We’re weeks away from the new year, and as is tradition, the new year normally also sees a new Galaxy S series from Samsung. The Korean giants are of course still keeping mum, but many leaks and claims have popped up in the lead up to the big reveal. In fact, the latest one are pictures of what appears to be dummy units of the upcoming Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22 Plus and Galaxy S22 Ultra.
Right off the bat, you can see that among the three devices, the Galaxy S22 Ultra stands out for having a very different design philosophy compared to the base model Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus. It has no camera island, and has a matte back compared to the glossy glass backs on its smaller siblings. You’re looking at a far more industrial design too, with a flat top and bottom as well as sharp corners, instead of the rounded looks on the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus. The quad-camera setup on the rear meanwhile is rumoured to have a 108MP main camera, a 10MP 10x telephoto shooter, a 10MP 3x telephoto camera and another 12MP ultrawide angle camera.
Another leaked video shows off the full extant of the new devices, again with the dummy units. It also shows the bottom of the Galaxy S22 Ultra with its stylus silo where an S Pen will sit, while it’ll also be the only one of the three devices to have a curved edge display. The Galaxy S22 Ultra is alleged to have a 6.8-inch, QHD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. As for the S Pen stylus that comes with the device, it seems to be part of Samsung’s effort to incorporate S Pen support across all of their flagship smartphones. The Galaxy S22 Ultra is also seen as the new ‘Note’ smartphone in their product stack, as the Galaxy Note series itself has since been discontinued.
These new leaked photos and video also happened just as Samsung inadvertently made live the support pages for the SM-S901U, SM-S906U and SM-S908U, which are believed to be the model numbers for the Samsung Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22 Plus and S22 Ultra respectively. The ‘U’ suffix though implies that these are specifically the model numbers for the US version of the Galaxy S22 series, while if they had the ‘N’ suffix for instance it would be for the Korean version. Curiously, the support pages for these phones were up on the Samsung China website, though it was later quickly taken down.
As for when we can expect the Galaxy S22 series to launch, well that’s still up in the air right now. While the Galaxy S21 line up was revealed in January of this year, the rumour mill seems to suggest that Samsung have delayed it to February. This is apparently to make way for a January 2022 release of the Galaxy S21 FE. With a few weeks left to January, it remains to be seen what exactly Samsung has in store for the new year.
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