Samsung Galaxy S22 leak shows first real photo

What appears to be the first real-life image of the base model Samsung Galaxy S22 has been posted online.

Introduced to the world by IceUniverse’s Weibo page (via GSMArena), the all-black phone appears to be the standard Galaxy S22 or the larger Galaxy S22 Plus. We can’t tell if this is a real phone or just a mannequin since we can only see the back. However, the design seems to match the rumors we’ve heard previously, just like the leaked Galaxy S22 Ultra photo we saw a short while ago.

An alleged real photo of the back of the Samsung Galaxy S22, all in black

(Image credit: IceUniverse)

The main feature to look at here is the new camera bump design. After introducing the overflowing “Contour Cut” camera block design on the Galaxy S21, Samsung now appears to have adapted to make it less prominent. This would hopefully prevent the phone from tipping over too much when placed on a flat surface and should make it less likely to get stuck in any pocket or bag openings when you put the phone away.

In the camera block we see three lenses, with the flash positioned to the side. These Galaxy S22 cameras should be a notable upgrade over the Galaxy S21. The primary sensor could be Samsung’s new GN5 50MP camera (as seen in the excellent Google Pixel 6), while the telephoto lens could be a 10MP sensor with 3x optical zoom capability.

Galaxy S22 Ultra wallpaper featured in new renderings

Another element of the Galaxy S22 has come to life in a second design leak.

Samsung’s Galaxy S22 custom wallpapers were found by Korean site ITMaterial and Samsung leaker Ice universe. This was then added to a new series of renderings released by LetsGoDigital and produced by artists Technizo Concept and Snoreyn.

An unofficial render of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra in white, with a leaked custom wallpaper

(Image credit: LetsGoDigital / Technizo Concept / Snoreyn)

As stated by ITMaterial and reproduced in LGD renderings, this white wallpaper will apparently be the default wallpaper for white S22 handsets. The other colors mentioned for the phone are black, red, green and gold.

The model specifically shown in these renderings is the most premium model, which would be called the Galaxy S22 Ultra. It could also be called the Galaxy S22 Note, however, to reflect its larger design and built-in S Pen, which would see it take over from the Galaxy Note 20 after the Galaxy Note 21 was canceled this year.

Other interesting rumors for the Galaxy S22 series include its use of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Exynos 2200 as a chipset, and new, smaller cases for the base S22 and S22 Plus, as well as improved cameras. The S22 Ultra / Note wouldn’t receive big changes to its camera array, but the sensors could be upgraded and there could be a new emphasis on ultra-detailed photos taken using the main camera. 108MP. As for the release date, it will apparently be February 8, with the phones going on sale shortly thereafter.

Before that, we’ll get another flagship phone from Samsung. The Galaxy S21 FE. This lite version of the Galaxy S21 has been rumored for many months, but Samsung has apparently had to continue delaying its launch, with January now being its launch date.

The S22 Ultra is spotted in the wild – twice

Elsewhere in the Galaxy S22 rumored world, digital evidence of the S22’s impending launch has been uncovered.

A support page for a phone with the code name SM-S908U was found on Samsung’s Chinese website. This codename has been shared in previous rumors as the supposed internal designation of the Galaxy S22 Ultra.

This was found by leaker Snoopy on Twitter. They also claim in a second tweet that Samsung is also well advanced with the production of the S22, which makes sense given that there are less than two months until the rumored phone is revealed. The Galaxy Tab S8 is also in production, Snoopy says, but not in the same numbers.

Meanwhile, halfway around the world, a device with the same code name as the one above has been listed by the FCC (via MySmartPrice).

A screenshot of part of the FCC listing that is believed to belong to the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, listing its connectivity features.

(Image credit: MySmartPrice)

The list mentions all the usual connectivity features you would expect from a modern smartphone, as well as reverse wireless charging and ultra-wideband support for 5G.

A new stylus and LED cover were also discovered on the FCC website. Unfortunately, we can’t say from the list if the stylus is included with the phone as standard, as rumors say, or if it’s a separate accessory like the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

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