It’s never too early to start talking about new Samsung phones, right? OnLeaks has a number of renders for the Galaxy S22. These are generally based on CAD renderings provided to case manufacturers, and while some of the smaller details may be wrong, the cutouts, camera block, and other important features should be correct.
First is a Galaxy S22 Ultra render, and here’s a surprise: it has an S-Pen! Samsung Killed the Note line this year to focus on folding phones, but apparently still can’t pass up the idea of handwriting on the phone. Samsung has shipped stylus accessories for the S21 Ultra and Galaxy Z Fold 3, but these required some sort of case for storage. This render shows the S22 Ultra with the telltale oval along the bottom edge, like an old Note phone. Push in and the pen will pop out.
The advantage of an integrated S-Pen is that if you want to write by hand on your phone, you will always have the pen with you. The downside is that the S22 Ultra’s battery will be smaller than it could be, because the pen holder takes up a lot of space. It’s also a huge bummer for anyone who wants a premium Samsung phone but has no interest in handwriting because you’ll have to put up with the pen taking up battery space. You have no choice.
Designing around the S-Pen holder means that the S22 Ultra generally has a Galaxy Note 20-Style design. There’s a flat top and bottom edge, and the tall corners make the phone a full rectangle, giving the S-Pen a bit more storage space. The front display is also a full rectangle, with only minimally rounded corners. The phone still has a hole-punch camera, rather than the under-display selfie cameras that Samsung included in the Galaxy Z Fold 3.
The only major departure from the Note 20’s design is the rear camera block, which is now missing a chunk from the lower right corner (thus forming a “P”). The missing piece is in front of the periscope camera lens; Previously, the Galaxy S21 Ultra needed that space for the periscope camera, which took up a lot of space horizontally. Now, the normal periscope footprint doesn’t seem to fit.
The most interesting thing about the S22 phones should be the SoC. Samsung bets on its internal Exynos chips and begins a partnership with AMD, which will supply the GPUs to match the ARM-designed CPUs. Samsung and AMD announced this partnership in 2019, and Samsung’s Exynos division said the fruits of that partnership should be visible in its next flagship product, which would be the Exynos 2200 SoC programmed for the S22.
Samsung typically doesn’t ship Exynos chips in many parts of the world, choosing to split the line with Qualcomm for major markets like the US and China, but we have a hard time imagining that the company would introduce Radeon + Exynos SoCs and not launch them. all over. Samsung has held a worldwide launch of Exynos before with the Galaxy S6and his recent work with Google on the Pixel 6, which will bring an Exynos modem to the US for the first time in years, showing that the company is ready to expand into more territories.