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(Pocket-lint) - Samsung's Galaxy S21 range launched in January 2021, so we aren't too far away from their successors arrival.

Though not much is yet official, there's been plenty of speculation about the Galaxy S22 range, expected to be the Galaxy S22, S22+ and S22 Ultra. 

We've covered off the Galaxy S22 Ultra in a separate feature, while here we are looking at everything we have heard so far about the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus models.

Release date and price

  • 9 February 2022
  • From €849 for the S22
  • From €1049 for the S22+

Samsung has confirmed its next Galaxy Unpacked will take place on 9 Febraury 2022. The Samsung Galaxy S21, S21+ and S21 Ultra were revealed in January 2021, which was a couple of months earlier than the company's typical timeline for its Galaxy S series launch.

In terms of price, the Galaxy S21 started at £769 in the UK and $799 in the US. The Galaxy S21+ started at £949 in the UK and $999 in the US. Rumours claim the S22 will start at €849 (around £730/$975), while the S22+ will start a €1049 (around £900/$1210).

Design

  • 'Glasstic' on standard model
  • Prominent camera housing
  • S Pen support on S22 Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy S22 range is likely to share design traits, like the S21 range does. There will no doubt be some changes compared to the 2021 range, but it could be that they are smaller changes than those made between the S20 range and S21 range.

Rumours and renders suggest a slight modification but nothing substantial, with the camera housing continuing to wrap around the frame again for the S22 and S22+, but this time colour matched to the rear.

We'd expect premium handsets across the whole range, but it's likely at least the standard S22 will opt for a plastic back rather than glass - AKA 'Glasstic' - as the S21 did. Waterproofing is expected on all S22 models though and USB Type-C charging.

We'd also expect a prominent camera housing on all models and a punch-hole front camera. Despite the Galaxy Z Fold 3 offering an under-display camera, it's said the Galaxy S22 range won't adopt it.

Display

  • 6.06-inch/6.55-inch
  • Full HD+ resolution likely
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Slimmer bezels?

The Samsung Galaxy S21 has a 6.2-inch display and the S21+ has a 6.7-inch display. Rumours suggest the Galaxy S22 and S22+ will drop in size, with the S22 offering a 6.06-inch screen and the S22+ a 6.55-inch screen. There are also claims of slimmer bezels and more rounded corners.

We'd expect the standard S22 and the S22+ to offer Full HD+ resolutions, as well as flat displays, as was the case for the S21 and S21+. 

Support for HDR and a 120Hz refresh rate are expected on all S22 models.

Hardware and specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and Exynos 2200 chipsets (regional differences)
  • At least 8GB RAM
  • No charger in box

It's not currently clear what the Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22+ will offer in terms of hardware. It's likely there will be a split between Qualcomm and Exynos chipsets, depending on the region, as has been the case now for a number of years. While Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon platform, 8 Gen, was officially revealed in December 2021, the next-gen Exynos 2200 chipset is what's expected to be used in Korea's regional handsets. This chip was revealed in January 2022.

In terms of other specs, it's likely that the S22 will offer at least 8GB of RAM, like its predecessor, and come in a base model of at least 128GB of storage. The S21 range doesn't have microSD support so we suspect it's unlikely that the S22 range will reintroduce this. Based on rumours, the S22 and S22+ will come with 8GB RAM and in 128GB and 256GB storage options.

It's a sure thing that all the S22 handsets will be 5G compatible based on those platform uses, and we'd expect the S22 to offer support for fast-charging and fast wireless charging too.

Samsung has confirmed that the wall charger will not come in the box though - a move Apple made for its iPhone 12 series and continued with for the iPhone 13 series - it'll just be the cable on hand.

Rumours claim the Galaxy S22 will have a 3800mAh battery and the S22+ a 4600mAh battery. There's also been claims of 3700mAh for the Galaxy S22 and 4500mAh for the Galaxy S22+, both of which are smaller than their respective predecessors. 

Camera

  • No ToF sensor
  • Triple rear camera

Rumours claim the triple rear camera on the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+ will consist of a 50-megapixel main sensor, plus two 12-megapixel sensors for ultrawide and telephoto, with the telephoto camera capable of 3x zoom.

There are also reports that the ToF sensor won't be making a return on the Galaxy S22 either - like it didn't on the S21 model.

Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22+ rumours: Here's everything we have heard so far

This is everything we have heard so far about the Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22+.

26 January 2022: Best Samsung Galaxy S22 pictures leak yet - renders appear ahead of confirmed 9 February event

Samsung confirmed its Unpacked event would take place on 9 Febraury. Meanwhile, Evan Blass posted a number of press renders for the three devices, before removing them due to a copyright report.

25 January 2022: Samsung Galaxy S22 launch date and time leaks, not long now

Evan Blass tweeted an image of the Galaxy Unpacked invite suggesting it will take place on 9 February 2022 at 15:00, though the time zone of that time is not currently known.

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24 January 2022: Samsung Galaxy S22 prices and storage options leak

Roland Quandt tweeted a European pricing list for the Samsung Galaxy S22 series, revealing what we can expect them to cost. 

18 January 2022: Samsung announces Exynos 2200 ahead of S22 launch, includes ray-tracing support

Samsung announced the Exynos 2200 chipset, thought to be the processor that will power some of the Galaxy S22 models.

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17 January 2022: Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus renders show different colour options ahead of Unpacked

Leaker Ishan Agarwal and MySmartPrice published some renders of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus revealing the expected colourways.

11 January 2022: 8 February Unpacked confirmed

Korea's DDaily confirms with Samsung that Unpacked will happen on 8 February, with handsets rumoured to be on sale as soon as 21 February.

10 January 2022: Samsung Galaxy S22 Unpacked launch event could be 8 February

According to a report, Samsung Galaxy Unpacked is due to take place on 8 February. 

8 November 2021: Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra leak reveals built-in S Pen and release date

Jon Prosser of FrontPageTech claimed the Samsung Galaxy S22 range will be announced on 8 February 2022 and on sale 18 Febraury 2022.

22 October 2021: Samsung Galaxy S22 lineup tipped to feature separate versions with Exynos and Qualcomm chips - again

Tech reporter Max Weinbach suggests the upcoming Samsung S22 flagship phones will again include models which feature both Qualcomm and Exynos chips.

18 October 2021: Samsung Galaxy S22 glass leak shows more rounded corners, slimmer bezel

An image of tempered glass panels allegedly to be used on the Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22+ leaked online showing rounder corners and slimmer bezels.

27 September 2021: Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22+ leaks gives us a detailed look at the next flagship

Another set of renders were published by @OnLeaks, this time in conjuction with 91Mobiles and Zouton showing off the S22 and S22+.

17 September 2021: Samsung Galaxy S22 to feature smaller battery than S21?

GalaxyClub reported that the battery capacity of the Galaxy S22 series will be smaller than that of the Galaxy S21 series. Only the Galaxy S22 Ultra  is reported to remain the same.

14 September 2021: Samsung Galaxy S22 won't have an under-display camera says tipster

Leaker Ice Universe claimed on Twitter that Samsung will opt for a hole punch camera rather than an under display camera for the Galaxy S22 range.

17 August 2021: Samsung Galaxy S22 series leak details camera, battery and display specs

Leaker Ice Universe revealed some details of what was expected to be coming to the Samsung Galaxy S22 range in terms of display, camera and battery specifications. 

23 June 2021: Samsung Galaxy S22 camera specifications leaked

Twitter user FronTron claimed the Samsung Galaxy S22 will come with a triple rear camera consisting of a 50-megapixel main sensor, plus two 12-megapixel sensors for ultrawide and telephoto, with the telephoto cameracapable of 3X zoom. He said take the leak with a pinch of salt though.

16 June 2021: All three Samsung Galaxy S22 series phones to see reduction in size?

Twitter user @MauriQHD suggested that Samsung will downsize all three models in the Galaxy S22 family, compared to the S21 series. Meaning: the regular S22, S22 Plus and S22 Ultra will all have smaller screens than their predecessors. 

27 April 2021: Samsung's upcoming phones could launch with super-speedy 65W charging

A Samsung 65W fast charging adapter appeared on India's BIS database which works similarly to FCC or TENAA. The charger suggests Samsung could be looking to offer 65W fast charging to future smartphones, like the S22.

19 April 2021: No ToF sensor on Samsung Galaxy S22

Sammobile reported that ET News claimed Samsung has chosen not to include a ToF sensor on the Galaxy S22 models.

12 April 2021: Is Samsung working on its own sensor shift phone camera?

Samsung is hoping to build sensor shift technology into its upcoming smartphone cameras according to report on Dutch site, Galaxy Club.

12 April 2021: A Samsung and Olympus collaboration could be on the cards

Reports are circulating that Samsung has been in discussions with Olympus over the possibility of collaborating on smartphone camera tech. 

15 January 2021: No chargers in box for future models

In a Q&A report on Samsung's Mobile Press page, Samsung confirmed it would not include chargers in the box for future devices.

15 October 2020: Samsung claimed to be working on new Exynos processors

Leaker Ice Universe claimed on Twitter that Samsung was working on new Exynos processors, including the 9855 and 9925 - the latter of which may be with AMD GPU.

Writing by Britta O'Boyle.