The Samsung Galaxy S22 is almost certainly going to be one of 2022's best phones – and the Galaxy S22 launch date is now only a matter of weeks away, with shipments starting just a few weeks later.
These are Samsung's flagships, so a Galaxy S series phone launch is always one of the most eagerly anticipated on the technology calendar. The 2022 Samsung event is going to be no different, with the Galaxy S22, S22+ and Galaxy S22 Ultra lined up for an unveiling.
Each one of these phones is interesting, but the most anticipated is the Galaxy S22 Ultra, as 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: all the key info in brief
The Samsung Galaxy S22 launch date has been "100%" confirmed by Samsung's leakster-in-chief, Ice Universe, as taking place at "Beijing time at 23:00 on February 9th". That's 07:00 PT, 10:00 ET and 15:00 GMT.
While Samsung Galaxy S22 pre-orders are reported to open on February 9th, 2022. Interestingly, though, you can technically pre-order the pre-order of the Galaxy S22 right now at Samsung's official website (US only).
If you head on over to this official reserve page, you can "reserve the next Galaxy smartphone" or "reserve the next Galaxy tablet". To do so you need to put in your name and email address.
By reserving the pre-order you also get "an extra $50 Samsung credit" to spend on "other Galaxy products during pre-order".
Finally, the Samsung Galaxy S22 release date is scheduled for February 24th, 2022. However it is expected that pre-orders will arrive a few days earlier.
This pre-order and release date information has been leaked out of South Korea ahead of the Samsung Unpacked launch event.
As for the Samsung Galaxy S22 price, the phone series is expected to ring in at the same price as the Galaxy S21 series for some models, and more expensive for others, with a leaker stating that the Samsung Galaxy S22 will start at $849 for the 8GB RAM / 128GB storage space option. Prices then rise, according to the leaker like this:
"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"
The leaker here is respected and he seems bullish by saying "actual official EURO prices", leading to us here at T3 to believe these will be the prices for the S22 range.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 price in Europe has been leaked too. Dutch reports state that the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus will be €1,190 (about £995) for the 8GB RAM/128GB storage model. That's €190 (about £160) more than the S21+.
Samsung Galaxy S22 colors vary by handset, but include white, black, rose gold, green and a new dark red. The Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus will come in black, green, white and pink gold.
Samsung Galaxy S22 specs vary between handsets in the range (see full list in below specs section) but each phone is expected to come with an Exynos 2200 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset with 5G modem, and between 128-512GB of storage space as well as 8-12GB of RAM.
Samsung Galaxy S22 release date
The Samsung Galaxy S22 range will be announced on February 9th, 2022, at a Samsung Unpacked event, while the S22 release date is expected to be February 24th, 2022. These dates were reported by Samsung's leakster-in-chief Ice universe and respected South Korean news outlet, Digital Daily.
Samsung Galaxy S22 price
The latest Samsung Galaxy S22 price information we've got comes from a leaker who says that the Samsung Galaxy S22 will be priced at $899 (around £660 / AU$1,245), the Galaxy S22 Plus will ring in at $1,099 (roughly £805 / AU$1,525), and the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra will cost $1,299 (approximately £955 / AU$1,800).
The validity of these prices has not been confirmed yet. However, if they are true then the Galaxy S22 price is going to be roughly $100 more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy S21 range.
Another leak from the Netherlands indicates that the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus will be €1,190 (about £995) for the 8GB RAM/128GB storage model.
Samsung Galaxy S22 pre-orders are technically now live in the US, with the official Samsung website letting people to reserve a Samsung Galaxy S22 pre-order. People are invited to "reserve the next Galaxy smartphone", so it looks like by signing up for this the user will then be able to select the model of S22 they want when S22 pre-orders actually open, which is rumored to be February 9th, 2022.
Samsung Galaxy S22 specs
These are the latest rumored specs for the Samsung Galaxy S22.
[Samsung Galaxy S22 specs]
Screen: 6.06-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, HDR10+
Display resolution: 1080 x 2400 pixels
OS: Android 12
CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Exynos 2200
RAM: 8GB, 12GB
Storage: 128GB, 256GB
Cameras: 50MP + 10MP + 12MP
Front camera: 10MP
[Samsung Galaxy S22+ specs]
Screen: 6.55-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, HDR10+
Display resolution: 1080 x 2400 pixels
OS: Android 12
CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Exynos 2200
RAM: 8GB, 12GB
Storage: 128GB, 256GB
Cameras: 50MP + 10MP + 12MP
Front camera: 10MP
[Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra specs]
Screen: 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, HDR10+
Display resolution: 1440 x 3200 pixels
OS: Android 12
CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Exynos 2200
RAM: 8GB, 12GB
Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
Rear cameras: 108MP + 10MP + 10MP + 12MP
Front camera: 40MP
Regarding processors, Samsung has officially dropped its launch video trailer for the Exynos 2200, which details many of its next-gen features. The first half the trailer is geared around the processor's graphics performance, with it making use of Samsung's Xclipse GPU that was co-developed alongside AMD.
The Xclipse GPU is built on AMD's RDNA2 architecture, which is the same architecture as used in the PS5 and Xbox Series X games consoles, and allows for real time ray tracing and variable rate shading graphical effects.
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, which leaks say will have a brighter 6.55-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display, 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 6.55-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. We think that bit of misinformation came from a misunderstanding about the 2022 Galaxy range: Samsung's new Exynos 2200 processor can handle a single-lens camera sensor of up to 200MP, but none of the 2022 Samsung Galaxy phone cameras will have that many megapixels.
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.
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 +10MP selfie
S22 Plus = ISOCELL GN5 50MP main + 12MP ultrawide + 12MP telephoto + 10MP selfie
S22 Ultra = 108MP main + 12MP ultrawide + 12MP telephoto + 40MP 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, confirmed by a second leak, 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.
As to the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra design, our best look at the phone yet comes from leaked official marketing materials for the device. This image, as can be seen directly above, show the S22 Ultra off front, back and side along with its included S Pen digital stylus.
As such, providing this marketing image is genuine, and everything points to it being so, we now no exactly what the S22 Ultra is going to look like, which is a cross between a Galaxy S phone and a Galaxy Note phone.
The most notable change from the S21 Ultra is the rear camera array layout, with the handset ditching the wrap-around design and opting instead for individual, raised, circular lens that stand clean off the backplate.
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. The Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus will have a 4,500mAh battery.
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. The new Snapdragon and Exynos processors should bring improved performance per watt too.
Samsung Galaxy S22 news
January 19, 2022 – With just over two weeks to go before the official announcement, the Samsung Galaxy S22 prices for Europe are leaked by Dutch website Galaxy Club. Apparently it will cost €1,190 for 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD, €190 more than the Samsung Galaxy S21+.
January 18, 2022 – Samsung unveils its new Exynos 2200 processor, which will power the Samsung Galaxy S22 range throughout most of the world (US versions will have a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1).The Exynos 2200 is the first smartphone chip with an AMD ray tracing GPU, and it shares its RDNA graphics architecture with the graphics in the Xbox Series X and PS5.
A new leak confirms speculation that the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus will come in black, green, white and pink gold. The leak says the S22 Plus will have a 4500mAh battery with 45W fast charging, a 50MP main camera with 10MP front camera and a 6.55-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display. The OS will be OneUI 4.0, with is based on Android 12.
January 12, 2022 – According to a leaker none of the incoming Samsung Galaxy S22 series is going to be installed with the South Korean maker's new Exynos 2200 processor.
Writing on Twitter, the leaker says that "Exynos 2200 is G.O.N.E." and that while "it might be released later", the leaker is "sure that it's not going to be in the Galaxy S22 series."
If this is true then its big news for Android users and specifically those who were planning on picking up the phone outside of the USA. This is because Galaxy phones sold in the USA use Qualcomm Snapdragon processors while those in international markets, including Europe and the UK, use Exynos chips.
Now, historically the Exynos chipsets have performed worse than the Snapdragon ones, and this has led to Galaxy fans outside of the USA to actually petition Samsung to use Snapdragon worldwide, which it now looks like is going to happen with S22.
The downside to this move, though, is that the Exynos 2200 was coming with an AMD Radeon-based GPU boasting next-gen graphics architecture, which was expected to out-perform the Mali GPU in the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset the S22 range now looks like it is being equipped with.
As such, while it looks like all S22 phones will now be created equal in terms of core processing power, the phones might not actually have quite as good graphics performance.
Of course, until the phone range is officially unveiled and properly benchmarked, phone fans will just have to wait and see.
January 6, 2022 – Exciting news for gamers regarding the S22 series comes courtesy of the revelation that the phone's Samsung-made processor, the Exynos 2200, has a GPU powered by AMD's RDNA 2 graphics architecture.
For the uninitiated, this is the same graphics architecture used in the PS5 and Xbox Series X games consoles, and while the scale of the gaming power delivered isn't the same, this points towards excellent mobile gaming performance for the S22 series.
Of course, this is good news mainly for prospective Galaxy S22 users who don't live in the USA, which is where the South Korean maker ships its phones with Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, which use Adreno graphics chips instead.
Unfortunately, while the new Snapdragon processor looks like it is very powerful, in graphics performance it appears the new Exynos has it beat due to this RDNA 2 graphics architecture.
December 16, 2021 – So, a video showing each phone in the Samsung Galaxy S22 range has broken cover courtesy of industry leakster @OnLeaks. The video shows dummy models of the Galaxy S22, S22 Plus and S22 Ultra in a person's hands.
All three phones are rotated around and shown off from the front, back, sides, top and bottom, giving us what appears to be our best look yet at just what these phones are going to look like.
What tech enthusiasts will be pleased to see is that the S22 Ultra does indeed have an S Pen digital stylus and cavity for it, seemingly confirming everything we've heard so far about the S22 Ultra being the new Galaxy Note.
Other things that the video seems to confirm is that much talked of camera design on the Ultra seems set, while both S22 and S22 Plus both have triple rear camera lenses.
In terms of colorways we see the S22 Plus and S22 Ultra in Black, while the S22 comes in White. There is no sign of the rumored new Red colorway.
All phones shown in the video use USB Type-C ports.
December 7, 2021 – Samsung leakster-in-chief Ice universe has raised is head above the parapet and dropped a potential Galaxy S22 release date. In a tweet Ice states that:
"Galaxy S22 Ultra came too late. If it is released on February 8, at that time, at least five Snapdragon 8 GEN1 flagship phones have been listed."
This dating is interesting considering we've only just heard that the S22 series is likely going to be delayed out of January 2022 due to the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S2 Fan Edition.
It also feels plausible to us here at T3, as it would mean the phone would be launched and released before Mobile World Congress 2022 at the end of February.
December 6, 2021 – A Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra fan made video has hit the internet giving us our best look yet at the incoming new flagship phone. The video, which called "not bad" by Samsung's own leakster-in-chief Ice universe, shows the S Pen-toting handset from a number of angles as well as in a number of colorways.
We also get to see the new digital stylus up close and in use. The way the video is shot and the music used is very evocative of recent Samsung phone adverts, and includes a design that is very accurate according to the latest leaked information. Well worth a watch if you're thinking of upgrading to S22 Ultra.
December 1, 2021 – Some good news for prospective Galaxy S22 Ultra owners comes courtesy of supply chain sources, who have confirmed to Samsung leakster-in-chief Ice universe that the "Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra will use VC soaking plate for heat dissipation".
As T3 reports, 'VC' here stands for vapour chamber and it is a smart cooling solution that can absorb and dissipate heat, distributing it away from the source of it, thereby keeping it cooler and working more efficiently.
The news of this cooling upgrade comes after there were a number of reports from both Samsung Galaxy S20 and Samsung Galaxy S21 owners of overheating handsets. This switch to vapour chamber cooling in the S22 Ultra, therefore, seems like a smart move by the South Korean maker, and especially so considering the handset has an S Pen digital stylus cavity, which reduces internal space.
Hopefully this new cooling tech will mean the S22 Ultra runs cooler and runs and charges faster as a result.
November 16, 2021 – Uh oh, this isn't what we wanted to hear, like, at all. That's because a rumor is going round right now that the Galaxy S22 series is going to be more expensive than the Galaxy S21 series.
The Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus have been suggested to be increasing in price by $50 at launch, while the Galaxy S22 Ultra is tipped to be $100 more expensive. These price rises are, apparently, driven by increases in the base storage , which on the Plus and Ultra is going up to 256GB from 128GB.
There's also the possibility that the price hike is being driven by the ongoing global chip shortage, which is increasing costs to manufacturers.
These worrying price rumors come from future tech tipster TheGalox_ on Twitter, so nothing is 100 per nailed on right now. But there's something about this rumor that feels accurate when you consider market trends. Here's hoping we get something more concrete soon.
November 9, 2021 – Some major S22 hardware news has potentially just dropped on the official Samsung newsroom. The South Korean maker has just officially unveiled its industry first LPDDR5X DRAM, which is 1.3x faster than the existing LPDDR5 DRAM and consumes 20 per cent less power than it, too.
Now, there's nothing that concretely ties this new hardware to the Samsung Galaxy S22 range, but considering that DRAM is the RAM type used in mobile phones, and that Samsung is announcing this RAM a few months before the S22 is set to hit store shelves, it seems very plausible that it will be. The fact that we've heard the S22 range has smaller capacity batteries also points toward this RAM being used, as it is more power efficient.
And if the LPDDR5X DRAM does make it into the Galaxy S22 range of handsets, then users are going to be left with a very next-gen package. It would mean that that the S22 range would feature a Snapdragon 895/Exynos 2200 CPU, AMD RDNA 2 GPU, UFS 3.1 storage and LPDDR5X DRAM. And that spec, on paper at least, points to very impressive benchmark scores and real world performance.
November 8, 2021 – A scandalously early hardware leak means we've now got our first look at the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, with FrontPageTech.com going rogue and posting up "real-world photos of Samsung's Galaxy S22 Ultra".
Samsung's leakster-in-chief Ice universe then proceeded to tweet the photos, along with his belief that "Samsung's leaders are going to lose sleep" over the leak.
What do we see in the leaked photos? Well, basically everything. We get to see the S22 Ulta from the front, back and bottom, with details such as its USB Type-C charging port and S Pen digital stylus slot in full view.
We also see the design of the phone, which as predicted looks like a slightly Galaxy S-series version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
The much talked of rear camera lens array is also 100 per cent visible, and it confirms that we're looking at a bump-free design.
Worryingly for Samsung, we also see a sticker on the rear of the phone that reads:
"Confidential (unauthorized use prohibited) No photo allowed Not For Sale Do not leak info"
Which seem like instructions that have well and truly not been followed here.
As ever, here at T3 we wonder just how this phone got into a leaker's hands and, two, exactly why it's "leaking" in this way.
November 4, 2021 – S22 Ultra owners are looking like they're going to get a very special camera system indeed, with "100% confirmation" coming through that the firm is enhancing the details of the phone's 108MP camera.
The confirmation, as T3 reports, comes courtesy of Samsung Mobile's top leaker, Ice universe, who took to Twitter to state that: "Samsung will enhance the details of 108MP mode in S22 Ultra. 100% confirmation."
This is exciting news for sure as Samsung's 108MP sensor was already delivering great results and now, with some enhancements, should take high megapixel mobile photography to a new level.
For the record, the S22 Ultra's camera setup has been leaked as a 108MP main camera, 12MP ultrawide, 12MP telephoto and 50MP RGBW selfie camera.
November 2, 2021 – Huge news for fans of the now dead Galaxy Note series comes courtesy of a tantalising new comment from Samsung's leakster-in-chief Ice universe. As T3 reports, Ice has taken to Twitter and claimed that the incoming S22 Ultra flagship phone, the one that has been rumored to be coming with fully integrated S Pen digital stylus functionality, is a "fully evolved Note20 Ultra".
The Note 20 Ultra was the last flagship Galaxy Note series phone to be made by Samsung before it killed the series, with the Galaxy Note 21 never seeing the light of day. As such, if Ice is saying that the new S22 Ultra is a "fully evolved Note20 Ultra", then that adds massive weight to it being a full-on successor to the Note line.
This will no-doubt be very welcome news to Samsung phone fans like us here at T3 that were saddened to see the passing of the Galaxy Note series, as it offered unique functionality and often handsets that were technical leaders. Without Galaxy Note the phone industry has lost diversity, so to see it return like this under the Galaxy S series range is heartening news.
October 20, 2021 – A leak coming out of China, via its popular social media platform Weibo, has seemingly revealed the full design and dimensions of the S22, S22 Plus and S22 Ultra.
According to the leak, which takes the form of a series of technical drawings of the three handsets, the S22 will have measurements of 145.98 mm x 70.56 mm x 7.65 mm, which is smaller than the S21. This shrinking has previously been reported.
The S22 Plus, which on the schematic is listed as "S22 Pro" meanwhile will measure in at 157.43 mm x 75.83 x 7.65 mm, while the S22 Ultra will apparently have dimensions of 163.29 mm x 77.87 mm x 9.05 mm.
What's notably interesting about he schematic is that the S Pen digital stylus recess in located on the left hand edge of the phone, rather than the right (where Note phones have had their recess historically).
The other obvious take-away from this leak is that the S22 and S22 Plus have notably Galaxy S-series shaping, while the S22 Ultra has more of Galaxy Note-series shaping.
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.
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.