Samsung unveiled two new foldable phones, theand , during its event last month, and the company's next flagship, the , could be coming soon. But, how will the upcoming Galaxy S22 stack up against the ? So far, we've heard that the Galaxy S22 could offer a thinner design with new green and dark red color option alongside upgrades to its camera, processor and battery, all for a similar price as the Galaxy S21.
Although the exact launch date for the Galaxy S22 is still unclear, Pulse New Korea speculates that the new phone lineup could be arriving in January. The Galaxy S21 was revealed in January 2021, a change from the phone-maker's previous timeline for the Galaxy S Series, which is usually unveiled in February.
Samsung's Galaxy S21 series features three phones, the Galaxy S21, S21 Plus and S21 Ultra. (Here are CNET's leaks around the phones' screen sizes are to be believed.and .) The Galaxy S22 series is rumored to mirror the three-phone lineup with a standard, Plus and Ultra model, if
Here are the rumors we've heard about the Galaxy S22 specs, so far, and how they compare to the Galaxy S21. Just note that none of the Galaxy S22 specs have been confirmed by Samsung. We'll keep this story updated as we hear more.
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Cost: Galaxy S22 and S21 should have a similar price
We haven't heard any credible rumors yet about the price of the upcoming Galaxy S22 lineup, but we anticipate that Samsung may keep prices fairly consistent from last year's flagship. The South Korean electronics giantcompared with the previous year's flagship, the Galaxy S20, and we'd be surprised if Samsung were to dramatically increase the price this year. The Galaxy S21 ranges in price from $799 to $1,379 depending on the model.
Here's the Galaxy S21's US pricing, for reference.
Galaxy S21 US Pricing
|Galaxy S21 Plus||$999||$1,049||N/A|
|Galaxy S21 Ultra||$1,199||$1,249||$1,379|
Design: Galaxy S22 will be thinner than the S21, with a smaller display
The Galaxy S22 lineup could be slightly smaller and thinner than the S21, according to leaker Mauri QHD.
The Galaxy S22 is speculated to come in three sizes: 6.06, 6.55 and 6.81 inches. In comparison, the standard Galaxy S21 is 6.2 inches, the S21 Plus is 6.7 inches and the S21 Ultra is 6.8 inches.
Mauri QHD also theorizes the thinner design may result in a smaller battery for the Galaxy S22. The Galaxy S21 houses a 4,000- to 4,500-mAh battery. The anticipated shrinkage of the Galaxy S22 is abnormal when looking at Samsung's previous phone models. The South Korean electronics giant's S series has been steadily growing in size over time from the Galaxy S10 (150x70x7.8mm) to the Galaxy S20 (152x69x7.9mm) and then Galaxy S21 (152x71x7.9mm).
Colors: The Galaxy S22 could come in new colors that the S21 didn't offer
The Galaxy S21 came in six colors. This included black, silver, gray and white as well as a chrome-like purple and pink. According to the latest gossip from Dutch blog Galaxy Club, the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus could be available in four colors: white, black, rose gold and green. The new green option is said to be similar to the Phantom Green of the . The Galaxy S22 Ultra could be offered in white, black and a new dark red color, the blog says.
Earlier buzz from blog LetsGoDigital said the Galaxy S22 could come in light pink and green color options. The blog speculated that during event the company may have hinted at the possible new colors. At one point in Samsung's Unpacked presentation (about 46 minutes in), the company showed off the S Pen stylus's compatibility with the . At that moment, the words "SS22 colors" are written on the . The text appears next to a separate window showing a light green plaid pair of pants and a baby pink blazer that pointed to the words "Pistachio Green" and "Flamingo Pink." It's possible we could see these new colors for the Galaxy S22, but we won't know for sure until the phone makes its debut.
Camera: Galaxy S22 will get the camera upgrades the S21 missed
After keeping the camera options stagnant for the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S21, Samsung may upgrade its camera selection for the Galaxy S22. The Galaxy S22 Ultra is rumored to come with a . If the speculation proves to be true, this would be the highest pixel count available for a Samsung phone. The Galaxy S21 Ultra has a 108-megapixel wide-angle camera, in comparison.
The camera gossip comes after a teaser tweet shared by Samsung Exynos, the electronic company's division for chipmaking, in March flaunting a 200-megapixel phone camera. The upgrade could be coming as a result of a potential partnership with Olympus.
Leaker Ice Universe, however, speculates the upcoming Galaxy S22 Ultra could feature a more polished version of Samsung's third-generation 108-megapixel camera sensor (Isocell HM3).
The rumored 200-megapixel main camera from Samsung would significantly outperform the main snapper on Apple's iPhone 12 () which comes camera. Google's does slightly better than Apple on the camera front with a , but still doesn't hold a candle to Samsung's rumored 200 megapixels.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra may also have an under-display selfie camera, but rumors regarding this feature currently contradict each other. Some speculate that Samsung has filed a patent for a punch hole camera with a sub-display that moves out of the way when the camera is needed, while others claim the hidden front camera won't be a part of the upcoming Galaxy S22 because the camera quality isn't high enough.
The camera selection for the upcoming Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus may not be that exciting, as the models are speculated to have a 50-megapixel main camera, a 12-megapixel ultrawide and a 12-megapixel telephoto with a 3x zoom. The regular and plus models of both the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S20 featured a 12-megapixel main camera, a 12-megapixel ultrawide and a 64-megapixel telephoto, in comparison.
Processor: Will the Galaxy S22 come with a Snapdragon 895 chip?
The Galaxy S22 could be getting a speed boost. Leaker Ice Universe speculates the new flagship phone could be equipped with an improved Qualcomm chip, the Snapdragon 895. In comparison, the Galaxy S21 comes equipped with the Snapdragon 888.
The rumor comes after Qualcommin January. Ice Universe also speculates Samsung could be the company to manufacture the new smartphone processor.
The bump in processing power is rumored to be paired with a boost in graphics. The Galaxy S22 could come with an AMD GPU as a result of abetween Samsung and the chip giant.
The Galaxy S22 may also come with an active fan mode to cool down the phone during gaming or other times of intensive usage, according to Dutch blog LetsGoDigital.
Charging: The Galaxy S22 could support 65W charging, offering faster power up times than the S21
Samsung could be upgrading the Galaxy S22 lineup with 65-watt charging support, according to leaker FrontTron. The tipster posted to Twitter that 65-watt charging support is in the testing phase for Rainbow RGB, a rumored codename for the S22 series.
If the speculation becomes reality, the S22 would offer significantly faster charging times than the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy Note 20 lineup, which both have 25-watt charging.
What's in the box: Still no charger included with the S22 or S21
Although the battery power of the upcoming Galaxy S22 line is uncertain, Samsung confirmed earlier this year that, starting with the Galaxy S21 line, future smartphonesor headphones in the box.
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Rumored Samsung Galaxy S22 vs. Galaxy S21 Specs
||Galaxy S22||Galaxy S21|
|Display size||6.06, 6.55 and 6.81 inch options||6.2, 6.7 and 6.8 inch options|
|Processor||Snapdragon 895||Snapdragon 888 or 64-bit octa-core processor|
|Cameras||50MP main camera, a 12MP ultra-wide and a 12MP telephoto||12MP main camera, a 12MP ultra-wide and a 64MP telephoto|
|Battery||Unknown||4,000 to 4,500 mAh|
|Starting price (US)||$799||$799|
|Starting price (GBP)||£769||£769|
|Starting price (AUD)||$1,249||$1,249|