From all the leaks and rumors so far, it looks like the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra could be the biggest phone of early 2022, if not the entire year. And we’re going to find out just how big in a few hours.
However, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra will be the model to watch, as the other two phones are looking like incremental upgrades over their predecessors. (If you’d like to know more about those phones, check out our Galaxy S22 vs. Galaxy S22 Plus comparison.) Rumors have been pointing to the Ultra as the spiritual successor to the Galaxy Note line, which means a Galaxy Note-like design along with an integrated S Pen. And Samsung has all but conceded that it’s drawn heavily on the Note for inspiration.
But don’t think of the Galaxy S22 Ultra as a rehashed Galaxy Note — the new phone could see plenty of other exclusive features. Here’s what we know so far about the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and why it’s the phone to watch.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra news (Updated February 9)
- Samsung Galaxy Unpacked takes place today — and you can follow it all on our Samsung Galaxy Unpacked live blog. We also have a separate guide to how to watch Samsung Unpacked from wherever you are.
- Samsung Galaxy S22 pre-orders are tipped could come with a free pair of Galaxy Buds Pro, which are a pretty slick set of earbuds with ANC.
- Another leak has shown off the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra features and accessories, notably how the Galaxy S22 Ultra to act as a palette for the Tab S8 Ultra.
- There will be a 1TB option for the Galaxy S22 Ultra, but a leaker says that super-sized phone won’t be available everywhere.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra specs (rumored)
|Display||6.8-inch AMOLED, QHD|
|Refresh rate||120Hz adaptive|
|Rear cameras||108MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 10MP 3x optical telephoto, 10MP 10x optical telephoto|
|Chipset||Snapdragon 8 Gen 1/ Exynos 2200|
|Storage||128GB/256GB/512GB (1TB in select markets)|
|Colors||Black, white, green, red|
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra release date rumors
As the rumors correctly predicted, Samsung plans to hold a Galaxy Unpacked event today, February 9, with the show getting underway at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT. Samsung hasn’t said what’s debuting at the show, but the invitation showing a box with an S inside suggests the Galaxy S lineup should be high on the list of possibilities.
Pre-orders may also open today, followed by the Galaxy S22 rumored release date on the February 25. However, a report from South Korea, citing sources within Samsung, says that the phone ships on February 24. Whoever’s right, it’s clear the Galaxy S22 Ultra is going to be in users’ hands by the end of next month.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra price
We were hoping that the Galaxy S22 Ultra price would be in line with the $1,199 Galaxy S21 Ultra. However, the one recent rumor points to a possible price hike of $100 for all three Galaxy S22 models.
And another leak revealed claimed prices in Euros, with the Galaxy S22 Ultra starting at €1,249 for the 8GB/128GB version, €1,349 for12GB/256GB, and €1,449 for the top-end 12GB/512GB.
That’s a lot, even for a flagship phone. And with competition tight, thanks to the likes of the Google Pixel 6 Pro coming in at $899, Samsung would really need to prove why its flagship is worth so much more. To be fair, the Galaxy S22 Plus might be more of a direct competitor to the Pixel 6 Pro, though we have a Galaxy S22 Ultra vs. Pixel 6 Pro comparison to help you see how the phones could measure up.
But there could be a nasty sting to all of this, as the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is predicted to face major stock issues, with demand outstripping supply. As it stands, there’s still a global chip shortage going on and that’s set to affect even Samsung; Apple also fell foul of this with the iPhone 13 Pro.
One nice perk, however, may be that pre-orders of the Samsung Galaxy S22 could come with free Galaxy Buds Pro. Those earbuds offer impressive active noise cancellation and have even got a spot on our best noise-cancelling earbuds list, meaning they aren’t a freebie to be sniffed at.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra design
The Galaxy S22 Ultra looks likely to stand out from the rest of the Galaxy S22 series, with rumors suggesting it will drop the rounded shape of its predecessors in favor of a blockier and flatter Note-like design. Initially, that was based on leaked images of alleged dummy units and renders supposedly based on leaks. But now in teasing a February phone launch, Samsung’s TM Roh has all but confirmed that the Galaxy S22 Ultra is going to repurpose a lot of Galaxy Note features.
“You loved the unparalleled creativity and efficiency of the Galaxy Note series, which enabled you to switch from gaming nirvana to high-octane productivity in the blink of an eye,” Roh wrote in a blog post. “You raved about the lifelike S Pen, which many say rivals putting ink to paper. And we haven’t forgotten about these experiences you love.”
Like the Note, the side edges of the display are set to be curved but only gently, which should make the phone comfortable but not too slippery to hold. And in keeping with the Note DNA, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is set to have an S Pen holder, which will be a notable upgrade over the S21 Ultra; that phone had to use an optional case to hold its S Pen.
Another major change that seems very likely is that Samsung won’t use a protruding module for its rear camera array. Rather, the cameras will be integrated into its chassis in a P-shape. These appear to stick out a little from the back of the phone but don’t seem as prominent as a dedicated module.
The leaker Evan Blass has posted renders of the Galaxy S22 colors, including the Galaxy S22 Ultra. These include black, white, green and red.
Backing up these design rumors was another leak by Blass, this time of what appears to be Samsung Galaxy S22 marketing material for Italy. They hammer home the design changes as well as shed light on the specs. Do note due to copyright issues, we can’t post the leaked images here so you’ll need to follow Blass on Twitter or subscribe to his email substack to get a glimpse at them.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra display
The Galaxy S22 is expected to have a 6.81-inch AMOLED display, which is the same size as the Galaxy S21 Ultra. However, the panel could be a bit wider in order to better accommodate S Pen input.
A punch hole cut-out for the front-facing camera has been shown off in renders and leaked images, likely down to Samsung having yet to perfect the under-display camera for use in its non-folding Galaxy phones.
A 120Hz LTPO panel is also expected, following on from the one found in the S21 Ultra. It’s also expected to be adaptive, scaling all the way down to 1Hz when a high-refresh rate isn’t needed. There’s no word on whether it’ll use a LTPO 2.0 display like the one on the OnePlus 10 Pro, which offers a smoother overall experience.
One stand-out feature could be peak brightness, with the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s display tipped to hit a maximum of 1,750 nits. If true, this would beat every other phone on the market, including the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
A leak of what appear to be Galaxy S22 Ultra marketing images, show how the larger S22 phone can be used as a form of palette for the Tab S8 Ultra in the Canva illustration app, allowing users of both devices to select the color they want on the phone while using the tablet as a digital canvas.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra cameras
Based on rumored specs alone, the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s cameras look like having the same megapixel counts as those on the Galaxy S21 Ultra. If that’s the case, it’ll have a 108MP main camera plus two 10MP telephoto cameras with 3x and 10 optical zoom, and an ultra-wide camera that’s likely to come in at 12MP.
But megapixels aside, these cameras are tipped to have improved sensors and capabilities, including an AI enhancement mode for the 108MP camera which could lead to more detail and brightness from its shots.
The rumored SuperClear Lens has been given more detail in a leak from Evan Blass, which indicate the lens will be fitted to the main 108MP camera and is described in the marketing material translated from Italian as offering “brighter shots without reflections or glare.” Camera lenses can’t help but distort the light that passes through them on the way to the sensor that actually captures the image in front of you, so this new lens that Samsung is using is claiming to reduce or even eliminate this common problem.
Along with that Super Clear lens, Samsung has already begun teasing a “night-breaking” camera that should take exceptional photos in low-light situations.
The selfie camera is expected to come in at 40MP. Again, no step up in specs here, but we can be fairly confident that Samsung will have made some effort to improve the computational photography capabilities across the S22 Ultra’s entire camera suite.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra S Pen
As noted above, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is expected to ship with an included S Pen, just like the Galaxy Note of old. This is a departure from Samsung’s approach with the Galaxy S21 Ultra and Galaxy Z Fold where the S Pen was treated as an optional accessory. Presumably, including the S Pen with the S22 Ultra will lead to tighter integration between stylus and phone, though leaks about new S Pen capabilities have been minimal, thus far.
One rumored new feature ties in with the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, which is expected to ship at the same time as the Galaxy S22 lineup. According to leaker Evan Blass, the Galaxy S22 Ultra and its S Pen will be able to double as a color picker for the tablet using the Canva app.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra specs
This is where things get complicated; it’s looking likely that the Galaxy S22 Ultra will have two different chipsets.
In the U.S. and China, the Galaxy S22 Ultra has been tipped to use Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. That chip has a new Kryo CPU that offers 20% faster performance than the Snapdragon 888 and which sucks up 30% less power. On the GPU side, Qualcomm says the Adreno processor will offer a 30% speed boost while being 25% more efficient than its predecessor. A solid upgrade all around, then, but not exactly needle shifting.
But in the U.K. and other regions the Galaxy S22 Ultra is expected to have the newly revealed Exynos 2200. Usually considered weaker than their Snapdragon counterparts in third-party testing, early Geekbench 5 results show the Exynos 2200 beat the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in multi-core results.
And the Exynos 2200 chip could buck the performance trend even further thanks to its new Xclipse 920 GPU. This graphics processor uses AMD’s RDNA 2 GPU architecture, which is the same tech that underpins the GPUs in the PS5 and Xbox Series X.
Now, we doubt you’ll be running the best Xbox Series X games or the best PS5 games on the Galaxy S22 Ultra with ray tracing enabled. But we can expect a notable boost in gaming performance, perhaps being able to run true console-quality games on the phone with a few tweaks in settings.
Reputable tech leaker Ice Universe posted alleged Wild Life results on Twitter showing the performance of one Exynos 2200 configuration. The graphics benchmark results yielded a score of 8,134 with an average of 50.3 frames per second; very impressive for an Android phone.
Other benchmarks have been less encouraging. Leaked Geekbench 5 results posted to Twitter suggest that the Galaxy S22 Ultra will not be much of an improvement over the S21 Ultra — in fact, the numbers of an Exynos 2200-powered model were worse than the ones for a Galaxy S21 Ultra running on an Exynos 2100. Since benchmarks of unreleased phones don’t always reflect actual performance, we wouldn’t suggest pressing the panic button just yet.
Another round of benchmarks recorded less than a week before the phone’s expected launch show that it’s a close race between the Snapdragon and Exynos versions. However the test used in this benchmark doesn’t take graphical performance into account, which is where the RDNA-enhanced Exynos chip could excel.
A leaker has published which regions will get phones with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and which will get the Exynoss 2200-powered S22 Ultra. As expected, the Americas are in line to get Qualcomm’s chip while Europe is slated for the Exynos silicon. It’s a mix of chipsets in other regions, according to this source.
As for RAM, a leak from WinFuture claims that the Galaxy S22 Ultra will have 8GB or 12GB options. A separate Reddit thread backs up this 8GB of RAM claim, which would be a downgrade from the S21 Ultra’s 12GB of RAM to start.
The storage options for the Galaxy S22 Ultra are tipped to include 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB. However, leaker Roland Quandt warns that the 1TB Galaxy S22 Ultra model may be limited to select markets.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra battery and charging
Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra is expected to keep the 5,000 mAh size of its predecessor. But one report has the phone set to get a smaller battery measuring in at 4,855 mAh. If this is the case, then we’d suspect Samsung will have worked hard on battery and performance efficiency in order to not see overall battery life compromised.
The Galaxy S21 Ultra endured 11 hours and 25 minutes of web surfing over 5G in our tests in 60Hz mode, and 10:07 in adaptive mode. We’d expect the S22 Ultra to match that or beat it.
The most recent report we’ve seen says that the Galaxy S22 Ultra will offer faster 45W charging. This would be a boost from the 25W charging on the S21 Ultra. We don’t know how quickly you’ll get to 50% or 100% as a result, but we look forward to testing it.
Meanwhile, 25W wireless charging has been tipped for the Galaxy S22 range, which would be a decent boost over the 15 watts supported by the Galaxy S21 phones.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra outlook
Without a doubt, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is the phone we at Tom’s Guide are most excited about right now. Not only do the rumors point towards an impressive specs sheet, but the addition of a new Exynos chip with literal game-changing graphics is tantalizing. For the two lower-tier models, here are the top 5 rumored Samsung S22 and S22 Plus upgrades we want to see.
And that’s before we consider that the phone will almost certainly be a successor to the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra in all but name. It could be the handset to show that Samsung is still the king of big flagship phones, despite having placed a lot of its focus on foldables recently.
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Instagram now allows you to delete your account from directly within the Instagram app. This article shows you how it’s done.
To comply with Apple’s updated App Store guidelines, Instagram in June 2022 added an option in its app for users to delete their account on the service.
Previously it was only possible to delete your Instagram account by logging into a web browser on a desktop browser or mobile device. However, Apple told developers that apps offering account creation must also support account deletion from June 30, 2022, so Instagram had to add the feature.
If you want to delete your account, be aware that account deletion is permanent and it removes your profile, photos, videos, comments, likes, and followers.
That said, there is a 30-day period in which you can change your mind about deleting your account, so you can log back into Instagram after requesting deletion if you want to stop the deletion.
Note that instead of deleting your account, you could always deactivate your Instagram account temporarily, and all of your content will be hidden until your enable it again by logging back in.
Here are the steps to deleting (or deactivating) your Instagram account on iPhone.
- Launch the Instagram app.
- Tap the profile icon in the bottom-right corner.
- Tap the three lines in the top-right corner.
- Tap Settings.
- Tap Account.
- Tap Delete account near the bottom of the menu.
- Confirm by tapping Delete Account (or Deactivate Account).
Instagram also lets you hide your status, which prevents anyone from knowing when you were last online or last active on the service. To learn how it works, check out our dedicated how-to article.
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After making its entry into the global markets, Oppo Reno 8 series will be launched in India too! Recently, rumours and leaks suggested that Oppo is unveiling the Reno 8 and Reno 8 Pro on 21 July 2022 in India, tipster Abhishek Yadav shared the news. After launching in China, several reports and leaks surfaced on the internet suggesting that Oppo will only bring the vanilla Oppo Reno 8 variant along with the Reno 8 Pro as the rebranded version of the most spiced up version of Reno 8 Pro+ in China. However, Oppo is still mute on the expected launch of the Oppo Reno 8 series in India. Meanwhile, tipster, Mukul Sharma tipped interesting specs about the Oppo Reno 8 series including, colour variants, storage options and pricing for Indian variants. Here’s what we know so far about Oppo Reno 8’s arrival and its specs in India.
Oppo Reno 8 expected specs in India
The leak from tipster Mukul Sharma reconfirmed the arrival of Oppo Reno 8 and Reno 8 pro models in India which are tipped to bring three storage options for both models. These storage options include – 8GB RAM with 128GB and 256GB storage option, and a 12GB RAM with 256GB storage variant.
The vanilla version may likely be available in two different sets of two colour options – Shimmer Gold and Shimmer Black, while the Pro version is expected to feature Glazed Black and Glazed Green options.
Previous leaks suggest that the Pro avatar of the Oppo Reno 8 series is expected to feature a 6.7-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It may pack the MediaTek Dimensity 8100 Max chipset. As it is expected to be the rebranded version of the Reno 8 Pro+, it may boast the same camera specs with a triple rear camera setup that includes a 50MP main camera along with an 8MP ultrawide and a 2MP microsensor. This is also equipped with a Mariana MariSilicon X chip for still imaging and better videos. In front, it features a 32MP selfie camera.
Oppo Reno 8 expected price
The latest leak also shed light on the expected price of the duo Oppo Reno 8 variants. According to the tipster Mukul Sharma, the Pro version may debut with a starting price of around Rs. 45,000-46,000, while the entry variant may have Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 33,000 pricing. Though, it is worth noting that Oppo is yet to confirm the details for its Reno 8 series in India.
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