Galaxy S21 series’ looks received a warm reception, so why not carry it for another year? Galaxy S22 & S22+ leaks reveal Samsung is thinking the same.
In yet another massive Samsung leak, a prominent leakster has dumped alleged renders of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22+ flagships that are likely to debut in the first half of 2022. So far, the Galaxy S22 series has remained shrouded in mystery, except for some sketchy rumors and claims. One of them actually mentioned a partnership with camera-maker Olympus, in the same vein as OnePlus’ collaboration with Hasselblad, Huawei’s tie-up with Leica, and Sony’s association with Zeiss.
But the floodgates truly opened last week with the leaked renders of Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, the top-of-the-line offering in the upcoming flagship series that is rumored to pack a 200MP main camera. This would be a huge step-up from the 108MP snapper on the Galaxy S21. More importantly, the renders show a design heavily inspired by the Galaxy Note 10 and there’s a dedicated S-Pen slot as well. While the weird design of the rear camera housing set the internet chatting, an in-built S-Pen slot also confirmed that the Galaxy Note series is no longer a part of Samsung’s smartphone strategy for the immediate future.
Now, reliable leaker OnLeaks — in collaboration with Zouton and 91Mobiles — has shared the renders and design schematic videos depicting the Galaxy S22 and the Galaxy S22+ models. Both the phones have an almost identical design language which appears to have been carried over from the Galaxy S21 series. Upfront, users get a flat screen with a centrally-aligned hole punch, a design Samsung markets as the Infinity-O display. The frame appears to be metallic, while the thin profile of the power button suggests that the fingerprint sensor has again been positioned beneath the display. Samsung has reportedly shrunk the display size marginally for its upcoming flagships, as the Galaxy S21 is rumored to pack a 6.02-inch panel, while the Galaxy S22+ will come equipped with a 6.5-inch OLED display.
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Over at the back, things are almost identical on the Galaxy S22 duo as their respective Galaxy S21 series counterparts. The camera lens arrangement and the design of the housing are familiar, and so are the LED flash positioning and the ports on the top and bottom edges. While the Galaxy S22 has been leaked in an all-white color scheme, the Galaxy S22+ appears to be rocking a dual-tone design with a dark green rear panel and a black coat over the camera island. However, more trims in single-tone and dual-tone finish are likely in the pipeline, just like the Galaxy S21 family. Also, there is no 3.5mm headphone jack to be seen on either phone.
Not much is known about the specifications of these devices, save for rumors and speculations. Samsung is reportedly upgrading the main camera from a 12MP sensor to one of its new in-house 50MP ISOCELL sensors on the Galaxy S22 and S22+. However, the 64MP telephoto camera seen on the Galaxy S21 and S21+ is reportedly being ditched in favor of a 12MP zoom camera for the aforementioned Galaxy S22 duo. The wide-angle camera is reportedly using a 12MP sensor, although it is unclear if there will be any upgrades for this one. Another rumor mentions the possibility of recording 8K videos at a 60fps frame rate on the upcoming flagships, but it will likely be limited to the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
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