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Galaxy S22 rumors: Samsung’s S22 Ultra could have a S Pen slot, P-shaped camera bump – CNET

Sarah Tew/CNET We may still have a few more months until Samsung’s new flagship, the Galaxy S22, makes an appearance. But since we have some time until the phone’s expected debut, the rumor mill continues to turn. The latest gossip comes from Galaxy S22 Ultra renders shared by Digit and tipster @OnLeaks. In the renders,…

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We may still have a few more months until Samsung’s new flagship, the Galaxy S22, makes an appearance. But since we have some time until the phone’s expected debut, the rumor mill continues to turn. The latest gossip comes from Galaxy S22 Ultra renders shared by Digit and tipster @OnLeaks. In the renders, the smartphone is shown with a S Pen slot, a design similar to the Galaxy Note 20 and a P-shaped camera module. Samsung’s August 2021 Unpacked event excited us with two new foldable phones, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3, alongside the company’s latest smartwatch, the Galaxy Watch 4, and the Galaxy Buds 2. But we’re yet to hear when Samsung will take the wraps off the rumored Galaxy S22. This year’s Galaxy S21 lineup was unveiled in January, which means we could see Samsung’s new flagship early next year. 

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The Samsung Galaxy S21 impressed us with its solid all-round performance and better balance of features and price. The Galaxy S21 Ultra meanwhile blew us away with its incredible camera setup and its ability to take superb zoomed-in shots. But what about the follow-up series? We’re curious to see what the Galaxy S22 will bring.  Here, then, is what we think we might see from the Galaxy S22.  Galaxy S22 release date: January 2022? Samsung typically launched its S-series phones in March, but it bucked that trend in 2021 by launching the S21 line in January. The company typically follows a 12-month cycle of updating its handsets so we currently expect the S22 to be announced in January 2022, possibly at or around the CES tech show in Las Vegas.  However, it’s also possible that Samsung might want to give the S21 line a bit more breathing room and could return to a March launch schedule. With COVID-19 restrictions hopefully being a bit easier by then, Samsung could intend to do an in-person launch event, which it often does simultaneously in cities across the globe.  Read more: Samsung Galaxy S22 vs. Galaxy S21: Rumors about new flagship’s release date and specsThe Galaxy S21.
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Galaxy S22 could have a smaller display and battery than its predecessorSamsung could offer slightly smaller display sizes for the Galaxy S22 line. According to Twitter leaker Tron, the Galaxy S22 could have a 6.01-inch screen, the Galaxy S22 Plus could have a 6.55-inch screen and the Galaxy S22 Ultra could get a 6.81-inch screen. For comparison, the Galaxy S21 lineup has 6.2-, 6.7- and 6.8-inch displays, respectively. Batteries might also be smaller in the Galaxy S22 lineup. Tron speculates that the S22 and S22 Plus will have 3,800- and 4,000-mAh batteries, respectively. The leaker says the Galaxy S22 Ultra will maintain its 5,000-mAh cell. Price: How much will the Galaxy S22 cost?  Sales of the Galaxy S20 line didn’t impress and it’s likely it had a lot to do with the generally high prices, coupled with widespread financial uncertainty for many people due to the pandemic. The S21 offered handsets at slightly more affordable prices by swapping glass back panels for toughened plastic. Here are all the differences between the Galaxy S21 and S20. At launch, the base S20 came in at $1,000 in the US, while the base S21 undercut that at $800. While we don’t expect Samsung to try and make the S22 line cheaper, we do think it’s a safe bet that the company will try and match the approximate price of the S21, rather than increase it back to S20 levels.

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The Galaxy S21, S21 Plus and S21 Ultra.
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Multiple Galaxy S22 models: Plus and UltraIt’s a sure bet too that Samsung will offer multiple variations of the S22 line to offer varying specs at a variety of prices. It’s likely that we’ll see a base S22, along with an upgraded S22 Plus and an S22 Ultra model sitting right at the top of the range with the best specs — and the highest price to match. (Here’s how the Galaxy S21, S21 Plus and S21 Ultra variants compared.) It’s a recipe Samsung has followed for the last few generations and it’s clearly a strategy deemed to be working. For those on more modest budgets, it’s possible that the company will also do a more affordable Galaxy S22 FE, although that won’t launch with the range — we’re not expecting the S21 FE until later this year. The Galaxy S20 FE (FE stands for Fan Edition) launched in October 2020, eight months after the flagship S20 lineup. The Fan Edition phone made a few smart features and specs sacrifices to achieve a more budget-friendly price.Although we don’t know for sure how each Galaxy S22 model will look, according to renders shared by Digit and tipster @OnLeaks, the Galaxy S22 Ultra could have a similar design to the Galaxy Note 20 with a slot for the S Pen and flat edges on the top and bottom of the phone. Digit and @OnLeaks also suggest Samsung’s new Ultra model will have a P-shaped camera module with a quad-camera setup. This render of the Galaxy S22 Ultra, shared by Digit and @OnLeaks, shows the rumored upcoming smartphone with a S Pen slot, a design similar to the Galaxy Note 20 and a P-shaped camera module.
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Galaxy S22 could support 65W charging Samsung could be upgrading the S22 lineup with 65-watt charging support, according to leaker FrontTron. The tipster posted to Twitter in July that 65-watt fast charging is in the testing phase for Rainbow RGB, a rumored code name for the S22 series. If this speculation proves true, the S22 would offer significantly faster charging times than the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy Note 20 lineup, which both have 25-watt charging.  Galaxy S22 processor, Android version and display Samsung tends to use both Qualcomm Snapdragon chips and its own Exynos processors in its S series phones — depending on region — and we fully expect it will do the same again in the S22 line. But it’s safe to assume that what’s used will be the next generation of both chips, possibly the Snapdragon 895 (which is expected to launch in December this year) and the Exynos 2200. In 2019 Samsung partnered with graphics chip company AMD for better mobile graphics power, but so far we haven’t seen any Samsung phone equipped with dedicated AMD hardware. It’s possible that the S22 (or more likely, the S22 Ultra) could be the first AMD phone, boasting superior graphics performance for gaming.  The Galaxy S21 Ultra.
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It’s also a safe bet that the S22 line will run Android 12 — announced in June this year at Google’s I/O event and currently in beta form — with Samsung’s own user interface tweaks over the top, including additions like Samsung Health, Samsung Pay and its Bixby virtual assistant software. Display size will almost certainly differ depending on which model you opt for. With the S21 line, the base S21 was the smallest at 6.2 inches and the S21 Plus pushed things to 6.7 inches, while the S21 Ultra ballooned farther out to 6.8 inches. Some early rumors suggest that Samsung will make the S22 and S22 Plus slightly smaller — 6.05 inches and 6.5 inches, respectively. The same rumors suggest the S21 Ultra will stay pretty much the same size and, like the S21 Ultra, would be the only one in the range to offer variable refresh rates up to 120Hz. 
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Galaxy S22 camera: 200-megapixel resolution? Some rumors suggest it’s the hero S22 Ultra that will see the most exciting camera upgrades this time round. That’s good to hear, as the S21 Ultra’s camera is superb, but wasn’t a big upgrade over its predecessor.  Some earlier rumors suggest that it’ll be the first Samsung phone with a whopping 200-megapixel resolution, based on a teaser tweet from Samsung’s own Exynos account showing a 200-megapixel phone camera. That would be a big upgrade from the already pixel-packed 108-megapixel S21 Ultra and would theoretically allow for crisper zoomed-in images. However, noted Samsung leaker Ice Universe suggested (via GSM Arena) that the phone will retain its 108-megapixel sensor, with the main camera specs being roughly similar to the S21 Ultra.Ice Universe also speculated that Samsung could introduce a 50-megapixel RGBW and a 200-megapixel camera sensor this year. Leaker Yogesh added to Ice Universe’s prediction to say the RGBW sensor could be featured on the Galaxy S22 series as well.  Speaking of zoom though, the S22 Ultra is also rumored to get a continuous optical zoom, rather than simply having set 3x or 10x optical zoom lenses to switch between. Currently, if you zoom to, say, 7x zoom on the S21 Ultra that will use a combination of optical zoom and digital cropping, resulting in images that look lower in quality than when you use the 10x optical lens. A continuous zoom would allow for uncropped optical zoom throughout the entire zoom range.  Other rumors, however, suggest that the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s new camera specs may not be all that exciting. According to an August report from Galaxy Club, the Ultra model of Samsung’s upcoming smartphone could house the same camera hardware as the Galaxy S21 Ultra, with a 108-megapixel main camera, 10-megapixel periscope, 10-megapixel telephoto and 12-megapixel ultrawide lens. The base S22 and S22 Plus models aren’t expected to get similar camera boosts, so the question remains whether the S22 Ultra will stand out and justify spending the extra cash. Expect to still see multiple lenses and a 50-megapixel main sensor. The Galaxy S21.
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Colors: Could the Galaxy S22 come in dark red and green?The Galaxy S22 could come in a new green and dark red color option. According to Galaxy Club, the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus will be available in four colors: white, black, rose gold and green. The new green option is said to be similar to the Phantom Green of the Galaxy Z Fold 3. The Galaxy S22 Ultra will be offered in white, black and a new dark red color, the blog says. Blog LetsGoDigital previously speculated that during Samsung’s August 2021 Unpacked event the company may have hinted at possible new color options for the upcoming Galaxy S22. At one point in the presentation (about 46 minutes in), when Samsung talks about the S Pen stylus’s compatibility with the Galaxy Z Fold 3, the words “SS22 colors” are written on the foldable phone. The text appeared next to a separate window showing a light green plaid pair of pants and a baby pink blazer that pointed to the words “pistachio green” and “flamingo pink.” It’s possible we could see these new colors for the Galaxy S22, but we won’t know for sure until the phone makes its debut. Galaxy S22’s extra features Additional features like wireless charging, NFC for contactless payments, 5G connectivity and in-display fingerprint scanners are pretty safe bets for all the S22 models. It’s also likely that Samsung will continue to offer base storage options of 128GB on all models, with upgrades up to 256GB or even 500GB available for those who want the extra space.  Don’t expect to expand that storage, though, as the S21 series removed the option to add microSD cards. That was a real disappointment, particularly on the S21 Ultra, as its high-resolution images and 8K videos take up a lot of space. Fingers crossed for a return, but don’t get your hopes up.

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Surface Duo 2 camera testing: See how Microsoft’s new foldable phone takes photos – CNET

1 of 12 Lisa Eadicicco/CNET The Surface Duo 2 comes with a triple-lens camera, unlike the first model which only had a single-lens camera. As a result, the Surface Duo 2 takes crisp and clear photos. But in my testing I’ve found that they’re usually not as well-lit and colorful as photos taken on phones…

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1 of 12 Lisa Eadicicco/CNET The Surface Duo 2 comes with a triple-lens camera, unlike the first model which only had a single-lens camera. As a result, the Surface Duo 2 takes crisp and clear photos. But in my testing I’ve found that they’re usually not as well-lit and colorful as photos taken on phones like the iPhone 13 Pro Max and Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3.  2 of 12 Lisa Eadicicco/CNET The triple-lens camera consists of a 12-megapixel wide lens, 12-megapixel telephoto lens, and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens. This photo was taken with the wide lens.  3 of 12 Lisa Eadicicco/CNET Here’s an image taken with the ultrawide-angle lens. It’s clear and detailed, but the sky in the background is a bit dark.  4 of 12 Lisa Eadicicco/CNET Here’s a photo taken with the telephoto lens. You can clearly see the text on the bar sign, but the green color in the banner is a little washed-out compared to the same photo taken on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and iPhone 13 Pro.  5 of 12 Lisa Eadicicco/CNET The Surface Duo 2’s 12-megapixel selfie camera gets the job done, but I noticed the color of my hair wasn’t as vibrant in this photo as it was in the image I took on the iPhone 13 Pro Max and Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3. 6 of 12 Lisa Eadicicco/CNET Here’s another example of the standard 12-megapixel wide camera in action.  7 of 12 Lisa Eadicicco/CNET The Surface Duo 2 managed to snap a colorful photo of this red bicycle in my neighborhood.  8 of 12 Lisa Eadicicco/CNET Like many of today’s phones, the Surface Duo 2 also has portrait mode. This photography setting blurs the background to make the subject appear sharp.  9 of 12 Lisa Eadicicco/CNET Here’s another photo taken with the Surface Duo 2’s zoom lens. Keep scrolling to see a few more examples of photos taken on the standard wide lens. 10 of 12 Lisa Eadicicco/CNET 11 of 12 Lisa Eadicicco/CNET 12 of 12 Lisa Eadicicco/CNET

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Google builds equity into the Pixel 6 with Real Tone photos and new voice features – CNET

These are three photos Google provided us with that were taken with the Pixel 6 with its Real Tone feature. Google Thematically, Google wanted the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro to work well for a variety of people in a number of different ways. The opening of Google’s fall event Tuesday featured a video…

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These are three photos Google provided us with that were taken with the Pixel 6 with its Real Tone feature.
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Thematically, Google wanted the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro to work well for a variety of people in a number of different ways. The opening of Google’s fall event Tuesday featured a video of a woman running to catch a train to work. It showed her using her phone to access a transit pass, eating a hard boiled egg under her face mask, taking a selfie on a train under yellow lighting, translating a question someone asks her in Japanese and taking a photo of her dog. On the surface none of those events seem that extraordinary. It’s just an average person commuting. Perhaps during a pandemic, the commuting part seems the least relatable. What is significant is that the Pixel 6 worked for her in the ways she expected. At first, that might not seem like a big deal. But depending on how you speak or your complexion, not all phone features work perfectly.

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For decades, cameras and film have been built and designed around people with a lighter complexion. It’s a bias that still pervades our phones today, because the hardware and software behind the cameras on our phones are not tested on a diverse group of people. The result can be photos that don’t look like you or features that don’t work well because of your complexion. Frequently, darker skin tones skew green or even gray in photos. And nobody wants their skin to look gray.With the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, Google set out to design the phones to be more inclusive. Two of the more conspicuous areas where the company did that was with their cameras and voice recognition. Google says that the cameras on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro work better for people with different skin tones and that voice recognition is more adept at identifying different speech patterns and accents.

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Real Tone on Pixel 6 works better no matter your complexionIf there’s one thing Google’s Pixel cameras are known for, it’s software and computational photography. Google says it designed its cameras and computations to be more equitable no matter your complexion. For the past 18 months Google worked with numerous directors, photographers and cinematographers like DP Ava Berkofsky (Insecure) and DP Kira Kelly (13th), known for their beautiful depictions of communities of color. The idea was to put the phones into the hands of people who know how to take stunning photos of people with darker complexions. They took thousands of portraits, which Google said made their datasets 25x more diverse. These images, along with feedback from the artists, helped Google improve the Pixel’s cameras and algorithms in several ways.The first is detection. Google wants the Pixel to be able to identify a face, no matter how light or dark someone’s skin is, or how complex the lighting is. If you are backlit by a bright window, the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro can find your face.

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Once a face is detected, the phone usually selects a white balance based on the scene. With Real Tone, the Pixel 6 also factors in the skin tone of the subject to select a white balance that brings out the natural beauty of someone’s complexion. Google also improved the auto-exposure tuning to ensure that photos actually look like you do in real life, as opposed to skewing green or gray.The artists and photographers Google invited to test the phones gave feedback directly to software engineers to improve the aesthetics of how photos were finished. Stray light is minimized so people’s complexions don’t look ashy or washed out. When a subject has a darker complexion the algorithm now adds more nuance to mid- and undertones. The end result is cameras that can take beautiful photos of all skin tones equally.But these improvements are not just limited to the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. Google Photos’ auto-enhance feature will also have all of this baked in so that edits are more inclusive. And third-party apps that use the cameras can also take advantage of Real Tone.On the left is the Google Pixel 6 Pro, on the right the Pixel 6.
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Pixel 6 features more inclusive voice recognition Real Tone is an obvious example where you can see meaningful improvement in terms of being more inclusive. Another area where it’s nearly as obvious is with voice recognition. Google uses its new Tensor chip to better understand what you’re saying no matter your speech pattern or accent. It can learn what terms and names are important to you that might be inconsequential to others. Google’s natural language processing on the Pixel 6 is even faster than it was on the Pixel 5.Google uses Tensor for on-device voice recognition and transcription, and by doing so these processes use half as much power as previous Pixel phones. One of the benefits of this is an improved voice typing experience. The Pixel 6 can use your contacts list to get the correct spelling of a name you say. In the event video, we see a text message being voice typed to someone named Rani. The Pixel 6 correctly spells Rani, instead of, say, Ronnie, because the user has Rani in his contacts.One of the more impressive additions to voice typing is how the Pixel handles all of the punctuation, so you don’t have to dictate commas and question marks. When it comes to transcription suggestions, like Katherine versus Catherine, the Pixel makes suggestions based on the phonetics of what you’re saying instead of keystroke-oriented corrections, which aren’t always useful for dictation.And an added benefit of all of this is more accurate emoji transcriptions.

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Pixel 6 includes Live Translation on deviceTensor not only allows for simple translation between languages to be done on-device but it improves the quality of those translations by 18%, Google says. This allows people to communicate in their own language to each other. In the demo, we see an English speaker texting someone who is Japanese. The Pixel 6 translates the messages from Japanese to English for the English speaker and vice versa for the Japanese speaker.At the end of the day, all of these changes and additions add up to a more meaningful update that goes beyond big specs and a flashy design. The Pixel 6 seems like it can truly transform your relationship with your phone, by making your phone understand you better.

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Android 12 Beta for iQoo 7, iQoo 7 Legend, iQoo Z3, iQoo Z5 to Start Rolling Out in India By December-End

Android 12 beta for the iQoo 7, iQoo 7 Legend, iQoo Z3, iQoo Z5, and the iQoo 3 is set to be rolled out in India starting this December, the Chinese company has announced. The new beta release will include the latest Android experience. We can also expect some tweaks and proprietary changes from the…

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Android 12 beta for the iQoo 7, iQoo 7 Legend, iQoo Z3, iQoo Z5, and the iQoo 3 is set to be rolled out in India starting this December, the Chinese company has announced. The new beta release will include the latest Android experience. We can also expect some tweaks and proprietary changes from the iQoo side. In addition to iQoo, other subsidiaries of China’s BBK Electronics including Oppo and Realme have announced their plans to bring Android 12 on their flagship offerings later this year.As per the timeline provided in a press note, iQoo 7, iQoo 7 Legend, iQoo Z3, and the iQoo Z5 will get the Android 12 beta starting from the end of December. The iQoo 3, on the other hand, will receive the new Android version in its beta stage by March-end in 2022.iQoo phones are set to receive Android 12 beta from the end of DecemberPhoto Credit: iQoo iQoo has not yet detailed what features the new beta release will bring. We can, however, expect all the core Android 12 features alongside a few custom changes.The Android 12 beta update for all the iQoo phones will be released in a phased manner, the company said. This clearly means that not all users will get the beta release simultaneously, and it may take some more time to reach your phone.While the iQoo 3 was launched in India last year with Android 10, iQoo 7, iQoo 7 Legend, iQoo Z3, and the iQoo Z5 came earlier this year and are based on Android 11.Alongside iQoo, Oppo earlier this month announced ColorOS 12 based on Android 12 that it will initially roll out in public beta for both Oppo and OnePlus phones later this year. iQoo and Oppo sibling Realme also announced its plans to bring Android 12-based Realme UI 3.0 to its flagship Realme GT as well as models such as the Realme X7 Max and Realme GT Master Edition later this year.Separately, Taiwanese manufacturer Asus has announced that it would bring a stable Android 12 release for its ZenFone 8 and ZenFone 8 Flip starting December. The company is also set to bring the new Android update to the ROG Phone 5 and ROG Phone 5s in the first quarter of next year. Furthermore, the ZenFone 7 and the ROG Phone 3 will get Android 12 in the first half of the year.Details about the India release of Android 12 for the Asus ROG Phone 5 and ROG Phone 3 are yet to be announced.Earlier this week, Google released Android 12 for its Pixel phones. The update brings the Material You design language as well as a list of privacy-focused features.Realme India CEO Madhav Sheth joins Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast for an exclusive wide-ranging interview, as he talks about the 5G push, Make in India, Realme GT series and Book Slim, and how stores can improve their standing. Orbital is available on Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavn, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.

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