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Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra leak hints at massive camera upgrades

Contour Cut Camera housing on the Galaxy S21 Ultra
Contour Cut Camera housing on the Galaxy S21 Ultra (Image credit: Hayato Huseman / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • Samsung could introduce several new camera technologies with the Galaxy S22 Ultra next year.
  • A new rumor claims the phone will have continuous optical zoom and an under-display selfie camera.
  • It is also rumored to be Samsung's first flagship phone to feature AMD Radeon Mobile graphics.

Samsung's Galaxy S21 Ultra may not offer great value, but there is no doubt that it is one of the best Android phones the company has launched so far. The phone offers a gorgeous 120Hz AMOLED display, great battery life, and a truly impressive quad-camera setup. According to a new rumor, Samsung is planning to take things up a notch with its Galaxy S21 Ultra successor.

Samsung leaker Ice Universe has claimed that the company is working on continuous optical zoom technology for the Galaxy S22 Ultra. While no details have been revealed yet, the leaker says Samsung Electro-Mechanics and Samsung Semiconductor divisions are developing the tech. Unlike the periscope zoom lens on the Galaxy S21 Ultra, components inside a continuous zoom periscope solution will be able to move freely, enabling improved sharpness at every magnification level.

The Galaxy S22 Ultra will apparently also feature an under-screen selfie camera, which is being developed jointly by Samsung Display and Samsung Electronics. As revealed by a recent leak, however, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is expected to be the first Samsung phone to come equipped with in-display camera tech.

Aside from shedding light on the camera upgrades, the latest post from Ice Universe also corroborates previous reports that claimed Samsung's 2022 flagship phones will feature Exynos chips with AMD graphics. The North American variants of the Galaxy S22 series phones, however, are likely to be powered by Qualcomm's next-gen Snapdragon flagship.

Babu Mohan
Babu Mohan
3 Comments
  • Might be very well worth the wait.
  • The specs look really promising for the S22 Ultra, if Samsung can improve the already brilliant zooming capabilities of the S21 Ultra with the S22 along with Samsung teaming up with AMD for the GPU, the S22 Ultra will be unstoppable and by far the best phone of 2022.
  • The only thing they need us HDR video recording, like the Dolby Vision iPhone have. If it doesn't have that then it will be a hard pass and Apple gets the upgrade money by default next year... if I make it that far. Depends on what the 13 Pro Max brings. I feel like Apple is being way superior at delivering actually useful and innovative practical features.