Samsung hasn’t really focused on improving the optical zoom capability of its flagship Galaxy S models. The 2020 Galaxy S20 and S20+ as well as this year’s Galaxy S21 and S21+ were only equipping with 1.1x optical zoom. But thanks to the high resolution of the sensor (64MP), these devices can also use digital zoom to complement for this optical zoom deficiency.
Samsung Galaxy S22 concept renders. Source: LetsGoDigital
However, according to GalaxyClub.nl, Samsung seems to be planning to take a different approach on the Galaxy S22 / S22+ models that will arrive early next year. GalaxyClub.nl quoted sources as saying that the Galaxy S22 series smartphones will be equipped with a 10-megapixel telephoto lens that supports 3X optical zoom, rather than the hybrid zoom of the Galaxy S20/21 era.
As reported last week, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is expected to continue the dual 10-megapixel telephoto camera setup on the Galaxy S21 Ultra. One of the lens will be a periscope lens that will offer 10x optical zoom. However, even if Samsung omitted the lens that supports 10X optical zoom on the standard Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus models, at least one with an enhanced optical zoom is expected to be on the models.
In addition, GalaxyClub.nl also confirmed last week an earlier rumor that the Galaxy S22 / S22+ models will be equipped with a 50MP main camera. Considering that the 12MP wide-angle lens is already a no-brainer, the rest that is left to be known is the improvements on the front camera.
A lot of the features of the Galaxy S22 series are still unknown. But there are rumors that the Galaxy S22+ will be equipped with a 4500 mAh battery and will be powered by an Exynos 2200 chipset integrated with AMD mRNDA GPU. In terms of software, it is expected that Galaxy S22 will be pre-installed with OneUI 4.x based on Android 12 when it is launched early next year.