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Samsung Galaxy S22 release date rumours, expected specs and latest news

The Samsung Galaxy S22 could be here very, very soon. Here's everything we know about Samsung's upcoming smartphone.

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Published: Tuesday, 19th January 2021 at 12:32 pm

The Samsung Galaxy S22 is dropping any time now if rumours are to be believed. The current general consensus suggests a release date in early February, but tech giant Samsung is keeping its card close to its chest.

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The Galaxy S21 was a hugely impressive and popular device and has paved the way for its successor, but what should we expect from the new phone? Here’s everything we know so far about the Galaxy S22.

We were so impressed by the Samsung Galaxy S21 that both the standard S21 and the S21 Ultra feature on our best Android phone list, with the S21 listed as ‘best for fans of smaller phones’ and the S21 Ultra as ‘best for keen photographers’ thanks to its brilliant camera.

In our full Samsung S21 Ultra review, we commended the phone as a fantastic all-rounder. Our reviewer described the handset as: “a market leader which justifies its high price tag” and noted its “across-the-board excellence”. The standard S21 was similarly impressive, albeit without some of the high-end specs that the Ultra’s high price tag allowed for.

While competitors might have bested it in one or two categories, the S21 is a fantastic phone and has created plenty of hype and expectation around the release of the Samsung Galaxy S22. The S21 range went down so well that Samsung recently announced the Galaxy S21 FE — or 'Fan Edition' — model.

Thanks in part to these successful products, Samsung is currently the largest phone brand in the world – in terms of global market share of phone shipments – according to figures from Canalys. It’s 19% share compared to second place Xiaomi with 17% and third place Apple, with 14%. So, there’s plenty of pressure on the upcoming S22 phone to help the South Korean company maintain its place at the top of the pile.

So, can the Samsung Galaxy S22 prove just as popular? Read on for all the latest info on the upcoming Samsung handset.

Samsung S22 renders of rumoured/leaked design

Samsung S22 renders of rumoured/leaked design. Image credit: LetsGoDigital

Samsung Galaxy S22 release date rumours

Samsung generally releases its phones early in the year, and the S21 was released in January of 2021 and current rumours suggest the S22 will be unveiled at a 'Samsung Unpacked' event in early February 2022.

We’ll update this page to help you stay up to date with the very latest news on the Samsung Galaxy S22 release date.

Samsung Galaxy S22 specs rumours

It's being widely reported that the S22 will feature the new Exynos 2200 chipset — at least in those handsets sold outside the US. Early indications are that this chip will be capable of competing with the impressive new Qualcomm offering, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, which will likely appear in the US and Chinese S22 handsets. Either could feasibly be featured in the phone at this point and we'll have to wait and see what Samsung has planned.

Samsung recently revealed an unusual new trailer for the Exynos chip, promising "console-quality graphics now on mobile".

GSM Arena is reporting that the phone will be available with 8GB of RAM and either 128GB or 256GB of storage. As well as in a 12GB of RAM model, packing 256GB of storage. This is unconfirmed at the time of writing.

In terms of the display, we're expecting a relatively compact standard S22 — with widely circulated rumours that the screen could even be smaller than that of the relatively compact S21. This would be a refreshing turn of events in a market filled with larger handsets that barely fit in your pocket.

For more on the current Samsung Galaxy range, take a look at its appearances on our best smartphone list.

Samsung Galaxy S22 camera rumours

All of the leaked images suggest the S22 and S22 Ultra will carry punch-hole selfie cameras on the front. Rumours suggest this will pack 10MP and be able to shoot 4K video.

The main camera array on the reverse of the S22 Ultra looks huge (take a look below,) and could pack some serious firepower. Meanwhile, on the standard handset, we're expecting a 50MP main camera alongside a 10MP 3x telephoto zoom lens and a 12MP ultra-wide angle snapper.

We may also see the Samsung GN5 sensor, which has already wowed camera users on the Google Pixel 6.

Samsung Galaxy S22 design rumours

Early rumours from Ice Universe suggested that the Samsung Galaxy S22 may feature quite a dramatic redesign, including the screen’s aspect ratio changing from 20:9 to 19.3:9 and an increased screen-to-body ratio. Again, this has to be taken with a pinch of salt at this stage, but this leaker has had successes in the past.

When it comes to the previous – or current – generation of Samsung phones, the large size of the Ultra was not to everyone’s tastes but was far from unusual in the current market. For those who wanted a smaller handset, there was the option of the standard phone. We expect to see a similar size differentiation when the Galaxy S22 family of phones arrives.

More recently, LetsGoDigital produced the renders (and listed sources) seen below. These show what LetsGoDigital's sources believe will be the design of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, pictured with an S-Pen. It's quite an angular looking device, but it's sleek, with small bezels and a relatively appealing look.

If this is the case, the Ultra model looks to be a larger handset than the leaked standard S22 renders displayed above (as most 'Ultra' and 'Pro' models are). It pays to reiterate, these are far from confirmed. However, we wouldn't be at all surprised if these did turn out to be the designs of the S22 and S22 Ultra.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra back

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy S22 pricing and availability

The standard Samsung Galaxy S21 cost £769 on release, and we’re expecting something similar – this would bring the phone into close competition with the iPhone 13, which starts from £779.

Equally, the S21 Plus and Ultra models cost £949 and £1149, respectively, and we expect similar high-spec iterations of the Galaxy S22. These will compete with Apple’s iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max, which start at £949 and £1049, respectively.

In terms of availability, the ongoing and much-talked-about chip shortage may impact the supply of the new phone slightly, but we’re hopeful that the handsets will be readily available.

How to buy the Samsung Galaxy S21

If you want to get your hands on a Samsung phone sooner rather than later, then the Galaxy S21 Ultra is a fantastic option. Take a look below for the best deals on the S21 Ultra right now.

Or, if you want a slightly larger display, why not try the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 or Galaxy Tab S7 Plus? Take a look at the link below for prices and purchase information.

How to buy the Galaxy Tab S7

How to buy the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus

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For the latest news, reviews and deals, check out the RadioTimes.com Technology section. Want a new tablet and not sure which one to buy? Read our best tablet and best budget tablet guides.

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