The first big Samsung Unpacked 2022 event is tipped for early February, and we anticipate that the company will use it as a springboard to launch the Samsung Galaxy S22. We've already seen a ton of leaks for this flagship phone series, but we're still excited to see which rumors actually come true once Unpacked gets underway.
Based on the current state of Covid-19 cases and the Omicron strain, we expect that that Samsung will make this event virtual. And we'll be here live on Tom's Guide to cover all the big news as it happens.
Here's everything we know so far about Samsung Unpacked 2022, including the possible date, the Samsung Galaxy S22 series and more.
Samsung Unpacked 2022 rumored date and livestream
So when is Samsung Unpacked 2022? Initial rumors pointed to a Galaxy S22 launch date on February 8, which falls on a Tuesday. That same report from South Korean publication Digital Daily says that pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S22 would start the next day on February 9. The Galaxy S22 release date would then be February 24.
However, a subsequent leak by Ishan Agarwal claims the phone will go on sale on February 25, while Jon Prosser that Samsung Unpacked 2022 could take place February 9. And now Ice Universe, another leaker with a solid track record for Samsung info, is pointing to a February 9 date for Unpacked as well.
Just as with previous Samsung Unpacked events, we would expect the company to offer an Unpacked 2022 livestream for all to watch, and we'll keep you posted.
Samsung Unpacked 2022: Galaxy S22
Samsung is once again expected to unveil a trio of flagship phones at this year's Samsung Unpacked 2022. But there could be some pretty big changes in store.
For one, the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus are tipped to feature smaller displays than their predecessors and to get sharper new 50MP main cameras. Those cameras are also tipped to have some exciting new abilities including an "Adaptive Pixel" feature, which is supposedly capable of 12MP pixel-binned photos, plus 108MP images using a "remosaic" mode.
In addition, the S22 and S22 Plus should be among the first phones to feature Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 8 Gen-1 chip, which promises better performance and efficiency. The international version of the phone should get Samsung's own new Exynos 2200 chip with AMD graphics, which has been officially announced. It offers a new Xclipse 920 GPU, featuring AMD RDNA 2 graphics and ray-tracing capabilities. Plus, Exynos 2200 supports 8K video recording at up to 60 frames per second.
The S22 and S22 Plus may also ditch the plastic back for a more premium glass design. Another rumor claims these phones will also get 45W fast charging — which will be very good news if it's true.
Samsung Galaxy S22 benchmarks have leaked, and it looks like the Exynos 2200 ship could be faster than the Snapdragon 8 Gen-1, but we'll have to see what happens when we test it.
Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra should make the biggest splash of all, as it's expected to offer a Galaxy Note-like design — complete with an integrated S Pen with even faster performance. The S22 Ultra is also rumored to have one of the brightest displays ever on a phone, putting the iPhone 13 Pro Max on notice. And the Galaxy S22 Ultra should once again offer superior photos with a rumored detailed mode for the 108MP main shooter and a so-called Super Clear Lens.
The bad news is that the Galaxy S22 series could be getting a price hike. According to leaker chunvn8888 on Twitter, all three S22 models will cost $100 more than the S21 models. So you might pay $899 for the S22 Plus, $1,099 for the S22 Plus and a whopping $1,299 for the S22 Ultra.
Samsung Unpacked 2022: Galaxy Tab S8
Samsung's tablets have always been ho-hum compared to its phones, but perhaps the Galaxy Tab S8 could turn that around at Unpacked 2022. There certainly could be a lot to digest, as Samsung is tipped to be launching the Galaxy Tab S8, Tab S8+ and Tab S8 Ultra.
There haven't been a ton of rumors, but the regular Galaxy Tab S8 is expected to sport an 11.6-inch screen, and the Plus model could go up to 12 inches. The Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra could steal the tablet show with a ginormous 14.6-inch screen. The Ultra model could even have a notch. Leaked Galaxy Tab S8 specs also indicate that the largest model will have twice as much RAM and storage as the smaller two models, as well as two front-facing cameras.
All three new Galaxy Tab models should be powered by the new Snapdragon 8 Gen-1 chip.
According to tipster Sudhanshu Ambhore at a site called Appuals, the European pricing for the Galaxy Tab S8 will be €680-€700, which roughly converts to $780 and £580. The Galaxy Tab S8 Plus would jump up to €880-€900 ($1,010/£740) and the Tab S8 Ultra could cost €1,040-€1,060 ($1,190/£880).
Samsung Unpacked 2022: Outlook
Samsung has very stiff competition now in the phone arena from not only the iPhone 13 but the Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro, so it will have to really wow with the Galaxy S22 if it wants to place high on our best phones list.
While we don't think the Galaxy Tab S8 is a lock for the Unpacked 2022 event, the rumors point to a launch sooner than later, so the trio of tablets could make an appearance.
It's possible we could see other products at Unpacked 2022, such as the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro 2, as the charging case battery leaked back in December. But we'll have to wait and see.