Samsung might prefer to surprise us with its upcoming Galaxy S22 Ultra during the release event, but a prolific device leaker has let the cat out of the bag! Thanks to evleaks on Twitter, we now have a photo of the upcoming device, and it is more or less the Galaxy Note.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra got a lot of things right, which is remarkable as it was the first run. Now, it seems the upcoming S22 Ultra will make the experience even better as it derives heavily from the iconic Galaxy Note. This is great news for people missing the Note.
Going by the photo posted by Evan Blass, who goes by evleaks on Twitter, the S22 Ultra has many things in common with the discontinued(?) Note line, including a wide screen that shows more content and makes scribbling easier, a silo for storing the S Pen, and flat top and bottom.
The camera arrangement is very similar to what is on the S21 Ultra on the back, although the bump is clearly missing.
The missing camera bump is actually a big deal because it means Samsung has found a way to fit the camera and the rest of the components into the phone’s body. This means the phone will lie flush on flat surfaces, which arguably adds little value to the phone ownership experience. In fact, the back of the S22 Ultra looks a bit bland compared to the predecessor with a bump. Samsung had managed to style the bump nicely, and it looks great on the matte-colored phone. That is not to say the S22 Ultra is not good-looking, as the matte version leaked earlier still looks stunning.
Adding to the Note vibes, the back of the S22 Ultra looks exactly like that of the Note 10 Plus and Note 20 Ultra, but with better cameras.
Samsung is probably rethinking its decision to discontinue the Note line, a necessary move given how the sales of the S21 had been subpar. We expect Samsung to release the S22 line in February next year.
In other Samsung news, the company has teased the SoC that will power its future flagship devices. Preceding a January 11th reveal, the South Korean company has revealed the new chip, known as the Exynos 2200, will feature a GPU made from AMD’s RDNA 2 graphics architecture. This is the same chip powering graphics on the Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5, and AMD’s RX 6000-series graphics cards.
Samsung’s official Twitter handle for its Exynos business posted on Twitter:
While the news is exciting, Samsung fans should not expect the same level of graphics on gaming consoles on their phones. However, they can expect significant improvements based on whatever Samsung has in store for the chip.
You can expect all Samsung flagships of 2022 to feature the Exynos 2200, including the Galaxy S22 and S22 Ultra mentioned above. However, as any follower of the smartphone market knows, the flagships meant for the US will likely use the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset.
With January 11th just by the corner, we will soon learn more about the Exynos 2200 and what it has to offer.