Everything we know so far about Samsung’s flagships for 2022

Everything we know so far about Samsung's flagships for 2022

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  • As with the last few releases, Samsung is sticking to three models for its 2022 phones: the Galaxy S22, S22+, and S22 Ultra. While the first two devices look a lot like upgraded variants of this year’s releases, the S22 Ultra has an all-new design, making it the most exciting phone of the bunch.

  • Samsung was responsible for a number of our favourite phones this year, including the Galaxy S21 Ultra and its latest foldables. If you missed out on the company’s 2021 phones, you’re in luck: the company’s next major series is set to ship in just a few months. The Galaxy S22 series aims to preserve what worked on previous models while improving performance and bringing back certain capabilities that were previously unique to the Note, at least in the case of the S22 Ultra. Here’s all we know about Samsung’s next flagship phones so far.

A quick glance at Samsung’s high-end flagship for 2022 makes one thing clear: this is a Note by any other name. With a squared-off design and a dedicated S Pen slot, the S22 Ultra looks nearly identical to the Galaxy Note20, especially from the front of the phone. Meanwhile, the back panel drops the S21’s signature camera bump for a smooth piece of glass, with four lenses protruding out independently from each other.

With the inclusion of an S Pen slot, the S22 Ultra seems to spell demise for the Note series moving forward. Without a release in 2021 — replaced, of course, by the S Pen-equipped Galaxy Z Fold3 — there were plenty of questions of how and when the original phablet would return. For anyone holding out hope for a Note successor, here’s the good news: the S22 Ultra seems to have everything you’d want in a new stylus-equipped smartphone, and you won’t have to wait until the usual late summer release date to get it.

The S22 Ultra’s design has been controversial since first sight, especially since some leakers couldn’t quite develop a consensus on what the camera module would look like. Thankfully, we’ve already seen real-world photos of a pre-production model, more or less cementing the design for Samsung’s 2022 flagship.

As for color choices, we’ve heard of three so far. In addition to the usual white and black variants — the latter of which we’ve seen in recent leaks — Samsung is considering adding a “dark red” option to its lineup. We’ve opined about the need for premium flagships to receive more interesting hues, and adding at least one new colorway to the lineup would be more than what’s offered by most of the competition.

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