We’re still months far away from its debut, but rumours surrounding the Galaxy S22 series are already piecing together an almost complete picture of Samsung’s next latest and greatest smartphone. Unfortunately, those leaks don’t paint a reassuring picture of the “greatest” effort from the corporate, especially when it involves specs. Many of what we’ve heard thus far seem to suggest a “same old, same old” affair, but one aspect, especially, might leave even Samsung fans scratching their heads in confusion.
A couple of things may stay an equivalent with the Galaxy S22 series, a minimum of on paper. The Galaxy S22 Ultra, for instance, will keep its 108MP primary sensor, though there’ll presumably be some improvements in other aspects. There won’t be any improvements to the 3x and 10x optical zoom range, but the telephoto cameras will get larger 12MP sensors.
And then other specs are becoming a downgrade instead. The Galaxy S22+ was already rumoured to be stepping back with a 4,500 mAh battery compared to the Galaxy S21+’s 4,800 mAh capacity. And while the Galaxy S22 Ultra could be keeping an equivalent battery size, it seems that the Galaxy S22 won’t be escaping the curse.
According to GalaxyClub, the bottom Galaxy S22 model will have a rated battery capacity of three,590 mAh. That’s a rather significant dive from the Galaxy S21’s 3,800 mAh rating. With a 45W fast charging speed that isn’t exactly fast by today’s standards, that’s a somewhat perplexing decision on Samsung’s part.
Of course, battery life is decided by many other factors than simply capacity, including software and hardware efficiency improvements. But as smartphone hardware gets more powerful and users become more demanding, the necessity for larger battery sizes has also grown lately. We’ll need to see what optimizations Samsung has made to warrant this downgrade or if it’s trading battery size for newer and larger components inside.