Samsung showed off its newest affordable phone, called the, ahead of , and its 2022 flagship lineup could be on the way soon. (Check out all the .) Rumored to be , the new line is said to include a collection of upgrades including new colors, camera updates and possible S Pen support.
If you’re a Samsung fan looking to buy a new phone this year, there’s a good reason why you might find yourself deciding between two devices. Theis expected to be the successor to the , meaning it’ll be the least expensive model in Samsung’s new Galaxy S family. And the $700 is a more budget-friendly version of the Galaxy S21. So the S22 is expected to be on the lower end of the premium spectrum when it comes to price — well under $1,000.
There’s likely to be a notable cost difference between them, though. Thewill probably be more expensive than the Galaxy S21 FE, and rumors suggest it’ll include a sharper camera and faster processor to justify that difference. Still, the Galaxy S21 FE might still have the edge when it comes to screen size and battery life.
Here’s a closer look at what we’re expecting to see, based on the latest rumors.
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE vs. Galaxy S22 (rumored)
|Samsung Galaxy S21 FE
|Samsung Galaxy S22 (rumored)
|6.4-inch AMOLED; Full HD Plus resolution (2,340×1,080 pixels); 120Hz
|6.06-inch AMOLED; FHD Plus; 120Hz refresh rate
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 898 5G
|12-, 12-, 8-megapixel
|50-, 12-, 12-megapixel
|Battery and charging
|4,500-mAh (no bundled charger); fast-charging
|3,700-mAh capacity; fast-charging
|128GB or 256GB
|6GB or 8GB RAM
The Galaxy S22’s screen may be smaller than the Galaxy S21 FE’s
The Galaxy S10E. The Galaxy S22 may have a 6.06-inch screen, according to specifications published by prominent leaker Ice Universe. The Galaxy S21 FE, on the other hand, features a 6.4-inch display. Just like the S21 FE, the Galaxy S22 is expected to have a display refresh rate of up to 120Hz.is shaping up to be Samsung’s option for those who prefer a compact phone, like the
If the leaks turn out to be true, thewill be smaller than the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S20. In comparison, the Galaxy S21 FE falls between the sizes of the Galaxy S21 and the .
But the Galaxy S22 could have a higher-resolution main camera
For cameras, the Galaxy S22 is expected to have a 50-megapixel wide lens, a 12-megapixel ultrawide lens and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens. That’s according to Twitter leaker Tron, who has a mixed track record when it comes to reporting on unreleased Samsung products. (He correctly said the Galaxy Z Fold 3 would be slimmer than its predecessor, but he also said the Galaxy Z Flip 3 would cost $1,249 whereas it actually .) The Dutch website Galaxy Club, which has been posting a lot of leaks that have yet to be confirmed about the Galaxy S22 series, also says the lineup will have a 50-megapixel main sensor and a 12-megapixel wide sensor. In addition, it suggests the phone could have a 10-megapixel front camera.
If these rumors turn out to be true, the Galaxy S22 will have a much sharper main sensor than the Galaxy S21 FE, but a slightly less sharp selfie camera. Samsung’s budget phone has a triple-lens camera. That’s a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera, a 12-megapixel wide camera and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera, as well as a 32-megapixel front-facing camera.
The Galaxy S22 will likely run on a newer and faster processor
Performance appears to be one area where thecould shine over the Galaxy S21 FE. Samsung’s next major Galaxy S entry will likely run on the newest smartphone processor, called .
Samsung also makes its own line of Exynos processors, but those chips are usually available only in certain areas — not including the US. And that’s a shame, because the next version of Samsung’s Exynos chip sounds like it could potentially bring a big leap forward in graphics performance. Samsung and AMD are collaborating on a future Exynos chip, which will bring high-end gaming features like ray tracing to Samsung phones. But Samsung and AMD haven’t revealed further details about the chip, such as when it’ll launch or which products it’ll be in.
The Galaxy S21 FE, by comparison, runs on the, the same processor that powers the . That means the phone’s performance is similar to the Galaxy S21, which will likely be considered a previous-generation product in the not-too-distant future.
But the Galaxy S21 FE is expected to have a bigger battery
In terms of memory and storage, we’re expecting to see 8GB of RAM and 256GB of space. That’s according to a YouTuber called Super Roader, who claims to be a former employee of Samsung’s wireless division. The amount of RAM we see in the Galaxy S21 FE is similar, with options for either 6GB or 8GB.
The Galaxy S22 will likely be more expensive than the Galaxy S21 FE
We don’t know how much the Galaxy S22 phones will cost, and we haven’t seen any reports or rumors that provide an indication of price. But based on last year’s pricing pattern, the Galaxy S22 would be about $800 if Samsung takes the same approach as it did with the.
The Galaxy S21 FE, on the other hand, is priced at $700 for the base model, which has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The price increases to $770 for the 8GB/256GB version.
Should you buy the Galaxy S22 or the Galaxy S21 FE?
Before a product is actually announced, it’s impossible to know whether you should buy it. Based on the rumors, though, it sounds like the Galaxy S22 will likely be best suited for those who want a more premium device with a sharper camera, faster performance and a more pocket-friendly design. The Galaxy S21 FE is better for those who prioritize screen size and battery life and staying well below the $1,000 threshold.
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