WEEKS before its launch, a leaked photo of Samsung's new Galaxy S22 Ultra smartphone surfaced on the internet.
This week, a SUSPECTED new image of the Samsung Galaxy S22 surfaced online, revealing a sleek and glossy design.
The image of the coveted smartphone was shared on Weibo, a popular Chinese social network, by the reputable leaker account UniverseIce.
The image showed a hand holding a black phone with the Samsung logo at the bottom, which has since been re-shared by several tech blogs and outlets.
Under the leaked image, the Weibo account added some text stating that they believe it is the real thing.
If this is the new Samsung phablet, one of the most noticeable differences between it and the Galaxy S21 is that it has a glossy finish rather than a more matte-like finish.
Aside from that, the phone's back looks almost identical to its predecessor, with a triple-lens camera in a block on the top left corner.
Samsung posted a new entry and model number ("SM-S908U") on their website around the same time as the image was leaked.
This new listing, which was next to a blank photo, indicates that the South Korean tech giant is nearing the launch of its new smartphone lineup.
Snoopy, a popular leak site that was the first to notice the listing, claims that production of the new phone is already underway, claiming that Samsung is shipping thousands of pieces of material every day.
Previous rumors suggested that Samsung would begin sourcing parts for the phone towards the end of October and that production would begin in the first week of December.
The Standard, Plus, and Ultra models are expected to be included in the new phone line, as they have been in the past.
However, another rumor circulating around the launch claims that the S22 Ultra will be renamed the S22 Note instead.
Given that the Samsung Galaxy S21 has been on the market for nearly a year, analysts predict that the S22 will be released in February 2022.
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