The ink of the Galaxy S21 series has barely dried up, but rumors about next year's Galaxy S22 have already started circulating around. With the Galaxy S21-series being an evolutionary refresh of the disappointing Galaxy S20-series, it's only natural to expect next year's Samsung flagships to shake things up a bit with bolder design, even better performance, and most importantly, better cameras. Rumors are also putting multiple functionality improvements in Samsung's next flagship, including that anticipated under-screen selfie camera we've been hearing for ages.
Galaxy S22 design and display
There are rumors about a further refreshed design but it's simply too early to know how drastic it might be. Given how elegant and precise the slight redesign of the Galaxy S21 was in comparison with the Galaxy S20 was, we probably shouldn't expect outrageous revamps in the exterior section. Hopefully the small Galaxy S22 will ditch the plastic for a more premium material like its larger brothers as plastic on a nearly $1,000-phone is a glaring choice. There's also talk of thinner devices, which wouldn't spell any good news for the battery capacity.
S21 Ultra: 6.2-inch Galaxy S22, 6.7-inch Galaxy S22+, and a 6.8-inch Galaxy S22 Ultra will likely debut early next year. With these sizes, Samsung is mostly covering a wide range of users, though those wanting a ultra-compact device will certainly remain forgotten for yet another year in a row. Thanks to Samsung's latest advances, we can expect displays with variable refresh rate that intelligently switch between the available levels with power-savings in mind. Both the Galaxy S21 and the S21+ features displays that can switch between 48 and 120Hz, while the S21 Ultra can do so all the way down to10Hz. Hopefully, all of next year's phones will get the improved version of that technology on deck for even greater efficiency.In terms of display properties, we are likely getting nearly flat screens yet again, which is great since curved displays got old very fast. Sizes will likely remain similar to the S21, S21+, and
The big question here is whether Samsung will deliver in terms of under-display camera. There's been talk of such cameras for a couple of years, and despite other manufacturers' best efforts, a worthwhile replacement of your regular punch-hole device hasn't come out yet. This could all change with the Galaxy S22, but we'll remain cautious on that.
Galaxy S22 hardware and specs
Samsung will likely never change its dual-chipset strategy and continue to outfit its US-bound Galaxies with Qualcomm chipset, while the rest of the world will get the Exynos treatment. RAM and storage numbers are unlikely to disappoint, though don't count on the microSD card slot returning for good. That ship has sailed.
Galaxy S22 camera
There will likely be triple cameras on the Galaxy S22 and S22+ while the Galaxy S22 Ultra would possibly retain the quad-camera setup that utilizes dual telephoto cameras on top of the wide and ultra-wide snappers. We are all for that as the dedicated 10X zoom on the S21 Ultra turned out to be an actually useful addition to the flagship's camera. Here's to hoping that this tech will seep down to the lower-tier Galaxy S22 and S22+ early next year, but we are a bit pessimistic.
There are rumors of improved 8K video capture on the Galaxy S22 series, which bodes well with the natural evolution of camera technology. Currently, 8K video capture at up to 30fps is possible, so it wouldn't be too outlandish to expect 8K60fps video capture on the Galaxy S22-series.
For a reminder how well the Galaxy S21 Ultra in particular fares camera-wise, check out the camera comparisons below.
- Galaxy S21 Ultra camera comparison with the iPhone 12 Pro Max, Pixel 5, Note 20 Ultra
- Galaxy S21 Ultra portrait camera comparison vs iPhone 12 Pro Max, Pixel 5, Note 20 Ultra
- Galaxy S21 Ultra selfie camera comparison vs iPhone 12 Pro Max, Pixel 5, Note 20 Ultra
Galaxy S22 release date and pricing
Samsung had the habit of announcing and releasing its flagship smartphones in the February-March window, but the Galaxy S21 series surprised us with an early, mid-January announce. Judging from that, we can sort of assume that the Galaxy S22 will most likely follow a similar pattern, so we should expect a January 2022 announcement of the next flagship crop.
It's too early to speculate about the pricing of an upcoming phone series: the Galaxy S21-series actually arrived with a slightly more affordable price tag in comparison with the Galaxy S20-series, but would that the same be true for the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, and Galaxy S22 Ultra? If anything, we expect the price spread to vary between the $800 and $900 for the regular Galaxy S22, $1000-$1,100 for the Galaxy S22+, and finally, $1,200-$1,400 for the Galaxy S22 Ultra.