Should you wait for the Galaxy S22 series?

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Should you wait for the Galaxy S22 series
We're merely days away from the official announcement of Samsung's next big things — the Galaxy S22-series. As usual, the South Korea-based juggernaut will unveil three flagship phones: the regular Galaxy S22 and S22+, which will mostly differ in terms of size, and a way mo re interesting S Pen-clad Galaxy S22 Ultra, which will inherit the general design and features of the discontinued Galaxy Note series. 

The phones will be officially announced on February 9 and pre-orders will likely kick off immediately. But should you buy a Galaxy S22 if you've just got a Galaxy S21 last year or hold off for now? There are two angles to this problem, and we'll be exploring each one. 

UPDATE: Samsung has launched the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy Tab S8 series preorder reservations, and you can earn $50 credit for reserving the phones early from the links below, plus some "exclusive offers" that will be revealed when the pre-order period starts.

The 512GB Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra can be had for just $299.99

With $1000 off for an S21 Ultra trade-in and a free 512GB storage upgrade, the S22 Ultra can be had for up to $1100 off.
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The Samsung Galaxy S22+ is now $800 off

Grab a free 256GB storage upgrade to add to the enhanced $700 trade-in credit.
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The 256GB Samsung Galaxy S22 can be had for a $100 instead of $849

The Galaxy S22's storage upgrade to 256GB is now free, plus you can get up to $700 off with a trade-in.
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Save $825 on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

The 128GB Tab S8 Ultra enjoys $675 enhanced trade-in credit, plus free Galaxy Buds Pro earphones with a purchase.
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Why you should wait for the Galaxy S22-series

Yet, taking in mind all the intriguing tidbits of leaks and rumors regarding the Galaxy S22-series, there’s probably a good reason or two to wait for Samsung’s next flagship smartphones.

While the design of the Galaxy S22 and S22+ will remain mostly similar to last year's endeavor with the Galaxy S21 and S21+, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is shaping to be the most intriguing new phone in the lineup, inheriting the magic that made the Note series so memorable. On top of that, the S Pen

With just two months or so remaining before we see the Galaxy S22 series official, it’s probably wise to hold off on purchasing a Galaxy S21, S21+, or S22 Ultra, and see how many of the rumors will turn out to be true — and how many will check in at “Bogus” hotel.

After the seemingly disappointing sales of the Galaxy S21-series, there’s a certainty looming about that the South Korean chaebol will try to knock it off the park with the Galaxy S22, which has a hard task ahead of itself. Indeed, the Galaxy S22 will have to compete with the iPhone 13 series and try to shorten any existing gaps between the two flagship families. Of course, Samsung outdoing itself will benefit users as well, as a strong competition coming from the South Korea-based manufacturer will push others to do the same. A rising tide lifts all boats.

Why you shouldn’t wait for the Galaxy S22-series

There’s the old saying that goes, “Good things come to those who wait,” but that’s not necessarily true with today’s cutting-edge tech in mind. In all honesty, if you always keep waiting for the next big thing that’s just around the corner, you’ll essentially never get anything. There’s always something newer, shinier, faster, and better value for your buck coming.

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Surely, with Black Friday and the Holiday season fast approaching, it’s more than certain that multiple outlets and stores will run enticing deals and promotions including super-premium Samsung phones (we’ve seen a few already), making Samsung’s current top phones an enticing offering.

Even though the Galaxy S22 series will definitely raise the bar in more areas than one or two, the Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra are all pretty capable still. They were the first Samsung phones to come with a new take on the minimalistic design that usually graces Galaxy flagships, and were also the forerunners of some important new features that will inevitably shape the future of high-end phones for years — adaptive refresh displays and in the case of the S22 Ultra, a dedicated periscope lens that offers exceptional zooming capabilities.

Another school of thought probably shifts the flagship focus towards the foldable prodigies. The Galaxy Z Fold 3, for example, is as good as they come when it comes to top-notch flagships. It truly bundles all the advancements Samsung has made so far, and despite that it doesn't offer the very best and most capable camera or battery life, an argument can be made that the Z Fold lineup is truly the most advanced line of phones Samsung has in store for the tech-savvy consumer. On top of it all, it has its own S Pen. This further waters down Samsung's flagship lineup.

Yet another argument can be made that deals with the most trivial reason to skip the Galaxy S22-series of all — the price. Judging from the rumors, the Galaxy S22, S22+. and S22 Ultra might be slightly more expensive than their predecessors, which might not sit well with many. 

And indeed, while the Galaxy S21 started at $799, the Galaxy S22 launch price is rumored to be $849; at $1,049 the Galaxy S22+ adds $50 over the Galaxy S21+'s $999; finally, the S22 Ultra will break the bank at $1,299, whereas the initial price of admission for the Galaxy S21 Ultra club was $1,199 at launch. The difference isn't exactly marginal and would definitely hurt the adoption od the upcoming devices. 

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