If the rumors turn out to be true, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra should be in a class of its own compared to the regular Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus. And not just because of its larger screen and more powerful zoom. We’ve heard of a slew of upgrades that will not only take Samsung’s flagship to the next level, but make it a true successor to the Galaxy Note.
From the phone’s design and display to the built-in S Pen and new camera capabilities, there seems to be a ton of upgrades coming to the Galaxy S22 Ultra that could make it a viable contender. for our best phones list. It could also warn Google Pixel 6 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Although we only have rumors at the moment, we will hear all the details at the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2022 event, which is expected to take place on February 8 or 9.
Here are the biggest Samsung Galaxy S22 rumors to date and what to expect based on all the leaks.
1. Galaxy S22 Ultra: Galaxy Note-like design
The Galaxy S22 Ultra is rumored to feature a 6.8-inch screen, just like its predecessor, but it’s expected to have a completely new look. And that’s because the Ultra is designed to feature a Note-like design with a larger screen to accommodate the S Pen with square edges. In other words, it should look like a sleeker version of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
Based on the renders we’ve seen, there will be a camera patch in the rear left corner of the design, but it looks much slimmer than the bulky camera patch on the Galaxy S21 Ultra. So it shouldn’t protrude as far from the rest of the body, and there’s no contour cut like last year’s model. It’s flat and minimalist.
2. S Pen included (and supercharged)
While the Galaxy S21 Ultra supported the S Pen, you had to buy it separately. And even then, there was nowhere to store it in the phone, which required a case. The Galaxy S22 Ultra is widely rumored to have a built-in S Pen slot, so you can just pop out the stylus whenever you want.
It’s getting better. According to a leaked Tech YouTuber Zaryab Khan, the S Pen could be three times faster. S Pen latency for the Galaxy S22 Ultra could be as low as 2.98 milliseconds, compared to 9ms for the Note 20 Ultra.
3. Galaxy S22 Ultra Camera Upgrades
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is said to feature a 108MP primary camera sensor similar to the one that ships with the Galaxy S21 Ultra, but there are apparently some big upgrades in store. First of all. Leaker Ice Universe says the Galaxy S22 Ultra will feature an “AI detail enhancement mode” for the 108MP camera that will deliver more detail, color, and brightness.
Meanwhile, YouTuber Zaryab Khan says the Galaxy S22 Ultra will feature a super clear lens based on a leaked spec sheet for the phone. We’re not sure what that might mean, but a super clear lens could mean Gorilla Glass over the main lens, potentially reducing glare and reflections. This would, in theory, help make your shots clearer, even in more difficult situations.
4. The brightest screen ever on a phone
We all want to be able to see our flagship phones outdoors, even in bright sunlight, and it looks like the Galaxy S22 Ultra will literally shine.
Based on the leaked Galaxy S22 Ultra display test results, the phone achieves a peak brightness of 1,750 nits. That would be over 900 nits brighter than the Galaxy S21 Ultra (based on our testing) and 550 nits brighter than the iPhone 13 Pro Max. We’ll have to see how well the S22 Ultra performs in our lab.
5. Faster charging
Rumors of S22 charging speeds have been circulating everywhere, but the latest and most reliable information we have indicates that the Galaxy S22 Ultra will offer 45W fast charging. It would be an upgrade over the Galaxy S21 Ultra (25W), but we don’t yet know what that might mean in terms of how long it will take to reach 50% or 100% charge.
If this leak is accurate, the Galaxy S22 Ultra would follow the new OnePlus 10 Pro, which offers super-fast 80W wired charging. But it would still be a noticeable improvement.
6. Snapdragon 8 Gen-1 or Exynos 2200 power supply
Depending on where you live, it looks like Samsung will once again offer two processor options for its flagship phone. The Galaxy S22 Ultra will likely feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip in the US and the Exynos 2200 in the UK and other regions.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is designed to deliver 20% faster CPU performance while being 30% more power efficient. Plus, you could get a 30% increase in GPU and 25% power savings.
However, the Exynos 2200 will have a few advantages, including AMD’s RDNA 2 graphics card. And we’ve already seen a leak where the Exynos 2200 chip beats the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 on Geekbench.
7. 1TB storage
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra should live up to its name when it comes to storage. While the Galaxy S21 Ultra maxed out at 512GB, Sam-Mobile reports that this year’s Ultra will have a 1TB storage option. This would match the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Outlook
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra promises a ton of upgrades, but it’s also expected to see a price hike and could start at $1,299. That would be $100 more than the Galaxy S21 Ultra and $200 more than the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
So, Samsung really needs to convince buyers that the S Pen’s versatility is worth the premium on top of other supposed upgrades. We’ll test the S22 Ultra to find out.