Samsung Galaxy S22’s battery size just rocked – and that could be bad news
A list that would be for the rumor Samsung galaxy s22 Plus and Galaxy S22 Ultra seem to show that both models will have smaller batteries than their predecessors.
Spotted by MyFixGuide, the list is courtesy of 3C certification, China’s compliance department for electrical products, and supposedly shows model numbers related to the Galaxy S22 Plus and S22 Ultra and details the battery capacity of the phones.
The model with number EB-BS906ABY would match the Galaxy S22 Plus, according to MyFixGuide sources, and shows that the phone is configured to have a 4370mAh battery. It’s smaller than the 4,800mAh battery found in the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus.
And the model number EB-BS908ABY is apparently tied to the Galaxy S22 Ultra and shows that the phone might have a battery capacity of 4,855mAh. Like the Plus model, this battery is smaller than that of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, which has a 5,000mAh battery.
A report of smaller batteries for the Galaxy S22 is no big surprise, as we’ve heard rumors of the S22 series with smaller screens this time around. It goes without saying that the batteries would shrink with the screens.
Is this bad news? A smaller battery means more room could be given to the improved features, say a powerful graphics processor expected on the Exynos 2200, which we believe will come with Samsung’s next flagship phone. Or make room for improved camera hardware, which is likely to feature in the Galaxy S22.
But in our battery life tests for current Galaxy S21 phones, which involves surfing the web on 5G until the phones shut down, the Galaxy S21 Ultra lasted 11 hours and 25 minutes. It’s enough to make a place for it on our better battery life of the phone listing. But a smaller battery, combined with features powered by the phone, could torpedo one of the impressive features of Samsung’s Ultra phones.
Comparatively, the Galaxy S21 Plus managed 9 hours and 41 minutes, which isn’t stellar. So an allegedly smaller battery for the Galaxy S22 isn’t really good news.
However, what Samsung takes with one hand, it could give with another, and that could be an optimization. If all Galaxy S22 models around the world feature Samsung’s own Exynos chipset rather than a Qualcomm chip, the company could have even greater control over efficiency. And this optimization could take place at the silicon and software level, which means that smaller batteries are compensated. Although this is only speculation on our part.
We expect the Galaxy S22 to debut early next year. But in the meantime, we’re not short of rumors about what could happen for Samsung’s next flagship. We are waiting for improved cameras, a potentially improved optical zoom for the telephoto camera, a possible under-screen camera (we have already seen this feature in the Galaxy z fold 3) and potentially faster charging.
It has not yet been clarified whether the Galaxy S22 will be an upgrade or a significant evolution of the Galaxy S21 range. Galaxy S21 phones have marked places on our best phones list, but we’d still love to see Samsung take risks with the Galaxy S22 and push phone innovation forward for 2022.