Samsung has made great strides within the smartphone market, but there’s one technology especially where it seems to be stuck within the past. While the remainder of its competitors has gone above and beyond when charging, even Samsung’s flagships haven’t moved forward considerably. It did make a breakthrough last year. On the other hand, I took a step back again this year. It seems that the Galaxy S22 Ultra will continue the dance next year with a half-step forward in terms of charging speeds.
On the one hand, it’s understandable that Samsung is wary of super-fast charging technologies that end in higher thermal output. After the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, the corporate has been smaller when it improves its battery-related components and features. And when it does make upgrades, it only takes cautious baby progress.
Xiaomi recently launched the 11T Pro that boasted its fastest 120W HyperCharge technology. In contrast, the Galaxy S21 Ultra only supported 25W fast charging. Apart from a quick upgrade to 45W with the Galaxy Note 10+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra, Samsung has stuck to its moderate charging speed for quite a while now.
According to @Ice Universe, the Galaxy S22 Ultra will again move forward, but only back to its same 45W fast-charging speed. That’s pretty disappointing considering next year’s flagship was initially rumoured to leap to 65W, the bottom fast-charging speed for several high-end smartphones lately. Still, 45W remains better than sticking to 25W in 2022.
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) September 15, 2021
The tipster also claimed that the Galaxy S22 series would stick with a punch-hole cutout instead of an under-panel sensor, probably to the relief of the many Samsung fans. That said, it does seem to colour an image of a modest upgrade next year, which could not bode well in terms of interest and potential sales.