Samsung Galaxy S22 Series: Release Date, Specs, Price Leaks, and More

Samsung’s flagship phones for 2022, the Galaxy S22 series, are right around the corner. Over the past few months, we have seen multiple leaks and rumors about the Galaxy S22 lineup. So today, we have compiled an in-depth article with everything we know about the Galaxy S22 series until now. We have brought all the Galaxy S22 details together in one place, including the leaked design, camera specs, release date, and more. If you are planning to purchase a Samsung flagship early next year, here’s everything you need to know about the Galaxy S22 series ahead of the official launch.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Series: Everything We Know so Far (November 2021)

Samsung Galaxy S22: Release Date

According to the latest rumor from tipster Jon Prosser, Samsung will announce the Galaxy S22 lineup at its Unpacked event set for February 8, 2022. The pre-orders are said to begin on February 8, followed by device shipments from February 18, 2022.

To recall, Samsung launched the Galaxy S21 series on January 14 earlier this year. Although a month late, you won’t have to wait too long to get your hands on the new Galaxy S22 series if the leak is anything to go by. And if we go by another rumor by Jon Prosser, the Galaxy S22 series launch has likely been delayed to February to make way for the release of Galaxy S21 FE at CES 2022, which runs from January 5 to January 8.

Samsung Galaxy S22: Price (Rumored)

There haven’t been any reliable price leaks for the Galaxy S22 lineup just yet. However, we could expect the company to sell the S22 series at the same price as their predecessors.

As you might be aware, the Galaxy S21 starts at $799, alongside Galaxy S21+ at $999 and Galaxy S22 Ultra at $1199. The Korean giant had reduced the prices of its flagship smartphones with this year’s lineup, so we could likely see Samsung release the Galaxy S22 series at the same price point. That means the Galaxy S22 series will be priced starting at $799.

Samsung Galaxy S22: Design and Display

According to a recent tweet from popular tipster Ice Universe, the Galaxy S22 may pack a 6.06-inch Full-HD+ flat AMOLED display (slightly smaller compared to the 6.2-inch panel on the S21). The Galaxy S22 Plus, on the other hand, may offer a larger 6.5-inch Full-HD+ flat AMOLED display.

Image courtesy: FrontPageTech

The top-end S22 Ultra may flaunt an even larger 6.8-inch Quad-HD+ curved AMOLED display. All three devices are likely to offer 120Hz refresh rate support. Also, much like its predecessor, the Galaxy S22 series will include a top-centered punch-hole selfie camera.

The biggest design highlight in 2022 Samsung flagships is undoubtedly the presence of a built-in S Pen slot in the S22 Ultra model. Gone are the days when you have to use an additional case to carry the S Pen. As we saw in the leaked hands-on images, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is essentially going to be the spiritual successor of the Note lineup.

Image courtesy: FrontPageTech
Image courtesy: FrontPageTech

Apart from the note-like chunky design and the S Pen slot, another design upgrade that you may have noticed in the S22 Ultra is the new camera array on the rear. Instead of the massive camera bump found on the S21 Ultra, Samsung might be looking towards a more Galaxy A-series-like or LG Velvet-like individual camera lens array. We will discuss the camera specifications for all three models in the next section.

As for the standard Galaxy S22 and the S22 Plus model, you won’t notice many changes on the design front as compared to its Galaxy S21 predecessors from earlier this year. You get the same flat display on the front and the camera bump flowing out from the metal chassis of the device. Here is a quick look at Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus renders, courtesy of OnLeaks and 91Mobiles:

Here's a First Look at the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and Its Built-in S-Pen Slot
Image courtesy: OnLeaks x 91Mobiles

Moreover, if you are someone who’s interested in numbers, here are the rumored dimensions of the upcoming Galaxy S22 series:

Samsung Galaxy S22146 x 70.5 x 7.6mm
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus157.4 x 75.8 x 7.6mm
(9.1mm thickness with camera bump)
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra163.29 x 77.87 x 9.05mm
(10.5mm thickness with camera bump)

Samsung Galaxy S22: Camera

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra images ft
Galaxy S22 Ultra camera design | Image courtesy: FrontPageTech

According to the tipster Ice Universe in a recent post on Weibo, Samsung would use a 50MP GN5 primary sensor with f/1.55 aperture on the standard Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus. It could be accompanied by a 12MP ultra-wide-angle sensor and a 12MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom, which is a welcome change over the existing 3x hybrid zoom found on the Galaxy S21.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is rumored to feature a quad-camera setup on the rear. That includes a 108MP primary camera, a 12MP ultra-wide-angle sensor, a 12MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom, and a 12MP periscope lens with 10x optical zoom.

As for the camera features, the rumors suggest that Samsung is testing a plethora of new capabilities to set itself apart from the iPhone 13 and the Google Pixel 6 series. The Korean giant is looking to leverage its upgraded 108MP camera sensor to introduce a “super detailed” photo mode on the Galaxy S22 Ultra. The upcoming flagships may also support 8K @ 60FPS recording, which is a step up from the existing 8K @ 24FPS video recording supported by the S21 series.

Samsung Galaxy S22: Internal Specs

Unlike usual Samsung Galaxy flagship launches, it’s in the air that more regions, including India, could get the Snapdragon 898-powered Galaxy S22 models instead of the Exynos 2200 models. The upcoming Snapdragon flagship chipset is based on the 4nm process node and feature the ARM Cortex-X2 core, as per the rumor mill.

At its investor day presentation, Qualcomm went on to claim that around 40% to 50% volume of the Galaxy S series will use Snapdragon chipsets in 2022. However, Samsung isn’t entirely dropping Exynos 2200 and will still launch its flagships with this chip in some regions such as Europe and Russia. The chipset will be paired with up to 8GB LPDRR5X RAM and 256GB UFS 3.1 storage on the S22 and S22+, while the S22 Ultra will offer up to 16GB LPDRR5X RAM and 512GB UFS 3.1 storage options.

According to a recent leak by Ice Universe on Twitter, Exynos 2200 could offer a Cortex-X2 core clocked at 2.9GHz, 3 (possibly Cortex-A710) cores clocked at 2.8GHz, and 4 (possibly Cortex-A510) cores clocked at 2.2GHz. This powerful CPU would come with the long-rumored AMD RDNA 2 GPU.

The AMD GPU on the Samsung Exynos 2200 SoC is rumored to be clocked at 1250MHz and support ray tracing. On the other hand, we could expect a Cortex-X2 core clocked at 3 GHz, 3 Cortex-A710 cores clocked at 2.5GHz, and 4 Cortex-A510 clocked at 1.79GHz with the Snapdragon 898. None of these details are official, so we suggest you take these with a pinch of salt. However, you won’t have to wait too long for confirmation, as Qualcomm will announce its next-gen flagship Snapdragon chipset on November 30.

Samsung Galaxy S22: Battery

Last but not least, let’s talk about the battery and charging capabilities of the upcoming Galaxy S22 series. The Galaxy S22 is expected to come equipped with a 3,700mAh battery. Meanwhile, as per recent reports, the Galaxy S22 Plus and S22 Ultra will boast 4,500mAh and 5,000mAh batteries, respectively.

As for charging speeds, we could expect at least the S22 Ultra variant to offer 45W fast charging capable of charging the device from 0 to 70% in 35 minutes, an improvement over Galaxy S21’s 25W fast charging. However, we suggest you don’t get your hopes up, as a recent listing for the Galaxy S22 lineup on China’s 3C technology regulator website reveals it will stick to the trusted 25W fast-charging tech.

If this turns out to be true, the 25W charging speeds will certainly be disappointing in 2022, as Samsung’s Chinese competitors will have pushed past 100W speeds on their flagships next year.

Galaxy S22 Series: Borrowing the Best from Note Series!

So that’s pretty much everything we know about Samsung’s Galaxy S22 series at the moment. It will be interesting to see how fans react to the bundled S Pen in the S22 Ultra variant. Since the launch is only a couple of months away from now, we won’t have to wait too long for Samsung to confirm the entire specifications, pricing, and availability of its new flagship phones. Which Galaxy S22 device are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments below.

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