Quandt, the standard Galaxy S22 will start at €849 for the 128GB model, the 128GB S22 plus will start at €1,049, and the 128GB S22 ultra will start at €1,249, with the 512GB model costing €1,449.

Those are the exact same prices as the S21, so we wouldn’t expect the UK price to change either. For reference, the regular S21 began life at £769, the larger S21 was £949 and the flagship S21 ultra started at £1,149.

Samsung Galaxy S22: Specifications

Nothing has been confirmed by Samsung just yet, and likely won’t be until the S22 is unveiled on 8 February. But, as ever, the online rumour mill is working overtime. Here are the rumoured specs so far.

Samsung Galaxy S22 ultra specs (unconfirmed)
Screen6.8in AMOLED display
Refresh rate120Hz adaptive

Resolution

QHD

Cameras108MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 10MP 3x optical telephoto, 10MP 10x optical telephoto, 40MP selfie camera

OS

Android 12 / One UI 4.1

CPUSamsung Exynos 2200
Memory8GB/12GB
Storage128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB
Charging45W + wireless

It is claimed the regular S22 will have a slightly smaller screen than the S21, down from 6.2in to 6.1in. This trend will continue with the S22 plus (down from 6.7in to 6.5in) and the S22 ultra (6.9in to 6.8in).

The Galaxy S22 is expected to be powered by a next-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon processor or Samsung’s own Exynos chip, depending on which market it is purchased in. On 18 January, Samsung announced its new Exynos 2200 processor. It features a graphics processor based on the same AMD architecture used by the PS5 and Xbox series X, boasting ray tracing and variable rate shading features (that’s a first for a smartphone chip).

As for memory, it is expected that the regular S22 and S22 plus (which tend to be identical, save for a larger display) will have 8GB of RAM, and the more powerful S22 ultra will have up to 12GB.

Samsung Galaxy S22 ultra: Cameras

Based on the latest rumours, the Galaxy S22 ultra is said to use the same lens array as last year’s Galaxy S21 ultra, giving it a 108MP rear camera with a pair of telephoto lenses, an ultrawide lens and up to 10x optical zoom.

As for the rear camera units, reliable leaker Ice Universe tweeted in November to say the S22 and S22 plus will have 50MP rear cameras, plus a 10M telephoto camera with 3X optical zoom, and a 12MP ultrawide camera. There will be a 10MP selfie camera on the front of both phones, the tech tipster said.

Samsung Galaxy S22: Features

It is possible that Samsung could turn the S22 ultra into a replacement for the discontinued Galaxy note range, giving it support for the company’s S Pen stylus. More credence was given to the rumour in Roh’s blog post, with the executive hinting that the S22 ultra could be a hybrid of the Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy note phones. The “most noteworthy S series”, bringing the “greatest experiences of our Samsung Galaxy into one ultimate device” could only mean one thing.

Another feature of the S22 could be fast charging, with the latest rumours suggesting the S22 plus will have 45W charging, a significant step up from the 25W charging seen on the Galaxy S21. Faster wireless charging would also be welcome, but hasn’t been confirmed just yet.

Reverse wireless charging is expected to be included, where the S22 can fill the battery of another device, like a phone or earphones case, when placed on the rear of the Samsung handset.

It had previously been claimed that Samsung was working on a selfie camera hidden beneath the screen of the Galaxy S22, but that now seems unlikely. This is certainly a feature tech firms are interested in adopting for future smartphones, but isn’t one we expect to see on mainstream handsets just yet.

What is Samsung Upgrade Programme?

Samsung Upgrade Programme is an interest-free payment plan operated by the brand, which lets you spread the cost of your phone over 24 months once you’ve put down a 10 per cent upfront payment. It works similarly to Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Programme.

When a new Galaxy phone is announced – and as long as you’re at least 12 months into your contract – you’re given the option to upgrade to the new device and rejoin the Samsung Upgrade Programme with a new 24 month payment plan. You can also wait out the full two years before deciding to keep your existing phone, upgrade it to the latest Galaxy, or return it to Samsung

How much RAM does the S22 ultra have?

Samsung hasn’t confirmed any specifications just yet, but it is expected to give the S22 ultra either 8GB or 12GB of RAM. A recent leak suggests the top-spec S22 ultra will offer up to 1TB of storage.

Samsung Galaxy S22 ultra: Recent leaks

Some unconfirmed details about the Samsung Galaxy S22 ultra’s specifications have come to light, courtesy of Sammobile. The insider reports that the S22 ultra will come in a 1TB model. That’s double the storage found in the largest capacity S21 ultra, and would put Samsung’s premium flagship device on a par with the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 pro max.

Meanwhile, SparrowNews has said that the S22 flagship smartphone series is tipped to arrive with updated rear cameras. It’s thought that Samsung might call this its new “super resolution“ mode that is apparently rated to deliver “unimaginable clarity and depth“ using two different sensors at the same time.

Will the S22 ultra have expandable storage?

MicroSD card slots are becoming increasingly rare on flagship smartphones, with manufacturers opting to increase internal storage (and charging plenty for it) instead of letting owners upgrade with a far cheaper SD card.

The Galaxy S21 didn’t have a microSD card slot and so far there is no reason to assume the S22 will be any different.

Is the Samsung Galaxy S22 dual SIM?

This often comes down to which market you live in, or where you buy your phone. Samsung made single- and dual-SIM versions of the S21 and a more recent S21 fan edition, but it isn’t known yet if it will do the same with the S22, nor if a dual-SIM model will be available in the UK at launch.

Does the S22 have a headphone jack?

We can’t answer this with absolute certainty, but it seems very unlikely. Samsung hasn’t included headphone jacks on its Galaxy S phones for a while now, as is the industry trend which also has seen Apple and others remove the port. Instead, S22 buyers will be able to use headphones that connect using Bluetooth or the phone’s USB-C charge port.

Is the Samsung Galaxy S21 ultra bigger than the S21 plus?

We have already said how the S22 ultra is expected to have a slightly smaller display than the S21 ultra. However, rumours so far claim the new phone will be larger than its predecessor. This means dimensions of 163.3mm x 77.9mm x 9.05mm, compared to 165.1mm x 75.6mm x 8.9mm for the S1 ultra.

Samsung Galaxy S21 vs Samsung Galaxy S22

From what we can gather so far, the S22 will start at the same price as the S21 but the newer launch will host a smaller screen than its predecessor and is said to use the same lens array as last year’s Galaxy S21 ultra. As we’ve already mentioned, the rumours so far claim that the S22 will be larger than the S21.

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