Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus tipped for big camera upgrade to fight iPhone 13 Pro

Samsung Galaxy S22 renders cameras from LetsGoDigital
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Rumors continue to circulate that the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus will be literally downgraded when it comes out next year, but a new report has suggested the device may compensate for its slightly smaller display with a big camera boost to fight the new iPhone 13 Pro

According to SlashGear while the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus will stick with a 10MP front hole-punch camera, and the back camera array will be upgraded with a 50MP ISOCEIL GN5 main sensor. The 12MP ultra-wide camera will also be returning, but the telephoto shooter will be upgraded with a 10MP sensor which will allow for 3x optical zoom.  

By comparison, the iPhone 13 Pro has a 12MP camera up front and a trio of 12MP cameras in the back. Of course, resolution is only one factor, as the new iPhones deliver stellar image quality and features like Cinematic mode and Photographic styles, but it's nice to see the S22 getting a bump up. 

These Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus camera upgrades will also presumably come to the Samsung Galaxy S22, although you should expect the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra to sport further additions. If true, this upgraded camera suite should go some way to softening the blow that the Samsung Galaxy S22 range won’t be receiving Samsung’s new ISOCELL cameras.

It’s been reported from multiple sources that the larger version of Samsung’s upcoming flagship will feature a 6.5-inch display, compared to the 6.7-inch screen on the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus. The base Samsung Galaxy S22 is also reportedly in line for a smaller 6.06-inch display, compared to a 6.2-inch display on the Samsung Galaxy S21.  

A slightly shrunken display isn’t the only change expected for the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus. The smartphone will reportedly include a 4,500 mAh battery, which is a drop from the 4,800 mAh battery as seen on its predecessor. This downgrade will once again be mirrored on the base Samsung Galaxy S22 as well, which drops from 3,880 mAh to 3,590 mAh. 

Reports do suggest the new S22 phones will gain a more powerful Snapdragon 895 chipset and an under-display camera (like Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3), which could help make a series of phones capable of taking on the iPhone 13 and Google Pixel 6. But we've seen rumors both for and against an under-display camera on the S22.  

Rory Mellon
Entertainment Editor (UK)

Rory is an Entertainment Editor at Tom’s Guide based in the UK. He covers a wide range of topics but with a particular focus on gaming and streaming. When he’s not reviewing the latest games, searching for hidden gems on Netflix, or writing hot takes on new gaming hardware, TV shows and movies, he can be found attending music festivals and getting far too emotionally invested in his favorite football team.