When it comes to the Samsung Galaxy S22, there has been no shortage of speculations and speculation, and with just a few weeks till its formal reveal, there are more leaks for us to report on.
First, we have some European pricing from Roland Quandt, who claims that the regular S22 will cost €849, the S22 Plus will cost €1,049, and the S22 Ultra would cost €1,249 or more. Those costs are the same as the Galaxy S21 counterparts, implying that the 2022 phones will cost no more than the Galaxy S21 phones did last year.
Moving up through the three levels, the Samsung Galaxy S21 cost $799 / £769 / AU$1,249, $999 / £949 / AU$1,549, and $1,199 / £969 / AU$1,849, respectively. But there’s a catch: according to Quandt, the Ultra variant will come with 8GB of RAM instead of 12GB like its predecessor.
Whoever suggested the S22 series would be less expensive didn’t consider Covid, component shortages, or inflation.
Official EURO exchange rates:
Whoever said S22 series was to be cheaper, didn’t think of Covid, parts shortages and inflation.Actual official EURO prices:S22 8/128GB = 849S22 8/256GB = 899S22+ 8/128GB = 1049S22+ 8/256GB = 1099S22 Ultra 8/128GB = 1249S22 Ultra 12/256GB = 1349S22 Ultra 12/512GB = 1449 pic.twitter.com/QRnfrhkzTzJanuary 22, 2022
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Following that, tipster Dohyun Kim explains which countries will receive a Galaxy S22 with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor and which will get the Exynos 2200: Snapdragon for the US, Exynos for Europe, and a mix for the rest of the world.
This is consistent with prior speculations that European users will only be able to obtain the Exynos 2200 variants of these phones. This may dissatisfy some customers, but we’ll have to wait and see how these CPUs function once the handsets are ready for testing.
Finally, Ice Universe has announced (via Android Police) that the S22 series will be introduced on February 9 on Chinese social media site Weibo. That’s consistent with previous reports, but other sources had February 8 as the date.
Pricing will be key once again
While we love reading over specifications and features everytime a new phone is released, the single most crucial aspect is the price: it dictates how the rest of the phone is seen and whether it’s a good deal or a rip-off (or somewhere in between).
When Samsung launches the Galaxy S22 phones at the same price as the Galaxy S21 phones that came before them, it’ll certainly boost sales – especially since the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is now available for people who want something a bit less expensive for their next phone.
The overall performance, as well as the picture and video quality, will be better than previous year. Given this, a starting price of €849 (or $799 / £769 / AU$1,249) for a flagship-level phone that is the best Samsung can create in 2022 isn’t awful.
Assuming Samsung adheres to its regular timetable, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 should arrive in August, providing a premium-level foldable boost over the S22 phones. With folding technology becoming more affordable, there should be no price increases here as well.
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