Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra with water drop camera
Exclusive: The source reports that Samsung is providing the Galaxy S22 Ultra with a waterdrop camera design – without a camera island. This is what the phone looks like.
In three months, Samsung will officially announce the new S Series lineup. Later today, Galaxy Unpacked Part 2 will take place first. Still, many Galaxy fans are eagerly awaiting the start of 2022 when the Samsung Galaxy S22 series is expected. Three models are in development: a base model, a Galaxy S22 Plus and a new top model in the form of a Galaxy S22 Ultra.
Last week, LetsGoDigital made a series of Galaxy S22 Ultra renderings with an 11-shape camera island. Product renders were based on information from the famous leaker Ice Universe.
However, there have been conflicting reports about how the camera looks for Samsung’s new high-end model. Leak On leaks claims the S22 Ultra will have a P-shaped camera system. Product renderings have also been made from this S22 Ultra model, making the differences between the two models clearly visible.
In the meantime, LetsGoDigital has been in contact with Super Roader. He is a former employee of the wireless division of Samsung Electronics in South Korea and produces informative YouTube videos on Samsung products under the pseudonym “Super Roader”.
Super Roader says it is 100% convinced that the camera system will be different from what we currently think. As a result of the information provided to us – which we unfortunately cannot elaborate on – LetsGoDigital had new Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra renderings produced last weekend by the talented graphic designer Parvez Khan, alias Technizo Concept. The YouTube video below was also produced in record time by Technizo Concept.
Galaxy S22 Ultra with water drop camera
We were told that Samsung would go for a teardrop design – without a camera island. This means that there will be no P-shaped or 11-shaped camera island at all.
The South Korean manufacturer seems to want to equip the new top-of-the-range model with a camera design similar to that already used for the cheaper models of A-series smartphones – think for example of the Galaxy A32.
The cameras of the S22 Ultra will of course protrude further from the case than is the case with inexpensive smartphones such as the A32. This is because phones like the A32 don’t have a zoom lens. The new Ultra, meanwhile, will feature two telephoto lenses – with 3x and 10x optical zoom.
Samsung is not the only brand to apply this design. The LG Velvet was the first smartphone with a drip camera system. LG Electronics stopped production of smartphones earlier this year, however, so Samsung can still stand out from the crowd with this design.
By choosing a water drop camera, the weight can be saved. Samsung doesn’t want to make the new top-of-the-line model heavier than the S21 Ultra, weighing 228 grams. The S Pen compartment and the stylus itself obviously add extra weight. The South Korean manufacturer wants to compensate for this by integrating a camera system that is as light as possible.
In the YouTube video below, Super Roader talks at length about the S22 Ultra. Of course, the expected camera design is also discussed. The South Korean video can be viewed with captions. The subtitles are not completely flawless, but the message gets through.
Samsung seems to want to focus on the ‘Burgundy Red’ edition, which has a luxurious appearance. Additionally, the Samsung S22 Ultra will be released in black and white.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra will be the model name
As for the model name, it has become clear to us that Samsung’s new flagship will appear as âGalaxy S22 Ultraâ. For a while, there were rumors that the new device would be released as the âGalaxy Note 22 Ultraâ. However, we can now refute this. The new top-of-the-range model will be marketed as the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
The S Pen compartment will be new. You can store the stylus in the case of the S22 Ultra via the bottom left. The stylus has a rounder shape than the S Pen for the S21 Ultra. The integration of a compartment facilitates the storage of the stylus. Galaxy Note users in particular will see this as a valuable addition.
Unfortunately, an SD card slot will be missing – as was the case with the Galaxy S21 series. However, it will be a setback for Galaxy Note users. After all, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra had a microSD slot. With the S22 Ultra, it will not be possible to expand the memory by means of a memory card. However, several memory variants will be made available, so that there is something to choose from.
Specifications and Features
It is clear that the new Ultra model will have a different design compared to the other S series models. The high end model gets straighter corners. So the S22 Ultra will look more like a Galaxy Note smartphone than the S21 Ultra.
The new Ultra model will be equipped with a 6.8-inch curved screen. The glasses are very small, allowing the user to benefit from a relatively large screen / body ratio. A 40 MP punch-hole selfie camera is integrated in the top center.
The rear camera system will consist of a 108MP wide-angle camera, a 12MP ultra-wide camera and two 12MP telephoto lenses with 3x and 10x optical zoom. All four cameras will be equipped with an Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) system to counter motion blur. In addition, an autofocus laser lens will be integrated – which will be placed above the flash.
The smartphone will run on the new Android 12 operating system in combination with One UI 4. Samsung has already released a beta version of this user interface, but it still seems to contain quite a few bugs. In the coming period, there will undoubtedly be a lot of hard work behind the scenes to be able to deliver a good software experience. We’ll likely hear more of it on One UI 4 later today during Galaxy Unpacked Part 2.
In Europe, the new S-series smartphones will be powered by the Samsung Exynos 2200 with AMD RDNA 2 GPU. Other details on this SoC not yet officially announced were shared via Twitter by Ice universe last month. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 898 will most likely be used outside of Europe.
The new Ultra model is expected to come with a 5,000mAh battery that will support 45W fast charging. However, a charger will not be included as standard. Samsung has already started this trend with the S21 series.
When can you buy the Galaxy S22?
Samsung seems to choose to announce the Galaxy S22 in February. The month of January will be reserved for the highly anticipated Galaxy S21 Fan Edition. Although some believe that this smartphone will be announced later today during Galaxy Unpacked Part 2.
Whether the S22 is announced in January or February, it is likely that the new models will be presented at MWC 2022 – as they do every year. The famous telecommunications fair will kick off on February 28, 2022 in Barcelona, ââSpain.
No information is known on the price at the moment. If rumors are to be believed, Samsung wants to focus more on the base model this time around. This may mean that the price of the Ultra model will increase again. After all, this time the device will be equipped with an S Pen compartment. The S Pen will likely be included as standard, which is not the case with the S21 Ultra.
The current Ultra model was released for â¬ 1,250 (128 GB). We hope that Samsung will increase the minimum memory capacity to 256 GB. Because we find that 128 GB is the minimum for a cell phone which costs over 1000 â¬ and which also does not have an SD memory card slot. However, Samsung may go with a base 128GB model to create a lower starting price. More details on Samsung’s new S-series lineup will undoubtedly be revealed in the coming weeks.
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