Samsung Galaxy Unpacked live blog – all the Galaxy S22 news in real time

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It looks like some official marketing images of the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus have appeared online.

Don’t expect a dramatic departure from the Galaxy S22’s Contour Cut design, but this dark green color looks rather eye-catching. Looks like Samsung has done away with the two-tone color scheme for the camera module and rear panel; that might be a little disappointing, as the S21’s Phantom Violet certainly caught the eye, albeit in a blingtastic way.

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Another Galaxy S22 pre-order bonus said to be on the cards is that Samsung will launch a pair of Galaxy Buds Pro wireless headphones.

That’s a pretty generous deal because the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro aren’t your average pair of headphones. In fact, they’ve earned a spot in our roundup of the best noise-canceling headphones. We also awarded the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro the ‘Most Innovative Headphone Award’ in the Audio category of the Tom’s Guide Awards 2021. We can’t confirm if this rumor is legit, so don’t get too excited just yet!

A screenshot of a now-deleted Amazon Australia store page for the Samsung Galaxy S22 series

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And here’s another last-minute leak, courtesy of Amazon Australia. It appears to show prices for the Galaxy S22 lineup. Starting at AU$1572.90, these prices seem a little higher than expected, so take them with a healthy dose of skepticism.

We would roughly expect the Galaxy S22 lineup to have the same price cadence as the Galaxy S21 lineup. Perhaps the Galaxy S22 Ultra could be a little more expensive considering it’s expected to have Note-like features. But in a competitive arena for smartphones, we doubt Samsung wants to go too far in raising its flagship prices.

The Galaxy S22 Ultra (left), Galaxy S22, and Galaxy S22 Plus on a mint green background

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Many Android updates can be annoying, delivering small tweaks and security upgrades to phones, often downloading in the background. But they are pretty much essential to ensure the proper functioning and security of a smartphone.

So the rumor that Samsung could equip the Galaxy S22 line, as well as the Galaxy S21 and other flagship devices with four years of Android updates is good news. It’s also potentially a big deal, as few phone makers offer such extensive support. A lengthy update schedule would help extend a phone’s lifespan, so Samsung could lead the charge here for others to follow.

an image showing the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs Google Pixel 6 Pro

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As mentioned earlier, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is expected to headline today’s Unpacked event. But is it the big phone for you? Where once the Galaxy Note was the only real contender for larger Android phones, larger handsets are now quite common.

So here are our first thoughts on how the battle could unfold between the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and Google Pixel 6 Pro. After all, the Google Pixel 6 Pro was the Android phone Roland Moore-Colyer was waiting for last year, because it’s a killer big phone; the Galaxy S22 Ultra will have to pull out the big guns.

rendering of the Samsung Galaxy A53

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Probably the only products we’ll hear about today at Unpacked are the Galaxy S22 and the Galaxy Tab S8. But this week saw some turmoil regarding another potential product release.

A Galaxy Tab S8 announcement press release that fell into leakers’ hands contained a bizarre footnote about the tablet’s reverse charging features. According to the footnote, you will be able to charge the Galaxy Tab S8 at 15W using select Galaxy phones. That’s not the weird part, though. What is strange is that the press release specifically lists the Galaxy A53 as one of those phones – and that device has yet to be announced.

This has led some rumor sites to speculate that the Galaxy A53 could also appear today, although we think that’s a bit of a stretch. Samsung will probably want everyone talking about the Galaxy S22 – not a mid-range phone that’s part of its Galaxy A series. That’s not to say there isn’t such a phone in the works – the rumors are multiplying about the Galaxy A53. But one of those rumors is that the phone will arrive in March.

Yes, in a month we could start again.

The 837X logo for the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked launch event in the Metaverse

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Samsung certainly has plenty of ways to watch its Unpacked event — everything from TikTok to Amazon Live to Reddit will host a stream. But the most intriguing way might be virtual reality. Or as Mark Zuckerberg now commands us to call it, the Metaverse.

For a VR version of today’s proceedings, go to Samsung 837X. This is the immersive section of Samsung’s New York flagship store where you can watch product reveals like today’s.

Render Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra with keyboard and S Pen

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The Galaxy S22 Ultra feels like the star attraction is headed to Unpacked, and for good reason – it looks like it’s reviving many of the features we missed when Samsung went through 2021 without releasing a new Galaxy Note. But don’t sleep on Samsung’s other Ultra product, the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra.

It’s potentially a 14.6-inch tablet with plenty of power, perhaps enough to even be a viable iPad Pro alternative. Our colleague Mark Spoonauer certainly thinks so, and he never expected to get excited about an Android tablet. Discover it five ways the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra could challenge Apple’s tablet dominancefrom the included S Pen to its supposed design.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra front and back with S Pen

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If you’re even thinking about picking up anything Samsung announces today, you’ll want to act now and reserve your spot online to pre-order your phone or tablet. Samsung has run a promotion where you can secure $50 credit on other Galaxy products by making a reservation to place an order and today is your last day to do so.

You don’t have to pull the trigger on a purchase, but signing up will make you eligible for other offers once pre-orders begin. Samsung reservation site closes at 9 a.m. ET — one hour before Unpacked begins.

Hello and welcome to our Samsung Galaxy Unpacked live blog. We’ll bring you all the big news when the Galaxy S22 lineup is unveiled, along with insight and analysis on everything that’s announced.