Except for the Ultra model, the Galaxy S22 seems to be even closer to the Galaxy A series, changing the metal and glass finishes with durable plastic, promising the same experience in use at a lower cost.
Although there are a few months until the launch of the new Galaxy S22 series, rumors are already circulating, indicating possible cost cuts for the new Galaxy series. Thus, after successfully applying the recipe for the Galaxy A series, Samsung seems to replace glass and metal finishes for high-end phones with almost premium ones. According to the latest rumors, instead of chromed metal we will have chromed-looking plastic, and instead of glass we will have slightly stronger polycarbonate. Like this year, the Galaxy Ultra model will be excluded, Samsung wanting to deliver a true premium experience on at least one of the models in the range.
Admittedly, glass has certain disadvantages that are brilliantly solved by the low-cost alternative, polycarbonate being both lighter and less prone to cracking if you drop the phone on the floor. However, the latter will scratch, stain or blunt faster in case of careless use.
On the one hand, the clear differentiation of the finishes places the Galaxy S22 Ultra model in a special category, Samsung being able to more easily justify the asking price. Instead, the less ambitious Galaxy S22 versions will have lower manufacturing costs, which will be found (or not) in the retail price.
In the meantime, we have to admit that the “reinforced polycarbonate” and the minimalist finishes selected for the case of the latest Galaxy A models were not a bad choice, users rather appreciating the increased resistance to fingerprints and the lighter phone feel.
We also learn from rumors that Samsung has selected for the Galaxy S22 Ultra a 6.8-inch LTPO (OLED) screen, matching the current S21 Ultra model. Another rumor suggests a partnership with camera maker Olympus, aimed at producing camera modules.
Unfortunately, it seems that even the next generation of Galaxy phones does not make the transition to under-screen cameras, none of the available technologies offering a level of implementation costs and satisfactory image quality. However, Samsung could take this step for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 model.
Robert J. Smith is still early into his career as tech reporter but has already had his work published in many major publications including JoyStiq and Android Authority. In regards to academics, Robert earned a degree in business from Fordham University. Robert has passion for emerging technology and covers upcoming products and breakthroughs in science and tech.