TL;DR
  • Renders of the Samsung Galaxy A22 just leaked from a reliable source.
  • The phone has a camera module that looks a lot like what you find on the back of Google Pixel phones.
  • The Galaxy A22 will likely end up being Samsung’s least-expensive 5G-capable phone whenever it launches.

Update, May 14, 2021 (11:50 AM ET): Last month, we saw renders leak for the upcoming Galaxy A22. Now, we have some more renders as well as some new info on specs (via 91Mobiles).

The Samsung Galaxy A22 could launch with two variants: one that’s 4G-only and one that supports 5G. The 4G-only variant could have a 6.4-inch HD+ AMOLED display. There could be a MediaTek Helio G80 chipset under the hood powered by a 5,000mAh battery. The quad-lens module on the 4G version might include 48MP, 5M, 2MP,  and 2MP sensors. The selfie cam could be a 13MP sensor.

The 5G version is slightly different. It could feature a 6.4-inch FHD+ LCD display instead of an AMOLED panel. It could also have a different chipset in the MediaTek Dimensity 700. There would be a triple-lens system on the back with 48MP, 5MP, and 2MP sensors. It would likely have the same 5,000mAh battery, though.

As of now, we expect the Samsung Galaxy A22 line to land in June. Stay tuned for more details!


Original article, April 22, 2021 (02:00 PM ET): A few weeks ago, Samsung rolled out a slew of Galaxy A phones. The Galaxy A line is where Sammy puts its budget-friendly models, with pricing ranging from as low as $110 all the way up to $550. Now, it looks like there’s a new entry on the way.

Related: Samsung’s latest Galaxy A phones arrive in the US

Earlier today, reliable leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer (aka @OnLeaks) shared some new images of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy A22 (h/t Gizmo China). Interestingly, the budget phone borrows a bit from the camera design of Google Pixel phones, which makes it the first time we’ve seen Samsung do that.

You can see the leaked renders below.

Samsung Galaxy A22

On the back, the square-ish camera module is basically a dead ringer for the modules on every Pixel phone launched since the Pixel 4 in 2019. However, there appear to be three lenses here, which no Pixel phone has ever supported.

Elsewhere, you can see a side-mounted fingerprint sensor that doubles as a power button. This suggests that the Samsung Galaxy A22 could have an LCD display (since you need an OLED panel for in-display fingerprint sensors), which would certainly help keep costs low.

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Considering the Galaxy A22 will likely be a 5G-capable phone but still be less expensive than the $280 Galaxy A32, it should end up being Samsung’s cheapest 5G-powered phone. There are rumors that the company could launch a 4G-only variant in certain locations, but we don’t know that for certain yet.

Either way, you can expect the Galaxy A22 to be cheap, 5G-capable, and with a back that makes it look like a Pixel phone. Stay tuned!