With the Galaxy S21 FE launch out of the way, all eyes have turned to try to figure out when Samsung will unveil its next trio of flagship phones. The Galaxy S22 series has already been leaked quite a bit, but until now, there hasn’t been much in the way of a potential release date.
A new report from Korean news outlet DDaily.co.kr (via XDA Developers) claims that Samsung is gearing up to hold a launch event for the Galaxy S22 on February 8. According to the report, Samsung will not be holding an in-person event because of the ongoing global pandemic. Instead, the event will be entirely virtual, keeping in line with what we’ve been seeing from many other phone makers for the past couple of years.
The report also states that invitations for the digital event will be sent out before the end of the month, giving everyone plenty of time to gear up before the phones are announced. Following the announcement, pre-orders for all three devices will open on February 9, with the phones officially going on sale starting on February 24.
It’s unclear whether these dates are for a global launch, or whether Samsung will first launch its 2022 flagship lineup in its home country before making them available in other regions. This report lines up with previous rumors and leaks that suggested Samsung would be waiting until February to make its announcement.
2022 is definitely shaping up to be an interesting year already for Samsung. The company is poised to completely replace the Galaxy Note with the Galaxy S22 Ultra, which is expected to feature a built-in S Pen. Plus, with more and more phone makers releasing foldable phones, Samsung might be feeling the pressure to keep pushing the limits of its foldable form-factor for the Galaxy Z Fold 4.
It’s a bit surprising to see Samsung change its release schedule compared to last year, as the Galaxy S21 series was already unveiled at this point. But perhaps the decision to finally release the Galaxy S21 FE played a role in the decision.