Galaxy S22 Ultra: Last-minute rumors, leaks and speculation – CNET

Galaxy S22 Ultra: Last-minute rumors, leaks and speculation – CNET


The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra.

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In just a matter of minutes, Samsung is kicking off an Unpacked event, where speculation says the company will introduce the S22 Ultra. The phone’s rumored large screen and included stylus indicate that it just might be the successor to the discontinued Galaxy Note.

Here’s everything we’re expecting to see from the S22 Ultra. In addition to the features mentioned below, we’re also expecting the S22 Ultra to support both versions of 5G — just like its predecessor, the S21 Ultra, which earned a CNET Editors’ Choice Award. For a broader overview of what we might see from this year’s entire Galaxy lineup, check out our Galaxy S22 rumor roundup

Read more: How to watch Samsung’s February Unpacked event

A Note-like design with a giant screen and built-in stylus

Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra may get a new design with boxy edges that more closely resembles its Note series. That’s according to a variety of leaks, including images from Indian tech site Digit and well-known leaker Steven Hemmerstoffer, better known by his Twitter alias @OnLeaks. A similar design is visible in a reportedly leaked promotional poster for the new phone published by LetsGoDigital and photos from tech blog 91Mobiles, as well as new leaked images from Evan Blass.

For comparison’s sake, here’s a photo of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.


Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

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But perhaps the biggest characteristic the Galaxy S22 Ultra is expected to inherit from the Note is an included stylus. The images from Digit show a slot for Samsung’s S Pen stylus, and the renderings published by LetsGoDigital, 91Mobiles and Evan Blass also feature the stylus pictured alongside the phone. 

For more indications suggesting the S22 Ultra will come with an S Pen and a new Note-like design, check out these videos from Hemmerstoffer and the YouTube channel Unbox Therapy, both of which claim to show dummy units of Samsung’s Galaxy S22 lineup. (The Unbox Therapy video was delisted and reuploaded to a different channel.) 

The Galaxy S21 Ultra was the first Galaxy S phone to support the S Pen, but there’s no place to store the stylus and you need to buy it separately. Based on the leaks, it sounds like Samsung might change that by including the S Pen in the box this year and adding a storage slot to the phone itself.

Following in the footsteps of the S21 Ultra and S20 Ultra, the S22 Ultra is expected to be the biggest phone in Samsung’s new lineup. The Galaxy S22 Ultra could have a 6.8-inch screen with a dynamic AMOLED panel, according to a leak from deals site MySmartPrice and leaker Ishan Agarwal. This is corroborated by the promotional images Evan Blass leaked. That would make it roughly the same size as the current Galaxy S21 Ultra. Like its predecessor, it’s also supposed to have the ability to crank the screen’s refresh rate up to 120Hz. A recent major leak from German site WinFuture corroborated both the 6.8-inch display and the 120Hz refresh rate.

A new P-shaped camera bump with better zoom


The Galaxy S21 Ultra (pictured) has a rectangular camera cutout, while the Galaxy S22 Ultra (not pictured) is rumored to have a P-shaped camera module. 

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If you’ve seen the leaked images above, you’ve probably noticed another standout feature: a new P-shaped camera bump. If the leaks turn out to be accurate, the Galaxy S22 Ultra will have a redesigned camera module with multiple lenses. While the lenses on the current Galaxy S21 Ultra are housed in a rectangular unit, the leaks suggest Samsung could opt for a P-shaped camera cutout on the S22 Ultra.

But one of the biggest improvements we’re expecting to see in the S22 Ultra’s camera comes down to its zooming capabilities. According to another reputable leaker, Ice Universe (via SamMobile), the Galaxy S22 Ultra will have an improved periscope camera lens capable of continuous zoom. That should result in crisper images compared to the fixed camera lenses on the S21 Ultra. 

The Galaxy S22 Ultra is expected to come with a quadruple-lens main camera just like the Galaxy S21 Ultra, but reports are mixed on the resolution of its telephoto lenses. A separate post from Ice Universe (via GSM Arena) indicates the S22 Ultra will come with a 108-megapixel main lens, 12-megapixel ultrawide lens and two 12-megapixel telephoto lenses. Meanwhile, the leak from MySmartPrice and Agarwal and the leaks from WinFuture and Evan Blass all suggest that the two telephoto lenses will have a 10-megapixel sensor instead.

In addition to the camera specs, MySmartPrice, Agarwal and WinFuture also speculate the Galaxy S22 Ultra will come in four colors: white, black, burgundy and green.

Processor, battery life and other key details


The Galaxy S21 Ultra.

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Samsung usually uses both its own Exynos chips and Qualcomm’s processors in its phones, depending on the region, and it’ll likely do the same this year. If the Galaxy S22 Ultra runs on Samsung’s new Exynos 2200 processor, it could be a gaming powerhouse. The chip includes a brand-new graphics processing unit that it built in collaboration with AMD, which the company claims will bring a big boost to gaming and overall graphics performance.

Other markets are likely to get a version of the S22 Ultra that runs on Qualcomm’s latest processor. That will likely mean the US version of the S22 series will run on Qualcomm’s recently announced Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, which the chipmaker says should bring improvements such as the ability to capture 8K video at 30 frames per second and 30% faster graphics rendering. 

When it comes to battery life, the S22 Ultra is expected to have a lot in common with its predecessor. The S22 Ultra will reportedly have a 5,000-mAh battery, just like the Galaxy S21 Ultra, according to the MySmartPrice and WinFuture leaks, and 45-watt fast-charging. 

Samsung’s Ultra phones also typically include more memory and storage than their less expensive siblings. Leaker Roland Quandt tweeted that the cheapest version of the S22 Ultra will come with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Other options, Quandt wrote, include a model with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage and a pricier version with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.

Release date and pricing


The Galaxy S21 Ultra (front) and Galaxy S21 (back).

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Samsung is set to hold an Unpacked event on Feb. 9, and we expect to see the Galaxy S22 lineup officially revealed then. There’s good news for fans of the rumored S22 Ultra: Leaker Jon Prosser said despite supply chain issues that pushed the S22 and S22 Plus availability dates back to March 11, the S22 Ultra is set to be available on Feb. 25.

As for pricing, we can expect the Galaxy S22 Ultra to be the most expensive phone in Samsung’s new lineup. What’s less clear is exactly how much it would cost. The Galaxy S21 Ultra starts at $1,200 without a device trade-in, so Samsung could offer the S22 Ultra for a similar price. Quandt wrote that the base S22 Ultra with 128GB will cost 1,249 euros and the S22 Ultra with 512GB will cost 1,449 euros. That starting price of the S22 Ultra converts to approximately $1,405. Euro prices, however, include tax. (It converts to about £1,050 or AU$2,000, both of which seem about right given the UK and Australia have the same VAT rate as Europe.)

All told, the Galaxy S22 Ultra seems like it could be a viable successor to Samsung’s popular Galaxy Note. That could also make it easier for Samsung to distinguish the Ultra from the regular Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus, although we won’t know for sure until Samsung makes an announcement.

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