If the latest Samsung Galaxy S22 rumors are to be believed, there will be three flavors of Samsung’s flagship early next year. The Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus (or maybe Pro) will be joined by the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, and it’s shaping up to be one of the most exciting smartphones in years.
In fact, the S22 Ultra could have a completely different look from the rest of the S22 line as well as some exclusive features, giving Samsung a serious competitor to the iPhone 13 Pro Max and the Google Pixel 6 Pro. Here’s everything we’ve heard about the Galaxy S22 Ultra so far, and why it should be in a class of its own.
A bold new look
In 2022, Ultra is set to really mean something, and this is signaled by the reported designs of the three Galaxy S22 handsets. While the S22 and S22 Plus / Pro models hardly seem to stand out from the S21 family, the S22 Ultra is said to have a bold new look: a mix of curves and flat lines to make it really stand out.
While the Galaxy S21 Ultra has become the first non-Note handset to support the S Pen, next year’s version looks set to raise the bar with space for it to be docked. This instantly takes Samsung’s stylus from a nice optional add-on to an integral part of the experience, just as it was with 11 generations of the Galaxy Note.
Indeed, the Galaxy S22 Ultra appears to be a Galaxy Note by another name, which should appeal to the 39,500 people who have asked Samsung to bring back the original phablet. While the other two S22 handsets are on the verge of shrinking, making them easier to store away, the S22 Ultra is said to retain its 6.8-inch display, perfect for note-taking, annotation, and doodling.
It should be serious hardware for serious productivity – and the rumor that the 5,000mAh battery should ensure it goes the distance, too.
More for your money
Speaking of serious hardware, it wouldn’t be a flagship launch without the latest internals, and the S22 Ultra could also be a step above Samsung’s usual offering in this regard.
We’re talking about the S22 family with two different chips: one with a standard Qualcomm SoC (probably the highly anticipated Snapdragon 898) and another powered by Samsung’s Exynos hardware.
Nothing unusual here, you might be thinking: Samsung handsets have had Exynos chips before, mostly in Europe, but this year the non-Qualcomm versions could have the edge thanks to Samsung’s partnership with AMD and the Possible inclusion of RDNA 2 GPU cores. This could lead to some serious graphics grunts, with console-style power in your pocket. There is even talk of the new chips being capable of ray tracing – a graphical finesse that can make even powerful gaming PCs sweat.
But even imagining that chip shortages translate into a more conventional Snapdragon SoC, the S Ultra series is where Samsung typically packs its most powerful hardware. This is where the 108MP camera made its debut, and the S21 Ultra packs 12-16GB of RAM depending on the region. There is no word on these specs for the S22 Ultra yet, but it would be surprising if Samsung decides to go back.
There’s one potential fly in the ointment, and Samsung’s familiar with it: the cost. The S21 Ultra launched at $ 1,199 and it’s hard to imagine a version with such a powerful chip and a built-in S Pen (the S Pen Pro’s MSRP is $ 99) for less than this.
But in a world where at least some people are willing to pay $ 1,799 for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 – a less powerful foldable with an optional S stylus – Samsung may well discover there’s a whole army of power users out there. ready to bite, no matter how much pressure is put on them. their wallet.
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