The next iteration of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S series, the Galaxy S22, is expected to hit our shelves early next year, and I am extremely excited to see what they can come up with. 2021 has been an overwhelming success for the South Korean company with the Galaxy Fold 3 and Flip 3 being instant hits. However, the leaked performance of the yet to be released Galaxy S22 Plus on the Geekbench 5 test does not make for good reading.
Sticking to their tradition, Samsung will release two versions of the Galaxy S22 series, one equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset while the other one will be rocking Samsung’s in-house processor, the Exynos chip.
The Galaxy S22 Plus with a Snapdragon 898 chip has reportedly had a score of 1,163 on the single-core test and 2,728 on the multicore test. Comparing these numbers to the Galaxy S21 Plus numbers of 1,116 and 3,300 respectively, we see a slight increase in single-core performance while the multicore performance takes a hit. Bear in mind, however, that this test might be most likely done on an earlier version of the Galaxy S22 Plus, and the final product might still offer the performance uplift that is expected with new flagships.
The expected performance uplift will most likely still put the new flagship from Samsung behind Apple’s iPhone 13 Pro Max, which has a score of 1,720 and 4,539 on the single and multi-core tests respectively. This is largely thanks to Apple’s Bionic chipsets that are currently superior to whatever Snapdragon, Exynos or MediaTek can come up with at the moment.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 898 on the Geekbench test has four cores running at 1.79 GHz, three other cores running at 2.5 GHz, while one of its cores managed to clock at an impressive 3 GHz.
The other variant of the Galaxy S22 Plus has an Exynos 2200 chip that is rumoured to also feature an AMD GPU, which will be a first for Samsung. If the AMD GPU rumours turn out to be true, it will certainly give a huge boost to mobile gaming and possibly bring the Exynos chipset closer to the Snapdragon’s performance.
Serial leaker Max Weinbach believes the Galaxy S22 with the Snapdragon 898 will be released in the USA, Asia and Africa, while other international markets including South Korea will be equipped with the Exynos 2200.
Other information obtained from the Geekbench test is that the Galaxy S22 Plus will still have 8 GB of RAM, just like its S21 Plus counterpart. Furthermore, the newly released Android 12 will also be installed with Samsung’s One UI running on top of it.
The next generation of the Galaxy S series will also feature slightly smaller frames, which in turn translates to smaller batteries being fitted. Their battery life will definitely be interesting to cover. New camera sensors are also rumoured to be fitted, which reportedly consist of a 50 MP main camera and a 3x optical zoom telephoto.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra might turn out to be the odd one out from the line-up, with it likely to be wider and more square in order to accommodate the built-in S Pen stylus, that it will be adopting from the Galaxy Note series.
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