A flurry of rumors about the Galaxy S22 “Note” occurred last week, as well-known leakers started posting some interesting claims. It all started with reports that Samsung could make the Galaxy S22 Ultra a successor to the Galaxy Note. The Galaxy S22 Ultra may have a built-in stylus, just like Galaxy Note phones in the past. That means the new flagship S22 Ultra will offer a new design, with an overall look more like a note.
Then the first renderings based on CAD schematics were leaked, showing that the Galaxy S22 Ultra can be thicker than before to accommodate the stylus. The renders also indicated that the phone will have rounded sides and an unusual camera module on the back. The renders of the Galaxy S22 followed, showing that the regular S22 should look different than the Ultra. Fast forward to Monday, and we’ve got the craziest Galaxy S22 leak yet.
Galaxy S22 Ultra ‘Note’ rumors
Samsung canceled the Galaxy Note 21 earlier this year, blaming chip shortages for the decision. The most likely reason for ditching the phone was Samsung’s decision to switch to foldable phone launches in the second half of the year. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Flip 3 turned out to be more exciting phones than their predecessors. They feature better build quality and are less expensive than their predecessors. The phones have sold very well, according to initial estimates.
This seemed to cement the demise of the Galaxy Note. But Samsung isn’t quite ready to ditch phones that ship with built-in styluses just yet. The Galaxy S22 Ultra could be precisely the phone that staunch Note phones want: a device that ships earlier this year with similar specs to the Galaxy S. But also a device that comes with a built-in stylus.
Until Monday, it made sense to assume that Samsung will introduce the Galaxy S22 series in mid-January next year. After all, that’s when the Galaxy S21 was released earlier this year. Samsung powered the new Galaxy S event to offset last year’s Galaxy S20 sales. Also, the iPhone 12 was selling tremendously well in late 2020 and early 2021.
But could the Galaxy S22 Ultra really be released? is year?
Samsung reportedly cancels S21 FE event
Two separate rumors come from Asia early Monday. The first report comes from the Korean site Daily, claiming that Samsung canceled the Galaxy S21 FE launch event in mid-October. The Galaxy S21 FE should be a cheaper new version of the Galaxy S21.
Previous rumors said that Samsung might discontinue the phone, but the Korean giant appeared to deny them at the time. The S21 FE should have been part of the Unpacked press event in mid-August where foldable phones debuted. The S21 FE could have been a replacement for the Galaxy Note 21, a new smartphone with a traditional form factor that some buyers might have preferred to folding phones.
S21 FE October Unpacked has been canceled
Samsung is considering not releasing the device at all
It is due to a shortage of chips as the Flip3 is selling far beyond your expectations.
– Tron ❂ (@FrontTron) September 26, 2021
Daily says the Flip 3 is selling so well that Samsung is still struggling to keep up with demand. Furthermore, the shortage of processors is “severe,” the report notes. Both the Flip 3 and the Galaxy S21 FE need the same Snapdragon 888 flagship chip. Therefore, Samsung could cancel the Galaxy S21 FE launch entirely.
First rumors about the launch date of the Galaxy S22 Ultra
Separately, inside information Ice universe He suggested on Twitter that Samsung could move its launch of the Galaxy S22 to December 2021 instead of January 2022. In such a case, it is “reasonable” to cancel the Galaxy S21 FE.
If S22 decides to launch in December, it is reasonable to cancel S21 Fe.
– Ice Universe (@UniverseIce) September 27, 2021
Ice is a leaker from China who regularly shares information about unreleased phones on social media. It focuses on Samsung phones and was one of the first to indicate that the Galaxy S22 Ultra will become the successor to the Galaxy Note.
That said, it’s unclear if you have any real information on the Galaxy S22 launch or if you’re just speculating. Seeing Samsung launch two versions of the Galaxy S in the same calendar year doesn’t make sense. On top of that, December is a strange time to launch new flagship smartphones. Shoppers traditionally look for deep discounts on smartphones during the holiday shopping season.
On the other hand, 2021 was an unusual year for Samsung’s calendar. The S21 series launched early and the mid-August event lacked a Note or FE device. Also, the iPhone 13 sold out online, suggesting that Apple will once again sell a large number of iPhones.
With all that in mind, Samsung might want to bring its Galaxy S22 series closer to the launch of the iPhone 13, especially the new Ultra model that could replace the Note series.
As always with rumors, we will have to wait for official news from Samsung before we can confirm anything. Galaxy S22 aside, we’ll soon find out if the Galaxy S21 FE has a future or not.