Samsung Galaxy S22 leak just tipped Galaxy S22 Ultra's Note-like design

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra renders colors with S Pen
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Update: A new rumor claims the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and S22 Plus will sport some of the brightest displays ever, with both phones set to hit a peak brightness of 1,750 nits.

As the Samsung Galaxy S22 launch edges closer we're getting a clearer picture of how the Galaxy S22 Ultra will stand out. And it looks like good news for Galaxy Note fans who've been holding out for a true replacement. 

Ice Universe has published a tweet showing glass screen panels or protectors, which they claim are for the Galaxy S22. These panels support other rumors we've heard, including those claiming big changes for the new flagship series.

Most obvious in this image is the size difference between the panels. As with the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S20 series, there are three sizes expected for the Galaxy S22, starting with the smallest 6.1-inch Galaxy S22, going up to 6.5 inches for the Galaxy S22 Plus (or Pro) and ending with the 6.8-inch Galaxy S22 Ultra. This would be a decrease for the regular and Plus models.

The other big thing to spot is the slight difference in the corners of the displays. The two smaller panels have rounded edges, typical of Galaxy S series phones. However, the largest phone has sharper right-angled corners. This fits in with previous rumors about these displays, but there's more to it than that.

Samsung's Galaxy Note phones feature squared-off corners, presumably as a way of differentiating its stylus-first operation compared to the touchscreen-only Galaxy S. However, Samsung neglected to launch a Note this year, while also introducing stylus compatibility to the Galaxy S21 Ultra. Adding square corners to the Galaxy S22 Ultra, as well as a built-in stylus this time (according to other rumors) seems to confirm that the Galaxy S22 Ultra is the replacement for the Galaxy Note.

There's more to look forward to than just new screen sizes and styluses on the S22 line. We'll be getting a new chipset of some kind, be it the AMD-powered and Samsung-built Exynos 2200 or the new Snapdragon 898 chip from Qualcomm. We will also see a few camera upgrades for the base Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus, and perhaps a new detail mode for the 108MP sensor on the Ultra

The Galaxy S22 Ultra will share the same camera resolutions as the S21 Ultra, but we're expecting the sensors will be swapped out for new improved versions.

As for a launch date, the current best guess is February. While we'd expected Samsung to launch the phone in January, that launch period is instead thought to belong to the long-delayed Samsung Galaxy S21 FE.

Richard Priday
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Richard is based in London, covering news, reviews and how-tos for phones, tablets, gaming, 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.