Since late last year, Samsung Galaxy S22 leaks have been circulating the internet. Almost every aspect of the phones, including their design, important stats, and other features, has been detailed at this stage.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 range won’t be significantly different from the Galaxy S21 range, with the exception of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, leaks imply, therefore we expected pricing to be similar. However, the most recent leak suggests that all models will be more expensive.
It’s possible that the tech giant will surprise us by not releasing an Exynos 2200-powered device in international markets this time, but that’s about it. A new leak has revealed the cost of Samsung’s top 2022 Galaxy phones and the Tab S8 series, ahead of the reported Galaxy Unpacked event next month.
This is according to @chunvn8888 (a leaker with a less reputable track record than others, so take this with a grain of salt).
The Samsung Galaxy S22 will cost $899 (about £660 / AU$1,245), the Galaxy S22 Plus will cost $1,099 (roughly £805 / AU$1,525), and the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra will cost $1,299 (nearly £955 / AU$1,800).
That’s $100 more than the similar device in the Samsung Galaxy S21 series, so it’s a significant price difference.
Of course, aside from the possibility that this leaker is mistaken, there’s the usual proviso that pricing conversions for other locations will be inaccurate, but it signals that prices will rise worldwide.
And the only other actual pricing leak so far (which only listed the phones in euros) indicates that these phones will be more pricey. So, unfortunately, that appears to be the case.
Why the higher prices?
If these costs are correct, it’s worth wondering if Samsung can explain them, which it may be able to do to some extent.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, based on leaks and rumors, is a radically different beast from its predecessor, with a S Pen integrated and a place to store it. This could potentially raise the price.
The higher pricing for the normal Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus appears difficult to justify, but we’ve heard that Samsung may switch back to glass for the Galaxy S22’s back, which would undoubtedly add at least a little to the cost.
In comparison, the $699 / £699 / AU$999 Samsung Galaxy S21 FE would appear to be more cheap.
That leaves the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus, which will undoubtedly receive conventional updates such as a new chipset and, most likely, an upgraded camera, but for which no leaks indicate a price increase.
However, the iPhone – including the impending iPhone 14 – is Samsung’s major opponent here, and a new leak implies that this, too, may be seeing a price hike, at least for the Pro variants.
If these sources are correct, the iPhone 14 Pro will be on par with the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus, which does not appear to be an unrealistic position for the two phones. However, this is bad news for all buyers.