Earlier this year, it was noise that Samsung’s next Galaxy S22 Ultra will feature the company’s first 200MP camera – a big update on the company’s generous 108MP sensor that is part of the company’s Galaxy S21 Ultra phone.
But, despite the teasers from Samsung Exynos Twitter account that a 200MP camera could be in operation, it doesn’t look like the upgrade will come next year. Well, not with the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, though.
The tip comes from a reliable Ice Universe leaker, who posted the following (translated) message on the Chinese social network Weibo. “It is almost 100% confirmed that Samsung S22 Ultra will not follow with 200 million pixels and will feature the third generation 108MP sensor.”
As the post indicates, the fact that Samsung isn’t updating the hardware doesn’t mean that photography won’t be significantly better on the Galaxy S22 Ultra. There’s more to a camera than the number of megapixels after all. In fact Google’s Pixel range, despite having uninspiring specs on the card, still seems highly praised in our list of best camera phones you can buy it, thanks to its superb image transformation.
And it’s not like the camera was an area that needed to be improved, anyway. In fact, in his Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review, deputy editor Max Parker was very impressed with the phone’s photography, calling the phone “one of the most versatile mobile phone cameras in the area.”
In fact, switching to full 108MP images (instead of combining several pixels in 12MP snaps like the default on the phone) loses some of the zoom skills and takes up a lot of storage, with each snap weighing about 30 MB. So, in short, raw numbers are not everything.
However, if the specifications of the main camera remain the same, then Samsung may have difficulty getting people to upgrade to the new model or to choose the Ultra version over the more economical and regular Galaxy S22. Last time, Samsung made the Ultra version more attractive by adding S Pen support – It will be interesting to see what the company has in store to sell this time around.