Samsung galaxy s22 release date, February 9 launch date now confirmed, and the leaks and rumors have been coming in thick and quickly for all three units in the line.
These are to be the successors to 2021’s Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus, and Galaxy S21 Ultra, but have also got the big boots of the Samsung Galaxy Note 21 to fill, with 2021’s late-year flagship actually canceled, much to the chagrin of Samsung fans.
The Galaxy S22 is therefore the next big flagship from Samsung, and since the Samsung Galaxy Note 21 was canceled, it will be the first big traditional phone from the company to come out in over a year. We did see the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 come out with S Pen stylus support, and the clamshell Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 launch at the same price as flagship phones – but for most consumers, the Galaxy S22 is the next big Android phone.
Below is the place we’ll be collating all the leaks, rumors, and information we hear about the Samsung Galaxy S22 till its launch. We’ll be maintaining track of details of the Galaxy S22 release date, price, points, and a lot more, from rumors about its new aspects to leaked images of what the phone may want to appear like.
Samsung Galaxy S22: what you need to know
Samsung Galaxy S22 release date: Samsung has confirmed an Unpacked event for February 9, and it’s almost certain this is where we’ll see the new phones. We don’t yet have a release date, but we expect the second half of February.
Samsung Galaxy S22 price: Pricing is uncertain, but for reference, the Samsung Galaxy S21 started at $799 / £769 / AU$1,249. However, leaks suggest the prices might rise by around $100 for each model.
Design: The Samsung Galaxy S22 and Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus will probably look similar to their predecessors, with the S22 Ultra rumored to be getting a more angular design reminiscent of the Galaxy Note range. All three phones could have glass rears.
Colors: A leak suggests the Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus may come in white, black, pink gold, and green shades, while the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra might come in black, white, green, and dark red.
Display: The Samsung Galaxy S22 is rumored to have a 6.06-inch screen, the S22 Plus a 6.55-inch one, and the S22 Ultra a 6.81-inch one. All three models are expected to have a 120Hz refresh rate, but that’s likely to be paired with a FHD+ resolution for the cheaper two and a QHD+ resolution for the Ultra.
Camera: 50MP main, 12MP ultra-wide and 12MP telephoto cameras have been rumored for the S22 and S22 Plus. Things are less clear for the Ultra, but it may have a 108MP main snapper, a 12MP ultra-wide, and two 10MP telephotos.
Specs: Expect either the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Exynos 2200 chipset depending on region, coupled possibly with the same RAM and storage amounts as the S21 range. That would mean up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage in the Ultra model, or 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage in the other models. We’ve seen a recent report hinting at as much as 1TB of storage for the S22 Ultra, mind.
Battery: Leaks point to a 3,700mAh battery in the S22, 4,500mAh in the S22 Plus, and 5,000mAh in the S22 Ultra. Other than the Ultra those would all be smaller than the batteries in the S21 range. Charging speed on the S22 Ultra might be improved though, possibly coming in at 45W.
SAMSUNG GALAXY S22 RELEASE DATE
The next Samsung Unpacked event is set for February 9, and that’s almost certainly where we’ll see the company reveal its new Galaxy S22 family of smartphones. We also expect to see other Galaxy devices, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8.
It’ll be a fully virtual event, and it’s set to kick off at 10am ET / 7am PT / 3pm GMT (or 1am AEST on February 10) on February 9.
We don’t yet know when the Samsung Galaxy S22 release date is set for, but a leak has suggested it’ll be on shop shelves on February 24. That would make sense as Samsung often leaves two weeks in between revealing devices and putting them on sale.
For example, 2021’s Samsung Galaxy S21 series was revealed on January 14 of that year and it was then on sale from January 29. We’ll likely have to wait until the big reveal event to officially learn when it’ll go on sale.
SAMSUNG GALAXY S22 PRICE
So far we don’t know anything for sure about the price of the Samsung Galaxy S22 range, but one leak suggests the standard S22 could start at $899 (roughly £660 / AU$1,245), the Galaxy S22 Plus could start at $1,099 (around £805 / AU$1,525), and the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra could start at $1,299 (approximately £955 / AU$1,800).
For reference, the Samsung Galaxy S21 started at $799 / £769 / AU$1,249, the S21 Plus started at $999 / £949 / AU$1,549, and the S21 Ultra started at $1,199 / £1,149 / AU$1,849.
So if the leak above is right then each model will be $100 more than their predecessor in the US, with similar price rises likely elsewhere.
|Samsung Galaxy S22||$899||About £660|
|Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus||$1,099||About £805|
|Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra||$1,299||About £955|
SAMSUNG GALAXY S22 DESIGN
The basic design of the Samsung Galaxy S22 and Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus may be very comparable to the cutting-edge range, in accordance to one leak, so do not expect big visual changes – other than for the Galaxy S22 Ultra, which might be significantly different.
A leaked press image of the upcoming phones shows us the Galaxy S22 Ultra subsequent to both the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus. It’s our best seem to be at the upcoming handsets, and you can see it below.
This heavily suggests the Galaxy S22 Ultra (the phone in red) will come with a more Note-like design that has square edges as well as an S Pen and five rear cameras. The S22 or S22 Plus looks to come in white, it’ll have a similar design to the Galaxy S21 with rounded edges and it has three cameras on the rear.
Samsung itself has all but confirmed the basic shapes of these phones now too, with the image below coming from a teaser video. You can see what’s probably the S22 or S22 Plus on the left, and the more angular S22 Ultra on the right.
Some render also come with whispers that these phones will actually be called the Samsung Galaxy S22, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Pro, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 22 Ultra. The talk so far has been that the S22 Ultra might replace the Note 22, and if these leaks are right, that’s going to come to pass. Another source has chimed in saying the biggest phone will be called the S22 Note.
And we’ve got even now viewed hands-on photos that appear to show the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, as you can see below. These fit some of the leaks above, entire with an S Pen slot, a curved screen, and cameras that individually jut out from the rear, alternatively than being housed in a block. Meanwhile, the S Pen is rumored to be extra responsive than ever.
These photos were also quickly followed by a video of what might be the same units, but this time we glimpse the front too.
Case renders for the three phones have also now leaked, and these show a similar design to the images above, complete with a Note-like overhaul for the S22 Ultra, and even an S Pen slot. The second set of case images for the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra have also emerged, sporting the same design but with a purple color scheme.
possible dimensions and weights for the Galaxy S22 range. These come from leaker Ice Universe, who claims that the Samsung Galaxy S22 is 146 x 70 x 7.6mm and 167g, the Galaxy S22 Plus is 157.4 x 75.8 x 7.6mm and 195g, and the Galaxy S22 Ultra is 163.3 x 77.9 x 8.9mm and 228g. For the most part that would make these phones marginally smaller than their predecessors.
SAMSUNG GALAXY S22 DISPLAY
screen sizes with the Samsung Galaxy S22 range to the Galaxy S21, with multiple sources claiming that the Galaxy S22 will have a 6.06-inch screen (down from 6.2 inches on the S21), the Galaxy S22 Plus will have a 6.55-inch one (down from 6.7) and the S22 Ultra might have a 6.81-inch one (up from 6.8).
This matches with a leak from UniverseIce that shows off-screen protectors for all three new devices, with similar sizes to what we’ve heard about above.
Additionally, this supply claims that solely the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra will have an LTPO display, which means it is probably to be the solely model with a variable refresh rate.
We’ve heard the same screen sizes from every other source, entire with 120Hz refresh rates paired with a FHD+ resolution on the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus, and a QHD+ one on the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
More specifically, a supply claims that the Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus have a 1080 x 2340 display with a 19.5:9 thing ratio, whilst the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra has a 1440 x 3088 one with a 19.3:9 thing ratio. That would sincerely make for moderate resolution downgrades from their predecessors.
Elsewhere, a leaker has stated that the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra will have the brightest display Samsung has ever put on a phone. Since then we have heard that the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus will have a most brightness of 1,750 nits, which would already take that crown, so most likely the S22 Ultra’s display will be at least that bright.
The vary would possibly no longer have mainly curved screens though, with leaks suggesting that the Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus will have flat displays, whilst the Galaxy S22 Ultra would possibly solely have a very moderate curve.
SAMSUNG GALAXY S22 COLORS
Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus will come in white, black, rose gold, and green colors, while the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra will come in a choice of black, white, or dark red, with another source adding green to the mix.
Another source has helped to back up that green rumor for all these handsets, and you can see the Galaxy S22 in that leaked color below.
Another source speaking to LetsGoDigital has claimed that the rose gold color on the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus may be pinker than in previous iterations. You can see what they believe the shade will look like below:
Samsung Galaxy S21 comes in violet, grey, white, and pink, the S21 Plus in black, silver, gold, violet, and red, and the S21 Ultra comes in black, silver, titanium, navy, and brown.
So the green Samsung Galaxy S22 shade could be quite different from anything we’ve seen from the current models if this leak is right.
SAMSUNG GALAXY S22 CAMERA
On the camera front we’ve heard from one leaker that the Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus will have a 50MP main sensor, a 12MP ultra-wide, and a 12MP telephoto (capable of 3x optical zoom), That would be quite a change from the 12MP main, 12MP ultra-wide and 64MP telephoto of their predecessors, and we’ve heard a similar claim from another source too.
That idea isn’t unanimous though, as various leakers have had slightly different ideas about the cameras. Case in point, a popular one has echoed the above specs but suggested the telephoto will be 10MP.
It also sounds very much like the Galaxy S22 won’t have a 3D time-of-flight (ToF) sensor on its rear camera setup. That’s no real surprise – it wasn’t on the Galaxy S21 either – but it might disappoint those who wanted it to make a return.
As for the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, one report originally suggested it could have a 200MP main camera. We’ve since heard the 200MP claim again, along with a claim that the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra will have a penta-lens camera with Olympus tech. That Olympus partnership is also something we’ve heard more than once.
That said, several reports since then have suggested that Samsung won’t be including a 200MP sensor, and instead, it will go for a 108MP sensor with a “polish” that we haven’t seen on previous versions.
We’ve heard a similar report elsewhere, suggesting that the Galaxy S22 Ultra will have a 108MP main camera, two 12MP telephoto ones, and a 12MP ultra-wide, while the other two models will have the camera configurations leaked above (a 50MP main sensor, a 12MP ultra-wide, and a 12MP telephoto).
That report has been backed up in another leak that we heard in January 2022, which also suggested the Ultra will come with a feature called Super Clear Lens. It’s thought this will use Gorilla Glass technology on the phone’s main camera to reduce glare and reflections when using it.
The zoom potential of these phones might be the same as the S21 range as well, with the S22 and S22 Plus said to offer 3x optical zoom, and the S22 Ultra both 3x and 10x. That’s a claim we’ve now heard multiple times, though one source points to the Ultra’s zoom snappers being 10MP rather than 12MP.
In fact, another source now points to all the megapixel counts on the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s cameras being the same as the S21 Ultra, albeit with slightly different pixel and sensor sizes. That source has since reiterated the claim, so they seem confident of it.
However, while the core specs might be similar, some of the camera abilities might be new or improved, with the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra rumored to have a macro mode, improvements to night mode, and – thanks to AI – better general shots.
One source also says to expect continuous optical zoom, meaning that all of the zoom levels up to its maximum optical (likely 10x) would be optical, where most phones have to fall back on digital or hybrid zoom for the middle zoom ranges.
However, given that multiple sources point to the S22 Ultra having two zoom cameras, we’re not convinced it would also sport continuous optical zoom, as having two shouldn’t be so necessary if it did.
You can see how the camera modules for all three phones might look in the leaked image below.
SAMSUNG GALAXY S22 SPECS AND FEATURES
Samsung Galaxy S22 will likely either come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset inside or an Exynos 2200 made directly by Samsung. Which one you’ll get will depend on where you live, and one leak breaks this down comprehensively.
Both of these chipsets are now official, and Samsung’s own Exynos 2200 is the more recently introduced one. It comes with an AMD GPU included meaning the phone is capable of both ray tracing and variable rate shading.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is also official, and it promises a 20% faster CPU, 30% less power use (for better battery life), and more.
Before the Exynos announcement, a leaker claimed that Samsung had struggled with producing the Exynos chipset, which might mean most places get a Snapdragon one instead.
We’ve since heard that two CPUs will indeed be used and that most regions will get the Snapdragon version.
The most recent chipset leak though takes the form of European store listings, all of which mention the Exynos 2200, so it looks likely that Europe will get an Exynos chipset as usual.
Other spec leaks include claims that the RAM and storage amounts won’t change from the Galaxy S21 range, with one source saying to expect 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage in the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus, and 12GB or 16GB of RAM and 256GB or 512GB of storage in the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
Indeed, a benchmark for the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus lists 8GB of RAM, like its predecessor. This is for the Exynos 2200 model, and the scores achieved are worryingly low – but it seems the phone might have been in a power-saving mode for some reason, which would explain it.
What’s more, while the RAM might stay the same in terms of quantities, Samsung might use higher speed RAM, as it’s announced RAM that’s over 1.3x faster while consuming almost 20% less power – though the company hasn’t confirmed whether this RAM will be used in the Galaxy S22 range.
Galaxy S22 Ultra will come equipped with an iPhone 13-matching 1TB of internal storage. With the high-end device likely to be able to capture 8K video, a 1TB storage option makes a lot of sense, and multiple sources have now said this will happen – it just remains to be seen whether this will be the only model to offer it.
We’ve also heard that the Samsung Galaxy S22 range might have vapor chambers to keep them cool. This is a feature that Samsung has used before, but not in every recent flagship. However, the company is reportedly considering bringing them back for its 2022 flagships, likely including the Galaxy S22 range.
SAMSUNG GALAXY S22 BATTERY
battery, a 3,800mAh one in the Samsung Galaxy S22, a 4,600mAh one in the Galaxy S22 Plus, and a 5,000mAh one in the Galaxy S22 Ultra. Those sizes would all be slight downgrades on the Galaxy S21 range, except the S22 Ultra, which would have the same size battery if this is right.
Elsewhere we’ve heard that the battery in the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus might be even smaller, at 4,500mAh. That size has been spotted multiple times now, as has 5,000mAh for the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 meanwhile could get an even smaller 3,700mAh battery according to more than one source – that would be the ‘typical’ capacity (which is what tends to be advertised), while the ‘rated’ capacity would apparently be 3,590mAh, and it’s a claim we’ve now heard three times.
Beyond that, Samsung itself has confirmed that it won’t be including chargers in the box with future smartphones, so you should expect to buy a separate charger alongside your Samsung flagship if you’re not already equipped with one.
And one piece of information has also emerged about the charging speed, as apparently, Samsung is testing 45W or 65W power. Either would be a big improvement on the 25W of the S21 series, though the S20 Ultra had 45W.
45W powering has been rumored many times now, but possibly only on the S22 Ultra. Then again, a recent leak has suggested the Galaxy S22 Plus will get it too. That figure is still quite a bit below the competition, with other mid-range and premium Android handsets ranging from 65W to 120W.
There’s also a chance that the whole range will be stuck with 25W charging, as a certification listing suggests as much.
However, whether wired charging gets a boost or note, wireless might, with evidence of a 25W wireless charger being in the works – that would be up from 15W on the Galaxy S21 range.