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The Galaxy S22 could ditch 'glasstic' rear panel in favor of actual glass

Samsung Galaxy S22 Side
Samsung Galaxy S22 Side (Image credit: Zouton)

What you need to know

  • The standard Galaxy S22 is rumored to feature a glass back panel.
  • The Galaxy S21 went with "glasstic" instead of actual glass.
  • There are some pros and a few cons to having a glass back panel.

Not everyone was happy about Samsung going with "glasstic" back panel for the standard Galaxy S21. However, the latest rumor points to Samsung ditching the faux glass plastic rear panel for actual glass in the Galaxy S22 series.

The rumor comes from leaker Ice universe, which indicates that the rear glass panel will make it to all three Galaxy S22 models and won't be limited to the S22+ and premium S22 Ultra.

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Ice universe seems pretty confident of this, but of course, we should take it with a grain of salt. That said, the recently leaked dummy units did show off a very glossy S22, so there could be some credence to his statement.

While not everyone was happy about the switch to glastic for the standard Galaxy S21, the panel proves arguably more durability than glass while also being lighter. And while it wouldn't be mistaken for glass, the polycarbonate back doesn't feel cheap, either, and looks visually similar to the frosted glass on the other models. That said, many of the complaints centered around Samsung charging flagship prices for phones with less-than-premium materials.

There's no word on what glass it'll use, but hopefully, we can look forward to the extra tough Gorilla Glass Victus, which has appeared on many of the best Android phones throughout 2021. That way, Samsung can hopefully provide some extra peace of mind with the switch back to glass. Either way, it'll be another reason to invest in a good case.

Derrek Lee
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8 Comments
  • It's the lower quality screen and flat screen that's the problem on the S21, not the plastic. Plus lack of MicroSD but we're not getting that back. I wish more phones were plastic. I never see the rear of my phone and it's more durable. Glass is only a Pro for the first 5 minutes until you put it in a case. Which most people do.
  • You and me both. Guess they are trying to appease the "It doesn't feel preeemium" crowd.
  • I definitely agree. It did seem like a point of contention for some though. However, I think the flat screen was a plus for the standard S21
  • Plastic cam be a wonderful premium material. Or a horrible cheap feeling mess. Compare the Nokia Lumia 920 to the Samsung Galaxy S4. The plastic back on my S20FE isn't bad but Samsung could do better - and I don't mean glass.
  • I personally love the plastic back, I use my phone without a case and dropped my phone numerous times without it shattering.
  • Glass is pointless on the back. There's no legitimate logic behind making the rear-side of the phone as fragile as the front side. Especially since anyone with an ounce of sense is putting a case on their phone anyway.
  • Ummm.....the s21 ultra was the most premium and durable I ever had. It is the Best looking device to date with no fingerprint grease. I started on the s7 edge and had every model since. I am Not a fan of the s22 pointy note wannabe corners. One drop and the cracking begins. This is the main reason i went back to Galaxy S
  • Also a quick mention that replacing glass on the back costs almost just as much as the front.