It is almost expected that each new smartphone generation improves on the previous one, usually with upgraded specs. Unless there was an enormous problem in an older model, that sometimes means bigger, better, or more hardware. However, there are times when companies inexplicably backtrack on something and use a less impressive component for a next-gen phone. This may be the case with the Galaxy S22+ and its battery, which paints a rather disappointing picture when taken alongside other rumors.
The Galaxy S21+ this year came with an outsized 4,800 mAh battery. Although not the most important for its generation, it had been only 200 mAh shy of the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s generous 5,000 mAh pack. Thus, one would expect that subsequent Galaxy S series would have a much bigger or a minimum of similar battery capacity, but this may not be the case.
According to GalaxyClub, a particular Samsung EB-BS906ABY battery is heading to the SM-S906, believed to be the model number for the Galaxy S22. The battery’s capacity is rated at 4,370 mAh, suggesting it could get an advertised typical capacity of 4,500 mAh. Either way, it’s an enormous step down from the Galaxy S21+ and truly puts it on an equivalent spot because of the Galaxy S20+ from last year.
Of course, Samsung could squeeze out more life from a smaller battery through software optimizations and more power-efficient processors. It still doesn’t look good on paper, though, especially with Samsung also downgrading the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s battery. Hopefully, this Galaxy S22+ battery downgrade will offset another new feature or perhaps a slimmer and lighter design.
The Galaxy S22 series is predicted to ditch the under-panel camera, for better or worse. There may additionally be more models using the Snapdragon 898 than the highly anticipated AMD-powered Exynos 2200. The Galaxy S22 seems to be off to a rough start as far as expectations go, but it’s honestly too early to gauge it now.