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Samsung Galaxy S22 leak just tipped all the biggest upgrades

Samsung Galaxy S22 Galaxy S22 Plus and Galaxy S22 together
(Image credit: Evan Blass)

We hope you like spoilers. If you haven't had enough Samsung Galaxy S22 pre-release information yet, then these fresh leaks will certainly tide you over until Samsung Galaxy Unpacked on February 9.

These leaks come from leaker Evan Blass (opens in new tab), via his Leakmail Substack newsletter (opens in new tab). A series of alleged promo materials from Italy seemingly confirm a lot of rumored specs while also shedding light on the key differences between the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22 Plus and Galaxy S22 Ultra. 

Plus, we get some more detail about the Galaxy S22 Ultra's alleged SuperClear lens. 

Galaxy S22

A piece of leaked Galaxy S22 promotional material, showing the Galaxy S22 in white

(Image credit: Evan Blass)

In the leaked material, we see several of the phone's measurements and specs, which we've summarized in the table below.

Galaxy S22Galaxy S22 PlusGalaxy S22 Ultra
Display6.1-inch FHD AMOLED6.6-inch FHD AMOLED6.8-inch QHD AMOLED
Maximum refresh rate120 Hz120 Hz120 Hz
Rear cameras50MP main (f/1.8), 12MP ultrawide (f/2.2), 10MP telephoto (f/2.4)50MP main (f/1.8), 12MP ultrawide (f/2.2), 10MP telephoto (f/2.4)108MP main (f/1.8), 12MP ultrawide (f/2.2), 10MP telephoto (f/2.4), 10MP telephoto 2 (f/4.9)
Front cameras10MP (f/2.2)10MP (f/2.2)40MP (f/2.2)
ChipsetExynos 2200Exynos 2200Exynos 2200
Charging speed25W45W45W
Size5.7 x 2.8 x 0.29 inches (146 x 70.6 x 7.6 mm) 6.2 x 2.9 x 3 inches (157.4 x 75.8 x 7.6 mm)6.4 x 3.1 x 0.35 inches (163.3 x 77.9 x 8.9 mm)

The only difference we may see from these specs is the chipset. These leaks appear to be sourced from Italy, which gets the Exynos 2200 chipset that's been rumored for all phones sold in Europe, including the U.K. The U.S. market, however, will probably be using a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 version of the S22, which will offer slightly different performance and also won't use the AMD RDNA graphics present in the Exynos chip.

The display seems to be a key feature that the S22 will be focusing on. The marketing proclaims the screen as "the brightest display ever on a Galaxy," offering 1,300 nits of brightness and 120Hz max refresh rate.

A change to the camera package on all three models is the upgraded video mode, which is described as "the biggest leap in our video technology" and "more vivid and stable than ever" in the Italian marketing copy. The logo in the corner also says the phone records at up to 8K resolution in Super HDR, an upgrade on the standard 8K manageable on the S21 series.

Galaxy S22 Plus

A piece of leaked Galaxy S22 promotional material, showing the Galaxy S22 Plus in black

(Image credit: Evan Blass)

There are apparently many similarities between the Galaxy S22 and the S22 Plus. However, the primary difference is the size. While both of these models are reportedly smaller than last year's S21 equivalents, the S22 Plus is tipped to remain a fairly large phone at 6.6 inches, with the same 1,300 nit, 120Hz AMOLED tech for its display.

Charging is the other main difference other than size. The S22 is tipped to offer only  25W charging, like the S21 series did. The S22 Plus and the S22 Ultra can reportedly charge up to 45W according to these leaks. Samsung previously offered this on the Galaxy S20 Ultra and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, although it included 25W chargers in the box.

We likely won't be getting chargers in the box with the S22 series though, as Samsung ended that with the S21. If that wasn't enough evidence, the promo images also show that the phone package contains only the S22 handset, a USB-C cable and a SIM tool.

Galaxy S22 Ultra

A piece of leaked Galaxy S22 promotional material, showing the Galaxy S22 Ultra with its S Pen in green

(Image credit: Evan Blass)

We see the largest differences in the range between the Galaxy S22 Ultra and the S22 and S22 Plus. You can see the full specs mentioned in the table above, but the main ones are the differently designed quad rear camera array, the higher resolution selfie camera, and the larger 6.8-inch display with a higher 1,750 nits brightness rating.

The biggest new detail we get from these leaks is an explanation of the previously rumored SuperClear Lens, which is fitted to the main 108MP camera. It's 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.

Samsung Galaxy Unpacked takes place on February 9, and it's a safe bet to assume we'll see the S22 there, alongside the Galaxy Tab S8 tablet series. However, be aware that the actual release date for the S22 series could be further away than expected, due to supply chain issues.

Richard Priday
Staff Writer

Richard is a Tom's Guide staff writer based in London, covering news, reviews and how-tos for phones, gaming, audio and whatever else people need advice on. Following on from his MA in Magazine Journalism at the University of Sheffield, he's also written for WIRED U.K., The Register and Creative Bloq. When not at work, he's likely thinking about how to brew the perfect cup of specialty coffee.