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Samsung is launching its Galaxy S22 phones and S8 tablets today – see the launch unfold right here with our LIVE coverage

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Today Samsung is announcing their S22 family of phones and its latest tablets at their Galaxy Unpacked event which will be livestreamed at 10AM ET or 3PM UK.

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Ahead of today's event, Samsung has been teasing the announcement of Galaxy Unpacked and their new S22 line-up with stunning 3D displays around the world, these outstanding animations have been witnessed in New York, London, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur and Dubai.

If you don't know what we are talking about then take a look at these amazing displays below:

The Samsung Galaxy S22 range has been leaked extensively – in fact we’ve been reporting on leaked information (opens in new tab) since summer 2021 – and now a huge leak from usually-reliable German website, WinFuture (opens in new tab), has surfaced, telling us pretty much everything about the three new phones and corroborating past rumors. The leak even includes some alleged official images.

The phones – Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22 Plus and Galaxy S22 Ultra are all said to be powered by a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset in the US and a Exynos 2200 in Europe.

 They’re all leaked to run Android 12, have 120Hz refresh rates and feature Gorilla Glass Victus on their screens, as well as being IP68 certified for water and dust resistance.

All three camera phones are tipped to have at least 8GB of RAM and a choice of 128GB or 256GB of storage, with the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra offering an extra configuration with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.

Camera setup 

The camera setup reportedly on the Galaxy S22 and the Galaxy S22 Plus is the same – both are said to offer a 50MP f/1.8 main camera, 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide with a 120-degree field of view, and a 10MP telephoto with 3x optical zoom. Up front there’s tipped to be a 10MP f/2.2 selfie camera.

A 108MP f/1.8 main camera is said to headline the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra setup, which allegedly the same ultra-wide and 10MP telephoto with 3x optical zoom. Additionally, it’s said to have a 10MP f/4.9 telephoto with 10x optical zoom along with a 40MP f/2.2 camera up front.

While the Galaxy S22 is said to have a 6.1-inch 1080 x 2340 AMOLED screen with a brightness of up to 1500 nits, on the Galaxy S22 Plus this increases to 6.6 inches and the brightness to 1750 nits. Both have a minimum of 10Hz refresh rate.

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, coming with S Pen, is tipped to better this still with 6.8-inch screen size 1440 x 3080 resolution. It’s screen is said to be curved (only one of the range) and its refresh rate can allegedly drop as low as 1Hz. The flagship model is leaked to feature a 5,000mAh battery and come in black, white, burgundy and green.

According to leaks, the Galaxy S22 will have a 3,700mAh battery and the Galaxy S22 Plus will have a 4,500mAh one. Both models are tipped to come in black, white, pink gold and green. - or so the leaked images suggest. 

These leaks has even treated us possible dimensions and weight:

Galaxy S22: 146.0 x 70.6 x 7.6mm and 167g

S22 Plus: 157.4 x 75.8 x 7.64mm and 195g

S22 Ultra: 163.3 x 77.9 x 8.9mm and 227g

As always, we advise that readers do not take leaked information as fact, however when there’s a slew of leaks that all match up, as in this case, it becomes increasingly likely that the information could be accurate. 

Here's a weird one, stopped by Techrader (opens in new tab); Samsung just accidentaly confirmed the Galaxy S22 name. The company has been clear a new Galaxy S series smartphone was coming at Unpacked 2022, but we haven't heard the name directly from Samsung... until now.

In the new Watch 4 update changelog, it specifically refers to the Galaxy S22. We've seen sources leak this name time and time again, but this is the first time it has appeared in an official piece of information from Samsung.

That update is rolling out around the world to anyone who has a Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, so the company is pushing the name of its new smartphones to many devices ahead of the big reveal.

Samsung Galaxy S22 leaks

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The WinFuture leak (opens in new tab) also included pricing information, which matches up with starting prices of the Galaxy S21 range, which makes us think the information is likely to be accurate. 

According to the leak the Samsung Galaxy S22 will start at €849, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus at €1,049 and the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra at €1,249.

In the US you can already reserve the next-generation phones - and get a $50 bonus accessory voucher as a reward for your pre-pre-order - cool right?

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8

Also rumoured at todays Galaxy Unpacked event is the long-awaited and well rumoured Samsung Galaxy Tab S8, which according to the rumour mills could come in 3 different screen sizes however, how likely there will be 3 models is unknown until Samsung officially announce it later today, but this is what is known so far:

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 has an 11-inch 1600 x 2560 screen, the Galaxy Tab S8 Plus has a 12.4-inch 1752 x 2800 screen, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra will have a 14.6-inch 1848 x 2960 screen.

Remember, theses figures are rumours until official information is provided by Samsung however, having a 14.6" tablet sounds like a great product and could certainly compete with the Apple iPad Pro at 12.9" 

Specs-wise, an Amazon listing points to a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset for all three models, along with a choice of Wi-Fi-only or 5G connectivity, and between 128GB and 512GB of storage (the latter only available on the Ultra).

The listing also mentioned Android 12, a 13MP camera, an included S Pen stylus, and in the case of the standard Galaxy Tab S8 an 8,000mAh battery, with the Galaxy Tab S8 Plus listed as having a 10,090mAh one, and the Tab S8 Ultra an 11,200mAh battery.

This largely combines previous leaks, as rumors elsewhere have said the tablets are to top out at 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage for the largest model, though one leak reputed to expect up to 16GB of RAM, while 5G variants will also likely be available.

Another rumor backs up the claims of 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, but says it's just for the Ultra tablet, while the standard and Plus will have 8GB of RAM and either 128GB or 256GB of storage.

Whether these leaks turn out to be true, only Samsung can  tell us in its Galaxy Unpacked event which will be livestreamed at 10AM ET or 3PM UK.

If you want to watch the livestream as we do, you can register here: 

US: https://www.samsung.com/us/smartphones/the-next-galaxy/reserve/ (opens in new tab)

UK: https://www.samsung.com/uk/unpacked/ (opens in new tab)

However, while we wait, let's take a look at hype surrounding this event: 

Staying with the Tab S8 for the moment, it is reported that all models will have dual-lens 13MP+5MP cameras on the back, along with an 8MP camera on the front (though the Tab S8 Ultra will apparently also feature a 5MP ultra-wide lens on the front).

If these specs are true we can see these tables being great for content creation on the go or perfect in a work environment - we will just have to see what Samsung announces!

Not often does an Unpacked event from Samsung have a musical performance, but by the looks of Samsung Mobile on Twitter it looks like this year's event features a set from one of the biggest bands in the world. - can you guess who they are? 

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I think we all get the message that this Galaxy Unpacked event is going to set boundaries in the world of technology, but did any spot this little gem that Samsung posted towards the end of January? 

"Ready to break the rules? Experience how low light moments can turn into highlights as the epic standard of smartphones emerges".

Sorry for the radio silence, I had to catch a train, and then another train - the joys of living in the countryside! - So what did I miss?..... That's right, nothing, as we are still waiting for the Galaxy Unpacked event to start.

Well, while I gather my notes back up, I will remind you all that you can watch today's events live via the Samsung Livestream via the links below:

US: https://www.samsung.com/us/smartphones/the-next-galaxy/reserve/ (opens in new tab)

UK: https://www.samsung.com/uk/unpacked/ (opens in new tab)  

The excitement is building as Samsung's tweet to register for the Galaxy Unpacked event hits 150,000 views and over 5K likes.

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We are officially under 25 minutes until we get to see the new Samsung Galaxy S22 family of smartphones and new Galaxy Tab S8  - anyone else extremely excited? 

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10 minutes!! 

This is a 10 minute warning until we get to see the new Galaxy S22 family, along with the Galaxy Tab S8

Watch live here:

We are LIVE! here at the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event, bringing you the most up-to-date information as and when it is announced, we expect to hear information about the Samsung Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22 Plus and Galaxy S22 Ultra - AND the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8!

Sit back and enjoy the news! 

TM Roh is now welcoming those to the Galaxy Unpacked event

a spokesman from UNDP is now addressing the audience on how to maintain sustainable development goals  from around the world and how Samsung is partnering with UNDP.

As TM talking about the global future of Samsung the embargo as lifted and here is the official scoop on the Samsung  Galaxy S22 Ultra (opens in new tab)

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Samsung Galaxy S22 review

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Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus

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It is confirmed that the S22 series with be released in 4 different colorways and features revolutionary photo and video capabilities. 

The S22 family has also seen a design refresh, with the S22 and S22 Plus now enjoying glass backs to match their premium metal frames (last year’s S21 and S21 Plus sported plastic backs), and the S22 Ultra now looks very similar to a Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. The screens and back panels of all three also feature Gorilla Glass Victus Plus, a version of Corning’s glass that’s exclusive to Samsung, and the S22 frames are made of Samsung’s Armour Aluminum. 

As for the camera, the S22 and S22 Plus feature the same camera array – a 50MP main camera, a 12MP ultra-wide and a 10MP telephoto camera with a three times zoom. This is a welcome upgrade over last years digital zooming Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus

The Galaxy S22 Ultra takes photography to another level, with a 108MP main camera, a 12MP ultra-wide, a 10MP telephoto camera with an equivalent three times zoom and another 10MP telephoto camera, this time with ten times zoom. Its front camera is also sharper – 40MP versus 10MP on the S22 and S22 Plus.