The Galaxy Note is back, it’s just going to be called the “Galaxy S22 Ultra”


Is it ever too early to start discussing future Samsung phones? OnLeaks has released a set of renders for the Samsung Galaxy S22. These are often based on CAD renders provided to case manufacturers, and while some minor aspects may be incorrect, the cutouts, camera block, and other important characteristics should be accurate.

The first render is of a Galaxy S22 Ultra, which, surprise, has an S-Pen! Samsung discontinued the Note line this year in order to focus on foldable phones, but it still can’t get rid of the concept of phone handwriting. Samsung sent out pen accessories for the Galaxy S21 Ultra and Galaxy Z Fold 3, but they needed to be storing in a case. Like an old Note phone, this render shows the S22 Ultra with the telltale oval at the bottom border. The pen will pop out if you push it in.

The advantage of having an integrated S- Pen is that you’ll always have the pen with you if you wish to do handwriting on your phone. The disadvantage is that the S22 Ultra battery will be smaller than it could be due to the pen holder using up a lot of space. It’s also a disappointment for anyone who wants a quality Samsung phone but doesn’t care about handwriting because they’ll have to deal with the pen-consuming battery life. You don’t have a choice in the matter.

Because of the S-Pen holder, the S22 Ultra has a design similar to the Galaxy Note 20. The phone has a flat top and bottom edge, and the tall corners make it a whole rectangle, allowing the S-Pen to be stored more easily. The front screen is also whole rectangular with only a few rounded corners. Instead of the under-display selfie cameras that Samsung included in the Galaxy Z Fold 3, the phone still features a hole-punch camera.

The rear camera block, which now has a portion missing from the bottom-right corner, is the sole notable departure from the Note 20 design (so it forms a “P” shape). The vacant portion is direct across from the periscope camera lens; the Galaxy S21 Ultra formerly required that area for the periscope camera, which took up a lot of horizontal space. Now it appears that the standard periscope footprint will not fit.

Renders of the base model S22 and S22+, which appear to be identical to last year’s versions, are also available on OnLeaks.

The Galaxy S22 Plus, which looks identical to last year.

The SoC should be the most intriguing aspect of the S22 phones. Samsung is betting big on its Exynos chips and forming cooperation with AMD to deliver GPUs that will work with ARM-designed CPUs. Samsung and AMD announced their agreement in 2019, and Samsung’s Exynos division indicated the relationship’s fruits should be seen in the company’s next flagship product, the Exynos 2200 SoC for the Galaxy S22.

Samsung doesn’t generally sell Exynos processors in many parts of the world, preferring to split the range with Qualcomm for large markets like the United States and China, but we can’t imagine the company introducing Radeon + Exynos SoCs and not distributing them worldwide. Samsung has done a global Exynos launch before with the Galaxy S6, and its recent collaboration with Google on the Pixel 6—which will bring an Exynos modem to the United States for the first time in years—shows the company is ready to expand farther.

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