Samsung Unpacked: Galaxy S22 Ultra

High resolution renders show Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra in photo-realistic environment. This is what the new top model within the 2022 S-series will look like.

In recent weeks, much has been written about the new S-series models that will be announced in early 2022 during the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event. A week ago, LetsGoDigital revealed the camera design of the Galaxy S22 Ultra. LetsGoDigital had high-quality product renders made, based on exclusive information obtained from South Korean former Samsung employee Super Roader. This information showed that Samsung will equip the new top model within the Galaxy S series with a water drop camera system.

In the meantime, in-house graphic designer Giuseppe Spinelli, aka Snoreyn, has started working with Technizo Concept’s Galaxy S22 Ultra model, this time placing the smartphone in a photo-realistic environment – as if the devices are being displayed during Samsung Unpacked. It is the first time that two designers work together to achieve an extra realistic result. The new 4K and 8K renders therefore give an even better impression of what this phone model will look like in real-life.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra with water drop camera system

Many are now wondering what to believe. After all, it is not the first time that the camera system of the S22 Ultra has been shown. The French leaker OnLeaks reported some time ago that it would be a P-shaped camera island. Ice Universe knew that it would not be a P-shape and expected that Samsung would provide the S22 Ultra with an 11-shaped camera island. As a result, a lot of different variants circulated.

The water drop design as LetsGoDigital showed last week has now been confirmed, now that a photo is circulating on the Chinese social media platform Weibo of a back panel showing five camera holes. From the leaked photo it can be concluded that Samsung wants to keep the camera island as minimalist as possible this time. The design is similar to the budget Galaxy A32. Samsung has adopted this design style from LG Electronics – who provided the LG Velvet with a similar water drop camera.

Still, with the leaked back panel, one question mark remains. What about the laser autofocus sensor and the flash? Finally, the renders made by LetsGoDigital show 6 circles – four cameras, a flash and a laser autofocus sensor. According to Ice Universe this may be explained by the fact that the leaked rear panel is an incomplete version – without an opening for the flash.

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Galaxy S22 Ultra cover

A lot is now also known about the camera configuration. The Samsung S22 Ultra will be equipped with a quadruple camera system, consisting of a 108MP main camera, a 12MP camera with ultra-wide angle lens and two 12MP telephoto lenses – with 3x and 10x optical zoom. All cameras will feature optical image stabilization – a first for the ultra-wide angle camera.

The resolution of the zoom cameras also seems to be boosted. It was two 10MP cameras with the Galaxy S21 Ultra. With the S22 Ultra, both telephoto zoom cameras will probably be equipped with 12MP image sensors. The 40 megapixel selfie camera will most likely be maintained.

Samsung will again opt for a punch-hole selfie camera. In other words, a punch hole is made in the screen to accommodate the selfie camera. The under-display camera as used in the Galaxy Z Fold 3 will first be further developed, before Samsung also wants to use this selfie camera technology for an S-series device.

Galaxy S22 Ultra Unpacked 2022

Samsung S22 Ultra met Galaxy Note design

The new Ultra model has fewer rounded corners than before. Thus, there is sufficient space to integrate an S Pen compartment, as we are used to from the Galaxy Note model series. Via the left bottom it will be possible to store the S Pen in the housing of the phone.

Although the S21 Ultra is also compatible with Samsung’s stylus pen, that model was not equipped with a compartment. Instead, Samsung has released optional accessories in the form of smartphone cases with an S Pen storage compartment. This is going to change with the S22 Ultra.

Samsung Note users naturally find this good news. Thus, the famous Note series continues to live on – although the new models will therefore be placed within the S series from 2022. However, there are also less enthusiastic reactions to be read online. Not so strange, because fans who were charmed by the round design of the S20 Ultra / S21 Ultra and/or who see no added value in an S Pen, will have to move to the less advanced Galaxy S22 Plus this time.

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Samsung S22 Ultra display

6,8” Curved AMOLED display

A lot is now also known about the screen of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. The new flagship will be equipped with a 6.8-inch AMOLED screen. It will be the only S-series model with a rounded display and a WQHD+ resolution. The adaptive 120Hz refresh rate will also be available again.

The screen edges are further reduced, as shown by three photos that were taken last week Ice Universe were published via Twitter. This shows the screen of the Galaxy S22 Ultra, including the narrow black screen edges. These will still not be completely symmetrical – the bottom screen edge remains the thickest.

The Galaxy S22 series will be the first Samsung smartphones that will run on the new Android 12 operating system out of the box. Samsung has designed the One UI 4 user interface for this, of which the company has now given a first preview. The beta version is also already available for download.

More details about One UI 4 were expected to be released during the Samsung Unpacked Part 2 event, which took place last week. Instead, the South Korean manufacturer has announced the Galaxy Z Flip 3 Bespoke Edition, as well as the Galaxy Buds 2 and Galaxy Watch 4 Maison Kitsuné edition. The final version of One UI 4 will therefore have to wait a little longer. Nevertheless, it is expected that Samsung will roll out an Android 12 update for the S21 models before the end of 2021.

Samsung Unpacked S22 Ultra

Of course, the high-end S-series smartphones will be equipped with the most powerful chipset of the moment. Like the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus, the Ultra model will be powered by the new Samsung Exynos 2200 SoC.

In contrast to previous years, this chip is equipped with an AMD RDNA2 GPU, with ray-tracing technology – as we know from laptops and game consoles, such as the Sony PS5 and Xbox Series X. Although the models in Europe are equipped with the Exynos 2200, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 898 will be used in many other parts of the world. Both of course offer 5G support.

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It is also likely that Samsung will make several memory variants available. That is also desirable, after all, it is not possible to expand the memory by means of a memory card. Presumably, the basic variant will have 12GB/128GB, in addition, a 256GB and a 512GB model is expected. For the time being, there are no signs that Samsung will also release a 1TB model, as Apple has done with the two iPhone 13 Pro models.

Finally, Samsung is expected to provide the Galaxy S22 Ultra with a 5,000 mAh battery. It will support 45W wired charging. However, a charger will not be included in the sales package, you have to buy it as a separate accessory.

Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2022

Introduction Galaxy S22 series during Samsung Unpacked 2022

As for the price, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra will probably not be cheaper than its predecessor. The S21 Ultra was reduced in price by €100 last year. The device received a starting price of €1,250 (12GB/128GB). The new model will most likely include the S Pen, making it likely that the S22 Ultra will go on sale for around $1,300.

An annual Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event is organized to officially announce the new S-series models. The long-awaited Galaxy S21 FE is expected to appear in January 2022, but no major event will be set up for this device.

A month later, in February, the Samsung S22 series will be officially introduced – a Galaxy Unpacked event will be set up for these devices, in order to announce the new models with a lot of spectacle. On February 28, 2022, MWC 2022 kicks off in Barcelona, ​​Spain. The new phone models will most likely be exhibited during this annual, well-attended telecom fair.

Note to publishers : The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra product renders presented in this article are created by in-house designer Giuseppe Spinelli (aka Snoreyn) in cooperation with Parvez Khan, aka Technizo Concept. The 3D renders are based on rumors and meant for illustrative purposes only. This product is not (yet) for sale. You can use the copyrighted images for your own website, YouTube and/or social media channels, please be so respectful to include a clickable source link into your publication.